The Children’s Room at The Salem Public Library

Childrens books

The Children’s Room at the Salem Public Library is home to lots of fun, educational, and inspirational materials to use both within and beyond the library!

We have books for all ages and reading levels,audiobooks, music CDs, movies, puzzles and magazines to check out. We also have toys,computers and an iPad to use in the library.

When the weather’s nice, our courtyard is a great place to play and meet new friends. Inside, we’ve got plenty of places to sit, snack, work and chat.

Our story times, book groups and activities are always free, and are offered year-round. Our programs are designed for age groups ranging from newborns to teens. Please check the website, or ask a librarian, about specific times and dates.

Our greatest resource is our friendly and knowledgeable library staff. We are always available to help answer questions and find materials. We’re open to suggestions, so let us know if there’s something you’d like to see at the library.

You may contact the Children’s Room at 978-744-9667 with any questions or concerns.

Our Librarians

Ms. Simone, Head of Youth Services

Ms. Simone runs our Young Adult Book Club, as well as our Library Explorers story time. She is an avid reader, baking enthusiast, and lover of all things cute and furry (and most things slithery and scaly). A native Martian, Ms. Simone came to Salem several years ago as part of an interplanetary librarian exchange. When asked what she likes most about Earth, her answers are “chocolate, really soft pillows, and oxygen” (in that order).

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Ms. Suzie

Ms. Suzie is in charge of our Spanish collection, and she also runs our Tuesday Preschool storytime.

Ms. Jen
Jen has worked at SPL for 20 odd years, splitting her time between the Reference Department and the Children’s Room. She has always loved both! She loves doing music with kids as well as leading her one-year old story time, “Tiny Toddlers”

Ms. Jennifer
Ms. Jennifer can be found helping patrons in all 3 departments of the Salem Public Library: Children’s Room, Main Circulation Desk and in the Reference Room.  Jennifer is a certified Baby Signs instructor with over 12 years of experience teaching young children and their families the joys of using infant sign language to communicate.  She loves family time, reading, baking, gardening, crafting and cheering on the Bruins, Red Sox, North Shore Navigators, and Patriots.

Children’s Room Information

Address and Phone:
370 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970


Ground Floor, Use ramp for access.

Parking and Transportation:
Street parking along Essex St between Boston and Beckford Streets.

MBTA bus stop “Essex St opp Monroe St” is in front of the library, served by bus 450


We’re creating a variety of in-person programs! Check out our calendar for the latest information!

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Subscribe to our monthly email newsletter to find out about the awesome events for children and teens that our library offers!

You can also enjoy a variety of fun, educational online resources made available through Massachusetts libraries and other organizations:

Children’s Calendar

Full Events Calendar