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City Library Cuts: Impact on the Community

The recent decision to halve the city library opening hours (from 96 to 48) has sparked concerns among residents about access to essential resources and services. Libraries are vital community hubs that provide access to books, computers, workshops, and knowledgeable staff. With fewer hours, residents, regardless of age or background, face limitations in accessing these […]

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The Quiet Clean Resolution

This week SESNA passed a resolution supporting the Quiet Clean Salem movement in reducing the effects of noise and air pollution of yard tools on all our lives. This follows the SCAN neighborhood who joined in February, and hopefully just the first of manny to follow. Gas-powered tools like lawnmowers and leaf blowers have become […]

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Your Library, Your Living Room

Use the many free online services of the Salem City Library from Home: Watch movies, listen to books, learn a language or how to craft… Here are some of our favorites: Canopy is a streaming platform, offering a selection of movies, documentaries, and educational content. The catalog features acclaimed films, indie gems, thought-provoking documentaries and […]

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Priorities for 2024

In January the SESNA board had its yearly retreat, to discuss and decide on priorities for 2024. Continuing projects New for 2024

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How a Sewing Center Can Help You Unleash Your Inner Artist

Whitlocks Sewing Center is a family-owned business that has been serving the sewing and vacuum needs of the Salem community since 1952. The company was founded by John Whitlock, who was a sewing machine repairman at the time. Over the years, they expanded to include vacuum cleaner repair and sales, as well as a wide […]

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Backyard birds

People love watching birds. If you’re ready to give this hobby a try, a good place to start is learning about the small birds you’re most likely to spot in your own backyard. That’s what I did. Over the span of a couple of weeks, I kept records of the birds visiting my own yard’s […]

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All Aboard! Exploring Cities by Train

Earlier this year, train service in Willamette Valley became more affordable, and the summer vacation is a great time to visit a museum, shop or explore the richness of neighboring Oregon cities. After all, there is no more relaxing way to travel, and it so happens that the Southeast Salem neighborhood is home to Salem’s […]

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Walk to the Saturday Market, and tour interesting sights along the way

The Salem Saturday Market near the Capitol is an endearing staple of our city. A good place for lunch or to pick up local produce and gifts. And who hasn’t discovered a new sweet to try or stared at a weird vegetable you never knew was locally grown? This article will show you how to walk to the market and see something interesting on the way.

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Many tiny libraries make for a big read

One of the most heartening aspects of modern urban life is the rise of the neighborhood tiny library. These charming little book depositories, often created and maintained by dedicated volunteers, serve as a testament to the human desire for knowledge, community, and connection. They bring people together around a shared love of reading and learning. […]

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A brand new Little Free Library

Attention all book-lovers and knowledge-seekers! We are thrilled to announce the opening of a brand new neighborhood tiny library. This delightful little structure, located east on the Willamette Heritage Center grounds, is bursting with books for all ages and crafts for children. The library’s initial offerings focus on history, but the Heritage Center invites donations […]