Kelley Library

 234 Main Street, Salem New Hampshire 03079

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Saturday 9-2
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Have you seen the interactive display at our front door?

It is a giant world map and on it are Veteran Markers showing where and when Salem veterans have served. Please take a moment and stop in to add markers of family and friends of veterans or of those currently serving.

We want to engage the community this fall during Community Stories: Soldiers Home and Away -- 50 free programs designed to build community connections by bridging the gap between military and civilians.

In addition to the Markers, we are encouraging veterans or their friends and families to bring in a photo of something they carried during their service. It could be a photo of a "good luck" charm or a Talisman or favorite book or photo.

We are asking for the photos of items because of the classic Vietnam war book - "The things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. This book will be read as part of book discussions taking place at all 9 libraries.

Book Group

Kelley Library Book Group
The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien

Wednesday, October 26th
from 7 to 8:30 PM

Copies of this book are available at the circulation desk.

Book Group

Salem, NH Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Group
by Robert Heinlein

Wednesday, November 2nd
from 7 to 8:30 PM

Copies of this book are available at the circulation desk.

Song Sharing

Monthly Song Sharing Night
Friday, November 4th
from 7 to 8:45 PM

Do you have a song in your heart? Come share it with other song lovers at the Kelley Library! Bring yourselves, your voices, your acoustic instruments, and lyrics, to the Beshara Room on the first Friday of each month at 7:00pm.

We will have copies of the Rise Up Singing songbook to help inspire us! Each person will select one song per round we will sing as a group. Learn new songs and delight in old favorites. See you then!

Book Group

Kelley Library Non-Fiction Book Group
Massacre on the Merrimack
by Jay Atkinson

Wednesday, November 9th
from 7 to 8:30 PM

Copies of this book are available at the circulation desk.

Please note that author Jay Atkinson will be here on November 17th to read from and discuss his book.

Book Group

Massacre on the Merrimack
with Jay Atkinson

Thursday, November 17th
from 7 to 8:30 PM

This book is an account of the 1697 kidnapping of Haverihill residents by Abenaki Indians. Among those kidnapped was the Hannah Duston.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Please note that the Non-Fiction Book Group will be reading Massacre on the Merrimack in November and discussing it on November 9th.


Community Stories

9 Libraries, 9 Weeks, 1 Mission

Salem, NH - This fall, nine southern New Hampshire libraries come together to promote community reading and to recognize the contributions of veterans, active military, and their families. The project, Community Stories: Soldiers Home and Away, is supported by New Hampshire Humanities, and will bring over 50 free events to New Hampshire between September 16 and November 12, 2016.

Atkinson, Chester, Danville, Hampstead, Hudson, Newton, Plaistow, Salem, and Sandown public libraries, along with the Timberlane Regional School District, will bring the community together via a common reading experience and special programs for adults and children, which are designed to expand awareness and understanding of topics that touch our lives.

The purpose of the Soldiers Home and Away events is to: foster understanding of the men and women returning home from deployment; address the experience of war from the perspective of civilians, veterans, and active duty personnel; and open lines of communication.

A full schedule of events and information is available at All programs are free and open to the public, though some require pre-registration. The Community Stories: Soldiers Home and Away project is made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at

Additional local support is provided by Align Credit Union, American Legion of Salem, NH - Post 63, the Greater Hampstead Civic Club, Merrimack Valley Credit Union, Plaistow Area Commerce Exchange, RMON Networks, various Friends of the Library organizations, and Zorvino Vineyards.

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Wireless Printing from Laptops

We now offer patrons the ability to print in-house from a laptop. Instructions can be found here.