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Thursdays 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturdays 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

We will remain open on snowy days, but we do close sometimes! Please call before you head out!  *978-544-6334*

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Consider reading to a child this month and stop by the library to pick up just the right book. We have funny books and even books with no words! We have lots to choose from. Give us a call to set up a pick up time. 978-544-6334

  • Kids Elect the Best Books
    New Salem Public Library is joining libraries across the Commonwealth in Kids Cast Your Vote, a statewide election of the best books. Kids of all ages are invited to go online and cast their vote for their favorite book on www.KidsVoteForBooks.com . Voting opens October 26 and ends November 9.  The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) will tally up the votes and release the top 25 books as recommended by Massachusetts kids.  
    The list of “candidate” books for Kids Cast Your Vote came directly from Massachusetts kids. During the statewide summer library program in 2019, kids shared their favorite books with the MBLC which resulted in 500 books, too many for an election. The MBLC narrowed the list down to 52 “candidate” books. Kids can vote for their favorite “candidate” from the 52 or write in a “candidate.”
    The books are available for checkout through the libraries eBook program. (and through curbside)
    “It’s exciting that this all came from Massachusetts kids. It’s about what they like and what they’re reading,” said New Salem Public Library. As librarians, we know that one of the best ways to help kids fall in love with reading is to let them choose. The candidate books give them some wonderful choices and the great thing about libraries is that we can always help them find more options.”
    While libraries have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to find creative ways to serve residents. Over 435,000 children, teens, and adults recently participated in statewide summer library programming and many libraries are experiencing double digit increases in eBook checkouts.
    The MBLC has developed a statewide calendar of virtual library events which allows residents to see what events are happening around the state and attend them no matter which library is hosting. First Lady of the Commonwealth joined the MBLC to create a video library with fun and educational videos that parents can use anytime. These are available through mass.gov/libraries.  Check out the New Salem Public Library’s website (https://www.newsalempubliclibrary.org/) for more offerings for all ages.


Curbside pick up

The library is pleased to provide curbside pickup of library materials.

Call 978-544- 6334  or email nslibraryrequests2020@gmail.com to place an order.

Ordering hours – Tuesdays – 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  Ordering Items

Search our online Catalog here  to find items you want. Place a hold on items you want. Call to for a pickup time.

Picking up Items

Library staff will place your items in a bag marked with your last name and place it on a table at the south entrance of the library at the time of your scheduled pick-up. 

Returning Items

All items must be returned in the Book Drop Box.  No items will be accepted by library staff.  All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before being available to patrons. PLEASE NO BOOK DONATIONS AT THIS TIME.

Public Resources

The Look4Help Public Resource Directory, a program of Community Action Pioneer Valley, is a free, web-based public information service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are close to 1,000 agencies, programs or services at over 450 locations, available to serve you.


Our Friends of the Library have a brand new site that you can check out here!

Did you know we have       museum passes? Click here to learn more!

New Salem Public Library

23 S Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355


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