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.


Return with Honor
Friday, September 23rd
from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

A documentary that reveals what the North Vietnamese POW camp "the Hanoi Hilton" was really like. The film features interviews with survivng prisoners about the conditions, and prisoner abuse -- including torture -- that occured at this and other camps.

Book Group

Kelley Library Book Group
by Cheryl Strayed

Wednesday, September 28th
from 7 to 8:30 PM

Copies of this book are available at the circulation desk.


Dear America - Letters Home from Vietnam
Friday, September 30th
from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Classic HBO film features reenactments of actual letters written by soldiers during the Vietnam war

What "Dear America" gives us, through these letters is the realization, that these bits of paper were the soldiers' only contact with the real world" -Washington Post

Song Sharing

Monthly Song Sharing Night
Friday, October 7th
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

by Robert Mason

Wednesday, October 12
from 7 to 8:30 PM

Copies of this book are available at the circulation desk


Ragtime and Beyond
with Deborrah Wyndham

Thursday, October 20th
from 7 to 8:30 PM

Pianist/Composer Deborrah Wyndham will present a variety of music on the piano in this program with ragtime music as the highlight. Ragtime, whose initial era of popularity began in the early 1890s and ended around 1915, is known as our nation's first American "pop" music.

Deborrah Wyndham, who has given over 3,500 past performances, plays a wide variety of music from ragtime and other early jazz styles to original contemporary music. With appearances on FOX, NBC and ABC, listeners have described her playing as sounding 'like four hands'. Deborrah performs regularly throughout the U.S.


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.

Upcoming Events


Wireless Printing from Laptops

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