Club Members Adopt Little Free Libraries

East Salem Rotarians have volunteered to adopt our eight installed Little Free Libraries to help take care of them and refill them with books on an ongoing basis. The libraries that have been adopted by club members are located at:

  • St. Vincent de Paul Dual Immersion School
  • East Salem Community Center
  • DHS Self-Sufficiency Office
  • New Harvest Church
  • Swegle Branch of Boys & Girls Club
  • The Seymour Family Resource & Child Development Center
  • Northgate Park (2 libraries, one at the Hawthorne entrance and one at the Fairhaven entrance)

Many thanks to our club members who are giving their time to promote literacy in our east Salem community.

Little Free Libraries Now Installed at Northgate Park

Two Little Free Libraries were recently installed at Northgate Park. They are located at the Hawthorne and Fairhaven entrances to the park. The principal of Hallman Elementary, who suggested placing the libraries at this park to support Hallman students, is advertising the libraries on the school’s Facebook page, so we expect those libraries to get a lot of use! We now have eight libraries installed in the east Salem area, and books are being replenished on an ongoing basis due to the libraries’ regular use.

Community Service Project: Marion Polk Food Share

As part of a district-wide grant from last Rotary year, our club, along with all other Salem-area clubs, provided some volunteer time at the Marion Polk Food Share. Thanks very much to the four East Salem Rotary club members who volunteered their time at the Food Share on Tuesday, November 10th: Maureen Casey, Rhonda Prodzinski, Keith Martin and Catherine Carlson. This group sorted and packed 1,359 pounds of frozen meat and fish that will feed over 1,133 people in our community!

Little Free Library at Swegle Branch of Boys & Girls Club

Our club has now installed six Little Free Libraries in the east Salem area, including at the Swegle branch of the Boys & Girls Club. Check out this quote from the Swegle Branch director of the Boys & Girls Club: “…the kids LOVE the Little Library. I overhear them asking their parents if they can check a book out when they get picked up. It is the sweetest thing.” All of our libraries are getting lots of use and we are soliciting donations of new or gently used children’s books to help replenish the libraries as needed.

Community Service Project: Swegle Boys & Girls Club Garden

Four club members–Maureen Casey, Pat Mack, Rich Mackie and Catherine Carlson–participated in weeding the beautiful outdoor learning garden our club built in 2014 at the Swegle branch of the Boys & Girls Club. The garden has been in need of some TLC for a while, and we cleaned up at least half of the raised beds. We returned this week and used some non-toxic spray on the remaining weeds. Thanks to those who showed up on a misty morning to help out. Sue Bloom, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club, assisted us with the weeding as well.

New Little Free Libraries Added in East Salem

Our club now has thirteen Little Free Libraries to distribute to our east Salem community. East Salem Rotary labels are being applied to the libraries and to the books stocked in the libraries. We have installed Little Libraries at the Seymour Family Resource & Child Development Center, the DHS Self Sufficiency Office, St. Vincent de Paul Dual Language Immersion School, New Harvest Church, the East Salem Community Resource Center, and the Swegle Boys & Girls Club. More installations are planned over time as we get approval to move forward at specific sites. We will need many more books, as the libraries are getting a lot of use from local children.

Installation Begins on Little Free Libraries

Our club has completed the building of ten Little Free Libraries, and three more have been donated for our east Salem community. Thank you to Ken Morin and Ted Mack, who have helped build most of these libraries. Ted Mack has purchased a plaque honoring longtime club member Phil Sperl, and it will be displayed on one of the libraries.

The first library was installed last week inside the Seymour Family Resource & Child Development Center. This week has been a busy one for library installation. Ken Morin installed a library inside the DHS Self Sufficiency Office, and people immediately started browsing books. DHS management and communications heard about the popularity of the Little Library by the next day, and they are planning to write an article about it for dissemination among DHS staff and are sending it to the governor’s office for a publication called My Oregon News, which goes to 500,000 readers. Ted Mack installed a library at St. Vincent de Paul School (more photos next week), and more installations are on the way.

Seymour Family Resource & Child Development Center
DHS Self Sufficiency Office

Community Service Project: Lee Mission Cemetery

Our first group service project of the Rotary year took place at Lee Mission Cemetery, located at 2104 D St. NE., on Saturday, September 5th. Located in the east Salem area, it is Salem’s oldest cemetery, and is in need of a little gardening TLC. This cemetery is closely tied to Oregon history, and is a nonprofit maintained only through donations and plot sales. Club members brought garden tools such as rakes, shovels, and trimmers, and did a great job of providing a facelift for a large planting area near the cemetery entrance. This was a great opportunity to beautify this historic cemetery and get together in person while practicing social distancing.

Community Service Project: Building Little Free Libraries

Our club has completed the building of nine Little Free Libraries for our east Salem community. Thank you to several of our club members for agreeing to help build some of these libraries. We have had labels printed for the outside of the libraries that indicate they are provided by the Rotary Club of East Salem, and we have stickers with the same message to place in the books we will use to stock the libraries. Now that schools and many childcare centers are closed, Little Free Libraries are needed more than ever. They are located outside, available 24/7, easily accessible and allow families to maintain social distancing while picking up books. Thank you to club members for your willingness to assist in this much needed community service project.