Library staff do literacy and library outreach in the Salem Public Schools; one librarian also does bilingual story times at day care centers in The Point neighborhood.
The library’s most recent major renovation was in the 1980s, Tracy said.
The library building itself is a piece of Salem’s history. Built in the 1850s, it was originally the home of John Bertram, a sea captain, merchant and railroad investor, and his family.
Bertram died in 1882, and his family donated the home to the city of Salem, for use as a public library, in 1887. The library opened its doors in July 1889.
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SALEM PUBLIC LIBRARY: BY THE NUMBERS
15: number of full-time staff members
30 (approximately): part-time staff, including high school pages
68: hours open, per week
3,372: hours open, per year
236,305: visitors in fiscal 2012
537: followers of @SalemMALibrary on Twitter.com
16: computers available for Internet use
493,000: items taken out from the library in fiscal 2012
263,473: books borrowed (97,010 children’s books, 166,463 adult)
4,897: e-books borrowed
176,722: video/DVD items borrowed (33,309 children’s items; 143,413 adult)
40,454: audio materials borrowed
56,121: transactions (people asking questions) at the reference desk
320: children’s programs held
9,184: people who attended children’s programs
Note: All data is for fiscal 2012, which ended June 30.
Source: Salem Public Library director Nancy Tracy