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Stayton Public Library
515 N. 1st Avenue
Stayton, Oregon 97383
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(503) 769-3313

Library Hours:

  • Tuesday-Wednesday
    11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday
    11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday
    11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday
    Curbside available by appointment
  • Sunday-Monday


We are closed for all Federal holidays. Exception: half day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Stayton Public Library Blog
For more information, contact the library at 503-769-3313.



Spooky Reads

Looking for a spooky read for October? Check out our three booklists below to find gothic fiction, scary stories, and things that go bump in the night.

Gothic Fiction for Adults
Crumbling mansions, creepy atmosphere, long-buried secrets, murder -- think of Gothic literature as a mood.
Spine Chilling Tales for Teens
Horror, Gothic Fiction, and ghost stories that will keep you up all night.
Bump in the Night
These chilling tales filled with haunting apparitions, zombies, and monsters will leave readers howling with delight (and fright). While these books are intended for ages 9-12, they will for sure provide enjoyment for all who want a spooky tale.


October Take and Make Kits for all ages

Beginning Tuesday, October 12
Pick up activity kits for everyone in your family!

Kids ages 3-6: Play Doh Creature Making 
Kids ages 7-11: Creature Making with Squishy Circuits
Teens: Cemetery Terrariums
Adults: Spider web embroidery

Kits will be available beginning Tuesday, October 12 during regular Library hours and are limited to 1 per person while supplies last. Kits will be available in the Library and through curbside pickup. Call 503-769-3313 for more info.

Stayton Public Library's Pumpkin Painting Contest 2021

Help decorate the Stayton Public Library with painted book character pumpkins! Decorate your own pumpkin that is inspired by a book character and bring it to the Stayton Library from now until October 22, 2021. Please do not carve or poke holes in the pumpkins. People will be able to vote for their favorite pumpkins October 26-29.


  • Must be inspired by a book character
  • Must be painted - no carved pumpkins
  • Must be turned in by Oct. 22, must be picked up by Nov. 4.
  • All ages can enter and we will have different categories you can win
  • Have fun!


Harvest Storytime

It’s a Harvest Storytime!

Join folks from Stayton and Jefferson libraries on October 7th at 10:30am for a special fall-themed storytime at Greens Bridge Gardens!  Afterwards, pick a free book to keep and explore the farm at your own pace!

Please note: some activities at the farm may have a fee.  Please check with Greens Bridge directly for more information. 3730 Jefferson Scio Dr SE, Jefferson, OR 97352; (541) 327-2995





October Newsletter

Keep up with what's happening at the Stayton Public Library! 

Check out our October Newsletter here.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures and the contributions of Hispanic Americans. 


To celebrate we've created book lists that explore and celebrate those diverse experiences and voices. 


Check out our lists for adults, teens, and children.


From the Library of Congress:

"The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively."



Squirrel Mail

Lovely letters from… the squirrels?
Our local squirrels noticed the Stayton Public Library’s storytimes happening in the Community Center Park and want to play and learn too! Children can write them a letter, and they may write back. As the squirrels respond each week, their letters will be read aloud during storytimes!

Stop by the Children’s desk at the Stayton Public Library to see the latest squirrel letters, and write a letter of your own!

By practicing writing and engaging their imagination, children are strengthening the skills that help them get ready to read and learn.

Storytime happens Tuesdays at 11:00 am or 11:45 am outside the Library.  Space is limited, so register in advance online or sign up at the Library.

A special thank you goes out to Bob Parsons from Public Works who made and installed our squirrel mail box.

Tiny Art Show - Take and Make Kit for all ages

This month for kids ages 7-11, teens, and adults we’ll have take and make kits for a Tiny Art Show! Pick up your kit with a tiny canvas, some paint, and endless possibilities for creativity then return your completed canvas to the Library by the end of the month to have it displayed in our Tiny Art Show. We will have a modified kit for kids ages 6 and under. Kits will be available beginning Tuesday, September 14 during regular Library hours and are limited to 1 per person while supplies last.

Celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month!

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month! With a library card you can discover new and exciting worlds! In addition to providing access to over 2 million books through the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service, you can borrow digital audiobooks and ebooks, stream critically acclaimed films and documentaries through Kanopy, and enjoy fun activities for all ages. Anyone who lives in Marion County is eligible for a free Library card at Stayton Public Library, visit http://www.staytonoregon.gov/page/library_cards to learn more. 

Want to share your love for your Library Card? Pick up an I Love My Library sticker while supplies last.

What's Happening at the Library - September 2021

Check out the Library's September Newsletter here.

Stayton Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Mark your calendars for the Stayton Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale! The book sale will have thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, and more at low prices.


Hours of the sale:
Thurs, Sept 30 .... 5 pm - 8 pm
Fri, Oct 1 ............ 9 am - 7 pm
Sat, Oct 2 ........... 9 am - 4 pm

Located at the Stayton Community Center, 400 W Virginia St, Stayton
All funds raised go to the Stayton Friends of the Library to help support the Stayton Public Library.

What's Happening at the Library - August 2021

What's happening at the Stayton Public Library
August 2021


Read our latest email newsletter for information on the final days of Summer Reading for the year, games you can check out, how to download audiobooks for your next roadtrip, a booklist to beat the dog days of summer, and more!



What's happening at the Stayton Library - Newsletter, July 16, 2021

image of bookshelves in the Library with the Stayton Library logo in the bottom corner. Click to link to latest newsletter+

What's happening at the Stayton Library? 

Read our latest newsletter here.

Updates to Library services and hours

Library hours beginning July 12:

Tuesday, Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday - Curbside service available by appointment
Sunday, Monday - Closed


Additional information: (As of June 30)

  • Masks are not required, but are recommended. Libraries are for everyone and masks allow us to safely serve families with children who are not eligible for vaccination at this time, and those with health conditions who may not be able to get vaccinated. 
  • No Public Restrooms
  • The Library’s meeting room is inaccessible
  • Early learning toys are unavailable
  • Returns must be made to the outside book drop; staff will not accept returns inside

Take and Make Kits for the Summer!

Throughout the Summer we will have several take-and-make kits available for all ages. Each week you will be able to pick up an activities kit with materials to take and make at home. Kits will be available at a drive-thru (or walk-up) event on the date and times below, but any extras can be picked up throughout that week while supplies last. Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ll have available and when: 


*RESCHEDULED* Wednesday 6/30, 3 pm - 4 pm

Kids STEAM-to-go: Exploring the visible Spectrum

Experiment with ways your eyes see color, and explore how to code the rainbow!

Teens & Adults: Birdwatching & Birdseed Cookie

This kit includes information about birdwatching and supplies to make a birdseed ornament.

Oregon’s Dino-Story - Activity kit

Uncover the mystery of Oregon’s dinosaur history! We’ve partnered with UOs Museum of Natural and Cultural History for this dino-mite adventure and explore the clues that fossils reveal about Oregon during the Age of Dinosaurs.

Tuesday, 7/6, 3 pm - 4 pm

Kids STEAM-to-go: Upcycled Paper Crafts

Make rainbow paper, and upcycle used paper scraps into something new!

For Teens Only - Wreck this Journal! 

In this kit create your own journal that you get to wreck... with creativity and art! In your kit you will get a blank book and prompts to inspire your creativity.

Monday, 7/12, 3 pm - 4 pm

Kids STEAM-to-go: Lights and Shadows

Become a human sundial, and explore the shapes made by shadows! Can you guess which shapes are in the shadows?

The Power of Plants! Family Activity Kit

Natural heroes are growing all around us! We’ve partnered with UOs Museum of Natural and Cultural History to bring you a science adventure and to celebrate the power of plants through experiments, crafts, and other hands-on fun!

Teens & Adults: Pollinator Watering Station

This kit includes information about pollinators and supplies to make a pollinator watering station.

Monday, 7/19, 3 pm - 4 pm

Kids STEAM-to-go:  You’re Glowing!

Brighten up greeting cards with a bit of gleam, and make water glow!

For Teens Only: Bioluminescence

This kit includes information about animals that create their own light and a science experiment...  with glow sticks!

Monday, 7/26, 3 pm - 4 pm

Kids STEAM-to-go:  Ways of Watercolor

What can you do with watercolor paint? Make water walk, paint with ice, and mix up the best combination of colors!

Oregon’s Amazing Animals - Family Activity Kit

From tiny horses to giant sloths, discover the incredible variety of life in Oregon, both past and present. We’ve partnered with UOs Museum of Natural and Cultural History to bring you a fun, hands-on activity kit to explore adaptations that help animals survive and thrive in diverse habitats like oceans, forests, and rivers. 

Teens & Adults:  Abstract Geometric Watercolor

Try out different watercolor techniques to create your own abstract piece of art.

Monday, 8/2, 3 pm - 4 pm

Kids STEAM-to-go: Catch the Light

Harness the power of the sun to add color to a window or use its heat to make new designs with crayons.

For Teens Only: Tie-Dye

This kit has supplies to tie-dye a library tote bag... or whatever else you want to add color to!

Where is the Library this Week?
image with Summer reading logo: Reading colors your world and the text where is the library this week?
Where is the Library this Week? 
This Summer, you'll be able to find us not just in the Library, but around town. Here's where we'll be this week:
June 21st-July 8th: StoryWalk in the Park
Our first StoryWalk of the Summer will be up! Visit the Community Center Park behind the Library to read the story while you stroll.

Tuesdays, 10:30am: Storytime in the Park
Community Center Park

Tuesdays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Picnic Picks in the Park
Bring a lunch, pick a book to borrow or keep, explore music, activities and more! (for kids and families)

Wednesday, June 23rd, 3 pm-7 pm: Stayton Farmers Market
Find our booth at the Farmers Market this week and stop and say hi!
3rd St & Florence in Stayton

Breaking News! Summer Reading is here!

It's June 21st which means... Summer Reading is here! We have programs for pre-k, kids, teens AND adults! Some of the things in store for the summer are Take & Make kits, we'll have 6 weekly kits for kids & teens and 3 kits for adults. Storytime in the Park begins this week, and our scavenger hunt begins in July. Ready to sign up? Register online at stayton.readsquared.com or download the READsquared app, choose our Library and begin! The website and the app work together seamlessly so you can log at home, or anywhere!
Paper logs will be available to pick up at the Library during open hours, curbside pickup, and any of our Outdoor programs. Both online and paper formats encourage a lifelong love of reading and include optional activities to participate in. But, in our online program through the website and the app you can earn digital badges to maintain motivation, have extra activities to participate in and earn points, keep up-to-date with an event calendar, find book lists, and more!

Stayton Public Library opens for limited in-person services June 15

image of library shelf and book spinesAs Marion County COVID-19 levels improve and vaccination rates increase, Stayton Public Library will make the following adjustments to service levels. Please know that Stayton Public Library will continue to prioritize patron and staff safety during the pandemic, following public health guidelines closely. Additional services will be rolled out carefully as local conditions, staffing and space allow. As changes are made, you can find updated information on our reopening  page: http://www.staytonoregon.gov/page/library_reopening

Beginning June 15, 2021


Limited open hours: 
Tuesday, Wednesday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Thursday 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Curbside service:
Curbside service available by appointment Friday & Saturday

Closed on Sunday, Monday

Please read procedures and health and safety requirements here:  http://www.staytonoregon.gov/page/library_reopening

Stayton Public Library announces it's Summer Reading Program "Reading Colors Your World"
Stayton Public Library launches its Summer Reading Program on June 21, 2021 and will run through August 14, 2021. During those next two months, the library will have a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading and earn them chances to win prizes. 

Families and individuals will have the opportunity to log their reading and activities on paper, or in an online platform that will earn them digital badges, keep up-to-date with the calendar, play games, find book lists, and more! Some of the activities planned will include virtual performers, weekly STEAM activities for kids and teens (plus some special ones for adults too!) and Storytime in the park.

The theme for 2021 is “Reading Colors Your World” and focuses on colors and the many ways that reading can expand your world through kindness, growth, and community. Participants will be encouraged to get creative, try new things, explore art, and find beauty in diversity.

There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. Children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall.

Families and individuals will be able to sign up online to participate and log through our online portal and app which will be available at staytonlibrary.org beginning June 21. People interested in a paper option can call 503-769-3313 after June 21.

It's a Dino Adventure Storytime!

This week we heard reports of rogue dinosaurs making it into some of our curbside bags! They seem to love children's books the best, but don't be alarmed, they are just looking for adventure!

To find out what these dinosaurs have been up to, you can take a bite into prehistoric adventure with Jennifer and Emily in Zoom Storytime on Tuesday, May 18th at 10:30!  To register for Zoom Storytime, visit the Library's calendar.


It's not too late to share YOUR dinosaur's story! Call the library at (503) 769-3313 by May 14th to find out how...


May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month


May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and this year more than ever, we need to celebrate and honor those voices that let a window into these experiences. 


We've created booklists for adult, teen, and children's books that feature Asian and Pacific American voices and stories. Titles are linked to the CCRLS online catalog to place holds for a curbside pickup.


May Take and Make Kits


Take & Make Kits - Drive-Thru Pickup
Saturday, May 8, 11-1pm

Pick up Take & Make kits for kids, teens, and adults during a drive thru pickup event Saturday, May 8 from 11am - 1pm.


For Children:
Simple Machines: DIY Gears
Geared Keychain

For Teens:
Origami Cranes

For Adults:
Yarn Birds

No Registration Required. Look for the signs outside.
--- Available while supplies last ---

If you miss out on the kits, instructions will be posted on the Library website for you to do at home with your own supplies.

It's National Library Week! Here's what's happening...


April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Welcome to your library,” which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.


During these challenging times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons. Below is a highlight of some of the ways that Stayton Public Library is doing that!


Curbside Checkout-

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday we offer curbside service. People can place holds and make appointments online or over the phone, then pick up their materials. For more information visit http://www.staytonoregon.gov/page/library_pickup or call 503-769-3313.

Miss Browsing? Here’s how we can help-
Staff are working individually with people to offer a more personalized experience. We have created options for patrons to receive customized reading suggestions, surprise bags, and more including our children’s chapter book program “Book Bistro To Go”.  

Virtual Storytimes & Early Literacy resources-

  • Every Tuesday we offer virtual storytimes over Zoom. In addition, staff are creating an accompanying online option that can be explored at each family’s pace. 
  • Library Staff have created an online portal where parents and caregivers can find early literacy resources. 
  • We have a Storyline! Anyone at any time can call 503-769-2408 to hear a story read by Library staff.
  • “Storytime Unplugged” printed options are available. Call us 503-769-3313.

Wi-Fi and Hotspots-

  • Expanded wifi - With the help of SCTC we have expanded our WiFii so that is accessible throughout the Library’s parking lot.
  • Mobile hotspots - We now have Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots to check out through curbside pickup. These mobile hotspots are made possible through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and in cooperation with Chemeketa Community College and Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service.

Need Printing, Scanning, and Copying?

  • Email us documents that need to be printed and we will print them and bring them out to our curbside service table.
  • We can also scan to an email or make copies. 

Monthly Take and Make kits-
Each month we provide Take & Make activity kits for children, teens, and adults in a drive-thru event. If people miss out on the kits, materials lists and instructions are posted on our website.

Any questions? Stayton Library Staff are happy to help! 
Call us at 503-769-3313 or email us at staytonpl@ccrls.org


FOL Used Book Grab Bag Sale

In lieu of a traditional used book sale this year, the Stayton Friends of the Library will hold a drive-thru Grab Bag Book Sale on Saturday, April 10th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. 


Each bag will be $5 and contain at least 6 books in the category you choose. Bags will be divided into genres such as fiction, mystery, romance, children and young adult.  


Signs will be posted in the Library parking lot directing you where to go and volunteers will take your order!  All proceeds go to the Stayton Friends of the Library.

April Take & Make Kits for all ages

Take & Make Kits - Drive-Thru Pickup
Saturday, April 3, 11-1pm

Pick up Take & Make kits for kids, teens, and adults during a drive thru pickup event Saturday, April 3 from 11am - 1pm.


For All Ages:
DIY Wildflower Seed Bombs

For Children:
Companion Planting
Quilled Paper Art

For Teens:
Blackout Poetry

For Adults:
Upcycled Book Page Dahlia Wreath

No Registration Required. Look for the signs outside.
--- Available while supplies last ---

If you miss out on the kits, instructions will be posted on the Library website for you to do at home with your own supplies.

Now Available - Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots

We now have Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots to check out through curbside pickup! Call 503-769-3313 for more information.


These mobile hotspots are made possible through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (CAGML-248046-OMLS-20), and in cooperation with Chemeketa Community College and Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service.

March Take & Make Kits Drive Thru Pickup

Take & Make Kits
Saturday, March 6th, 11-1pm

Pick up Take & Make kits for kids, teens, and adults 
during a drive thru pickup event.

For Children:
Dig into Prehistory
Collage Treasure Box

For Teens:
Among Us Keychain ( & template)

For Adults:

Macrame Keychains

No Registration Required. Look for the signs outside.

--- Available while supplies last ---
If you miss out on the kits, instructions are posted above for you to do at home with your own supplies.

Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month.  To celebrate, we've created lists of books for all ages that illuminate the African American experience. 

Check out our booklists here: Adults, Children, Teen

February Take & Make Kits - Drive Thru Event


Drive Thru Pickup for Take & Make kits!

February 6th, 11am-1pm

Kits for kids, teens and adults will be available while supplies last. 

Take & Make Kits contain select supplies that you can pick up from the Library to use at home.

  Printed instructions are included. 


Did you miss out on picking up a kit? 

Call to check availability or click the links below to view the directions for each activity to do with your own supplies.


For Children

Fabric Art Board

Protective Fabrics


For Teens

Paracord Bracelets


For Adults

Map Coasters


Winter Reading Challenge

Starting January 5th, download or request an Entry Form

to participate in the Library’s Winter Reading Challenge.

No sign up required!


Anytime during the month of January, complete any three of the five activities listed on the Entry Form, and return the form to the library by January 31st for a chance to win!

There are five different ways to participate!  Check out the Winter Reading Challenge page for more details.

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