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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
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday-Monday


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

Stayton Public Library News

For more information, contact the library at 503-769-3313.


December Newsletter

Don't miss out on what is happening at the Stayton Public Library this month!

Check out our December newsletter here.


Exhibit on Display - “Anywhere but Here: housing discrimination in Oregon”

November 1-12
Stayton Public Library will be hosting an exhibit from the Fair Housing Council of Oregon that consists of photographs, quotes, and text on the history of housing discrimination in Oregon. The display chronicles Oregon’s largely unknown history of discrimination, segregation, and displacement, as well as the progress we’ve made and the challenges that remain.




November Newsletter

The November 2022 Newsletter is here!

Check out everything happening here: https://bit.ly/STA-Nov22

Pumpkin Painting Contest 2022

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 October 11 until October 22, 2022. Please do not carve or poke holes in the pumpkins. People will be able to vote for their favorite pumpkins from October 27-29.


  • 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
  • Have fun!

October Newsletter

Keep up with what's happening this month with our October Newsletter! Read it here: https://bit.ly/3dInXvQ


Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

Join us for the Stayton Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale at the Stayton Community Center

Thursday, October 6, 5 pm - 8 pm
Early Bird Night - Best Selections
Hardcovers & Trade Paperbacks $2.00
Mass market paperbacks $1.00
Kid’s books $1.00

Friday, October 7, 9 am - 7 pm
Hard Covers $1.00, Paperbacks 50¢, 
Kid’s books 25¢
Starting at 5 pm - $5.00 a bag

Saturday, October 8, 9 am - 4 pm
Bag Day
BYO bag and fill it with books for only $5.00
Starting at 1:00 pm, BYO box and fill it for $7.50


Harvest Storytime at Greens Bridge Gardens


Thursday, October 6, 10:30am

Join folks from Stayton and Jefferson libraries for a special fall-themed storytime at Greens Bridge Gardens!  Afterwards, pick a free book to keep and explore what the farm has to offer at your own pace. No registration required. Just meet us there!
Greens Bridge Gardens are located at 3730 Jefferson Scio Dr SE, Jefferson, OR 97352

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."



September 2022 Newsletter


The September 2022 Newsletter is here! Don't miss what's coming up, and check it our here: 



Summer 2022 By the Numbers

Stayton Public Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program was a whirlwind! 728 people of all ages from the community signed up and participated. We checked out 24,754 items, gave out 876 books to children, hosted some great performers, met some awesome people both inside the Library and out where we were part of community events, and felt the excitement in the air.  Now we can pause, take a breath and reflect on the amazing numbers and the impact! Thank you to the Stayton Friends of the Library, the Stayton Public Library Foundation, and the Ready to Read grant through the State Library of Oregon for all the help making this year’s Summer Reading Program such a success!


Storytimes in the Parks
Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Storytime is popping up in a different location each week!  Where WILL we go next? All ages welcome.

June 28, 10:30 a.m. 
Northslope Park

1450 Fern Ridge Rd SE

July 5, 10:30 a.m.  
Community Center Park

Behind the Library

July 12, 10:30 a.m. 
Quail Run Park

1613 Eagle St SE

July 19, 10:30 a.m.
Santiam Park

2250 N 3rd Ave

July 26, 10:30 a.m. 
Church Park 

375 E Main St, Sublimity

August 2, 10:30 a.m. 
Community Center Park

Behind the Library

August 9, 10:30 a.m.
Pioneer Park

450 N 7th Ave

Reading take us places


 Read Beyond the Beaten Path with us in this year's Summer Reading Program. Where will reading take YOU?


Summer 2022 newsletter

Check out what's happening this summer at Stayton Public Library in our Summer 2022 newsletter!


Summer 2022 Newsletter by Stayton Public Library

The Importance of Storytime

Contrary to popular belief, early literacy is not about teaching a child to read or write.  It’s not even exclusively about books!  Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read and write, a foundation of sorts for future success.  In building this foundation, reading is only part of the story.

Traditionally, storytimes have earned the reputation of being a space where books are shared out loud. With early literacy as a focus, modern storytimes go beyond that. In every storytime presented at the Library, regardless of the format it may take, children and their families embark together on the adventure of building the foundation for a child’s later experiences with the written word, giving context to what children experience in the world in which they learn and explore.

The Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play early literacy practices used during storytimes at the Library come from Every Child Ready to Read, a project of the American Library Association.

Join us for Storytime
We have 2 more storytimes before we take a short break. Storytime will return during Summer Reading and will happen throughout the community in different parks!

Join us as we walk into a world where early literacy is everywhere!

Tuesdays, May 24 & 31
11:00 am

Storytime takes place outside the Library and through the Community Center Park.

Storytime returns after a short break on June 28, 10:30 AM at Northslope Park! 1450 Fern Ridge Rd SE


We're hosting a plant swap!

Plant Swap
Saturday, June 25 10a.m. - 12 p.m.
Behind the Library


Have houseplants that you want to propagate? Extra seedlings? Bring plants, plant starts, seeds or pots and exchange them with other plant lovers at our plant swap!






May Take and Make Activities


Tuesday, May 10
Pick up activity kits for everyone in your family!

Kids (ages 5+): Launch it! Ball Launcher Challenge
Teens: Safety Pin Bracelets
Adults: Quilled Flower cards

Kits will be available Tuesday, May 10th during regular Library hours and are limited to 1 per person while supplies last.


May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month


May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time we join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.


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 Newsletter


We've been busy like bees! Keep up with what's happening at the Stayton Public Library in our May Newsletter here.



New Spanish Books! Nuevos libros en español!


Stayton Public Library has new Spanish language materials! Thanks to two grants the Stayton Public Library has been able to add $4000 worth of Spanish language materials to our collection for children and adults.

Stayton Public Library was selected to participate in this year’s Libros for Oregon cohort which brings Spanish language materials purchased directly from the Guadalajara Book Fair to Oregon Libraries. In addition, the Library received an ARPA grant facilitated through the State Library of Oregon to purchase books in Spanish and translate Library forms and marketing materials.

This is in part a result of a greater effort to update our existing aging Spanish collection and make sure that we are serving the entire community of Stayton with current and relevant materials. In addition, we will be featuring two bilingual performers this summer.


¡La Biblioteca Pública de Stayton cuenta con nuevos materiales en el idioma español! Gracias a dos subvenciones, la Biblioteca Pública de Stayton ha podido incorporar materiales en idioma español por un importe de $4000 a nuestra colección para niños y adultos.

La Biblioteca Pública de Stayton fue seleccionada para participar este año en el programa Libros for Oregon (Libros para Oregón), que busca proporcionar a las Bibliotecas de Oregón materiales en español adquiridos directamente desde la Feria del Libro de Guadalajara. La Biblioteca también recibió una subvención de la Ley del Plan De Rescate Estadounidense (ARPA) para adquirir libros en español y traducir los formularios y materiales de Marketing de la Biblioteca.

Esto es resultado, en parte, del gran esfuerzo por actualizar nuestra colección obsoleta en español y para asegurarnos de que estamos sirviendo a toda la comunidad de Stayton con materiales actuales y relevantes. Del mismo modo, este verano contaremos con dos artistas bilingües. 

Expansion to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library


The Stayton Public Library Foundation is expanding our Dolly Parton Imagination Library coverage area again!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Doris J. Wipper Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the Stayton Public Library is now able to add Sublimity (97385) to its coverage area!

If you, or someone you know, has a child from age 0-5 and lives in one of our coverage areas - Stayton, Sublimity, Gates, Mehama, Detroit, or Idanha - get them registered today to start receiving FREE books!

Sign up at https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/ or visit the Stayton Public Library to fill out a registration form.

The April Newsletter is here


Keep up with what's happening at the Stayton Public Library and check out our newsletter here.


Celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month! Check out some titles below to learn and celebrate the women who make change. All links take you to the CCRLS catalog so that you can place a hold.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo


Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around The World
Vashti Harrison

Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World
Rachel Ignotofsky


Rad American women A-Z
Kate Schatz


The Book Of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories Of Courage And Resilience
Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton


Stealing Secrets: How A Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, And Altered The Course Of The Civil War
H. Donald Winkler

Wonder women: 25 innovators, inventors, and trailblazers who changed history
Sam Maggs


Women in space : 23 stories of first flights, scientific missions, and gravity-breaking adventures
Karen Bush Gibson

Frontier Grit : The Unlikely True Stories Of Daring Pioneer Women
Marianne Monson



Library Opening on Saturdays soon!

Beginning March 19, 2022, the Stayton Public Library will be open on Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm. 

Open Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Thursday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 
Sunday, Monday - Closed
Additional information: (as of March 15, 2022)

  • Masks will not required but are recommended inside the Library. 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. 
  • The Library’s meeting room is inaccessible.
  • Returns must be made to the outside book drop.

Art from Salem Reads on display

Make sure to stop by and check out the art on display this month. The art featured is from Salem Reads Art Exhibit and are inspired by the Salem Reads 2022 book selection  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.



March Take & Make Kits

March Take and Make Activities
Tuesday, March 8

Pick up activity kits for everyone in your family!

Kids ages 3-6: Detective Kits
Kids ages 7-11: Detecting Fingerprints
Teens & Adults: Woven Coasters

Kits will be available Tuesday, March 8 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.

Read Across America: Storybook Mystery Readers

For the first five days of March, in honor of the National Education Association's Read Across America, the nation's largest reading celebration, the Library is hosting a series of one-of-a-kind virtual read-alouds featuring a cast of storybook characters. But they're not revealing who they are... yet.

Each day a new reader will share a story of their choice and offer the opportunity to guess their identity. Other clues and hints about who they are may be found in their case files. Check these out in the Library during open hours at the display by the Children's Desk in the Library, or examine the case files directly online at staytonlibrary.org

Sharing stories together encourages children to see reading as important.  For more information about Read Across America, including their monthly book suggestions and resources, visit the National Education Associations' website at https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/student-engagement/read-across-america

March Newsletter


It's March! That means Spring is just around the corner and we have some exciting things coming. Check out the latest Library newsletter here

New Outdoor Games!

A big thank you to the Stayton Friends of the Library for the help in purchasing outdoor games to add to our existing games collection! 


Now available to check out:

Backyard Domino Set

Badminton (Freestanding net)

Bocce Ball

Disc Golf Set

Horseshoe Set

Tumbling Timber Game (aka Giant Jenga)

Yard Dice


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

Tuesday, February 8
Pick up activity kits for everyone in your family!

Kids ages 3-6: DIY Pop-up Cards
Kids ages 7-11: DIY Pop-up Cards
Teens: Origami Lucky Stars
Adults: Book Page Roses

Kits will be available Tuesday, February 8 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.

Library Closing Early

Due to staffing, the Stayton Public Library will be closing early Thursday, February 3rd at 5 pm. We hope to return to our regular Thursday schedule next week.








Love your Library

Did you know February is National Library Lovers Month? 


Join us during the month of February to help the Stayton Public Library build a STEAM-based Library of Things. 


What is A Library of Things?

A Library of Things is a collection of items for loan that expands the boundaries of traditionally defined library materials. The Stayton Public Library already has a collection of games, but they want to expand to be able to lend STEAM-based items such as a microscope, coding, robotics, and engineering kits. 


Visit the Stayton Public Library’s Amazon Wishlist. Consider loving your local library this month by purchasing an item to create a collection of STEAM-based materials for their Library of Things.


Interested in donating to this project with a financial gift? Visit staytonlibraryfoundation.org/donate and designate your gift to: Library of Things.


The Stayton Public Library Foundation's mission is to raise funds to improve the Stayton Public Library facilities, provide an endowment to support library operations, and to support special library programs and services. 

February Newsletter


Keep up to date with what's happening at the Stayton Public Library in February. 

Check it out!


Tax Assistance Resources

As tax season is approaching, here are some helpful resources: 

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit offer opportunities for families to receive federal funds, even if they do not earn enough income to pay taxes.

  • Millions of workers qualify for these credits for the first time this year, making awareness critical. Workers move into and out of eligibility based on changes in their marital, parental and financial status.
  • The easiest way for families to receive these funds is to file a tax return.


AARP Tax Aide will not be at the Stayton Library this year. They will have three sites open by appointment in Salem and Keizer. Here is where they will be:  

Center 50+ Appointments can be made  Mon - Fri 9:00 - 12:00  by calling (503) 588-6303 
South Salem Senior Center Appointments can be made by calling (503) 588-0748 Mon - Fri 10:00 - 2:00 
Dayspring Fellowship  Appointments can be made by calling 971 599 1940. 

CashOregon – a great site to help low income families locate free tax preparation services in Oregon. 211.org can also help in locating tax preparation options.  

MyFreeTaxes – free filing services from United Way


IRS.gov Forms and Insutructions


OR Dept of Revenue Forms and Publications


Best Books of 2021

Want to know what books people were loving in 2021? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best book lists of 2021. 

Salem Public Library – Puts out a list compiled with favorites from staff and Library patrons.
(They also have a list for Youth)  

New York Public Library – A compilation of best books, they have lists for Adults, Teens, and Kids in fiction, non-fiction, and more!

Library Reads – Library Reads is a list where Librarians across the country vote for their favorite books releasing each month. Check out their annual list of voter favorites for the whole year!

Novelist (Access with your CCRLS Library Card) – Accessible with your CCRLS Library Card, Novelist’s most popular feature is their read-alikes. Every year their editors create best of lists.

NPR Books We Love 2021 – Just looking for a good read? NPR hosts an inactive, curated list of books they loved sortable by genre and topic. 


January Take and Make Activities

Tuesday, January 11
Pick up activity kits for everyone in your family!

Kids ages 3-6: Stitched Samples
Kids ages 7-11: Felt Friends
Teens: Unicorn Embroidery
Adults: Tea Cup Cross Stitch

Kits will be available Tuesday, January 11 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.






January 2022 Newsletter

photo of the Library at dusk on Winter Solstice


Happy New Year! Check our January newsletter to find out how the Stayton Library can help you find motivation and inspiration for the new year. Also, we have a Winter Reading Bingo happening right now! 

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