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Welcome New Board Members

The Bryan-Bennett Library Board will meet in regular session on Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. The Board will be welcoming 2 new trustees: Ann Wilzbach and Tom Champion. Mrs. Wilzbach and Mr. Champion are filling unexpired terms formerly held by Craig Morton and Jim Reincke.


Ask the Expert

Save the date: Bryan-Bennett Library will launch its new informational series, "Ask the Expert," on May 28 at 6:30 p.m.

The local Modern Woodmen of America branch and Darren Dwyer of Edward Jones will be featured experts. The “Expert” hours at the library will provide area residents with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Modern Woodmen representatives and Mr. Dwyer, ask them questions, and get information about investing options, challenges and opportunities.

Ask the Expert programs will be scheduled the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Bryan-Bennett and will showcase a variety of experts in the community.

Book Signing: "Transformed" by Dr. Keith Driscoll

Also on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Keith Driscoll will sign copies of his book, "Transformed." Dr. Driscoll is the minister at the Salem Church of Christ.


Special Collections

Library Staff are featuring 3 special collections. Local readers can round up tons of adventure in the Westerns displayed at the Circulation Desk.

American Presidents are celebrated in a special patriotic display in the Non-Fiction stacks.

Inspirational selections are featured in the Fiction Stacks.


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eBooks arrive!

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Patrons with a Bryan-Bennett card may come to the Library to get their accounts set up to download E-Books. Bryan-Bennett is part of the Southern Illinois Libraries on the Go, a consortium of libraries in the region. The consortium subscribes to OverDrive, a leading full-service distributor of eBooks.Please contact Bryan-Bennett Library for more information.


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Location & Hours


315 South Maple, Salem

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 864
Salem, IL 62881

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(618) 548-3006

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Library Hours:

Monday - Thursday
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Friends of the Library

Book Sale Room Hours:

Monday to Thursday
Noon - 3 pm

Friday & Saturday
10 am to Noon

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