The Salem Presbyterian Church Library is supported by donations of books and funds to purchase new books by the Congregational members. The Library is used as a meeting room and for some small events.
It also serves as a small Chapel with its beautiful old lighted stained glass windows for individual meditation and small religious services.
January 2015 Book Review:
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY BY RUTA SEPETYS, Copyright 2011
Reviewed by Betty Stanley
Lina's journey to Siberia from Lithuania began in June, 1941 when she was fifteen years old. Lina, along with her mother and younger brother Jonas were arrested by the Soviet secret police, the NKVD.
This fascinating historical novel tells of the disappearance of the countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia from maps in 1941 and their reappearance in 1990. The harrowing experiences of Lina, her mother, and her brother begin when they are taken from their home and thrown into cattle cars, where they soon discover their destination, Siberia. In this dramatic and moving story, Lina fights for her life and the lives of those around her.
This story of the Baltic people's genocide is a relatively unknown one but it is an important event in world history.
These three tiny nations have taught us that love is very powerful. They regained their independence peacefully and with dignity. They chose hope over hate.