This September, The Friends of the Seward Library mailed out 257 pounds of used children’s books to five remote villages.
Two years ago, after the used book sale, the Friends put out the call for a need for children’s books. We received a message from Marci Treadwell, a Seward small business owner (Starbird Studio) by summer and a teacher during the school year in Fort Yukon.
Marci expressed a need for children’s books. Many of her first grade students could use a book to have for their own, to take home and practice reading and share with siblings. No community library and no school library was available to her students. A sponsor came forward to pay for that first mailing of used children’s books and it started our ‘Books to the Bush’ program.
All our used children’s books that are retired from the library shelves or donated by community are available for free during the year and again for free at our annual used book sale, held in April. The remaining books after the sale go into storage. Rather than have used books sitting, the Friends of the Library looked for a way to put the used books into children’s hands. Marci’s need provided that.
This September, Marci carried our message to other teachers from remote locations that also have a need for books to give to their students and have in their class rooms. Five boxes weighing 50+ pounds each were mailed, book rate, to Fort Yukon, Venetie, Circle, Beaver and Chalkyitsik.
If you know of a family, school, teacher, pre-school, community center near or far, that has a need for children’s books, let us know.
Email: email@example.com or call 907-362-1225
Photo provided by Marci Treadwell, Fort Yukon children opening their box of books.
Photo by SCLA of the note from students.
Our librarian friends made a display to celebrate Friends Week! Stop by and take a look. While you are there, check out the used books on sale all year long, view our display about the Friends of the Library and pick up a form. Supporting the library through membership helps support the library programs!
Super turn out for the Family Story Time with Roger Fuson. Two pots of chili were consumed and great stories were told!
Friends of the Seward Library want to thank Roger for coming, it was a great time. Thank you for the awesome support by the members, remember September is renewal month. You can find our form on this site under memberships, or stop by the library and pick up our form.
We are looking for a member of Seward's community to join our board. Board meets the third Thursday of the month at the library. 6pm to 8:30pm. Note: We take summer May/Jun/Jul and winter Dec/Jan where we do not meet
The Friends mission is:
The mission of the Seward Community Library Association, a/k/a The Friends of the Seward Library is to support and enhance literacy in our community, provide educational opportunities through scholarships and other programs, support library functions, and encourage community-wide involvement in cultural activities for all ages.
September is our annual meeting month and where board members are voted into office.
For more information, explore our website and give us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call Mary Tougas, SCLA aka Friends President at 907-362-1225 c
The Garden Fairies & the Friends of the Seward Library are joining up again to do an Art Walk in the Garden! Fiber Art pieces from a quilting group that use fiber scraps to create beautiful art work pieces that are table runners and mats to lap quilts and wall art. Come view this art work in the Library Museum garden during the First Friday art walk 6pm to 8pm, August 5, 2016. Art will be available for sale, all proceeds go to maintain our most beautiful public garden in Seward!
We will also be doing our 'Salmon Dip Off' contest! A popular event last year during our garden party, come taste the dips and vote for the best one! Winner by popular vote receives a certificate for 4 persons on a Major Marine Tour.
Used Books relating to gardening and out door recreation, will be on display and sale as well.
Salmon Dip Rules:
On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! Join us at the Seward Community Library & Museum for the Summer Reading Program for preschool and elementary school students. Families are invited to the annual Kick-Off Party on Saturday, June 4th from Noon-2:00 P.M. for free food & fun! This program provides a fun way to include reading and related activities in summer family time, and helps children maintain and improve reading skills.
Other youth programs at the Library Museum this summer include:
· The Legend of Sleepy Hollow performed by Stevens Puppets on Thursday, June 30th at 6:00 P.M.
· Family Movie Nights at 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 16th, July 7th, and July 21st
· Kite Making Workshop on Saturday, July 16th at 1:00 P.M.
Middle & high school students can participate in a Teen Summer Reading Raffle that includes fun prizes throughout the summer and a grand prize drawing for a $200 Amazon gift card. Every book read during the program equals one raffle ticket entry. Teens who visit the Library on June 4th will get an automatic entry in the drawing.
All programs are free of charge. Special thanks to the Friends of the Seward Library for sponsoring the Summer Reading Program! For more information contact the Library at 224-4082.
We are still accepting book donations upstairs at the library,please read our donation guide before you donate. Volunteers are needed to man the book sale Friday and Saturday plus set up and take down. Sign up to help here:
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T/W/TH 11am - 8pm
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F/Sat 10am - 6pm
Museum Winter Hours
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Fri-Sat 12pm - 5pm
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