The annual ‘Wish Tree Book’ program is in full swing with the Friends of the Seward Library. A Holiday tree is decorated with ‘Wish Tree Book’ cards, and are available to Seward Library Museum patrons and Seward community to sponsor books for the children’s, youth and young adult shelves. In 2018, the Friends goal of 100 new books was met, through generous community sponsorship. Twenty dollars per book, sponsors may choose more than one book, there is no limit. We are looking to meet and exceed our goal of 100 new books for Seward’s youth this year.
With three locations for sponsorship cards to be picked up:
6th Annual – Open House
Seward Community Library & Museum
Saturday, November 9, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Can Your Fines All day!
Support our local food bank and donate canned/dry food and we will forgive your overdue fines and offer you one bonus raffle ticket
Ongoing Events ▪ 1:00 – 4:00
· Free Museum Admission - Winter Hours: Mon-Thurs by advance appointment, Fri-Sat, noon-5pm - Check out our new exhibits! Free all winter!
· Our Tree Blooms with Kindness - Share your experiences with kindness on our Interactive Board in Atrium which will be up through the holidays
· Hot Chocolate Bar & Refreshments - Enjoy a special cup of hot chocolate in the Community Room
· Create a Winter Wreath Craft - Fun easy craft for all ages in the Community Room
· Make a Bookmark Collage Activity - Simple independent paper activity at the Museum Table with limited seating.
· Make a Pom-pom Wall Hanging - Simple independent craft activity in the Meeting Room
· Craft a Paper Globe - A more complex paper folding activity in the Young Adult Room
· Random Prize Drawings! - Need to be present to win these small fun prizes
· Resurrection Bay Historical Society - Computer slide show in the Atrium of scrapbooks compiled by local daycare provider Jeannie Sether, who ran Gateway Daycare and Nana's Nuggets in the 1980s-1990s. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the table and help us identify the daycare children.
· Seward Community Library Association - Teen Reader Program: Local youth read their favorite books to inspire the love of reading for all ages in the Children’s Room
· 1:00 - Celebration Begins-
· 1:00 – 2:00 - Live Music w/Sue McClure at the Museum Exhibit Organ
· 1:00 – Teen Readers in the Children’s Room start up, stories will be shared
· 1:30 - Drawing for a Kindle Fire & a Drawing for a $50 Alaska Shop Gift Certificate (no need to be present to win)
· 2:30 – 3:30 - Live Music with Jim Pfeiffenberger at the Library South-Facing Windows
· 3:30 - Drawing for a $50 Frontier Trading Post Gift Certificate & a Drawing for a $50 Brown & Hawkins Gift Certificate (no need to be present to win)
· 4:00 - Celebration ends
Fun for all. All ages welcome. Caregiver supervision appreciated.
Friends had a fun time doing 1st Friday Art Walk, September 6, 2019. The last 'walk' of the season, the Friends displayed 18 handmade art pieces from our Sister City, Obihiro, Japan.
The art work was in a box unlabeled when the Collection Committee for the Friends of the Seward Library's historical and archives were working on our collections inventory. While they looked to be Japanese writing on the art, it was confirmed during this years visit from our Sister City Obihiro, Japan. During a community pot luck dinner for the exchange students and adults, the art was displayed and all of the writing was translated! We would like to thank the students and adults that helped with the translating.
Community enjoyed viewing this artwork again on 1st Friday, there were many questions about the Sister City program.
Friends also had a black and white photo album available of pictures of Obihiro presented to Seward in 1967.
The Friends of the Seward Community Library are currently accepting applications for the annual Swetmann Scholarship. Since 1978, the Friends of the Seward Community Library, have offered college scholarships to Seward area youth pursuing academic education or vocational training after high school. This scholarship opportunity is available to Seward-area students, between the ages of 16-21, who have been schooled in the Seward area for at least two years and carry a current library card. The scholarship is named for Viola Swetmann, the original founder of the Seward Library.
Applicants are invited to identify a passion or subject of interest that they would like to render into an original project that is created solely for this scholarship application inspired by information found within the Seward Community Library Museum. The project is intended to elicit the applicant’s connection to Seward’s unique history and resources through creative, personal expression. Projects are scored based on the number of resources cited, the depth of exploration, originality, clarity, and technical accuracy. In years past, projects have included a creative historic quilt, clay vessels celebrating Rockwell Kent, historical poetry, and so on.
The winning project will receive up to $1,500, dependent on the number of awards given. All
other qualifying and quality projects will receive $50. The deadline for submission is May 1,
2019. Details and an application can be found at www.friendsofsclm.org.
Seward Community Library Association (SCLA), a.k.a. The Friends of the Seward Library is a non-profit organization that exists to enhance literacy in our community by supporting the Seward Community Library services, programs and resources, preserving SCLA historical resources and providing educational opportunities through scholarships and other programs. For additional information, please visit www.friendsofsclm.org.
Friends of the Seward Library and Seward/Moose Pass Imagination Library are working together to support reading and books for ages newborn to age five! The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program is free to all parents in the Seward/Moose Pass area by registering.
Once registered, your child will receive, in the mail a free book every month until the age five (5). You can register your child at any time from new born up to age 5.
Two options are available for registering your child; online or print form and mail, see links below:
Online Registration here:
Print and send in your form from here: