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Upcoming Closures

Mon, Feb 18 for President’s Day

Thurs, March 7 for Training/Work Day

Summer 2019 Movie@2 Program Update

We are pleased to announce we have been given permission by the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance and the Seward Community Library Association to show their movies again during our Movie@2 Program this summer.  May 13-September 14, we will show two movies, the Iditarod National Historic Trail: A History and Waves Over Seward, daily at 2pm, Monday-Saturday.  Each movie lasts 25 minutes and will be shown back to back with a suggested donation that is split between the three organizations.  We thank the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance and the Seward Community Library Association for giving us special permission to show these movies to the public!  We are the only place to view these historic movies on a regular basis! 

Museum Exhibits Update

Plans for a new Exhibit, “Treasures from the Collection,” a new window exhibit and updating existing exhibits are underway.  Stay tuned for announcements as they’re completed.  Many thanks to Curator Fried, the Resurrection Bay Historical Society, the Seward Community Library Association, the Seward Community Foundation and the many volunteers and agencies involved in making our museum a wonderful success!  We plan to have the majority of the work completed by the end of April.  In the meantime, stop by for a peek at the process involved in this incredibly detailed work.  We thank you for your patience as we labor to make our museum better and get it ready for the summer!

Recycling at the Library Museum

The Library Museum has always valued sustainability and resourcefulness.  We’ve provided the option for visitors to print on reusable paper at a discount to encourage recycling for many years.  Other City departments and community agencies support this by donating their reusable paper, which has printing on one side, but is in good enough condition to be used in a printer (no staples, tears, holes, wrinkles or bent edges or corners).  Cardboard is collected and collapsed so that Director Kingsland can personally take it to the transfer station for recycling.  Batteries are also collected for proper disposal.   We’ve recently added collecting paper waste to our recycling program, so be on the lookout for designated collection bins to help us recycle paper!  Second hand mugs have also been collected and made available for use in our meeting spaces to reduce the use of disposable cups.  We have some tableware, but need additional pieces such as flatware, plates, bowls and serving dishes to further reduce usage of disposable products.  We will introduce plastic and other recycling options as we develop our program and resources.  Contact Director Kingsland at 907-224-4082 or vkingsland@cityofseward.net for more information or if you’re interested in helping with this important program, such as sorting, picking up to deliver to the transfer station or donations.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Story Time
Fridays, 11am-Noon, Children’s Room

Shark Week on 1/25 featured silly shark books, activities and a toothy newspaper shark craft.  On 2/1, we learned and shared about bugs and insects, sang silly songs and finger plays and made a paper plate lady bug.  We partnered with Laura Woodward from the Alaska Sea Life Center on 2/8 to learn about polar bears, listen to stories and to make a handprint polar bear painting.  Child under the age of 5 years and their caregivers are invited to join in the fun every Friday!  Upcoming themes Include:

·         Feb 15:  Big and Small Things

·         Feb 22: Monkey Business

Play Time
Saturdays, Noon-4pm, Children’s Room

Each week features a new theme and selection from our Children’s Library collection.  This year’s themes will follow the alphabet.  We’ve already had fun with Art, Boats, Chickens, Dragons and Earth!  Don’t miss out on fun and play with books, activities, creative and developmental toys, and drawing/writing material selected each week to go with the theme.  Stop by each Saturday to experience our newest theme for this special unstructured play program developed with working parents in mind.  Please note that adult supervision is required.  Upcoming themes

·         Feb 16:  F is for Food

·         Feb 23:  G is for Gift

Can’t make it to Story Time or Play Time?  Stop by whenever we’re open to enjoy our growing collection of children’s books, puzzles, developmental toys and activities in the Children’s Room to enhance your child’s learning, play, reading and social experience. 

Museum Drop-In Craft
Second Friday & Saturday

February 8-9, Museum Kitchen Table

Visit the Museum on Second Friday & Saturday during the winter to create a seasonally themed craft, and enjoy FREE Museum Admission, noon-5pm.  Make a heart bouquet card for someone special, learn about Seward and the new exhibit work taking place, sit at the Kitchen Table and library to explore more about Seward and Alaska, or spend some time in our Children’s Area.  All ages welcome!

Writing Family Stories: How to Write a Memoir

Letters from Happy Valley by Dan Walker

Saturday, February 9,2019 5-6pm

Letters from Happy Valley is the story of discovery that began when a box of old letters arrived in Alaska from Ohio.  These letters which appear unedited to tell the story of the Walkers’ journey north and their first months of homesteading on the Kenai Peninsula.  Mr. Walker will share how he braided family history, the Alaska homestead experience, explorations of memory, and his search to know a father he lost in 1965 into a tale told in three voices; two from the past and one from the present, searching for a past he poorly remembered.

Social Security 101: Everything You Wanted to Know About Social Security
Feb 12, Noon-1:30pm, Meeting Room

By popular demand, a FREE OWL workshop from Social Security to answer questions like: When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits?  How does early retirement affect your benefits?  Do you qualify for disability, survivors, and spouse benefits?  How do you get the most from your benefit? What is the future of Social Security?  When should you file for Medicare?  Learn how to use my Social Security online account and other online services.  Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount to create an account to print out a Social Security Statement before the workshop.  Can’t make it?  This program will repeat the second Tuesday of each month through May on March 12th, April 9th and May 14th.

February Community Book Club

Sat, Feb. 16, 11am, Meeting Room
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Meet Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town high school.  Based on this Bestselling Author’s own experiences, this book speaks of one Native American boy as he breaks away from the life he was destined to live.  This controversial book and author will provoke lively discussion.  Don’t forget to bring a tasty dish to share!  Read more about this selection on Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Absolutely_True_Diary_of_a_Part-Time_Indian and the American Library Association Banned Spotlight:  https://bannedbooksweek.org/banned-spotlight-the-absolutely-true-diary-of-a-part-time-indian/.   

Also on Saturday, Feb 16!

A Rose in Candle documentary film with Beverly Churchill

Sat, Feb 16, 4:30-6pm, Community Room

New documentary by Beverly Churchill and Russ Reno. This film about Churchill’s grandmother Rosa Senescu, the intrepid Romanian violinist who ended up in Candle, Alaska, through marriage to Alaskan Hilkey Robinson, is an exciting and heartwarming one!  Don’t miss this special guest!  We’re looking to offer more author visits, original films and slideshows programs.  Contact us about featuring your creative work or to make a suggestion.  We love it when you share your ideas and suggestions!

Book Bunch (formerly Lunch Bunch)

Wed, Feb 27, 1-2pm, Community Room

Elementary grade level homeschooled children and their families are invited to bring their current reads to share with each other.  Enjoy a time of sharing about what we’re reading, book recommendations, silly jokes and fun activities based on a theme.  In January we shared about our favorite things to do and collect for National Hobby Month and made awesome origami bookmarks.  Dental Health Month was selected to be the theme in February by the children and caregivers.  We will welcome a guest from Dr. Moriarty’s office to share how important taking care of our teeth can be.  Children at the next meeting will select the theme for March, so don’t miss out!  Older students are also welcome to attend, be a reading role model and help with the program.  Note the change in name to Book Bunch from Lunch Bunch and the change in time to 1-2pm.  Parents and children don’t have to worry about packing a lunch for this program anymore!  Besides featuring a theme, we will also plan more activities and crafts.  This unique program has been updated to better meet the interests and needs of the local homeschooled children and their families in our community.