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Seward Community Library & Museum

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Thurs, April 4, Training/Work Day

SCLM Workplace Recycling and Disposal Program

Library Museum staff are implementing a workplace recycling program for waste resulting from our work.  Details for the guidelines (see poster or contact us for a copy) for staff were clarified with the Kenai Solid Waste Office for proper sorting and disposal practices.  This includes facts such as caps and labels are okay on #1 and #2 plastics, labels are okay on glass, lids are not ok on glass, and no form of aluminum foil is accepted. 

This is not a public program and the Director personally takes sorted material to the transfer station for recycling to make this program possible.  Look for opportunities for patrons and visitors to participate in the future.  Contact Director Kingsland at 907-224-4082 or for more information or if you’re interested in helping with this important program, such as sorting, delivery to the transfer station, or selected donations for our sustainability efforts.

Visit the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department website for their latest Recycling handout under Programs.


Book Bunch – National Noodle Month!

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

This unique program for homeschooled children is planned for the elementary age level, but students of all ages and their families are invited to bring their current reads.  Enjoy sharing about what we’re reading, book recommendations, silly jokes and fun activities based on a theme.  National Noodle Month was selected for the March theme!  We will also practice on laptops how to search the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) for the books you’re looking for.  Children at the next meeting will select the April theme, which will also include a special visit to the Museum to close out the season! 

New! Social Security Disability 101

Tues, April 2, 2019, Noon-1:45 pm

Meeting Room

Note that this is DIFFERENT from the usual Social Security 101. This OWL videoconference will focus in on disability, specifically:

  • Information about disability benefits and the disability application process.
  • How to use your my Social Security online account and other online services.
  • What are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits and how do you qualify?
  • What do you need to report when you receive SSI?
  • What other Social Security programs are available, and who qualifies?

Join this FREE OWL workshop from Social Security.  Visit to create a my Social Security account and print out your Social Security Statement before attending the workshop.

Social Security 101:  Everything You Wanted to Know About Social Security

Tues, April 9, Noon-1:30pm

Meeting Room

By popular demand, a FREE OWL videoconference 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 to create an account to print out a Social Security Statement before the workshop.  Can’t make it?  This program repeats for the last time of the season on May 14th.

Story Time

Fridays, 11am-Noon

Children’s Room

All children under the age of 5 years and their caregivers are invited to join in the fun every Friday!  Each Story Time is accompanied by story books, action songs, finger plays and crafts to enhance the children’s experience with the theme and literacy.  We will open the doors 5 minutes early to give everyone time to settle in.

  • March 22: Boxes! with special activity
  • March 29:  Oodles of Noodles (National Noodle Month)
  • April 5:  Poetry is Fun! (National Poetry Month)
  • April 12:  Silly Stories (National Humor Month)
  • April 19:  Our Amazing Planet! (Earth Day, April 22)
  • April 26:  Superheroes (National Superhero Day, April 28)

April 26th will be our last Story Time until next fall to give us time to prepare for another amazing community wide Summer Reading Program: Universe of Stories!  Play Time will continue through the summer.

Play Time

Saturdays, Noon-4pm

Children’s Room

Each week features a new theme and selection from our Children’s Library collection.  We’re going through the alphabet and have already had fun with Earth, Food, Gift and Home, Inch and Jump themes!  Don’t miss out on the fun with books, activities, and toys selected each week to enhance creative play and development.  Stop by each Saturday to experience our newest theme for this unique unstructured play program created with working parents in mind.  Adult supervision required.

  • March 23: K is for Kite
  • March 30:  L is for Leaf
  • April 6:  M is for Mouse
  • April 13:  N is for Night
  • April 20:  O is for Orange
  • April 27:  P is for Pet

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. 


Special KMTA Children’s Book Release TBA

Sat, April 13, 1-3:00 pm

Community Room

A new children’s picture book published March 1, 2019 is the latest in the lineup of Kenai Mountains–Turnagain Arm (KMTA) National Heritage Area publications to be presented in Seward first.  Co-sponsored by Ember Press and the KMTA.  Light refreshments will be served.  Stay tuned for more details.

Author Reading:  Mar Ka and Monica Devine

Sat, April 13, 4-5:30 pm

Community Room

Genre-Bending Memoirs: A Conversation Between Poetry and Prose.  Poet Mar Ka and Essayist Monica Devine read from and discuss their new works, inviting the audience to engage in a contemplation of memoir and form.  Mar Ka is the author of Be-hooved and Monica Devine is author of Water Mask, both published by the University of Alaska Press and both residents of Alaska.  Light refreshments will be served.


April Community Book Club with Special Author Visit

Sat, April 20, 11am-12:30pm

Meeting Room

Ten copies of Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters by Lizbeth Meredith, are now available for check out at the library front desk.  Ms. Meredith will be joining us in person for our April 20th meeting followed by a community wide program at 1pm.  You’re welcome to read the selection even if you won’t be attending the gathering and all are welcome whether you finished the book or not.  Don’t forget to bring a light dish to share!  We will open the doors 5 minutes early to give everyone time to settle in.  You may read more about this selection on Echo at  

Author Visit:  Lizbeth Meredith

Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

Sat, April 20, 1-2:00 pm

Community Room

Join the conversation about intimate partner violence and breaking free of intergenerational patterns when Lizbeth shares from her award-winning memoir, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters.  Ms. Meredith’s memoir has won five book awards, she blogs at, is a contributor to A Girls’ Guide To Travelling Alone by Gemma Thompson, and the author of When Push Comes to Shove: How to Help When Someone You Love Is Being Abused.  Other work has appeared in Sunlight Press, HerStories Project, and Feminine Collective.  A former domestic violence advocate and child abuse investigator; Lizbeth has worked with at-risk teens for two decades as a juvenile probation supervisor.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about and discuss this sensitive issue.  Light refreshments will be served.

See you at the Library & Museum!