The Seward Community Library & Museum supports literacy and playspace programing for children. We have designated library collections and spaces for young children, juniors through middle school, and young adults.
All programs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
1KBK is a fun, free program for children from birth to five years and their caregivers to read 1000 books before kindergarten to increase early literacy and language skills. It's easier than you think with simple reading logs with 100-book milestones, so stop by and register your child today!
Early Literacy Station/Tablets
An AWE Early Literacy Station designed specifically for ages 2-8 features over 4,000 localized learning activities. Fun, interactive and engaging content spans seven curricular areas: math, science & nature, social studies & geography, reading, art & music, writing & computer skills, and reference. One computer station is located in the Children's Room and 6 tablets with headphones are available for in-library checkout.
A book discussion program for all home-school students meets monthly during the school year (except December) on the last Wednesday of the month, and is recommended for students reading at the junior level. This program is aided by parent volunteers. Please call for details and information.
Museum Children's Area
A collection of books about museums, local history and interests, as well as play things that represent our community, environment and history have been selected for the children's area in our museum. Ask for the Museum Explorers Guide and scavenger hunt activity sheets at the front desk.
Student groups are welcome to schedule a special Museum Visit mid-September - mid-May. The visit may include a short historical movie about the 1964 earthquake or the Iditarod Trail, a guided program or tour, and a scavenger hunt or similar activity. Please call for details and information.
Play & Chat
A free program offered Wednesdays, 10:30am - noon, for families with children 0 – 5 years old, with activities, stories, play-time and crafts, made possible through a collaborative effort between the Infant Learning Program and the Library Museum. Healthy snacks offered on occasion.
Drop by Saturday afternoons, anytime during noon - 4pm, in the Children's Room for a casual and fun play time with with musical instruments or other thematic play material, story books and friends. Note this is an unstructured play time and adult supervision is required.
Seward/Moose Pass Imagination Library
We partner with and support our local chapter of the Imagination Library, which provides an excellent selection of free books for children, ages 0-5 years. Stop by to register your child today or visit the Imagination Library website and follow prompts to register your child.
Join us Friday mornings at 11:00 a.m. from mid-September through April for stories, songs and more, to build early literacy and other valuable skills. Intended for children up to five years old and their caregivers at no cost and no registration required. Adult supervision is required.
Summer Reading Program
Special summer reading programs and events are offered for preschool, elementary, middle school and high school aged children through the summer. The Kick Off Party will happen in late May or early June and the Closing Party will occur in early August. Coordinated with the Alaska State Library and the Seward/Moose Pass Imagination Library, and partially sponsored by the Seward Community Library Association.