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All programs are free.  Children need to supervised by an adult at all times. Contact us at (907) 224-4082 or libmus@cityofseward.net, or check our calendar for more information about Library & Museum programming. Donations are welcome and help support our programs.

Virtual Programs During COVID-19 Situation

  • Recorded Virtual Story Times 
  • Live Virtual Story Times
  • Virtual Community Summer Reading Challenge!

Watch recorded programs on Vimeo at vimeo.com/sewardlibrarymuseum

Live virtual programs will require an email invitation with a password and will not be recorded. 

Email Amanda at alyon@cityofseward.net to join email lists for virtual programming!

More details can be found on the Library/Museum page.


Programs for All Ages

All community members from Seward and the surrounding area are invited to participate in our programs.

Summer Reading Program
Returning in 2019! Our Summer Reading Program is for all ages, including preschool, elementary, middle school, high school and adults! A Kick Off Party will take place in late May/early June and a Closing Celebration will take place in early August. This program is coordinated with the Alaska State Library, and sponsored in part by the Seward Community Library Association and local businesses.

Annual Open House
Join us each November for a special event for all ages and community members to celebrate our community with fun activities, live music, raffle drawings and food after a very busy summer and shoulder season. November 2020 will feature our 7th Annual Open House!


Programs for Youth

Library ProgramsEngaging and interactive literacy and playspace programing are enhanced through designated library collections and spaces for young children, juniors through middle school, and young adults. Children need to supervised by an adult at all times.

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 and 100-book milestones. Stop by and register your child today and receive a special gift to celebrate your child's 500 and 1000 book milestones.

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.

Book Bunch
A book discussion program for elementary age home-school students meet monthly during the school year (except December) on the last Wednesday of the month, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Enjoy a time of sharing about what we’re reading, book recommendations, silly jokes and fun activities based on a theme selected by the students at the previous program. Formerly known as Lunch Bunch School season only.

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.

Museum Drop-In Crafts
Second Friday/Saturday, October-May. Join us for fun craft activities at the Museum Kitchen Table to bring children and people of all ages into the museum in order to encourage use of the museum children’s area and enhance their understanding of local history and preservation efforts.  We schedule this program to coincide with Second Saturdays to support our local businesses.

Museum Visits
Student groups are welcome to schedule a special Museum Visit mid-September - mid-May.  The visit may include a short historical movie about the Iditarod National Historic Trail or 1964 earthquake, a guided program or tour, and a scavenger hunt or similar activity. Must be scheduled in advance due to limited availability, so contact us early for details and information.

Play & Chat
A free program offered year-round on Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, for families with children 0 – 5 years old, with activities, stories, play-time and crafts, is made possible through a collaborative effort between the Seward Infant Learning Program and the Library Museum. Healthy snacks are offered on occasion.

Play Time
Drop by the Children's Room on year-round on Saturday afternoons, anytime 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, for a casual and fun play time with thematic play material, activities, 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.

Story Time
Join us Friday mornings at 11:00 AM 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. Story Time takes place in the Museum once a month to incorporate local stories, history, collections and activities so young children may learn about local history and how to be Museum Explorers. School season only.


Programs for Adults

Community Book Club
The Community Book Club meets monthly every third Saturday of the month at 11:00 AM in the Meeting Room October through April. All are welcome, whether or not the book was finished. Stop by or call for the current selection. Winter only.

Community Conversations
Do you believe in the power of conversation to enhance our lives and community? Join us for thoughtful discussions that build community. Light refreshments will be served. Fourth Tuesday in September, October, November, January, February and March. Contact Director Kingsland at vkingsland@cityofseward.net for conversation ideas. Many thanks for the Alaska Humanities Forum for their support for this program!

Author Visits and Writer's Workshops
Watch our online calendar, because we like to offer author visits, readings and writer's workshops whenever we can. Contact us if you know of an author, are an author or would like to request a specific writer's workshop program. You're suggestions are welcome!

Have an idea for a program? Let us know!