Embracing History, Growing by Volumes becomes reality
Organizers say everyone in Seward is invited to celebrate the dedication of the new Seward Community Library Museum next Saturday afternoon, January 12, but that preschoolers and school children and their parents are especially welcome. Besides an opening dedication ceremony with singing by the Seward High School Chorus, and self-tours, two afternoon presentations by nationally-known children’s author Nancy White Carlstrom are scheduled along with fun, school child “book worm” craft activities at the afternoon-long celebration that begins at 1:30 p.m. with the formal dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. Free book bags, and free books by White Carlstrom, are available on a first-come basis for preschool and early reading children who attend the event.
White Carlstrom is the author of the popular “Jesse Bear” series. A former resident of Interior Alaska, she will be leading two presentations on Saturday. The first one, “Singing with Jesse Bear” from 2:30-3:00 p.m. is designed for preschoolers to 1st graders. The second White Carlstrom presentation, “Writing in Alaska: From Idea to Finished Book,” is aimed at older readers and writers from 2nd to 5th grade.
Children will have two age-appropriate craft stations to choose from and they will be treated to locally baked “book worm” cookies.
“Seward residents deserve a big pat on the back for sticking with this new facility during the nine years it took to plan, develop, fund and finish it,” says Keith Campbell, Chair of the building committee. The $10.3 million, 16,300 square-foot facility provides the highest possible energy efficient standards, ADA compliant access for all patrons, and provides better preservation of Seward’s historical and cultural collections. Originally envisioned in 2002 as part of Seward’s 100th anniversary year celebration in 2012, the new facility will contribute to Seward’s quality of life and its economy; provide additional, flexible meeting spaces for community gatherings, events and small conferences, and more space for books and educational exhibits.
The Seward Community Library Museum is formally open for business on Monday, January 14th.