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Scholarship award up to $1500

Scholarship award up to $1500

Scholarship opportunity is currently available for Seward-area students, ages 16 to 21, who have been schooled in or near Seward for at least two years and have their own current library card. Applicants for this scholarship must do more than fill out a form. He or she must also demonstrate […]

Boundary monument 112, damaged by river ice, at the Yukon River crossing east of Eagle. Photo by Ned Rozell.

The Thin Line Between Canada and Alaska

by Ned Rozell- Marked by metal cones and a clear-cut swath 20 feet wide, Alaska’s border with Canada is one of the great feats of wilderness surveying. The boundary between Alaska and Canada is 1,538 miles long. The line is obvious in some places, such as the Yukon River valley, […]

Community Book Read and Workshop for Writers, April 21st

Community Book Read and Workshop for Writers, April 21st

Community Book Read and Writers’ Workshop with Libby Fisher Hellman is scheduled for Seward on April 21, 2018. Hellman will read from her recent publication War, Spies and Bobby Sox. This book presents three novellas about women who discover that the tumultuous effects of war were not confined to the […]

A detail of William Dall’s 1870 Alaska map, from “Alaska and its Resources.” 

A Scientist’s View of Alaska, 150 Years Ago

by Ned Rozell- One year before Alaska became part of America, 21-year old William Dall ascended the Yukon River on a sled, pulled by dogs. The man who left his name all over the state was in 1866 one of the first scientists to document the mysterious peninsula jutting toward […]

Seward Historic Preservation Award Nominations Open

Seward Historic Preservation Award Nominations Open

Nominations for local historic preservation efforts accepted now!  This annual award recognizes local preservation efforts and encourages community understanding and appreciation of Seward’s history. For over 100 years, many Seward citizens have enriched our sense of place and community.  Without the hard work and civic pride of those that came […]

Town of Seward Alaska, taken from an H-21 on Easter Sunday 1964. Photo by Frank C. Fox photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Coastal Alaska Spared a Tsunami, But Why?

by Allison Sayer for Seward City News- Last week, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake shook the state. The prolonged shaking prompted many coastal residents to immediately seek higher ground. A tsunami warning was issued for Southeast and Southcentral Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula, the Aleutians, and British Columbia. Due to the size of […]

Sponsor A book And Create Reading Adventures

Sponsor A book And Create Reading Adventures

Friends of the Seward Library hope that you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends! A reminder that the annual Wish Tree is up and ready for sponsors of children’s and young adult books! Help make a ‘book wish’ come true! Library is open today, December 26, 2017 through […]

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey and workshop. Photo by David Guilfoyle

Collaboratively Unearthing the Past

by Katherine Schake- At a unique curve in the Kenai River, known today as a late-season silver salmon ‘hole’ by locals and named for its color, Turquoise Bend has been discovered as an 800-year-old semi-permanent winter village site of the Denai’na. To the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, this site is not […]

Library Wish Tree Up and Ready

Library Wish Tree Up and Ready

‘Tis the season! The community Wish Tree is waiting just for you! It is located in the library and decorated with blank sponsorship cards, anticipating you and others from our community to sponsor new library books for children and young adults. In recent years, more than 60 new books have […]