Seward Community Library Association (SCLA), aka, the Friends of the Seward Library, is suspending its collection of used books in the box at the top of the stairs by the library front desk, in preparation for construction that will affect its storage area in the library basement. After the construction is complete, the Friends of the Seward Library will inform the community when the collection box has been reinstated.

Used books already collected and library discards will still be available to the public for sale. The Friends inventory will be refreshed often as we will be trying to put back into readers’ hands all the books currently in our storage area. We encourage all community readers to stop by often and take a look at the used books for sale. At the end of the summer, we will host a “Blow Out” sale of our used books. Watch for more information coming about this end of summer event!

Friends of the Seward Library has been collecting used books, audio books, and DVDs for its ongoing sale, located at the top of the library stairs, for almost two decades. The collection also includes children’s books, junior and young adult books, which are offered to the community for free.

In addition, the used books collection contributes to two other initiatives, which include sending children’s books to schools in remote Alaska villages, and providing free books to visitors at the cruise ship terminal. To date, SCLA has provided over 350 pounds of children’s books to schools in five remote villages and given away approximately 3,000 books to cruise ship travelers.

Funds collected from used book sale are dedicated to purchasing new books for our library shelves. Funds are deposited directly into an account with Ingram Publishing for library purchases of new books.

Thank you for your support of this important fundraiser for our community library.

Seward Community Library Association (SCLA), a.k.a. The Friends of the Seward Library is a non-profit organization that exists to enhance literacy in our community by supporting the Seward Community Library services, programs and resources, preserving SCLA historical resources andproviding educational opportunities through scholarships and other programs. For additional information, please visit www.friendsofsclm.org.