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Libraries Transform Book Pick
Libraries Transform Book Pick
Exciting news: the #LibrariesTransform Book Pick digital reading program is back! Join Seward Memorial Library and book lovers nationwide in reading and discussing it online using the hashtag #LTBookPick. Ebook copies available September 14-28 without any waitlists or holds. You will only need a library card and the Libby app to borrow and read the…
Story Time
Story Time
Due to current guidelines we will be providing Story Time on Zoom until further notice. Stay tuned for monthly updates.   Fall Story Time program link: Sept 23  Meeting ID: 897 4078 3696  
After School
After School
Make-it-Wednesdays Seward Memorial Library invites children in kindergarten through fourth grade to join the staff at 4 p.m. via ZOOM beginning September 9 – October 28. Each Wednesday a staff member will demonstrate a new craft activity. Registration is required. The library will supply participants with a bag of materials to use during the demonstration…
Book-to-Screen Club
Book-to-Screen Club
9/22/20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Join us virtually to discuss Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians Whether you’ve read the book, watched the movie, both or neither, join the chat! Tuesday, Sept. 22 @ Noon Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85002450476 Meeting ID: 850 0245 0476 Want to read, see or listen to this story? Check out our catalog for the format that [...]
Big Library Read   November 2-16, 2020   Visit our digital collection to borrow the riveting YA fantasy “Reverie” by Ryan La Sala with no waitlists or holds. Use #biglibraryread on social media for a chance to win Sora or Libby merchandise. Learn more What is Big Library Read? Global ebook Club Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive,…
National Voter Registration Day
National Voter Registration Day
A holiday celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of every September. It’s goal is to focus attention on the importance of registering to vote. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 3 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date. Get #VoteReady 60% of eligible voters are never…

Important Notice

Seward Memorial Library is open - See our hours here.
Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged but no longer required.
Appointments for computer lab use are required since sanitizing that room differs from the rest of the library.
Please contact staff for a time slot in the lab.
Limited meeting room use is available - Check availability here.
Check back often as current requirements may change with little notice.

Please remember all the ways we can serve you remotely! Consider reserving items online or calling ahead for pickup at our drive up window. Let staff know if you need assistance setting up online access to our resources. We can be contacted by calling 402-643-3318, texting us at 402-260-2202, or emailing info@sewardlibrary.org. Thanks for allowing us to continue to serve you in this uncertain time!

A Note From the Director

Seward Memorial Library staff remains committed to getting library materials to our patrons. We also want everyone, patrons and staff, to stay healthy during this time and are doing our best to help that happen.

Our drive-up window was well used when we closed to the public in mid-March and we encourage all who need library materials to continue to use this. In addition, we have read that the COVID-19 virus may live on books for up to three days. To protect both patrons and staff, we have implemented a "book quarantine" system for items that have been returned. They will be handled as little as possible until after three days. Our library software company has created many “quarantine” features, one of which allows us to check in your returns while keeping the items unavailable to others until they are out of quarantine. So, returned items will no longer remain on your account but they will not immediately display as being available on the catalog.

On March 1 we implemented an auto-renewal system (for all items that CAN be renewed) as well as no fines on many items. This doesn’t mean you can keep items forever. Examples of what might not be auto-renewed include: some specialty items, an item on reserve for another patron, or an item you renewed twice already. You should receive automatic notices about the status of all your items.

If you have any trouble with your individual account because of the changes we’ve implemented, call staff at 402-643-3318 or email info@sewardlibrary.org and we will work with you to the best of our ability.

We realize that everyone wants to know when the library will return to normal operations. We want to know that, too! Unfortunately, we can’t predict the future. Staff continues to turn to state, regional, and local authorities for guidance, applying their rules and limitations to our situation. Then we will adjust our situation to best serve our patrons. Thanks so much for understanding!

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