Summer Reading

Each summer the Seward Memorial Library offers a variety of programs for all ages based on a theme. The 2017 theme is Build a Better World.

View the Summer Program Calendar

Register Online HERE

School age children who register online can come to ANY 2017 Summer Library Programs in June and July that are offered for his or her COMPLETED grade level. The only exceptions are Maker Mondays and LEGO® Robotics which require additional registration.

Build a Better WorldCan you donate supplies to the library for our summer programs?
The following items are needed:

  • Empty plastic milk jugs (1 gallon size preferred)
  • Mini marshmallows

Program Descriptions

June 23 / New Versions of Old Things / Grades 2–4 / 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Put on your building hats! We’ll build elevators to bring sweet treats to our taste buds and play the builders version of Leap Frog.

June 26 / Maker Mondays / Grades 5–8 / 1:00–2:30 p.m.
The final Maker Monday challenge for 5th-8th graders will be to see which “spacecraft” has the smoothest landing by designing ways to minimize impact. Then, it’s time to build a Stomp Rocket and launcher!

June 27 / Sound Takes Shape / Grades K–1 / 1:30–2:30 p.m.
What’s a Foley Artist? Mess Around with movie sounds.

June 28 / Spectacular Skylines / Grades K–1 / 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Explore Skylines near and far and create one of your own.

June 29 / Sound Takes Shape / Grades 2–4 / 1:30–2:30 p.m.
What’s a Foley Artist? Mess Around with movie sounds.

June 29 / The String Beans / All Ages / 7:00–8:00 p.m.
The popular Nebraska musicians, The String Beans, will provide an evening of interactive entertainment for all ages at the Seward Bandshell. Ice cream will be served for donations by the Friends of Seward Library. Thank you to the Seward Runza® for sponsoring this family friendly special event. If it rains the concert will move to the Seward Civic Center Auditorium.

June 30 / Spectacular Skylines / Grades 2–4 / 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Explore Skylines near and far and create one of your own.

July 10 / Maker Mondays / Grades K–4 / 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Each Maker Monday will start out with a short engineering challenge. In the first week the kids will form teams to see who can win the “Shapes of Strength” challenge! Then each participant will get to build their own Magnus Flyer! We’ll spend time testing the flyers and experimenting to see which variation flies the farthest and highest!

July 11, 18, 25 / LEGO® Club / Grades K–8 / 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
We have over 10,000 LEGO® blocks! Each week there will be a creative challenge followed by time for individuals to do their own constructive play. It’s ok if you can’t make it to all sessions.

July 12, 19, 26 / Chess / Grades K–8 / 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Brand new through experienced chess players can come and “skittle.” There will be lessons on very basic chess. It’s ok if you can’t make it to all sessions.

July 13, 20, 27 / LEGO® Robotics / Grades 5–8 / 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
LEGO® Robotics will be taught on Thursdays in July from 11:00-Noon by Cindy Wolverton from Seward County Extension and Angel McMullen-Gunn from the Society of Women Engineers. Space is limited in this program. Children must be able to attend all 3 sessions.

July 13 / Theron Milo: The Rocky Mountain Wizard / all ages / 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Direct from the Rocky Mountains, Theron Milo is Nebraska’s newest Family Magician. With over 14 years of experience, dazzling audiences with his masterful sleight of hand, this wizard guarantees a great show.

July 14, 21, 28 / Pokémon / Grades K–8 / 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Come enjoy all things Pokémon! Pokémon cards, battles, books & movies! It’s ok if you can’t make it to all sessions.

July 17 / Maker Mondays / Grades K–4 / 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
The Maker Monday challenge this week will involve creating a simple toy that can balance on a toothpick! After the challenge we’ll make pop-up cards.

July 20 / Discover Nebraska Through Quilts / all ages / 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Learn and remember Nebraska landmarks, emblems and pioneer accomplishments through the Blue Valley Quilt Guild “Discover Nebraska” presentation. Bring one of your own quilts and tell about it as part of your Nebraska 150 celebration. All ages welcome.

July 24 / Maker Mondays / Grades K–4 / 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
What can type of creation can you build out of straws? Kids will get to experiment during the Strawbees Challenge! Then each child will get to make their own Stomp Rocket and launcher!

July 27 / Build a Better World Through Chemistry / all ages / 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Dr. John Jurchen explores the world at the molecular level with a series of demonstrations and thought-provoking questions. Some demonstrations are energetic. Very small children should not sit in the first row. Come to the Concordia Science Building for this program.

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