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Seward, Alaska
A Community Center for Seward, Alaska

With an NEH challenge grant that helped it leverage an additional $1.5 million in donations, the City of Seward opened its Community Library & Museum in 2013. The 16,300-square-foot space has since become both a hub for locals and a tourist attraction. While the second floor houses the books, reference materials, and computers typical of a public library, the first-floor museum exhibits the history of Seward and screens documentary films about the Iditarod and the 1964 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed much of the town. The Library & Museum offers public meeting spaces and passport services to townspeople. It also provides a range of public programming for the city. In addition to a book discussion program for homeschooled students and early-literacy and summer reading initiatives, the Library & Museum has hosted businesses courses, filmmaking workshops, and author readings.

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