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casandra norinSAINTS PERSPECTIVE, Casandra Norin, SCCC Library Director

 

The President of SCCC, Brad Bennett, recently said that “Community” was the middle name of Seward County Community College. That idea extends to the library at the college as well. The SCCC Library is already a popular place for students to study, work on their homework or just relax between classes, but the entire community can use its resources. We love seeing students using the library, but we also enjoy community members coming in and checking us out, too.

If you have a high schooler or middle schooler in your house, bring them by the library. If you come in before the semester ends, they’ll get to see the library full of students. Hopefully, they will be able to imagine themselves studying at the SCCC Library in a few years. 

If you come in the summer, the library will be quieter, but you’ll be able to stretch out more and spend the whole afternoon undisturbed. Anyone in the community with a photo ID can check out books. We have a great fiction section that appeals to both young adults and adults, and even a special section of books for young children. Of course, we have an extensive non-fiction collection. 

Anyone can check whether we have a specific item by looking in our online catalog on the SCCC Library’s website. If we don’t have the item that you need, ask us. We’ll try to find something similar to what you want, or we can borrow it from another library for you. It usually takes less than two weeks to come in and is easy and free to request. 

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While the summer is usually quieter at the SCCC Library, we are hopeful that this summer will not be as solitary and silent as last year. With the pandemic in full blast, we had to limit patronage and usage. While we still are remaining vigilant (have you seen our giant air purifier?), you're going to want to step out — so why not step out to the library? And if it's too hot, come in and beat the heat. Start a book in the library and then take that and a DVD home with you.

One of the most popular areas in the library for community members is the magazine and newspaper area. Not only do we have local and state newspapers but also a lot of magazines and journals to browse and enjoy. The large, comfy chairs in this area are often filled with people studying or just reading for fun. 

If you need to use a computer, there are computers available for community members to use at the library. These computers give users access to the Internet, word processing programs and databases that both the SCCC Library and the State Library of Kansas subscribe to. For a small fee, the Library offers printing to community patrons. 

This past year has been tough for any library to provide the programming that it normally offers community members. Unfortunately, COVID derailed the SCCC Library’s programs that were funded from a Kansas Humanities grant. “Lunch in the Library” brought speakers from across Kansas to talk about history, arts and other social topics relevant to Kansans. These talks were popular with students, but we always had a solid group of community members that showed up regularly. Hopefully, we’ll be able to offer these programs again soon and see lots of students and community members together. 

The SCCC Library is here to help and welcome the whole community into the library. For more information, give us a call at 620-417-1160, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or just come in for a visit. Starting May 17, we begin our summer hours and will be open Monday thru Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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