Tuesday Night Book Club Reading Lists

By , July 21, 2017 9:35 am

Members of the  Seneca Free Library Book Club meet on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss the latest book on their list. They do not meet in the months of November and December. If you’d like to join in the discussion, contact the library and we’ll give you more information!

Here are the books they have read since 2003!

2017 List: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler—-The Light Between the Oceans by M.L. Stedman—-Capital Dames by Cokie Roberts—-The Lightning Thief by Rick Riodan—-The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown—-Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson—-The Kitchen House by Katheen Grissom—-Rules of Civility by Amor Towels—-The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware—-All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

2016 List: Ogallala Road by Julene Bair—-Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green—-The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid—-Left Neglected by Lisa Genove—-The Rosie Project by Graaeme Simsion—-The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty—-A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park—-Every Day by David Levithan—-Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult—-Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 2015 List: Orphan Trains by Christina Baker Kline—-The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty—-Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple—-Prisoner 88 by Leah Pilegic —-2030-The Real Story of What Happens by Albert Brooks—-In Broad Daylight by Harry MacLean—-What She Left Behind by Ellen Wiseman—-Care and Management of Lies by Jacquelin Winespear

2014 list:  Time’s Shadow by Arnold Bauer—-Still Alice by Lisa Genova—The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin—-The Romanov Conspiracy by Glen Meade —-Defending Jacob by William Landay—-The Taylor’s Daughter by Janice Graham—-Judgment by James Patterson—-Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer—-Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn—-Lemon Orchard by Lou Ann Rice—-Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

2013 list: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis—Art of Racing by Garth Stein—Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay—-Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford—-Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese—-The Devil’s Rooming House by M. William Phelps—-Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout—-Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

2012 list: Our Boys by Joe Drape—-Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot—The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins—-Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah—-Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers—-The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton—-Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See—-Esther’s Pillow by Marlin Fitzwater—-A Daughter’s Walk by Jane Kirkpatrick—-Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

2011 list: What Kansas Means to Me by Thomas Fox Averill—-Escape, The Carolyn Jessop Story by Carolyn Jessop—The Help by Kathryn Stockett—The German Bride by Joanna Hershon—Woods Runner by Gary Paulson—Lark and Termite by Jayne Ann Phillips—Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks—The White by Deborah Larson —Eternal on the Water Joseph Monninger—Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

2010 list: Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama—-P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern—-Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer—-Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs—-Angels Rest by Charles Davis—-Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares—-Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson—-The Old Man and the Sea or For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway—-Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper—Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles

2009 list: Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard—-I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou—-The White Cascade by Gary Krist—-Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini—-Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tamnet—-Family Tree Barbara Delinsky—-Air Ball: My Life in Brief by Lisa Harkrader—-For One More Day by Mitch Albom—-Change of Heart by Jodi Piccoult

2008 list: In Cold Blood —-Memory Keeper’s Daughter—-Year of Magical Thinking—-Time-Traveler’s Wife—-My Last Days as Roy Rogers—-The Book Thief—-Ladies No. ! Detective Agency—-Innocent Man—-Water for Elephants—-Fahrenheit 451

2007 list: The Learning Tree—-Widow’s War—-Life of Pi—-Chronicles of Narnia—-Up from Slavery—-Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man—-The Notebook—-The Outsiders—-Confessions of a Shopoholic—-The Glass Castle

2006 list: The Kite Runner—-The Devil in the White City—- Summer of the Monkeys— Snow Falling on Cedars—-Trail of the Spanish Bit—-The Pearl—-Rex Stout Mystery—-Memiors of a Geisha—The Joy Luck Club—-Leap of Faith- Queen Noor

2005 list: Leap of Faith: Queen Noor—-Bull Whip Days: The Slave Remembers—-At Home in Mitford—– The Good Earth—-Secret Life of Bees—- Letters from Rifka—-Lovely Bones—-Eudora Welty—-Girl with the Pearl Earring

2004 list: Seabiscuit—- Song of Solomon—- House of Spirits—-Don’t Lets go to the Dogs Tonight—-Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind—- Crossing to Safety—-Reversible Errors—-The Giver—-A Tree Grows in Brooklyn—- Five People You Meet in Heaven

2003 list: Persian Pickle Club— Branded with Love—- Katie Mediator—-To Kill a Mockingbird—- Red Tent—Anthem—- Seaman: The Dog who went with Lewis & Clark—-Peace Like a River—-Amy Fleury, Poet

Library Closed New Year’s Day

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By , September 4, 2013 3:04 pm

Happy New Year everyone, from the board and staff members of Seneca Free Library.

We be open again our regular hours Thursday, January 2, 10:00 ~ 8:00.


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By , November 24, 2009 2:43 pm

Monday November 30, after a long holiday weekend, the library will open with a new circulation system. We’ve been talking about this for months, it’s finally going to happen!

Beginning that day, you’ll be able to click on the NEXPRESS button in the upper right hand corner, search the library catalogs of over 30 libraries in northeast Kansas, put an item on hold and have it sent to any library in the area for you to pick up!

To help you get used to the idea, below are the links for training videos that our regional office has prepared. I think they are each only 5 minutes long, but each one has lots of helpful information. You will have to copy and paste the addresses to your search engine.

After November 30, you’ll need to call the library to get your Log In and Password information.

New Catalog Overview Video for Patrons:


If you cannot find what you are looking for in NEXPRESS, ask a librarian and we can check the state wide catalog for you or set it up so you can also do that yourself!

Helpful hint: The Regional Office tells us that Koha, an open source web based system, likes the Firefox search engine better than Explorer. If you are having trouble viewing the videos or using NEXPRESS, you might download Firefox. It is a free download. Go to Firefox.com and follow the prompts to download this to your computer. We have already downloaded Firefox to all the computers at the library.
The library will close at 5:00 pm Wednesday November 25 and reopen at 10:00 am Monday November 30.

Library Joining the NExpress Shared Catalog

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By , November 4, 2009 2:07 pm

The Seneca Free Library is joining NExpress, a regional shared catalog service of the Northeast Kansas Library System. Seneca Free Library will be one of over 30 libraries currently participating in the shared catalog.

The transition from the current library circulation system to the new Koha system will take place over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The library will close at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, and reopen on Monday, November 30, at 10:00 AM with a new library circulation software system called Koha, an advanced open-source integrated library system, used by thousands of libraries worldwide.

Once our library is on the new system, Koha will:

  • allow patrons to renew materials, place requests and view checkouts, holds, and fines online with a secure username and password
  • enable requests for materials delivered to the patron’s home library from the shared collection of almost 500,000 items—movies, books and audiobooks
  • allow patrons to place multiple titles in a Cart for easy, one-step request processing, and create personalized lists
  • permit patrons to view their complete reading and checkout history
  • notify patrons via e-mail when holds are available for pickup and when materials are due

Library patrons will need a new NExpress library card to access the system. Talk to a librarian today if you don’t have your new card.

Summer Line-up @ the Library

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By , May 29, 2009 4:35 pm

Mark your calendars now!

Don’t miss the summer entertainment programs planned for children of all ages.

 Performers scheduled to appear at the Library this summer are:

Tuesday June 2, 10:30 AM – “Unlimited Imaginations” by Jay’s Laughing Matters

Monday June 8, 10:30 AM -“Creative at the Library” by Monty Harper

Wednesday July 1, 10:30 AM – “Be Creative” by Kareen King

Tuesday July 14, 10:30 AM – “Make Your Own Rainbows Magic Show” by Eric Eicher




Be Creative with Summer Reading!

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By , May 15, 2009 3:23 am

Be Creative @ Your Library is the theme for this year’s summer reading program.

The sign up party at Seneca Free Library will be held from 3:00 – 6:00 PM on Tuesday, May 26th. There will be bookbags filled with goodies, pop, cookies and door prizes. Sign up continues for a couple of weeks if you are unable to attend that day.

The best part of summer reading is the surprise of new books! The library staff has been working on stacks of new material and hoarding them in the back room. Come in weekly to see what is new this summer. But don’t forget the your old favorites and the classics! Remember…read 20 books by July 31, and you’ll receive a certificate for a Personal Pan Pizza from Valentino’s!

Seneca Free Library Summer Reading Sponsors are: Northeast Kansas Library System, Seneca Wholesale, Ray’s Apple Market, Valentino’s Restaurant, United Bank & Trust, McDonald’s of Seneca, and Rogers & Sons Electric

Library Receives Recognition

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By , April 1, 2009 7:08 am

Seneca Free Library has received recognition again as a library with overall exceptional library performance. The Library Journal, a well-known and well respected magazine in the Library World, came out with an index rating that shows libraries across the country that are headed in the right direction for high quality service. Based on a 3, 4 and 5 star rating much like the Michelin star rating for restaurants, libraries are rated on real usage and outcomes like circulation, visits, programming and internet usage. A total of 16 Kansas libraries were rated, allowing Kansas to claim the third highest spot in the country. Only New York and Ohio received more stars.

Seneca Free Library and Johnson County Library in Overland Park were the only two librariesin Northeast Kansas to receive 4 stars. No other library in Northeast Kansas was rated in any 3, 4, 5 category. Seneca can be proud of this honor and it shows the care and concern its residents give to the local library.

The libraries were ranked using data collected by the State Library of Kansas for the National Center for Education Statistics and processed through a new assessment tool for public libraries called the “LJ Index”. The four categories used for analysis included: number of times an average individual visited the library, the average number of items checked out by an individual, the program attendance per person, and the number of times an average individual used a library computer terminal.

Kansas has 327 public libraries, about one library for every 8,500 people. Kansans use their libraries significantly and this rating shows that Kansas is headed in the right direction. The primary mission in each library in Kansas is to serve its residents through direct services with help from the State Libary of Kansas.

Celebrate Women’s History Month

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By , February 25, 2009 3:31 pm

  The Kansas Government Information Blog has a long list of links to help you find any information you might need to celebrate and learn more about Women’s History Month during March.

Go to: http://ksdocs.blogspot.com/2009/02/march-is-womens-history-month.html to begin your search! 

Thirteen Facts about Friday the 13th

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By , February 13, 2009 2:55 pm


Yahoo news has a great article about this unlucky day. To get the facts go to:


Happy Birthday President Lincoln!

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By , January 30, 2009 4:36 pm

Need resources to help you celebrate Abe’s birthday? The Reference folks at the State Library of Kansas have put together a package of resources on our 16th president. Go to:

“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disentrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”  Abraham Lincoln
Source: December 1, 1862 – Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress

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