SPACE is the Theme for Our Literary Pumpkin Decorating Contest 2019

Annual Literary Pumpkin Decorating Contest!! It’s out of this world!   The decorating will go along with the summer reading theme, Space.  So be thinking of planets, astronauts, spaceships, aliens, and all things galactic.
Need ideas? We have so many books with great photos and illustrations to inspire your pumpkin design. Your pumpkin can be no  larger than a standard basketball, and no carving is allowed. Paint, paper, markers, feather, aluminum foil, glitter, and all that good stuff are allowed. 
Pumpkins can be brought into the library October 23 – October 26.
Judging will be Monday, October 28. All entries must be picked up by closing time on Halloween or they will be thrown away. 
Age categories are pre-K – 2nd grade, 3rd – 6th grades, 7th – 12th, and graduated folks. Let the creativity begin! 

Accelerated Reader Searches Made Easy

A new Accelerated Reader feature has been added to the NEXT shared  catalog! You can now search the online catalog for AR reading levels and AR point levels.

In Advanced Search, click the drop down menu beside “Keyword”. Scroll all the way to the bottom (sorry it isn’t alphabetical) and you will find the AR search links.

Looking for books with a 3.6 reading level? Just type 3.6 in the search box and you will get a list of all cataloged items with a 3.6 reading level. Place a hold and pick up the books at the library. Need 10 more points to reach a goal? Select the AR point level search and type 10 in the search box. Place hold and pick up your books. Questions? We have answers.

A.R.T and STEM Classes Off To A Great Start

We had fun at our first A.R.T. and STEM classes of the school year.  We all need to get back into our groove. We forgot to take pictures of the A.R.T. 1 class, we promise to do better next month. Both classes did the same project, so you still can get an idea of what children worked on. If you have a youngster who would be interested in any of these classes, give us a call at 336-2377 or follow us on Facebook to watch for announcements.

LIBBYapp is Now Available

Stop by the library and let us help you download the new audio and ebook app available through Seneca Free Library or follow the directions below.  We are part of the Sunflower eLibrary consortium OverDrive service. This app allows you to check out 5 items at a time. If you have 5 items downloaded and return one, you are free to download another. The more popular items you may have to place a hold on, but you can also search for items that are available now.  Stop in and let us walk you through the process!

The Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audio books, and magazines from your public library!

  1.  Install the Libby app from the app store on your Android, iOS(iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), or Windows 10 device. Or, visit in your Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge browser.
  • In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with a valid library card. The User name for your NEXT online account needs to be your library card number. Call the Library if we need to change that. Your password must match that on your library account.
  • Things to consider when setting up your account: To manage holds, enter an email address so you will be notified when your hold comes available. Otherwise you may miss a day or two of reading or listening time when it automatically down-loads. Follow the prompts and answer the questions if you use Kindle.
  • Browse your library’s collection and borrow a title.
  • Borrowed titles appear under Shelf > Loans and download to the app automatically when you’re on Wi-Fi, so you can read them when you’re offline.

  From your Loans, you can:

  *Tap Open Book, Open Audiobook,or Open Magazine to start reading or listening.

**Tap the due date to see options like Renew and Return.

Happy Reading!

 For more help with Libby, visit

Planting the Seed to Read!

The Library is again working with the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital and Seneca Family Practice as a collection point for NEW books or monetary donations for their

Planting the Seed to Read Program.

They provide a new book to their pediatric patients at each well child check from birth to age 5! The age group they need books for most is 0~1 year.


Bargello Quilt Class Scheduled for September

It is the time to sign up for the September class; Bargello!

Bargello is so fun to learn! It looks hard, but once you learn the “tricks of the trade” you will love creating projects with this versatile pattern. Use a precut jelly roll or pick fabrics of your own! This class is for the  Advanced Beginner to Intermediate sewist. Date and times are Thursday, September 5, 2019 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, September 7, 2019 – 10:00am to 4:00pm. Class Cost is $30 which includes book. Register at Seneca Variety or Seneca Free Library. AND receive 10% discount at Seneca Variety on fabric and notions for these classes.


Ice Cream Party with Special Toppings!

Our end of Summer Reading Ice Cream party celebrated those readers who met their goal and turned in their reading logs on time. Our numbers were  up this year for kids signing up to read and we had a near record number finish by the deadline. As you can see in the picture, we bought special galaxy sprinkles and edible glitter to go along with our universe theme this summer. Thank you to all our eager readers, we enjoyed seeing everyone this summer. Don’t forget about us during the school year. Good luck at school!