Last Week of September is BANNED BOOK WEEK

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States. {Copied from the American Library Association website}The library has a display of a few of the books that have been banned or challenged over the years.

The ALA has compiled a list on their website, just copy and paste to view the list:  http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics/index.cfm

KANSAS 2010 NOTABLE BOOKS

The Kansas Notable Books is a list of books published by Kansans or about Kansas. This list contains books published in 2009. There is something for everyone, young and old, included.

The alphabetical list by title of the 2010 Kansas Notable Books follows:

Addie of the Flint Hills: A Prairie Child During the Depression by Adaline Sorace as told to Deborah Sorace Prutzman

The Blue Shoe: A Tale of Thievery, Villainy, Sorcery, and Shoes by Roderick Townley, illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

The Evolution of Shadows by Jason Quinn Malott

Ghost Town by Richard W. Jennings

A Kansas Year by Mike Blair

Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano by Kevin Rabas, edited by Dennis Etzel, Jr.

Nothing Right: Short Stories by Antonya Nelson

One Kansas Farmer: A Kansas Number Book by Devin & Corey Scillian, illustrated by Doug Bowles

Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape

Silver Shoes by Paul Miles Schneider

The Storm in the Barn written and illustrated by Matt Phelan

To the Stars: Kansas Poets of the Ad Astra Poetry Project edited and with commentary by Denise Low

Under Seige! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg by Andrea Warren

Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl by Albert Marrin

 

POOL PARTY A GREAT SUCCESS!

Over 75  young summer readers completed the Make a Splash! Summer Reading program before the July 31 deadline and were eligible to attend our library Pool Party last Thursday. Seneca Free Library invited Bern, Centralia  and Corning libraries to join in the fun too. Each library set their own rules for earning a ticket to the pool party. There was a great turn out for the party.  For pictures, look at the Flickr photo badge on the left side of this web page. To see the pictures enlarged, click on the badge to open the Flickr page.

“Beneath the Waves”Art Contest Entries Due

“Beneath the Waves” art contest is for students who have just completed grades 4 through 6th grades. Use any medium you like as long as it depicts life beneath the waves. Entries are due by Friday June 11. All entries will be displayed in the library.  Call to sign up today!

Official rules listed below.

Entries not picked up by July 31 will become property of the library.

OFFICIAL RULES:  1. You can use any medium you choose~water colors, markers, colored pencils, clay, etc. No supplies will be provided by the library. 2. Paper size must not exceed 11×17″.  If making a free form piece, it can be no larger than a standard shoe box.  3. Must have entrant’s name, age/grade, parent’s name, and phone number on the artwork or the piece will not qualify. 4. Art must be picked up by July 31 or it will become the property of Seneca Free Library. 5. Your artwork will be on display in the library. 6. Prizes will be awarded  for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

Top Ten AGAIN!!

Out of thousands of libraries across the country, three Kansas libraries were recognized for their outstanding services – again!  The rankings were released in April by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings 2010 (HAPLR). A total of 7,930 libraries were reviewed for the rankings. The Kansas libraries recognized in 2010 are all repeat winner. They include:

Seneca Free Library ranked seventh in the 1,000 to 2,499 population category out of 1,479 libraries and has made the list every year since 2004.

Hays Public Library ranked fourth in the 10,000 population category, out of 1,773  libraries serving the population 10,000 to 24,999. Hays Public has made the list every year since 2005.

Hardtner Public Library ranked fourth in the under 1,000 population category out of 1,010 libraries. They have made the list every year since 2004.

“It is quite a compliment that three Kansas libraries made the 2010 HAPLR list, and have bee recognized repeatedly for their outstanding service. This again confirms the importance of the library as an essential community resource.” said  State Librarian Jo Budler. “We are honored and challenge all libraries to continue to provide excellent service.”

Visit the Kansas State Library website at www.kslib.info.

“Under the Sea” Writers workshop entries due

Are you a poet, song writer, or a budding novelist? Choose any format  and create your masterpiece.
This workshop is designed for students who have finished the 4th – 6th grades. The pieces will not be judged but we will display all entries for library patrons to enjoy.
Write about anything “under the sea”.
Entries are due by 8:00 PM July 1.
Ask a librarian for official rules.
All pieces not picked up by July 31 will become property of the library.

Welcome to NExpress/KOHA

We are excited to see so many of our patrons using our new NEXPRESS catalog/circulation system. Every day we are receiving items that our patrons are placing holds on from their home computers.  When the items arrive at the  library, we scan them and an e-mail is sent notifying the patron, if an address has been provided! Not sure how to get started doing this yourself?  First, call the library to find out your Log In and Passwords.Then watch this tutorial video, just copy and paste the address below:
New Catalog Overview Video for Patron:http://www.nexpresslibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/nov09opacoverview.swf

If you prefer to look at only the Seneca Library catalog, or any one library’s catalog, use the Advanced Search option.  Near the bottom of the Advanced Search page there is a drop down box that lets you select all libraries or choose which library catalog you want to search. Not only can you place books, DVDs, books on CD, etc on hold, you can renew your items online also, by going to the My Summary tab. As long as your books are not already overdue, you can renew them this way. Here is another video to help you learn how to use your library account:

New My Account Overview video for Patrons

http://www.nexpresslibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/nov09myaccountoverview.swf

Also new to this system, some of our new items have a ONE WEEK check out. We sometimes forget to mention this to our patrons. You’ll have to check your receipt or go on line to see when your material is due back to the library. Or sign up to receive advance notice on your e-mail account.

Helpful hint: NEXPRESS/Koha, an open source web based system, likes the Firefox search engine better than Explorer. If you are having trouble viewing the video or using NEXPRESS, try downloading Firefox. It is a free download. Go to Firefox.com and follow the prompts to download to your computer. MOST OF ALL HAVE FUN EXPLORING NEXPRESS!