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Program and Story Time Etiquette

Library programs are often a child’s first “live performance” experience. Participating in a story time or enjoying a program is different than watching TV or a movie. At these programs and story time, the behavior of the audience can positively or negatively affect the program. A good audience allows the presenter to deliver the best presentation possible. Parents and caregivers are role models for their children and set the example for behavior.

 With this in mind, we request that parents and caregivers follow these important etiquette guidelines to ensure a valuable and pleasant program experience for all.

Program and Story Time Etiquette

  1. Please discuss proper behavior with your children before coming to the library program so they will know what is expected of them. For story time, practice reading to them in your lap at home.
  2. Please arrive on time. Late-comers create a distraction and draw attention away from the program. Allow extra time for parking, book browsing, visiting and bathroom breaks beforehand.
  3. Snacks, drinks and toys may be disruptive. Please put them away when you arrive at the library. Cell phones should be turned off or to vibrate.
  4. At programs/story time, children should sit with or near their parent/caregiver or on their lap so they will learn to focus and sit still.
  5. Adults model good library behavior for their children by being attentive, good listeners. Adults are encouraged to participate in songs and finger plays as an example for their children.
  6. If your child becomes disruptive or fussy during the program, please remove them from the program area until they are comfortable, calm and ready to listen.
  7. If you feel your child is not enjoying the program or you must leave, please do so in the least disruptive manner.
  8. If the story time experience proves difficult for your child, a month or two in your child’s development may make a big difference in their readiness for stories. Please practice at home and try again.
  9. There is ample space for stroller and wagons outside the building. Please do not bring them into the Community Room.
  10. Thank you for your help in making our programs enjoyable for everyone!

 Copied and edited from Carbondale Public Library, IL

June Quilt Class Set

The June quilt class will be a T-Shirt quilt! This is a Beginner – Intermediate level class. So, gather up those special t-shirts and make a keepsake quilt that will be treasured for years.

Who: Susan Mitchell, Instructor

What: Beginner to Intermediate level quilt class using T-shirts you’ve been collecting and don’t want to throw away.

When: Thursday June 27 6:00~9:oo PM and continues on Saturday June 29 from 10:00 AM~4:00 PM

Where: Seneca Free Library Community Room

Class Costs: $30.00 (includes pattern if applicable)

Receive 10% discount at Seneca Variety, downtown Seneca, on fabric and notions for these classes

Enroll and pay at Seneca Free Library or Seneca Variety


Seneca Museum Day Set

The second annual Seneca Museum Day is set for Saturday June 8. This event allows for all of Seneca’s museums to be open with FREE admission from 10 AM ~ 3 PM. The list includes the Nemaha County Historical Society, the Pony Express Museum, the Seneca Fire Department, and Seneca Free Library. The Library will have volunteers available to show the public how to use the genealogy room and the equipment in it!  Other hosts for this event are the Seneca Area Chamber & Downtown Impact and Seneca Travel and Tourism.

Biblio Chair Delivered to the Library.

Rebecca Haverkamp made this chair for her high school senior project. She presented the idea to us last fall and we were really excited about it! Congratulations and thank you, Rebecca for giving the library a truly great gift.

March STEM Class

A small group gathered to play with a microscope; looking at fibers, the uniqueness of each person was discovered as well as how human hair fibers differ from dog, cat and synthetic fibers. Discussions on the use in solving crimes thru fiber identification were enlightening.

Under the Microscope


A high school student was invited to help instruct the students.

Lucky Star Quilt Class

Lucky Star Quilt Pattern

Is mastering triangles on your bucket list? This class is for you! Mark your calendar for Thursday April 11, from 6:00~9:00 PM. Class continues on Saturday April 13 from 10:00 AM~4:00 PM.

Susan Mitchell will be your instructor for this intermediate class. The class will be held at Seneca Free Library Community Room. Fee for the class is $30.00, which includes the pattern. Receive 10% discount on fabric and notions purchased for the class at Seneca Variety Store, downtown Seneca.