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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!

Library Joining the NExpress Shared Catalog

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.

Library Receives Recognition

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 libraries in 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.

Winter Reading Program is Back!

The Winter Reading Program for Adults is here again. Last year was our first year to try an adult reading program and more than 50 people signed up to read for fun and prizes.

Sign up begins Jan 12, you can begin returning books Jan. 19. The last day to turn in books and get your name in for prizes is March 3. That gives you 7 weeks to read (or listen to) at least 3 books. After reading each book, you’ll be asked to fill out a short form about the books you’ve read. Those forms will then go into a container and we’ll be holding a drawing for prizes each week! This program is for patrons 18 years and older.

Now you know why the kids look forward to summer reading.  The more you read, the more chances to win a prize!

2009 Book Club List

The Seneca Free Library Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month. This is the list of books the members will read in 2009:

January Virgin of Small Plains by N. Pickard KS Reads Selection

February  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by M. Angelou Black History

March The White Castle by G. Krist Classic

April To be Determined

May  Thousand Splendid Suns by K. Hosseini  Fiction

June Born on a Blue Day by D. Tamnet Non-fiction

July Family Tree by B. Delinsky Fiction

August  Air Ball: My Life in Brief  Young Adult

September For One More Day by M. Albom   Fiction

October Change of Heart by J. Piccoult  Fiction

The book club does not meet in November and December.

Seneca Free Library Wins Award!

For the fifth time in the last 10 years, the Seneca Free Library has received national recognition for excellence.

The recent release of the American Public Library Rating Index by Thomas Hennen ranks Seneca 5th out of all public libraries in the U.S. with populations between 1,000 and 2,400. In the past Seneca has placed 3rd in 2005, 2nd in 2004, 5th in 2001 and 8th in 2000. Thomas Hennen started this index in 1997 to attempt to rate all of America’s public libraries using an index that would highlight the best public libraries in the country. His index looks at 15 weighted factors that range from circulation to staffing levels, to materials, funding, programming, as well as visits in the lbrary.

Only four libraries in Kansas received a rating this year: Johnson County Library, Overland Park, in the 250,000 population, Hays Public Library in the 10,000 population and Hardtner, in the 1,000 and under population.

The data came from 9,076 libraries, collected by 50 state library agencies, and compiled at the national level by the Federal-State Cooperative System and then published by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The Seneca community and surrounding area have always been great supporters of the library. The Seneca Library board and staff appreciate that support and it shows in many ways, including this national recognition. The library is always trying to improve and add to the services it provides. The board encourages everyone in the community to come in and see what a great resource the community has and also, to let them know what improvements can be made or what service could be added.

Board members are: Stan Murphy, Nancy Imholte, Eldon Fleury, Loyola Engelken, Louis Sedlacek, Glenda Wilhelm, and Dee Lizzol. Staff members are: Edna Love, Arlene Gudenkauf,  Karen Todd, Joyce Kohake and Karen Holthaus, director.

                                                                             By Karen Holthaus