Summer 2022 Trivia Game

Our adult patrons are invited join in on the fun of Summer Reading! We have a trivia game for you to play this summer. Here are the details:

Each week there will be a new set of 5 questions from 5 different categories that coordinate with our summer reading theme: Pirates, Our Blue Planet, Oceans Alive, Sea Stories, and Explore New Depths.

Each correct answer earns one point; answer all five correctly and get a bonus point!

5 points per week x 8 weeks of questions = 40 points

1 bonus point per week = 48 possible points

Trivia will begin May 31 and new questions will be revealed each Monday in June. Each week’s game will end on Saturday at closing time. Players must come into the Library to answer the questions…UNAIDED.

Use yer cell phone or read our books an’ ye’ll be walkin’ the plank, Matey!

Jolly luck to ye’.

Summer Reading Sign Up Set

Thursday May 19, the last day of school for Nemaha Central school district, is the first day of Summer Reading sign up!

The theme this year is Oceans of Possibilities. Set a reminder on your calendar to stop in, if only to check out our decorations this year.

We are using the Reader Zone app to track books or hours read by each child. We’ve used this option the last 2 years, so most families should be familiar with it. We can help you get started if you haven’t used it before. We also have a bag of goodies to hand out to each child, including a schedule of events this summer.

Stop in to see our temporary aquarium on the children’s side of the Library!

Severe Weather Policy

Spring has sprung and so has tornado season! We want to remind patrons of our Severe Weather Policy. We haven’t had to enforce this policy yet, and pray we never have to.

It is the policy of the Seneca Free Library that when the sirens sound for bad weather we will lock our doors and all patrons inside the library will be escorted to the basement for shelter. If you prefer, you may leave the building before we lock the doors and go to the shelter. 

Thank you for your cooperation, please explain this to your family members too.

Seneca Free Library Staff and Board

Spring 2022 Quilt Classes Scheduled

Looks like we have some new quilt designs in the works for you this spring. All classes are 9~4 on Saturday and, if you need extra time, the following Monday from 2~5. Classes will be held in our Community Room and taught by Susan Mitchell. Each class is $30.00, which includes the pattern.

Labyrinth class on April 30

Hanging Gardens class on May 21

Skinny Minnie Quilt as You Go Table Runner class on June 11

Strip Apple Pineapple class July 16

More details will be added as we receive them

Kansas State Park Permits Available at Your Library

The permits are here, waiting for you to decide on a date to travel Kansas!

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has teamed up with Kansas Public Libraries to offer free park passes to library patrons. Seneca Free Library is participating so our patrons can get free one day passes to any of the 28 State Parks in Kansas. Permits are good for one day only and expire at 2:00 pm the following day. Pick up a pass, stick it on your windshield, and away you go! What a great time to explore our state! This program runs through December 31, 2022, but don’t wait that long because the number of passes will be limited. 

Kansas State Parks offer many activities. Use the link below to search for State Parks and read information about what each has to offer, its history and more.

How long is a permit good for? A permit is good for 1 [one] day in the Kansas State Parks and all permits expire the following day at 2:00 PM.

Is the permit only valid at a specific park? No, the permit is good at any Kansas State Park, so a patron could visit more than one State Park in the allotted time frame.

How does a library issue a permit? 1. A patron goes into a participating library, presents a library card, and requests a permit. 2. The librarian asks patron to SPECIFY THE DATE they will be visiting the Parks. It could be the date the permit is issued or a future date. 3. The librarian will issue a valid permit with date of park visit written on it. 4. Patron uses the permit on this date to visit Kansas State Parks. 5. Once the patron has finished with the permit or the permit has expired, the permit should be recycled or discarded. There is no need for return.

Our library is not yet listed, but we do have passes available for our patrons!

Leave Your Food Pantry Donations Here



Time to deliver the goods to the Food Pantry and make room for more donations!

This May we are highlighting desserts! There is a lot to celebrate in May! Any mixes you can think of such as pudding, cake and brownie, frosting, Jello, packaged cookies. You know what we mean, if you like it odds are someone else will too.

Paper goods and personal hygiene products are always needed also.  Thank you!

Here is a full list of items each family receives, each month:  1 breakfast item, 4 cans of vegetables, 1 can beans, 1 package of rice, 1 pasta and sauce, 1 jar of peanut butter, 1 box of crackers, 2 cans of fruit, 1 can of tuna or chicken, 2 cans of soup, 1 dessert, and a pound of meat.

 These items are always needed at the Food Pantry. We focus on particular items each month as a way to bring attention to the need:  Paper products [toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex], personal products, boxed cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, canned vegetables, rice, pasta and sauce, peanut butter, boxed crackers, canned fruit, canned tuna, canned chicken, boxed tuna and chicken helper, canned soups, jello and pudding mixes, cookies, cake mixes and frosting, pie mix, etc. They also accept laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, bath soap.

Opened and outdated products are not accepted at the Pantry.

We have the cart near our door to make it handy for you to leave your donations. Thank you for your support.

Library Giving Day

 #LibraryGivingDay is April 06, 2022
Seneca Free Library is part of a coalition of libraries joining forces to raise funds through a Library Giving Day campaign. This fundraising event will occur on Wednesday April 6, but we will accept donations all week long, April 4~9 . We encourage patrons and library lovers to support their library.
This campaign reminds us that libraries serve as a cornerstone for our communities. In addition to well-loved books, we offer programs that promote lifelong learning, connect patrons to technology, and advance knowledge. 
Funds raised during this week will help fund Summer Reading programs.
Here is a snapshot of what happened at your library in 2021:


First Ever Craft Swap Scheduled

ATTENTION CRAFTERS: We want your unwanted or unused craft supplies. We will be having our first ever Craft Swap April 7, 2022. This is a chance for crafters to bring in unwanted but usable items and get different items for FREE. A win for both your budget and the environment! This swap is a way to create a local economy of sharing, get to know fellow crafters, learn new techniques, and clean out your stash. This is a trade situation; money will not change hands and there will be no selling of craft items allowed. This is meant to be a fun, free day of sharing and goodwill among crafters.

We will be collecting clean, gently used items that are in working condition from smoke-free homes. Items from pet friendly homes should be designated as such to accommodate people with allergies. Items can be brought to the library anytime through Monday, April 4, 2022. We prefer larger donations be brought into the library and not put through the book drop. Any items left outside will be disposed of. 

Those who donate will be given a VIP ticket for a first chance to gather new items. You can get your VIP ticket when you donate. VIP tickets are not transferable and will allow donor entrance into the swap only from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, April 7. Other attendants will be allowed into the swap from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Each attendant will be given one bag to fill. No outside totes or bags are allowed. If enough items are left over after the initial swap a second chance will be given on April 8 starting at 10:00 am. Any leftover items will be used by the library for story hour crafts or donated. Please contact the library, 785-336-2377, with any questions.


FABRIC, sewing/embroidery thread, notions, patterns; PAPER crafting – paper, embellishments, stickers, rubber stamps, die cuts, etc; CRICUT tools, dies, vinyl; JEWELRY – beads, pliers, wire, clasps; YARN, hooks, needles; PAINT, brushes, canvas, easels, stencils; STICKERS, vinyl; FLORAL and wreath supplies; RIBBONS, sequins, buttons, etc; INSTRUCTION books and patterns; CRAFT tools; DRAWING pencils, colored pencils; SOAP making molds; SILICONE molds; CAKE pans, tips, bags, and other baking tools; AND MORE!


Calling all students! It’s time to look through your artwork, or start brainstorming for something new and spectacular. The Library Youth Art Show is about a month away. We love sharing your works with our patrons, our patrons enjoy seeing your creativity.

New this year is the People’s Choice Award! Remind family and friends that you are participating in our Art Show, we need people to vote for their choice!

Our annual Youth Art Show is scheduled for March 21~26. This event is for local students in grades 1 – 12. The  rules are the same as previous years:

*One entry per person.

*Artwork must be original and never before entered into any contest or public display.

* Drawings and paintings can be no larger than 12 x 14 inches, but can be on paper, cardboard, or canvas.

*Three-dimensional artwork  must be limited to no larger than 12 x 12 x 12 inches, roughly the size of a standard basketball.

*All entries are due at the library by 5:00 pm Friday, March 19, 2021. The artwork will be on display March 21 – 26, and must be picked up by 1:00 on Saturday, March 26.

*The Library is not responsible for damaged or lost artwork.

*For more information, or if you have any questions, please call us at 785-336-2377.

This is not a contest, we simply want to give students a place to share their talents with everyone. Get creative and start to work on your masterpiece! 

How to Make the Most of Your HOOPLA Account

Hoopla has a new feature, Curiosity Stream. Curiosity Stream is a subscription streaming service that provides thousands of documentaries in movie and TV show formats. Now you don’t have to pay for the service, you can access it free with your library card. Documentaries are available in many areas including science, nature, people, history, and more. With titles such as Secret Life of Legos, Packing for Mars, The Woodstock Bus, Bucket List Australia, The Real Mary Poppins, and Chocolate Perfection, you are bound to find plenty to entertain and educate yourself. Not to worry, hoopla is not just for your smartphone and tablet, you can watch hoopla content on your smart TV. You can access hoopla by downloading the app to your TV or through Roku. On your phone or tablet you access Curiosity Stream, hoopla magazines, and the Great Courses are found in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen with the More button. 

Listening to hoopla audiobooks and music in your car is easy too.Most newer vehicles support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You will need to download the appropriate app to your phone before taking off. Once connected, either with your cable or wirelessly, you can operate hoopla with the in-dash display screen. In older models you may still have to control hoopla via your phone screen. Questions about hoopla? Be sure to check in with your librarians for answers.