LEGO Donations Welcome

Have you started Spring Cleaning this year? If you happen to find any LEGO pieces under the couch cushions or if you have some your children are not playing with anymore, consider donating them to the library!

Our LEGO Lab is growing and we could use more bits and pieces. If you have questions let us know. Give us a call @ 336-2377

Youth Art Show at Your Library a Great Success!

Seneca Free Library is hosting our first YOUTH ART SHOW to celebrate Youth Art Month in March.

We hope you made time to come in to see the art work the youth of our community shared with us, you, this week. We are so pleased that we had 14 entries! This was not a contest, we simply want to give students a place to share their talents with everyone. We’ve had very positive feedback from our patrons, we will certainly be hosting this event again. So hang on to the art work your children are creating and mark your calendars year two of the Youth Art Show at the Library.

We will accept artwork from area youth in grades 1 – 12 between March 2 -4 during library hours. There will be an open house for the artists, their family members, and the public Thursday, March 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

  • One item per entrant is allowed. The mediums accepted will be drawing (colored pencil, ink, marker, pencil, etc.), paint (watercolor, acrylic, oil, etc.), and three-dimensional.
  • The size limit on drawing and painting is no larger than 12 x 14 inches, and the size limit on three-dimensional is 12 x 12 x 12 inches.
  • NO artwork from kits, models, molds, prefabricated forms, mass produced, or copies will be accepted.
  • Artwork must be original and never entered or displayed. For example, anything taken to the 4-H Fair would not be allowed.
  • For full details and any questions please contact the library.

March Collection List Announced

Items collected December 2019 ~ January 2020 before they were delivered to the Food Pantry.

Thank you to everyone who has donated items for the Nemaha County Food Pantry. We have delivered two carts full in the last month. During March we will be collecting canned vegetables and beans. The beans can be dry in bags or canned, including pork and beans.

You are welcome to drop off items during regular library hours. Please do not put cans in the drop box as the weight may damage audio and visual materials.  {March 6,  2020}

We delivered a cart full of food items to the Nemaha County Food Pantry at the end of January. We collected mostly soups in December and January. We’ve decided to concentrate on BREAKFAST ITEMS for the month of February.  This includes boxed cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix and syrup, though any items you’d like to donate will be accepted and appreciated. {February,  2020}


The Nemaha County Food Pantry in Seneca is an organization that helps Nemaha County residents fill the needs of food and personal items. The food pantry is located at 518 Main Street and is open each Wednesday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. People receiving food must be residents of Nemaha County Kansas and have need.

The groceries they receive are the same each month and consist of the following: a breakfast item (boxed cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix & syrup), 4 cans of vegetables, 1 can of beans (any type including pork & beans), rice, spaghetti and sauce, 1 jar of peanut butter, crackers, 2 cans of fruit, 1 can of tuna and 1 can of chicken plus tuna and chicken helper, 2 soups, 1 dessert (jello, pudding, pie mix, cake mix & frosting, or cookies), and 1 pound of meat (hamburger, ground pork, sausage, lunchmeat). Consumers can also have a choice of three of the following: laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, shampoo, soap, and personal products. You can use this handy list when you shop for the food pantry.

The library has always accepted small donations and delivered them to the food pantry. For the new year, starting now, we’d like to focus on certain items each month for patrons to donate, though any items will be accepted and delivered. Now through January, we are asking for donations of canned soup.

If your group does large quantity donations, the food pantry staff would rather have those delivered directly to the pantry. Any non-perishable food items on the above list are acceptable. So, stop in with your soup donations and we will get them to the food pantry.

Repair Work Scheduled for March

And so it begins. Monday March 9th we will begin moving furniture out of the library. All the large furniture, tables, chairs, recliners, will be moved to the community room. Two computers will be moved out at this time also. The city crew will provide the muscle power needed to get the job done, so we will make the most of their time here. The books in the stacks will be moved later in the week or early the next week.
If you know of some young people needing volunteer hours contact the library about how they can help. Or even not so young people who want to join in the fun of being a part of history would be welcome. Give us a call at 336-2377 for details like when and where.  {March 6, 2020}


In March, the library will be having a crack in the floor repaired in the north end, the adult side of the library.

What does this mean to you? To us? We aren’t completely sure yet. We know the carpet will have to be replaced. We know we will have to move book stacks, shelves, and furniture.  We haven’t worked out all the details yet, but it will be quite an undertaking. It is likely to create quite a mess, please be patient with us. Also, stay tuned for notices about what items and parts of the library will be available during this project.

Have you ever read the book If You Give A Mouse A Cookie? Well, it’s similar to If You Have To Get New Carpet At The Library. We are shaking things up around here. We aren’t sure just how drastic the changes will be, but it will probably feel like a whole new library. That’s a good thing.

We started with condensing our non-fiction books and moving the magazines to the east side of the library, near the grandfather clock. So, what will go in the area where the magazines were? Stay tuned. {Feb. 6, 2020}

US Census Workers Still Needed

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

The map below shows that only a portion of our region has enough Census workers ready to go, the green square. The goal is to have this rest of the  region, the beige area, turn green by March 1.

Census Job Information & Application

Why is the US Census so important?


Photos are from the US Census website

REAL ID Deadline is October 1, 2020

It’s time to GET REAL! October 1, 2020 is the deadline to get your real ID by updating your driver’s license to the federally approved REAL ID. This safety measure will be required October 1, 2020 for boarding domestic flights and for civilians entering military bases and some federal buildings. There are several documents required at the DMV and you will need to be prepared. All documents must be original and not laminated (the only exception would be a laminated Social Security card). There are four proofs needed. First is one proof of lawful presence which could be a state issued birth certificate, unexpired passport, unexpired permanent resident card, unexpired employment authorization card, naturalization certificate, or a consular report of birth abroad (FS-240). Second is one proof of Social Security. The full Social Security number must be visible. You can present a Social Security card, current W-2, 1099, or 1040 or a current pay stub. The third and fourth required documents are proof of Kansas residency. Note that you need two proofs here. These can be a rent/lease agreement, driver’s license renewal postcard, vehicle registration, utility bill, or financial institution documents (bank statement, deed, mortgage, etc.). If your name has changed due to marriage, divorce, adoption, or court order, or if your name does not match on all documents of proof then further documentation is required. This could be a certified state issued marriage certificate, court ordered divorce decree, legal adoption paperwork, or other court ordered name change document. If you were married in Kansas but do not have a certified copy of a marriage certificate, you can get that done quickly at the Registrar’s office in the courthouse. Birth certificates can be ordered online at The library has pamphlets with all the details so you don’t have to copy this article – or you can if you want to. Remember this starts October 1, 2020.

{Real ID image from Kansas Department of Revenue website.}

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is 7 Years Old!

How long does it take to read 1,000 books? Well, let us tell you:

1 book per day for 3 years = 1,000 books;

10 books per week for 2 years = 1,040 books;

3 books per day for 1 year = 1,095 books.

All books your child has read or listened to may be logged, whether it is a library book or from home. It doesn’t matter who reads the books to your child if they sat and listened, log the book. They can listen to one thousand different books or one book a thousand times.

Thermal Paper Shortage Continues

The saga of the toxic thermal paper receipt paper continues. The paper we use for check out receipts is thermal; it uses a chemical for the printing reaction. The main manufacturer of this chemical was in China, but shut down by the government because of over pollution. Let that sink in for a minute. This caused a price increase over the last couple of  years that has now more than tripled. Several other companies stepped in to make chemicals that have turned out to be even more toxic. So toxic in fact, that the paper should not even be recycled. Just imagine the pile of receipts in your purse that have been printed on thermal paper. Yeah, let that sink in too. Please note: our library system, and Seneca library in particular, do not use this more toxic paper!  We will soon be using an eco-friendly paper, that’s completely recyclable, toxin free, and contains vitamin C. You could eat this stuff, although we don’t recommend it. Good news for the environment and our patrons. Bad news for our budget.

How can you help? Go paperless! Talk to us about paperless options instead of printed check out receipts. 


Originally Posted September 1, 2018:

The library staff  learned in January 2018 about a shortage of the thermal paper we use to print your check out receipts coming later this year. No, this was not caused by damage to thermal trees in the hurricanes. It is much more complex than that. We’re sharing a link for those of you who would like more information. This site was last updated August 23, 2018.

What this means for us as a library and you as our patron is conservation. The cost of the rolls of paper is expected to rise again, so we are thinking of ways to use less of this paper. We will no longer automatically print a receipt for everyone. Patrons are encouraged to sign up for email receipts, which list your items, a text receipt will not. Other options for you are to request electronic notices for advance notice of item due and item due alerts via text or email.

If you would like to know all the items you have checked out we can open an online account for you. This will allow you to peruse your list and even renew items if you need to…IF they are not on hold or new items or overdue. We will be happy to talk with you about all of this when you visit the library.