Second Annual YOUTH ART SHOW Announced

The YOUTH ART SHOW is back this year! We had a great turn out in 2020 and hope to have as many entries or more this year. This event is for local students in grades 1 – 12.

The  rules are as follows:

1 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.

3-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 22 – 26, and must be picked up by 1:00 on Saturday, March 27.

There will be no judging or prizes awarded. This is not a contest, we simply want to give students a place to share their talents with everyone. 
For more information, or if you have any questions, please call us @ 336-2377. Get creative and start to work on your masterpiece!
The Library is not responsible for lost of damaged artwork.

Binge Boxes Now Available in NEXT Catalog!

Most of us can admit guilt to binge watching, whether it be NetFlix, Hulu, PBS, or your personal stash of DVDs. Sometimes these movies spark interest or memories of other features you want to watch again. And, sometimes you just want to binge on a certain actor or actress or movie genre. The NEXT shared catalog has a great feature just for you – BINGE BOX. Binge boxes usually contain four to six titles based on a subject, person, or genre. Live Action Disney Classics, volume 1 has six fabulous movies from the early days. They are Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Incredible Journey, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Barefoot Executive, and The Apple Dumpling Gang. Anyone remember seeing these in theaters or on Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights? Have a blast from the past with your grandkids! There are Binge Boxes Eddie Murphy, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, and Keanu Reeves, plus more. You can find comedy, horror, military, chick flicks, rom-coms, and even documentaries. Thinking about going on a cruise. Don’t check out Don’t Go Into the Water, which contains Jaws, 47 Meters Down, The Meg, The Shallows, and The Deep Blue Sea.

To find these gems, type Binge Box into the search bar, and a list of hundreds – yes, hundreds – of titles will come up. Click on the title in blue and the contents will be shown. Or, don’t click on the title and just be surprised by what you get to watch. Have questions? Just ask the librarians.



Leave Your Food Pantry Donations Here

 We sure appreciate all the donations that have come in so far this winter; it really helps those in need. What a blessing to live among such generous people.

In March we are  collecting canned vegetables for the Food Pantry

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


Seneca Free Library does not charge fines for overdue materials; that does not mean overdue items are consequence free. Library items are accessible to all. When items do not get returned, the rest of us are denied the opportunity to use them. Kansas law states items 30 days or more overdue can be considered theft, which is a misdemeanor. The Seneca Free Library Board of Trustees updated the overdue policy December 16, 2020. Patrons will be notified in writing when an item is 21 days overdue. At 35 days overdue our circulation software will automatically disbar the patron. If an item is still overdue at 45 days it will be automatically marked lost.The only way to remove the blocked status is to return the items and/or pay the replacement cost(s). POLICY CHANGE: If an item becomes 46 days overdue the patron will automatically be assessed a $20.00 fee that is non-negotiable. Even if the items are returned, the fee must be paid. Please, bring your items back on time.

Upcoming Quilt Classes Announced!

Check the list, reserve your spot and mark your calendar! How many will you be attending? There are 5 classes on  the list:

LOG CABIN PATTERN– Beginner (with sewing knowledge) to intermediate level. Once you learn the basic pattern, the design possibilities are endless. NOTE CHANGE of DATE: Saturday February 20 9:00 am ~ 4:00 pm and continues on Monday February 22 2:00 ~ 5:00 pm. Class fee of $30.00 includes the Log Cabin ruler.         Saturday February 6 9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM then continues on Monday February 8 at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

QUILTING 101 – Beginner level  You will learn all the basics of piece quilting and the Rail Fence block. Which will you choose to make, a table runner or a baby/wall hanging quilt?

This class begins Saturday February 27 at 9:00 AM and lasts until 4:00 PM, or longer if needed. It continues on Monday March 1 at 2:00 PM~5:00 PM. The $30.00 fee includes the book, the fee is $20.00 if you already own the book.

9 PATCH VARIATION– Beginner to Intermediate Level All those little squares?? It’s easy once you know the trick!

Saturday March 20 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and continues on Monday March 22 from 2:00~5:00 PM. The $30.00 fee includes the book, if you have the book the fee is $20.00.

FRIENDSHIP STAR PATTERN –  Intermediate level. Master half square triangles! You will be a pro in no time!

Saturday April 10 9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM and continues on Monday April 12 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Class fee is $30.00, unless you own the book already then fee is $20.00.

MYSTERY SCRAP QUILT ~ Beginner Level  Use up all those scraps and make a charming Mystery Scrap Quilt!

Saturday April 24 9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM Class fee $30.00







We are hosting a Winter Reading Challenge for the month of January 2021. Cozy up with a good book and a cup of hot tea. We have a wide variety of flavors of single tea bags, we are matching the teas with books. How will you choose? By the flavor of the tea you want to try or by the book you want to read?

For each book/tea combination you check out in the month of January, you will be registered for a prize drawing at the end of the month.  You can leave a written review of the tea and/or book for a second chance in the drawing.

Celebrate Kansas’ 160th Birthday

Have you heard? The new Kansas Official Travel Guides 2021 are here! And we have Byways of Kansas magazines free to patrons too. There is also a Bicycle Map, for those who want to enjoy cycling the great outdoors. Plan a day trip, pack a picnic and appreciate our great state. Kansas turns 160 January 29th. What a great way to celebrate! AmIright?

On January 29, 1861, Kansas is admitted to the Union as free state. It was the 34th state to join the Union. The struggle between pro- and anti-slave forces in Kansas was a major factor in the eruption of the Civil War.

And the Winner Is…


Congratulations to Katie Koch, winner of our New Year’s Eve Family Fun Pack. She guessed 132 candies were in the vase, the correct answer was 130. We had a great time reminding patrons to take another guess and watching them calculate their answer.


To celebrate the end of 2020 we are having a drawing for a New Years Eve Family Fun Package. Stop in to count the number of candy pieces in the jar to enter. Patrons coming into the library can enter once per visit. If you prefer not to come in or are not able to come into the library, you can send us one guess via Facebook Messenger. You must be a current patron in good standing with the library, meaning no overdue or lost items on your account. The last day to enter the drawing is Wednesday December 23, the winner will be announced Thursday December 24. That gives our winner a week to pick up the prize before the family party. Good luck!

Closest guess wins. If there are several guesses with the correct number, we will have another drawing from those entries.

Christmas Craft Take&Makes @ the Library

We had a great response to our craft kits in December! We hope to continue having kits available. We try to keep coloring pages out for children to pick up. Stop in to see what we’ve found to keep kids busy at home.

We will have Take&Make kits for young people this month. Watch for announcements on Facebook and Instagram when we have them ready to hand out. Also, we have coloring and activity pages for children to take home. Be sure to look for the Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt paper to take along when you drive around town looking at all the fun light displays.

The paper ball ornament and the ornament with glitter are “sold out”. There are only a few reindeer ornaments left. The Santa and paper boxes we can make more copies of if we need to!

The feature photo for this post is Gerald and Tess in front of our tree at the library. Do you see the ornament hanging on the tree between them? That is our first kit. This kit is for elementary school age children. Tess is holding the Scavenger Hunt paper, we suspect they are getting ready to sneak out of the library to see the holiday light displays around town. Bonus points if you spot them while you are out too!