We Have an AccuQuilt Machine!!

Thanks to generous memorial donations the library has an AccuQuilt die cut machine. The strip cutter will quickly cut strips for this class, so you don’t need to buy a jelly roll. This die also works great for quickly cutting two and a half inch strips for quilt binding. We have several dies including various mask sizes, half-square triangles, hexagons, and more. New this week is a die that will make cutting out bibs a breeze. Stop in and ask us about our AccuQuilt die cutter

What You Need to Get a Library Card

Whether you are new to town or a life long resident, if you are ready to open an account at Seneca Free Library here is what we ask you to have with you:

a photo ID and proof of current address, not a post office box number, a physical address. Proof of address could be a utility bill, or an insurance statement with your name included on the label.

Children 9 and up must come in with a parent to open an account.

Your library card also gives you online access to see what you and your children have checked out. If items are not due yet, you are able to renew online. And place holds from home, or anywhere, with our app.

A library card from Seneca Free Library opens an account in NEXT, the Northeast Kansas Library System’s shared catalog. Your card will make available to you items from over 40 collections in northeast Kansas! If you don’t have an account by now, what are you waiting for??

If you lost your card or haven’t been in for a while, we’re here to help remedy that.

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.}

Summer Reading 2020

Our Summer Reading Program just wasn’t the same this year. But we do get to share this badge with you showing how many minutes and books were read by those who signed up and remembered to enter their information. Our records show there were 106 readers using this program. We learned a lot this summer, everyone did, about how to navigate in uncharted territory.  We hope to use this app for more than just Summer Reading, so stay tuned and don’t delete that app yet.




Summer Reading in the Zone has begun.  Welcome to Reader Zone! Get ready for an easy, paperless way to keep track of books your children read this summer. You can download the app or you can log into Reader Zone on any PC. Pretty cool, right? To use Reader Zone you will need a unique code that is only for Seneca Library patrons. You can find the code on our Facebook page and our website, or you can call us. Parents can add all children on the same app. This makes it easy to keep track of books read, hours read, and how far along each reader is towards the goal. Along the way readers will receive awards when they reach 25%, 50%, 75%, and then 100% of the goal. The library will be able to see each reader’s stats and know when goals are reached. We have a different reward system this summer and we will tell you all about it when you reach a goal!

We have three levels in Reader Zone for you to choose from. The levels were inspired by our summer theme, “Imagine Your Story”. Level one is Gerald’s Gnome Club for those from birth to age 5. Readers in this category need to read at least 20 books during the program. The next group, Gerald’s Tall Tales Club is for those ages 6 – 11 and has a goal of 20 books. The last group, Gerald’s Legends, is for those ages 12 – 18 and requires 8 hours, which is 480 minutes. Reader Zone has a timer that can be set while a child reads or parents can keep track and add minutes manually. Clear as mud? If you have a 10 year old who wants to read by hours, that is great. As a parent you have the opportunity to decide with your reader which level to record them in. The three levels are designated levels from the State Library for statistical purposes – the library police will not be checking your child’s age.

Because we can’t have people in our community room in June we can’t have live programs. We are very sad about this; this is not how we imagined our summer at all. Dee will be reading stories on Facebook live and we will post our schedule soon. You can mark your “attendance” for story time in Reader Zone also. We will list the story time date and book title in Reader Zone with a different code from the reading levels. Readers have 10 days to listen to the story live and record attendance and record the book as one read on the reading log.

We will have many craft grab bags during June. The bags will contain most ingredients for a story time craft (you might need a little tape or glue from home) along with simple directions. Grab a bag and make a cool gnome, hairy troll, community hero wind chime, or a sparkly crown! Bags will be limited to one per child in the preschool age range. Ask the librarians for all the details.

There will be some grab bags for our ART/STEM patrons also, including kites and mermaids. Ask at the library for all of the details.  Super fun from the library!


JUNE 5, 2020   The library will resume evening hours the week of June 8, remaining open until 8:00 pm. We will remain closed on Saturdays for a little bit longer. The public restrooms are still closed due to the resources involved with sanitizing them on a regular basis. Parents remember this when you bring your little ones to the library. Even though the county has “opened up” we still have a responsibility to sanitize high traffic areas and frequently used items. The county asks people to continue to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet and to not go out in public if you are sick – with anything. There is also a recommendation to wear masks. Several of our pandemic precautions will remain in place as long as the virus has a presence in our county. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
We will still be required to quarantine returned items for 72 hours before they can be reshelved. When requesting items for hold, please keep this in mind. Your place in line will stay the same and we will notify you when any items are ready to be checked out. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.
Guess what? That’s right, courier service will begin June 8! You will be able to request items in the shared catalog again. There are still a few NEXT libraries that will not be open yet, but the majority will be sharing material. Now is the time to return all library materials, especially those items belonging to other libraries. Items requested and shared outside of Seneca shelves will be quarantined before check out. We will notify you as soon as your items are available. Have fun seeing what is new. Let us know if you have any questions.

JUNE 1, 2020  Yes, we are open to the public. But we do have a few concerns to address: *We ask that everyone wear a mask while they are in the library. If you do not have one, we do have a few for our patrons to use and take with them. *We ask that patrons practice social distancing. Parents, please help your children with this also. *Computer use is limited. We have 3 computers available to the public. Each patron has 30 minutes a day on a computer. *Please have your library card ready to use. We can scan through the plexi-glass, so we do not even have to touch your card! *If you do not feel comfortable with these rules, we can meet you at the door with your check outs. We hope to see you soon!

We are plastic wrapped at this time, for your safety and ours, so don’t be too surprised when you walk in.


Thank you for checking the website for information. We do our best to keep it current.

May the 4th Be With Us

All items returned will go into quarantine for 72 hours, then will be disinfected before returned to the shelf.

Let us know how we can help you find your next good read. For kids, let us know their interest and we can pull a few books about that topic. We are here to help get books into our patrons hands, even if they cannot come in to our building.

Thank you for your patience. It’s a good day to have a good day!