Book Buddy Program


On Wednesday October 26, the Seneca Janes and the Library staff handed over the first 12 bags filled with new books for the Book Buddy Program to the Nemaha County sheriff officers.

The Janes contacted the library in August, asking us to be the collection point for books and monetary donations. The community responded, bringing in gently used books. The bulk of the books came from a book party hosted by library staff. Thanks go the generosity of our patrons and organizations at the high school, we received several hundred dollars worth of books free or 1/2 price.

The tote bags filled with childrens books will be placed in emergency vehicles throughout the county.  There are 12 county vehicles that will carry book bags.  In time of crisis children will be allowed to select a book from the tote; the book will be theirs to keep.

This project was made possible through the support of the Seneca Janes, Seneca Free Library, NVHS KAY club, NVHS National Honor Society, NVHS SADD organization, and various individual donors.

The Seneca Free Library will be the only collection point for donations in the county.  Contact us at 336-2377 or by e-mail at if you have any questions.

Novel Destinations Book Club

Seneca Free Library presents


a summer book club for adults.

Join us as we travel around the world, discovering exotic locations and learning more about our world.  Everyone is welcome!

The Novel Destinations Book Club will meet at 10:00 am at the Seneca Free Library Community Room one Friday each month this summer. Friday June 10, July 8 and August 12. Bring a snack or drink and enjoy great conversation with friends

Not up for a book club? The BINGO card is back this summer! We even give you a free space if you need it. Stop in and ask for your card soon!

Beginning June 6 we will have quizzes to challenge your knowledge of the world. Take one quiz each week through June, turn in your answers, answer all the questions correctly and your name will go in with others for a drawing. The prize is a “taste of the world” treat.


B-I-N-G-O is a program for students in 6th-12th grades.

BINGO cards are filled with fun things to read. As you read and cross off  books, you have BINGO! Turn your completed cards in for a prize.

Ask the librarians for details.

There is no ‘event’ with this program. The time shown on the calendar is simply the time we open. This is a reminder to continue reading through the BINGO card.

Read Along with Me





Read Along with Me will be held every Monday in June from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.
This is a new program for our library, for children in 4th and 5th grades. Bring a snack and drink and enjoy listening to a world story or bring your own book to read.

There are activities for all ages. We ask that in fairness to all participants that you bring your child to the age appropriate event.



Let the celebrating begin! The Seneca Free Library is giving away 550 pieces of Kansas history, culture, people and geographical wonders gathered into a box ready for you to put together!  Yes! A puzzle of Kansas!Come in and put your name into the drawing today. We will be drawing one name each Saturday at closing, you can only win once, but if we draw your name we will call you.


WEEK 1: January 8, Peggy Hasenkamp of Axtell

WEEK 2: January 15, Amy Jo Clark of Seneca

WEEK 3: January 22, Mary Schmitz of Baileyville

WEEK4: January 29 Ellie Hermesch

We hope you all enjoy your puzzles!


Ever wonder what other people are reading? What interests them? Looking for something new to try and need a ‘suggestion’ from another library patron? Here is your chance to see what others are reading. We plan to continue ‘collecting’ pictures for awhile.

Click on the photo to enlarge & read the title of the books!


<Snapshot: a Day in the Life of Kansas Libraries. Libraries across  Kansas were asked to participate in Snapshot Day the week of November 15 – 20. Public, academic, school and special libraries were asked to pick one day during the week to compile statistics, customer comments, photographs and other data chronicling a typical library day. What is more typical than checking out to a patron at a library?

Yes, the mail man comes most everyday we are  > open, there are days he takes a holiday while we are at the library wondering where he is. He delivers 2 daily newspaper, the Topeka Capital Journal and USA Today. He also delivers the weekly newspapers from Seneca, Marysville and Sabetha. The library also subscribes to over 30 magazines.

<This is our Kansas Express Courier delivery man. This is the man who delivers the books our patrons request from other libraries. In July of 2009 the libraries of Kansas began using a state wide courier service instead of sending all our inter-library loans through the mail.

Books and movies are the most popular items to       > get checked out. DVDs are popular when people are traveling if they have portable players in their vehicles. Also very popular with people who travel a lot are the audio books, books on CD.  We have a nice selection of adult and childrens books on CD and even still a few on cassette tapes, remember those?

<We managed to catch a child reading quietly in the gazebo in the children’s area. Her mother was looking for Accelerated Reading books for her older brother to read. She said she likes to read to her baby sister too.

>The library held a special reading of The Wind in the Willows for children in grades 1-3. On Friday they came to the library to watch the movie and enjoy popcorn in our community room!

<The computers are always very busy after school. Children under 12 years of age need to have a parent come into the library to sign a form giving them permission to be  on our computers with internet access.