Come Meet our New Librarian!

Chad Jones joined our library team on February 5th and comes to us from Nemaha Central Elementary School where he was a para-educator with the Marshall-Nemaha Special Education Co-op. You may also recognize him as “Station Manager Jones” from his last five summers as a tour guide and facilities manager for the Seneca Pony Express Museum at 4th and Main.

Chad enjoys fantasy fiction, science fiction, and mysteries but admits that he’s most excited to dive into the youth fiction section and check out all of our awesome illustrated books! He is having fun finding the classics he grew up with as well as all of the new titles that have come out since he became a “boring grownup.”

Chad is also a self-published author and is proud to have two of his books in the Chronicles of Chalisaria series available in our adult fiction catalog, “Ash to Ashes,” and “Wolfkin: a Fairy’s Tail”.

We are excited to have Chad join the Seneca Free Library family and invite you to join us in welcoming him to the circulation desk!

Do you use the myLIBRO app?

Download the app today.

myLibro gives you access to the online catalog so you can check to see what you have checked out, what is on hold and what is on the way. You can renew items and place items on hold. Parents can use the app to keep track of all their children’s accounts with library cards – in one convenient place. We are using the Reading Challenge portion of the app as a way for you to keep track of each of your readers too. You can download the app today. The myLibro app will allow you to see new posts to our website and our Facebook page.

**When you download the app, it will ask for your PIN. Your PIN will be the same as your password for your online library account. For most patrons this will be your Date Of Birth, all 8 digits, no slashes or dashes: MMDDYYY. If that doesn’t work, stop in or give us a call at 785-336-2377 and we will figure it out.

Information to Help You Access Online Resources

Hoopla is a free service offering audio books, eBooks, movies, TV shows, music, comics, and more! We have added information for you to get the most out of the app below. We hope this helps and you get the most out of this new-to-you app!

Libby is another free app giving you access to eBooks and audiobooks. You will need to set up an account and pin with us, so call 785-336-2377– before you begin– between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm weekdays.

Here is a really quick look at how to use the online shared catalog. There is so much more than the video offers, but this will get you started. If you forgot your password, or are having trouble logging in, please call us.

Here is a quick intro to Flipster, our free online source of magazines. You use the same credentials that are needed to access our online shared catalog.

Below is a  link to  YouTube videos from Robin at our Regional Office in Lawrence about Learning Express:

Learning Express videos

WiFi Hotspots Available for Check-out

The library has personal WiFi Hotspots for circulation! For our rural patrons who have trouble with internet access, these devices will be great. If you are traveling for vacation and don’t want to use all of your data, a hotspot can save you some headaches.

The hotspots can only be checked out to Seneca Free Library patrons over the age of 18, whose accounts are in good standing. They check out for two weeks with no renewals allowed. We don’t charge fines for any overdue items, except for these WiFi hotspots.

Fees begin the day after the due date. The hotspots must NOT be returned in either the outside or inside dropbox. They are to be returned to library staff at the circulation desk; devices not returned in this way are subject to a flat fee. For all the information on the WiFi hotspot and how to get one, talk to the librarians. 

Patrons will have to sign a user agreement, and there will be fines imposed if patrons do not follow the usage rules for these devices. They are expensive and the user will pay replacement costs, if need be.

Trivia Night @ Seneca Free Library Announced!

Do you have your team together yet? How do you choose? Does each participant have their category specialty?

The library is going to hold a Trivia Night on Friday January 5, 2024 starting at 6:00 in our Community Room.

Get the gang together, then call us to reserve a table.

Call us at 785-336-2377 to reserve your table. We will need to know the team captain and their phone number. Maximum of 8 people on a team.

Space is limited, so don’t delay!

You Don’t Want to Miss the Telling of the REAL Story of Beauty

Seneca’s Night Out (formerly known as Ladies Night Out) will be Saturday, November 11 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.. Jeepers! It’s going to be a real murder mystery right here on Main Street! Do you have what it takes to be an ace detective?  Can you figure out who did it, why, and with what weapon? Travel between businesses to interview suspects, gather clues, have some snacks and drinks, and register for prizes. The victim is Beauty the Parrot, and you can read about the life of this real pet at the library. Dressing in period fashion is not required but will add another layer of fun. Put on your best 1949 duds and don’t be a fuddy-duddy. Tickets are 25 clams and can be purchased ahead of time or the day of the event. Check in begins at 4:00 at the Chamber Office, 523 Main. Grab some friends and have a swell time!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Do you want to open an account at Seneca Free Library and join the NEXT group [our shared catalog system that includes over 40 libraries] of Libraries? Having a library card means so much more than just checking out books and movies, it means access to digital resources Flipster, HOOPLA and Libby! Be sure to ask about these when you open your account.

To open an account in the NEXT system at the Seneca Free Library, you need to be at least 9 years of age,  have a photo identification and proof of current residential address. Yes, that is two separate forms of ID. Proof of address could be a utility bill, insurance papers, or tax papers with your current address printed on it.

We do check to make sure people are not already in the shared catalog system. You do not need a new account if you are moving here from another system library. If that account is not in good standing, fines due or long overdue books, the patron will need to settle with that library before they we can update the account and check out to them.

Children between the ages of 9- 18 children need to have a parent or guardian present to give permission for them to get a card and be guarantor for the account. When the parent has an account, we attach the child’s account to theirs. The parent’s account must be in good standing.

When you sign for your child to get a library card, you agree to be responsible for replacement fees for lost or damaged materials.

Once you have your library card, please bring it with you each time you come to the library. You receive 2 library cards, the smaller one can be placed on a key ring, if you wish.  Our patron base is online with more than 50 other libraries, we are sure to check out on your account if you have your card.

If you do not have your library card, a photo ID will need to be presented.

Thank You for your Donations

Thank You! There doesn’t seem to be a way to adequately say thank you to our generous friends and patrons who donated to the library during Nemaha County’s STEP Foundation Match Day. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Seneca Free Library received $2,294.00 in donations add in the matching funds and our total is $4,588.00!

All of the donations made during this campaign will serve members of the community very well. It is a blessing to have an active foundation such as this in our community. To learn more about them, visit their website at 

For complete list of the organizations that received donations that day, see the link below:

Nemaha County STEP Foundation Match Day will be Friday, August 25, here in our Community Room from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Foundation board members will be on hand to answer any questions you have about STEP and to accept donations. Donations can be given to the general fund, or donors can specify between several entities having accounts with the STEP Foundation.

The library is accepting donations this year that will go towards replacing our microfilm reader. The new machine will still be able to read Microfilm, Microfiche, Aperture cards and 16mm and 35 mm film reels. A new feature is the ability to scan color slides or negatives. How many of you have color slides? How many of you have negatives just filling up a shoe box? You can bring them into the library, view them, then save to a thumb drive for sharing with family, printing, or using for a digital photo album.

For more information about Match Day visit the foundation website: For more information about our microfilm scanner just ask the librarians. We do have donation forms on hand if you are unable to make it to the library that day.