Accelerated Reader Searches Made Easy

A new Accelerated Reader feature has been added to the NEXT shared  catalog! You can now search the online catalog for AR reading levels and AR point levels.

In Advanced Search, click the drop down menu beside “Keyword”. Scroll all the way to the bottom (sorry it isn’t alphabetical) and you will find the AR search links.

Looking for books with a 3.6 reading level? Just type 3.6 in the search box and you will get a list of all cataloged items with a 3.6 reading level. Place a hold and pick up the books at the library. Need 10 more points to reach a goal? Select the AR point level search and type 10 in the search box. Place hold and pick up your books. Questions? We have answers.

A.R.T and STEM Classes Off To A Great Start

We had fun at our first A.R.T. and STEM classes of the school year.  We all need to get back into our groove. We forgot to take pictures of the A.R.T. 1 class, we promise to do better next month. Both classes did the same project, so you still can get an idea of what children worked on. If you have a youngster who would be interested in any of these classes, give us a call at 336-2377 or follow us on Facebook to watch for announcements.

LIBBYapp is Now Available

Stop by the library and let us help you download the new audio and ebook app available through Seneca Free Library or follow the directions below.  We are part of the Sunflower eLibrary consortium OverDrive service. This app allows you to check out 5 items at a time. If you have 5 items downloaded and return one, you are free to download another. The more popular items you may have to place a hold on, but you can also search for items that are available now.  Stop in and let us walk you through the process!

The Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audio books, and magazines from your public library!

  1.  Install the Libby app from the app store on your Android, iOS(iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), or Windows 10 device. Or, visit in your Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge browser.
  • In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with a valid library card. The User name for your NEXT online account needs to be your library card number. Call the Library if we need to change that. Your password must match that on your library account.
  • Things to consider when setting up your account: To manage holds, enter an email address so you will be notified when your hold comes available. Otherwise you may miss a day or two of reading or listening time when it automatically down-loads. Follow the prompts and answer the questions if you use Kindle.
  • Browse your library’s collection and borrow a title.
  • Borrowed titles appear under Shelf > Loans and download to the app automatically when you’re on Wi-Fi, so you can read them when you’re offline.

  From your Loans, you can:

  *Tap Open Book, Open Audiobook,or Open Magazine to start reading or listening.

**Tap the due date to see options like Renew and Return.

Happy Reading!

 For more help with Libby, visit

Planting the Seed to Read!

The Library is again working with the Nemaha Valley Community Hospital and Seneca Family Practice as a collection point for NEW books or monetary donations for their

Planting the Seed to Read Program.

They provide a new book to their pediatric patients at each well child check from birth to age 5! The age group they need books for most is 0~1 year.


Ice Cream Party with Special Toppings!

Our end of Summer Reading Ice Cream party celebrated those readers who met their goal and turned in their reading logs on time. Our numbers were  up this year for kids signing up to read and we had a near record number finish by the deadline. As you can see in the picture, we bought special galaxy sprinkles and edible glitter to go along with our universe theme this summer. Thank you to all our eager readers, we enjoyed seeing everyone this summer. Don’t forget about us during the school year. Good luck at school!

Summer 2019

June at the Library was full of fun and learning. We were so busy we didn’t always have a chance to take the pictures we wanted.  ARC Wild visited twice in early June. This is a very popular program, we hope to have them come again during the school year.

Preschool Story Time with Miss Dee is always a hit too. She plans such fun stories and crafts to go with our Summer Reading theme. This year we celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 with A Universe of Stories.

STEM activities brought in the older children for learning fun. We have a few pictures to share. Remember, we continue this through the school year, once a month for 4th-6th grade students. Watch our Facebook page and here on our website for more information later this year.

Our last program of the summer was Mad Science of Kansas City. Their “Walking the Moon” show entertained our young patrons, they didn’t even know it was a science lesson too.

The highlight of our summer was the installation of our Music Garden!

Music Garden is Officially Open!

A ribbon cutting was held Thursday, June 27 to officially open the Music Garden at the Seneca Free Library. The Music Garden is a project that began in January 2018 with a few thoughts and a big dream. The library staff with much help from Kylee Luckeroth, Chamber of Commerce director, held an Alice in Wonderland mystery dinner in April as a way to raise funds and promote the idea. The library received funds from the Chamber of Commerce & Downtown Impact JOBS grant. Major donors to the project
include Nancy Gafford, Christa Swisher, Community National Bank, Northeast Kansas Arts Foundation, Inc., Kayla’s Sunrise Color Run, and the Nemaha County STEP Foundation. A big thanks goes to the City of Seneca crew for all the labor involved in unloading the instruments, storing them, pouring the concrete pad, and “planting” the instruments.

Just before July 4, 2018 the instruments were all packed and ready to ship to Kansas. Over the holiday weekend a fire destroyed a major part of the factory where the instruments were made and stored. All of the instruments had to be remade and did not arrive until late fall. It was far too late in the season to begin work on this outdoor project. The instruments spent the winter in the city shop. As you know, the spring rain has spoiled many plans. But, finally the week of June 17 the rain let up enough that the city crew could get to work. The Music Garden is for the whole community. Our hope is that it will provide enjoyment and spark creativity for years to come. The garden is dedicated to the child in all of us.


Our Alice in Wonderland Mystery Dinner fundraiser in April of 2018 for the Music Garden was a hit and very successful. We’ve had a lot of fun bringing this garden to our community.