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:

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


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.






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!

Literary Pumpkin Decorating Contest Entries

Our theme was Frontline Heroes. Find a book character and go for it! Our rule is no cutting allowed, but the door is wide open after that!

The number of entries was down this year, but the creativity was not! Aren’t these clever! We are always amazed at what our young patrons think up and how they put it together. Well done everyone!


Homecoming 2020 Window Display

Students brought in flyers announcing the Nemaha Central 2020 Homecoming theme. We were so excited about the Thunder the Sea theme, and to be invited to participate in the window decorating contest, we jumped in with both feet! We had a lot of fun, changed our plans several times, and in the end won 2nd place! Not bad for our first time! We learned a lot and hope to remember what we learned for next time.


New Quilt Classes Scheduled…Finally!

They’re back! Quilt classes with Susan Mitchell will resume in September and we are on pins and needles with excitement!

The first three classes require basic sewing knowledge. The T-Shirt quilt class ; a Jelly Roll Race quilt and a beginner Log Cabin pattern  class. The last class is an intermediate level, quilt as you go table runner, the Little Frosties class. Register at the library or with our friends at Seneca Variety.

All classes will be taught by Susan Mitchell in our Community Room. A 10% discount will be given for all fabric and notions purchased for the classes at Seneca Variety. Check with the library or Seneca Variety for all the details.

T-shirt Quilt Class – Turn your old T-Shirts into a keepsake!               Beginner (some sewing knowledge) to Intermediate level

Thursday, September 3, 2020 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm and
Saturday, September 5, 2020 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Class cost – $30

Jelly Roll Race Quilt Class The fast and easy way to make a lap quilt with 1 jelly roll!
– Beginner (with sewing knowledge) to Intermediate level
Saturday, September 26, 2020 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Class cost – $30 includes the log cabin ruler


Log Cabin Pattern  Once you learn the basic pattern, the design possibilities are endless!– Beginner (with sewing knowledge) to Intermediate level
Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm and
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Class cost – $30 includes the log cabin ruler

Little Frosties Quilt As You Go Table Runner Class Make a fun table runner for Christmas!  – Intermediate Level
Thursday, October 29, 2020 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, October 31, 2020 – 10am – 4pm
Class Cost – $30 includes pattern

Mystery Scrap Quilt – Beginner Level (with sewing knowledge)

Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 10 AM CST – 4 PM CST
Mystery Scrap Quilt – Beginner Level (with sewing knowledge)
Use up all those scraps and make a charming Mystery Scrap Quilt!
Saturday, December 5, 2020 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Class cost – $30
Location: Seneca Free Library Community Room


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