“Tuck Everlasting” and “Between the Lines”: On our Shelf and On Brownville Village Theatre’s Stage Summer 2024!

Two classic books, two great stage shows, and your student can experience either combination for FREE! Check out either book here at the Seneca Free Library and get 1 free student ticket good to attend either show. Literature and Theater go hand-in-hand, so why not get this experience in the hands of your student?

Want more information on Brownville Village Theatre? We have pamphlets here at the circulation desk with their 2024 season schedule and program information or visit them at BrownvilleVillageTheatre.com .

Need more information about this program opportunity? Visit us at the circulation desk or call 785-336-3277.

Tickets and books are available as first come, first serve, so don’t delay!

The Mailbox Adventures of Gerald and Tess!

Our library mascots, Gerald Giraffe and Tess T-Rex, have indicated that they are super excited for all of our young readers to come in for Summer Reading, but they’re feeling a bit left out of the Summer Vacation Adventures scene. Can you and your young adventure seekers help them out?

Mail Gerald and Tess a postcard from the road or a letter telling them about your vacation and summer activities! If you forget to mail cards during your trip or didn’t have a stamp handy, you can always drop your postcard or letter in their personal mailbox in the library yourself (located on the circulation desk across from the kids’ pagoda). One of the best parts of adventuring is sharing your story with others, so why not tell us about yours! They’d love to hear what you’re up to! Send post to:

Gerald and Tess

c/o Seneca Free Library

606 Main St.

Seneca, KS 66538

Check back on this page later and you just might find your story being shared with Gerald and Tess in fun and unique ways!


Director Kate discovered these notes to Gerald and Tess in their personal mailbox this morning. It’s their first official mailbox delivery so we were all quite excited. And, as a personal note, if you’ve never witnessed a plush giraffe blush, it’s quite the sight to see.

SUMMER READING Registration Begins Monday, May 20!

School’s wrapped up. Graduates have been sent off in style. Summer is hot on our heels. That means it’s time for SUMMER READING 2024!

This year, Summer Reading registration for all ages begins May 20 and continues through June 8. Paper reading records are available here at the library or you can use the MyLibro app on your mobile device (access to the online log won’t open until May 20). Once you’ve met the summer reading goal you can return your record to the library between June 24 and July 31 for a super fun surprise that focuses on our program theme “Adventure Begins in Your Library!”

Preschool Story Time with Ms. Dee will be Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, and 26th at 10:00 AM (ages birth to post-kindergarten) and includes story and craft time.

Elementary Story Time with Ms. Dee will be Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, and 26th at 1:30 PM (ages 1st to 3rd grade) and includes story and craft time.

Cooking with Kids will return in June! Dates and times will be confirmed and posted soon!

Kady and Izzy the Corgi will be here Tuesday, June 4 at 10:30 AM for a read-aloud from Kady’s books and a “How-to-draw” session. (Age appropriate for first grade and up.)

Jet Pack Jason of Mad Science and “The Adventures of Biblio, the Superhero” RETURNS Tuesday, June 18 at 10:30 AM. (This patron favorite’s program is appropriate for elementary age students, first grade and up.)

And don’t forget our new adult program (18+), “Passport Seneca Extravaganza 2024!” Registration for this summer adventure also begins May 20 and ends June 8.

It’s a summer of Activities and Adventures here at Seneca Free Library! Don’t miss out! We look forward to seeing you!

Summer Reading Adventures Begin SOON!

School’s almost wrapped up. Graduates have been sent off in style. Summer is hot on our heels. That means SUMMER READING 2024 is just around the corner!

This year, Summer Reading registration for all ages begins May 20 and continues through June 8. Our summer program theme will be “Adventure Begins in Your Library!”

Adventures we have planned include Preschool Story Time and Crafts with Ms. Dee, Elementary Story Time and Crafts with Ms. Dee, Cooking with Kids will return in June with Deb Haverkamp, Author and Illustrator duo Kady and Izzy the Corgi will be reading from her books and teaching a beginning drawing class, Jet Pack Jason of Mad Science and “The Adventures of Biblio, the Superhero” returns, and we will be kicking off our Adult Program (18+) “Passport Seneca Extravaganza 2024!”

It’s a summer of Activities and Adventures here at Seneca Free Library! More details and information will drop right here near the end of the week, so stay tuned!

Summer Projects Need Your Help!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Weekend Warriors, Families of Graduates, and Mother’s Day Diners… we need your help again! Our pickle predicament is almost resolved, but another project calls. We need 6″ diameter plastic food container lids similar to the example shown. Like the jars, the brand and actual contents aren’t important, but the general size and shape are what we’re after (the example just happens to be a 48 oz potato salad lid as an example). With so many receptions, barbecues, and Mother’s Day dinners coming up this weekend we figure now’s the time to ask!

If you manage to rescue some of these lids from a fate in the dumpster, drop them off at the circulation desk during regular hours and we’ll be happy to take them off your hands. Thanks again for all your help! The pickle jar response has been fantastic (we can still use just a few more 24 oz jars to fill our order and maintain a couple of spares just in case)! You’ve all come through for us in a spectacular way and we greatly appreciate it!

The E-Letter Rides Again!

After a bit of a hiatus the Seneca Free Library E-News Letter is making a comeback. Updates, program previews, and semi-weekly “From the Bookshelf” articles are all available in a nifty automated email service that drops neatly into your inbox, ready to read at your leisure. Follow the link below and sign up today! It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s one less password you have to remember between websites and phone apps!

State Library Card: ComicsPlus Library Pass App is Even Easier to Access!

Comic books and Graphic Novels are powerful tools in bringing reluctant readers onboard while still building reading fluency and comprehension in younger readers and improving reading retention rates in older readers. Today’s comics are more than just spandex clad super heroes clashing with powerful villains in epic battles. Comics are available that depict nonfiction narratives for historical events, people, and any number of specialized topics from dinosaurs to solar systems. Kids comics can focus on social skills, educational materials (like numbers, colors, and the alphabet), and, of course, just fun or goofy stories to support literacy and literary understanding.

CompicsPlus Library Pass is an app available on Android and iOS that lets you or your young readers access a large assortment of comic book and graphic novel resources on your phone or tablet. The State Library of Kansas offers a new and easier access method to this resource than ever before. You can now access the ComicsPlus Library Pass directly with your Kansas Library eCard number. Your password will be your birth date (MMDDYYYY no spaces or characters between numbers).

Here’s How it Works!

Download the Library Pass App. (Library Pass, Inc * Comics) from your Play Store or Apple App Store.

Open the app and search for the Library from the list below that best fits your reading level or the reading level of your younger reader. The various reading levels and library collections help offer better control over the content your younger readers are likely to find. Choose from the following (you can always add or change library catalogs later, using the same login credentials).

State Library of Kansas KS- Full Library (All age content available, no restrictions)

State Library of Kansas KS- Children’s Library (Includes: Emergent (PreK – grade 1, ages 3-5), Children (K – grade 3, ages 5-7), Kids (Grades 3-5, ages 8-10), and Teen (Grades 6-8, ages 11-14)

Kansas Elementary Schools (Includes: Emergent (PreK – grade 1, ages 3-5), and Children (K – grade 3, ages 5-7)

Kansas Middle Schools (Includes: Kids (Grades 3-5, ages 8-10) and Teen (Grades 6-8, ages 11-14)

Kansas High Schools (Includes: Teen (Grades 6-8, ages 11-14) and Young Adult (Grades 9-12, ages 15-18)

Once you’ve chosen the library catalog you wish to access, enter your State of Kansas eCard Number and Password where prompted (date of birth mmddyyyy no characters or spaces between numbers).

Get in there and start browsing! Titles are available from the following publishers as of April 2024!

Don’t have a State Library ID? We can help you get one at the library circulation desk! A state library id opens up countless online resources, adding even more options to your reading, listening, and streaming arsenal!

Get Your Kicks with BookFlix!

We were recently reminded of a fantastic resource through the Kansas State Library website that our patrons have access to. BookFlix is an interactive program through Scholastic Books that combines one animated story book and one non-fiction book to create an entertaining and informative program on a topic your young (or young at heart) reader is excited about. Examples include “Curious George Rides a Bike” and “Scholastic News: Monkeys and Other Mammals,” or “Dinosaur Bones” by Bob Barner and “Scholastic News: Dinosaur Dig!” or “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Rookie Read About Math: A Garden Full of Sizes.” There are nine categories to choose from with most categories having well over 20 story and non-fiction combos to select from and enjoy!

The Link below takes you to the Kansas Library e-books for kids page. If you click on the BookFlix link it might take you directly to the page or it might throw an error code and require you to login with a Kansas Library eCard (which we can help you sign up for in person at the circulation desk if you don’t have one, but not over the phone or via email). In testing this resource, I had the website produce both results at different times, so consider this a fair warning, just in case. This link also takes you to the hub that has Tumble Book Library, Britannica Collective Nonfiction eBooks, and a score of other ebook resources and links just waiting to be discovered!

https://kslib.info/963/eBooks-for-Kids (Via Kansas State Library resources)

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!

Changes to hoopla


Attention Hoopla users! A change is coming effective March 1.

Hoopla users will be limited to two borrows per calendar month from now on. This service has become more popular throughout the shared catalog region and is becoming more expensive. We have looked at statistics and on average users are borrowing two items per month. We know this may not please everyone and we apologize. We are going to exam the statistics each month and if budget allows the number of borrows could increase. This situation is across the shared catalog and not unique to the library in Seneca. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the library.