US Census Workers Still Needed

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count.

The map below shows that only a portion of our region has enough Census workers ready to go, the green square. The goal is to have this rest of the  region, the beige area, turn green by March 1.

Census Job Information & Application

Why is the US Census so important?


Photos are from the US Census website

Friendship Star Quilt Class Scheduled

The Friendship Star Quilt class will be held Thursday evening, February 6  from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and continues on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This class is sponsored by Seneca Variety store & Seneca Free Library. The instructor is Susan Mitchell.

This is an intermediate class. Learn how to make a project using the Friendship Star block pattern as shown in the picture.

Class fee is $25. Fee includes “Start Quilting with Alex Anderson” book. Register and pay at Seneca Variety or Seneca Library. Receive 10% discount at Seneca Variety if fabric and supplies needed for class are purchased at the store. Class size is limited so register soon!

REAL ID Deadline is October 1, 2020

It’s time to GET REAL! October 1, 2020 is the deadline to get your real ID by updating your driver’s license to the federally approved REAL ID. This safety measure will be required October 1, 2020 for boarding domestic flights and for civilians entering military bases and some federal buildings. There are several documents required at the DMV and you will need to be prepared. All documents must be original and not laminated (the only exception would be a laminated Social Security card). There are four proofs needed. First is one proof of lawful presence which could be a state issued birth certificate, unexpired passport, unexpired permanent resident card, unexpired employment authorization card, naturalization certificate, or a consular report of birth abroad (FS-240). Second is one proof of Social Security. The full Social Security number must be visible. You can present a Social Security card, current W-2, 1099, or 1040 or a current pay stub. The third and fourth required documents are proof of Kansas residency. Note that you need two proofs here. These can be a rent/lease agreement, driver’s license renewal postcard, vehicle registration, utility bill, or financial institution documents (bank statement, deed, mortgage, etc.). If your name has changed due to marriage, divorce, adoption, or court order, or if your name does not match on all documents of proof then further documentation is required. This could be a certified state issued marriage certificate, court ordered divorce decree, legal adoption paperwork, or other court ordered name change document. If you were married in Kansas but do not have a certified copy of a marriage certificate, you can get that done quickly at the Registrar’s office in the courthouse. Birth certificates can be ordered online at The library has pamphlets with all the details so you don’t have to copy this article – or you can if you want to. Remember this starts October 1, 2020.

{Real ID image from Kansas Department of Revenue website.}

Quilting 101 Class Scheduled

January is National Hobby Month. If you’ve always wanted to learn to quilt, here is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best teachers in our area.

This class is on Thursday, January 16, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and continues Saturday, January 18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Seneca Free Library Community Room.

Quilting class sponsored by Seneca Variety along with Seneca Free Library and instructed by Susan Mitchell. This is a beginner class. Learn how to make a quilt or table runner using the Rail Fence block as shown in the picture.

Class fee is $30. Fee includes “Start Quilting with Alex Anderson” book. Register and pay at Seneca Variety or Seneca Library.

Receive 10% discount at Seneca Variety if fabric and supplies needed for class are purchased at the store.

Class size is limited so register soon.

Library Asks Patrons to Assist Local Food Pantry

The Nemaha County Food Pantry in Seneca is an organization that helps Nemaha County residents fill the needs of food and personal items. The food pantry is located at 518 Main Street and is open each Wednesday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. People receiving food must be residents of Nemaha County Kansas and have need.

The groceries they receive are the same each month and consist of the following: a breakfast item (boxed cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix & syrup), 4 cans of vegetables, 1 can of beans (any type including pork & beans), rice, spaghetti and sauce, 1 jar of peanut butter, crackers, 2 cans of fruit, 1 can of tuna and 1 can of chicken plus tuna and chicken helper, 2 soups, 1 dessert (jello, pudding, pie mix, cake mix & frosting, or cookies), and 1 pound of meat (hamburger, ground pork, sausage, lunchmeat). Consumers can also have a choice of three of the following: laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, shampoo, soap, and personal products. You can use this handy list when you shop for the food pantry.

The library has always accepted small donations and delivered them to the food pantry. For the new year, starting now, we’d like to focus on certain items each month for patrons to donate, though any items will be accepted and delivered. Now through January, we are asking for donations of canned soup.

If your group does large quantity donations, the food pantry staff would rather have those delivered directly to the pantry. Any non-perishable food items on the above list are acceptable. So, stop in with your soup donations and we will get them to the food pantry.

Thermal Paper Shortage Continues

The saga of the toxic thermal paper receipt paper continues. The paper we use for check out receipts is thermal; it uses a chemical for the printing reaction. The main manufacturer of this chemical was in China, but shut down by the government because of over pollution. Let that sink in for a minute. This caused a price increase over the last couple of  years that has now more than tripled. Several other companies stepped in to make chemicals that have turned out to be even more toxic. So toxic in fact, that the paper should not even be recycled. Just imagine the pile of receipts in your purse that have been printed on thermal paper. Yeah, let that sink in too. Please note: our library system, and Seneca library in particular, do not use this more toxic paper!  We will soon be using an eco-friendly paper, that’s completely recyclable, toxin free, and contains vitamin C. You could eat this stuff, although we don’t recommend it. Good news for the environment and our patrons. Bad news for our budget.

How can you help? Go paperless! Talk to us about paperless options instead of printed check out receipts. 


Originally Posted September 1, 2018:

The library staff  learned in January 2018 about a shortage of the thermal paper we use to print your check out receipts coming later this year. No, this was not caused by damage to thermal trees in the hurricanes. It is much more complex than that. We’re sharing a link for those of you who would like more information. This site was last updated August 23, 2018.

What this means for us as a library and you as our patron is conservation. The cost of the rolls of paper is expected to rise again, so we are thinking of ways to use less of this paper. We will no longer automatically print a receipt for everyone. Patrons are encouraged to sign up for email receipts, which list your items, a text receipt will not. Other options for you are to request electronic notices for advance notice of item due and item due alerts via text or email.

If you would like to know all the items you have checked out we can open an online account for you. This will allow you to peruse your list and even renew items if you need to…IF they are not on hold or new items or overdue. We will be happy to talk with you about all of this when you visit the library.

Little Things You Can Do To Help You

These suggestions really are helpful, if you take the time to add our contact information to your devices and accounts.

Add our phone number, 785-336-2377, to the contacts list on your phone. We aren’t always able to leave a message when we call about the books or movies waiting here for you. At least you will know who the missed call is from.  Our policy states that holds need move on after one week. If we can’t leave a message, how will you know your item is here?

Do you have an online account set up yet? It doesn’t take long and there is so much you can do online; look to see what you have checked out, renew items that are not already due, search our catalog and place items on hold. Your online account also gives you access to free digital magazines through FLIPSTER. There is a nice selection of magazines for all interests and ages. Look for yourself, next time you log in.

Also, add these email addresses to your account: and, so that any email messages from us don’t get lost in spam-land.

You now have the option to sign up for text messages for hold or item due notices. If you have signed up and are not receiving text messages, mention it to us next time you are in, we’ll try to fix it for you.

If you have opted to receive emails and are not getting notices from us, let us know and we will get that sorted out for you, too.