Summer Reading Deadline: July 31

Reminder: Jul 31, 2021 is the last day to record books or minutes for the Summer Reading challenge. If you have not already done so, please stop in and pick up the Animal Ticket to the ice cream party. Tickets must be picked up from the Library by 1:00 PM on July 31.

To be eligible for the party, readers must finish at least 20 books or read for 8 hours (480 minutes). If you have been keeping track on paper, you must present your list at the library before getting a ticket. Tickets must be presented for admission to the party.

Summer/Fall 2021 Quilt Classes Scheduled

Information for all classes: Instructor~ Susan Mitchell, Location~ Seneca Free Library Community Room, Class fee is $30.00, Receive 10% discount on fabric and notions for classes at Seneca Variety, downtown Seneca

UFO CLASS [UnFinished Objects] Need help finishing a project? Let Susan give you a hand! Bring your UFO’s {UnFinished Objects} and get them done. Clear your conscience to sign up for another class and new project. Saturday July 31, 9:00 AM~5:00 PM

BRAID IN A DAY – Intermediate Level Jelly Roll friendly. Saturday August 21, 9:00 AM~5:00 PM. Continues on Monday August 23, if needed, 2:00~5:00 PM. Class fee includes pattern.

HUNTER’S STAR -Intermediate Level Master half square triangles! You will be a pro in no time. Saturday September 25, 9:00 AM~5:00 PM. If you need extra time, class will continue on Monday September 27 from 2:00~5:00 PM. Class fee includes pattern.

SQUARE DANCE – Beginner Level Saturday October 16, 9:00 AM~5:00 PM. If extra time is needed, class will continue on Monday October 18, 2:00~5:00 PM. Class fee includes book.

CHRISTMAS PINE QUILT as YOU GO TABLE RUNNER – Intermediate Level Saturday November 6, 9:00 AM ~5:00 PM. Class continues on Monday November 6, if extra time is needed. Class fee includes pattern

Week of July 5~10 @ Seneca Free Library

July is National Anti-Boredom Month. If you’re hearing “I’m bored!” from the kids this summer, we are here for you. Besides all of the great books and movies to keep kids engaged, we also have a jar full of ideas. Send them in, they can draw a slip of paper out of the jar and go home with a fun activity to keep them occupied.

We’ve had several families come in to claim their ticket to the end of Summer Reading Ice Cream Celebration. The children have reached their goal of reading 20 books or 480 minutes! What goals have you set and how close are you to reaching them?

Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten readers have also been busy! We moved 3 cars for one family this week! Remember to bring in those tally sheets so we can move your car closer to the finish line. Our tub of prizes is full, so come in soon.

Thursday July 8 was Youth Art Day. The pictures say it all:

Week of June 30~July 2 Library Activities

Wednesday June 30: The last Preschool Story Time of the summer. The snakes fit the Tails and Tales summer reading theme.

The first Youth Art Day is Tuesday June 29. Sign up for the Thursday July 8th class will begin after the June classes are complete.
The schedule will be the same for both days: 4th ~ 6th grades will be from 9:00~10:30 AM and 1st~3rd grades will be from 1:00~2:30 PM. **Children should wear their ART clothes.

Sign up continues until June 30 for all age groups for Summer Reading. All age groups include toddler/lap readers to age 19 and up! Stop in to find out more about downloading the ReaderZone app to track what your family is reading. Everyone has until July 31 to reach their reading goals. These hot days are good for finding a cool place to relax and read, read, read. Beginning July 1 readers can pick up their animal tickets that will admit them to our Celebration Ice Cream Party on August 5. To qualify for the party readers must either finish and record 20 books or read for 8 hours (480 minutes). ReaderZone is busy keeping track 24 hours a day. More details about the ice cream party will come later.

Week of June 13 ~ June 19 @ SFL ~ A BIG WEEK AT THE LIBRARY!



Tuesday June 15: Mad Science will be in town. This program is for students who have finished grade 1 and older. Space is limited to 30 in our Community Room. Call us at 785-336-2377 or stop in ahead of time to save a place for your children.

Wednesday June 16:  Preschool Story Time! Sign up is REQUIRED this year due to COVID-19. Space is limited to 40 people per session. Adults, please call 785-336-2377 to enroll your children, up to 5 people per group. You will need to call each week you want to attend. Preschool Story Time is for toddlers through Kindergarten students. We ask that you leave strollers and wagons outside the library.  Story Time will begin at 10:30, in our Community Room.

Thursday June 17: Our last performer of the summer is Dan, Dan the Magic Man! This program will be held at Nemaha Central Elementary & Middle School at 110 N. 11th St., in Seneca. There are no limits, no sign up required. Children should be accompanied by an adult. The program begins at 10:30. Don’t be late!

We are using the Reader Zone app again this summer for logging books and time read. Same app as last summer but different code and guidelines. Stop by the library to get all the details!

Week of June 6-12, 2021

Preschool Story Time

We are excited to host in person programs again this summer! We made plans with Covid-19 precautions in mind, so there are a few changes to be aware of. But we sure do like having kids and families coming into the library this year!

Preschool Story Time is for toddlers through Kindergarten students. This year we are limiting the number of people attending, so please call ahead at 785-336-2377 to reserve your spot. We remembered to get pictures of the group Wednesday June 9.

Peter and Penelope: Balloon Animal Adventures

Our first in person summer reading program in 2 years was a great success! This year we are hosting the live events at Nemaha Central Elementary & Middle School Gym, to give our patrons room to safely spread out.

In The News!

May of 2020 the Ensign Horse Fountain was moved back to Main St.

In May of 2020, while the world was shut down, the City of Seneca managed to move the old Ensign Horse Fountain back to Main St. But that was just the beginning of the transformation of the fountain. Open the link below to read the story the National Humane Alliance Foundation shared on their website:,KS.htm?fbclid=IwAR0rgEzw_f-zRQzRTajV01HNqy_qZC5EjxQy1o5C5UtQl67gsPDa3CUVTzw

Leave Your Food Pantry Donations Here

What a blessing to live among such generous people. Thank you to everyone who donates to the Food Pantry.

Time to deliver the goods to the Food Pantry and make room for more donations!

Happy July! This month we are having fun with desserts: jello or pudding mixes, cake mixes and frosting, cookies, pie mixes, and so forth.

Here is a full list of items each family receives, each month:

1 breakfast item, 4 cans of vegetables, 1 can beans, 1 package of rice, 1 pasta and sauce, 1 jar of peanut butter, 1 box of crackers, 2 cans of fruit, 1 can of tuna or chicken, 2 cans of soup, 1 dessert, and a pound of meat.

 These items are always needed at the Food Pantry. We focus on particular items each month as a way to bring attention to the need:  Paper products [toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex], personal products, boxed cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, canned vegetables, rice, pasta and sauce, peanut butter, boxed crackers, canned fruit, canned tuna, canned chicken, boxed tuna and chicken helper, canned soups, jello and pudding mixes, cookies, cake mixes and frosting, pie mix, etc. They also accept laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, bath soap.

We have the cart near our door to make it handy for you to leave your donations. Thank you for your support.

Summer Reading Plans Released

Summer Reading is in the air!

We are busy making plans and getting all the supplies gathered we will need for Story Time. There is a lot that goes into preparing fun crafts for little ones! We will have Preschool Story Time on Wednesdays June 2, 9, 16, and 30 in the Library Community Room, BUT attendance numbers will be limited to 40 people per session and registration will be required.

We will have two live all-age programs this year. To ensure that attendees can spread out, the programs will be held in the Nemaha Central Elementary School gym.

Mad Science will present a program for grade schoolers who have finished first – fifth grades. Attendance is limited to 30 and registration is required. Complete details and program dates and times will be posted soon.

Because Covid-19 is still in the county we will follow guidelines concerning distance and personal safety. The library staff and board members talked about our options at length. The health and welfare of our patrons and community members is very important to us. It will be important to check our website and social media as program dates get closer to make sure there are no changes.

The library will be using Reader Zone again this year to keep track of our patron’s reading. There will be a different code this year and some new instructions also. All of the information will be available when sign up begins as soon as school is out on Thursday, May 20. We will have a program and activity schedule to hand out at that time.

PLEASE NOTE: Preschool Story Time will be on WEDNESDAYS! NOT Tuesdays. The dates are correct, we apologize for the confusion.