Cooking With Kids @ Seneca Free Library (July 10, 2024 Update)

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Librarian Deb Haverkamp returns from her holiday travels and so does Cooking with Kids! Our next Cooking with Kids session is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 1:30 PM (Note the summer schedule time!) What does Miss Deb have planned? Only one way to find out!

Kids ages 8-11 are eligible to participate in this fun and educational program. Attendance is limited to a class size of 6 students for safety reasons. Call us at 785-336-2377 to reserve your aspiring chef’s spot (prior participants still need to register for each class). Drop in after registration to sign the required waiver if your student is a new participant this season. Spaces fill up fast, so call soon to make your reservation!

REPORT:
Cooking with kids took a turn for the rustic as Librarian Deb Haverkamp brought the crew outside for a session of camp cooking! Deb brought in a portable fire pit and set up in the rock parking lot behind the building. She pre-fired a batch of coals to be ready for the kids to arrive. The kids diced onions and peppers while the hamburger browned in the Dutch Oven on the coals. Once the meat was cooked, they added their vegetables and tomato sauce, and finally stirred in some cubed Velveeta. The final result of the Hamburger Corn Casserole looked amazing and it was a great experience for the kids to try a new cooking technique!


ANNOUNCEMENT:
Don’t let the griddle cool too much! We’ve got our next Cooking with Kids session already planned for Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 1:30 PM (Note the different time!) Librarian Deb Haverkamp has some fantastic plans for an exciting cooking adventure that your little chef’s won’t want to miss!

Kids ages 8-11 are eligible to participate in this fun and educational program. Attendance is limited to a class size of 6 students for safety reasons. Call us at 785-336-2377 to reserve your aspiring chef’s spot (prior participants still need to register for each class). Drop in after registration to sign the required waiver if your student is a new participant this season. Spaces fill up fast, so call soon to make your reservation!

REPORT:
Thursday, June 13, 2024 the Cooking with Kids crew got one of their biggest wishes fulfilled. They made their own pizzas, with crust from scratch, homemade sauce, and their choice of freshly browned hamburger, sausage, pepperoni and cheese. The aroma coming from the pizza oven was out of this world amazing. Everyone was super excited with this cooking project and it sounded like they had a lot of fun as well!


ANNOUNCEMENT:
Spruce up those spatulas and wash those pans! Cooking with Kids is BACK with a special summer edition! Librarian Deb Haverkamp is cooking up some fun plans for Thursday, June 13, at 1:30 PM. (<–Note the time change.)

Kids ages 8-11 are eligible to participate in this fun and educational program. Attendance is limited to a class size of 6 students for safety reasons. Call us at 785-336-2377 to reserve your little chef’s spot (prior participants still need to register for each class). Drop in after registration to sign the required waiver if your student is a new participant this season. Spaces fill up fast, so call soon to make your reservation!

REPORT:
Thursday, May 9 2024 Deb Haverkamp and our cooking with kids crew made fruit pizza!

This is where the gallery would go if our social media guy had remembered to post the pictures he and Deb took from the event. They were some really good pictures. But here’s an example of what the kids made, “borrowed” from the internet instead:

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Tidy up the kitchen and get those dishes ready, we’ve got another round of Cooking with Kids coming up right around the corner! Deb Haverkamp will be hosting the next session on Thursday, May 9, from 3:15 PM to 5:00 PM after school. Kids ages 8-11 are eligible to participate in this fun and educational program. Attendance is limited to a class size of 6 students for safety reasons. Call us at 785-336-2377 to reserve your little chef’s spot (prior participants still need to register for each class). Drop in after registration to sign the required waiver if your student is a new participant this season. Spaces fill up fast, so call soon to make your reservation!

***As a special notice, this session will be the only Cooking with Kids event in May due to scheduling conflicts and our increased focus on Summer Reading enrollment starting the 20th.***

REPORT:
Thursday, April 25, 2024 the Cooking with Kids crew made Corn and Black Bean Salsa, fresh Guacamole, and Blackened Fish Tacos. Librarian Deb Haverkamp admitted the kids were a little tentative about the tacos at first, but once they tried them, the majority agreed they were a hit. Going in for pictures early on, the salsa smelled and looked amazing. And you know the kids loved what they made when the circulation desk workers don’t even see any leftovers!

Stay tuned for future Cooking with Kids Sessions with Deb coming up in May. She’s already got the wheels turning on what she wants to do next with the crew!

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Time is flying by and we’re heating up the griddle for another round of Cooking with Kids with Librarian Deb Haverkamp! The next session is set for Thursday, April 25, from 3:15 PM to 5:00 PM after school. Kids ages 8-11 are eligible to participate in this fun and educational program. Attendance is limited to a class size of 6 students for safety reasons. Call us at 785-336-2377 to reserve your little chef’s spot (prior participants still need to register for each class). Drop in after registration to sign the required waiver if your student is a new participant this season. Spaces fill up fast, so call soon to make your reservation!

REPORT:
Thursday, April 4th Cooking with Kids featured spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce! It looked and smelled amazing. These kids have skills and keep learning new things each time! Special thanks to Librarian Deb Haverkamp for running this program and making it as fun and successful as it is!

As a reminder, we only have a total of 6 spaces for each Cooking with Kids session due to space, safety, and supervision reasons. Slots are filled on a first come, first serve order, as much as we hate having to turn anybody away for a session. Make sure your little chef is signed up well before the class starts. This isn’t a class we can slip in a last-minute addition as much as we might want to.

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Our first Cooking with Kids session in April is coming up quick! On Thursday, April 4, Deb Haverkamp will be hosting another round of culinary adventures and learning opportunities! Kids ages 8-11 are eligible to participate in this fun and educational program that runs after school from 3:15 – 5:00 PM. Attendance is limited to a class size of 6 students for safety reasons. Call us at 785-336-2377 to reserve your little chef’s spot (prior participants still need to register for each class). Drop in after registration to sign the required waiver if your student is a new participant this season. Call soon, spaces fill up fast!

REPORT:
Cooking with Kids had another full turnout on Thursday, March 21, as Librarian Deb Haverkamp taught the class how to make biscuits and gravy from scratch! The kids had a great time working together and Deb reported that the biscuits and gravy were a big hit with everybody. Great job to our chefs in the making and Deb Haverkamp in cooking up a classic this session!


ANNOUNCEMENT:
Cooking with Kids returns Thursday, March 21, with Librarian Deb Haverkamp hosting the session. Kids ages 8-11 are eligible to participate in this fun and educational program that runs after school from 3:15 – 5:00 PM. Attendance is limited to a class size of 6 students for safety reasons. Call us at 785-336-2377 to reserve your little chef’s spot (prior participants still need to register for each class). Drop in after registration to sign the required waiver if your student is a new participant this season. Call soon, space fills up fast!

REPORT:
Thursday, February 22, Cooking with Kids met for another learning experience in food and fun, this time baking coffee cake and trying out an assortment of smoothie recipes. The entry smelled like fresh baked cinnamon, drawing comments of delight from patrons and librarians alike.

ANNOUNCEMENT:
Cooking with Kids is back for another culinary adventure on February 22! This program is for kids 8-11 years old and runs from 3:15-5:00 PM. Class size is limited to 6 students for safety reasons. Call us at 785-336-2377 to reserve your little chef’s spot (prior participants still need to register for each class). Drop in after registration to sign the required waiver. Call soon, space fills up fast!

REPORT:
Thursday February 8 Cooking with Kids was busy making Ham Loaf, Meat Balls and 7 Layer Salad! Don’t come on these days, if you are hungry, it’s hard to resist the aroma.

This week they made M&M pan cookies and Chocolate drop cookies. We forgot to take a picture of the results! Guess they will have to start over. It’s hard being a librarian. 1.25.24

First call the library to enroll your child. Then put it on your calendar so you don’t forget. But we know your child will NOT forget. If they have been Cooking with Deb before, they look forward to coming again. Class size is LIMITED.

Our next class is scheduled for Thursday, January 25 after school – as long as the weather cooperates. This is a really fun event for the kids and Deb. Class size is limited to 6 for safety reasons. Your child is not registered until you call us (785-336-2377) and have signed a waiver. Call soon, space fills up fast!

The pictures below are from the January 11th class making Chicken Noodle Soup.

Happy New Year! We’re kicking off cooking classes 2024 on Thursday January 11, starting at 3:00PM! Call 785.336.2377 to get on the list! Most of our parents have signed the waiver, but if you haven’t yet, please stop into the library when you drop your children off for class.

December 28, 2023 was about trying different pie crusts. They made a graham cracker crust with a no bake cheese cake and a flour pie crust for a” cheese, ham and egg thing” aka quiche. Which do you think they enjoyed most?

Be sure to call to get on the list to join Deb Thursday December 14 to make Gingerbread Houses!

This event is for children ages 8~11, space is limited and sign-up required. So, keep an eye on our Facebook page and put us on speed dial, our number is 785-336-2377.

Deb Haverkamp is teaching the class this year. So far they have made Apple Crisp and Quesadillas! The library smells SO good on Cooking night, everyone leaves very hungry. Deb teaches different skills each class and includes the art of clean up

The Adventures of Nelson the NEKLS Gnome and Sherri the ShareIt Gnome (UPDATE 7/5/2024)!

The Adventures of Nelson the NEKLS Gnome and Sherri the ShareIt Gnome!

Sherri and Nelson are the best of friends. They popped into existence together at the Seneca Free Library just as the last throws of winter began to sputter out. They came to the library to spread good cheer and excitement about the upcoming summer reading program.

“Adventure Begins at the Library,” Sherri mused. “What fun! There’s so many adventures to have and explore. Thrilling ones, mysterious ones, funny ones, mushy romantic ones, action-packed ones… oh my, and those are just the adventures to READ about!”

“Just imagine all the things our friends can do themselves in the real world!” Nelson agreed with excitement. “Camping, exploring, traveling, star gazing, picnicking, flying kites, solving puzzles and mysteries, playing games, swimming, bird watching… gosh, the possibilities are endless, really!”

And so, these two cheerful friends spent the remainder of the winter and all through the spring tickling the minds of their new librarian friends and whispering ideas and inspirations to them. Before they knew it, the end of the school year arrived, and Summer Reading was just around the corner! There were even plans for the adults at the library to have fun too! Everyone at the library was eager and excited to get started. They did such a good job helping to get things ready, they even inspired each other to consider their own adventures!

“Gosh! All of these adventures sound wonderful and exciting! Do you think we should do something on our own?” Sherri suggested with nervous anticipation.

“Let’s do it!” Nelson agreed with excitement. “Then we’ll have our own adventures to tell our friends about!”

And so, just like that, Sherri and Nelson started making their plans and prepared to make their way out into the world. Each adventurer planned a different journey so they could share their stories with each other when they got home as well! Their librarian friends wished them good luck, and off they went to explore and discover wherever their journey might take them next!


Sherri is making her journey through the Kansas ShareIt Library System (courier transfers only please!). Nelson is traveling across the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) via courier. They are leaving Monday, May 20, 2024, and should start their journey back to the Seneca Free Library on or around Friday, August 16, 2024. The goal is for them to visit as many network libraries as possible and hopefully learn a little bit about the library, their communities, and, of course, the wonderful library staff who work there!

Here at the Seneca Free Library, we’ll be posting updates on where Sherri and Nelson are at, tracking their journey on our Kansas map where our patrons can see it, and sharing all the fun and interesting pictures, info, and whatever else our creative librarian peers across Kansas might come up with. (Library Staff, please submit updates and media to Librarian@senecafreelibrary.org. Thank you for participating!) We are super excited to follow and share this journey with all of you RIGHT HERE! So don’t forget to check back often to see what our intrepid duo are up to!

Kansas is Bigger than we Thought!

Track That Trip! (Updated 7/5/2024)

Click the map to view the image closer.

Sherri Arrives in Ellinwood!
(Stop #4 – 7/2/2024)

Sherri made a stop in Ellinwood, KS and had the opportunity to hangout with the Ellinwood School and Community Library staff and summer program participants for their last Summer Library Session and their End of Summer Library Bash! They had story time, games, crafts, and so much fun! Sherri had a blast with her new friends and was excited to be a part of wrapping up a successful summer program.

Ellinwood School and Community Library
210 N Schiller Ave
Ellinwood, KS 67526
Website: hslibrary.usd355.org

Ellinwood, KS has a population around 1980 (2022 Census), and is in Barton County. Other attractions in Ellinwood include the Ellinwood Underground Tunnels, Wolf Hotel, and the Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira Wildlife Refuge, both of which are natural wetlands.

Nelson Arrives in Osage City!
(Stop #3 – 6/28/2024)

Nelson visited Osage City! He reportedly had a lovely visit with the library staff at Osage City Public Library, but had to keep his stay brief before hopping the courier to his next destination.

Osage City Public Library
515 Main St
Osage City, KS 66523
Website: basehorlibrary.com

Osage City, KS has an estimated population of 2,816 (2022) and is located in Osage County. While not readily boasting about its own attractions, Osage City sits between Topeka and Emporia, positioned as a jump off point for several attractions in the surrounding areas.

Sherri Arrives in Whitewater!
(Stop #3 – 6/20? – Date Not Confirmed)

Sherri made her way through Whitewater, KS and stopped at Whitewater Memorial Library

Whitewater Memorial Library
118 E Topeka St,
Whitewater, KS 67154
Website: whitewater.scklslibrary.info

Whitewater , KS has an estimated population of 667, and is northeast of Wichita in Butler County. Recent library activities include story time, “Take and Make” crafts, fused glass art, and butter making.

Sherri Arrives in Derby!
(Stop #2 – 6/15? – Date Not Confirmed)

Sherri made her way through Derby, KS and stopped at Derby Public Library.

Derby Public Library
1600 Walnut Grove Rd
Derby, KS 67037
Website: derbylibrary.com

Derby, KS has an estimated population of 25,939 (2022). It is located in Sedgwick County and is the largest suburb of Wichita, southeast of the main metro. Area attractions include the Museum of World Treasures, Field Station: Dinosaurs, and Rock River Rapids Aquatic Park.

Nelson Arrives in Basehor!
(Stop #2 – 6/5/2024)

Nelson spent some good solid quality time taking in the sites and services of Basehor Community Library. He got to hear all about Outdoor Story Time, Reader’s Theater, Beginning Birding, ATLAS Education with Animals, and Family Trivia Night. But rather than tell you about his time at Basehor, Nelson and his new friends decided to bring you with him in the following video!

@basehorlibrary

Nelson the NEKLS Gnome from the Seneca Free Library is on an adventure to visit Kansas libraries, and he stopped by the Basehor Community Library today! #librarytiktok #librarytok #fyp #basehor

? Aesthetic – Tollan Kim & Kudasaibeats

Basehor Community Library
1400 158th Street
Basehor, KS 66007
Website: basehorlibrary.com

Basehor, KS has an estimated population of 7,544, is located northwest of Kansas City on the eastern border, and is part of the Kansas City Metro Area. Main attractions include Holy-Field Vineyard & Winery and Falcon Lakes Golf Club.

Sherri Arrives in Louisburg!
(Stop #1 – 6/5/2024)

Louisburg Library welcomed Sherri with excitement and got her straight into the action! Sherri attended the Summer Blessings Lunch and Fun where they served food to over 100 kiddos and distributed bags of groceries as well. Then she joined the kids in drawing on the parking lot with sidewalk chalk until it got too hot! The next day Sherri joined Adventure Camp for 3rd-5th grade kiddos and helped give pointers on how to hit a bullseye! She went back to the library and got to help supervise the Teen Guitar Building Class where they were hydro-dipping the bodies of their guitars. Yep, you read that right, they make their own guitar. Rock on Sister Sherri! Rock on!

Louisburg Library
206 S. Broadway
Louisburg, Kansas 66053
Website: louisburglibrary.org

Louisburg, KS is on the eastern border just south of Kansas City. It has an estimated population of about 5,052 people and is the home of Louisburg Cider Mill, Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Education Center, and the Powell Observatory. Louisburg Library hosts no shortage of events on site, but they are also partnered with multiple organizations and services to expand their coverage and presence in other locations such as the Vintage Park Assisted Living Center and Louisburg Senior Center.

Special thanks to Louisburg Library for hosting Sherri and letting her join in on some great activities! Next stop, Derby!

Nelson Arrives in Bonner Springs!
(Stop #1 – 5/23/2024)

Our friends at Bonner were delighted to meet Nelson, but unsurprisingly buried in work with their own Summer Reading startup. They introduced Nelson to their busy beaver friend and let the duo do some camping before Nelson had to go on his merry way.

Bonner Springs City Library
201 N Nettleton Ave
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Website: bonnerlibrary.org

Bonner Springs has an estimated population of 7,666 (as 2022). It is part of the Kansas City Metro area, but is itself home to the Azura Amphitheater, Kansas City Renaissance Festival (August 31-Oct 14), Moon Marble Company, and Exit Games KC (Escape Room challenge available for our Summer Adventure Theme!)

Thanks to Bonner Springs City Library for hosting Nelson and sending him on to his next destination!

Adventure Begins in Your Library: July Adventure Theme is Stargazing

July is for Stargazing!

July’s monthly adventure theme is Stargazing! Who doesn’t want a summer activity that isn’t based in the heat of the afternoon sun? Want to do more than walk out your backdoor and look up at the sky? Why not pack a snack cooler with ice cold drinks and travel snacks (precut fruit like strawberries, cantaloupe, or watermelon make great options)! Take a blanket or two to sit on, drive out into the country to escape the light pollution from the street lights, find a safe place to park, sit out in the bed of your truck or set up a picnic spot, and take in the wonders of the night sky. Have a special someone? Make it a date night and have two adventures for the effort of one! Want to bring the kids instead? Make a game of identifying constellations and planets! We have a number of books on constellations and stars to help get you started. Our Adventure Backpacks are also a great option to bring with you

Want more tips on how to get the most out of your stargazing adventure?

https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/…/stargazing-top-tips

Food Pantry Donations at the Library: July Focus is Desserts!

Seneca Free Library is a proud supporting partner with the Nemaha County Food Pantry. July’s Food Pantry Focus is Desserts. Collect those cookies! Put in some pudding! Jazz it up with Jello! Consider a cake mix! You can help by picking up a few extra items on your next trip to the grocery store, then dropping them by the library during our regular hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Pay it back! Pay it forward! Or just make a contribution for the sake of doing good for others. Hunger is a real problem, but you can make a difference!Make your impact today! Because hunger doesn’t just happen on the holidays.

This is a service we offer the community. The Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers and is open one day a week. Rather than having to remember what day and hours they are open, you can drop your donations by the library and we will deliver them for you! We highlight different items to donate each month just to offer some direction and promote awareness. When everything is needed on a regular basis, it can be helpful to have some guidance.

If you have large donations it is best to deliver them directly to the food pantry. We can help facilitate a drop off time if needed. Call us during regular business hours at 785-336-2377.

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

Some Important Points to Note:

* The Food Pantry is closed the second Wednesday of every month.

* Paper goods and personal hygiene products are also always needed!

* Opened and outdated products are NOT accepted at the Pantry.

Each Family receives the following items Once a Month.

  • 1 breakfast item
  • 4 cans of vegetables
  • 1 can of 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
  • 1 pound of meat.

While we highlight different donation items each month, the following items are ALWAYS NEEDED:

  • Paper products [toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex]
  • personal products [feminine hygiene, sanitary wipes, etc.]
  • boxed cereals
  • oatmeal
  • pancake mix and pancake syrup
  • canned vegetables
  • rice
  • pasta and pasta 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
  • and more!
  • They also accept laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, and bath soap.

Seed Ball Workshop Now on Monday, July 8 at 1:30 PM

The Meadowlark District Extension Office has rescheduled our Seed Ball Workshop to Monday, July 8 at 1:30 PM! Come make wildflower seed balls, find out why seed balling is beneficial to growing plants, learn a bit about soil erosion and prevention, and take home the start to an adventure in growing your own wildflowers!

Adjust those calendars and prepare your kiddos Kindergartner and up to get down and dirty with wildflower power! Budding Gardeners, Future Farmers, and Dirt Diggers rejoice!

Story Time and Crafts, Summer 2024

Episode Four (Wednesday, June 26, 2024)


Miss Dee wrapped up our Summer Story Time Series on Wednesday, June 26. We had a fun and energetic group for this round of storytelling and craft making. Miss Dee brought the following books to life for our guests: “There is a Bird on Your Head,” by Mo Willems, “This Books Will Get You to Sleep,” by Jory John, “This is Not My Hat,” by Jon Klassen, “Please Don’t Read This Book,” by Deanna Kizis, and “Don’t Trust Cats” by Dev Petty. Our preschool group made Butterfly Feeders and our elementary group made Dream Catchers.

We’d like to thank all of our youngsters and adults who came out to join us for our June series! We had a great time with you all and hope you had fun too! Happy reading and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Episode Three (Wednesday, June 19, 2024)


Miss Dee hosted another Story Time and Crafts session with a group of 40 kids and parents in attendance on June 19th. She read “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins, “Ten Pigs: an Epic Bath Adventure” by Derek Anderson, “Nobody’s Duck” by Mary Sullivan, “My Toothbrush is Missing,” by Jan Thomas, “Let’s Go on a Hike!” by Katrina Liu, and “Ribbit!” by Rodrigo Folgueira. The preschool group designed and crafted their own “Bitty Bugs” using plastic Easter eggs. Our elementary grade group made “Bottle Bugs” out of recycled Mt. Dew bottles. Between the awesome storytelling and creative craft projects, it was pretty clear everyone had a great time at the end of each session!

Episode Two (Wednesday, June 12, 2024)


Miss Dee took our summer story squad on another adventure through Story Time and Crafts on Wednesday, June 12th. She read “A Couch for Llama” by Leah Gilbert, “Mom, the School Flooded,” by Ken Rivard and “The Bug Girl (A true story)” by Sophia Spencer and Margaret McNamara. The preschool group made their own Glimmer Discs to decorate their rooms with. Our elementary grade group made light up constellation jars. Everyone was super excited to hear Miss Dee’s story’s and show off their projects. We can’t wait to see all our friends again next week! We were pretty busy on the library side during this time also and didn’t get to catch as many pictures as we’d have liked this time. If any of the adults who were there have pictures they want to share, either of the story telling, craft time, or just of a finished product, we’d love to see them. Email them to librarian@senecafreelibrary.org, and we’ll get them posted! (Please note which day the pictures are from so we can post them to the right gallery! Thanks!)

Episode One (Wednesday, June 5, 2024)


Miss Dee opened up our Story Time and Crafts season with a group of 50 kids and parents in attendance on June 5th. She read “Silly Tilly” by Eileen Spinelli, “Frank and Bert” by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, and “a bear, a fish, and a fishy wish” by Daniel Bernstrom. The preschool group made their own binoculars to go out and explore with. Our elementary grade group made dream catchers. Everyone was super excited for their first story time of the season and we look forward to seeing all our friends again next week!

Jet Pack Jason of Mad Science RETURNS Tuesday, June 18!

Jet Pack Jason of Mad Science RETURNS Tuesday, June 18!


Jet Pack Jason of Mad Science *RETURNS* to Seneca Free Library on Tuesday, June 18, at 10:30 AM! Kids of Kindergarten age through adults will thrill at the wild wonders and excitement of applied science though chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering presented in a way that is both entertaining and educational. Admission is free to our area patrons and residents. Don’t miss out on this local favorite!

Got a kid who’s a hard sell on science? Tell them there will be explosions and stuff and it’s kind of like a magic show. Shhh! They don’t have to know it’s educational till it’s too late!

*Program note, this event is recommended as unsuitable for preschoolers or toddlers.

New at Seneca Free Library: Adventure Backpacks!

After much anticipation and several misfires in getting the cataloging to program correctly, we are excited to announce the availability and release of our Adventure Backpacks! These super sharp-looking backpacks contain one pair of adult binoculars, one pair of youth binoculars and assorted field guides: The Moon: A Folding Pocket Guide to the Moon, its Surface Features, Phases and Eclipses; Kansas Butterflies & Pollinators: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species; Kansas Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species; Kansas Trees & Wildflowers; and Kansas Wildlife: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species.

The Adventure Backpacks are available to Seneca Free Library patrons only and are obtained on a first come, first serve basis. They are checked out on a one week loan period and will accrue late fees if kept longer than the allotted time.

We look forward to checking these Adventure Backpacks out and hearing about the adventures our friends and patrons have exploring with them!

Old Cell Phones and Devices Wanted

Old Cell Phones and Devices Wanted

Looking for another opportunity to give back?

The American Legion Auxiliary (Unit 21-Seneca) is collecting the following items: cell phones (all smartphones and iPhones or flip phones), phone chargers and USB cords, iPads and non-Apple Tablets or eReaders, iPods and MP3 Players.

ALA will ship these items to Big Sky Recycling who will then donate the items to U.S. soldiers through Operation Shoebox or recycle the items that are broken or too far out-dated to be used. By donating your old cell phones and tablets you will help provide phones and phone cards through care packages to our troops deployed overseas and returning home.

Items for donation may be dropped off at the Seneca Free Library (606 Main St, Seneca, KS), The American Legion (Basement, 812 Main St, Seneca, KS), or Sts Peter and Paul Mission Center (409 Amador St, Seneca, KS). For more information or questions about specific items for donation, email alaseneca21@gmail.com

What NOT to Donate!

x Original Boxes or Instruction Manuals for phones.
x Computers, Laptops, or Computer Parts
x Landline Phones
x Printers or Ink Cartridges
x Cable Boxes
x Damaged Batteries for any devices.

What About Data Security?

Before donating any electronic device, it is advised that you first save any important content (photos, contacts, etc) and then perform a factory reset to erase all data. If you are unable to power on or perform the reset, rest assured Big Sky Recycling ensures data destruction on all recycled cell phones and devices.

*CANCELED* Trivia Night at Seneca Free Library! Friday, June 7, 2024

*Due to not enough teams signing up, we will not be holding this event on this date. We will try again in early fall, so be sure to find your teammates and challengers and be ready for the next round!*

Fire up those synapsis, stock up on your favorite brain foods, and hone your team communication skills. It’s TRIVIA NIGHT at the Seneca Free Library!

Friday, June 7, 2024, Seneca Free Library is serving up another round of brain teasers and hijinks for fabulous prizes and community bragging rights. Do you and your friends have what it takes to take on the challenges set by our Librarian Mega Minds? Only one way to find out!

Step 1: Gather up your team of 4-6 players. These can be friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, or even some random strangers you bribe on the street (hey, as long as they show up we aren’t going to question it).

Step 2: Come up with a quirky, clever, funny, or even just a plain old placeholder team name. (This is an adult focused event, but kindly don’t pick anything your grandma would be deeply disappointed by.)

Step 3: Come into the Library and sign your team up at the circulation desk, or call us at 785-336-2377 to reserve your team’s spot. (Have your team roster, team name, and team captain’s contact info ready!)

Step 4: Collect the cash! Entry is $10 per Person, payable at the circulation desk before June 7, or on the evening of Trivia Night at the door. (Please pay as a group, we are not responsible for collecting your team member’s individual entry fees. Thanks!) Proceeds go to help fund this and other awesome events, including Kids Summer Reading, Cooking with Kids, and our shiny new Passport Seneca Adventure!

Step 5: Stock up on your favorite snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to mix and match and share with your teammates!

Step 6: Show up ready to test your mental might! Doors open at 6:00 PM on June 7th at the Seneca Free Library Conference Room (Please use the Library Main Entrance).

Step 7: Have a great time with all of us here at the Seneca Free Library!

Want to bone up on your factoids or narrow down your team draft picks? Our trivia questions are based on classic Trivial Pursuit categories (more or less), but be warned… we put a spin on some of the categories to give them just a little more crunch and flavor for each Trivia Night Event! Who knows what we might ask this time?