Cooking Classes with Kids Starting Soon!

The library will begin hosting Cooking Classes with Kids February 9 after school. These sessions will be for children ages 8 – 11 and will be held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00. We will be learning about nutrition labels, how to make food from scratch, how to make healthy snacks, knife skills, cooking terms, and more. Class size is limited to 6 children. Parents you will need to come by the library and sign the registration form and waiver. Enrollment begins January 19. For more details please contact the library at 785-336-2377.

We made blueberry muffins from scratch in our first cooking class. The students learned about folding in, cleaning the berries, and that eating the berries before folding them in is almost as fun as watching them explode as they bake. Success.

Drop Box Troubles

Baby it’s cold outside! And inside too, when our drop box flap, lid, door, [whatever that thing is called] cannot close completely because books are blocking it.

The first picture shown below is the opening fully closed, taken from outside the library. This is what you want to watch for when you drop your books into the box. The second photo below is taken from inside the library. As you can see, a lot of COLD air can get through that opening, and into the library. This is not good for our heating system.

Please make sure that items are completely inside the drop box. When an item is not all the way through it leaves a gap where cold air, snow, and sleet can get inside the drop box. Snow and sleet melt into water, which is not book friendly.

Parents please talk with your child about how to properly return items in the book drop and remind yourself to make sure you get the flap closed all the way too.

Thank you for your help.

Flap closed. This is good. Watch to make sure the flap is closed before walking away, please.
Flap open. This is NOT good. Even if it is open a little, damage can be done to books, movies and cool down inside the library. Please make sure the flap is CLOSED before walking away.



Our winter weather policy states that if the schools close early due to bad weather, the library will close at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to check our Facebook page, listen to KMZA radio and WIBW for an announcement that we are closed. Or you can even give us a call at 785-336-2377. Stay safe out there!

Wondering about conditions across the state? KDOT interactive map

Celebrate Kansas 161st Birthday!

Kansas Day is January 29. There are some fun activities coming up to help everyone celebrate. We’ve put together a Kansas Trivia crossword puzzle for patrons to enjoy. We also have a pile of Kansas coloring pages for children to take home, and winter coloring pages, too. Oh! And books! We have displays of books about Kansas for all ages. The Seneca Chamber of Commerce/SDI  has a BINGO card activity you need to keep an eye out for.  No excuses for not getting in the spirit of celebrating Kansas!

This is the book we used to help us write the crossword puzzles and Facebook & Instagram posts!

January is Thank You Month

It’s Thank You month! Let us all be intentional about remembering those around us who help us every day. We have blank calendars available here at the library for you to keep track of saying, “Thank You” to the people in your life. Pick one up when you are in. Make this a family activity! Who should you thank today? How will you say Thank You?

A grateful heart is the best way to start off a New Year. This will keep you warm on these cold winter days.

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude. ~Robert Brault

Information to Help You Access Online Resources

Hoopla is a free service offering audio books, eBooks, movies, TV shows, music, comics, and more! We have added information for you to get the most out of the app below. We hope this helps and you get the most out of this new-to-you app!

Libby is another free app giving you access to eBooks and audiobooks. You will need to set up an account and pin with us, so call 785-336-2377– before you begin– between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm weekdays.

Here is a really quick look at how to use the online shared catalog. There is so much more than the video offers, but this will get you started. If you forgot your password, or are having trouble logging in, please call us.

Here is a quick intro to Flipster, our free online source of magazines. You use the same credentials that are needed to access our online shared catalog.

Below is a  link to  YouTube videos from Robin at our Regional Office in Lawrence about Learning Express:

Learning Express videos

Read to Reel/Stream?

Winter is coming and so are some TV shows based on great books. Before the snow flies and you’re stuck inside with nothing but your remote, check out these titles and know the story before you see it. Coming to HBO are Beartown based on the book by Fredrik Bachman and Vanishing Half based on Brit Bennett’s book. Hulu will have Nine Perfect Strangers from Liane Moriarty and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Amazon Prime is set to launch Good Omens from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and a mini-series based on Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Whitehead’s book won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Streaming on Netflix now is The One based on the Best Science Fiction Book of 2018 by John Marrs. Coming soon is Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter. Check out our online catalog for these and many more titles being made into TV shows and movies. 

Sixth Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Can you believe our Pumpkin Decorating Contest is six years old already!! We’ve had so much fun seeing the creations our patrons bring in every year. This year  will be following this past Summer Reading theme: tails. You guessed it, your pumpkin needs to have a tail. Your pumpkin can depict something true or fanciful – think dragons and unicorns – as long as it has a tail. You know the drill: pumpkins can be no larger than a standard basketball and must NOT be carved. Feel free to use paint, markers, glue, and most craft supplies. Pumpkins can be brought into the library beginning Monday October 25 through Wednesday October 27. Judging will be Thursday, October 28 and winners will be announced that day. All entries must be picked up by 1:00 Saturday, October 30 or they will be thrown away. Age categories are the following: Pre-K – 2nd grade; 3rd – 6th grades; 7th – 12th grades; and Graduated folks. 

Remember, if you need inspiration, we can help you find a book or two to get those creative juices flowing.