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

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.

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Students and parents of Nemaha Central High School: have your student sign up for a Seneca Free Library account now! A Library representative will be at the high school during seminar each day, until September 30. A library card will give them access to books and other items from over 40 libraries in northeast Kansas. AND access to Hoopla and Libby, our digital resources. Online magazines are also available thru Flipster. We are so excited to get library books into the hands of students, we are having a drawing for those who sign up before Oct 1, 2021. A Chamber gift certificate for $25 will go to one lucky student who opens a NEW Seneca Free Library account. Renew your account and you will be eligible for a chance at a $15 gift certificate. When a student comes INTO the library with a parent to open or renew an account, they earn TWO chances for gift certificates! Keep your eyes open for a Seneca Free Library rep at school. New accounts and renewals must be done by September 30, 2021. Drawing will be held October 1, 2021. Applies only to Nemaha Central High School students in the 2021-2022 school year. Maximum 2 entries per student.

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

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.

HUNTER’S STAR -Intermediate Level Master half square triangles! You will be a pro in no time. Saturday November 13, 9:00 AM~5:00 PM. If you need extra time, class will continue on Monday September 13 from 2:00~5:00 PM. Class fee includes pattern. This is a change of date from what was originally published!

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.