End of Summer Reading Party a Huge Success!

FIZZ_BOOM_READ_logo Primary StackedWe had a successful summer here at the library. Two hundred eighty one young readers signed up for the reading program. There was great attendance for all our performers, story times and science activities. Of those 281 readers, 92 remembered to turn in their reading logs before the deadline. An ice cream party was held for those children who remembered the July 31 deadline. Thank you for making your Library an important part of your summer. Let us know, what was your favorite part of Summer @ your Library? Was is a performer, a craft your child make, a book you discovered?

Some of our adult readers are still working on their B-I-N-G-O cards, they have until the end of August to get a Bingo or Blackout their card.

Here are pictures from our Ice Cream Party:

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Sorry, there is no beach party involved in this B-I-N-G-O.

But there is still lots of fun for our ADULT PATRONS to look forward to.

The BINGO card tells you what kind of book to read,

when you’ve read that book, we’ll stamp your card.

When you get BINGO, turn the card in for a surprise!

We’ve pulled a few books to help you get started.

Look over the BINGO card in the photo, then run to the library to get started.

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The voting ended Thursday night,

the votes were tallied first thing Friday, May 23rd.

RADAR is the name chosen by a landslide!

Thank you to everyone who took time to come in to vote.

We couldn’t have decided without your help.

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What Does “Word Gap” Mean to You?

The headline speaker for NEKLS Innovation Day, April 30 in Topeka, was Garry Golden, an academically trained Futurist.  He  talked about the future of libraries and ways we can better serve our communities. What we found most interesting had nothing to do with keeping up with technology. He told us about research at Rice University with families with young children.  The study involved families from different socio-economic status; high-income, middle, low, and families who were on welfare. You can read about the research on the link above. Basically what they found is that children in welfare families heard an average of 616 words per hour, while those from working class families heard around 1,251 words per hour, and those from professional families heard roughly 2,153 words per hour. Over the time of birth to a child’s 4th birthday, the “word gap” that children hear and experience is roughly 30 MILLION WORDS. The significance is not only that children in poverty heard over a third fewer words than their high income counterparts, they studied the kind of words, words of encouragement or discouragement. The children who heard more encouragement were ahead developmentally not only at age three or four but a later study, following some of the same families, shows that success followed children through ages 9 and 10.  {information taken from Rice University study site}

Community leaders in Providence, R.I. were so struck by the results of the study that they  “distributed small recording devices — essentially word pedometers — that tuck into the vest of a child’s clothing. These will automatically record and calculate the number of words spoken and the number of times a parent and child quickly ask and answer each other’s questions.” {copied from NPR.com/closing the word gap} The NYTimes also has an article about the effort in Providence also.

How does all this tie in with our Library? Over a year ago we started our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, encouraging  parents and families of young children to read, read, read to their babies and toddlers. We can now point to this study to confirm our goals to have children not only learn to love books, but to stimulate their growing minds with word, color, rhythm of the spoken word and more.

When we heard just a little about this study at the library conference, we felt the results validated what we set out to accomplish with our pre-school reading program. We’ve shared 3 articles here for you to read, you can find many more if you search “word gap” online. We hope that parents, grandparents, care-givers, and anyone who works with children will take time to learn more about this “word gap” and will also make reading and talking to children a daily priority. We invite you to stop by the library and enroll your children in our reading program.

Sign -up for Summer Reading Ends

FIZZ_BOOM_READ_logo Primary StackedThis is the last day to enroll children in our Summer Reading program.

State Librarian visits Seneca Free Library

State Librarian, Jo Budler, and NorthEast Kansas Library System executive director, Jim Minges, stopped by our library this morning, the third stop on their 6 library tour today. Jo has been traveling across the state visiting as many libraries as she can, today it was our turn. After Kate gave them the grand tour, they stayed to have lunch with us. We enjoyed meeting her and having a chance to get to know her just a little.


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Youth 14 ExperimentThe headline is just the start

of what you have to look forward to when

Mad Scientist Kinetic Kathy comes to Seneca Free Library

Tuesday June 24 @ 10:30.

Be advised: For safety reasons and the nature of this presentation,
it is NOT suitable for toddlers or young children.


Science Activity Time Announced for Summer 2014

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 Science Activity Time at 10:30 AM

Students who have completed 3rd through 6th grades will love what our mad scientists have planned for you!

Due to the nature of these events, we ask that parents please observe the age guideline.

Bunny Bash Big Blockbuster

Our Easter celebration over the weekend brought a lot of people to the library! We were busy clicking the counter, by the time we closed it read 269! We want to thank everyone who helped make the day a great success; Courtney Schmelzle with Seneca Area Chamber/SDI for organization and bringing prizes for the drawing, Rainbow Communications for sponsoring the Ready Set Shoot Photo Booth, Big Brothers Big Sisters for hosting the cookie decoration station and of course the Easter Bunny and her animals.  Here are a few of the photos Courtney shared on Facebook.

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To see all of the pictures go to the Seneca Area Chamber/SDI Facebook page or ours, Seneca Free Library. We enjoyed seeing so many of our patrons that day! Come again soon!


Celebrate National Poetry Month with Spine Label Poems

In celebration of National Poetry Month, here are pictures of the spine label poems we’ve created at the library. 

Start with one book you like the title of, then roam the stacks for other titles to go with the first to make a poem.

We have poems from the adult book collection, the children’s picture books and children’s books.

Stop in and give it a try, we’ll add you poem to our “collection”.


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