usborne booksWe are excited to announce that the Library will be hosting an Usborne Book Fair the first week of December, 1st through the 6th, Monday through Saturday!

There are Usborne books for children of ALL ages! The board books are fun and bright, there are puzzle books, seek and find books, activity books and, OH! so much more.

You will be able to place your order online in the library or you can think it over and order from home. If you are already familiar with Usborne Books and know what you’d like to purchase, there is no need to wait!

Go to then select Seneca Free Library when you shop!

Please help us get the word out that there will be a book store in the area, for at least a week, this holiday season.

The book fair will benefit our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program by boosting our children’s collection.

usborne duck

Changes in Hours for Thanksgiving Week Announced


Seneca Free Library board and staff

wish all our patrons a

wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

We will close at

5:00 PM Wednesday November 26

and will remain closed

Thursday November 27

in observance of Thanksgiving.

We will also be closed Saturday November 29th to give our staff time with family.

Preschool Story Time

preschool-storytimeOur next Preschool Story Time is set for Tuesday December 2 at 10:30.


Library is Collecting Items for NM Co. Christmas Bureau

As in the past, the Library is collecting items for the Nemaha County Christmas Bureau.  A letter from the Nemaha County Christmas Bureau coordinator states that as a result of your generous support last year, the Christmas Store served 55 families including 79 adults and 112 children.

Again this year, the Seneca United Methodist Church has agreed to be the collection point for donated items as well as financial contributions to the Christmas Bureau. Suggested items include new toys, hats, glove, socks, blankets, towels and toiletry items such as shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. Financial contributions may be made payable to Nemaha County Christmas Bureau and sent to Seneca United Methodist Church, 706 Main St., Seneca.  The deadline for dropping items off is Friday December 5th.

Look for Nemaha County Christmas Bureau on Facebook too!


October 20, 2014

Northeast Kansas Library System Partners with Hoopla Digital to Give

Patrons Online and Mobile Access to Free Movies, TV Shows, Music

and Audiobooks

Library cardholders can now borrow dynamic content directly from their smartphones, tablets

and PCs

LAWRENCE, KS – Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS) today announced public

availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all available for

mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (

Cardholders of public libraries in the NEKLS region can now download the free hoopla digital

mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands

of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow

for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and

Apple TV.

“hoopla digital gives patrons access to a broad range of digital content that includes movies,

TV shows, music and audiobooks,” says Mickey Coalwell, Library Development Consultant at

NEKLS. “With the new service, patrons only need a library card to access this content on the

hoopla app or web site at no charge. It’s instant gratification for library users — there is no

waiting period for popular titles, and hoopla’s automatic return means no late fees.”

Northeast Kansas Library System is the first library system in the state of Kansas to partner with

hoopla digital. Dorothy Bramlage Public Library in Junction City and Hays Public Library, along

with Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, offer the service to their cardholders.

“With hoopla digital, it is our mission to help public libraries meet the needs of the mobile

generation. We’ve worked for years to create a best-in-breed service that is fun, fast and

reliable. And we continue to secure content deals to expand the offering of movies, TV shows,

music and audiobooks,” said Jeff Jankowski founder and owner of hoopla digital.

About hoopla digital

hoopla digital is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North

America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of movies, TV shows, videos, music

and audiobooks. With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free

dynamic content with a valid library card. All content is accessible via hoopla digital’s mobile app

and online at hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape – a trusted

partner to public libraries for over 20 years.

For more information, please contact 800-875-2785 (US Only) or 866-698-2231 (Canada).

You’ve Got Mail?




Help us help you receive notices from the Library. We’ve discovered a problem with some YAHOO email accounts. The regional office suggests our patrons with YAHOO email add our email addresses to their contacts so any messages from us will not go to your spam folder. The addresses you need to add are: AND

Also, you might find it helpful to add our phone number to your phone contacts. We are listed as City of Seneca, but if you add us as Seneca Free Library 785-336-2377, you will have easy access if you need to contact us and you will know it is the Library if we call you!

Have a great weekend!


By now, you may have noticed that the NExpress catalog look has changed. Those changes are not just skin deep, however! This new look provides a lot of new functionality, including the ability to work seamlessly on any mobile device. This means that the Library Anywhere application that we’ve been using to provide mobile access to our catalog is going to go away. You can still have one-click access to the catalog from your mobile device, though!

For people with an Android tablet or phone:

  1. Navigate to the page in your browser
  2. Press the menu button and select “Bookmarks”
  3. Select “Add”
  4. Customize (call it whatever you want) and click OK
  5. Press and hold the bookmark you just created, select “Add Shortcut To Home”
    From CNET –

For people with iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open Safari, navigate to
  2. Tap the “share” button on the bottom menu bar (an icon of a box with an arrow sticking out the top
  3. Tap on “add to home screen”
  4. Give the new shortcut a name, confirm the URL is correct
  5. Tap “add” to add to your home screen
    From GottaBeMobile –

From the mobile browser on your device, you can check your account, place and check on holds and search the catalog – just like you do from your desktop browser.


Copied from the NEKLS website.

Book Sale Carts Hold Something for Everyone!

book sale

Our Book Sale Carts are full and we have more books waiting their turn on the carts.

There is a nice selection of children’s books that have been donated.

There are a lot of paperback books, some Science Fiction.

Most of the books are Fiction pulled from our shelves others have been donated.

Stop in to see for yourself what we have available, for only ten cents each!! 

That deal is nearly a steal! See you soon.

Summer 2014 Video Ready to View!

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: 001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011