In recognition of the state’s largest industry, March has been declared Kansas Agriculture Month. The library is collecting non-perishable food for our local food bank. Other suggested items include non-perishable foods, paper products, baby care items and personal hygiene items. We also encourage you to choose a book or two from our selection about farms and farming to read to your children.
Each day of KS Agriculture Week, March 23-29 focuses on a different agricultural theme such as economics, nutrition and hunger, technology and research and more. Connect with the KS Department of Agriculture by following them on Facebook and Twitter, following the hashtags #ksagday and #n2nks.
KS Ag Day is March 25 and will be celebrated with several events at the state capitol. To learn more about events that day and all month long visit agriculture.ks.gov/ksagday
The Seneca Free Library policy states that when the siren sounds for bad weather, we will lock our doors and all patrons inside the library will be escorted to the basement for shelter.
If you prefer, you may leave the building before we lock the doors and go to shelter.
Thank you for your cooperation,
SENECA FREE LIBRARY BOARD AND STAFF
On a cold, dark night in January of 2013, Seneca Free Library kicked off the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The idea for this program came to us a year or so earlier. Staff member Dee Lizzol spent a lot of time working out the details and planning the kick off party. The weather did not cooperate and kept a lot of people from attending that night. Word got out and we soon had more children signed up than we had cars to put them in! By the end of the year we had 90 children signed up, their families committed to reading to their children regularly.
There is no closing date for this program at this time. The only “time limitation” for the program is before your child reaches kindergarten. You can still sign children up or continue reading and counting books for children already enrolled. What better time to resolve to “restart you engines” and make this a priority again than the new year. Cold winter evenings are a great time to snuggle together under a blanket for reading.
Any book your young child listens to counts. It can be 1,000 different books or one book 1,000 times. Siblings, care givers, teachers, grandparents and parents, it doesn’t matter who reads to them, if your child is listening, remember to mark the calendar. Our goal is to instill a love of reading and to prepare them for success in school and beyond.
The Quilt Lover’s Guild members are sharing their winter challenge wall hangings with our patrons.
These adorable snow men and women have been on display for nearly a month. If you haven’t had a chance to stop in to see them, make time this weekend to come into the Library. One pattern, so many ideas!
The puzzles pictured here are available for check out from the Library. These would be a great activity for house guests over the holidays. Set one up in a quiet corner or in the middle of all the commotion for everyone to work on a little each day. Most of these puzzles are recommended for ages 12+ and have 1,000 pieces, some have 500 pieces. What have you got to lose? Give it a try!
Suggested items include non-perishable foods, paper products,
baby care items and personal hygiene items.
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
― Anne Frank, diary of Anne Frank
Several years ago we decided it would be nice for our patrons to have a sign listing the hours we are open closer to the street. We put this idea on our wish list and thought about it some more. Earlier this year the family of Leonard Wassenberg wanted to do something for the library in memory of him. We pulled out our wish list and they granted this wish.
We thank the family of Leonard Wassenberg for donating the sign, the city crew for erecting it and Rottinghaus Signs for designing it. We also have a new bike rack directly behind the sign. This will make parking bicycles very convenient.
Starting October 1, 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace,
sometimes known as the health insurance “exchange” will begin open enrollment.
Coverage starts January 1, 2014.
Quick facts about the Health Insurance Marketplace
- The Health Insurance Marketplace is for people seeking insurance or who are uninsured. Generally, people who currently have insurance through their workplace, who have insurance through Medicaid/KanCare, Medicare, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Tricare or the Veterans health care program are not the target of this open enrollment period.
- Most people will be eligible for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
- The Marketplace is a new way to find quality health coverage. It can help if you don’t have coverage now or if you have it but want to look at other options.
- The Marketplace simplifies your search for health coverage by gathering the options available in your area in one place. You can compare plans based on price, benefits, and other features important to you before you make a choice. Plans will be presented in four categories – bronze, silver, gold, and platinum – to make comparing them easier.
- Insurance plans in the Marketplace are offered by private companies. They cover the same core set of benefits called essential health benefits. No plan can turn you away or charge you more because you have an illness or medical condition. They must cover treatments for these conditions. Plans can’t charge women more than men for the same plan. Many preventive services are covered at no cost to you.
Want to learn more about how it works? Watch these videos
This video introduces an interactive online application process for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace on HealthCare.gov. Using an example of a single man from Arizona, images of computer screens from the application unfold while a narrator explains the content of each screen. The program concludes with a printable summary of the application and an explanation of what benefits will be received.
This video introduces the Marketplace enrollment process for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace on HealthCare.gov. Using the same individual from the Marketplace Application video as an example, the scenario continues, as he follows step-by-step instructions on how to find and enroll in a health plan. Images of computer screens from the Marketplace enrollment process unfold while a narrator explains the content of each screen. The program concludes with a successful completion of all enrollment steps, and how to contact the health plan to submit payment.
Find answers to your questions
Telephone assistance for the Health Insurance Marketplace is available 24/7 – 1-800-318-2596
Find local application assistance
Visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov to find help in your area. More sites are listed each day leading up to October 1. You can search by city and state or zip code to see a list of local organizations with contact information, office hours, and types of help offered, such as non-English language support, Medicaid or CHIP, and Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). When open enrollment starts October 1, 2013, these organizations will be able to assist you in finding the kind of help that works for you.
What is the library doing to help?
The Seneca Free Library is providing information about the Health Insurance Marketplace online with the link to the HealthCare.gov website on the front page of our website. Library staff cannot assist customers in completing the application or enrollment process, but can provide technology assistance in using the library’s public computers and printers. Librarians can also make referrals to local agencies with trained application assisters.Thank you to the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library for putting this information together and making it available for other libraries to use on their websites.
The library needs small boxes for shipping DVDs. We send a lot of our DVDs out to other libraries in northeast Kansas. There are 40 other libraries that we share our catalog/items with and we get requests from across the state as well. Bundling up our fragile DVD cases in cardboard boxes saves a lot of wear and tear. So, if you get a receive a box that would fit 2-5 DVDs don’t toss it away, toss it our way, please! Thank you!
This picture shows the stash we already have, as you can see, we will accept any cardboard box that is DVD sized.
The Library has a new early literacy station in the children’s section. This new computer was made possible through a grant from the State Library of Kansas and memorial donations. It is designed for children ages 2~8 years old and is loaded with all kinds of learning games and activities. As you can see in the pictures the keyboard is brightly color coded and kid sized. We encourage and welcome you to stop in and try out this new computer with your children