Library will be closed Saturday April 19

The Library will be closed Saturday April 19

for the Easter holiday.

The Board and Staff of Seneca Free Library

wish all our patrons a Happy Easter.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!


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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Come to the Library for the Bunny Bash!

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Meet the Easter Bunny, color a picture of a bunny, decorate a cookie, have fun in the photo booth and sign up for drawings!

This is a come and go event. No excuses! We look forward to seeing you here.


Traveling Display – Honoring 100 Years of the US 36 Hwy Assoc.

009Learn about US 36 Highway and the history of the  US 36 Highway Association. The display is located in Seneca Free Library and will remain until Wednesday April 23rd. The display features memorabilia, books, pictures and news articles that reflect on the 100 years. Included are photographs of Governor Hodges and the delegation that mapped out the route across Kansas, from St. Joseph, MO to Denver, CO in September 1913. In its 100 years, the Association experienced the ‘pride of development’, a tragic plane crash in 1949, the Miss Perfect 36 contest (1951~1954); all while promoting commerce & tourism along the route. Come see and you too may say…..”remember when….!”

For more information about the Traveling Display and its future schedule contact the Association Field Representative; Christiane ‘Criquet’ Cole (785) 540-4248 or write her @ Bob Strevey, US 36 Hwy Assoc. Board member is spearheading an initiative, along with the good citizens of Norcator, KS,  to open a US Highway 36 Association Museum. Bob can be reached by email @ or (785) 693-4597.  You may also contact Bonnie Youngquist, the Association secretary by email @ or (785)-282-3548.

Written by Christiane ‘Criquet’ Cole, US 36 Hwy Assoc., Field Rep & Webmaster

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March is Kansas Agriculture Month

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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


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,


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program One Year Old

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.


Snow People Hanging ’round Until Monday

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!


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“He puzzled and puzzed till his puzzler was sore. “

003The 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!