Science * Technology * Engineering * Math

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By , February 18, 2016 7:07 pm

STEMThe April STEM meeting will be the last session during this school term. We will begin our summer hours in June.

Complete details about summer programs will be available beginning May 31 during Summer Reading Sign-up.
Thank you for allowing us to share this time with your children, it has been a great experience for all of us.

Our new STEM Science Club meets the 4th Wednesday of the month.

This program is for students in grades 4~6. We have to limit the number of participants each month.

The slots fill up fast when we announce enrollment is open. You don’t know until you call whether there is room for your student!

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March STEM Meeting

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PLAYING WITH POLYMERS February STEM meeting

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What would you suppose Spaghetti and linked paper clips have in common? In one way they give us a glimpse in a seeable way what the molecules of a POLYMER may look like.

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Before hands-on-polymer-making, we learned what POLYMER molecules are why they are different than other molecules.

 

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Lab stations were prepared ahead for all participants.

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Ethylene molecules above will link together and make chains then called poly(many) ethylene.

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Polyethylene creates plastics and if you look closely at a piece of trash bag plastic you can discover the presence of a chain-like structure.

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The young scientists created silly putty and glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls.

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The linking of the moiecular chains would be like a glob of spaghetti. The air pockets created in this type of structure is similar to the air pockets in a water-absorbing polymer.

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Thus, this gummy bear soaked in water over night has more than doubled its size. For those who were brave enough to taste it, agreed the manufacturer has the recipe right. We ended the meeting by making our own gumdrops! Science AND a snack! Can’t beat that!

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January STEM meeting: Hydraulic Systems

At our first meeting in January the students created simple individual hydraulic systems.

Sounds impressive, right? The quote of the day: “This is more fun than computer games!”

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This picture shows an enclosed system. And a very happy boy.

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It moves! another picture of 1/3 of the claw completed. She looks happy too, doesn’t she?

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This is also an enclosed system. If I remember correctly, she is the only one in the bunch to complete her system before leaving that day! Congratulations!

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It is important to read ALL of the instructions. This is 1/3 of the claw complete and it worked!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gerald wanted to get a closer look at the contraption on display. He was very impressed!

Our First Paint Party!

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By , February 8, 2016 5:52 pm

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Gerald is a Popular Giraffe!

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By , February 4, 2016 7:42 pm

Oh! How the children love Gerald, our pet giraffe! He loves all the hugs.

But he also loves to be read to. We need your help! Gerald is signed up to read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

The Library Ladies don’t always have time to sit and read to him.

We ask children and parents to read to him or let them listen in when they take time to read a book.

Then remember to make a tally mark on his reading log, the kids like to do that too.

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Gerald has good listening skills. This youngster came in several times while visiting grandma to read to him.

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Kylie, our Seneca Area Chamber/SDI director, brought Gerald a crown to wear in celebration of Seneca being in the top 15 Favorite Small Towns in Kansas vote.

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Just another quick hug before leaving the Library.

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When Gerald hears a story being read, he goes looking for the source so he can see the pictures too!

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Gerald stands by the children’s table, waiting for someone to read to him. This was a lucky day! Two girls read to him! He also enjoys watching children play with the puzzles and other games sitting there.

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This young lady enjoyed showing him the pictures along with reading the story.

2016 ADULT READING CHALLENGE: PASSPORT TO AMERICA

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By , November 28, 2015 3:15 pm

united-states-text-map-michael-tompsettThe states we are highlighting in the month of April are:

Rhode Island * Vermont * Kentucky * Tennessee

You can find books about these states on our display rack.

The adult summer reading theme is, “Exercise Your Mind, Read!

We are offering this challenge so you can exercise your mind and read beyond your favorite genre.

                  We have compiled a list of books from each of the 50 United States. There are fiction and non-fiction alike. The book may just be set in a particular state or there may be many locations and facts mentioned. Read as many or as few as you like. Each patron accepting the challenge will be given a U.S. map that can be kept at the library. Each time a book is read we can make a mark on that state. You will have from January 1 through December 31 to finish the challenge. We will be promoting the states in order of their statehood dates. January we will feature Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia. Of course we are throwing Kansas in this month because Kansas will celebrate 155 years as a state on January 29. Each month from then on will have four more states to read about. In December we will promote the last five of the United States. If you want to read about Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico that would be considered bonus work.

Interested? We hope so. Think this sounds just daunting? Relax, you can read as many as you like. There is no test and no grade. We aren’t saying you have to like the book, you just have to read it. At the end you will have exercised your mind and left your reading comfort zone. For those of you who like bragging rights we have established some different reading levels:

The Weekend Traveler – read up to 10 state books.

The Vagabond – read up to 30 books.

The Adventurer – Read up to 49 books.

First Class Passenger -Read all 50 books.

 

Ask the librarians how to get started. Happy Trails!

One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten

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By , October 27, 2015 12:15 pm

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Are you up to the challenge? There is no better time than now to find out!

The only rules we have is for you to document how many books have been read to your child and that your child is not yet in kindergarten. Any and everyone can read to your preschooler and all you have to do is make a tally mark on the bright green paper. Once there are 100 tallies, bring the paper in to the Library to move the car down the track and your child picks a prize. You can read 1,000 different books or one book 1,000 times. Remember, those tally marks are verification, so don’t forget to bring in some proof of how many books you’ve read! Get everyone involved! Sign up today, it will go a lot faster than you think!

Just how long does it take to read 1,000 books? Well, someone, somewhere figured it out for us: 1 book per day for 3 years = 1,000 books; 10 books per week for 2 years = 1,040 books; 3 books per day for 1 year = 1,095 books. So, not long at all!

Want to learn more about the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Foundation? Click on the picture below for information and advice to boost your child’s learning.

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Preschool Story Time

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By , August 5, 2015 12:19 pm

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Mark your calendar for

Tuesday May 3

for our next Story Time

Follow us on Instagram!

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By , July 9, 2015 2:36 pm

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Seneca Free Library is now on Instagram!

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Learn a New Language with Mango!

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By , May 9, 2015 2:42 pm

 

MangoThe 6 most popular languages people are learning in Mango Languages are Spanish (Latin America), French, English, Japanese, Russian and Pirate (for those traveling to the Caribbean?). But you are not limited to those six, there are 70 languages overall to choose from. Mango makes it easy, once you open an account, by tracking your activities and progress.

If you want to learn a few phrases before traveling out of the country give Mango a try. If you are visiting from another country, Mango can help improve your English. You decide how much time to devote to it, you decide when to hold your ‘classes’. Give it a try for free through the State Library of Kansas! Click on the link below

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What’s For Dinner?

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By , April 27, 2015 1:07 pm

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Our next What’s For Dinner night is set for Monday October 5 at 7:00pm in the Library Community Room.

The spotlight this month is on SOUPS, just in time for cool fall weather!

Attendees are asked to bring a prepared dish to share with those present. If you are planning to attend please bring or send the recipe in early so we can have copies for everyone. We have so much fun eating, sharing, and talking, we hope you will join us! The library will provide table service and drinks. Please remember to bring a serving utensil for your dish.

If you prefer, send your recipe to librarian@senecafreelibrary.org.

 

 

Closed

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By , April 18, 2015 10:27 am

To allow our staff to spend time with family,

the Library is closed today.

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