Staff Training set for July 24

The Library will be closed for staff training the morning of Wednesday July 24. We will open at 1:00 PM.

Our drop box will be available for returns while we are closed. Patrons will also have access to all digital resources. If you don’t know what those are, please be sure to ask when you come in!

We apologize for any inconvenience.

August Quilt Class Announced

Learn to make the Log Cabin Quilt in the August quilt class sponsored by Seneca Free Library and Seneca Variety. Once you learn the basics, the possibilities are endless! This is for the  beginner to intermediate seamstress. The class will be held Thursday August 22 from 6-9 PM and continue on Saturday August 24 from 10 AM – 4 PM and will be held in our Community Room. Class Cost: $30.00, includes pattern, if applicable.  Enroll at Seneca Free Library or Seneca Variety. Receive 10% discount at Seneca Variety on fabric and notions for the class. Class size is limited.

Summer 2019

June at the Library was full of fun and learning. We were so busy we didn’t always have a chance to take the pictures we wanted.  ARC Wild visited twice in early June. This is a very popular program, we hope to have them come again during the school year.

Preschool Story Time with Miss Dee is always a hit too. She plans such fun stories and crafts to go with our Summer Reading theme. This year we celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 with A Universe of Stories.

STEM activities brought in the older children for learning fun. We have a few pictures to share. Remember, we continue this through the school year, once a month for 4th-6th grade students. Watch our Facebook page and here on our website for more information later this year.

Our last program of the summer was Mad Science of Kansas City. Their “Walking the Moon” show entertained our young patrons, they didn’t even know it was a science lesson too.

The highlight of our summer was the installation of our Music Garden!

Music Garden is Officially Open!

A ribbon cutting was held Thursday, June 27 to officially open the Music Garden at the Seneca Free Library. The Music Garden is a project that began in January 2018 with a few thoughts and a big dream. The library staff with much help from Kylee Luckeroth, Chamber of Commerce director, held an Alice in Wonderland mystery dinner in April as a way to raise funds and promote the idea. The library received funds from the Chamber of Commerce & Downtown Impact JOBS grant. Major donors to the project
include Nancy Gafford, Christa Swisher, Community National Bank, Northeast Kansas Arts Foundation, Inc., Kayla’s Sunrise Color Run, and the Nemaha County STEP Foundation. A big thanks goes to the City of Seneca crew for all the labor involved in unloading the instruments, storing them, pouring the concrete pad, and “planting” the instruments.

Just before July 4, 2018 the instruments were all packed and ready to ship to Kansas. Over the holiday weekend a fire destroyed a major part of the factory where the instruments were made and stored. All of the instruments had to be remade and did not arrive until late fall. It was far too late in the season to begin work on this outdoor project. The instruments spent the winter in the city shop. As you know, the spring rain has spoiled many plans. But, finally the week of June 17 the rain let up enough that the city crew could get to work. The Music Garden is for the whole community. Our hope is that it will provide enjoyment and spark creativity for years to come. The garden is dedicated to the child in all of us.

Our Alice in Wonderland Mystery Dinner fundraiser in April of 2018 for the Music Garden was a hit and very successful. We’ve had a lot of fun bringing this garden to our community. 


Build a Space Craft Contest

Our Summer Reading theme this year is A Universe of Stories, a space theme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the  greatest achievement in space; going to the moon.  So we decided to host a contest inviting our young patrons to build space craft. It could be human space craft or alien space craft. We had some of both come in. You need to stop in to see them before July 4th. If you can’t make it in, here are pictures that will have to do.

Our largest category was K-1st grade…

Main Street Music Garden

Where is the Music Garden?

The City Crew was here first thing Monday morning , June 17, to install our Music Garden. The end is in sight, folks! We are so excited. No word on when we will get to play in the garden, but to see it coming together is a beautiful thing. We will keep you posted on progress. Please be careful

Build-a-SpaceCraft Contest

What is a space theme without a few space crafts in the orbit?

This summer we thought it would be fun to have a SpaceCraft Building Contest. Age categories are K~1st grade, 2nd~3rd grades, 4th~5th grades, and 6th grade on up. Please use the grade just completed. Judging will take place June 27. Have family discussions and research, stop in to pick up a copy of the Official Rules, there is a size limit and other restrictions. Then have fun building the ultimate space craft! We can’t wait to see what you create!