Mad Science

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By , June 24, 2016 12:19 pm

mad science Watch a series of wacky chain reactions open a book!

Be there or be square!

Tuesday June 28 at 10:30.

Summer Science Activity Time

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By , June 9, 2016 2:41 pm

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Science in the summer? Yes!

But this is not your regular school time science.

Find out what we mean THURSDAYS in JUNE @ 10:30

June 9, 16, and 30

For students who have completed 3rd-6th grades.

Due to the nature of the projects, we ask that parents please observe the age guideline.

Preschool Story Time Summer Edition

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By , June 9, 2016 2:01 pm


Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM

June 8, 15, 29 and July 6

We don’t care how you get to the Library, just be sure you bring your children to Preschool Story Time.

Preschool means any child who has just graduated Kindergarten this spring and younger.



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By , June 6, 2016 2:22 pm

Teen ChefExercise Your Mind BINGO!

Pick up your BINGO card at the Library,

take it home and hang it where you will see it everyday,

mark off a square as you complete the task,

bring the card back to the Library for a prize.

ANY 5 squares is a BINGO,

NO, they do not have to be in order.

                                                                      What are you waiting for?

                                                                          You have until the end of July to call BINGO.

Patrons need to be 18 or older to participate in this game, sorry kids.

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2016 Brainiac Olympics – new questions each week!

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By , May 20, 2016 11:33 am

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Why let the kids have all the Summer Reading fun? This game is for our patrons age 18 and over.

Rules of the game:

There are three categories of questions, Geography, Olympic history, and Literature.

Three questions from each category will be posed each week

beginning Monday, June 6 continuing through Monday, July 25.

Answers will be revealed the following Monday.

Olympians must come in any day, Monday—Saturday, 

for the current week’s questions. Questions must be answered in the library.

The library will keep track of individual scores and announce weekly winners.

Overall winners will be announced August 1.

Here’s how scoring works:

3 categories per week x 3 questions per category per week   = 9 possible points per week

8 weeks of questions x 9 points per week   =72 possible points

1 bonus point per week if all nine questions are correct  =8 possible bonus points   

 80 possible points

There are prizes too.

Getting Started with Flipster!

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By , May 6, 2016 3:42 pm


flipster_web_banner_rectangleGETTING STARTED WITH FLIPSTER

Patrons of Seneca Free Library can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster® from EBSCO Information Services.

Flipster is a next-generation magazine service that allows people to browse digital versions of the latest issues of  popular magazines, courtesy of the library.

Our patrons have access through Flipster for magazines such Fortune, Time, People, Scientific
American, Sports Illustrated, Us Weekly and more so you have the option of accessing the content at
the library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to Android™ phones and tablets, Apple® phones
and tables, and Kindle Fire tablets for offline reading anytime, anywhere.

Flipster offers an easy, browse-able reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well
as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent
issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents
contains links for quick access to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked,
opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.

Any current NExpress patron can use the service by going to in their
browser (on their computer or mobile device) and logging into the catalog with their library user name
and PIN. From there, you will find “Access Flipster” under the Digital Resources links on the left side of
the screen. That one click will get you directly to the magazines available through NExpress.

This is new as of May 1. More titles will be added in time, as individual libraries have time to shop for magazines.

Summer Reading Sign up

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By , April 9, 2016 3:33 pm

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Children have until July 30 to read 20 books.

Readers who have finished 4th grade and up my choose to read 20 books OR 8 hours.

We add new children’s books to our catalog every week in June! Be sure to stop in to see what’s new at the Library!

Sign up continues through the month of June, ending June 30. Still plenty of time to read the required amount of books!

Summer Programs Schedule

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By , April 9, 2016 2:09 pm

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You don’t want to miss out on the fun at the Library this summer!

Mark your calendars for all the great programs and performers we have scheduled:

THURSDAY JUNE 2: Magician Eric Vaugh

TUESDAY JUNE 7:  Peanut Butter Hamster

TUESDAY JUNE 14: Musician Thad Beach

TUESDAY JUNE 28: Mad Science

Eric Vaughn Magician

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By , March 23, 2016 1:56 pm

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and his furry side kick Mr. Tinkles

brings their


to Seneca Free Library

Thursday June 2 at 10:30 AM




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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Supplies ready for making our own squishy circuits using two types of homemade dough, conductive dough and insulating dough and our re-purposed battery pack.                              

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Household items-conductors or            insulators?                                         




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Making ooey gooey dough.

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My own squishy      circuit.                                                       

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Squishy Circuits help us understand electrical circuitry.

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Parallel circuit with 3 LED lights. Too bad you can’t see better that the lights are on and working on this circuit!


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A series circuit was needing more”juice” than 3AAA batteries could muster.








March 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.


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



Lab stations were prepared ahead for all participants.


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


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.


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


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.


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!


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!”


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


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


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!


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











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

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