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By , September 23, 2016 3:06 pm

Stand UP-badge 2Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 25 – Oct. 1
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. {from}

 Stop by Seneca Free Library to celebrate Banned Books Week with us, September 26 thru the 30.


S*T*E*M is Back!! Science*Technology*Engineering* Math

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By , September 7, 2016 8:51 am

12973430_1091476290875477_6033284343895198243_oSTEM  Our  STEM Science Club meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 3:15,

so our next meeting will be September 28.

This program is for students in grades 4~6. We limit the number of participants each month so we can give each student the attention he/she needs to be successful.

The slots fill up fast!  You don’t know until you call whether there is room for your student!

Mark your calendars and watch Facebook for the announcement that enrollment is open.

The registration deadline is Wednesday September 21

Call us at 336-2377 for more information.

Preschool Story Time

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By , August 31, 2016 12:19 pm


Mark your calendars for Tuesday October 4th!

Preschool Story Time will begin at 11:30.


By , August 28, 2016 3:15 pm

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

* Oregon * West Virginia * Nevada * Nebraska *

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

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

We’ve had TWO patrons finish reading about ALL 50 states!!  Congratulations!

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!


Another Paint Party Video!

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By , August 19, 2016 11:46 am

Mother 045Everyone had a great time in our latest paint class. This time we invited youth to attend with their parent or grandparent or aunt. Be sure to check out the video to see everyone’s creation.

2016 End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party

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By , August 12, 2016 3:13 pm

Apple iPad 071The photo booth props were a big hit. Children had a great time deciding what to ‘wear’ and asked to see their pictures right away. Anyone remember having to wait day, weeks or months to see printed pictures? Not anymore!!



Getting Started with Flipster!

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By , August 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.

We Want to be on Your List

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By , August 6, 2016 9:54 am

Contacts-iconWhether you place items on hold from home or ask us to do it for you, we need to be able to contact you when the items arrive at the library. If you have an email address listed on your account, a message is sent automatically when the item is received and scanned at the Library. This is pretty slick, as long as we have the address entered correctly and you check that account often. We can also set it so that you get reminders of when your items are about due and due back to the Library.

If you add these addresses to your contacts list, you shouldn’t miss a message from us. We only send emails regarding holds or items due. There are 3 addresses to add:, and

If you don’t want to give us an email address, that is A-OK, but we do need a current phone number to reach you at. And if you don’t have voicemail set up, add our number to your contacts so you will know whose call you missed. Seneca Free Library 785-336-2377.

Thank you for helping us help you!




One Thousand Books Before Kindergarten

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By , July 27, 2016 12:15 pm

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Too big to fit in one picture!!  Our race track is busy with more waiting to get in the race!

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.


Quilt Lover’s Guild Challenge Quilts are at the Library

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By , July 18, 2016 6:04 pm

The quilt challenge this summer follows our Passport to America Reading Challenge. The quilters got to choose which ONE state they wanted to represent in their quilt. These are truly works of art. Be sure to take time to come in to see these.

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