Enrollment for ART Classes Now Open

Enrollment is now open for our summer ART classes. Classes are set for Wednesdays July 6 and 13. Call 785-336-2377 to enroll your children in the first class. Sign up for the 13th will begin after the first class ends. Enroll based on the class your child just completed.

July 6 – 9:00~10:30 AM 4th-6th grade and 1:00~2:30 PM 1st~3rd grade

July 13 – 9:00~10:30 AM 4th~6th grade and 1:00~2:30 PM 1st~3rd grade

*Sign up in advance is required. *Space is limited. *Sign up will begin in late June. *This would be the grade just completed.

Last Day to Pick Up Invitation is July 16

Children who have completed their reading goals for the summer have until July 16 to come into the library to pick up their certificate of completion and an invitation to our ice cream party later this summer. We have online access to the list of readers and check each day to see who has reached their target.

Children who finish after July 16 can still receive their certificate, but will not be given an invitation. So, don’t delay! Get to the library ASAP!


Interns with the Meadowlark District Extension office are hosting STEM programs at area libraries this summer. They will be at Seneca Free Library Community Room on Thursdays at 10:00 AM. These programs are for children ages 7-12 years old, will last 45 minutes to an hour and are free to our patrons. Sign up is required and will be limited to 10 or 15 students, depending on the program, see below. Sign up will be on a weekly basis, call the library to get your child on the list – 785-336-2377.

June 16 ~ limit 10 youth ~ Junk Drawer Robotics: youth will build a robot that is able to draw a picture.

June 23 ~ limit 15 youth ~ Biodegradable Pots: Youth will build a biodegradable pot and plant a seed in their pot.

June 30 ~ limit 15 youth ~ Bottle Rockets: Youth will design and build bottle rockets to test out.

July 7 ~ limit 10 youth ~ Rubber Band Race Car: Youth will design and build a rubber band car to see whose goes the furthest.

July 14 ~ limit 10 youth ~ Ping Pong Catapult: Youth will design and build a catapult out of painters sticks to launch a ping pong ball.

August 4 ~ limit 10 youth ~ Under the Sea [penny boat]: Youth will design and build a boat out of tinfoil to see how many pennies it will hold.

August 11 ~ limit 15 youth ~ Bird Feeder: Youth will learn about birds and build a bird feeder for the birds.

Library Fund Established

Have you heard? The Library Board finalized plans they’ve been working on to establish a new fund that will be eligible to participate in Match Day donations through the STEP Foundation. STEP UP Nemaha County will be held August 26 this year, helping area non-profits raise needed funds. The library is planning to use the funds for painting and restoration of the bell tower on the Old Stone Church, along with other paint and repair on that building. Pictured from left to right in front are Board members Bruce Hermesch and Donna Zinke, STEP Board President Marceil Hasenkamp; standing in the back row is Library Director Kate Haynie, Board president Cathy Enneking, and Board member Michael Philbrick.



Sign up for Summer Reading runs May 19~June 11. The last day to turn in reading records is July 16.

We will be using the Reader Zone app again this summer, the same as the last 2 years. Stop by the library to pick up a printed schedule and get the NEW CODE for 2022


June 1 – 10:00 AM Aaron Fowler~~singing & music~~ Ages 4+

June 7 – 10:30 AM Dan Dan the Magic Man~~fun for the whole family

June 21 – 10:30 AM Mad Science~~appropriate for 2nd grade and up


Wednesdays at 10:30 AM – June 8, 15, 22 & 29 for toddlers through Kindergarten grads

Strollers and/or wagons must remain outside the library.

Programs and Preschool Story Time will be the Library Community Room.


June 9 – 1:00 PM We will have bubble solution and bubble wands on the Library lawn! Pop-up bubble parties may occur, weather permitting. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and check back here for details.


*Sign up in advance is required. *Space is limited. *Sign up will begin in late June. *This would be the grade just completed. *Watch Facebook or Instagram for sign up announcement.*

July 6 – 9:00~10:30 AM 4th-6th grade and 1:00~2:30 PM 1st~3rd grade

July 13 – 9:00~10:30 AM 4th~6th grade and 1:00~2:30 PM 1st~3rd grade


We want to make tracking what your children read over the summer as painless as technology allows, we all know how that goes. So, here are some hints and tips to help you get started logging all those books:

Program name to look for: Seneca Free Library Summer 2022

Set up a parent account in Reader Zone

Add each child as an individual reader

The code is on a yellow paper that we sent home with your children when they signed up.

Our Groups: Birth to 5 years ~~ reading goal 20 books

Age 6 to 11 years ~~reading goal 20 books

Age 6 to 11 years tracking hours read, goal of 8 hours

Age 12 to 18 years tracking hours read, goal of 8 hours

You must enter the book title for the book to count as one read, if no title is entered, it won’t count.

Many titles are in the Book Bank, look there first for the title you want to enter

You can also use the camera on your phone to take a picture of the ISBN found on the back of most books. Scanning this should bring up the title of the book so you don’t have to type it in.

Summer 2022 Trivia Game

Our adult patrons are invited join in on the fun of Summer Reading! We have a trivia game for you to play this summer. Here are the details:

Each week there will be a new set of 5 questions from 5 different categories that coordinate with our summer reading theme: Pirates, Our Blue Planet, Oceans Alive, Sea Stories, and Explore New Depths.

Each correct answer earns one point; answer all five correctly and get a bonus point!

5 points per week x 8 weeks of questions = 40 points

1 bonus point per week = 48 possible points

Trivia will begin May 31 and new questions will be revealed each Monday in June. Each week’s game will end on Saturday at closing time. Players must come into the Library to answer the questions…UNAIDED.

Use yer cell phone or read our books an’ ye’ll be walkin’ the plank, Matey!

Jolly luck to ye’.

Summer Reading Sign Up Set

Thursday May 19, the last day of school for Nemaha Central school district, is the first day of Summer Reading sign up!

The theme this year is Oceans of Possibilities. Set a reminder on your calendar to stop in, if only to check out our decorations this year.

We are using the Reader Zone app to track books or hours read by each child. We’ve used this option the last 2 years, so most families should be familiar with it. We can help you get started if you haven’t used it before. We also have a bag of goodies to hand out to each child, including a schedule of events this summer.

Stop in to see our temporary aquarium on the children’s side of the Library!

Severe Weather Policy

Spring has sprung and so has tornado season! We want to remind patrons of our Severe Weather Policy. We haven’t had to enforce this policy yet, and pray we never have to.

It is the policy of the Seneca Free Library that when the sirens sound 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 the shelter. 

Thank you for your cooperation, please explain this to your family members too.

Seneca Free Library Staff and Board

Spring 2022 Quilt Classes Scheduled

Looks like we have some new quilt designs in the works for you this spring. All classes are 9~4 on Saturday and, if you need extra time, the following Monday from 2~5. Classes will be held in our Community Room and taught by Susan Mitchell. Each class is $30.00, which includes the pattern.

Labyrinth class on April 30

Hanging Gardens class on May 21

Skinny Minnie Quilt as You Go Table Runner class on June 11

Strip Apple Pineapple class July 16

More details will be added as we receive them