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‘Our World Remade: World War I’ is a five-part reading and discussion series made possible through a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. The program is designed to encourage thoughtful discussion and personal reflection about the tragic and transformative ‘war to end all wars’. Readings include historical accounts; novels; poetry and eyewitness accounts.

Please join us for a kickoff meeting on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 PM to learn about the program, discuss the reading list and receive reading materials! Registration is required.

March 18: The War to End All Wars
April 1: A Call to Arms (and its Dissenters)
April 15: Incalculable Losses: The Battle of Verdun
April 29: Technology, Horror and Dehumanization
May 13: Trying to Make Sense of the Senseless

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Feb 182015

The LibraryFarm is an organic community garden on one-half acre of land owned by the Northern Onondaga Public Library in Cicero, NY.  Anyone can “check out” a plot! The purpose of the Library Farm is to provide a place for the community to grow, share and learn about food literacy, and organic, sustainable gardening.

At the Library Farm, half of the area is dedicated to the Community Garden; the other half is dedicated to the Library Farm Plotters – our individual gardeners. All gardeners agree to follow organic growing practices.

Come visit us! We are located at the NOPL @ Cicero Library.

The LibraryFarm: An Extension of Creative Services from NOPL!


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Jan 162015


The Military History Lecture Series is organized by the Society for the Preservation of Military History(SPMH). Lectures occur monthly during the academic year at the North Syracuse Library, and are open to all.

The SPMH’s mission statement

Recognizing and understanding the importance of preserving and studying military history, our society dedicates itself to the gathering and dissemination of world military history. This applies especially to the archiving and collecting of artifacts, documents, and related materials that pertain to the unique military heritage of the United States and its veterans who have maintained our freedoms and way of life. The society will serve to educate our community about military history, the role of the Armed Forces, and through learning, promote their positive and vital role in our society.

Registration not required, but signing up will trigger an email reminder to be sent to you the day before the event. Click the title of the series to register.

Dates and Lecturers for the 2014-2015 Series

Location: NOPL at North Syracuse
Time: 6:30pm

September 11, 2014: The Battle of Khambula. Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

October 9, 2014: Military History 201. Lecturer: Tom Flickinger

November 13, 2014: Military History 202. Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

December 11, 2014: World War I: The Christmas Truce.

January 8, 2015: The 21st Century through the Lens of Military History. (A Panel Discussion)

February 12, 2015: Ending World War II in the Pacific. Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

March 12, 2015: World War I: The Khaki Jacks (British Naval Infantry) Lecturer: Tim Green

April 9, 2015: The Battle of Saipan. Lecturer: Kevin Lynch

May 14, 2015: Indian Warfare and Tactics in the West.  Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

June 11, 2015: The Tactics of Operation Enduring Freedom: A Critical Analysis. Lecturer: SGT Charles Preuss III.

CNY Reads One Book

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on December 29, 2014
Dec 292014

CNY Reads One Book


Skype Event with “The First of July” author Elizabeth Speller
Sunday, March 22 at 2pm
Location: Assembly Hall of the Onondaga County War Memorial

CNY Reads One Book will end the 2015 season with a capstone author event on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. in Assembly Hall of the Onondaga County War Memorial (State Street entrance).

Since January, residents of Central New York have been encouraged to read the book “The First of July” by Elizabeth Speller, share, discuss, and attend programs.

At the capstone event, the author will Skype with attendees who will be able to ask her questions about her writing and the book.  Speller has also prepared a special author talk video for the event.  There will be drawings for free copies of the book, attendees will receive bookplates signed by the author, and free refreshments – including scones and crumpets – will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.  No registration is required.

More information is available at, or phone 435-1900.  The War Memorial is located at 515 Montgomery St, with an entrance on State Street.  Street parking is free on Sundays.

Visit now to learn more.



Genealogy Discussion Group

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on November 12, 2014
Nov 122014



Trying to find your roots?  Then check out this free, informal small discussion opportunity.  This is not a class, but it is a chance to share ideas with others who are also conducting genealogical research.  Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet.  Please register or by calling 699-2032 or online through the events calendar. Register and view upcoming events for the Genealogy Discussion Group.


Friends of NOPL

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on October 17, 2014
Oct 172014

Friends of the Northern Onondaga Public Library

What is a Friend of the Library?

The Friends are a non-profit, charitable group formed to support the library. The Friends of Library are often involved in fundraising, advocacy, volunteering, public awareness campaigns, and literacy programs. Some examples of this are raising funds through ice cream socials and book & bake sales, purchasing special items not included in the library budget, assisting at children’s programs, finding individuals and groups to display artwork within the library, maintaining the exterior appearance of the libraries, and creating public support for the library.

How do I become a Friend of the Library?

Currently two branches within the NOPL system maintain Friends groups. All residents are invited to join and support their local public library. Depending on your branch’s group there may be different types of memberships. Learn more by attending a Friend’s meeting or library event. Read below for more information or pick up a handout at your local branch.


Friends of NOPL at Brewerton

President: Terri Prichard

Friends of NOPL @ Brewerton are continually accepting new members. If you would like to join, please stop by the library to leave your name and contact information at the desk and we will get in touch with you or please come to our next meeting.

We are now preparing for our upcoming Book Sale. This week we have finalized all of our dates and times and are hopping to get many new volunteers. The donation weeks will run from May 26th thru June 13th. We will need many volunteers to help sort and alphabetize during this time. The sale will actually run from Thursday, June 18th with our $5 Pre-Sale night to our regular sale on Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th then end Saturday afternoon with a Bag Sale. Our next organizational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 30th at 6:30 in the Barn at the NOPL in Cicero. We are always open to all who would like to help — please stop in to volunteer, drop off your new or gently used books, or to patronize our sale. We look forward to seeing a lot of new faces this year!

 -Karen Spera – Brewerton Friends Secretary


Friends of NOPL at Cicero

Friends of NOPL @ Cicero are continually accepting new members. If you would like join, please stop by the library and leave your name and contact information at the desk and or email us we will get in touch with you.

  • President Joanne Ranz
  • Vice President Linda O’Connor
  • Secretary Elizabeth Villari
  • Treasurer Mary Ann Brown


  • Advertising Barbara Toly
  • Display Case Jackie Robbins
  • Flowers Judy Holden & Linda O’Connor
  • Membership Libby Thomas
  • Raffle Baskets Charlotte Coleman
  • Book Bundles Charlotte Coleman & Libby Thomas
  • Book & Bake Sales Chairpersons Linda O’Connor & Joanne Ranz
  • Scouts Libby Thomas
  • Ice Cream Social Linda O’Connor, Liz Cullen & Joanne Ranz

What do the Cicero Friends do?

  • Create community support and advocate for the library.
  • Raise funds to purchase special items not included in the library budget.
  • Sponsor reading programs for children.
  • Encourage individuals and groups to display in the library display case.
  • Maintain the flowers at the library entrance.

Join us at our annual events!
Be a Friend! Friends Membership Form (PDF)

“I get by with a little help from my friends.”
~ John Lennon


2015 Cicero Friends Special Events

Saturday, February 7, 2015 : Book and Bake Sale  9:30 – 4pm

Thursday, June 4, 2015: Ice Cream Social  4:00-8:00pm

Saturday, September 19, 2015: Book and Bake Sale  9:30 – 4pm


2015 Cicero Friends Meetings

Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at NOPL @ Cicero Library.

January 14, 2015

April 15, 2015

May 6, 2015

September 2, 2015

October 21, 2015