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NOPL Express

 Posted by pete on July 20, 2013
Jul 202013

NOPLexpress-showcaseCheck out our new NOPL Express collection!

  • New Bestsellers, Fiction and Non Fiction.
  • 7-day loan
  • One 7-day renewal
  • No holds
  • Books must be returned to any NOPL Library.

Here are the latest and upcoming Express books:

Careers and Financial Literacy at NOPL

 Posted by pete on June 13, 2013
Jun 132013

AARP Tax Preparation

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 12 to 5pm
February 3rd – April 14th
NOPL @ N. Syracuse

Three times a week an AARP representative will help you prepare your 2012 tax forms this tax season. Sign up at the NOPL @ N. Syracuse information desk at or call 458-6184. (No program on Presidents Day.) Click to see all times in our calendar.

Forty Above: Workers in Transition

Fridays from 9:30am – 11:30am
NOPL @ N. Syracuse

40 Above is a networking group for unemployed professionals. Get job search advice, learn how to improve your resume, prep for job interviews and share contacts and resources with others seeking new career opportunities. New members welcome each week. Click to see all times.

Online databases

LearningExpress Library

An interactive online practice for academic and licensing tests including civil service, ACT, ASVAB, GED, SAT and more. It also contains dozens of career related eBooks and software tutorials.

Job & Career Accelerator

Combines everything you need for a successful job search. Explore occupations, search national job postings, create resumes and cover letters, and improve your work skills with software tutorials.

In our catalog

Here are twenty recent personal finance, money, and invenstments books available at the NOPL Libraries: Money-Smart-Books-at-NOPL.pdf

Free financial literacy web resources

The U.S. government’s website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on can help you maximize your financial decisions. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 Federal agencies and Bureaus designed to help you make smart financial choices.

Money Matters: Federal Trade Commission
Money Matters is a comprehensive personal finance website sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC.) The FTC, the nation’s consumer protection agency, created this website to help you tackle some money issues head-on. Educational categories include: Scam Watch, Credit Cards, Managing Your Money, Dealing with Debt, Your Home, and Jobs.

Money As You Grow
The President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability has developed Money as You Grow, a website creatively highlighting the 20 essential lessons kids need to learn about money. It divides up the lessons per age group and includes a downloadable poster.

National Endowment for Financial Education
Smart About Money, or SAM, is one of the many resources of the National Endowment for Financial Education(NEFE). NEFE is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping you make sound financial decisions throughout life’s ups and downs. At SAM, you’ll find practical articles, worksheets, tips and valuable resources from across the Web to help you understand and manage your money.

WaysHome: Fannie Mae
WaysHome™ from Fannie Mae is an innovative new tool in mortgage education. If you are struggling with your mortgage payments or facing foreclosure, Fannie Mae has created; so you can find the information you need, and get help before it’s too late.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
360 degrees of financial literacy is a free program of the nation’s certified public accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances through every stage of life.


 Posted by pete on June 11, 2013
Jun 112013

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.

Events | Press | Sign-up to get involved | Plot map | Sign-up to Volunteer at the Community Garden

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Activities, Classes and Related Programs

More 2014 Events Coming Soon!

April 29, 2014(6:30pm to 7:30pm)- “Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators” Presented by Janet Allen, President of Habitat Gardening for Central New York

May 3, 2014 (10am to 12n)- LibraryFarm Plotters Meeting

May 10, 2014 (10am to 2pm) LibraryFarm’s Community Garden Kick-Off! Please join us to help weed, compost, and plant for the Community Garden at the LibraryFarm, a space dedicated to growing food for the local food pantries! For more information or to sign up, visit our Library Calendar or contact acanino(at)

May 13, 2014 (6:30pm to 7:30pm)- Creating a Bird Friendly Yard, Presented by Janet Allen, President of Habitat Gardening for Central New York.

May 21, 2014 (6:30pm to 7:30pm)- Community Garden Basics, presented by Syracuse Grows. Followed by a Community Plant Exchange, Presented by the LibraryFarm.

May 24, 2014 (10:00am to 11:30am)- Planning and Planting a Garden in June, Presented by John Allen of Edible Gardening CNY

June 14, 2014 (10:00am to 11:00am)- Don’t Let Pests Spoil Your Gardening Fun, Presented by John Allen of Edible Gardening CNY. Followed by a LibraryFarm Plotters meeting.

June 21, 2014 (10:00am to 2:00pm)- LibraryFarm Open House! Check out how-to stations, the current plotter’s gardens, and learn how you can join the fun!

Previous Activities, Classes and Related Programs

April 5, 2014  Habitat Gardening for Life: Presented by Janet Allen, President of Habitat Gardening for Central New York.

August 13,2013 – Fall Planting for Spring Harvest: Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County
July 31,2013 – Library Farm Plotters Meeting
July 23,2013 – Save the Rain: Rain Barrel Info Session
July 9,2013 – Gardening with Less Water: Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County
June 17,2013 – Library Farm Plotters Meeting
June 15,2013 – Introduction to Seed Saving: Presented by Jenny Stratton
June 4,2013 – What’s Bugging Your Garden? Presented by John Allen
May 28,2013 – Library Farm Plotters Meeting
May 22,2013 – Habitat Gardening for Life: Presented by Janet Allen
May 11,2013 – Family Fun Day
April 20,2013 – Garden Party
March 16,2013 – Whole Food Nutrition Class
February,2013 – Herb Academy “Herbal Cleaning”
January 23,2013 – The Herb Academy “Skin Care”
January 19,2013 –   Library Farm Meeting

November 17, 2012 – Library Farm “Bedtime” meeting
September 22, 2012 – Food Canning and Preservation
August 12: Herb Academy – Rosemary & Thyme
August 6, 2012: Herb Academy – Sage & Lavender
July 30, 2012: Herb Academy – Dill & Mint
July 23, 2012: Herb Academy –  Parsley & Basil
May 19th, 2012 – Library Farm Kickoff
May 12, 2012 – Build Your Own Mesclun Year Round (Jennifer Cleary)
April 30, 2012 –  May 2: Master Composting class with OCRRA’s Greg Gelewski
April 21, 2012 – Planting Seeds and Transplants in the Garden
March 17, 2012 – Timing: When to Plant What (John Allen)
February 18, 2012 – Food Isn’t Ugly: Fitting Edible Plants into Your Existing Lawn, Landscape & Garden (Terry Ettinger)

December 10, 2011 – The Slow Food movement (Chef Abigail Henson)
August 31, 2011 – Garden Fresh Cooking
September 10, 10:30am – Edible Gardening CNY
August 20, 2011 – What do I do with all this squash?
May 21, 2011 –  Library Farm Kickoff event
May 14, 2011 – Pests and other problems.
May 2-4, 2011 – Master Composting Class, with OCRRA’s Greg Gelewski
April 9, 2011 – Watering, fertilizing.
March 19, 2011 –  Compost, Compost, Compost
February 19, 2011 – Starting seeds indoors.
January 8, 2011 – Succession planting, ordering seeds (link)

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Sign-Up to Volunteer with the Community Garden

Click this headline to visit our schedules.


Links and Press There’s No Shushing at This Library- and You’ll Want to Bring a Trowel, 03/19/2014
 New York Times: Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond, 03/07/2014
Time Magazine: How Libraries Are Reinventing Themselves for the Future, 06/22/2012
Christian Science MonitorLibraries reinvent themselves as labs of creativity, Cat Johnson, 10/10/2012
Open Education Database:  10 Most Amazing Library Laboratories, 09/26/2012
Good.is50 Building Blocks of Citizenship: Check out a Garden Plot With Your Books
CNY Eagle Star-Review: LibraryFarm wraps up first growing season, Caitlin Donnelly, 09/28/2010
The Post-Standard: Free plots at Cicero’s organic LibraryFarm, Clay’s community garden, 04/24/2012
Information Space: Library Farm By Shander Bawden, iSchool student, School of Information Studies at Syracuse University 09/30/2010
Public Praxis: The LibraryFarm, By Thomas Gokey, artist & LibraryFarmer, 08/02/2010

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Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency



Library Farm Map

The patio platform was created by Eagle Scout Jon DeWolf. The NOPL Kids raised farm beds are used for children’s programming at the library. Overlay image by Google.

Sign-Up Sheet

Sign up here to get involved with the LibraryFarm Plotters. To see what plots are available, view our latest pdf.

Family History Video Kit

 Posted by pete on May 3, 2013
May 032013

Includes: Flip camera, instructions, and sample questions.

You can check out one of our easy to use Flip video cameras for up to one week. Record your family’s stories on the camera and save to you own computer or we can help you burn to a disc. You must be at least 18 years old, have a valid photo ID and a NOPL library card. Ask at the reference desk if you have any questions. Let us help you discover and preserve your story.

Check availability and place a hold.

20 Questions for Interviewing Relatives: PDF format or DOCX format

Here is our reference librarian, Sue Clarey, discussing her maternal great-grandmother:

Download Music

 Posted by NicoleH on January 20, 2013
Jan 202013

Downloadable instructions for freegal.

freegal (rhymes with legal) is a downloadable music service, like iTunes from your library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. With access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, it offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels, all without having to download special software or have any digital rights management (DRM) issues to deal with. Access to freegal is limited to NOPL patrons. See freegal FAQs for more information. For the latest news and popular songs on freegal, check out their blog.

Freegal is now available on phones and tablets.  Download from the iTunes App Store and the Android MarketPlace.


NOPL Knitters

 Posted by pete on June 11, 2012
Jun 112012

Mondays at 10am at NOPL @ N. Syracuse
Tuesdays at 10am at NOPL @ Cicero
Thursdays at 5:30pm at NOPL @ Cicero

Our members’ experience ranges from experienced to expert. The only criteria to join are needles (or hook) and yarn. Joining is easy—just show up! No forms to fill out, no dues to pay. 

The NOPL Knitters debut their third weekly get-together, now at NOPL @ N. Syracuse!

Meet other knitters and crocheters and share your current project. Learn or improve your technique.

Knitters at the 2012 Cicero Community Festival. Knitters won an award there for “Best Community Organization.”

Our members’ experience ranges from beginner to experienced. The only criteria to join are needles (or hook) and yarn. Joining is easy—just show up! No forms to fill out, no dues to pay. 

We have a mascot, named Esther. Her sweater, boots and knitting accessories were designed and made by Sheila Farley.

Visit us on Ravelry. Ravelry is an online network with over 2 million knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers sharing projects, patterns, yarn stashes, and more. A must-see for fiber enthusiasts.

NOPL Knitters won first place at the 2012 New York State Fair for their knitter tree! (Arts & Crafts: group craft)

In July 2011, the NOPL Knitters “yarn-bombed” the Cicero branch. Here are the results:

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