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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




Book Discussion Groups

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on October 1, 2014
Oct 012014

All three NOPL locations host regular book discussion groups throughout the year. These groups are open to the public. Check to see what they’re reading at your local NOPL and come to discuss books with your fellow community members.

Brewerton Book Discussion Group

All meetings are at 6:30 PM and everyone is welcome to attend any or all discussions. Light refreshments are served.

January 27 – The First of July by Elizabeth Speller
February 24When She Woke by Hillary Jordan341/365 Outdoor reading
March 31To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
April 28The Postmistress  by Sarah Blake
May 26Stones From a River by Ursula Hegi
June 30Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
August 25The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
September 29Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
October 27 – With or Without You by Domenica Ruta

Read more

Cicero Book Discussion Group

All meetings are at 6:30 PM in the NOPL at Cicero Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome to attend. Official name: The Jean Barletta Book Discussion Group, in memory of Jean Barletta.

January 20 – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
February 17 – The Fault in our Stars by John Green
March 17 – Any book by poet Billy Collins
April 21 – She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
May 19 –  Planning Meeting
June 16 – What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Read more

North Syracuse Book Discussion Group

All meetings are at 6:30 PM at NOPL at North Syracuse and everyone are welcome to attend any or all discussions.

January 5 – Planning SessionRelax and Read
February 2  – A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
March 2 – Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
April 6 – Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills.
May 4 – Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
June 1 – Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
July 6 – Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
August 3 – The Painter by Peter Heller
September 14 – First of July by Elizabeth Speller
October 5 – Red Tent by Anita Diamant
November 2 – Andrew’s Brain by E.L. Doctorow
December 7 – Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Wally Lamb

Read more


Book Club Kits: Make Your Own Book Club!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooking for new titles for your book discussion group? Let NOPL help! We added nearly two dozen kits to this growing collection that will appeal to all types of reading groups, featuring romance novels, mysteries, popular non-fiction and many New-York Times best sellers. Each kit contains ten paperback copies of the same title and a discussion guide. The entire kit can be checked out for a six-week period on one person’s library card. Watch for new titles! Click here for our full collection. If you are looking to create a monthly book group at NOPL, a clerk or librarian can help you schedule times at our libraries’ community rooms.


 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 26, 2014
Sep 262014


Access Zinio by clicking here

NOPL is excited to announce the addition of Zinio “the world’s largest newsstand”, providing our members with access to digital magazines by way of a web browser or app. You can read the entire magazines, zoom in on photos, watch embedded videos and follow web links.  Access more than 70 popular titles, including Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Kiplinger’s, Forbes, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Harper’s Bazaar, Men’s Fitness, Martha Stewart Living, MacWorld, PC World, and Popular Photography.  All you need is a NOPL library card and a PIN number to get started.

What’s great about digital magazines?  They never have to be returned, and you won’t have to worry about losing them, or paying late fees.  The newest issue is available as soon as it appears on newsstands.  Browse titles, and check out as many as you want – no limit! Continue reading »