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History at NOPL

 Posted by pete on February 5, 2014
Feb 052014

Reading & Discussion Series:
Making Sense of the Civil War

February – June 2014
NOPL @ N. Syracuse

The Civil War was a time of great conflict and transformation for our country, as well as the individual people who lived during that time. Its legacy survives to this day in the form of historical accounts, speeches, personal letters, and even modern-day fiction novels.

In this new, five-part Reading and Discussion series, you will be introduced to a powerful selection of diaries, speeches, essays and works of historical fiction, and invited to join an open, guided discussion exploring how the war’s themes impact our lives and society today.

Please join us for a kickoff meeting on Wednesday, February 12th at 6 PM to learn about the program, discuss the reading list and receive reading materials! The five-part series will be held on the last Wednesday of each month (February through June) from 6-7:30 PM. Readings will be provided to participants free of charge through the library.

Sign-up is required as group size is limited. Simply sign up for the kickoff meeting and you will be registered for the series!

SPMH Military History Lecture Series

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.

September 12, 2013:  History of Jihad
October 10: The Anaconda Plan
November 14: Operation Urgent Fury
December 12: The Battle of Trenton
January 9, 2014: The Crimean War
February 13: Infantry Weapons of WWII
March 13: Battles of the Bible: Ai and Jericho
April 10: Cold Warrior: Behind the Iron Curtain
May 8: World War I: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive
June 12: Napoleonic Wars: The Peninsular Campaign

History resources online

  • Great Events From History – Includes hundreds of essays covering historical events from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. It also includes historical biographies. (OCPL Library Card needed)
  • Milestone Documents in American History – Includes 268 full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary covering American and African American history. (OCPL Library Card needed)


  • Heritage Quest – A collection of genealogical resources with digitized books and periodicals containing family and local histories from around the country, and searchable images of the complete U.S. Federal census, 1790 – 1930.  (OCPL Library Card needed)
  • Ancestry Library – [In-library use only]  Provides access to Census records; birth, marriage and death records; military records; immigration and emigration records and more.
  • Family History Video Kit -  Let us help you discover and preserve your story. 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.

Friends of NOPL

 Posted by pete on February 4, 2014
Feb 042014

Each of the three libraries within the NOPL system maintains its own Friends group. All residents are invited to join up and support their local public library.

Friends of NOPL at Brewerton

President: Terri Prichard

Friends of NOPL @ Brewerton 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 we will get in touch with you or come to our next meeting at the Brewerton Library Community Room. Check back for next scheduled meeting, date has yet to be posted.

-Karen Spera – Brewerton Friends Secretary


Friends of NOPL at Cicero

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


  • Advertising Karen Hazelmyer
  • Display Case Jackie Robbins
  • Flowers Judy Holden & Linda O’Connor
  • Membership Pat DeGray
  • Raffle Baskets Charlotte Coleman & Terry Cole
  • Book Bundles Charlotte Coleman & Libby Thomas
  • Book & Bake Sales Chairpersons To be announced
  • Scouts Libby Thomas
  • Ice Cream Social Ann Marie Kehoe, Chairperson

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




Health & Fitness at NOPL

 Posted by pete on January 1, 2014
Jan 012014

Gentle Yoga by Yoga with Linda


Starting March 29th and every Saturday in April at NOPL @ North Syracuse

Saturday, March 29, 11-12pm : Register now
Saturday, April 5, 11-12pm : Register now
Saturday, April 12, 11-12pm : Register now
Saturday, April 19, 11-12pm : Register now
Saturday, April 26, 11-12pm : Register now

Give Yoga a Try.

Many people think of Yoga as an exercise regimen or as a meditation practice. Yoga can be either of these but it can also be much more. Over the past 20 years in the US, this activity has moved from way out on the fringe into the mainstream. If you haven’t tried yoga, aren’t you curious about it?

NOPL @ North Syracuse is offering sessions at the library: there’s no cost, no walls of mirrors, no prerequisite fitness level or performance expectations. Everyone belongs, especially beginners who have never identified with the hyper-flexible people posing in yoga pictures. Please bring your own yoga mat; there will also be a limited number available to purchase for $15 courtesy of ‘Yoga with Linda.’

A certified Yoga instructor, Linda Haverlock, will be at the North Syracuse Library for five consecutive Saturdays. For more information about the instructor, please visit

Registration is required for each class. Space is limited, so sign up early.

View full schedule of Gentle Yoga Events here.


Health Resources Online

  • Gale Health Reference Center Academic -Over 2800 journals and magazines, many of which are full text. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters and consumer health magazines. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters and consumer health magazines. Via the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library. You need your OCPL library card to access.
  • Salem Health – Contains 835 essays on all aspects of cancer for the patient, family members and caregivers. You need your OCPL library card to access.


Borrower Policy

 Posted by pete on December 17, 2013
Dec 172013

Important message to our library patrons and taxpayers:

NOPL has been in the news lately.  A new Onondaga County Public Library System Borrower Policy, implemented here in September, was scheduled for implementation in all county public libraries on January 2nd.  The county executive is trying to stop the implementation of the policy that requires residents outside of the county, who do not provide tax support for any Onondaga County library, through their school, library, or municipal taxes, to pay a modest fee of $35.

NOPL libraries are heavily used by our neighbors in Oswego County, where libraries have been de-funded or closed.  We welcome them; many have been NOPL patrons for years.  At the same time we think it’s fair to ask them to support the libraries they use.  Here are some facts:

  • 97% of our funding comes from taxpayers in our library district, which includes the Town of Cicero and the Town of Clay, except for those areas that are in the Baldwinsville or Liverpool School District.  Suburban libraries are assessed an annual fee from the Onondaga County Public Library that supports shared services like delivery and our Integrated Library System.
  • We currently check out approximately 120,000 items each year to Oswego County borrowers. This adds to our costs for staff, materials, processing, and building maintenance.
  • 63% of the usage of the Brewerton Library is by residents of Oswego County.  This fact endangers the future of a wonderful community library.
  • It isn’t all about books – NOPL has strong collections of films, music cd’s, and computer software that are attracting new borrowers.
  • As we add digital content – eBooks, audiobooks, music, TV shows and movies – the problem becomes even more apparent.  Library cardholders can borrow from home, and can be located anywhere. These new resources are expensive.

Libraries aren’t free – Information is free, and NOPL libraries are available to help anyone who walks in the door, whether or not they have a library card.  Our libraries are pleasant places where anyone can read a book or a magazine or a newspaper.  We provide free computers and wireless Internet access, story times, programs of all kinds for children, teens and adults.

A modest fee – and you can check our “What’s Your Library Worth to You” calculator on our website to see just how much value there is in our services – is fair to NOPL and county taxpayers, and will help our libraries to thrive in the future.

If you think that the proposed library fee is fair to taxpayers of the NOPL Special Library District and Onondaga County, please don’t delay – contact:

County Executive Joanne Mahoney
Office of the County Executive
John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 14th Floor
Syracuse, New York 13202
Telephone 315-435-3516
Fax 315-435-8582

OCPL Board President Virginia Biesiada
Galleries of Syracuse Central Library Level
443 S. Salina Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

If you have questions, please contact NOPL administration at 699-2534.

Questions and Answers about the New Library Card Policy (NOPL)

Q: Can members of a family share a library card?
A: Family members may choose to share a card, but cards are issued to individuals only, and the cardholder is responsible for all items checked out on the card. Some OCPL libraries may restrict a card’s use to the individual to whom it is registered.

Q: How does the fee-based card work?

A: The card expires after 12 months. It can be used at the library of registration, as well as the Central Library, city branches, and suburban libraries, and can be used remotely to place holds, use databases and download eBooks, Audiobooks, and music. (Digital resources and access to them varies by library and may be restricted to cardholders at the purchasing library.)

Q: Are there any conditions for waiving the fee?

A: Upon presentation of qualifying credentials, individuals who reside in Out-of-System areas may be
eligible to have the fee waived:
• An individual enrolled in any school, college, or university that is physically located in Onondaga County and provides verification in the form of a tuition bill, current and valid student ID, or letter of enrollment will have the fee waived for one year.
• An individual who owns property in Onondaga County and provides an Onondaga County tax bill dated within the last twelve months will have the fee waived, and the expiration date extended to three years.

Q: Can I still use the library if I don’t pay the membership fee?

A: Yes. Many services remain free to visitors and residents of neighboring counties. Visit the library to read books, magazines and newspapers, use a computer, or access the Internet wirelessly on your laptop or mobile device. You can ask a librarian for information in person, by text, email, or 24/7 chat reference. You can attend library programs and events for children, teens and adults.

Q: I received a letter about the fee, but my neighbor did not – why is that?

A: You received the letter if your registered library is NOPL at Brewerton, Cicero or North Syracuse. If you registered for your library card at another library in the county system (Liverpool or the Central Library, for example) you will receive a notice from that library when they implement the fee.

Q: Does it matter where my card is registered?

A: Yes. Your library card fee will go to your registered library, and you may want those dollars to purchase materials for the library you use most often. Also, your access to some library collections (downloadable audiobooks, music, and eBooks) may be determined by registered library.

Q: How do I find out where my card is registered?

A: Call, or stop in at any county library to inquire, or login to and click on “my account”. Type in your card number and PIN, and you’ll see “my library” entered when you click on “my record”.

Q: Can I pay the fee with a credit card?

A: Yes, you can pay the fee online from home or on a public computer at the library using a major credit card or PayPal account. To pay in cash or by check, stop in at a NOPL library in Brewerton, Cicero or North Syracuse, beginning September 3rd.

Questions and Answers about Library Funding

Q. How are NOPL libraries funded?

A: NOPL is a Special District Library, which means that we go directly to our taxpayers for a budget vote each year.

  • 97% of NOPL’s funding comes from taxpayers who live in the Town of Cicero and the Town of Clay (except for residents of the Liverpool, Baldwinsville or Phoenix School Districts).
  • System services, including delivery among the 32 libraries in the county and our automated catalog and circulation systems are supported by funding that comes from Onondaga County tax revenues and New York State.
  • NOPL receives a small amount of funding directly from New York State (0.4%). The amount we receive is based on the population of our special library district.
  • If you live in Oswego County, state funding to support your library use is going to the North Country Library System.

Q: How much do NOPL residents pay to support their libraries?

A: Per capita (per person) annual support from NOPL taxpayers in 2012 is $39.21. Overall, in
Onondaga County, average per capita support for libraries is $53.19.

Q: I live in the Central Square School District. Don’t my taxes support the Brewerton or Cicero Library?

A: No. At one time the Central Square School District contributed a small amount to NOPL’s budget, but this support stopped in 2007.

Q: Do other libraries impose non-resident fees?

A: Yes. Many libraries throughout the country charge non-resident fees. Fees are also common in New York State: Saratoga Springs, Auburn, Geneva, the Four County Library System (Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego), and libraries in the Ramapo Catskill, Upper Hudson, and Nassau County library systems.

The Monroe County (Rochester) Library System charges a $45 annual fee and Buffalo-Erie County Library System charges $40 per year.

Book Discussion Groups

 Posted by pete on December 17, 2013
Dec 172013

Relax and ReadAll 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.

August 26, 2014 – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
September 30, 2014 – Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
October 28, 2014 – The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
November 25, 2014 – The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

 Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
The Namesake
 by Jhumpa Lahiri (CNY READS selection)
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven 
by Fannie Flagg
 The Whole Golden World 
by Kristina Riggle
The Light Between Oceans 
by M.L. Stedman
After Her
 by Joyce Maynard
The Journal of Best Practices
 by David Finch
After Life by Rhian Ellis
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Defending Jacob by William Landay
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
Last Night at the Ritz by Elizabeth Savage
Mercy Train by Rae Meadows
Fool by Frederick Dillen
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Private Life by Jane Smiley
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
The Man in My Basement by Walter Mosley
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
1000 White Women by Jim Fergus
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Cutting For Stone by A.Verghese
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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.

August 19, 2014 –  Huckleberry Flynn by Mark Twain
September 16, 2014 –  Men We Reaped by Jusmyn Ward
October 21, 2014  - The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
November 18, 2014 –  I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
December 16, 2014 –  (Reader’s Choice) … “Uplifting”
January 20, 2015 –  We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
February 17, 2015 - The Fault in our Stars by John Green
March 17, 2015 – Any book by poet Billy Collins
April 21, 2015 – She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
May 19, 2015 –  Planning Meeting
June 16, 2015 – What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman

 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Mystery Night (Reader’s Choice)
View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Light Between Oceans
 by M.L. Stedman
America’s Women
 by Gail Collins
Tortilla Curtain
  by T.C. Boyle
Flight Behavior 
by Barbara Kingsolver
Very Valentine
 by Adrianna Trigiani
Townie: A Memoir
 by Andre Dubus III
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Readers Choice (holiday selection)
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Swamplandia!  by Karen Russell
The Submission by Amy Waldman
Anything by author Carl Hiaasen
Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Poetry Month. Reader’s Choice (Poetry)
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
Wish You Well by David Baldacci
Reader’s Choice (Civil War related)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Hotel on the Corner Between Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Savage Garden by Mark Mills
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Persuasion by Jane Austen

North Syracuse Book Discussion Group341/365 Outdoor reading

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

August 4, 2014 – The Returned by Jason Mott
September 8, 2014 – 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup
October 6, 2014 – The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
November 3, 2014 – Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
December 1, 2014 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
January 5 2015 – Planning Session
February 2 2015 – A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
The Namesake 
by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Handmaid’s Tale 
by Margaret Atwood
by Malcolm Gladwell
Where’d You Go, Bernadette 
by Maria Semple
by Susan Cain
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
 by Jamie Ford
Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman and The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Save Me by Lisa Scottoline
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalie
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Faithful Place by Tana French.
Look Me In The Eye by John Elder Robison
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
In The Garden of Beasts by  Erik Larson
The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexander Fuller
A Fierce Radiance, by Lauren Belfer
The Double Bind, by Chris Bohjalian
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens
Cleopatra’s Daughter, by Michelle Moran
The Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwynne
She Came From West Virginia, by Paul Dodd
My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira
The Lost City of Z, by David Grann



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 pete on December 9, 2013
Dec 092013

Free Music MP3s from Freegal

FreegalLogoFreegal is a free service for all NOPL library patrons, available on any computer with an internet connection (and now on Apple and Android phones). Each week, with just your library card and pin number, you can pick three songs to own for free from the Sony Music catalog. They arrive as MP3s and you can add them to your music players or burn them to CDs.

Chances are if you like music, Freegal has music you’d want.  Songs are taken from the Sony Music catalog as well as hundreds of other labels.  Freegal has new popular songs and thousands of classic songs and albums, including nearly every song by Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis, A Tribe Called Quest, and Miles Davis (just to name a few).

You could download 150 free songs this year alone. Given that there are 3 million songs available, there’s no worry that you’d run out of free songs to buy and enjoy.

 Hoopla! Stream movies on your desktop, tablet, or phone.

hoopla-homepageHoopla lets you stream TV shows and films right to your desktop, tablet, or smartphone (android or apple), available to any NOPL patron.


CDs at the Library

Click here to search for music available at all NOPL and OCPL libraries.

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