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Library Farm Open House

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on June 4, 2013
Jun 042013

Library Farm Open HouseIt’s a perfect time to visit the LibraryFarm and see how we are growing and changing. The LibraryFarm will host informational programming, with plenty of hands-on fun for everyone. We will also have volunteers available for group or individual tours of the LibraryFarm.

Schedule of Events in our Community Room:
11:00 am “Sustainability: What’s the Big Deal?” Presented by GreeningUSA
12:00 pm “Attracting Butterflies to Your Yard” Presented by Janet Allen, Habitat Gardening of CNY
2:00 pm “ All about Organic Farms and Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)” Presented by Freedom Rains Farm

Informational stations, occurring throughout the day, will be located under the front portico:

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener’s “Ask a Gardener!” Station with soil testing available
  • GreeningUSA
  • Friends of the Cicero Public Library
  • [Located in garden] Growing strawberries/lettuces in a barrel with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners
  • An interactive presentation of the LibraryFarm’s Master Plan

Hands-on Stations are found outside on the library’s picnic tables and consist of:

  • Make a container scarecrow
  • Plant and Take a sunflower and pumpkin
  • Make a seed bomb
  • Make a wasp decoy
  • Help stuff the garden scarecrows

And so much more!

Light refreshments will be served throughout the day in our community room.
Some events happening outside will be moved indoors in the event of rain.

Family History Video Kit

 Posted by Amanda Roberts 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 Amanda Roberts on June 11, 2012
Jun 112012

Mondays at 10am at NOPL @ N. Syracuse
Mondays at 6:30pm at NOPL @ Brewerton (Starts Sept. 22, 2014)
Tuesdays at 10am at NOPL @ Cicero
Thursdays at 5:30pm at NOPL @ Cicero

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:


Tuesday Mornings NOPL Knitters, 2014 NYS Fair Entry “ A Christmouse Gathering” won 2nd place.

Tuesday Mornings NOPL Knitters, 2014 NYS Fair Entry “ A Christmouse Gathering” won 2nd place.


NOPL’s Online Resources

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on January 7, 2012
Jan 072012
Sep 262011

NOPL at Cicero has three eReaders and one iPad available for circulation to NOPL patrons over the age of 18 with a library card in good standing.

The iPad will be available for in-library use only, it can be borrowed for two hours at a time, and is non-holdable. It is pre-loaded with content including games, newspapers, magazines, and educational apps.

The eReaders will circulate for three weeks and are also non-holdable. One Barnes and Noble Black and White Nook, one Sony Reader Touch Edition, and one Sony Reader Pocket Edition are available. The Nook contains popular titles that are being turned into movies. The Sony Readers contain titles from the New York Times Fiction and Non-Fiction best sellers lists.

Titles on the Nook:

  • A Game of Thrones-George R.R. Martin
  • Something Borrowed—Emily Griffin
  • The Help—Kathryn Stockett
  • Water for Elephants—Sara Gruen
  • The Lincoln Lawyer—Michael Connelly
  • I am Number Four—Pittacus Lore
  • The Hunger Games—Suzanne Collins
  • Jane Eyre—Charlotte Bronte
  • One Day—David Nichols
  • Moneyball—Michael Lewis
  • Too Big to Fail—Andrew Ross Sorkin
  • We need to talk about Kevin—Lionel Shriver
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo—Stieg Larson
  • One for the Money—Janet Evanovich
  • I, Alex Cross—James Patterson
  • The Great Gatsby—F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • One Shot—Lee Child
  • Anna Karenina–Leo Tolstoy
  • The Hobbit—J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy—John Le Carre

Titles on both Sony Readers:

  • 1105 Yakima Street—Debbie Macomber
  • After America—Mark Steyn
  • Bossypants—Tina Fey
  • Cold Vengeance—Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • The Confession: A Novel—John Grisham
  • Dexter by Design—Jeff Lindsay
  • Full Black—Brad Thor
  • The Glass Castle—Jeanette Walls
  • The Greater Journey—David McCullough
  • Heaven if for Real—Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent
  • The Help—Katheryn Stockett
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks—Rebecca Skloot
  • In the Garden of Beasts—Erik Larson
  • Kill Me If You Can—James Patterson and Marshall Karp
  • Now you See Her—James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
  • One Day—David Nicholls
  • Outliers: The Story of Success—Malcom Gladwell
  • The Return of Rafe MacKade—Nora Roberts
  • Safe Haven—Nicholas Sparks
  • Sarah’s Key—Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Second Son—Lee Child
  • A Stolen Life—Jaycee Dugard
  • Unbroken—Laura Hillenbrand
  • Until Proven Guilty—J.A. Jance
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