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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 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

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:

Learn Anything Anytime

 Posted by pete on May 15, 2012
May 152012


  • Free with a library card
    (valid e-mail address required to create an account and take courses. Email accounts are free.)
  • Enroll in up to 5 courses at a time.
  • Allowed 6 months to finish each course.
  • Perpetual access to your course online–attend class and do assignments on your schedule.
  • Each course has a real instructor available via email.
  • These are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment.
  • These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements.
  • Over 500 free high-quality personal enrichment and non-credit online courses.  Video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units for selected courses.

Pet Care and Training  •  Software Tutorials (e.g. Photoshop, Excel) • Nutrition •

Writing Improvement • Alternative Medicine • Business Applications • Genealogy

Meg Backus on Bridge Street to discuss “Learn Anything Anytime:”

NOPL’s Online Resources

 Posted by pete on January 7, 2012
Jan 072012
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