NOPL at N. Syr will be closed Sunday, May 24 and all NOPL locations will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day


Check out what NOPL has to offer for adults! Music, lectures, continuing education, book groups, and more!

Crafts & DIY

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on February 25, 2014
Feb 252014

There are plenty of programs and resources for crafters, makers, and do-it-yourselfers at the library.

Adult Programs

Card Making with Barbara Burrows

Join fellow papercrafting enthusiasts for a fun and creative evening. You can make beautiful and unique greeting cards for all occasions under the guidance of Barbara Burrows! Adults and children over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult are welcome. Supply fee is $15 (payable at the time of the class). Visit for more details. Click here for upcoming events!

NOPL Knitters

Mondays at 10am at NOPL @ N. Syracuse
Mondays at 6:30om at NOPL @ Brewerton (Starts Sept. 22, 2014)
Tuesdays at 11am at NOPL @ Cicero
Thursdays at 5:30pm at @ NOPL @ Cicero
Meet other knitters (and crocheters) and learn or improve your technique. Bring your project or come empty-handed and eager to learn this excellent, impressive, ages-old yet undiminished craft. New members welcome each week. Our members’ experience ranges from beginner to experienced. The only criteria to join are needles (or hook) and yarn! Visit their website for more!

Paper Arts Club

Presented by Lyn’s Paper Petunia. Join in for learning and creating with our Paper Arts Club! Participants have the option of either watching and learning, or if you choose, becoming fully immersed and making the monthly projects for $10.00 for supplies and materials (payable at time of class).

Registration Required. Click here for their upcoming events!

Simple Stories Scrapbooking

‘Simple Stories Scrapbooking'; Learn a new style of keeping memories with quick  scrapbook and stamping techniques. Participants have the option of either watching and learning – or choosing to become fully immersed and make the project for $10.00 for supplies and materials (payable at time of class). Click to view upcoming events on NOPL’s event calendar.


Kids, Tweens, and Teens

Maker Club

We make things! At each session, we’ll focus on a different skill area (cardboard, Perler beads, tape, mechanical engineering, and others!). Choose from suggested projects, or come up with your own. You can also get ideas for more things to make at home, work together on ideas, help brainstorm future Club projects, and show off your work.

Click here for more info
Click here for upcoming Maker Club events

Lego Club

Come explore your creative side at the library with Legos! Children can either follow special project directions or build from their imaginations. We have more than 50 pounds of Legos to build your creations.

Click here for upcoming Lego Club events

History at NOPL

 Posted by Amanda Roberts 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.

Health & Fitness at NOPL

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on January 1, 2014
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Throughout October, NOPL is giving patrons a chance to center and balance their body and mind. Linda Haverlock, a certified yoga instructor at the Yoga with Linda Studio in Cicero, will be at the NOPL at North Syracuse Library for five consecutive Saturdays starting October 4 from 11am to noon. The program is called Gentle Yoga.

Sign up for: October 4October 11October 18October 25November 1.

The Gentle Yoga sessions at the library are as accessible as possible: there’s no cost, no walls or mirrors, no prerequisite fitness level or performance expectations. Everyone belongs, especially beginners. The goal of gentle yoga is to ease into stretches using breathing exercises. “This type of yoga is good for everyone to help release tension and stress in our muscles and other areas of our bodies,” Linda says.

Over the past 20 years in the US, this activity has moved from way out on the fringe into the mainstream. Linda started ten years ago after attending a yoga class taught by a friend. “After one class, I was hooked and began my journey.” Yoga can seem daunting to start, due to the images of hyper-flexible people in difficult poses as seen in health magazines and on fitness television. “Many people think that you need flexibility in order to participate in yoga practice,” Linda says. “Gaining flexibility is what happens naturally when you come to yoga class.”

According to Linda, “Yoga opens up a whole new world as we learn to integrate breath with movement or sitting quietly in meditation, combining mind, body and soul.” The facts are on her side, as yoga has been shown to help reduce anxiety, stress, and tension, and can contribute to lowering blood pressure.

Yoga is a great start to a healthier lifestyle, and October is a great time to learn an indoor exercise. Register for the classes at any NOPL Library or online. Get healthy, relieve stress, and feel better about yourself.

Gentle Yoga (with Linda Haverlock)
Saturday, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1 from 11 am to noon
NOPL at North Syracuse, Community Room.

Borrower Policy

 Posted by Amanda Roberts 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.


 Posted by Amanda Roberts 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.

NOPL Patron Reviews

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 13, 2013
Sep 132013

We’d like know what you’ve been reading!

Check out some of our favorite patron reviews on Pinterest!