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Get a Library Card this September

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on August 21, 2014
Aug 212014
 

Library Card Sign-up Month

 

The Most Important School Supply of All

Book bags, notebooks, t-shirts, jeans,

There’s no end to the list of supplies, or so it seems.

And just when you think that you’re all done,

We suggest that you add another one.

This last supply is worth its weight in gold,

And with all the things you can do with it, it never gets old.

You can have an adventure, find a new love,

Study the classics, or anything you can dream of!

It’s a library card, if you haven’t already guessed,

And there are so many reasons we think it’s the best!

 

Northern Onondaga Public Libraries (NOPL) are proud to join the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Card Sign-up Month throughout September.  We encourage everyone who doesn’t already have a card to visit the library and sign up for one!

A NOPL library card entitles you to preferred access to NOPL materials which include new books by popular authors, magazines, DVDs and CDs. Use your card to access digitized newspapers and genealogy resources at the library.  Increasingly, the library has a “digital branch” and your card lets you access free learning resources wherever you are.  Traveling to Spain?  Use Rocket Languages to prepare for your trip.  Studying for a test? Use LearningExpress Library to take practice exams for hundreds of tests including GED, SAT, CLEP, GRE, basic and advanced skills for students of all ages. And when homework is done, your library card will let you download eBooks, audiobooks, music, and videos.  Beginning this October, NOPL cardholders will have access to a wide selection of popular magazines to read online, download and keep. Watch for news about Zinio!

To sign up for a library card, adults need a valid photo ID that shows a current Onondaga County mailing address.  Children applying for a library card should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Out of County residents may obtain a NOPL library card for a $35 annual fee.

If you have any questions or are ready to sign up, stop in to our Brewerton, Cicero or North Syracuse branches today!

 

Banned Books Week

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on August 21, 2014
Aug 212014
 

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Libraries and librarians have a long history of opposing censorship and promoting intellectual freedom. Banned Books Week celebrates the power of words and ideas and reminds us to be vigilant in protecting the First Amendment. From September 21-27 we’ll be showcasing titles that have been challenged or banned in schools and libraries across the country. Stop in at your NOPL library to pick up an “I Read Banned Books” sticker, and celebrate your right to read by checking out one of these “dangerous” books.

Here’s the American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom’s
“Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013:

    1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
      Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
    2.  The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
      Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
    3.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
      Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    4.  Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
      Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
      Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
    6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
      Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
    7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
      Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    8.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
      Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
      Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
    10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
      Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Learn More at http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks

 

NOPL Library Banned Books Week Events

Family Fun Night-Celebrate Banned Books: Storytime and Craft
Tuesday, Sept 16th 6:30PM-7:30PM at NOPL @ North Syracuse, Community Room
Banned books week is September 21st-27th. Create a poster about your favorite banned book and it will be hung in the library. We will be reading from a selection of the most popular banned books.(For ages 5-12). Registration Required.

 

tokillmockingbird_coverBanned Books Week Movie Showing: To Kill a Mockingbird
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1:00-3:30am at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room
The setting is a dusty Southern town during the Depression. A white woman accuses a black man of rape and the outcome of his trial is such a foregone conclusion that no lawyer will step forward to defend him– except the town’s most distinguished citizen. Runtime 130 min. Not Rated.

 

 

outsiders_coverBanned Books Week Movie Showing:The Outsiders
Wed. Sept. 24, 1:00-3:30am at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room
Teen rivalry in a small Southern town sets the stage for this dramatic interpretation of the novel by S.E. Hinton. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Outsiders tells the story of the ongoing conflict between the Greasers and the Socs in rural Oklahoma. Runtime 91 min. Rated PG.

 

 

 

Banned Books Week: Virtual Read-Out and Twitter Parties

Take part in a nation-wide virtual read-out of banned and challenged books by following local libraries, organizations, and bookstores on social media. Follow the Banned Book Week YouTube Channel and on Twitter #bannedbooksweek.

Coming Soon: Borrow a Roku!

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on August 20, 2014
Aug 202014
 

Roku

Each NOPL library will now have Roku devices available for checkout. The Roku will allow you to stream popular television shows and movies through Netflix, as well as to access other free channels.

A hold can be placed on the Roku, but the devices need to be returned to the same NOPL where they were checked out and there are no renewals.

To use the Roku you need to have wireless Internet and have either an HDMI or component input on your television.

Setup Instructions:

  1. Plug in the AC Power cable into the Roku box and wall socket; there is no on/off switch on the Roku box, it stays on.
  2. Plug the HDMI cable into the Roku box and your TV.
  3. Do what is necessary to have your TV use the HDMI port as an input source.
  4. Use the Roku remote to connect to your home WiFi for internet connection
    • Go to the settings menu, select Network
    • Follow prompts to connect to your home WiFi, you may have to enter a password if your home WiFi requires it.
  5. Use the Roku remote to select a channel and watch.

Other than your home Wi-Fi password, do not enter any of your personal account information to any of the c channels, as it will not be cleared when you return it.

Do not attempt to add or remove any channels.

The Library is providing a Netflix subscription; the other channels on the Roku box have some free content. Please enjoy the free content and do not attempt to purchase any of the offered pay per view content on this device.

Additionally, this video will aid you in the setup of the Roku if needed.

Maker Club: Cardboard Carnival

 Posted by Michelle Waltos on August 18, 2014
Aug 182014
 

Calling All Cardboard Constructivists!

Pictured above is Caine, the inspiration for the Global Cardboard Challenge, standing in front of the cardboard arcade that he designed and built himself.

Pictured above is Caine, the inspiration for the Global Cardboard Challenge, standing in front of the cardboard arcade that he designed and built himself.

NOPL @ Cicero is participating in the  Imagination Foundation’s 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge. We invite kids, teens, and families to participate by constructing carnival or arcade games made of cardboard. A Maker Club prep session will be held on Thursday, October 2 in order to work on the games, but we encourage you to get a head start on them at home. The creations will then be featured at our Cardboard Carnival on Saturday, October 4 from 1-3 pm.

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Maker Club: Cardboard Carnival Prep

Come and join us as we participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge. Use cardboard, duct tape, and your imagination to build a game! We’ll work out our games today and then share them with the world at the Cardboard Carnival on October 4. For ages 7 and up. Note: children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 3:30-5pm at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room

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Maker Club: Cardboard Carnival

 Join us as we celebrate the Global Cardboard Challenge! Come and build your own game out of cardboard and other materials, or play the games that other people have made. The building part is for ages 7 and up, but the games can be enjoyed by all ages. Note: children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 1-3pm at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room

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Curious about the Global Cardboard Challenge? Check out the video that started it all!

Beekeeping 101

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on August 15, 2014
Aug 152014
 

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Beekeeping 101


Saturday September 6, 2014
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
NOPL @ Cicero, Community Rm
Beekeeping 101, presented by Ken Boyce of Mid-York Beekeepers Association.

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Brewerton Book Discussion Group


Tuesday August 26, 2014
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
NOPL @ Brewerton

The Brewerton Library Book Discussion group will review The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Light refreshments are served.

 

Interested in joining a Book Discussion Group?

Visit the Book Discussion webpage to view upcoming dates and book titles.

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