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Find eBooks easily.

 Posted by pete on September 19, 2013
Sep 192013

Have a new eReader, smartphone, or tablet, and looking for eBooks to read? Or are you looking for a classic book for free? There are plenty of places to find them, including the Northern Onondaga Public Library. With 3M Cloud Library, Overdrive, and other online resources, you can find many great books online.


If you are looking to borrow a new best seller, 3M Cloud Library is the first place to look. The service is the newest addition to our library collection, and features the latest from Khaled Hosseini, Daniel Silva, Carl Hiaasen, and Neil Gaiman. You can borrow and read the books for three weeks using an app available for PCs, Macs, most smart phones or tablets, as well as the Kindle Fire. Simply download the app, pick out the Onondaga County Public Library system via the dropdown list, and then browse, check-out, and read books. The app allows you to add bookmarks and write notes. If a book is checked out, you can add it to your hold list immediately.


Overdrive also has thousands of eBooks to borrow. If the book you want to read is not in the 3M Cloud Library, it could be here. The program also lets you download into different formats (even readable for the Kindle) or read it off your web browser. Overdrive features books by E.L James and James Patterson, and many more, and the borrowing time is three weeks. For both the 3M Cloud Library and Overdrive, you need a NOPL or OCPL library card and pin number.


TumbleBooks have animated talking books, read-alongs, programmed playlists (organized by grade or reading level), games and more. The books are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. Books can be read online or downloaded! Many items made for iPad.

There are numerous places you can find free eBooks to keep. One of most comprehensive free eBook sites is Project Gutenberg. The site has over 43,000 free public domain eBooks, which you can either download or read online. If there is a famous book that was published prior to the 1930s, like “Moby Dick”, “Sense and Sensibility”, or “Hamlet”, chances are you will find a free copy here. Wikisource (a sister site of Wikipedia) has many public domain books to read and download, and Google’s Play Store also features a large free eBook collection.

If you want to buy an eBook, Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store, and Amazon’s Kindle Store are the most popular places to go.  Prices fluctuate, but most sell for around $10.

The Onondaga County Public Library has a great list of more places to look, as well as instructions on how to use the library’s eBook programs.



NOPL Patron Reviews

 Posted by pete 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!

Red Scarf Project

 Posted by pete on September 4, 2013
Sep 042013

redscarf-webThe Northern Onondaga Public Library and the NOPL Knitters are proud to participate in a community knit to benefit the Red Scarf Project. During the fall, learn how to knit (or crochet) a red scarf, then chose donate it or keep it.

The Red Scarf Project benefits Foster Care to Success. The scarves are delivered to foster youth in colleges across the country. They focus on post-high school youth, who have “aged out” of the social service system but still need assistance in moving towards an independent life. According to their website, the nonprofit has delivered over 20,000 scarves since 2005. Foster Care to Success also accepts donations to furnish foster students with the resources they need to stay in school.

Please donate scarf by November 2nd: Bring completed scarf to the Red Scarf Collection Party on November 2nd at 11:00am at the Cicero library. Tea and cookies will be served (sign up). If you can’t make it to the party, drop off your completed project to the Cicero Library during regular hours throughout September and October. We will be displaying some of our favorites around the library!

To learn how to knit a scarf, or learn new patterns and techniques, come to a weekly NOPL Knitters meeting in September and October:

Mondays at 10:00am: NOPL @ North Syracuse

Tuesdays at 11:00am: NOPL @ Cicero

Thursdays at 5:30pm: NOPL @ Cicero

We will have some knitting materials on hand, but if you are able to, we’d encourage you to purchase your own needles and yarn. For each scarf, you’ll need one skein of red yarn and a pair of knitting needles (size seven, eight, or nine).

If you have any questions, call NOPL @ Cicero at 699-2032.

Suggested yarn found at local craft stores:
Wool-Ease (worsted); Average Price: $3.79
Deborah Norville Everyday (worsted); Average Price: $3.99
Berant Soft boucle (bulky); Average Price: $5.49

Here’s one of many red scarf patterns available online.

2013 Adult Summer Reading Program

 Posted by pete on July 21, 2013
Jul 212013


NOPL Adult Summer Reading
Don’t let the kids have all the fun. Read books and win great prizes!
NOPL @ Cicero and NOPL @ North Syracuse

About Summer Reading:
Program Dates:
July 1st – August 31st

Program Details:

  • Anyone over 18 is eligible
  •  Read a book, ebook or listen to an audio book of your choice
  • For each book you read, fill out a raffle ticket with a brief book review using the online form (see below) or pick up a raffle ticket at the library: the more books you read, the more chances you have to win!
  • Drawings will be held once a month on 7/31 and 8/31 (Prizes will be on display at the library)

Free NOPL Tote Bag: Read 10 books between July 1st and August 31st and win a NOPL tote bag! Download a reading log, or pick one up from the library. Turn in completed reading log to the service desk at NOPL @ Cicero or NOPL @ North Syracuse to claim your tote bag.

For more information about the NOPL @ Brewerton Adult Summer Reading Program, please call 315-676-7484 or visit the Brewerton Library at 5437 Library Street.

Summer Reading at NOPL

 Posted by pete on July 2, 2013
Jul 022013

SummerReading2013-bannerBrewerton Kids  Brewerton Teens  Cicero Kids  Cicero Teens   N. Syracuse Kids  N. Syracuse Teens

Dig into Reading at your library this summer! Register at the library or online and earn rewards for reading all summer long. You may pick up your reading record and get more information about all the events happening at the library this summer.

Sign up, log-in, and begin submitting what books you have read this summer!


MYS_SmallTeen Summer Reading

Why Summer Reading?

Girl Reading in SchoolSummer vacation is a great time to be a kid. It is great to have time to relax and hang out, with friends and family, at home and in the sun.  It is also important to keep your kid’s reading skills fresh over the next three months. According to the National Summer Learning Association, “at best, students show little or no academic growth over summer. At worst, students lose one to three months of learning.” Summer Reading can go a long way to minimize summer learning loss and can even improve a child’s reading skills. Read the full article.

Summer Reading Events

There are dozens of events for children and teens to enjoy this summer at the NOPL Libraries. Events include Story Times, arts & crafts, visits by magicians, puppeteers, storytellers, The MOST, The Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and more. We are also excited to introduce two new clubs, Maker Club and the Junior Gardeners, as well as the continuation of Lego Club, Teen Advisory Board, and Anime Club!

Moreland the Magician literally digs into reading.

Moreland the Magician, pictured here literally digging into reading, will appear at all three NOPL libraries.

NOPL @ Brewerton Summer Reading events kick-off with “Moreland the Magician,” Tuesday, June 25 at 2pm (Registration Required). For all Brewerton kids and teen events, check out our full event list (pdf). Sign up for events in our online calendar, in person, or call 676-7484.

NOPL @ Cicero Summer Reading Kickoff is on Tuesday, June 25, from 10am to 4pm.  For all Cicero kids and teen events, check out our full event list (pdf). Sign up for events in our online calendar, in person, or call 699-2032. Event registration begins Monday, June 24.

NOPL @ North Syracuse Kids Summer Reading Kickoff is on Monday, June 24, from 1pm to 5pm, followed by the Teen Summer Reading Kickoff from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For all N. Syracuse kids and teen events, check out our full event list (pdf). Sign up for events in our online calendar, in person, or call 458-6184. Event registration begins Monday, June 24.


Summer Reading Recommendations via the New York State Library


nopl-programming-badge1Are you tired of reading books and just listing them out? Not to worry! Your Library now offers more than just that! Sign up for our new Make Your Summer program!  Learn skills! Do activities! Go places! Earn Achievements and other Badges to share and display on Facebook!

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Photography Contest

 Posted by pete on July 1, 2013
Jul 012013

Here are the winners of the 9th annual Cicero Photo Contest. These photos will be on display at the NOPL @ Cicero library entrance throughout August!


1st Place  ­– Linda McLellan (for photo #83, two zebras)
Photo was taken at the Buffalo Zoo and edited using a computer program. Linda is a nurse who loves photography. She has a bumpersticker on her car which says “When I grow up I want to be a photographer!”

2nd Place –  Stephen Brown (for photo #5, industrial landscape)
Stephen is a business major at OCC. He took the photo one day while walking around with friends.

People’s Choice  – Anthony Tulowiecki (for photo #2, monarch butterfly)
Anthony took this during a visit to Houghton College. He is a former programmer who has always loved photography.

Best Animal – Lyndsay Foley (for photo #114, stoic dog)

Best People – Lyndsay Foley (for photo #113, soldier)

Best Color – Chelsea Powell (for photo #163, creative gears)

Best Scenery – Michael J. Black (for photo #13, scenic waterfall)

Most Creative – Linda McLellan (for photo #83, two zebras)

Most Funny – Chelsea Powell (for photo #161, potatoes)

Most Inspiring – Lyndsay Foley (for photo #113, soldier)

Judges Honorable Mention – Katherine Walton (for photo #12, mountains)

Judges Honorable Mention – James Aiken (for photo #44, sunrays)

Judges Honorable Mention – Kenna Saunders (for photo #86, bug)

Judges Honorable Mention – A. Scott Whittaker (for photo #99, high  jump)

Judges Honorable Mention – Lyndsay Foley (for photo #115, fireworks)


9th Annual Cicero Photography Contest: NOPL @ Cicero

Come vote for your favorites, July 1st through July 31st in the Cicero Library Community Room (8686 Knowledge Lane).

Photo submissions for the 9th Annual Cicero Photography Contest are now on display in the Cicero Library Community Room. During the month of July, take part in the “People’s Choice Contest” and vote for your favorites. Our judges will also be casting their vote for the 1st place and 2nd place prizes. The winners will be announced on August 1st!

People’s Choice Contest: Stop in between July 1st and July 31st and vote for your favorites. One vote per person; ballot slips are available at the NOPL @ Cicero Library.


  • Top prize: $100 (juried)
  • 2nd prize: $50 (juried)
  • People’s Choice: $30 (votes cast by patrons during the month of July)

About the Contest: This annual contest is open to all amateur photographers. Photos submission accepted between May 1st and June 6, 2013. All non-professional photographers are eligible. A professional photographer is someone who receives monetary compensation for his or her photographic work.

  •  Up to 4 photos/person
  • Any size up to 8.5″ x 12″
  • Photos must be unframed and unmounted
  • No entry fee is required
  • Judging is blind: no names should appear anywhere on the photos

Photographic Consent (view pdf)
Each recognizable person in each photograph must give written photographic consent. Photo Consent Forms are available at the library, but any written permission will do. Photos containing recognizable faces without consent forms will not be displayed, and so will not be eligible for judging.

Declaration of Authenticity (view pdf)
Each photographer must sign a statement claiming intellectual property rights of all work submitted.


  • Photographs will be on display at NOPL Cicero during July 2013.
  • Winners will be announced on August 1.
  • All photographs not claimed by Sept. 31, 2013 will become the property of the Northern Onondaga Public Library
  • Photos will be displayed using bull clips, which leave an impression.

The Northern Onondaga Public Library assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to an entry.

Questions: Email Pete Thomas at or call 315-699-2032. 

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