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Folk Music Series

 Posted by pete on March 31, 2013
Mar 312013

In April 2013, two folk bands visited NOPL @ North Syracuse.

Folk Music Series: NOPL @ North Syracuse
Sponsored by the Freinds of Nopl @ North Syracuse

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers & Wendy Ramsay Duo
Sunday 4/7 at 2pm
NOPL @ N. Syracuse

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine is joined by singer-songwriter Wendy Ramsay on vocals, guitar, flute, clarinet, and toy accordion. Sponsored by the Friends of NOPL @ N. Syracuse. Free.

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, is joined by quirky singer-songwriter Wendy Ramsay on vocals, guitar, flute, clarinet, and toy accordion. Expect a mix of original songs and unusual covers, with close vocal harmonies. Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers came upon his first guitar at 12, and hasn’t looked back. “I started writing songs almost immediately. Guitar and songwriting have been at the center of my life ever since.” He has used his skills to educate a new crop of musicians and songwriters. “Education is central to my work as the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine and author of guidebooks and instructional videos for musicians. I teach a course on songwriting at SU and lead workshops for guitarists and songwriters.”

Unlike many folk musicians, Wendy didn’t start with guitar. “My first official music lessons were in fourth grade when I started playing clarinet. After that I learned sax, flute, oboe, and then finally started teaching myself guitar when I was 24.” Wendy is now a frequent performer and collaborator in the Central New York music scene.

Genessee Ted
Sunday 4/21 at 2pm
NOPL @ N. Syracuse

Genesee Ted, a local folk band made up of members Dana Cooke (mandolin), Shirley Stevens (guitar), and Eileen Rose (mountain dulcimer), will play a blend of old-timey, mountain, traditional, and bluegrass songs.

Shirley Stevens, who has always had a love of music, took on guitar in college after listening to the Kingston Trio. “I learned to play out of a book from our local library,” she says. Shirley enjoys playing “roots music” with Genesee Ted and connecting with the audience. Her favorite moments during a performance are when they “get the audience singing with us, or clapping…I want to see those toes tapping!”

Eileen Rose has been a mainstay of the local folk music scene. “My Mountain Dulcimer is quite unique to this area,” says Eileen, who has been playing the instrument for over a decade. “Our trio brings our genuine love of old-time music and heartfelt harmonies to life when we perform.”

Dana Cooke was a songwriter before he became a performer. He was introduced bluegrass and traditional music in the early 2000s, and it wasn’t long until he played his first mandolin. “I found the mandolin supremely approachable and charming. It became my second instrument and led me even more deeply into bluegrass and old-time music.”

March Madness Freegal Contest

 Posted by pete on February 26, 2013
Feb 262013

Your favorite musicians are facing off this month in a March Madness Freegal Contest. The musician with the most Freegal downloads wins!
Each week, download songs by your favorite artists on Freegal and help them move up the ranks (you can download up to 3 songs each week using your library card).
On Mondays in March, check the bracket online or in the library to see who is still in the game!

Visit and begin downloading!

Click here to learn more about freegal, and instructions on how to use it.

Bookmark the Freegal Blog to keep up with the latest artists to download.
Freegal Bracket:

Winter Break at NOPL

 Posted by pete on January 27, 2013
Jan 272013

School’s out for winter break and NOPL has plenty of children’s activities to keep you and your family busy. Stop by the library to see a magic show, make a craft, enjoy a movie and more!


Family Movie Series: Hotel Transylvania
Saturday 2/16 at 1pm
NOPL @ Cicero
Enjoy a new comedy release that
invities families to laugh along with Dracula and all his monster friends at Hotel Transylvania. Special monster appearances by Frankenstein, his mummy bride and a family of werewolves! Children are invited dress up as their favorite monster. Free popcorn is available. Rated PG. Registration Required.


MOST Traveling Science: Colder Than Ice
Tuesday 2/19 at 2pm
NOPL @ Brewerton
The MOST is traveling to the library to present a special show called “Colder Than Ice.” Children will be amazed watching science experiments using dry ice and liquid nitrogen as they learn about phase changes, the water cycle and more. Recommended for grades K-8. Registration Required.


Teen Duct Tape Craft

Tuesday 2/19 at 2pm
NOPL @ Cicero
Make a duct tape wallet, flower, picture frame, or necktie. Limited only by your imagination (or until we run out of tape). For grades 6 – 12. Registration Requested.


Wade Live Comedy and Magic Show
Thursday 2/21 at 2pm
NOPL @ Brewerton
Wade live is not your typical magician! Wade will astound, mystify and entertain children of all ages during his comedy, music, magic and illusion show. Registration Required.


Lego Club
Friday 2/22 at 11am (grades K – 3). Registration Required
Friday 2/22 at 2pm (ages 9 and up). Registration Required
NOPL @ Brewerton
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.


Friday 2/22 at 2pm
NOPL @ Cicero
We have too many great craft supplies! Help us use them by making a surprise craft. Choose a secret bag of craft supplies, and stretch your creativity to make something unique. For preschool and up. Registration Required.

CNY SPCA Collection Drive

 Posted by pete on December 31, 2012
Dec 312012


Kennel Supplies
- Clay Cat Litter
- Dog and Cat Beds
- Friskies Wet Cat Food
- Baby Food-Meat Flavors Chicken or Meat
- Pill Pockets for Dogs
- Kuranda Beds for cats and dogs (on our web site)
- Dog and Cat Treats
- Dry Dog, Puppy, Cat and Kitten Food (Pedigree, Purina, Science Diet)
- Dawn Dish Soap
- Gently Used Blankets and Towels
- Small Litter Pans
- Collars and Leashes
- Pinch Collars & Choke Chains
- Cat Condos & Scratching Posts
- Garbage Bags
- Stainless Steel Dishes
- Rubber Gloves Size Large
- Clorox Bleach
- Clorox Wipes
- Brooms, Dust Pans, Buckets
- Rabbit Food and Chewable Toys
- Cat and Dog toys
- Paper towels
- Windex
- Heavy Duty Fantastic Cleaner  Large Durable Dog Toys
- Kongs
- Nyla bones
- Tirebitter
- Tuffy dog Toys
- Hardcore Fire house
- Ruff toys
- Jolly Pet Dog Toys
These toys can be found at
Walmart, Petsmart, Petco,
Target, and Wegmans

Office Supplies
- Postage Stamps
- Sharpies
- Scissors
- Dividers
- 3-Tab Filing Folders
- Binders in white, red or blue
- Correct Tape/Whiteout
- Clear Page Protectors
- Copier Paper

During the month of January 2014, NOPL will be holding our 11th Annual CNYSPCA Collection Drive. NOPL @ North Syracuse will be collecting items on the SPCA pet wish list including pet food, new toys, gently used blankets and towels, collars, leashes and more.

NOPL @ North Syracuse will also be holding a special CNYSPCA Meet & Greet with an SPCA dog that is up for adoption on Saturday, February 1st from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Photos of other pets up for adoption will be on display and a CNY SPCA representative will be available to answer questions about the adoption process.

The NOPL community is passionate about helping our furry friends, donating hundreds of items each year. We’ve had three carloads full of donations and we hope to do the same this year! As the campaign continues to grow, NOPL is excited to support the charitable goals of our animal loving community and strengthen our relationship with the CNYSPCA.

“Many of our shelter dogs come from a bad situation,” says Terri Para, development director at the CNYSPCA. “By adopting a shelter dog you will not only be giving them a wonderful home with care and love but you will be gaining a devoted friend.”

Please help make this year’s collection drive a success and consider adopting from a shelter when you’re ready to add a new family member.

11th Annual CNYSPCA Collection Drive
January 6 –  Feburary 1, 1014
Drop off: NOPL @ N. Syracuse

CNYSPCA Meet & Greet
Saturday, Feburary 1 at 12pm
NOPL @ N. Syracuse

Kids Computers: New Ways to Learn

 Posted by pete on December 4, 2012
Dec 042012

By Pete Thomas, December 2012

Children and parents are in for a treat on their next visit to the NOPL libraries of Brewerton, Cicero and North Syracuse – six brand new computers, filled with over sixty fun and educational games, are now available in the children’s room at each library. Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Nick Jr.’s Dora the Explorer are a just a few of the familiar characters children will find on these new computers. Parents can join the fun and play alongside their children, guiding them through educational games that cover math, reading, writing and geography lessons.

The computers are programmed by AWE Digital Learning Solutions and feature Early Learning Station (ELS) software. According to their website (, “AWE boasts an expansive library of educational applications available on every ELS. From Reader Rabbit to JumpStart and Dora the Explorer, there is something special available for every child’s learning preference. AWE uses a comprehensive process to evaluate and select the content titles to ensure the ELS features a wide range of educational programs that touch on all curriculum subjects.” NOPL’s IT Specialist Carol Westcott added that the computers are a great addition to the library, stating, “We’ve been trying for many years to have great learning software, and these computers provide a safe digital learning experience.”

The software’s approach is learning through engagement, creativity, and problem solving, allowing kids to learn independently and have fun. Children and their parents can play together on these computers using the touch screen feature or the colorful mouse and keyboard combination that highlight consonants, vowels, numbers, and system keys. These fun and colorful tools are teaching children digital literacy skills as they play. Another great feature parents will be excited about is the ability to save your child’s work and sign back in when you return, tracking the progress of your child’s learning.

These popular new computers have already received praise from parents and children who have been the first to explore and play on them. Dylan, 3, really liked the games featuring Diego. Another child, Jack, had fun playing with a draw program and was shown how to write his name.

On your next visit to NOPL make sure to try out the new children’s computers and tell us what you think.

A Folksong Christmas with Lacey Lee

 Posted by pete on November 22, 2012
Nov 222012

By Pete Thomas, December 2013

On Sunday December 16 at 1pm, we’ll have a special holiday treat for patrons, as harpist and singer-songwriter Lacey Lee will be performing at the NOPL at North Syracuse library.

Lacey Lee has been playing harp since she was nine. Her first performance was at a wedding at age eleven. It has only been in the last four years that she began to use her harp to sing and write with. She is classically trained through the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, and only recently moved to Syracuse, where she has immediately made a name for herself in the local folk music scene.

She has a great voice and cool hats, but is best known for her electric harp. “I usually write my songs on electric harp,” says Lacey, “it’s different wearing your instrument, but it’s easier to connect with the audience and move around.” She is influenced by folk artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter and harpist Deborah Henson-Conant (who pioneered the electric folk harp).

At the concert on Sunday, the audience can expect a mix of original songs written by Lacey, Christmas classics, and folk standards. “I’m excited to play some folk covers that my father-in-law taught me last week,” she said. There might be a few modern songs played too, she’s been known to do fantastic cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

She plays regularly in the area, with both her electric and classical harp, playing a wide range of music. “Harp can fit anything”, she believes, “I’ve even fitted it with guitar pedals to make different sounds.”

Lacey is happy to be back playing at NOPL at North Syracuse. “Libraries are fun to play at because people come specifically to hear you, to listen and to learn something new. I love getting to talk about the harp and answering questions from the audience.”

Lacey Lee: A Folksong Christmas. Sunday, December 16, at 1pm at NOPL at North Syracuse. To RSVP, visit or call 458-6184.

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