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Banned Books Week

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 5, 2014
Sep 052014
 

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

View a list of top 100  most frequently challenged books by decade or by year.

 

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, 1:00-3:30pm 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, 1:00-3:30pm 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.

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Check out our “Risky” Reads Board on our Pinterest page.

 

 

Book & Bake Sale at NOPL at Cicero

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 3, 2014
Sep 032014
 

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Book & Bake Sale- Sept. 20, 2014 at NOPL at Cicero
Join the Friends of the Cicero Library on September 20th for a Book and Bake Sale!  Choose from a wide selection of used books, videos, audiotapes and DVDs.  The sale is from 9:30am – 4:00pm, with a bag sale starting at 1:30pm.  All the books you can fit in a bag (bags are supplied) for only $2!

Take Control of Clutter!

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on August 25, 2014
Aug 252014
 

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Wednesday September 17, 2014
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
NOPL at Brewerton

Take control of clutter and disorganization in your home one room at a time! Learn simple tips and tricks that will help you clean out and create order for a more peaceful living space.Carrie Luteran, MA, Allied ASID, organizing and interior design expert, will get you motivated to tackle those problem areas in every room of your house.

For more information on Carrie, see her website www.prettyneatsolutions.com

 

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!

 

Borrow a Roku!

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on August 20, 2014
Aug 202014
 

Roku

What is Roku? Roku is a device that hooks up to your TV and wireless internet to provide you with a Smart TV experience with streaming player technology. The Roku will allow you to stream popular television shows and movies through Netflix, as well as to access other free channels.

To use the Roku you need to have wireless Internet and have either an HDMI or component input on your television. The Roku kit will provide you with the rest. Just plug in the Roku to your TV, connect it to your Wi-Fi and start watching Netflix content.

Roku Kit includes: 1. bag to carry out the Roku kit. 2. HDMI cord. 3. Component inputs.  4. Roku power cord. 5. Roku Streaming device. 6. Remote 7. Instruction booklets.

Roku Kit includes: 1. Kit Bag 2. HDMI cord 3. RCA cables. 4. AC power adapter  5. Roku Streaming device. 6. Roku remote 7. Instruction booklets.

PLEASE NOTE: Each NOPLibrary Roku device will be available for a one week checkout with no renewals. A hold can be placed on the Roku, but the devices need to be returned to the same NOPL where they were checked out.

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 or RCA cables into the Roku box and your TV.
  3. If using HDMI, 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.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Other than your home Wi-Fi password, do not enter any of your personal account information to any of the channels, as it will not be cleared when you return it. Also, do not attempt to add or remove any channels.

Examples of free channels included are:

Movies & TV –Crackle, PBS, PBS Kids, Crunchyroll, Manga, Popcorn Flix, Smithsonian Channel, Shag Films, Disney

Fitness – All Fitness TV, Live Exercise, Yoga Vibes

Recipes – All Recipes.com

Internet TV-   Open Film

Music- Audio Crush

News- Fox News, NBC News, WSJ Live, Weather Underground

Science & Technology – C|NET, MIT, NASA TV, Revision3, TED

The Library is providing a Netflix subscription with the Roku device; 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.

Roku Devices will be available for check out at NOPL branches September 3rd 2014.

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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