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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!

 

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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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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Join us for the second program in the History’s Mysteries Series with

Turning Point: The Battle of Saratoga


Tuesday September 2, 2014
6:30 PM to 7:45 PM

NOPL @ Brewerton

Presented by Cheryl Pula
The Revolutionary War could have been won or lost in New York. One of the pivotal battles was Saratoga.Registration Required.For more information about Cheryl Pula, please visit www.8thmilitary.com.
 

Read the full article here from Syracuse (WSYR-TV).

If you want to know more about using FamilySearch to investigate your family’s history NOPL at Cicero is having a workshop September 10th, 2014. Click the button below to reserve yourself a seat.

Find Your Ancestors using FamilySearch


Wednesday September 10, 2014
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
NOPL at Cicero, Community Rm
Have you heard about FamilySearch? It is the largest genealogy organization in the world and maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. Join genealogy expert Carl Smith as he demonstrates how people can use the newest features of FamilySearch to find their ancestors. Don’t miss it!

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