Kids

Kids at NOPL

 Posted by pete on January 20, 2014
Jan 202014
 

Programs

The Northern Onondaga Public Library offers programs for children of all ages at all three NOPL locations, including storytimes, summer reading programs, family movies, and other special events.

Weekly Story Hours

Upcoming Events in our calendar (select “children” at the top of the calendar)

Digital Resources for Kids

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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.

More educational resources for kids

Resources at the Library

Early Literacy Computers are available at each NOPL Library, filled with over sixty fun and educational games. 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.

 

Maker Club: Cardboard Carnival

 Posted by Michelle Waltos on September 22, 2014
Sep 222014
 

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 1-4 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 1-4pm at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room

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

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!

 

Coming Soon: 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 NOPL library 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.

Summer Reading Program

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on June 16, 2014
Jun 162014
 

Summer Reading Program

June kicks off the 2014 Summer Reading Programs! This year’s children’s theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read”, which mixes science with summer reading. The Teen Reading program, SPARK, is made up of list of activities, that when completed, earn readers badges that can later be traded in for prizes.

There are a variety of activities for all ages at each NOPL location. Take a look at our events calendar to review and register for upcoming events. Summer Reading Programs run late June to early August with many programs requiring registration. If you sign up online for an event you will receive an e-mail reminder one day in advance in your email inbox. Please let us know as early as possible if you cannot attend an event so we may let those on the waiting list fill your spot.

 

Click here to SIGN UP!

 

Download your local branch’s Summer Reading calendar handouts (.pdf):

pdfNOPL @ Brewerton: Children’s Programs

pdf NOPL @ Cicero: Children & Teen Programs

pdf NOPL @ North Syracuse: Children’s Programs,  pdf NOPL @ North Syracuse: Teen Programs

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Overdrive

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on June 16, 2014
Jun 162014
 

Overdrive, start downloading!

Junior Gardener’s Club

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on June 6, 2014
Jun 062014
 

Junior Gardener's Club

Junior Gardener’s Club

If you enjoy spending time outside, learning about the environment, or growing plants, you will enjoy working at the LibraryFarm this summer!

Our Jr. Gardener’s Club starts Friday June 6th, at 3:30.  Each fun-filled session will include a science topic, work in the Junior Gardener’s very own “5 Senses Garden” they plan themselves, and plenty of fun outdoors and in!

If you’re interested, please sign up on the Library Calendar. Space is limited, so don’t delay!

(Ages 8 to 12)

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