The Junior Gardener’s Program
If your children enjoy spending time outside, learning about the environment, or growing plants, they will enjoy the Junior Gardening Program at the LibraryFarm located outside the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) at Cicero.
Each fun-filled session is based around a science topic; classes are planned outdoors in the sun but on rainy days can be inside the library.
Some class examples are:
- Learning to start seedlings and seed saving
- Learning about habitats for beneficial insect pollinators
- Soil testing and analysis
- Building solar ovens and making s’mores
Kids will enjoy time in the Junior Gardener’s very own “5 Senses Garden”. This garden is designed specifically for children. During the summer the Junior Gardener’s will use this space to plant seeds, care for plants, learn about soil, and pick what they grow.
The LibraryFarm schedules one to two Junior Gardener’s classes each week. Children can be registered for the full program or sign-up individually for each class. The Junior Gardener’s Program runs June through September and is recommended for ages 8-12.
If you’re interested and want to learn more about the Junior Gardener’s Program at the LibraryFarm Orientations are being held within NOPL at Cicero’s Community Room.
Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 am-12 pm
Monday, Feb. 23, 6:30pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 7, 3-4pm
Questions can be directed to Miss Nicole (Children’s Librarian), Jill Youngs (Branch Manager), or Miss Adrienne (new science educator on the LibraryFarm) from the Cicero Library Staff.
North Syracuse Junior High and Northern Onondaga Public Library teamed up to present, “Do Over, an Art and Literacy Project”. The Do Over Project allowed 9th grade Media Art students to take on the responsibilities of a Cover Art Designer and create a book cover and book jacket for their favorite storybooks. All artwork was judged and juried by Cicero Elementary, grades K-4. Below are winners from 2014. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who participated and helped make this project a success!
Maker Club Defined.
What do you do at Maker Club?
We make things! At each session, we’ll focus on a different DIY.org skill area (cardboard, Perler beads, tape, mechanical engineering, and others!). Choose from suggested projects, or come up with your own. You can also get ideas for more things to make at home, work together on ideas, help brainstorm future Club projects, and show off your work.
Who is Maker Club for?
Children and teens ages 7 and up. With that in mind, children 10 and under will need help with the projects and must be accompanied by an adult. In Maker Club, we use real tools, some of which are sharp or hot – Maker Club projects are not appropriate for preschoolers.
Do I need to sign up for DIY.org to be a part of Maker Club?
Nope! DIY.org is just one way to share your work with others and ask questions. You don’t need to sign up if you don’t want to.
Do I need to come to every session, or stay for the whole session?
No, and no. You can come to as many or as few session as you want, and stay for a short time or for the whole two hours.
Want more information?
Check out DIY.org. Contact Nicole (Children’s Librarian) at 699-2032. Or check out this video:
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.
Upcoming Events in our calendar (select “children” at the top of the calendar)
Digital Resources for Kids
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.
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.
Free Music MP3s from Freegal
Freegal is a free service for all NOPL library patrons, available on any computer with an internet connection (and now on Apple and Android phones). Each week, with just your library card and pin number, you can pick three songs to own for free from the Sony Music catalog. They arrive as MP3s and you can add them to your music players or burn them to CDs.
Chances are if you like music, Freegal has music you’d want. Songs are taken from the Sony Music catalog as well as hundreds of other labels. Freegal has new popular songs and thousands of classic songs and albums, including nearly every song by Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis, A Tribe Called Quest, and Miles Davis (just to name a few).
You could download 150 free songs this year alone. Given that there are 3 million songs available, there’s no worry that you’d run out of free songs to buy and enjoy.
Hoopla! Stream movies on your desktop, tablet, or phone.
Hoopla lets you stream TV shows and films right to your desktop, tablet, or smartphone (android or apple), available to any NOPL patron.
COMING FEBRUARY 14th!