Posted by Amanda Roberts on June 6, 2013
Jun 062013

Animated talking books, read-alongs, Programmed Playlists (organized by grade or reading level), games and more. Many items made for iPad.

TumbleBooks 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!

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Library Farm Open House

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on June 4, 2013
Jun 042013

Library Farm Open HouseIt’s a perfect time to visit the LibraryFarm and see how we are growing and changing. The LibraryFarm will host informational programming, with plenty of hands-on fun for everyone. We will also have volunteers available for group or individual tours of the LibraryFarm.

Schedule of Events in our Community Room:
11:00 am “Sustainability: What’s the Big Deal?” Presented by GreeningUSA
12:00 pm “Attracting Butterflies to Your Yard” Presented by Janet Allen, Habitat Gardening of CNY
2:00 pm “ All about Organic Farms and Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)” Presented by Freedom Rains Farm

Informational stations, occurring throughout the day, will be located under the front portico:

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener’s “Ask a Gardener!” Station with soil testing available
  • GreeningUSA
  • Friends of the Cicero Public Library
  • [Located in garden] Growing strawberries/lettuces in a barrel with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners
  • An interactive presentation of the LibraryFarm’s Master Plan

Hands-on Stations are found outside on the library’s picnic tables and consist of:

  • Make a container scarecrow
  • Plant and Take a sunflower and pumpkin
  • Make a seed bomb
  • Make a wasp decoy
  • Help stuff the garden scarecrows

And so much more!

Light refreshments will be served throughout the day in our community room.
Some events happening outside will be moved indoors in the event of rain.

Story Time

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on February 6, 2013
Feb 062013

Click here to view all storytime dates and times

Brewerton Story Time

Mondays at 10:30am.
We read books, sing songs and sometimes have a simple craft or other hands on activities.  Children and accompanying adult may stay and play after Story Time.

The love for reading and books is one of the most valuable gifts we can give children who visit our library.

Click here to see all of Brewerton’s Story Times and to register.

Cicero Story Hours

Toddler Story Hour

Tuesdays at 10 am
Wednesdays at 10 am

Preschool Story Hour

Tuesdays at 11 am
Wednesdays at 11 am

Introduce your child to the library and reinforce a love of stories and language through books, music, movement, hands-on activities, and crafts. Registration required. For more information and to register call 699-2032. Make sure there’s story hours this week by viewing all toddler story hours and viewing all preschool story hours in our calendar. 

N. Syracuse Storytime with Miss Sarah

Storytime: Birth to 3 Years

Wednesdays at 10am
Stories, songs and finger plays to delight your infants and toddlers.

Storytime: Ages 4 to 6

Thursdays at 10am
Stories, songs and an age-appropriate
craft for children aged 4-6 years.

Click here to see a listing of story hours with Miss Sarah this week and to sign up!

SPECIAL PJ Storytime: click here to see upcoming dates


Kids Computers: New Ways to Learn

 Posted by Amanda Roberts 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.

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