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.


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



2015 Library Budget Vote

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on August 29, 2014
Aug 292014

Wednesday,  October 8th from 12-7pm

Registered voters within NOPL’s special district (Towns of Cicero & Clay excluding Baldwinsville, Phoenix & Liverpool school districts.) can vote on NOPL’s proposed 2015 budget and trustee candidates at the libraries.

Contact the Board of Elections with questions about voter registration: 435-8683.

Where can I vote? Voting is held in the NOPL libraries from noon until 7 p.m. on Wednesday October 8th. You must go to the library in your voting district to vote. Each library has a large map on display that will help you to determine which library is your voting location. Staff members can also help you with this. If you are going to be out of town on the day of the election, you can request an absentee ballot at any of the three libraries.

Polling places:


About the 2015 Library Budget Vote

On October 8th, NOPL taxpayers will have the opportunity to vote on the 2015 library budget. Residents of Brewerton, Cicero and North Syracuse consistently show support for their libraries, and the trustees, administration and staff would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Next year’s budget controls costs and stays within the New York State tax cap requirements. At the same time, a small tax increase and savings in some areas will make it possible for us to continue to improve and expand our services and programs.
To help protect taxpayer-funded resources the Board has implemented the use of a fee-based library card for out-of-county residents. NOPL now charges $35 for full borrowing privileges. With or without the card, everyone is welcome to visit a NOPL library to read, use a computer, ask a question, or attend a program.
On October 1st we’ll launch a new service. Described as “the world’s largest newsstand”, Zinio for Libraries offers access to popular magazines that can be streamed or downloaded to a mobile device. There are no holds required, no loan periods, and no limit to the number of magazines that library cardholders can download.
  • What is the tax request for 2014? $2,368,846
  • Is this a tax increase? Yes, it is a very modest increase of 1.56%. In 2015, a family living in a $100,000 home in the NOPL district will see their annual library tax go up by approximately $1.02 to $66.15
  • Why is an increase needed? We continue to improve our services and collections, including popular digital collections of eBooks, audiobooks and downloadable music. Our costs have increased in some areas we have no control over, and as our buildings age, we’re addressing small problems before they become big problems.

Return on Investment (What do NOPL Libraries offer?)

  • NOPL libraries are open a total of 173.5 hours per week. There are more than 118,601 books, magazines, DVD’s, music CD’s, computer games and audiobooks in our collections. We provide access to homework, test preparation, general research and language databases, and thousands of downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, movies and TV shows, and music. Most importantly, we have librarians, who answered more than 20,000 questions in 2013.
  • Our libraries offer free high speed Internet access, and there are 69 pc’s, laptops and iPads available for use. We also offer wireless Internet access and printing.
  • NOPL’s Summer Reading Program helps students maintain reading skills and enriches their lives and their vocabularies. This year 3,032 kids and parents attended 106 summer programs, and 786 children and teens read 7005 books.
  • We offer experiences and learning opportunities for adults. Among the possibilities…get help with a resume or job application, stop in for one-on-one help with your mobile device, attend a military history lecture, take a yoga class, listen to a concert, join a book club, Library Friends or knitting group, or grow vegetables and learn from other gardeners through our LibraryFarm project.

pdf Download the 2015 Budget

For more information please come to the
Library Budget Listening Session
at NOPL at Cicero October 2nd at 6:30 pm.


Northern Onondaga Public Library Trustee Election

Candidate Bios

Maj. Frank L. Laifer (North Syracuse) – Running for 2nd term.
Frank has held the position on the board since 2011 and has been a strong supporter of the Out-of-System Borrower’s policy started at NOPL in 2013. He has been instrumental in promoting the installation of AED’s (Automatic Emergency Defibrillators) in all (3) of the NOPL branches. Frank is a retired Air Force officer with an undergraduate degree in English from Brooklyn College in NYC and an MBA from SU. He is a member of, and CNY Admission Test Proctor for, American Mensa. He maintains his NY teaching certificate, substituting for grades 7-12. He loves books, classical music, and has taken an active role in developing the collection of operas available at NOPL. Frank has lived in the North Syracuse area for a combined total of 40 years.

Wayne M. Chase Jr. (North Syracuse)
Wayne Chase has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY and a MBA from Syracuse University.  He works as an engineering manager for OpTerra Energy Services, a performance contracting company specializing in the renovation of schools and colleges to make them more energy efficient.  He is fan of Japanese animation and manga, science fiction, and home brewing beer.  Wayne founded Anime Syracuse in 2006, which holds events at local libraries and an annual convention that draws over 3,000 attendees.  He grew up in Cicero, is married with twin daughters, and has lived in the North Syracuse area for 19 years.  Wayne and his family have been patrons of the North Syracuse Public Library regularly since 2005, when his daughters began attending Story Hour and other library events, as well as borrowing many books.

Randy L. Lacelle (Cicero)
Hello, my name is Randy Lacelle. I currently reside in Brewerton, NY and have lived in the Cicero area with my wife Tracy for the past twenty years. We have three grown daughters whose families actively use the services of the NOPL libraries. After retiring as a Police Officer from the Syracuse Police Dept. in 2012, I began my new career as a Contract Federal Investigator. As a former NOPL Board of Trustee member, I am looking forward to serving again. Thank you. 

Susan Kowalski (Brewerton)
Sue Kowalski is a Brewerton resident and has been a school librarian in the East Syracuse Minoa School District since 2003.  She is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University.  She was a classroom teacher for 10 years in the Syracuse City School District before starting her library career.  Sue is active with NYLA (New York Library Association) and is the current Past President of NYLA-SSL (Section of School Librarians) and was recently elected for a 3 year term as Councilor at Large for NYLA. Pine Grove Middle School received the National School Library Program of the Year in 2011.  Sue was a recipient of the “I Love My Librarian” Award in 2012 and named a Visionary Leader in Learning Commons by Teacher Librarian Magazine.  Sue serves on many committees and task forces through SSL, AASL (American Association of School Libraries) and ALA (American Library Association.  Sue served as a trustee for NOPL 3 years ago and would like to again be part of the leadership team.

Aug 272014

Herb Academy Part 3

Herb Academy: Part 3

Tuesday September 9, 2014
6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
NOPL at Cicero, Community Room


Really Simple Salad Dressings and Salads

 Never buy a bottled salad dressing again!  Join herbalist Deb Thorna and learn how to make great, fresh salad dressings – and salads – from fresh herbs, spices and a few other ingredients.  We’ll look at dressings for tossed, vegetable, and grain salads.  You will be given some recipes and knowledge to experiment on your own.  There will be samples!

Take Control of Clutter!

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on August 25, 2014
Aug 252014


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!


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.

Northern Onondaga Public Library 8686 Knowledge Ln.
Cicero, NY 13039. 315.699.2534
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