Card Making Workshop

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on March 19, 2014
Mar 192014

Card Making Workshop with Barbara Burrows

Join fellow papercrafting enthusiasts for a fun and creative evening. You can make beautiful and unique greeting cards for all occasions under the guidance of Barbara Burrows!

Adults and children over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult are welcome.
Supply fee is $15 (payable at the time of the class).
Registration Required.

To see sample projects, visit her website at

Check out current and future dates for Card Making. Sign up by clicking on the hand icon within our Library Insights Calendar or sign up for a date below.

Sign up for May’s Card Making Workshops

Monday, May 5th 6:00pm-7:30pm NOPL@Brewerton

Tuesday, May 6th 5pm-7:45pm NOPL@N.Syracuse



Crafts & DIY

 Posted by pete on February 25, 2014
Feb 252014

Card Making Slider March

There are plenty of programs and resources for crafters, makers, and do-it-yourselfers at the library.

Adult Programs

Card Making with Barbara Burrows

Join fellow papercrafting enthusiasts for a fun and creative evening. You can make beautiful and unique greeting cards for all occasions under the guidance of Barbara Burrows! Adults and children over the age of 12 accompanied by an adult are welcome. Supply fee is $15 (payable at the time of the class). Click here for upcoming events!

NOPL Knitters

Mondays at 10am at NOPL @ N. Syracuse
Tuesdays at 11am at NOPL @ Cicero
Thursdays at 5:30pm at @ NOPL @ Cicero
Meet other knitters (and crocheters) and learn or improve your technique. Bring your project or come empty-handed and eager to learn this excellent, impressive, ages-old yet undiminished craft. New members welcome each week. Our members’ experience ranges from beginner to experienced. The only criteria to join are needles (or hook) and yarn! Visit their website for more!

Brewerton Knitters

Fridays at 10:30am
NOPL @ Brewerton

A  group of people who want to learn or share knitting techniques or projects.  Everyone is invited to join us!  Click here for their upcoming events!

Paper Arts Club

Presented by Lyn’s Paper Petunia. Join in for learning and creating with our Paper Arts Club! Participants have the option of either watching and learning, or if you choose, becoming fully immersed and making the monthly projects for $10.00 for supplies and materials (payable at time of class).

Registration Required. Click here for their upcoming events!

Kids, Tweens, and Teens

Maker Club

We make things! At each session, we’ll focus on a different 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.

Click here for more info
Click here for upcoming Maker Club events

Lego Club

Come explore your creative side at the library with Legos! Children can either follow special project directions or build from their imaginations. We have more than 50 pounds of Legos to build your creations.

Click here for upcoming Lego Club events

Online Resources

Universal Classes

Universal class offers over 500 free high-quality personal enrichment and non-credit online courses.  Offers engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, and graded lesson tests. Crafting classes include: Arts and Crafts, Drawing, Food Preparation, Gardening, Home Decorating, & Visual Arts


 Posted by pete on February 11, 2014
Feb 112014


Fall in love with Hoopla, a new service at the Northern Onondaga Public Library! Hoopla allows anyone with a NOPL library card to borrow movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks, and instantly play them streaming on your computer or download them to your tablet or phone.

All you need is an internet connection and a digital device to access Hoopla content from anywhere. Stream a TV show right to your laptop! Download a kids’ film to your tablet for those long car trips, or load up an audiobook or an entire album right on your smartphone to make your commute fly by. Hoopla’s auto-return feature means no overdue fees, and you can skip the hassle of bringing items back to the library!

Sign up today and try it out! Once you’ve gotten familiar with Hoopla, please feel free to return to this page and use the feedback form below to let us know what you think. We depend on input from our patrons to provide the best service.

Friends of NOPL

 Posted by pete on February 4, 2014
Feb 042014

Each of the three libraries within the NOPL system maintains its own Friends group. All residents are invited to join up and support their local public library.

Friends of NOPL at Brewerton

President: Terri Prichard

Annual Book Sale dates are set for June 19, 20, and 21, 2014.

Friends of NOPL @ Brewerton are continually accepting new members. Our Annual Book Sale, our largest program, is right around the corner. All volunteers are needed to collect, sort, and sell the thousands of books we have to offer. For more information, please come to a meeting.

Next meeting is in the Brewerton Library Community Room and is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30 pm. All are welcome and bring a friend!

Friends of NOPL at Cicero

President Joanne Ranz

What do the Cicero Friends do?

Create community support and advocate for the library.
Raise funds to purchase special items not included in the library budget.
Sponsor reading programs for children.
Encourage individuals and groups to display in the library display case.
Maintain the flowers at the library entrance.

Join us at our annual events!
Be a Friend! Friends Membership Form (PDF)

“I get by with a little help from my friends.”
~ John Lennon

Friends of NOPL at North Syracuse

  • Officers:
  • President Mary Kay Dwyer, 458-8767 mkaydwyer[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Vice President Auriol Doherty
  • Secretary Reba Spencer
  • Treasurer Darlene Piper
  • Public Relations Joy Tooley, 452-1910, joy41457[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Mission statement:
  • To enhance the effectiveness of NOPL @ North Syracuse by providing support of both a financial and volunteer nature, to promote, sponsor, and to carry out educational and public service purposes and objectives so as to encourage citizen interest and participation in the public library.
  • We welcome and encourage new members to join us in fulfilling our mission statement.
  • Monthly meetings:
  • Date: First Tuesday of each month
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Place: NOPL at North Syracuse
  • Join the N. Syracuse Friends (PDF brochure)
  • The Friends of NOPL at North Syracuse are on Facebook.

History at NOPL

 Posted by pete on February 2, 2014
Feb 022014

Reading & Discussion Series:
Making Sense of the Civil War

February – June 2014
NOPL @ N. Syracuse

The Civil War was a time of great conflict and transformation for our country, as well as the individual people who lived during that time. Its legacy survives to this day in the form of historical accounts, speeches, personal letters, and even modern-day fiction novels.

In this new, five-part Reading and Discussion series, you will be introduced to a powerful selection of diaries, speeches, essays and works of historical fiction, and invited to join an open, guided discussion exploring how the war’s themes impact our lives and society today.

Please join us for a kickoff meeting on Wednesday, February 12th at 6 PM to learn about the program, discuss the reading list and receive reading materials! The five-part series will be held on the last Wednesday of each month (February through June) from 6-7:30 PM. Readings will be provided to participants free of charge through the library.

Sign-up is required as group size is limited. Simply sign up for the kickoff meeting and you will be registered for the series!

SPMH Military History Lecture Series

The Military History Lecture Series is organized by the Society for the Preservation of Military History (SPMH). Lectures occur monthly during the academic year at the North Syracuse Library, and are open to all.

September 12, 2013:  History of Jihad
October 10: The Anaconda Plan
November 14: Operation Urgent Fury
December 12: The Battle of Trenton
January 9, 2014: The Crimean War
February 13: Infantry Weapons of WWII
March 13: Battles of the Bible: Ai and Jericho
April 10: Cold Warrior: Behind the Iron Curtain
May 8: World War I: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive
June 12: Napoleonic Wars: The Peninsular Campaign

History resources online

  • Great Events From History – Includes hundreds of essays covering historical events from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. It also includes historical biographies. (OCPL Library Card needed)
  • Milestone Documents in American History – Includes 268 full-text primary source documents with expert analysis and commentary covering American and African American history. (OCPL Library Card needed)


  • Heritage Quest – A collection of genealogical resources with digitized books and periodicals containing family and local histories from around the country, and searchable images of the complete U.S. Federal census, 1790 – 1930.  (OCPL Library Card needed)
  • Ancestry Library – [In-library use only]  Provides access to Census records; birth, marriage and death records; military records; immigration and emigration records and more.
  • Family History Video Kit -  Let us help you discover and preserve your story. You can check out one of our easy to use Flip video cameras for up to one week. Record your family’s stories on the camera and save to you own computer or we can help you burn to a disc.

Kids at NOPL

 Posted by pete on January 20, 2014
Jan 202014

Family Movie Series: ‘Frozen’

Monday April 21, 2014 from 2 – 4pm
NOPL @ N.Syracuse


Cap off the long Central NY winter with this enchanting film about love’s power to thaw the deepest snows and warm the frostiest of hearts!

Rated PG for some action and very mild rude humor. Show begins at 2. Popcorn will be served!


PirateFairyThe Pirate Fairy

Saturday, April 26 at 1pm
NOPL @ Cicero

From the world of Peter Pan comes The Pirate Fairy, a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina, a smart and ambitious Dust Keeper fairy. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship.

Tinker Bell and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James, who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook. Enjoy the laughter, heart, magic and thrills of The Pirate Fairy!
Disney, 1 hour 18 minutes. Popcorn will be served!

More Programs

P1010015_2The 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.

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.

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.


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