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Feb 182015

The LibraryFarm is an organic community garden on one-half acre of land owned by the Northern Onondaga Public Library in Cicero, NY.  Anyone can “check out” a plot! The purpose of the Library Farm is to provide a place for the community to grow, share and learn about food literacy, and organic, sustainable gardening.

At the Library Farm, half of the area is dedicated to the Community Garden; the other half is dedicated to the Library Farm Plotters – our individual gardeners. All gardeners agree to follow organic growing practices.

Come visit us! We are located at the NOPL @ Cicero Library.

The LibraryFarm: An Extension of Creative Services from NOPL!


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We recently hosted a fundraiser, The Growing Drive , where you can still visit to learn more about the plans for the LibraryFarm in 2015. Please contact Adrienne for more information on how to donate at


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Activities, Classes and Related Programs

Visit the LibraryFarm, and learn from our resident gardeners!

LibraryFarm Plotters are encouraged to complete a brief educational sign, LibraryFarm Education Signs Template Blanks, with information about gardening, the plants in their garden, sustainable living, their food growing tips: really anything they’d like to share about their gardening experiences! Stop by during the summer for this ‘self-guided’ tour of our community’s interest and learn a little!



April 30th, 2015 (6:30p-7:30p) Organic Pest Management with Edible Gardening CNY

John Allen, founder of Edible Gardening CNY, will take us through some basic pest problems in your garden and how you can address them organically. Full of examples and anecdotes, this educational workshop promises to be a rich resource for gardeners of any stage! Registration Requested.


May 12th, 2015 (6:30p to 7:30p) Make at the LibraryFarm: Hoop Houses, Again!
Hoop houses are tools that collect heat to optimize growing conditions. Use it to harden off seedlings, protect sensitive plants, or extend your growing season!
Using PVC and materials, everyone will create a table top hoop house for use at home or in the LibraryFarm!
Bring your own materials or use ours! Registration Required. Spaces Limited.

May 9th, 2015 (10:30a to 11:30a) Preserving Your Harvest with Edible Gardening CNY

Join us to learn from Edible Gardening CNY about how to make the most of your garden, and how to benefit from it’s harvest year-round.  We will learn about preserving, canning, storing and enjoying your garden’s bounty. Registration Requested.

Coming Soon!

LibraryFarm Kick-Off Work Day! May 16th!

Date Change: The LibraryFarm Open House 2015- Save the Date, June 20th!

Visit the LibraryFarm at NOPL’s How-To Fair, June 23rd!


Previous Activities, Classes and Related Programs

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Links and Press State of America’s Libraries 2014 Report: Libraries and Community Engagement, 04/2014 Library Lends Garden Plots, 4/1/2014 There’s No Shushing at This Library- and You’ll Want to Bring a Trowel, 03/19/2014
New York Times: Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond, 03/07/2014
Public Libraries Online: Unconference on Spaces and Places, 3/25/2013
Association for Library Service to Children: Food Literacy – Connecting Good Eats and Good Reads, 8/30/2012
Time Magazine: How Libraries Are Reinventing Themselves for the Future, 06/22/2012
Christian Science MonitorLibraries reinvent themselves as labs of creativity, Cat Johnson, 10/10/2012
Good.is50 Building Blocks of Citizenship: Check out a Garden Plot With Your Books
The Post-StandardFree plots at Cicero’s organic LibraryFarm, Clay’s community garden, 04/24/2012
Information Space: Library Farm By Shander Bawden, iSchool student, School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, 09/30/2010
Edible Gardening CNY
Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency



Library Farm Map

The patio platform was created by Eagle Scout Jon DeWolf. The NOPL Kids raised farm beds are used for children’s programming at the library. Overlay image by Google.

Planning and Projects

Check out our Master Plan for the LibraryFarm, created by Matt Potteiger and Pete D’Agostino of SUNY ESF.  We are always welcoming feedback and suggestions on how to best use our LibraryFarm Space, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

The results of the Master Plan 2014 Survey have been compiled, and are available for download soon.

We will keep you posted on future developments here, stay tuned!

Sign-Up Sheet

Sign up here to get involved with the LibraryFarm Plotters. To see what plots are available, view our latest pdf.

Sponsor a Raised Bed

We’re raising the bar at the LibraryFarm, with Raised Beds! Sponsor a raised bed by donated $40 to Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, and enjoy raised bed gardening for the season!

Your donation helps create a 4 ft X 4 ft raised bed that is 10 inches high. Donate by May 10th to have volunteers build your bed, ready to go, May 13th, 2015!

Raised bed gardening is easier, accessible to physically challenged or wheelchair bound gardeners and can produce more food throughout New York’s Growing season.

Raised Beds Fundraising

Bubble Man coming to Brewerton

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on February 5, 2015
Feb 052015



The Bubble Man, Juggling & Bubbling & Mime is an eccentric combination of comedy juggling and astounding gigantic bubbles choreographed to music. Hat tricks, dexterity and audience participation are displayed in the three and five ball juggling. Doug will then create intricate and beautiful bubble sculptures (such as the bubble carousel and bubble-in-a-bubble), giant bubbles three feet in diameter, bubble tubes twelve feet long, the bubble cube, an the breathtaking child in a bubble! The good time music includes clap along hits and rocking oldies. Juggling & Bubbling & Mime is an action packed 45-50 minute show that will get an enthusiastic response from family audiences and keep them talking about your event for days.

Food for Fines

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on February 4, 2015
Feb 042015



In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the NOPL libraries of Cicero, North Syracuse and Brewerton will be offering a Food for Fines exchange. NOPL’s Food for Fines will start on February 1 and continue to February 14, 2015. For each eligible food item you bring to the library, we will waive $1 in fines. The NOPL libraries will waive up to $10 in overdue fines, but if you want to donate more, we will happily accept.

Donations will go to food pantries at the United Methodist Church of Brewerton, St. Rose of Lima Church in North Syracuse, and the Sacred Heart Church in Cicero.

Here are the items we will be accepting: coffee, tea, juice, canned or dried fruits, pudding mixes, canned vegetables, soups and stews, cake, brownie, muffin mixes, canned meats, hash, chili, crackers, pork and beans, tuna, pasta, rice, grains, cereals and oatmeal, dried beans/legumes, chips, pretzels, popcorn, macaroni & cheese, pop-tarts, granola bars, peanut butter & jelly/jam, canned & dry soups, rice and rice dishes, cereals & oatmeal, pancake mix and syrup, pet food, diapers, baby food and toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant or toothpaste.

There are a few restrictions: Only cans or nonperishable items. No glass containers. Nothing past the expiration date, damaged, dented, rusted, or opened will be accepted. Only fines will be waived, not charges for lost or damaged materials.

Make a meaningful difference in our community with your food donations, and NOPL will give you the added benefit of reducing your library fines.



LibraryFarm Growing Drive

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on February 1, 2015
Feb 012015

Librar yFarm Growing Drive

The LibraryFarm is raising funds to upgrade and improve its grounds and communications in 2015.  Adrienne, NOPL at Cicero’s Coordinator for the LibraryFarm is leading the campaign and needs your help. Read more and give donations at: starting Monday, January 19th!

Here is some of the improvements the LibraryFarm is looking to make:

  • Wheelchair access
  • Appropriate tool storage
  • Communications tools
  • Accessible watering resources
  • And shade, and seedlings, and compost, and so much more.

Give Green to Grow Greens and help the LibraryFarm flourish in 2015!

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Jan 162015


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.

The SPMH’s mission statement

Recognizing and understanding the importance of preserving and studying military history, our society dedicates itself to the gathering and dissemination of world military history. This applies especially to the archiving and collecting of artifacts, documents, and related materials that pertain to the unique military heritage of the United States and its veterans who have maintained our freedoms and way of life. The society will serve to educate our community about military history, the role of the Armed Forces, and through learning, promote their positive and vital role in our society.

Registration not required, but signing up will trigger an email reminder to be sent to you the day before the event. Click the title of the series to register.

Dates and Lecturers for the 2014-2015 Series

Location: NOPL at North Syracuse
Time: 6:30pm

September 11, 2014: The Battle of Khambula. Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

October 9, 2014: Military History 201. Lecturer: Tom Flickinger

November 13, 2014: Military History 202. Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

December 11, 2014: World War I: The Christmas Truce.

January 8, 2015: The 21st Century through the Lens of Military History. (A Panel Discussion)

February 12, 2015: Ending World War II in the Pacific. Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

March 12, 2015: World War I: The Khaki Jacks (British Naval Infantry) Lecturer: Tim Green

April 9, 2015: The Battle of Saipan. Lecturer: Kevin Lynch

May 14, 2015: Indian Warfare and Tactics in the West.  Lecturer: Hal Flickinger

June 11, 2015: The Tactics of Operation Enduring Freedom: A Critical Analysis. Lecturer: SGT Charles Preuss III.

CNY Reads One Book

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on December 29, 2014
Dec 292014

CNY Reads One Book


Skype Event with “The First of July” author Elizabeth Speller
Sunday, March 22 at 2pm
Location: Assembly Hall of the Onondaga County War Memorial

CNY Reads One Book will end the 2015 season with a capstone author event on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. in Assembly Hall of the Onondaga County War Memorial (State Street entrance).

Since January, residents of Central New York have been encouraged to read the book “The First of July” by Elizabeth Speller, share, discuss, and attend programs.

At the capstone event, the author will Skype with attendees who will be able to ask her questions about her writing and the book.  Speller has also prepared a special author talk video for the event.  There will be drawings for free copies of the book, attendees will receive bookplates signed by the author, and free refreshments – including scones and crumpets – will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.  No registration is required.

More information is available at, or phone 435-1900.  The War Memorial is located at 515 Montgomery St, with an entrance on State Street.  Street parking is free on Sundays.

Visit now to learn more.