Games for Grown-ups

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 24, 2014
Sep 242014


A New Season of Crafting

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 24, 2014
Sep 242014


Make Your Own: Flower Pots at the LibraryFarm

Saturday October 11, 2014
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Join us at Cicero Public Library as we create faux-stone (hypertufa) to pack around or in to molds for our gardens, here and at home. Hypertufa is a cement-based mixture that turns out much lighter than concrete, making it perfect for DIY home projects. Bring your own molds or use what the LibraryFarm scrounges up, and create with us! Please bring enough plastic to take home your creation to cure, and your own gloves to keep your hands cleaner. Registration Required.


Simple Stories Scrapbooking

Learn a new style of keeping memories with quick  scrapbook and stamping techniques.
Participants have the option of either watching and learning – or choosing to become fully immersed and make the project for $10.00 for supplies and materials (payable at time of class).

See all Scrapbooking event dates to Register


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 chose – become fully immersed and make the monthly projects for $10.00 for supplies and materials (payable at time of class).

For more information, visit

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Card Making

Make your own beautiful and unique homemade cards. During this workshop Barbara Burrows will teach four creative projects for you to customize and take home.

Adults and children over the age of 9 accompanied by an adult are welcome.
Supply fee is $15 (payable at the time of the class).
Registration Requested.

To see sample projects, visit her blog at

See all Card Making Workshop event dates to Register



Known But to God: the Tomb of the Unknowns

Tuesday October 7, 2014
6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Known But to God: the Tomb of the Unknowns
Presented by Cheryl Pula
America’s unknown warriors lie in this tomb at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia. This is the story of how the Tomb came to be — and its connection to Oneida County.Registration Required.

For more information about Cheryl Pula, please visit


Gentle Yoga Oct-Nov 2014

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 22, 2014
Sep 222014


Throughout October, NOPL is giving patrons a chance to center and balance their body and mind. Linda Haverlock, a certified yoga instructor at the Yoga with Linda Studio in Cicero, will be at the NOPL at North Syracuse Library for five consecutive Saturdays starting October 4 from 11am to noon. The program is called Gentle Yoga.

Sign up for: October 4October 11October 18October 25November 1.

The Gentle Yoga sessions at the library are as accessible as possible: there’s no cost, no walls or mirrors, no prerequisite fitness level or performance expectations. Everyone belongs, especially beginners. The goal of gentle yoga is to ease into stretches using breathing exercises. “This type of yoga is good for everyone to help release tension and stress in our muscles and other areas of our bodies,” Linda says.

Over the past 20 years in the US, this activity has moved from way out on the fringe into the mainstream. Linda started ten years ago after attending a yoga class taught by a friend. “After one class, I was hooked and began my journey.” Yoga can seem daunting to start, due to the images of hyper-flexible people in difficult poses as seen in health magazines and on fitness television. “Many people think that you need flexibility in order to participate in yoga practice,” Linda says. “Gaining flexibility is what happens naturally when you come to yoga class.”

According to Linda, “Yoga opens up a whole new world as we learn to integrate breath with movement or sitting quietly in meditation, combining mind, body and soul.” The facts are on her side, as yoga has been shown to help reduce anxiety, stress, and tension, and can contribute to lowering blood pressure.

Yoga is a great start to a healthier lifestyle, and October is a great time to learn an indoor exercise. Register for the classes at any NOPL Library or online. Get healthy, relieve stress, and feel better about yourself.

Gentle Yoga (with Linda Haverlock)
Saturday, October 4, 11, 18, 25, and November 1 from 11 am to noon
NOPL at North Syracuse, Community Room.

Maker Club: Cardboard Carnival

 Posted by Michelle Waltos on September 22, 2014
Sep 222014

Calling All Cardboard Constructivists!

Pictured above is Caine, the inspiration for the Global Cardboard Challenge, standing in front of the cardboard arcade that he designed and built himself.

Pictured above is Caine, the inspiration for the Global Cardboard Challenge, standing in front of the cardboard arcade that he designed and built himself.

NOPL @ Cicero is participating in the  Imagination Foundation’s 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge. We invite kids, teens, and families to participate by constructing carnival or arcade games made of cardboard. A Maker Club prep session will be held on Thursday, October 2 in order to work on the games, but we encourage you to get a head start on them at home. The creations will then be featured at our Cardboard Carnival on Saturday, October 4 from 1-4 pm.


Maker Club: Cardboard Carnival Prep

Come and join us as we participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge. Use cardboard, duct tape, and your imagination to build a game! We’ll work out our games today and then share them with the world at the Cardboard Carnival on October 4. For ages 7 and up. Note: children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 3:30-5pm at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room


Maker Club: Cardboard Carnival

 Join us as we celebrate the Global Cardboard Challenge! Come and build your own game out of cardboard and other materials, or play the games that other people have made. The building part is for ages 7 and up, but the games can be enjoyed by all ages. Note: children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 1-4pm at NOPL @ Cicero, Community Room


Curious about the Global Cardboard Challenge? Check out the video that started it all!

If you like amateur sleuths…

 Posted by Jennifer Husenitza on September 12, 2014
Sep 122014

If you like Amateur Sleuths…

The Good, the Bad, and the Emus
By Andrews, Donna
2014-07 – Minotaur Books

Life will never be the same for Meg Langslow after family secrets are revealed, introducing a whole new layer of intrigue in Donna Andrews’s beloved series. Meg’s long-lost paternal grandfather, Dr. Blake, has hired Stanley Denton to find her grandmother Cordelia.

Hard Truth
By Barr, Nevada
2005-04 – Putnam Publishing Group
0399152415 Park Ranger Anna Pigeon comes face-to-face with the dark side of humanity when she investigates the disappearance of three young girls in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza
By Block, Lawrence
1997-12 – Dutton Books
In the realm of larceny, there’s no one quite like Bernie Rhodenbarr. A gentleman, a bookseller, and a thief, Bernie steals with style. But now Lawrence Block’s beloved criminal has discovered one of the abiding truths about the burglary business: Two’s company. Three is definitely a crowd.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery
By Bradley, Alan
2010-01 – Bantam
It is the summer of 1950, and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events. For Flavia, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof
By Clement, Blaize
2009-01 – Minotaur Books
When Florida pet-sitter Dixie Hemingway meets Laura Halston, she believes she’s found a new friend. But the more Dixie learns about Laura, the less certain she is about anything–and then matters turn deadly.

Drop Shot
By Coben, Harlan
Read by Marosz, Jonathan
2006-07 – Random House Audio Publishing Group
Valerie Simpson is a young female tennis star with a troubled past who’s now on the verge of a comeback and wants Myron as her agent. Myron, who’s also got the hottest young male tennis star, Duane Richwood, primed to take his first grand slam tournament, couldn’t be happier. That is, until Valerie is murdered in broad daylight at the U.S. Open and Myron’s number one client becomes the number one suspect.

Rogue Island
By DeSilva, Bruce
2010-10 – Forge
Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians–who are pretty much one and the same.

Irish Tiger
By Greeley, Andrew M.
2008-02 – Forge

Wife, mother, and problem solver Nuala Anne McGrail has a tender side, but when those under her protection are in danger, she becomes a veritable Irish Tiger, akin to the fierce warrior women of ancient Erin. With her husband, Dermot, there are few mysteries she can’t untangle.

The Crossing Places
By Griffiths, Elly
2010-01 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
When she’s not on the job, quirky archaeologist Ruth Galloway lives in obscurity. But when a child’s bones are found on a desolate beach nearby, Galloway is called into action. This is the beginning of a captivating new crime series featuring an irresistible heroine.

Hand of Evil
By Jance, J. A.
2007-12 – Touchstone Books

A deserted stretch of road is the perfect place to drive a man to his grave–literally. The New York Times bestselling author of Web of Evil returns with a chilling new novel of spine-tingling suspense.

The Language of Bees
By King, Laurie R.
2009-04 – Bantam
In a case that will push their relationship to the breaking point, Mary Russell must help reverse the greatest failure of her legendary husband’s storied past–a painful and personal defeat that still has the power to sting…this time fatally.

Hard Row
By Maron, Margaret
2007-08 – Grand Central Publishing
For Judge Deborah Knott, it becomes clear that deep resentments over race, class, and illegal immigration are brewing in the countryside. When mutilated bodies are found, Deborah’s search for the killer leads her to a desperate realm of undocumented farm workers exploited for cheap labor.