Oh Baby!

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 11, 2014
Sep 112014

Oh Baby: Tips for the future Mom

Oh, Baby: Tips for the Future Mom

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

NOPL at Cicero, Community Rm

Michelle Auerbach, DO, and Sheena Matthew, MD, specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, will discuss what you should think about before becoming a mom.
In addition, they will talk about the importance of being healthy before and during pregnancy and ways to achieve that goal.  They will also discuss what to consider when choosing a doctor and hospital.
Space is limited- please register with St. Joseph’s Community Line by calling 315.744.1244 or email: community.programs@sjhsyr.org

Awesome Box

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 10, 2014
Sep 102014
Awesome Box at NOPL at N.Syracuse

Find this Awesome Box at the Service Desk at NOPL at N. Syracuse.

What is Awesome Box?  It is a small box that contains items that people have read, watched or listened to that they “found helpful, entertaining, or mind-blowing.”

Awesome Box was conceived of by the Harvard Law Library Innovation Lab and piloted by libraries on the Harvard campus.  Currently there are over 300 libraries in the United States that have Awesome Boxes.

How does it work?  Let’s say you read a fantastic book; bring the book back into the library so the clerk can check it in and remove it from your library card first.  Let the clerk know what a great book it was and that you’d like to recommend it to others by placing it in the Awesome Box.  If the item belongs to the NOPL at North Syracuse library, the clerk will give the book prime real estate on the checkout counter by placing it front-and-center in the Awesome Box for others to see.  When someone comes in looking for their next great read, they will be able to grab it out of the Awesome Box to be checked out.  Below is a widget showing the latest awesome items posted online, and you can also visit noplns.awesomebox.io to view a full history of what others have recommended.

Stop by NOPL at North Syracuse and let us know what you’ve read, watched or listened to that is awesome and share in building this “collection curated by the community.”

NOPL Knitters

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 5, 2014
Sep 052014



NOPL Knitters

Mondays at 10am at NOPL @ N. Syracuse
Mondays at 6:30om at NOPL @ Brewerton (Starts Sept. 22, 2014)
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!

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.



Book & Bake Sale at NOPL at Cicero

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on September 3, 2014
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Book & Bake Sale- Sept. 20, 2014 at NOPL at Cicero
Join the Friends of the Cicero Library on September 20th for a Book and Bake Sale!  Choose from a wide selection of used books, videos, audiotapes and DVDs.  The sale is from 9:30am – 4:00pm, with a bag sale starting at 1:30pm.  All the books you can fit in a bag (bags are supplied) for only $2!

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.

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