Download eBooks on OverDrive

Download eBooks on OverDrive

E-books are digital versions of print books that you can read right on your mobile device or tablet. You can use OverDrive to access our collection of e-books. E-books can be read within the OverDrive app or sent to a Kindle device for reading. In this article, we will cover how to find and Continue reading

Download Audiobooks on OverDrive

Download Audiobooks on OverDrive

OverDrive allows you to download mp3 audiobooks to the OverDrive app on your tablet or mobile device. I recommend connecting to WiFi before downloading audiobooks or e-books. You can also download using your phone’s 3G or 4G internet connection, but doing so will use data. In this article, we’ll cover how to find audiobooks Continue reading

Community Playdate: An Anji Play Experience

Community Playdate: An Anji Play Experience

Enjoy play-centered, child-led activities in the park each week! Community Playdate will be held Thursdays, June 28 – August 16 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Clay Central Park (map below). The library will provide materials to spark your child’s imagination. At the end of each event, kids will create a Play Story, Continue reading

Sign Up for Free e-Books & Audiobooks

Sign Up for Free e-Books & Audiobooks

How you ask? With the library's OverDrive service. Signing up for OverDrive on your computer or mobile device is a breeze -- all you need is your library card and pin number! If you don’t have a library card, or have forgotten your pin number, just stop by any NOPL branch and the friendly Continue reading

2018 LibraryFarm Nature Camp: Intro to Bushcraft

2018 LibraryFarm Nature Camp: Intro to Bushcraft

Held on Fridays July 13 - Aug. 31 from 10:30am - Noon For ages 7 & up Participants will learn basic survival and bushcraft skills. We will practice friction fires, water purification and decontamination, cordage construction, wild food identification and more. As a final project, we will construct our own fishing nets out of natural materials. Continue reading

Borrow a fishing rod!

Borrow a fishing rod!

NOPL Brewerton loans out fishing rods thanks to a partnership between the library and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The rods can be checked out for 1 week with 1 auto-renew; so it 's really for up to 2 weeks. You' ll get a rod and reel, sinker, 3 bobbers and 2 hooks. Instructions on casting a fishing rod are Continue reading

How I Got Into Curling

How I Got Into Curling

Curling has come to the United States in various forms, from exhibitions in hockey arenas to the televised sport of curling - it is a sport we see evolving every year. In our own backyard, Lake Placid holds the traditional bonspiel curling match, as do other clubs in New York State. This is a Continue reading

Encore! Creative Aging Workshops

Encore! Creative Aging Workshops

Creative Aging workshops are a professionally run programs designed for adults 50 and older to engage in visual, literary and performing arts for social engagement, skill mastery, and meaningful artistic expression. What is Encore? Encore! is NOPL 's branded Creative Aging program and the first of its kind in Onondaga County. This season' s Encore! professional workshops will focus on play reading and watercolor painting and will begin in March 2018 at NOPL Cicero. Seniors are invited to register Continue reading

Community input needed as NOPL plans for the future

Community input needed as NOPL plans for the future

What kind of community do you want to live in? That’s a question that will be discussed in community conversations throughout North Syracuse, Cicero, Clay and Brewerton in the coming months.  These conversations are an important component of a strategic planning process for the Northern Onondaga Public Library. Libraries contribute to thriving and successful Continue reading

NOPL’s Most-Borrowed Items of 2017

NOPL’s Most-Borrowed Items of 2017

It’s that time of year again. The time when news outlets remind us of all the stories that developed over the past year – political news, natural disasters, celebrities who passed away – you name it and they’ll probably recap it. It’s also a time when industries compile their “Best Of” lists – the Continue reading

Al Stirpe’s 3rd Annual Food Drive

Al Stirpe’s 3rd Annual Food Drive

The Northern Onondaga Public Libraries (NOPL) have partnered once again with Assemblyman Al Stirpe to serve as drop off locations for his 3rd annual Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central New York. Red donation boxes will remain inside each library through January 3 to collect nonperishable and canned goods.  Here are some Continue reading

Small Business Saturday Celebration

Small Business Saturday Celebration

NOPL Cicero is proud to be a local voice for Small Business Saturday, which falls on November 25 this year. We want to support our small business owners and encourage our patrons to shop local and show love to our community! Now through November 18, when you come and check items out at NOPL Continue reading

Donate to the Red Scarf Project

Donate to the Red Scarf Project

Donate to the Red Scarf Project NOPL at Cicero is collecting scarves for Foster Care to Success 's Red Scarf Project. Bring in your red knit or crocheted scarves that adhere to the project' s guidelines (link below) and donate to this good cause! If you 're not familiar with knitting or crocheting, you' re welcomed to join the NOPL Knitters at any NOPL location. Just bring some yarn and needles or hooks and they'll be happy to Continue reading

Annual Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election

Annual Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election

A listening session will be held at NOPL North Syracuse on Thursday, October 5 from 5:30-7:00pm. NOPL Director Kate McCaffrey will be available to answer questions about the 2018 library budget.   Eligibility to Vote Registered to vote by the Onondaga County Board of Elections Resident of the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) District 30 Continue reading

American Politics Reading & Discussion Series

American Politics Reading & Discussion Series

What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century? What does a model American do, and what responsibilities do Americans have to their communities and each other? How have the answers to these questions changed over the history of the United States? NOPL North Syracuse Library is hosting a special HumanitiesNY Continue reading

CNY Reads Announces 2017 Selection

CNY Reads Announces 2017 Selection

The Double Bind has been chosen as this year 's CNY Reads One Book selection. Want to get involved? Join the community as we read one book together. There will be a flurry of activity throughout the community from January through March 2017 that will tie in with this year' s selection. NOPL is home to several of the events (listed below), and you can find even more events related to The Double Bind, such as film screenings, discussions, stage productions, and an author visit, by visiting cnyreads.org. Brewerton Book Discussions The NOPL at Brewerton Book Discussion Group will Continue reading

Fall is for the Birds

Fall is for the Birds

Fall is my favorite season. It's harvest time in the garden, the leaves are a sea of brilliant colors and crisp mornings get paired with hot coffee and down vests. There are also lots of great opportunities in the fall to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of Central New York. I love Continue reading

Hotlist: 6 Indie Artists You Should Hear

Hotlist: 6 Indie Artists You Should Hear

Indie rock is an elusive genre. I love that it’s not part of the mainstream, but I hate that I can never find it anywhere. Every time I get in my car the radio is playing country music or top 40 hits, and I’ve pretty much given up checking local venues for alternative bands. Continue reading

I Borrowed Netflix from the Library

I Borrowed Netflix from the Library

Ahhh, NetFlix. They have movies, original shows and network TV shows. But you need your own subscription, right? Wrong! Did you know that you can access Netflix by simply borrowing a Roku from one of the NOPL libraries? A Roku is a device that will let you stream NetFlix (among lots of other channels too) Continue reading

Sample the e-book version: Me Before You

Sample the e-book version: Me Before You

The newest book-to-movie adaptation is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, set to be released in theaters June 3. Skip the long wait lines to read the hardcover edition and opt for a much shorter wait with an e-book. Get started with the sample below, and then head to OverDrive to place your hold on Continue reading

Getting into Goodreads

Getting into Goodreads

Do you wish you could easily keep track of the books you’ve read? Whether you enjoyed them or not? Learn about books similar to the ones you enjoyed? Access reviews written by readers just like you? With Goodreads, you can do all of this at once! I started using Goodreads in grad school to Continue reading

Add Energy to Your Gym Workouts

Add Energy to Your Gym Workouts

As much as I strive to be fit and eat healthy, I really don’t care for going to the gym. I feel empowered to make this confession by remembering that I’m not alone – there are lots of people out there who try to eat right and be active, but who just don’t enjoy Continue reading

Speed Reading e-Audiobooks

Speed Reading e-Audiobooks

Within my Facebook news stream I came across an interesting post called 50 Ways Happier, Healthier, and More Successful People Live On Their Own Terms written by Benjamin Hardy from Medium.com, a life learning blog focused on “accelerated learning, tech, anti-fragility and definite optimism”. I go through book-borrowing phases, and my current one focuses Continue reading

Weight Loss in Two Steps

Weight Loss in Two Steps

Just like everyone else in the world, I decided my New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. But I’m not going the traditional route and signing up for a yearly gym membership or weight loss program. I’m taking a different angle. Advertisers have a large influence over what we do, buy, and even think Continue reading