Onondaga County Public Library April Events

Beauchamp Branch Library
2111 S. Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13205

Funwork Homework Help
Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30
3:00-5:00 pm

Get help with homework and have fun with Mrs. Hayden. Free!

Wii & Game Fun
Fridays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26
3:00 pm

Test your skills on the Nintendo Wii and enjoy an assortment of games. And while you’re waiting to play the Wii, enjoy a range of different board games. Ages 6-12

Mini Beach Craft
Monday, April 1
2:00 pm

Create your very own miniature beach scene using dough sand and a jelly ocean!

Painted Sea Shells
Tuesday, April 2
2:00 pm

Work on creating a colorful, artistic sea shell with paint and glitter.

Storytime & Ocean Craft
Wednesday, April 3
10:00 am

Enjoy a fun-filled ocean storytime for Toddlers and Pre-School age children. And once the stories are done, the children will create their Sweet Sand Art.

Ocean in a Bag & Sweet Sand Art
Wednesday, April 3
2:00 pm

With a range fun supplies (like hair gel!), create your own “ocean” to take home. Plus, using crushed cereal, make sweet smelling sand art.

Colored Sand Jars
Thursday, April 4
2:00 pm
PLEASE SIGN-UP @ Beauchamp Library
Each child will get the opportunity to make their own layered sand jar sculpture. Call 435-3395.

Spring Movie
Thursday, April 4
5:00 pm
Enjoy the family film Big Miracle.

Cooking-Up Literacy: Splash into Spring
Friday, April 5
2:00 pm

PLEASE SIGN-UP @ Beauchamp Library-Space is Limited
The AWE National Award Winning program Cooking-Up Literacy is having a special Ocean themed Cooking Class. A wonderful combination of reading, math, cooking, and eating for children to enjoy. Ages 5-13yrs. Please sign-up at Beauchamp Library 435-3395.

One-on-One Computer Training

Set up a one-on-one appointment at Beauchamp Library to learn the basics of using a computer, including the Internet & Microsoft Word. Please contact Paschal Ugoji at 435-3395.

GED Classes @ Beauchamp Branch
9:30 am – Noon
(No Classes April 1-5)

Free study sessions designed to help those who are interested in obtaining their GED. Must Sign-Up. Contact Pat Booker 435-6376.

Sankofa Piecemakers Quilting Group
Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27
10:00 am

Beauchamp Branch Library is the home of Sankofa Piecemakers where they meet every Saturday in a friendly supportive atmosphere to learn new quilting techniques and to practice traditional ones.

Betts Branch Library
4862 South Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13205

Decoupage by Tyrone Henry

Thursday, April 4, 11, 18, and 25
10:30 am

A lively mix of stories, songs, and rhymes make this a special time for you and your child. Story times are a fun way to help your child develop skills they will need to be ready to read.

Earth Day Craft
Monday, April 22
3:00 pm

Make an Earth Day Craft from recycled materials in the children’s area.

Bedtime Stories
Wednesday, April 24
6:45-7:15 pm

Visit the library on your way to bed and Miss Anne will read you stories. Come in your jammies if you like! Stories are selected for children between 3 to 6 years of age but all are welcome.

Plant a Flower
Tuesday, April 2
10:00 am
Start spring early; plant a flower. Children ages 6-12. Younger children may attend with a parent to assist.

Wii and Board Games
Wednesday, April 3
2:00 pm
Play Wii or board games in the Betts community room.

Lego Extravaganza
Thursday, April 4
2:00 pm
Bring your Legos to the library and create!

Poetry Reading
Friday, April 5
2:00 pm

April is National Poetry Month. Open Mike Poetry reading for kids. Read a poem of your own or someone else’s.

Family Movie: Wreck-It Ralph
Saturday, April 6
2:00 p.m.
Enjoy Wreck-It Ralph in the Betts Community Room with your friends and family. Rated PG

Cooper’s Hawk Taxidermy Mount
Sunday, April 7
2:00 pm

SUNY ESF students and staff will be preparing a Cooper’s Hawk taxidermy mount at the Betts Branch Library for the Council of Park Friends Nature Center (Clark’s Reservation State Park). All ages are invited to attend this unique demonstration.

Senior Social
Friday, April 19
2:00 pm
Felt napkin holder craft- You’re welcome to bring your own felt if you have a special color scheme in mind. We will also have supplies. Please sign up.

Betts Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 16
10:00 am
You are invited to the community book club, and to be part of the stimulating conversation! Step away from your usual reads and join us for April’s discussion on False Convictions by Tim Green.

National Library Week
Saturday, April 20
1:00 pm

Betts Branch Library is pleased to honor Laura Jane Tracy for almost 30 years of service to the Betts Branch Library.
Mrs. Tracy will receive the National Library Week Volunteer Award-an award given to a person who promotes and supports Betts Branch Library. Everyone is invited. Refreshments will be served.

Hooks And Needles
Saturday, April 6, 13, 20 and 27
9:30-11:00 am

Saturday mornings – a time to chat, knit, crochet, and share ideas in a casual and friendly environment. All are welcome

Monday Musicals

Betts Branch is showing glorious movies from Hollywood’s musical era. We will be featuring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby movies in April. See your favorites on the big screen, as they were meant to be seen!

∙Road to Morocco
Monday, April 1
2:00 pm

∙Road to Singapore
Monday, April 15
2:00 pm

Robert P. Kinchen
Central Library
The Galleries of Syracuse
447 South Salina St.

Art Exhibit by
Tom Hussey
Auburn artist Tom Hussey’s exhibit will include landscape and figurative renderings in oil, acrylic and pastel.

Spring Break Drop-in Craft:
Paper Plate Umbrellas
Monday, April 1-Saturday, April 6
During Library Hours
Have fun creating your own paper plate umbrellas. This is a perfect rainy day craft during Spring Break

Cartooning Workshop for Beginners
With J.P. Crangle
Wednesday, April 3
2:00 pm

Learn the basics of cartooning. Presentation and workshop will help you get started in creating your very own cartoon/comics.

Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pizza & Early Literacy Story Time
Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24
6:00 pm

Join us for an 8 week series of Early Literacy Programming which will include Story times, physical activities and AWE educational computer activities for children ages 3 to 5 years old. Traditional story times combined with AWE (advanced workstations in education) `digital learning stations give children a fun and engaging experience. The AWE systems take pride in emphasizing the five main early literacy skills which include: Talking, Singing, Writing, Playing, Reading.

There will be FREE pizza and juice!

Saturday, April 20
11:15 am

YogaKids® offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning that utilizes yoga practices and poses.

Recent 1st Run Movie
Saturday, April 20
1:30 pm

Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel; a young Pi Patel, overcoming a cataclysmic shipwreck, finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the only survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
2012; Rated PG, FREE.

Join the Tuesday Page Turners!
Tuesday, April 9
5:30-6:30 pm

Central Library’s book club for adults meets the second Tuesday of each month. We will be discussing A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Call 315.435.1900 with any questions.

Recent 1st Run Movie
Thursday, April 25
9:00 am

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444 day ordeal. There’s a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped and a mid-level agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.
2012; Rated R, FREE.

Job Resource Assistance Drop-in
Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 3o
1:00-3:00 pm

Receive help with online job searching, resumes, creating profiles and more. No appointment necessary.
Space is limited and available on a first come, first seated basis. Call 315.435.1900 with any questions.

Free One-on-One Basic Computer Instruction
Thursdays, by Appointment Only
April 4, 11, 18 and 25
1:00-2:00 pm

Learn how to do basic computer tasks in a Windows environment, set up E-mail, or navigate the Internet! Free; Call 315.435.1900 to register or for more details, http://www.onlib.org

Employability Success Series:

Interactive, professional, FREE workshops for students and job-seekers.

4 Part Series, March 6 – April 24
Sponsored by Bryant & Stratton College

∙What’s in Your Toolbox?
Sharpening Your Skills for the 21st Century
Wednesday, April 10
1:00-2:00 pm

Learn to prepare yourself to meet the demands of today’s competitive workforce.

∙Resume and Interviewing
Wednesday, April 24
1:00-2:00 pm

Learn the key components of a solid resume and the do’s and don’ts of a successful interview.

Petit Branch Library
105 Victoria Place
Syracuse, NY 13210


“Time Stands Still”
Art Exhibit by Joan Applebaum, Windy Hill Studio
Her inspiration comes from her surroundings; the changing seasons in Upstate New York, lively city festivals and the lovely old architecture that makes this area unique.
Art Reception

Saturday, April 6
2:00-4:00 pm

Th3 – The Third Thursday: Syracuse’s Citywide Art Opening
Thursday, April 18
5:00-8:00 pm

Petit is Th3’s newest venue! The mission of Th3 is to promote the visual arts to the public by providing a common date and time for visiting member venues at no charge on the third Thursday of every month
from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy this month’s art exhibit and light refreshments.


Game Afternoon @ Petit
Fridays, April 5, 15, 19 and 26
3:00-4:30 pm

Come to Petit to play your favorite board games! Drop in any time 3-4:30 p.m. Bring a friend! Children of all ages welcome.

Shannon Wurst

Saturday, April 13
2:30 pm
Join us for this family show by folk artist Shannon Wurst. An award-winning singer/songwriter from Arkansas, Shannon offers engaging original songs, reflecting a love of nature and keen observations of life. Her album, “Green and Growing: Roots Music for Eco-Kids,” was released in 2011. All ages welcome. FREE!

Petit Rocks! Teen Blog

Calling all teens! Petit Branch Library has started a blog specifically for teens, and we want you to be a part of it. Blog about books, movies, music and more! This is a wonderful way for you to communicate with other teens and with the library.

If you want to be a contributor either visit the Petit Rocks! (http://petitrocks.wordpress.com) permissions page, or stop into the library to pick up a permission form. Even if you don’t want to create your own posts, be sure to check out the blog.

Poetry @ Petit
Saturday, April 20

2:30 pm
Join local poets, writers and musicians as they celebrate National Poetry Month with readings and performances at Petit Branch Library. All are welcome to participate in an open mic following the scheduled performers. Refreshments will be served.

Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 18

6:30 pm
The Petit Branch Book Discussion Group will discuss The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 6:30, when we will discuss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. Refreshments served. New members are always welcome and no registration required. For more information call 435-3636.

“Gardens, Buffalo Style”
with Carol Bradford
Saturday, April 27 2:30 pm

Buffalo is renowned for more than wings, beef on weck, and the Bills. The inspiring public and private gardens are showcased in Western New York’s annual “National Garden Festival,” five weeks of garden walks, talks, and special events which runs from June 21 to August 4 this year. The city gardens featured the last full weekend in July on “Garden Walk Buffalo” are imaginatively designed and well planted, with quirky personal touches that have to be seen to be believed. Carol didn’t tour all of them last year-there were several hundred-but made a good effort and took many photos to share and enjoy.

Carol Bradford is a garden writer, photographer and speaker who loves to travel. Her Syracuse garden has been completely reworked six times in 30 years. She has been the garden columnist for The Post-Standard and a contributing writer for other regional publications. She volunteers for Cornell Plantations, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Finger Lakes Partnership for Invasive Species Management.

For additional Onondaga County Public Library events and information see their website: http://www.onlib.org