Onondaga County Public Library March Events

Announcing hoopla! 

Through a new partnership with hoopla digital, patrons registered at the OCPL Central and City branch libraries can now enjoy thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks—from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers—available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla To get registered, or to find out more information, visit hoopladigital.com or contact any of these following libraries:




  • Robert P. Kinchen Central Library
  • Beauchamp Branch
  • Betts Branch
  • Hazard Branch
  • Mundy Branch
  • Paine Branch
  • Petit Branch
  • Soule Branch
  • White Branch


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


Photography by Buddy Belonsoff

Buddy Belonsoff is a Central New York native who loves capturing all the beauty our area has to offer.  He has been involved in photography for twelve years and has exhibited in several venues in the area.


Butler-Sheehan Irish Dancers
Sunday, March 9
2:00 pm

Performing in traditional costume, this accomplished school-age troupe was established more than 30 years ago, making it the first in the area.

Yoga for Everyone
Wednesday, March 5
Mondays, March 10, 17, 24 and 31
6:00-7:00 pm

Free one hour class of gentle yoga with Mr. Jay.  Please sign up.

Saturday Blockbuster – “Gravity”
Saturday, March 15, 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy this newly released sci-fi thriller on the big screen at Betts.  Gravity (Rated PG-13)- A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.


Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27
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.

Drop-In Craft
Wednesday, March 19
2:00 pm

Visit Miss Anne in the children’s area for a drop-in craft.

Bedtime Stories
Wednesday, March 26
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.


Hooks and Needles
Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
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!

Senior Social Sing-along
Friday, March 21
2:00 pm

Join Phil Klein as he plays the keyboard and talks about songs from all decades.  As the Syracuse Post-Standard says, “He has no limits to his enthusiasm for sharing the melodies and lyrics of his life.”  Please join us for a few songs and to meet your neighbors.

Betts Book Discussion- CNY Reads One Book/ The Big Read
Tuesday, March 18
2:00 pm

You are invited to the community book club, and to be part of the stimulating conversation!  In March, we will be discussing this year’s CNY Reads One Book/ The Big Read book The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri with a special guest facilitator – Linda Kandel of CNY Reads One Book Consortium.  (What is CNY Reads One Book/ The Big Read?  From January 1 – March 31, all of Central New York has been encouraged to read and share the same book!)

Big Read Series Presentation- “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Sunday, March 23
1:30 pm

To complement the CNY Reads One Book/ The Big Read program, Betts presents this India-set comedy on the big screen. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13)- British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

Documentary Film Showing- “At the River I Stand”
Saturday, March 8
2:00 pm

Betts in partnership with The Occupational Health Clinical Center of Central New York (OHCC) presents this award-winning documentary.  At the River I Stand (For teens and adults, unrated)- This moving documentary recounts the two months leading to Martin Luther King Jr.’s death in 1968, coinciding with the 65-day strike of 1300 Memphis sanitation workers.

Tax Help  

Make your tax appointment today!  The AARP is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays — by appointment — to help you prepare your tax return for freeClients must bring last year’s tax return, valid picture ID, all W-2 and 1099 forms.  Call 435-1940 to schedule an appointment.

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


“It’s A Zoo Out There!”
Photography Exhibit by Kelly Parker

Primarily of animals Kelly Parker photographed during her travels to different zoos, most of which are in the CNY area.

Parker has been photographing for more than 20 years but has recently begun to show her work publicly. She hopes that when you look through her photos you too can see some of the many images that she has seen through the lens of her camera.



March Drop-in Craft
Throughout March
During Library Hours

Join us in making Dr. Seuss themed crafts, such as Truffula Tree bookmarks and Cat in the Hat phonics hats at the makers table.


Toddler’s Tango
Saturday, March 1
11:00 am

Creative music and dance for your little ones; Children have a unique way of expressing themselves. Toddlers’ Tango helps build self esteem and confidence through the incorporation of props and instruments to music; (Parent must accompany children. 

Dr. Seuss Storytime
Monday, March 3
3:00 pm

Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Join us for storytime and treats! All ages are welcomed to join but we recommend it for 2-5 year olds.

Balloon Twisting Workshop
Saturday, March 15
1:00 pm

Join us in Children’s World after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade for a Balloon Twisting Funshop “with Russ the Big Guy” and learn how to make your very own balloon creation.


“Divergent” Party
Saturday, March 22
1:00-2:30 pm

Divergent is a science fiction adventure film set in the future. To celebrate its release, join us for a party with Divergent themed treats and activities as well as a chance to win free movie tickets. Recommended for teens grade 6 and up.


March Mayhem Book Bracket
Durning Library Hours

Tired of playing Sports Brackets? Try your luck at choosing Central Library’s 2013 Book Champ!

We will have a display on Browse in March highlighting sixteen “sweet” books and will provide blank brackets for patrons and staff to complete. The entry with the most correctly completed bracket will win a prize (or there will be a drawing of three most winning entries).

Training Workshop:

Connecting Grantseekers with Grantmakers
Friday, March 7
9:15-10:30 am

Free workshops for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Learn about the resources and services of the Nonprofit Resource Center. Receive hands-on training and learn strategies for searching the Foundation Directory Online database to locate new funding prospects. Meet on 3rd floor of the Central Library for collection orientation. Call Central Library at 315.435.1900 to pre-register or to find out about scheduling on-site group training.

Free One-on-One Basic Computer Classes

Thursdays, by Appointment Only
March 6, 13, 20 and 27
1:00-2:00 pm

Covers basic topics concerning the Internet and Microsoft Office. Held in the Pass Computer Lab on Level 4. Call 315.435.1900 to register or for more details.

Job Resource Assistance Drop-in

Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Fridays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28
1:00-3:00 pm

Receive help with resumes, cover letters, online job searching, completing job applications and more. Learn about reference materials for career change and online databases for education and skill

development. No appointment is necessary, but space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Job assistance may also be available at other libraries.
Call 315.435.1900 with any questions.

Join the Tuesday Page Turners!

Tuesday, March 11
5:30-6:30 pm

We will be discussing The Tenth of December by George Saunders.


Captain Philips
Saturday, March 1
1:00 pm

Grown Ups 2
Thursday, March 13
9:15- 11:30 am

Movies will be shown in the Curtin Auditorium on the first Saturday and second Thursday of the month.  Go to www.onlib.org  for more information. Free!

Hazard Branch Library
1620 W. Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13204


Art Exhibit by Karen Koegel:
“Life is What Happens While You’re Making Other Plans”
Karen Koegel will display her paintings in acrylics and watercolors.


Jazz On Demand
Saturday, March 1
2:00 pm

Jazz on Demand features a trio of musicians from CNY Jazz who perform a unique, interactive show with minimal or no written music on hand.   The audience participates in the concert by “ordering” the trio to perform specific titles in tempo and styles chosen by shuffling flash cards.  The atmosphere is fun and friendly and accessible to all ages.

Made possible in part by a state grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

Creative Needle Work Group
Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
2:00 pm

Come create @ Hazard Branch!  Do you like to knit, crochet or do needlepoint?  Join Hazard’s needle work group.  Beginners and advanced creators are welcome.  Bring your own supplies and share needle work knowledge with your peers!

For Adults:

Toastmasters International Speech Contest
Saturday, March 1
10:00 a.m.

Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition.  The public is invited to come and hear compelling rhetoric as Toastmasters members compete in the Table Topics and International contests.  Nine local clubs will be competing.  The winners at this level will move on to the District Competition.

Savvy Speakers Toastmasters
Fridays, March 7 and 21
10:00 am

Anxious about speaking in public?  Want to be able to think on your feet?  Toastmasters can help you polish your skills and gain confidence.

A Big Read Film Series Presentation
Saturday, March 8
2:00 pm

Join us for a screening of The Namesake (2007, PG-13, 122 minutes) followed by a discussion of the film with librarian and film aficionado Karl Wasmuth.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Alzheimer’s Disease:  Legal and Financial Planning (two part series)
Tuesdays, March 11 and 18
5:30 pm

If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, planning for the future is important.  This two-part series will give an overview of pertinent legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies, as well as an overview of financial issues and options like Medicare, Medicaid or veterans benefits.  Please register by calling

472-4201, ext. 125.


Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Thursday, March 13
6:00 pm

Help prevent crime and make your neighborhood a better place to live.  Keep up to date on phone scams and home safety tips.

High School Equivalency Classes
, March 5, 12, 19 and 26
10:00 am

Hazard Library and The Newland Center have partnered to provide GED instruction at the library. If you would like assistance preparing for the GED exam, come to Hazard any Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.

Computers for Beginners
Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26
10:00 am

One-on-one instruction on Internet searching, word processing, e-mail  and more is available by appointment.   Please call 435-5326.


In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Saturday, March 1
2:30 pm

Will the month of March come in like a lion or go out like a lamb?  Join Ms. Maggie to make your very own lion or lamb hand puppet.  For ages 5 to 12.

Ms. Maggie’s Stories and More
Fridays, March 7 and 21
3:30 pm

Start your weekend off right with great stories, cool projects and delicious snacks.   For age 5 to 12.

Animal ABCs
Saturday, March 8
10:30 am

Children under age 5 and their parents or caregivers are invited to join Rosamond Gifford Zoo staff at the library for a story, and to see nocturnal animals like an Eastern Screech Owl up close!  Food and drink will be provided as well as take-away prizes.

Springtime Beach Party!
Saturday, March 29
2:30 pm

The sun is shining and Ms. Maggie is ready to thaw out!  Join us for an indoor beach party with games, snacks, hands-on activities and prizes.  No sunscreen required.  For ages 5 to 12.

Paine Branch Library
113 Nichols Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13206


Moby Dick Display
Courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association  and Syracuse Stage

The tragic saga of one Syracuse whaler discovering hidden stories of Syracuse tied to American Whaling.

Henninger Hight School Student Art Exhibit
Throughout March

Reception and Concert
Saturday, March 1
10:00 am

The public is cordially invited to share in the celebration opening. The Henninger High School Music Department will perform and refreshments will be served.


Irish & Celtic Music Concert
Saturday, March 8
2:00-3:00 m

Please join us as local musicians Harpist Gail Lyons and Flutist Selma Moore entertain with their Irish and Celtic music.

Paine Book Club
Friday, March 28
10:00 am

Meeting and refreshments!


Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Monday, March 3
6:00- 7:00 pm

Be a part of the TAB (Teen Advisory Board)! We want to hear from you! What books would you like at the library? Programs? Volunteer opportunities? Being part of the Teen Advisory Board looks great on a high school transcript! We will be planning our teen-run book sale coming up in the spring. Yes, we will have snacks. Ideas and friends are welcome. Sign up with Deanna at dmcgregor@onlib.org

Annual Balsa Wood Bridge Competition
Paine Branch Library Home school Program 7th – 12th grade students

Students are invited to build a balsa wood bridge capable of supporting loads applied to the structure according to the competition rules.

Design and Build Days
Fridays, March 7, 21 and 28
200 – 4:00 pm

Participants should plan on attending all dates.

Competition is Friday, April 4, 2014, time TBD

If you would like to join a team and participate, sign-up with Deanna at dmcgregor@onlib.org
Sponsored by the SUNY ESF Student Construction Association

Used Book Sale
Saturday, March 22
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hundreds of used and like new items for sale! Cash only please.

Donations of books, audiobooks, and dvds greatly appreciated. Please drop off at the library by March 20.
Presented by the Teen Advisory Board


Read, Sing, Play Storytime
Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26
10:00 am

Brighten your Wednesday mornings with this lively program filled with stories, songs, rhymes, and active movement games, No registration is required.  Designed primarily for ages 2-5.

KidsCreate: Rainbows
Saturday, March 15
10:30 am

St. Patrick’s Day conjures up images of leprechauns, shamrocks and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  But what is it really about?  Listen to a St. Patrick’s Day story, learn a few facts about the holiday, then paint your own rainbow. During this craft you will learn how to create all the colors of the rainbow from just 3 colors.  Wear old clothes as this craft might get a bit messy.  For children age 6 and older.

Petit Branch Library
105 Victoria Place
Syracuse, NY 13210


Spring—It’s Coming; Don’t Despair!
Various Artists and Artisans from CNY

Visit Petit for this annual celebration of Women’s History Month through art. Various art forms will be exhibited including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, fabric art, quilts, multimedia collage, photographs, poetry and essays.

Th3 – The Third Thursday: Syracuse’s Citywide Art Opening
Thursday, March 20
5:00-8:00 pm

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.  Join us for a reception with artists featured in the month’s exhibit, as well as poetry and essay readings.


“At The River I Stand”
Film Showing & Discussion
Thursday, March 6
6:00 pm

This award-winning documentary chronicles the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sponsored by the Occupational Health Clinical Center of CNY in partnership with the NAACP of Syracuse and Onondaga County, Workers’ Center of CNY, Office of Diversity and Inclusion of Upstate Medical University, and CNY Labor Federation.

Buying & Selling on Ebay & Craigslist
Friday, March 7
10:30 am

Want to sell something online?  We’ll share some secrets on how to make your listing stand out and get the best price for your items.  Basic computer knowledge and a working email account are required.  Each participant will have a computer to work on and laptops are welcome.  The course is absolutely free but limited to 5 participants using our computers, unlimited with laptops.  Registration required. 

Jazz On Demand
Saturday, March 15
2:30 pm

Jazz on Demand is an educational program of the CNY Jazz arts-in-education-service.  This trio performs a unique, audience-interactive show that reveals the architectural framework of a song and demonstrates how improvising musicians rely on that framework to perform with minimal or no written music. Audiences are empowered to participate in the concert, and the atmosphere is fun and friendly throughout this enjoyable, welcoming presentation that is accessible to all ages.  Made possible in part by a state grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 20
6:30 pm

The Petit Branch Book Discussion Group will discuss The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. Refreshments served.  New members are always welcome and no registration required.  For more information call 435-3636.

Plan a Vegetable Garden
Saturday, March 22
2:30 pm

Spring will be here soon, and it’s time to get garden-ready.  Join us to learn the basic requirements for a garden, how to prepare the garden bed, the easiest vegetables and fruits to grow, cool weather/warm weather plants, and how much space various plants require.  John Allen has been a backyard gardener for more than 30 years. He is the organizer of Edible Gardening CNY, formed to encourage people to grow vegetables and fruit in their own yards and community gardens.

A Woman’s Work Is Never Done
Saturday, March 29
2:30 pm

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the descendants of Harriet Tubman will introduce their new book, “Beyond the Underground:  Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People.”  Joyce Stokes Jones and Michele Jones Galvin will discuss their maternal lineage and six generations of women in the Tubman family, who were captured and sold into slavery, who survived slavery, and who sought and found freedom. Joyce Stokes Jones will deliver a reading from the book. Signed copies of the book can be purchased for your personal library.


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.

If you want to be a contributor visit the Petit Rocks! (http://petitrocks.wordpress.com) permissions page, or stop into the library to pick up a permission form. 

Soule Branch Library
101 Springfield Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


Preschool Storytime
Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27
10:30 am

Please join our children’s librarian, Ms. T., and enjoy stories, songs and finger play with your three to five year olds. Stay after the stories to browse our selection of books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs! We have plenty of options available to choose from for children of all ages.


Salt Springs Neighborhood Watch Group
Tuesday, March 4
6:00 pm

The Salt Springs Neighborhood Watch Group meets at Soule Branch the first Tuesday of every month (unless otherwise posted).. All are welcome!

One-On-One Computer Training
Fridays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28
10:30-11:30 am

*Registration is required.*

Soule Branch is now offering one-on-one computer training sessions! Each hour-long Friday morning session will cover basic computer skills tailored to your individual needs. Registration is required- we will not be able to accommodate walk-in appointments. To schedule a session, call the library at 435-5320. If for any reason you cannot attend your scheduled session, we ask that you please give us 24-hour advanced notice.

White Branch Library
763 Butternut St.
Syracuse, NY 13208


Plays of August Wilson Exhibit
Throughout late March

This exhibit provides a look at two plays from celebrated playwright August Wilson. These plays, Fences and Radio Golf, explore aspects of African American life at different points in history. This exhibit is presented by the Onondaga Historical Association and the library.


Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25
10:00 am

Bring your toddler or preschooler, ages 1-5, and enjoy books, songs, dance and fun! A wonderful introduction to books and reading!

Animal ABCs
Saturday, March 8
12:00 pm

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo presents an exciting hands-on literacy series featuring live animal visitors, touchable animal artifacts, refreshments and lots of silly zoo fun. The program builds on the Imagination Library Project that is geared toward children from birth to age 5 and their parents.


Jazz on Demand Live Performance
Saturday, March 22
2:00 pm

The library isn’t always a quiet place! The Jazz on Demand trio will bring the rich sounds and traditions of jazz music to the library, and they plan to do it with your help. The audience can participate in making this improvised art form during interactive portions of the show, when the trio will call out for responses and suggestions on how to play. A fun, exciting show for all ages.


Beginning Yoga
Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26
4:00 pm
Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
9:30 am

For beginners that teaches basic yoga; breathing, stretching, and meditation.  Please bring your own yoga mat or small blanket and remember to wear loose clothing.

The Deer Lovers – an original interactive production
Saturday, March 29
11:30 am

Celebrate the oral traditions of West Africa with the story The Deer Lovers, which brings to life an original short-story written by CNY author and professor Dr. Barbara Faye Streets. The tale, featuring narration accompanied by live drumming and dancers, is a love story that examines the universal themes of respect and the interconnectivity of all living things. Audiences may participate in a discussion and interpretation following the production

High School Equivalency – HSE Classes
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,
March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27
9:00 a.m.

Catch these free study sessions designed to help those who are interested in obtaining their General Equivalency Diploma, the equivalent of a high school diploma.  Registration is required.  Contact the Family Welcome Center at Grant Middle School, 240 Grant Blvd., Room 356 or call 435-6376 to get started on your new future.

English for Speakers of Other Languages – ESOL Classes
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27
12:30 pm

These free English language classes will teach grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing so that non-native speakers will learn to more clearly and effectively communicate in everyday situations. Register for these classes at the Family Welcome Center at Grant Middle School, 240 Grant Blvd., Room 356. You can call the Family Welcome Center between 8:00 and 3:30 at 435-6376.

Adult English Language Conversation Group

Intermediate Class:

Fridays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28
10:30 am

Beginner Class:

Fridays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28
12:00 pm

English language learners can practice speaking English at this free drop-in conversation group that is designed to provide an opportunity to speak in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Individuals are welcome to attend whenever they can. No registration is necessary for this free program.