Onondaga County Public Library May 2014 Events

Betts Branch Library
4862 South Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13205
435-1940

MAY ART EXHIBIT:

Angler’s Association of Onondaga

This collection of photographs, contributed by local photographers and sponsored by the Anglers Association of Onondaga, shows the wildlife of Webster Pond.

FOR EVERYONE:

Betts Book Sale
Wednesday, May 14- Sunday, May 18

During regular library hours

Get ready for summer and vacation reading by coming by the library during our Annual Book Sale!  We have a good selection of fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, paperback, audio books, movies and music.  Bring the kids- there are plenty of teen and children’s books also.  The final three days are a “Buck-a-Bag” blowout!

 

Yoga for Everyone

Monday, May 5
Wednesdays, May 7, 21 and 28

6:00-7:00 pm

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

 

Hooks and Needles

Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17 and 21
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!

FOR CHILDREN:

Storytime

Thursdays, May 1, 15, 22 and 29
10:30 am

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

Bedtime Stories

Wednesday, May 28
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.

Family Movie Day:  “Saving Mr. Banks”

Saturday, May 3
2:00 pm

Saving Mr. Banks (Rated PG-13) is a fascinating look at the circuitous “collaborative” process Walt Disney, his creative team, and author P.L. Travers engaged in to bringing the character Mary Poppins to life on the big screen in the early 1960s.

 

FOR ADULTS:

Movie:  “Nebraska”
Sunday, May 4, 1:30 p.m.

Nebraska (Rated R) After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.

 

Betts Book Discussion

Tuesday, May 20
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 May’s discussion on My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor.  We will be meeting in the children’s area.

Robert P. Kinchen
Central Library
The Galleries of Syracuse
447 South Salina St.
435-1900

MAY ART EXHIBIT:

Art Exhibit by Deborah Walsh

Working predominately in the medium of acrylic painting, Deborah Walsh also works in pastel, collage, and printmaking.  Her artworks engage the viewer in a celebration of light, color, and movement.

FOR CHILDREN:

Mother’s Day Walk-in Craft
May 1-May 10

During Library Hours
Surprise your Mom and make a Mother’s Day Card for her in Children’s World.

May Walk-in Craft

All Month Long
During Library Hours

April showers bring May flowers! Come plant your own sunflower seed at the makers table in Children’s World!

Toddler’s Tango

Saturday, May 3
11:00 am

Creative music and dance for your little ones; Children have a unique way of expressing themselves. Join your little musician with great songs and toy musical instruments.

FOR ALL AGES:

Jazz on Demand

Saturday, May 3
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.

MOVIES AT CENTRAL:

Tyler Perry’s “Temptation”

Thursday, May 8
9:15 am

Curtin Auditorium

(Rated PG-13) Temptation -A married woman is tempted by a handsome billionaire which leads to betrayal, recklessness, and forever alters the course of her life.

Free!

“Gravity”

Saturday, May 10
1:00 pm

Curtin Auditorium

(Rated PG-13) Gravity A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.

Free!

FOR ADULTS:

Join the Tuesday Page Turners!

Tuesday, May 13
5:30-6:30 pm

We will be discussing Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.

Free One-on-One Basic Computer Classes

Thursdays, by Appointment Only
May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
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, May 6, 13, 20 and 27
Fridays, May 9, 16, 23 and 30
1:00-3:00 pm

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

 

 Hazard Branch Library
1620 W. Genesee St.
Syracuse, NY 13204
435-5326

MAY ART EXHIBIT:

“Nature”

Art Exhibit by Anna Perun
“Nature,” is an exhibit in watercolor and ink of people and animals. Perun also specializes in decorating Ukranian Easter eggs.

FOR EVERYONE:

Needle Work Creators

Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17 and 31
9:00 am

Join Hazard’s needle work creators for knitting, crocheting and needlepoint.   Beginners and advanced needle workers are welcome.  Bring your own supplies and share needle work knowledge with your peers!

Houseplant Exchange

All the Month of May
During Library Hours
Bring a houseplant to leave on the plant exchange table inside the library.   Feel free to take a different plant from the table back home with you!

FOR ADUlTS:

Savvy Speakers Toastmasters

Fridays, May 16 and 30
10:00 am

Do you feel anxious about speaking in public?  Toastmasters can help you polish your skills and gain confidence.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS:

New Adventures for Old T-Shirts

Saturday, May 15
4:00-6:30 pm

Bring your old t-shirts to Hazard Branch and learn how to repurpose them into different fashion accessories.  Stop by anytime between 4:00 and 6:30 pm.

High School Equivalency Classes

Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28
10:00 a.m.

Hazard Library and The Newland Center have partnered to provide High School Equivalency (HSE) instruction at the library.  If you would like assistance preparing for the HSE exam, come to Hazard any Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.  Call Linda at 471-1446 for more information.

Computers for Beginners

Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28
10:00 am

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

FOR TWEENS:

Tweens Make the Beat

Thursday, May 22
5:30 pm

Do you like writing poetry or songs? It’s Open Mic Night at the library and you’re invited to share your original works or sing your favorite song! For ages 8 to 12.

FOR CHILDREN:

Mother’s Day Crafternoon
Saturday, May 10
2:30 pm

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11.  Come and create handmade gifts for someone special in your life.   Bring your imagination and we’ll provide the supplies and snacks!  For ages 6 to 12.

Miss Maggie’s Stories and More

Fridays, May 16 and 30
3:30 pm

It’s time for May flowers!  Join Miss Maggie to hear nature-themed stories, create cool projects and enjoy some tasty snacks!   For ages 6 to 12.

Animal ABCs

Saturday, May 17
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 a zoo animal up close!  Food and drink will be provided as well as take-away prize

Paine Branch Library
113 Nichols Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13206
435-5442

MAY ART EXHIBIT:

“In Full Bloom”

Art Exhibit by Ute Oestreicher

Floral paintings by Ute Oestreicher will be on display at Paine Branch from May 7 to June 30.

Artist’s Reception

Saturday May 13
5:00-7:00 pm

FOR FAMILIES:

Jazz on Demand

Saturday, May 17
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.  Free!

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

 Huntington School Art Show and Reception

Saturday May 10
10:00 am

Beautiful background music and delicious refreshments will provide the perfect atmosphere for browsing this year’s Art Exhibit created by Huntington School’s Art students.  Join us for the opportunity to meet some of the artists and view their works.

FOR ADULTS:

Paine Book Club
Friday, May 30
10:00 am

Meeting and refreshments!

FOR CHILDREN:

Read, Sing, Play! Storytime

Wednesday, May 7, 14, 21 and 28
10:00 am

Our popular preschool storytime continues Wednesday mornings with stories, songs, fingerplays and more.  Storytime is a fun way to reinforce  a love of reading and is one of many ways to help prepare your child for school.  No registration required.

KidsCreate:  Mother’s Day gifts

Thursday, May 8
Afterschool

OR

Saturday, May 10
1:00-4:00 pm
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Drop in afterschool on Thursday or anytime between 1 and 4 pm on Saturday to make a flowery gift for Mom, Grandma or another special lady.  Dads, Grandpas or other adults can call and speak to the Children’s Librarian, Joanne, for details.  This program is primarily for children age 6-10.

FOR TEENS:

Teens Go Green

Saturday, May 3
2:30 – 3:30 pm

Come and start your own flower garden! Using recycled products, you will have your very own flower garden to bring home. Just in time for spring and summer! Good gift for Mother’s Day too.  All materials will be supplied. Just bring your “green thumb.”

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Monday, May 5
6:00 – 7:00 pm

Being part of the Teen Advisory Board looks great on a high school transcript! Yes, we will have snacks. Sign up with Deanna at dmcgregor@onlib.org

Petit Branch Library
105 Victoria Place
Syracuse, NY 13210
435-3636

MAY ART EXHIBIT:

Mixed Media Medley

North Syracuse Art Guild
The North Syracuse Art Guild was founded in 1966 by a group of area artists to promote interest in the arts, to provide stimulation for local artists, and to encourage young artists by awarding scholarships to outstanding art students graduating from Cicero/North Syracuse High School.

Th3 – The Third Thursday: Syracuse’s Citywide Art Opening

Thursday, May 15
5:00-8:00 pm

Petit is now a Th3 member! 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 an artist talk from 5-6 p.m. North Syracuse Art Guild members will discuss the guild as well as their experiences and successes in the art field.  Light refreshments provided.

FOR ADULTS:

Beyond Facebook:  Exploring Other Social Media Sites:   Vine, Instagram, Reddit, Stumbleupon, Foursquare and Others

Thursday, May 1
6:30 pm

There’s more to the Internet than Facebook.  Join us as we explore other sites out there in the eUniverse.  Registration is required!  Please call 435-3636 to register

Pests That Can Spoil Your Gardening Fun

Monday, May 5
6:30 pm

Gardens do attract pests and it helps to know who they are, when to expect them, and how to keep them in check.  Edible Gardening CNY will help you learn to control those pesky critters & bugs eating all your lovely vegetables and plants.

Book Discussion Group

Thursday, May 15
6:30 pm

The Petit Branch Book Discussion Group will discuss The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis.  New members are always welcome and no registration required.  For more information call 435-3636.

FOR TEENS:

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 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.

Soule Branch Library
101 Springfield Road
Syracuse, NY 13214
435-5320

FOR ALL AGES:

Syracuse Area Miniature Enthusiasts Club
Throughout the month of May, Soule’s display case play host to a collection of works on loan from members of the Syracuse Area Miniature Enthusiasts Club (S.A.M.E). S.A.M.E began on August 27, 1974 and its membership encompasses both beginning and advanced miniature enthusiasts who have an interest in miniatures, dollhouses and furnishings.

FOR ADULTS:

Salt Springs Neighborhood Watch Group
Tuesday, May 6
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, May 9, 16 and 30
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.

FOR CHILDREN:

New! Sensory Friendly Storytime

Saturdays, May 3, 17 and 31
10:30 am and 2:30 pm

Sensory Friendly Storytime is an inclusive, interactive program for children with sensory integration issues and for differently-abled children at a preschool developmental level. Introduced through a Picture Activity Schedule, each program will combine books, songs, movement and activities to promote learning and play. The program features a 20 minutes storytime and 20 minutes for socializing. Registration is required, and an adult must accompany the child. Group size will be limited. Library staff will contact registrants prior to storytime. Therapists and siblings are welcome to attend! If you are interested in learning more about this unique program and would like to register, please contact Tatiana Sahm at 435-5320 or Dawn Marmor at 435-3395.

Preschool Storytime

Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
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.

White Branch Library
763 Butternut St.
Syracuse, NY 13208
435-3519

FOR ALL AGES:

Slideshow Presentation: Three Mountain Kingdoms: A Visit to Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan

Thursday, May 15
6:00 pm

Take an armchair journey to the roof of the world.  Enjoy photos taken by the presenter on her recent trip and learn what makes each country unique.

FOR CHILDREN:

Storytime

Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27
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, May 10
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.

FOR ADULTS:

Beginning Yoga

Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28
4:00 pm

Saturdays, May 3, 10, 17 and 31
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.

 

Adult English Language Conversation Group

Intermediate Class:

Fridays, May 9, 16, 23 and 30
10:30 am

Beginner Class:

Fridays, May 9, 16, 23 and 30
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.

 

HSE Classes (formerly GED Classes)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, May 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22
9:00 am

The GED test has been replaced by the TASC test as a way to the NYS High School Equivalency diploma. Free classes are offered at the library to help prepare for this exam and get a 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.