Onondaga County Public Library May Events

Onondaga County Public Library has a variety of services available throughout the Library System for example; English for Speakers of Other Languages – May 1, 2, 7, 8, 17, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, White Branch Library,763 Butternut St. Syracuse, NY 13208 435-3519 for additional information go online to: http://www.onlib.org

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 at the Refugee Assistance Program (Bob’s School), 501 Park St., or call 435-4984.

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

Funwork Homework Help
Tuesdays, May 7, 14 and 21
3:00-5:00 pm
Get help with homework and have fun with Mrs. Hayden. Free!

Wii & Game Fun
Fridays, May 10, 17, 24 and 31
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

Let’s Prep for a Parade!
Thursday, May 30
5:00 pm
The Light a Candle for Literacy parade is almost here (Saturday, June 1st). So let’s prepare by decorating large posters to display loud and proud during the parade!

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 Class Monday, May 27)

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

Driver Safety Course
Monday, May 13 & Wednesday, May 15 1:00-4:00 pm

Get an insurance discount or lower the points on your license! Program is open to all New York State Licensed Drivers. The cost is $19 or $17 for AARP members. Please bring a check payable to AARP (no cash).Space is limited.
Please call Beauchamp Library to sign-up.

Sankofa Piecemakers Quilting Group
Saturdays, May 4, 11 and 18
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


Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
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.

Bedtime Stories
Wednesday, May 22
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.

What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood?
Saturday, May 4
2:00 pm

Anglers Association of Onondaga
The Anglers Association of Onondaga, located at Webster Pond, is a not for profit organization with fish and wildlife as the main attraction. Established in 1890, the Anglers Association is the oldest active sportsmen’s club in NYS. They offer junior and adult fishing programs, summer concerts and much more. Stop in to learn about the many things they offer the community and how you can get involved.

Book Sale
Wednesday, May 15- Sunday, May 19
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, paperback, audio books, cookbooks, movies, and music. Bring your children- there are plenty of teen and children’s books also. The final three days are a “Buck-a-Bag” blowout!

Senior Social
Friday, May 31

2:00 pm
Awaken your inner-artist! We will be making decoupage plates. Materials will be supplied. Please sign up.

Betts Book Discussion
Tuesday, May 21

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 Case of Lies by Perri O’Shaughnessy.

Hooks and Needles
Saturdays, May 4, 11 and 18

9:30-11:00 am
Chat, knit, crochet, and share ideas in a casual and friendly environment. All are welcome

Monday Musicals
Branch is showing glorious movies from Hollywood’s musical era. We will be featuring Barbara Streisand movies in May. See your favorites on the big screen, as they were meant to be seen!

Hello Dolly
Monday, May 6
2:00 pm

Funny Girl
Monday, May 20
2:00 pm

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

Fine Art Photography Exhibit by
Everet D. Regal
“In My Footsteps” is a varied collection of landscape, water, city and diverse subjects, largely comprised from local and upstate New York areas.
Artist’s Reception
Tuesday, May7
5:00-7:15 pm

Spring Craft – Tissue Paper Flowers

Saturday, May 11
11:00 am
These bold blossoms are fun to make and sure to add a bright touch to your day. Tissue paper flowers have a number of great uses, such as gifts or decorations, and they’re not hard to make. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pizza & Early Literacy Storytime
Wednesdays, May 1 and 8
6:00 pm
Come one or both Wednesdays!
Join us for Early Literacy Programming which will include storytimes, 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!

Join the Tuesday Page Turners!
Tuesday, May 14
5:30-6:30 pm
Central Library’s book club for adults meets the second Tuesday of each month. We will be discussing Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Call 315.435.1900 with any questions.

Movie – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Saturday, May 18

1:30 pm
The first chapter in Peter Jackson’s new epic trilogy set in Middle Earth 60 years before J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga. Follow Bilgo Baggins as he’s swept into a quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. 2012; Rated PG-13, FREE.

Movie – The Impossible
Thursday, May 30

9:00 am
Based on a true story of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage, and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. 2012; Rated PG-13, FREE

Basic Computer Class
Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22
1:00-2:00 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

May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
1:00-2:00 pm
This eight-week, hands-on class meets for 8 consecutive Wednesdays which started on April 3 and runs through May 22. It will cover a variety of topics, including: computer terminology, navigating the web, Internet safety, learning to create, save, and retrieve a file, exploring the basic features of Windows 7 & Microsoft Office, and much more! Free; Meets in the Pass Lab on Level 4.Pre-registration is required.Call 315.435.1900.

Job Resource Assistance Drop-in
Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28

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.

Petit Branch Library
105 Victoria Place
Syracuse, NY 13210

“Encaustic Paintings 2012”
Art Exhibit by
Karen Tashkovski
Syracuse artist Karen Tashkovski is exhibiting encaustic paintings depicting horses, cows and crowns. They are selections from a series of 50 paintings created while the artist was taking a graduate course at Syracuse University.

Th3 – The Third Thursday: Syracuse’s Citywide Art Opening
Thursday, May 16

5:00-8:00 pm
Meet Karen Tashkovski 5:00-7:00 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.

Erwin Nursery School and UPK Budding Artists Exhibit
Throughout May

Opening Reception – Monday, May 6,
6:30 p.m.
Children, ages three to five, will be exhibiting a selection of their best creative work in the children’s area.

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.

Google Advanced
Friday, May 10
10:30 a.m.
Learn how to use Google to find information, photos & videos, set up personalized email alerts, create a customized calendar, and navigate other non-search functions. Basic keyboard and mouse computer knowledge is 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 is required! Please call 435-3636 to register.

Book Discussion Group
Thursday, May 16

6:30 pm
The Petit Branch Book Discussion Group will discuss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, at 6:30, when we will discuss Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. Refreshments served. New members are always welcome and no registration required. For more information
call 435-3636.

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
Thursday, May 30

6:30 pm
Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association
If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. This program will discuss the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, what to do if you see the signs in yourself or someone you love, getting a diagnosis and medication options.