Onondaga County Public Library Schedule of Events April 2014…Families, Children & Adult Activities/School Spring Break

 

Onondaga County Public Library  Schedule of Events April 2014…Families, Children & Adult Activities; Movies at Central Library and School Break Week

 

APRIL ART EXHIBIT:

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

Picturing America Art Series
“Picturing America,” an exciting initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings masterpieces of American art into libraries nationwide.

FOR EVERYONE:

Yesterday’s Music with Phil Klein
Friday, April 18
2:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of music, storytelling, humor and fun with pianist, composer, arranger, raconteur and music educator Phil Klein.

Jazz on Demand
Saturday, April 26
2:00 pm

A jazz trio from the CNY Jazz arts-in-education program will perform a unique, audience-interactive show that reveals the architectural framework of a song and demonstrates how improvising musicians rely on that framework, called “form”, to perform successfully with minimal or no written music on hand.  This educational concert is fun, free and for all ages.

Yoga for Everyone
Mondays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28
6:00-7:00 pm

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

FOR CHILDREN:

Storytime
Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24
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, April 30
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:  “Frozen”
Saturday, April 19
2:00 pm

Enjoy this newly-released Disney animated comedy/ adventure on the big screen at Betts.  Frozen (Rated PG)- Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey- teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven-to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

SPRING BREAK:

Family Movie: “Brave”
Monday, April 21
2:00 pm

Enjoy this Disney animated film on the big screen at Betts.  Brave (Rated PG)- Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Earth Day – Plant a Flower
Tuesday, April 22
10:30 am

Plant flower seeds in pots with Miss Anne and stop in this spring to watch them grow!  As soon as the ground thaws, we’ll set a date to plant the flowers outside.

Wii Wednesday
Wednesday, April 23
5:30 pm

Test your skill and play a game of Wii against a library staff member.

Family Movie:  “The Little Mermaid”
Thursday, April 24
2:00 pm

Enjoy this Disney animated classic.  The Little Mermaid (Rated G)- A mermaid princess makes a bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.

Royal Tea Party
Friday, April 25
2:00 pm

Calling all Princesses and Princes!  Join Miss Kelly for a Royal Tea Party and make a tiara or crown.  We will have tea and cookies.  Ages 3-10.  Please sign up.

FOR ADULTS:

Hooks and Needles
Saturdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26
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!

Family Movie:  “Catching Fire”
Saturday, April 6
1:30 pm

Catching Fire (Rated PG-13)- In the sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Scrabble on Saturday
Saturday, April 12
2:00 pm

Are you a wordsmith?  Love to play Scrabble?  Come play Scrabble against fellow Scrabblers!  Refreshments will be served.

Betts Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 15
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 A Man and His Mother by Tim Green.

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.
435-1900
   

APRIL ART EXHIBIT:

Art Exhibit by John O’Neil Heard

Mr. Heard has been an artist in the Syracuse area for over 20 years and a musician for over 30 years.  His medium is working with recycled materials such as wooden cigar boxes and shipping tubes.  Most of his art is made from 80 % recycled materials.  Using acrylic paint he creates rainsticks, tube drums and an instrument call a rhythm box.  One of his styles is reverse painting on glass.   His latest project is painting with light.

FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN:

Every Child Ready to Read @Your Library
Workshops & Storytimes
Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Learn ways to encourage the five pre-reading skills your child can learn from birth through age five:  talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Refreshments provided. All workshops are held in Children’s World.

FOR CHILDREN:

A Classical Guitar Performance for Children by Peter Fletcher
Saturday, April 5
2:00-3:00 pm

Listen to beautiful music and learn about classical guitar! At the end of the presentation, children can ask questions and even try plucking the open strings on the guitar.

Toddler’s Tango
Saturday, April 12
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).

Wizard of Ahs Magic Show
Wednesday, April 23
2:00 pm

Join us for a magic show presented by Ray Cerio!

FOR ADULTS:

Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitarist
Curtin Auditorium
Friday, April 4
12:15 to 1:15 pm

This concert is part of classical guitarist Peter Fletcher’s nationwide tour.  Fletcher will perform selections from his new CD, an album of works by Edvard Grieg, as well as works by Bach, Praetorius, Frescobaldi, Albeniz and Paganini.  CDs will be available at the concert.  For more information visit www.peterfletcher.com.

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

Join the Tuesday Page Turners!
Tuesday, April 8
5:30-6:30 pm

We will be discussing The Ocean and the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

Free One-on-One Basic Computer Classes

Thursdays, by Appointment Only
April 3, 10, 17 and 24
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, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Fridays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25
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 skilldevelopment. 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.

MOVIES AT CENTRAL:

All is Lost

Saturday, April 5
1:00 pm

Getaway

Thursday, April 10
9:15 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
435-5326               

FOR EVERYONE:

Creative Needle Work Group
Saturdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26
2:00 p.m.

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!

Artist in Residency

Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5
1:30-4:30 pm

With the help of library visitors, fiber artist Tina Limpert will make multiple 4×4” hand felted squares to provide material for a library wall hanging.   The final piece will be embellished with stitching, buttons, beads, and other artifacts the artist collects during her residency at Hazard Branch.  All ages are welcome.

FOR ADULTS:

Savvy Speakers Toastmasters
Fridays, April 4 and 18
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.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS:

Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating
Saturday, April 5
1:30 pm

Join us to have fun creating authentic and beautiful Ukrainian Easter Eggs.   For ages 12 and up. Limited to 20 people.  Please register at the library or by calling 435-5326.

Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Thursday, April 10
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.

Hoopla : A How-To Demonstration
Tuesday, April 15
6:00 pm

Would you like to download free movies, music and audio books to your laptop, tablet or smartphone?  Bring your library card and your device to this free demonstration and start enjoying the benefits of Hoopla!

High School Equivalency Classes
Wednesdays
, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
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
, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
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 TEENS:

Teen Literature Day with J.P. Crangle
Thursday, April 17
5:30 pm

Tweens and teens are invited to help write a short graphic novel and see cartoonist J.P. Crangle draw the illustrations right before your eyes!

FOR CHILDREN:

Ms. Maggie’s Stories and More
Fridays, April 4 and 18
3:30 pm

This month’s theme is April Showers Bring May Flowers!   Join Ms. Maggie to hear great stories, create cool projects and enjoy some snacks.   For age 5 to 12.

Animal ABCs
Saturday, April 19
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.

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) Day
Saturday, April 12
2:30 pm

We’re having a party in celebration of Drop Everything and Read!   Have fun with a read-aloud of the children’s book “Ramona and Beezus”, snacks and special D.E.A.R. activities.

SCHOOL BREAK WEEK:

April 21 – April 26
Come Anytime Between 12:00-3:00 p.m.

There are great things to read and do at the library during school break week.   Join Ms. Maggie each day for cool hands-on activities.

Lego®Balloon Race Cars!
Monday, April 21

Make and race your very own balloon-powered Lego® race car.  Prizes will be awarded to race participants.

Earth Day Activities!
Tuesday, April 22

We’ll have a Nature Scavenger Hunt and you can build your own birdfeeder out of recyclable material.

Make Your Own Mini-Book!
Wednesday, April 23

Use paper and string to create mini-books that you can give as gifts, or use for notes or drawings.

Windsocks and Pinwheels!
Thursday, April 24

Have fun making these colorful wind decorations and see how they work in the breeze.

Make it Yourself Bug Boxes!
Friday, April 25

Catch some crazy critters, without harm to either of you, in these easy-to-make plastic canvas bug boxes.

Marshmallow Mania!
Saturday, April 26

We’re making our own marshmallow shooters and giving prizes to those who can shoot the farthest!

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

APRIL ART EXHIBIT:

The Bradford Art Guild
In existence for over 20 years, The Bradford Art Guild will display mainly watercolors of all seasons.

FOR ADULTS.

Three Eastwood Poets
Tuesday, April 8
6:00-7:00 m

Please join us for our first poetry night featuring readings by poets from the Eastwood neighborhood. Open mic, too.

Paine Book Club
Friday, April 25
10:00 am

Meeting and refreshments!

FOR CHILDREN:

Read, Sing, Play! Storytime
Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
10:00 am

Our popular preschool storytime continues each Wednesday morning with stories, songs, fingerplays and more.  On April 23rd, the storytime will be designed to appeal to a wider range of ages as school-age  children will be on Spring Break.  So feel free to bring older siblings to this story time.

KidsCreate Week
April 21-25

During Library Hours
Drop by the library for activities to complete at your leisure.  Take a few minutes to make an origami animal or longer to sculpt a clay creation.  Various other supplies will be available as well.  Designed primarily for children ages 6-12.

FOR FAMILIES:

The Amazing Library Race-Family Edition
Friday, April 18
11:00 am

Teams of families “race” against each other to complete challenges.. Register as a family or team up with another family. Multi-age teams of 3-5 members are best. At least one member of the team must have a valid library card with PIN number. There will be prizes for 1st place and for best team name.

Registration ends April 17.

Email Deanna at dmcgregor@onlib.org with your team name, team member names and ages, or call the library at 435-5442.

FOR TEENS:

Annual Balsa Wood Bridge Competition
Friday, April 4

Paine Branch Library Homeschool Program
Students in grades 7-12 were invited to build a balsa wood bridge capable of supporting loads applied to the structure according to competition rules.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Monday, April 7
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

Teen Movie Matinee
Monday, April 21
1:00 pm

“Hunger Games-Catching Fire”

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

APRIL ART EXHIBIT:

Serendipity Saori Studio Student Show
Karen Pardee & Students at Serendipity SAORI Studio

SAORI is a joyful, spontaneous form of weaving that emphasizes creativity and free expression.  Founded in Japan by Misao Jo over 40 years ago, the Saori philosophy embraces the atti­tude that everyone can express oneself freely.  There are no rules or samples to follow and no mistakes—only possibilit­ies!  Karen Pardee, owner of Serendipity SAORI Studio, has a BA in Fiber Arts.  She teaches adult and children’s classes at local art and community centers and is an authorized SAORI studio and equipment dealer.

Th3 – The Third Thursday: Syracuse’s Citywide Art Opening
Thursday, April 17
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 6-7 p.m. to learn more about Saori weaving and the philosophy behind it.  Light refreshments provided.

FOR ADULTS:

Wood, Water, Stone:  Visit the Gardens of China with Carol Bradford
Saturday, April 5
2:30 pm

Wood, water and stone are the essential elements of a classical Chinese garden.  Syracuse gardening icon Carol Bradford presents a slide tour of Chinese gardens she has visited.  Carol writes for the Post-Standard on all things gardening, and you won’t want to miss her fabulous slide show!

Peter Fletcher, Classical Guitarist
Monday April 7
6:30 pm

This concert is part of classical guitarist Peter Fletcher’s nationwide tour.  Fletcher will perform selections from his new CD, an album of works by Edvard Grieg, as well as works by Bach, Praetorius, Frescobaldi, Albeniz and Paganini.  CDs will be available at the concert.  For more information visit www.peterfletcher.com.  Made possible in part by a state grant secured by Senator John A. DeFrancisco.

Pinterest
Friday, April 11
10:30 a.m.

Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more.  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!  Please call 435-3636 to register.

Petit Poetry Bash!
Saturday, April 12
2:30 pm

Hosted by Mickey Mahan, “The Flying Busman.” Read your poems, read someone else’s poems or just make a poem of your presence.  Hoot and holler, cheer, stomp your feet, raise the roof, wear a funny hat!  It’s a bash!  Noisemakers and poppers provided.   Leave your inhibitions at the door!  Light refreshments provided.  For more information call 435-3636.

Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 17
6:30 pm

The Petit Branch Book Discussion Group will discuss The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. Refreshments served.  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. 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
435-5320

APRIL EXHIBIT:

Syracuse Weavers Guild
Throughout the month of April, the display case in our Adult/Teen area will play host to a collection of hand woven scarves created by members of the Syracuse Weavers Guild. Despite the warming temperatures, these brightly colored scarves are a welcome addition to our space (and besides… you never know when another bout of cold might sneak up on us!) If you have the chance, stop by and take a look.

FOR CHILDREN:

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays, April 10, 17 and 24
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.

FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS:

Spring Themed Greeting Cards
Saturday, April 5
1:00-2:30 pm
*Registration is required.*

Join Maria Jackson in this “make & take” class where you will be designing and creating a variety of hand-stamped greeting cards.  Various spring themed stamps and paper punches including butterflies and flowers will be provided.  You’ll get to choose from various coordinating papers and embellishments for you to allow your creativity to blossom.  No card making experience is necessary and sample ideas will be provided.  Pre-registration is required by calling the Soule Branch Library.  Class size is limited.  This class is for adults and for children ages 8 and up when accompanied by an adult.

FOR ADULTS:

Salt Springs Neighborhood Watch Group
Tuesday, April 1
6:00 pm

All are welcome!

One-On-One Computer Training
Fridays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25
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.

Human Library Event
Wednesday, April 9
5:15 -7:15 pm

Soule Branch Library hosts it first ever Human Library event . What is a Human Library, you ask? It is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community with whom they might not always interact. Visitors to this library have an opportunity to borrow and engage in conversation with Human Books, volunteers who are willing to share their stories with others in a safe environment. Our event will be focused on hobbies and activities for older adults, but anyone is welcome to attend. Some examples of our book subjects include weaving, nutrition, art, gardening and health care. Check postings in the library and on our social media sites as the date approaches for more information.

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

FOR CHILDREN:

Storytime
Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
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, April 12
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.

Spring Craft
Tuesday April 22
2:00 pm

Create your very own little grass head person to keep. Ages 5 and up.

Cooking Up Literacy
Wednesday April 23
2:00 pm

A wonderful combination of reading, math, cooking, and eating for children to enjoy. For kids age 5 to 13. Please sign-up at White Branch Library.

Tournament and Game Time
Thursday April 24
2:00 pm

Bring your Pokemon, Yu Gi Oh, or Dragonball Z cards and battle against your fellow teammates or play a range of board games together.

FOR ADULTS:

Beginning Yoga
Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
4:00 pm

Saturdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26
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:
Thursdays,
April 3, 10, 17 and 24
5:30 pm

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

Beginner Class:

Fridays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25
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.

Relative Speakout! Book Talk with Authors
Saturday April 26
1:00 pm

Joyce Stokes Jones and her daughter Michele Jones Galvin, both great grandnieces of Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman, discuss their new book, Beyond the Underground: Aunt Harriet, Moses of Her People, a work of “creative non-fiction.” In presenting their work, they will talk about their family’s history, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of the book.

For additional information regarding Onondaga County Public Library click on the following link:www.onlib.org