For December, the adult book club picked The Guncle by Steven Rowley, known for Lily and the Octopus and The Editor. The Guncle, published May 2021, promises to be a good, light-hearted read, perfect for the holiday season.
Pick up copies of the book at the Syracuse Public Library or check out an e-book via Libby/OverDrive. Then attend a book club discussion! The Zoom discussion occurs at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14. The in-person meeting follows at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Contact Becky for more information or a Zoom invitation.
Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for weeklong visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. But in terms of caretaking and relating to two children, no matter how adorable, Patrick is honestly a bit out of his league.
Fans of e-books and audiobooks rejoice! The Syracuse Public Library has added more titles for patrons to check out on OverDrive/Libby. These titles include:
The Libby app is available in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. OverDrive can be access via a computer at overdrive.com. Sign up using your SPL library card.
Story time and the homeschool program will be on break until January, but children will have many holiday-themed opportunities for fun during December.
A letter-writing station will offer children a chance to compose letters to Santa Claus, while a new I-Spy display will challenge them to find specific objects. Children who find each item will enjoy a sweet reward.
Crafts galore will dominate the children’s department, with new take-and-make holiday crafts being offered each week. Additionally, children can drop in to make holiday crafts from Dec. 21-23 during their visit to the library.
Both story time and the homeschool program resume at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14. Tentative topics for the homeschool program will be shared closer to the start date.
In observation of Thanksgiving, the Syracuse Public Library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26. We will be open as normal from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27.
While we are closed, Evergreen Indiana will be performing an update so its app and website will be down. During this outage, Libby/OverDrive will also be down. Hoopla, however, should remain available. It is recommended that patrons download their digital items to their devices so they can enjoy them over the holiday.
November is Picture Book Month! This international literacy initiative celebrates print picture books, which often serve as the building blocks for creating lifelong readers.
Syracuse Public Library staff members have selected a few picture books that they would like to share with our young patrons and their families because the best part about picture books is sharing them.
Without further ado, here are our picks:
Megan's Pick: My Teacher Is a Monster (No, I'm Not) by Peter Brown
Megan loves this book because it always makes kids laugh!
Rebekah's Pick: Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Rebekah likes this book because of the way the story is told and because of how funny it is! It hits her funny bone!
Emilia's Pick: Humpty Dumpty Lived Near a Wall by Derek Hughes
Emilia likes this book because it is a darker retelling of a classic fairytale!
Scarlett's Pick: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Scarlett loves when I (mom Megan) read this book because I say silly words!
Rhonda's Pick: Thanks for Nothing by Ryan T. Higgins
My granddaughter, Lyl, likes it when grandma makes grumpy voices!
Katie's Pick: Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
My son, Dakota, loves that I can read it by heart and that I do the animal voices.
Note: Megan has put together a display of all our staff picks so they can be easily found!
On Thursday, Nov. 11, Syracuse Public Library staff, board members and Friends of the Library members dreamed big during a design charrette with architects from Arkos Design of Mishawaka.
A design charrette – a type of participatory planning process – assembles a team consisting of citizens, architects and designers to create a design and implementation plan for a specific project. Participants and designers hit on several design elements that would enable the Syracuse Public Library to best service the community today and in the future.
As part of the charrette, participants shared their library dreams. These ranged from more private meeting spaces and quiet study spaces to greater accessibility, outdoor programming spaces, better parking, room to grow specific book collections like mystery and a more designated teen space. After this brainstorming session, everyone reviewed a vision board featuring pictures of other libraries’ spaces, leaving notes on elements they loved or disliked.
Arkos architects then pooled these dream items together to craft potential preliminary designs for future library expansion. While not concrete, these designs opened exciting opportunities for the library.
This meeting marked the beginning of the Syracuse Public Library’s feasibility study, which will guide it toward viable improvements in the building and its grounds.
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