April is going to be hopping in the children's department! From a weeklong celebration of spring break to a new evening program, we've got programming for children of all ages.
Spring Break Madness
Each day during spring break will have a different theme: game day, Monday, April 4; Lego day, Tuesday, April 5; “Where’s Waldo” day, Wednesday, April 6; and play dough and clay creation day, Thursday, April 7. On these days, children can drop in during library hours to enjoy activities tied into the day’s theme. There will be a special Lego Jell-O program from 2-3 p.m. April 5, with a showing of “The Lego Batman Movie” following at 6 p.m.
The week culminates with a tour at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, of Sweetwater, 5501 US 30 West, in Fort Wayne. Everyone will meet at Sweetwater for the tour, which will include the company's history, a peek at its behind-the-scenes recording studios, a chance to go down its giant slide and more. Space is limited to 25 people, so registration is required. Register in person at the library or online at https://bit.ly/3CEyqjM. If you have questions or have plans change after registration, contact Rebekah Sceniak at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 457-3022.
Homeschool Program And Storytime
The Homeschool Program continues at 10:30 a.m. each Friday in April. Topics will include:
Storytime will also occur at 10:30 a.m. each Friday during April. There will no be Wacky & Wiggly Wednesday Storytime in April.
The Syracuse Public Library will have a new evening program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Children and their families will be decorating flowerpots! We are limited on materials, so register for this program in person at the children's desk or sign up online.
Sign-up begins for those interested in volunteering with the Syracuse Public Library to clean a segment of the Syracuse-Wawasee Trail.
The Syracuse Public Library has adopted a small segment of the 12-mile Syracuse-Wawasee Trail and is now seeking volunteers to keep it maintained. Adults and teens are invited to join us in this endeavor to keep our community looking beautiful while enjoying some outdoor time.
Since both organizations are nonprofits, time spent helping do qualify for volunteer hours.
If you're interested in volunteering, please leave your name and availability to join SPL's trail team either at the library or by contacting Becky at email@example.com or (574) 457-3022.
Join SPL For Open Mic Night
Looking for a relaxing evening filled with great stories and poems? You won't want to miss our popular Open Mic Night!
Come share your prose or poems at Open Mic Night at 6 p.m. Friday, March 25, in the downstairs meeting room. Since this event occurs after-hours, entry through the Harrison Street side door. There will be someone to let you in.
Read a piece or simply come to listen. This event is a splendid opportunity to enjoy the company of others who love the written word. People can also share pieces from their favorite writers or poets.
During the event, each speaker will receive five minutes to read to ensure everyone can share. Dawn Burns will once again serve as emcee.
If you have questions about this free event, email Becky Brower at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those going to Florida shouldn't have all the fun on spring break! That's why the Syracuse Public Library is hosting a week of fun programs and activities for children and their families to enjoy.
Monday: Game Day
On April 4, the children’s department’s games will be set up and ready to play with during library hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drop in whenever you like to play several games, including Otrio, Chinese checkers, Cadoo, Yatzee, Candyland, Trivia Pursuit, Jenga, Gobblers, and so much more!
Tuesday: Lego Day
April 5 is all about Legos! Children can build with the Legos during library hours from noon to 8 p.m. But the day doesn't stop there! From 2-3 p.m., stop by to build with Lego Jell-O. Then swing back to watch “The Lego Batman Movie” at 6 p.m.
Wednesday: "Where's Waldo" Day
“Where’s Waldo” Day is April 6. There will be a scavenger hunt and activity sheets to complete.
Thursday: Play Dough/Clay Creations Day
Then drop in from noon to 8 p.m. April 7 to create play dough and clay creations.
Friday: Sweetwater Tour
The week culminates with a tour of Sweetwater in Fort Wayne. Everyone will meet at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Sweetwater, 5501 US 30 West; plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. During the tour, children will learn about Sweetwater's history, see its behind-the-scenes recording studios, go down the giant slide, and more.
Space is limited to 25 people, so registration is required. Register in person at the library or online at https://bit.ly/3CEyqjM.
If you have questions or have plans that change after registration, contact Rebekah Sceniak at email@example.com or at (574) 457-3022, ext. 2009.
Indiana Digital Library is up and running on Libby! Materials are likely still being transferred at this time given the large number of e-books, audiobooks, and magazines!
If you haven't added Indiana Digital Library to your Libby app, visit our previous post Libby and Indiana Digital Library Are Now Live! for a step-by-step guide on how to do so. The transition proved to be different from our expectation of patrons being signed out and then having to log in to the new Indiana Digital Library, but we've rolled with the situation as it came at us.
Now a week later, we're sharing answers to common situations.
When I Try To Sign In To Indiana Digital Library My Library Card Can't Be Authenticated. What Do I Do?
If you run into this, call us with your name, library card number, and the error message you are seeing. We will reach out to our contact to get everything sorted out.
I Have A Kindle What Do I Do?
The Libby app is currently not available in the Amazon app store. OverDrive Inc. is in the process of adding it and hopes to accomplish this soon. In the meanwhile, you can log into the Indiana Digital Library in the OverDrive app. Or you can access idl.overdrive.com or libbyapp.com using your Kindle's web browser.
Eventually, OverDrive Inc. will discontinue the OverDrive app. The company has already removed it from several app stores, excluding Amazon's app store where it is still available.
How Do I Know My Materials Have Downloaded In Libby?
Everyone loves saving their mobile data, so it's important to know materials are being downloaded to devices. Go to your shelf (the stacked books in the menu) to see the materials you have checked out (view the first imagine in the gallery below). You will see either a cloud or a library card beside each title. The cloud symbolizes materials having been successfully sent to another device, such as a Kindle. A library card with a check mark means the material has successfully been downloaded to your device.
Don't have a check mark? Or you receive notice that the download failed? First things first, check your internet connection. Then check your Libby settings.
How Do I Remove The Old eIndiana Digital Consortium Card From Libby?
Having numerous cards can get confusing on Libby, and it is easy to accidentally click the old, nonfunctioning eIndiana Digital Consortium card. There is a way to remove this card. Follow these steps (photo guides in the gallery below):
Have Additional Libby/OverDrive Questions?
Please leave additional questions in the comments below. We will answer them as best we can!
Exciting news! Libby and the Indiana Digital Library appear to be mostly up and running (though more materials likely need to be transferred over as do holds). Staff members have been able to log in to both the Libby app and OverDrive in a web browser. One staff member also successfully checked out an e-book and transferred it to her Kindle.
If you use OverDrive in a web browser, update the URL you use to https://idl.overdrive.com/ and sign in there.
What You Need To Do (Libby App)
In your Libby app, you will need to sign into the Indiana Digital Library.
1. You will want to go to the three lines in the bottom menu.
2. Once you click the three lines, you will see "YOUR LIBRARIES." Under it, the option of "Add Library" will be available. Click this.
3. Search for "Syracuse-Turkey Township Library" OR the option for "Indiana Digital Library" may automatically appear.
4. Once the "Indiana Digital Library" option appears, click it.
5. Put in your library card number to sign in. It should register your card number now.
If you want to swing by the library for assistance, we are glad to help, too!
March is going to be hopping for kids with a lot of fun programming planned!
School-aged children will learn about soapmaking with Miss Shelly at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 4! Miss Shelly will lead a demonstration on how to make bath bubble bars.
Then each of the following Fridays in March, children will explore musical instruments, receiving hands-on experience! Along the way, there just might be a few surprises planned.
The last Homeschool Program meeting on Friday, March 25, will be a field trip to Sweetwater in Fort Wayne. This field trip requires registration, which is available online (register each adult and child attending separately so we don't go over our limit). Those registered to attend should plan to arrive at Sweetwater (5501 US-30 West, Fort Wayne, IN 46818) 15-10 minutes before the tour begins at 10 a.m. The tour is expected to last until 12:15 p.m., and then children and their adults can enjoy lunch at Downbeat Diner (cafeteria) or Crescendo Cafe (espresso and baked goods). Another option is to pack you own lunch. Space is very limited for this field trip so register as soon as possible.
Build Leprechaun Traps!
Children will also want to register to build their very own leprechaun traps at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17. During this STEM-based activity, children will create and design their very own traps, deciding which style of trap will best capture a leprechaun while using the copious supplies that will be available.
Register online ahead of the event so we know how many to expect. Snacks will be available!
Wacky & Wiggly Storytime meets at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday. Come dressed for a messy good time filled with friends and stories.
Friday Storytime is also at 10:30 a.m. This storytime, which occurs in conjunction with the Homeschool Program, is filled with stories, dance, and play.
With the large amount of materials being transferred to the new Indiana Digital Library on Libby, the move is taking a while, and at this time, digital materials will largely be inaccessible for checkouts. If you had holds on Libby/OverDrive, don't fret! They are being transferred, too!
We are asking for patience as it may take a few days before materials can be checked out via Libby and OverDrive. Even as Libby gets back up and running, some materials may be transferred at later dates. When the transfer is complete, patrons will have access to digital materials (e-books, audiobooks and magazines) from about 200 Hoosier libraries. In the meanwhile, Hoopla (both the app and browser version) remains available to patrons.
Syracuse Public Library will update our social media platforms and our news page as information becomes available to keep everyone in the loop.
If you have any questions about the move, comment on this article. We will answer them or submit them to our contacts with Indiana Digital Library for clarifications.
How To Switch To The Indiana Digital Library
Currently, sign-up for the new Indiana Digital Library via Libby is spotty. When a staff member attempted to switch their app over to Indiana Digital Library, the request could not be completed. However, when things are up and running, you will use the pictured steps below to get setup.
For those who use OverDrive in a web browser, you will want to update the URL you use to https://idl.overdrive.com/. Like with the Libby app, the web browser is currently unable to authenticate accounts for the Indiana Digital Library.
If you use the OverDrive app, take this opportunity to switch to Libby. OverDrive Inc. will be discontinuing its OverDrive app soon.
Step-By-Step Guide For Signing In To Indiana Digital Library Guide
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