The entire family can come meet Kosciusko County’s heroes at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.
This Syracuse Public Library event will occur at the Syracuse Community Center, 1013 N. Long Dr., Syracuse.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office will demonstrate their K-9 units. Additionally, officers with the Syracuse Police Department and an Indiana State trooper will answer questions about their jobs. The Turkey Creek Fire Territory will also bring a fire truck and ambulance, with its members sharing what it’s like being a firefighter or EMS technician.
The Lot really doesn't have a ring to it, does it? So let's name it something better!
Library staff brainstormed four potential names: Novel Place, Plot Twist, Community Roots, and Booklandia! Tell us which one you like by filling out our online survey or visit the library to fill out our paper survey.
Do you have a better name for the lot? Share it under "Other."
SPL is excited for the lot to transform into a relaxing outdoor community space!
The empty lot behind the Syracuse Public Library shall remain empty no longer! SPL aims to transform it into a community outdoor space for everyone to enjoy while also creating a new location for programs. With a pavilion and storage barn already purchased, the library is looking to add more features to truly make this space a place to gather and relax.
Each summer, community members have enjoyed chilling in our existing seating areas in front of the library. This library improvement project offers yet another avenue for patrons to enjoy the library and access its free Wi-Fi. As part of the transformation, SPL envisions introducing play structures, outdoor seating, little sitting "rooms," a garden area and a story walk, among other amenities. The library also hopes to include an electric hookup -- something many people who use our existing outdoor spaces have asked for in order to charge electronic devices.
To bring this project fully to fruition, the Syracuse Public Library will host an online basket auction on our Facebook page. Library staff has pulled out all stops, creating twelve themed baskets that feature local items donated by Syracuse's many fantastic businesses, nonprofits and individual donors. The estimated value of these baskets spans from $50 to $158.
Basket supporters include Absolutely Apparel & Gifts, Brew City, Brook Pointe Resort, The Channel Marker, Coffee Depot, Dynamic Floral, Friends of the Syracuse Public Library, Karen Cumings, Kiyomi Japanese Cuisine, library staff, Los Toritos, Maxwelton Golf Club, My Red Moon, Neighborhood Fresh, The Papers Inc., Peterson's Fish, Pickwick Theatre, Pizza King, The Sleepy Owl, Syracuse Hardware, Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware, A Touch of Beauty, and Warrior's Energy & Nutrition.
How It Works
Join us for the basket auction on the Syracuse Public Library's Facebook page. We'll auction the first basket from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, with the other baskets following throughout the rest of July through Aug. 5. on Tuesdays and Fridays. So, keep your eyes peeled for your perfect basket!
Under your desired basket's photo, place your bid in the Facebook comments between the allotted hours. Each basket will have a starting bid. The highest bid received by the auction's closing (8 p.m.) wins the basket. We will announce the winner the next day on Facebook and will also send the winner a Facebook message; check your other folder in case Facebook sends it to spam.
Baskets will then be paid for and picked up at the Syracuse Public Library. Auction winners can pay with check (payable to Syracuse Public Library), cash or credit card. While picking up your basket, tell us whether you would like your name included in our recognition of project donors or prefer to remain anonymous.
Make A Splash Basket
A bonus basket features summer vacation fun items, such as children's books, Girl Scout cookies and Brook Pointe Resort swim passes will be bid on in the library itself from July 1-15. Check it out downstairs in the children's department and place your bid.
Other Ways To Help
SPL has donation boxes upstairs and downstairs for those wanting to support the project besides bidding on baskets. Every bit helps the Syracuse Public Library reach its goal of providing the Syracuse community with the best outdoor space we can. Those making donations can request to be included in our recognition of donors or can remain anonymous.
SPL's "In the Garden" group will hit the road to explore nature in person this coming week! Join the first field trip to DeFries Gardens, 17477 CR 46, just outside of New Paris. It is truly a remarkable sight, featuring a calendar garden.
"In the Garden" will meet at 11 a.m. next Thursday, June 16, in DeFries Gardens. Bring a lunch if you like. During this field trip, attendees will explore the gardens before finding some shade discuss natural elements seen in the gardens.
After DeFries Gardens, unless the humidity is too high, the group will go to the nearby Benton Hydro and walk in the woods sometime after noon.
Check out copies of In the Garden's reference book, Nature's Best Hope by Douglas W. Tallamy, while at the gardens. Let Becky Brower know if you can't attend and want a copy of the book; her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group will decide on field trip locations and times so that a July calendar will be created.
Another Outdoor Opportunity
For those wanting to spend more time outdoors while helping the community, a volunteer opportunity exists! SPL has told the Syracure-Wawasee Trail that it will maintain a trail section along Main Street -- from the library to where the segment ends near Brook Pointe Resort. Trash pickup will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, or at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, (meet at the Syracuse Community Center) for those using the gator. Bring a pair of gloves and shoes to walk in.
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