Stop by for a movie night all thanks to your library card! Titles in red are brand-new in July; some also have their release dates by them. Please note that some titles may arrive later than their release dates, especially with the Fourth of July holiday.
Becky Brower was a major proponent of lifelong learning at the Syracuse Public Library. She touched the lives of so many people who came through the library's doors with creative programs, an infectious sense of humor, and kindness. Her passing on Monday, June 19, left us all grappling with her loss.
Patrons and library staff are encouraged to leave memories of Becky on the bulletin board behind her desk upstairs in the library. We have provided slips of paper. Those wanting to leave digital thoughts are welcome to do so on the library's social media posts about Becky.
Megan has also put together a memorial for Becky in the Main Street entry display case. It features Becky in her element, helming programs, encouraging learning, and interacting with people. Becky had many interests and passions, from the natural world to literature to coffee and tasty food. These are all highlighted there.
The library will also hold a remembrance from 4-6 p.m. Monday, July 24, in Community Roots, as long as the weather cooperates. We will close the library early on that day so staff members can attend. Attendees will be able to share memories or other words about Becky. As planning continues, we will share more details in the future.
SPL's In the Garden group is planning to create a native plants memorial garden in Community Roots for Becky, who was incredibly passionate about native pollinators and plants. We will share more details about this project as it gets underway.
Martial arts expert Matthew Smith, headmaster of Juko-Ryu Toide & Martial Arts Center, will come to the Syracuse Public Library to talk about samurai history and culture. He will also perform a sword demonstration.
Smith is a sensei in Kobujutsu and holds high rankings in several different weapon systems. He has studied martial arts for 29 years. Currently, Smith is a Hachidan/8th Dan in Juko-Ryu Toide-jutsu and the Division Head of Juko-Ryu Toide-jutsu for Juko-Kai International.
He noted, “I have a passion for self-mastery and for helping others reach their full potentials and to live Empowered.”
This presentation will cover the different lengths of weapons the samurai carried and a look at these warriors’ vast history and culture, including their Bushido Code.
Ages 10 and older can attend this program from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, in the downstairs meeting room. For information, contact young adult services librarian Michelle Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 457-3022, ext. 2008.
Ages 10 and older won’t want to miss Jim Conley of Conley Backwoods Skills when he comes to the Syracuse Public Library to teach his “Call of the Wild Youth Outdoors Skills Course.”
From 2-4 p.m. Friday, June 16, Conley will teach a variety of outdoor and survival skills depicted in some of the world’s best-selling outdoor-themed books, such as “Call of the Wild,” “The Hunger Games” and “Hatchet.”
From survival shelters and trail markers to rescue signals and knot tying, students will spend time outside learning outdoor skills. Conley shared, "I love reading and teaching outdoor skills and this course is a great way to engage kids with nature and books at the same time!"
For information, contact young adult services librarian Michelle Parker at (574) 457-3022, ext. 2008.
During June and July, register to solve the library’s travel-themed escape room.
All ages are encouraged to team up to work out the clues and riddles in the Rosalyn Jones Room. Each team will have an hour to do so.
Visit the Syracuse Public Library’s digital calendar — https://shorturl.at/cxJPT — to find available time slots. Once a desirable date and time is found, register for it through the calendar by clicking “register now.” Fill out the form with your contact information and the number of people within your party.
Contact Parker at (574) 457-3022, ext. 2008, or email@example.com for information or to schedule on the phone or by email.
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