There's never been a better time to be a library card holder! Not one currently, make September the month you finally get one.
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. A library card serves as a gateway for more than just books — it provides community, access to technology and so much more. The Syracuse Public Library serves all off Turkey Creek Township, an area of approximately 8,400 people. Of those individuals, only 1,500 have a library card. That means almost 7,000 within Turkey Creek Township are missing out on access to more than over 29,000 materials, including books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs and mobile hotspots. This figure doesn’t even factor in the digital offerings of books, audiobooks, magazines, TV shows, movies and documentaries available through the Libby and Hoopla apps — all free with a library card.
Signing up for a library card is super easy. Bring your photo ID to the library; if it doesn’t have your updated address within Turkey Creek Township, you’ll also need to have a secondary proof of residence, such as a utility bill. It takes only minutes to get a new patron established in the Evergreen Indiana system, where they have access to not just Syracuse’s items but also those from other Evergreen libraries across the Hoosier State.
To celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month, the Syracuse Public Library will also offer free replacement cards for existing patrons, who have lost them or have cards displaying a lot of wear and tear.
Patrons can celebrate the month by visiting the library and encouraging their friends and family to do so as well. Don’t forget to share a photo of yourself with your library card to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift and a poster of choice from American Library Association Graphics. Three second-place winners will receive their poster of choice. This promotion begins at noon Central Time Thursday, Sept. 1, and ends at noon Central Time Friday, Sept. 23.
You can also help spread the word by using the hashtag, #LibraryCardSignUpMonth. Share why you love your library and why others should have a library card.
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August was a much needed break after summer reading, but now, we're ready to get down to business this autumn. And oh, do we have a lot of fun plans!
Emilia is launching a brand-new program tailored to tweens and older children: Monday Funday! This program occurs at 4 p.m. each Monday, starting Sept. 12. During it, Emilia will task children to complete different challenges. The first session will be a Lego Build Contest on Sept. 12. Fans of Guinness World Records won't want to miss Sept 19, which will be all about "Break a Record." Finally, Sept. 26 will be a taste test. Just what does Emilia have up her sleeves? You'll have to come to know what you'll be tasting!
Our regular Homeschool Program and Storytime are also returning and will now be at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday, starting Sept. 14.
Miss Rebekah will cover a variety of topics in September. She'll lead off with the science of cloud formation and how to identify them on Sept. 14. Then on Sept. 21, prepare to hit the high seas with "HISTORY Pirates"! The last Wednesday of the month, Sept. 28, will center on the culture and geography of Hawaii. While the children learn, we encourage their parents to network with fellow home-schooling parents and share resources.
At the same time as the Homeschool Program, Miss Megan will lead Storytime for younger preschool children. This is a great opportunity for children to engage with fantastic stories and the alphabet. Afterward, there will be crafts or coloring.
Continue to watch the Children's page for additional topics and programming-related news.
In the Garden is hitting the road again! This time we're exploring Pisgah Marsh & Boardwalk.
Scott Fetters, private lands biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will join the Syracuse Public Library’s In the Garden group on its tour of Pisgah Marsh and Boardwalk at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Fetters planted the wildflowers at the WACF’s Between-the-Lakes Preserve and will share his knowledge of native plants and insects during the walk.
Pisgah Marsh and Boardwalk is home to a variety of plant and animal species. Its 445 combined acres is comprised of grassland, wetland, upland forest and lake habitat.
Participants will meet at Pisgah Marsh, 9950 E. 350N, Pierceton, for the tour. For information, contact Becky Brower at (574) 457-3022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lot of popular movies and TV series will land at the Syracuse Public Library this August and early September. Check them out today! Movies with later release dates are noted.
The Friends of the Syracuse Public Library are updating their program with cozy mystery and historical fiction author Darci Hannah! It is now a free author event!
We invite everyone to hear Hannah speak at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, in the Syracuse Public Library's downstairs meeting room. A Midwest native, Hannah is best known for her cozy mysteries and historical fiction. Her stories often combine her love of the Great Lakes, baking, and animal friends — the ingredients for rather tasty mysteries! Fans of mysteries with recipes will definitely enjoy Hannah's "Beacon Bakeshop Mystery" series and "A Very Cherry Mystery" series.
Attendees will listen to Hannah speak and enjoy light refreshments. This event is free, and there will be a door prize! Hannah will also have copies of her books available for purchase.
For information about Hannah, visit her author website.
Here are some of the latest books you will find at the Syracuse Public Library this August! Those that will release later in the month have their release dates beside them. There are a lot of great titles coming, including new books from Joyce Carol Oates, Stuart Woods, James Patterson, and more.
Calling all fixers! The Syracuse Public Library is seeking individuals who are talented in small household item repair and are willing to share those skills with their neighbors.
This fall SPL hopes to host fix-it clinics, which would pair people with broken household items with volunteer fixers. These volunteers would guide participants through the repair process so they can repair the next one on their own, diverting fixable items from the landfill.
If you are knowledgeable in basic household item repair (lamps, fans, vacuums, clothing, etc.) and would like to share your skills, contact Becky at email@example.com.
The first Fix-It Clinic in September would focus on fan repair.
We've had a lot of new books in this summer. Here are some of the latest ones in the children's department.
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