In observation of Christmas, the Syracuse Public Library will close Friday and Saturday, Dec. 24-25. Additionally, for New Year's, the library will close Friday and Saturday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Patrons are encouraged to stock up on materials to enjoy over the holiday season. Do not forget our free digital resources! Libby offers an assortment of e-books, audiobooks, and magazines that can be checked out; you can also use OverDrive to access the same and movies via the browser. Meanwhile, hoopla carries e-books, audiobooks, graphic novels, magazines, music, movies/documentaries, and TV shows.
SPL staff members wish all of our patrons the happiest of holidays and a bright new year!
Predict how many books you can read in the nine months from Jan. 1, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2022, during the "My Voyage Begins" reading challenge. There's a 15 book minimum to join the challenge, and the last day for sign up is June 30, 2022.
Sign up by leaving a challenge slip with your name and phone number at the Syracuse Public Library. You can also sign up by emailing Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org). There's no penalty for missing your goal, so either play it safe by picking an easily attainable number of books or challenge yourself with an optimistic goal.
The books you read can come from the library, Libby, and Hoopla, or be books loaned from a friend or bought from a bookstore or a Friends used book sale. Listen to audiobooks on CDs, Amazon streaming, or wherever you connect with a book. Try something new, such as read a graphic novel, which can be a fun way to explore history or enjoy a great story.
Record your books. You can keep a record of the book titles, author, and optional comments either with our help or anyway you choose. Request that Katie send you a Google Docs link via email, ask Becky for a paper reading log, or use your own notebook. Goodreads has a reading list that lets you record your books as does Overdrive. You can even print out a receipt of your items checked out and save that. You are responsible for having a tally of your books at the end of the September.
The Syracuse Public Library wants to have a party with food and prizes in October. COVID-19 got in the way in 2021, but we had some fabulous prize choice. We plan to have equally wonderful prizes again.
Find cruise mates to join the voyage and take the reading challenge!
The scenery outside of the library looks different to the south! Don & Sons Excavating demolished 701 N. Harrison St. for the Syracuse Public Library Monday, Dec. 13.
Originally purchased by the library in January 2021, the property presented exciting opportunities for the library and its offerings, which are now being explored through a feasibility study by Arkos Design.
The feasibility study will examine potential improvements to library's building and grounds. By its conclusion, architects with Arkos Design will present the most viable options that will benefit library operations and the local community.
In particular, the Syracuse Public Library wants to provide greater accessibility for patrons and offer needed meeting spaces, including small study rooms.
The process kicked off in November with a design charrette (read more here). This meeting brought Arkos Design architects together with library staff members, board of trustees members, and Friends of the Syracuse Public Library to brainstorm.
Since then, architects have continued to refine potential options.
While the feasibility study process continues, the demolition will save library money on utilities. Stayed tuned for more details about the Syracuse Public Library's future plans.
As 2021 wraps up, why not read some of the hottest books of the year? Katie has gathered celebrity book club picks from the lists of Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Jenna Bush Hager and placed the ones available at the Syracuse Public Library onto a single virtual bookshelf! Browse the titles on Evergreen, and then place holds on them or grab them off the library's physical shelves.
To find the list, search "Syracuse Celebrity Book Shelf" in Evergreen, or click this link. Virtual bookshelves make it easy for patrons to find similar books. Beyond the Celebrity Shelf, Syracuse Public Library has also compiled a Young Adult Mystery Shelf, Young Adult Dystopian Shelf, Young Adult Historical Fiction Shelf, Young Adult LGBTQIA+ Shelf, Adult Christmas Shelf, Caldecott Award Winner Shelf for children, and a Potty Training Shelf.
As new releases arrive, more books will be added to these virtual shelves. Katie plans to create a new virtual shelf in 2022 that will feature SPL's adult book club's selections.
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.
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