The adult book club will read "The Other Typist" by Suzanne Rindell during October. This historical fiction novel, set in 1920s New York City, has been compared to the popular "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.
Confessions are Rose Baker's job. A typist for the New York City Police Department, she sits in judgment like a high priestess. Criminals come before her to admit their transgressions, and, with a few strokes of the keys before her, she seals their fate. But while she may hear about shootings, knifings, and crimes of passion, as soon as she leaves the room, she reverts to a dignified and proper lady. Until Odalie joins the typing pool.
As Rose quickly falls under the stylish, coquettish Odalie’s spell, she is lured into a sparkling underworld of speakeasies and jazz. And what starts as simple fascination turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.
Discussions will occur at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, via Zoom and at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the downstairs meeting room.
Book copies are available at SPL. Libby also has digital e-books available.
For information about the adult book club or to receive a Zoom invitation, contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first Fix-It Clinic in September would focus on fan repair.
NOTE: The luncheon portion of this event has been cancelled. The Friends are working on other plans with author Darci Hannah. We will update once plans have been finalized.
Support the Friends of the Syracuse Public Library and meet author Darci Hannah by purchasing a ticket to the Friends' September luncheon!
Darci Hannah, best known for her cozy mysteries, will visit Syracuse for the luncheon, which occurs at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN. Hannah is a native of the Midwest and currently lives in a small town in Michigan. She is a lifelong lover of the Great Lakes, a natural wonder that inspires many of her stories. Her most recent novel is "Murder at the Blueberry Festival," which releases July 26.
Tickets for this event are now available for purchase from a FOL member or at the Syracuse Public Library's upstairs circulation desk.
The Friends raise money to support the Syracuse Public Library and its programs. To learn more about the Friends, click here.
The Syracuse Public Library has received several one-square-foot seed packets, featuring Midwest wildflowers, to give away. Up to three packets are given to each family either at the library or during the native plant sale from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the WACF property on SR 13. The purpose of planting the seeds is not just to be a food resource for local pollinators but to offer a habitat in the soil for the native bees.
The seed sponsors, Tangled Bank Studios and PBS-Nature, have made a movie that shows the amount of activity a bee-friendly area provides in, “My Garden of a Thousand Bees.” Come for a showing at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9. The Syracuse Public Library is facilitating a series of meetings called “In the Garden.” Contact Becky Brower, email@example.com, to receive emails with “In the Garden” notifications for field trips, book discussion topics, walks and trail maintenance. Make a point this summer to meet our local pollinators.
Spaces are filling up fast for the clay class with Elizabeth Wamsley at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. If you haven't registered already, definitely do so before all slots are gone either in person at the library or by reaching out to Becky Brower at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 457-3022.
Elizabeth will make three pieces for everyone to sgraffito; these pieces will then be combined to form hanging chimes. Upon delivery post-firing, class participants will receive materials and directions to hang the parts.
This class is free; however, you must agree to make a $5 refundable deposit or that your card will be charged $5 if you cannot be at the class or notify the library by April 26. If you participated in the September clay class at SPL, you will need to pay $15 to attend.
This program is made possible through a grant provided by the Indiana Arts Commission.
Volunteers unite! The Syracuse Public Library will hold an orientation for those interested in helping us maintain a section of the 12-mile Syracuse-Wawasee Trail.
At 4:30 p.m. on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, make your way to Lakeside Park, 1013 N. Long Drive. Erlene Yentes, director of the Syracuse-Wawasee Trail, will show the cleanup tools used and demonstrate procedures to maintain the trail.
Meet other volunteers at Orientation Day and enjoy light refreshments. Becky Brower, adult services library with SPL, will also share information about the free wildflower seed giveaway, which arrives in May.
The Syracuse trail system is enjoyed by all ages, and several groups help maintain different sections of the trail. The Syracuse Public Library is happy to join their numbers.
Both SPL and Syracuse-Wawasee Trails are nonprofits that qualify for volunteer hours. Contact Brower in person, at email@example.com, or (574)457-3022 for more information or to be added to the mailing list.
If the weather is poor, this event will move to the Syracuse Public Library's meeting room.
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