Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library will pull out all the stops to celebrate the launch of summer reading and the official opening of its new Community Roots outdoor space. The library invites the entire community to attend the special kickoff party on Friday, June 2.
Children and teens can sign up for summer reading from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; those without library cards can also sign up. During the party, play outdoor games — including cornhole and the giant “Connect Four” — and decorate the sidewalk with chalk. Scratchers will be given away at sign-up, with children winning either prizes or raffle tickets. Attendees will also enjoy root beer floats while supplies last.
At 11 a.m., the library will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Community Roots (alongside the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce), which the public and project donors can attend. The Community Roots project started after the library purchased a property to its south and demolished the existing house in 2021. With support from the community, local businesses and a grant, the space has come to fruition in time for 2023’s summer reading program.
Community Roots will provide an additional programming site for the Syracuse Public Library with its outdoor seating and 22-by-12-foot wood pavilion. When not in use for library programming, community members can enjoy it during the daytime hours as a peaceful retreat. The space also features a storage barn with a colorful mural honoring project donors. In the future, the library plans to include a community garden and other landscaping additions.
The project’s barn, pavilion and benches were made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, from 1-2 p.m., all ages can attend the Foamzilla foam party in the library’s staff parking lot. Those attending the party must wear shoes for safety reasons.
For information, contact the Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library at (574) 457-3022 or email the library’s communications specialist, Sarah Wright, at email@example.com.
Schedule At A Glance
(All activities will occur in Community Roots and the staff parking lot, weather permitting.)
Community Roots Gallery
The Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library is pleased to once again offer free Evergreen Indiana library cards to children and their families living in the Fairfield Community Schools district. These cards are possible through the Fairfield Schools Family Literacy Fund, a grant created by an anonymous donor. This program's purpose is to prevent the "summer slide" that a long break from school can cause by providing access to library materials. Sign-up is now active and will run through Aug. 1.
To qualify, children must be aged birth to those entering grade 12 in the fall. Children need not attend school to be eligible -- preschoolers and homeschoolers within Benton, Clinton, and Jackson townships are encouraged to sign up, too. Families with multiple children aged birth to 12 years old will only receive one card; however, children 13-18 are eligible for their own library cards.
How Do I Sign Up?
Families within Clinton, Jackson, and Benton townships can come to the Syracuse Public Library with their photo IDs and proof of address (such as a utility bill or other piece of mail) to register for these summer library cards.
Qualifying teens under 18 will need an adult with them to sign up for their library card.
What Do I Get With A Library Card?
The summer library card gives the cardholder access to all Syracuse Public Library services and materials, excluding hotspots. You can also access our digital resources, including the Libby and Hoopla apps, which offer access to hundreds of e-books, audiobooks, magazines, TV shows, movies, documentaries, online classes, music, and more.
Of course, families are also encouraged to join SPL for its many summer reading programs and activities! You need no library card to attend programs.
When Do They Expire?
Summer library cards expire Aug. 31. The Syracuse Public Library does offer nonresident library cards for one year or four months for those interested in maintaining a long-term library card.
For more information, call the library at (574) 457-3022.
National Library Week occurs April 23-29, a time to celebrate libraries, library workers' contributions and promote library use and support. The theme for National Library Week 2023 is "There's More to the Story." It illustrates libraries' multiple roles that transcend books.
The Syracuse Public Library offers books in different forms, including Vox books that read to children and books in Spanish. That is a small fraction of what the library provides. Patrons and community members of all ages have access to various programs all year-round. Need access to public computers, free Wi-Fi, or a printer, scanner or fax machine? These are all available to the community. Take-and-make crafts for children and teens can be picked up while visiting. Love puzzles? The Syracuse Public Library has a puzzle exchange where everyone can take and leave a puzzle.
To celebrate the week, the Syracuse Public Library will offer free card replacements from April 24-29. Can’t find your library card? Is your card in terrible shape? Now is your chance to replace it.
Patrons can also leave a note about what they appreciate about the library. Submit your statement at the following link: shorturl.at/betyY.
If you use the Libby app, there are some new titles waiting for you! The Syracuse Public Library has purchased the following digital e-books and audiobooks for our patrons to enjoy. Check them out on Libby today or place a hold.
SPECIAL NOTE: Don't forget the OverDrive app will be officially discontinued May 1. If you haven't made the switch to the Libby app, do so now. The Libby app is available in the Google Play Store and Apple Store. If you use a Kindle, you can access the Libby App in your web browser at libbyapp.com. OverDrive Inc. is still working to get the Libby app listed in Amazon's app store.
Spring Break Fun Abounds At SPL
You don't have to travel far for spring break fun this year. All weeklong, the Syracuse Public Library will offer a host of programs for children and young adults. Here is the rundown of what to expect the week of April 3-6 (the library will close Friday, April 7, for Good Friday)!
Children, get ready! The children's department staff has come up with some fun plans for you! Here is what to expect:
Meanwhile, young adults (grades 6-12) have their own programs during the week:
New books are constantly arriving at the Syracuse Public Library, and there were some really good options for children of all reading levels in the last couple of deliveries! Browse below for a pretty comprehensive list of new titles in January and February. Then we highly recommend checking out a handful!
As part of the Syracuse Public Library's mission of lifelong learning, the children's department recently added several new nonfiction sets to its collection.
Megan, SPL children's librarian, has been eager to expand the nonfiction section in the children's department to provide children with more updated books on various subjects. Nonfiction is fun like that -- it's constantly changing as humanity's knowledge expands.
These sets from ABDO will fulfill that goal! From sports to other cultures to science, there is something here for every child's interests.
Newly Available Nonfiction Sets
Winter is the perfect time to pick up several new books to read together with your children. Check out some of these new arrivals at Syracuse Public Library.
There are so many great new children's books to explore at the Syracuse Public Library! Here are the bulk of the new titles, which include picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, nonfiction books, and books targeted to early readers. What will you reading in the month of October?
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.
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