Does a friend or family member live in the town of Syracuse or Turkey Creek Township and doesn’t have a library card? If yes, encourage them to sign up for a card at the Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library this September during National Library Card Sign-up Month.
Resident library cards have no added cost since they are paid for by residents’ tax dollars. Beyond gaining access to a wealth of reading materials and DVDs, SPL library card holders can visit and check materials out from any Evergreen Indiana library, including Milford, North Webster or Ligonier, to name a few. SPL patrons can also use digital resources like Libby or Hoopla to read e-books; listen to audiobooks and music albums; or watch television shows, movies and documentaries. Hotspots are another popular item at the Syracuse Public Library and help connect patrons with the internet in their homes or wherever they may roam.
As a bonus, everyone who signs up for a new library card in September will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. All ages are included in the drawing.
Syracuse Public Library also offers non-resident library cards, available at a rate set by the state of Indiana. Those who sign up for a non-resident library card will also be eligible to take part in the drawing.
For details about our card policies, visit www.syracuse.lib.in.us/policies-and-procedures.html.
Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library is sharing an update from the Indiana State Library about the materials courier service between Hoosier libraries:
A new statewide library courier contract began on June 26. Over these past two months, the Indiana State Library has received feedback on the new service from the entire library community, including everyone from library patrons to directors and deans of academic libraries.
Unfortunately, the new company was unable to keep up with the volume and complexity of Indiana’s public library routes. While their administration was capable and communicative and some promising progress was made during the two months, the impact on libraries was felt widely. Many deliveries were made in error or not at all, mostly due to staffing and driver issues. For these combined reasons, the Indiana State Library will be pivoting back to the previous courier service to carry out the current contract. NOW Courier will assume ownership of all library materials currently in transit on Sept. 1. They will utilize the week of Sept. 4 to sort materials received, and then begin delivering to library locations the week of Sept. 11.
In an effort to help the new courier start smoothly, resource sharing in state -– including Evergreen Indiana, SRCS and Indiana Share -- will be paused temporarily. Evergreen patrons may still borrow in person from all member libraries and place holds, but interlibrary holds will not be occurring until Sept. 17. Evergreen users will also have full access to the Indiana Digital Library eBooks and audiobooks through Libby and Hoopla.
Syracuse Public Library Patrons
While material holds are paused, already-placed holds will be fulfilled once deliveries resume. You do not have to cancel or resubmit your holds. Since the Syracuse Public Library is an Evergreen Indiana library, our patrons can visit and check out needed materials that are not available at SPL from other Evergreen Indiana libraries, such as Milford, North Webster, Cromwell, Ligonier, to name a few. You can find a full list of Evergreen libraries here.
Staff at SPL can help you place holds at other local Evergreen Indiana libraries. You will just need to pick the materials up from that library. As always, our digital resources -- Libby and Hoopla -- are available and offer access to hundreds of digital e-books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and TV shows.
We appreciate your patience during this transition.
Looking to start the school year refreshed? Homeschoolers of varying levels are invited to the Syracuse Public Library for Homeschool 101, which will help families stay updated on current homeschooling laws, curriculum options and available resources.
Homeschooling parents can choose between attending one of two sessions. The first session is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 23, and will feature speakers Kathy Balke, Indiana Association of Home Educators Region 2 representative; Anita Buck, early learners reading and math; Rebekah Sceniak, SPL’s homeschool class teacher; Ashley Weaver, presenter of the Joyful Noise Learning YouTube channel; and Deb Cotton, owner of Care Books and More in New Paris.
An evening session will follow from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. It will feature the same speakers except for Cotton, who will leave information behind for Thursday’s attendees.
Both sessions will feature a resource table that homeschoolers can explore. These sessions will occur in the downstairs meeting room.
Schedules At A Glance
Wednesday, Aug. 23 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Thursday, Aug. 24 (6-7:30 p.m.)
We've had a lot of new books come in for children and their grown-ups to enjoy this past July! Swing by and browse away. No matter your interests, there will be something for you!
Syracuse Public Library will hold a public remembrance for Becky Brower from 4-6 p.m. Monday, July 24, in its Community Roots outdoor space.
For decades, Brower had been a major proponent of lifelong learning at the library. She touched the lives of many people who came through the library's doors with creative programs, an infectious sense of humor and acts of kindness.
Everyone is welcome to come and go from the remembrance as they need to. During it, attendees can share their memories of Brower and talk with each other. Library staff have put together a slideshow, which will play throughout the remembrance. The Friends of the Syracuse Public Library will also serve cookies and refreshments.
The library will close early at 4 p.m. on July 24 so staff can attend the remembrance.
Becky Brower Memorial Fund
Additionally, a Becky Brower Memorial Fund has been started. Those interested in donating toward that fund can make checks payable to the Syracuse Public Library and mention the Becky Brower Memorial Fund in the memo line.
For information, contact the library at (574) 457-3022.
Syracuse Public Library loves connecting our patrons with the materials they want, including bringing some from other libraries in the Evergreen network and beyond. Recently, how these Evergreen Indiana items arrive at the Syracuse Public Library has changed.
The Indiana State Library has changed the transit company that was used by all Indiana libraries to send and receive materials. With any change, there is a transitionary period, which may result in some holds taking longer to be received.
The Syracuse Public Library asks everyone to have patience during this transition. Over time, hold times should be reduced.
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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