There is always something new at the Syracuse Public Library! Below are the new titles available in the children's department.
Through the Fairfield Schools Family Literacy Fund, a grant made possible by an anonymous donor, children who live within the Fairfield Community Schools district (Clinton, Benton, and Jackson townships) can receive a free Syracuse Public Library card! Sign up is now active and will run through Aug. 1.
The purpose of this program is to prevent the "summer slide" that a long break from school can cause by providing access to a library. 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.
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 the three townships are encouraged to come, 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.
The summer library card gives the cardholder access to all library services and materials with the exception of hotspots. This includes access to Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla databases, providing access to e-books, audiobooks, magazines, TV shows, movies, documentary, online classes, music and more.
Summer library cards expire Aug. 31. The Syracuse Public Library does offer nonresident library cards for one year ($75.50) or four months ($25.50) for those interested in maintaining a long-term library card.
For more information, call the library at (574) 457-3022.
We've had a massive influx of new children's books at the Syracuse Public Library. Below is just a small selection of the titles now available, with more waiting to be cataloged. Be sure to check them out during your next visit.
April is going to be hopping in the children's department! From a weeklong celebration of spring break to a new evening program, we've got programming for children of all ages.
Spring Break Madness
Each day during spring break will have a different theme: game day, Monday, April 4; Lego day, Tuesday, April 5; “Where’s Waldo” day, Wednesday, April 6; and play dough and clay creation day, Thursday, April 7. On these days, children can drop in during library hours to enjoy activities tied into the day’s theme. There will be a special Lego Jell-O program from 2-3 p.m. April 5, with a showing of “The Lego Batman Movie” following at 6 p.m.
The week culminates with a tour at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, of Sweetwater, 5501 US 30 West, in Fort Wayne. Everyone will meet at Sweetwater for the tour, which will include the company's history, a peek at its behind-the-scenes recording studios, a chance to go down its giant slide and more. Space is limited to 25 people, so registration is required. Register in person at the library or online at https://bit.ly/3CEyqjM. If you have questions or have plans change after registration, contact Rebekah Sceniak at email@example.com or (574) 457-3022.
Homeschool Program And Storytime
The Homeschool Program continues at 10:30 a.m. each Friday in April. Topics will include:
Storytime will also occur at 10:30 a.m. each Friday during April. There will no be Wacky & Wiggly Wednesday Storytime in April.
The Syracuse Public Library will have a new evening program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28. Children and their families will be decorating flowerpots! We are limited on materials, so register for this program in person at the children's desk or sign up online.
Those going to Florida shouldn't have all the fun on spring break! That's why the Syracuse Public Library is hosting a week of fun programs and activities for children and their families to enjoy.
Monday: Game Day
On April 4, the children’s department’s games will be set up and ready to play with during library hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drop in whenever you like to play several games, including Otrio, Chinese checkers, Cadoo, Yatzee, Candyland, Trivia Pursuit, Jenga, Gobblers, and so much more!
Tuesday: Lego Day
April 5 is all about Legos! Children can build with the Legos during library hours from noon to 8 p.m. But the day doesn't stop there! From 2-3 p.m., stop by to build with Lego Jell-O. Then swing back to watch “The Lego Batman Movie” at 6 p.m.
Wednesday: "Where's Waldo" Day
“Where’s Waldo” Day is April 6. There will be a scavenger hunt and activity sheets to complete.
Thursday: Play Dough/Clay Creations Day
Then drop in from noon to 8 p.m. April 7 to create play dough and clay creations.
Friday: Sweetwater Tour
The week culminates with a tour of Sweetwater in Fort Wayne. Everyone will meet at 2 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Sweetwater, 5501 US 30 West; plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. During the tour, children will learn about Sweetwater's history, see its behind-the-scenes recording studios, go down the giant slide, and more.
Space is limited to 25 people, so registration is required. Register in person at the library or online at https://bit.ly/3CEyqjM.
If you have questions or have plans that change after registration, contact Rebekah Sceniak at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (574) 457-3022, ext. 2009.
Children’s programming resumes in the new year with a brand-new storytime on Wednesdays! Wacky and Wiggly Storytime begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, and promises to be a messy fun time filled with good stories. Children joining Wednesday storytimes should dress accordingly!
A relaxed storytime and the Homeschool Program resume at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14. Both programs will then continue at 10:30 a.m. each Friday. The Homeschool Program will probably change its format in February or March, so stay tuned for some exciting new plans!
While attending programs, children are also encouraged to check out the new “I Spy” display, complete the scavenger hunt, or grab a take-and-make craft kit.
Tentative Homeschool Schedule For January ...
November is Picture Book Month! This international literacy initiative celebrates print picture books, which often serve as the building blocks for creating lifelong readers.
Syracuse Public Library staff members have selected a few picture books that they would like to share with our young patrons and their families because the best part about picture books is sharing them.
Without further ado, here are our picks:
Megan's Pick: My Teacher Is a Monster (No, I'm Not) by Peter Brown
Megan loves this book because it always makes kids laugh!
Rebekah's Pick: Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Rebekah likes this book because of the way the story is told and because of how funny it is! It hits her funny bone!
Emilia's Pick: Humpty Dumpty Lived Near a Wall by Derek Hughes
Emilia likes this book because it is a darker retelling of a classic fairytale!
Scarlett's Pick: The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Scarlett loves when I (mom Megan) read this book because I say silly words!
Rhonda's Pick: Thanks for Nothing by Ryan T. Higgins
My granddaughter, Lyl, likes it when grandma makes grumpy voices!
Katie's Pick: Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
My son, Dakota, loves that I can read it by heart and that I do the animal voices.
Note: Megan has put together a display of all our staff picks so they can be easily found!
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