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:
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?
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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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.
Meet Our Local Heroes!
The entire family can come meet Kosciusko County’s heroes at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.
This Syracuse Public Library event will occur at the Syracuse Community Center, 1013 N. Long Dr., Syracuse.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office will demonstrate their K-9 units. Additionally, officers with the Syracuse Police Department and an Indiana State trooper will answer questions about their jobs. The Turkey Creek Fire Territory will also bring a fire truck and ambulance, with its members sharing what it’s like being a firefighter or EMS technician.
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.
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 ...
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