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 YA Titles Now Available
Seize the latest young adult books, graphic novels, and mangas at the Syracuse Public Library! Some great titles have landed at the end of February and beginning of March. Even more will be coming during the month of March, so keep your eyes open for that list.
“RoseBlood” by A. G. Howard is the YA Book Club Pick for February.
Rune has a mysterious affliction that’s linked to her musical talent. Her mother believes creative direction will help, so she sends Rune to a French arts conservatory rumored to have inspired “The Phantom of the Opera.”
When Rune begins to develop a friendship with the elusive Thorn, she realizes that with him, she feels cured. But as their love grows, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: save Rune or protect the phantom haunting RoseBlood, the only father he’s ever known.
Pick up copies at the library. Digital e-books are available on Libby and Hoopla.
Discussions occur from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, and from 12-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA Space. Email Michelle, email@example.com, or Amber, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
Check Out The Latest YA Titles
Here are new young adult titles for January and February! Check them out or place holds now. Want to recommend a title? Use our new digital request form.
YA Spotlight: Five Survive
By Michelle Parker, Young Adult Services Librarian
If you are looking for a mystery that will keep you guessing and reading late into the night, look no further than "Five Survive" by Holly Jackson.
Red and her five friends are on a road trip to the beach for Spring Break when disaster strikes on an isolated road. The RV's tires are shot out by a sniper who is threatening the six until they give up a particular secret. Will Red and her friends be able to give him what he wants before the deadline at dawn? As the eight hours pass, find out the deadly secrets of each, who will turn on who, and ultimately, which of them will make it out alive.
While the second half of this book is an exciting whirl-wind, be prepared to push through the first half. If you enjoy this one, check out Holly Jackson's series, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, in my opinion, even more of a thrill ride than this one!
Michelle manages the Young Adult Services Department, planning programs, purchasing new books, and revamping the Rosalyn Jones/Young Adult Space.
Pictured are the winners of the North Webster Community Public Library and Syracuse Public Library’s “All Together Now” Teen Art Contest. In front from left are Eva Kennelly, Emerie Walker, Kendall Toumey; and Skye-Leigh Kitson. In back are Eleanor Nightingale, Jackson Hayes and Julia Stover. Not pictured are Raily Klinefelter and Katianne Bolinger.
North Webster and Syracuse community members gathered to celebrate local teen artists during the “All Together Now” Teen Art Contest open house Friday, Jan. 13. The open house concluded the joint North Webster Community Public Library and Syracuse-Turkey Creek Township Public Library teen art contest that saw 13 teen artists submit artwork.
At least 90 people attended the open house located at the North Webster Community Public Library, where Friends from the North Webster and Syracuse libraries provided appetizers and SPL’s Rebekah Sceniak performed live with her violin.
Prizes were awarded in three brackets based on grades. In the sixth through seventh grade group, winners were Raily Klinefelter (first place), Emerie Walker (second place) and Eva Kennelly (third place). Eleanor Nightingale (first place), Julia Stover (second place) and Kendall Toumey (third place) were the winners in grades eighth through ninth. Finally, Skye-Leigh Kitson (first place), Katianne Bolinger (second place) and Jackson Hayes (third place) were the winners in grades 10-12. Because of an anonymous donation, the gift card amounts were increased, so first-place winners received $100 gift cards, second-place winners $50 gift cards and third-place winners $30 gift cards.
Pieces were judged by five volunteer judges, all of whom are local artists: Emily Austin of Emily Austin Design; Deb Connett; Angie Deak of Made on Main; Fred Clark of Sturdy Oaks; and Golden Seaton, whose art is currently displayed at 2nd Floor Gallery & Studio. Wawasee High School art teacher Christi Ziebarth and her students also helped with the judging.
All art pieces will be displayed at NWCPL from Jan. 16-27 and then at SPL from Jan. 30-Feb. 10. At the end of these displays, teen artists can pick up their pieces from their home library, which they had listed on their entry forms.
Teens Help Plan Summer Reading!
Summer will be here before we know it, meaning a new year of summer reading! Young Adult Services Librarian Michelle Parker is asking teens to lend their voices to the planning process.
The 2023 summer reading theme will be "All Together Now," and teens are encouraged to embrace that theme by sharing their thoughts about what they would like the program to look like. Fill out the online survey about the type of programming you'd like to participate in, what prizes would be best, etc.
Finally, mark your calendars to attend the "Help Plan Teen Summer Reading" session from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA space. Help build the summer reading program of your dreams!
For information, contact Michelle at email@example.com.
“Mirror Girls” by Kelly McWilliams is the YA Book Club pick for January.
As infants, twin sisters Charlie Yates and Magnolia Heathwood were secretly separated after the brutal lynching of their parents, who died for loving across the color line. Now, at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Charlie is a young Black organizer in Harlem, while white-passing Magnolia is the heiress to a cotton plantation in rural Georgia.
The sisters reunite as teenagers in the deeply haunted town of Eureka, Ga., where ghosts linger centuries after their time and dangers lurk behind every mirror. They couldn’t be more different, but they will need each other to put the hauntings of the past to rest, to break the mirrors’ deadly curse — and to discover the meaning of sisterhood in a racially divided land.
Pick up copies at the library. Digital e-books and audiobooks are available on Libby.
Discussions occur from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, and from 12-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA Space.
Email Michelle, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Amber, email@example.com, with questions.
The “All Together Now” Teen Art Contest will hold its art open house from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the North Webster Community Public Library, 110 E. North St.
Teen artists, their families or guardians, their friends and the rest of the community are welcome to attend this event, which will showcase the young talent within the North Webster and Syracuse communities.
The Syracuse Public Library’s Rebekah Sceniak will perform live violin music while attendees browse the artwork and enjoy refreshments. Local artists will judge each of the pieces and award places first through third within each grade range. Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m.
If you cannot attend the open house, all art pieces will be displayed at NWCPL from Jan. 16-27 and then at the Syracuse Public Library from Jan. 30-Feb. 10. At the end of these displays, teen artists can pick up their pieces from their home library, which they had listed on their entry forms.
This contest has been a partnership between the North Webster Community Public Library and the Syracuse Public Library. For information, contact Michelle Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hanna Kunkel at email@example.com.
Have you ever wanted to write, draw, or underline in a library book -- to share your inner thoughts with other readers who just might pick up the book? Well, now is your chance!
The Syracuse Public Library's young adult services department is introducing NOTE-ABLE Books. These books allow library patrons to write thoughts, create drawings, or underline favorite passages. All notes and drawings must be kept G-rated.
NOTE-ABLE Books can be found in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA space under the nonfiction books. These books will have "NOTE-ABLE" labeled on their spines. On the first page, there is also a label, describing it as a "NOTE-ABLE BOOK" and encouraging readers to write in it.
Do not write in any library book that does not have the "NOTE-ABLE" designation.
We hope this program will encourage readers to engage with books in new ways and spark different readings for their fellow readers.
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