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We're Renovating Your Library To:

Revitalize our community, meet 21st century user needs, provide space for community engagement and education, grow economic and community infrastructure, and reduce our footprint and upgrade mechanicals. See more information about our renovations, including a timeline and frequently asked questions.

Valentine's Day Themed Reading

Valentine's Day heartReading together remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers. We've pulled together some of our favorite books, songs and finger plays to help you celebrate Valentine's Day with your littlest sweethearts.

Black History Month: Celebrate @ Beauchamp Branch

Black History MonthOCPL is proud to celebrate Black History Month. This February, Beauchamp Branch is presenting movies, performances, author readings and other events that honor the past and present achievements of African Americans. A variety of events for every age!

Black Voices Matter: Poetry Reading
@ Petit Branch

Black Voices Matter logoSaturday, February 13, 2016
2:00 PM, Petit Branch

In Collaboration with Underground Poetry Spot and Rae Angrand’s Invitational Poets

February is African American history month. History is being made, every day, by black people across the country in today’s civil rights movement: Black Lives Matter. To speak to the experience of being young and black in today’s world, and specifically in Syracuse, New York, are six talented young poets: Kyle Tape, Simone Owens, Michelle Tarshus, Mariah Scott, Abigail Bogle, and Mic Tha Poet. They will be performing their work and engaging in the powerful art of spoken word poetry, connecting to a long history of black poets and who came before them.

A Gospel Music Celebration @ Hazard

Dr. Joan Hillsman headshotSaturday, February 13, 2016
2:30 PM, Hazard Branch

Dr. Joan Hillsman and the Syracuse Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America will present “A Gospel Music Celebration” at the Hazard Branch Library on Saturday, February 13th at 2:30.  The program will give an insight into Gospel Music , an African-American art form.  There will be choral music and audience participation as well as Dr. Hillsman’s explanation of how Gospel Music has impacted our nation’s cultural heritage. 

Quilts on Display @ Betts Branch

quilt hanging on display at Betts BranchNow Through February 29, 2016
Betts Branch

Quilting is a time-honored traditional skill with a variety of purposes: bedding, decoration, commemoration, education and artistic expression. Quilts, which provide excellent insulation against the cold, originally used fabric scraps, hand-pieced together. The arrival of fabric mills and the Singer sewing machine expanded the variety of patterns and the speed in which a quilt could be made.The quilting tradition continues in CNY, and February is the time to see these local works on display at Betts Branch Library.

CNY Reads: Book Discussions & More

cny reads logoTuesday, February 16, 2016
9:30 AM, Old Forge Library
Book Discussion: Go Set A Watchman, Led By Alison Eyre Albright

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
7:00 PM,
New Woodstock Free Library

Event: Book Club Discussion

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
1:00 PM , Sullivan Free Library in Chittenango
Event:Film Showing & Discussion

Thursday, February 18, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Manlius Library, Conference Room
Event: Real Life Readers, Discussing: The Mocking Bird Next Door

Thursday, February 18, 2016
6:30 PM, Petit Branch Library
Event: Book Discussion Group, facilitated by Dianne Emmick, retired high school English teacher and CNY Reads board member.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, Liverpool Public Library
Event: Reflections on To Kill A Mockingbird: Panel Discussion - Race and the Criminal Justice System in the 21st Century.

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