Library Events 2022

Library Events during Winterfest 2022

ONONDAGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY – Located in the Galleries of Syracuse,
447 South Salina Street Info: 315-435-1800 or visit www.onlib.org

All of February:
Betts Branch, The Cabin Fever Quilt Show – The library will once again be covered in quilts! Quilts old and new, traditional and modern, will adorn our walls and windows to cozy things up for the long winter days. An Open House and Reception will be held on Thursday, February 20th, 10am – 4pm, with quilting demonstrations, light refreshments, and short films shown throughout the day. Maker Pop-Up: DIY Paper Quilts – Stop in any day in February at 10am to create your own small quilt out of scrapbook paper.
Betts Branch, Sweet Reads: What’s Your Favorite Book? Stop into Betts and share your favorite book on a paper heart! We will hang them up in the children’s area for the month of February.
Betts Branch, Blind Date with a Book. Our popular program is back! Just like a blind date, you can’t be sure what you’ll get with these specially-wrapped books that mask the cover and declare only a few basic details about the hidden contents. Check out one (or more!) of these books, take it home, and curl up in your favorite reading spot for an unforgettable night!
Paine Branch, Black History Month Fact Find. Celebrate and learn about the contributions of Black Americans throughout February. Try to find the answers to all 10 questions about Black history and historical figures. The answers will be hidden on hearts in the children’s area. If you can find all 10 answers you can pick a prize from our treasure chest. Each child can play once a week for a prize. For ages 5-12.
Paine Branch, Obsessions by Jaleel Campbell. Syracuse native and multidisciplinary artist, Jaleel Campbell will display his work throughout February in honor of Black History Month. He will showcase select pieces of his work spanning the last five years including illustrations, photographs and cloth dolls. His work has been featured at the Community Folk Art Center, Redhouse Theater, the Everson Museum, the Neuberger Museum and many other art/cultural facilities. There will be an Artist Reception on Saturday, February 15th , 2pm – 4pm. Experience Black culture with all of your senses at our Black History Month celebration. Meet the artist, and children can look forward to meeting Jaleel’s newest creations, the Jalethal dolls and design their own Jalethal doll with crayons and markers. All are invited to try soul fusion cuisine from local chef, Venus Likulimbi of Yard Greens Catering.
Paine Branch, Drop-In Craft. Come get crafty with us! Each week there will be a new DIY craft available in the children’s area for the entire week. For ages 5-12.
Paine Branch, Library Lovers’ Challenge. Celebrate Library Lovers’ Month by participating in our challenge for a chance to win a special raffle prize! Pick up one or both of the Library Lovers’ Challenge bookmarks. Complete the challenge on the bookmark to be entered in the raffle. The winner will be announced on March 1. Also red, pink and purple heart cutouts will be available at the front desk. Write a note telling us why you love libraries so much and we’ll post it on our windows near the computers for passersby to see.
Soule Branch, Artist of the Month: Ute Oestricher. Local artist Ute Oestreicher will display her artwork throughout the month of February at Soule Branch.
Soule Branch, Chocolate Lover’s Month Raffle. In honor of this sweet celebrarion, we’ll raffle off a prize basket at month’s end full of lots of delicious chocolate treats. For a chance to win, all you have to do is use the library: check out a book, use the computers, attend a program, work on the puzzle, read for an hour in our lounge, etc. Speak with a staff member afterwards to earn tickets for your chance to win.
Petit Branch, Reflections: Paintings by Spencer Stultz. Her art mainly includes portraiture, where she interrogates her experiences and reflects on childhood memories and experiences. She depicts scenes from her current reality, which are relatively foggy, and simplistic in nature. Her projections of what the future will hold are hopeful and ambitious, as she visually creates the future that she hopes to see. She depicts her future as bright and bold. Spencer recreates her life, and the various ways that she chooses to remain fully present in it.
Petit Branch, Download Mania. Did you get a cool new phone, tablet or e-reader this holiday season? Have you been curious about borrowing free eBooks, audiobooks, music or movies from the library? We can show you how! Book an appointment during February, and start downloading today. Call 315-435-3636 to make an appointment

Thursday, February 13th:
Soule Branch, 9am – 4pm; Valentine’s Drop-In Craft for children. Brighten up the dreary days of February with a beautiful, Valentine’s Day-inspired mosaic heart suncatcher. All supplies will be available in the children’s area from Feb. 13 & 14.
Onondaga Free Library, 9:30am – 10:30am; Crafts & Conversation. You’re invited to meet, chat, share crafting/hobby ideas, and work on your current projects, such as knitting, crocheting, word games, coloring, Sudoku, etc. Afterwards, you can browse the library’s Crafts & Hobbies collection. Bring your craft/hobby and a friend!
Onondaga Free Library, 11:15am; Family Storytime. Fun for the whole family. Stories, songs, crafts and more! For children, ages 2 & up. No registration required.
Central Library, Noon – 1:30pm; Talk to a Lawyer. Need help with your legal problems? Volunteer lawyers will answer your questions on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early and sign in as space is limited. CNY Meeting Room, Level 3.
Petit Branch, 3:30pm – 4:30pm; Teen Writing & Drawing Group. We will dabble in Black-Out Poetry, illustration exercises, writing/drawing in response to a prompt and play writing and drawing games. Sharing is encouraged but never required, but offers constructive feedback. We will have snacks and coloring pages!
Hazard Branch, 5pm – 7pm; Palentine’s Day. Celebrate friendship and fun with us on Palentine’s Day! We will be making friendship bracelets, playing delicious candy games, and making cupcakes out of Crayola Model Magic. For ages 11 and up.

Friday, February 14th:
Paine Branch, Winter Recess Raffle. Pick up an activity packet anytime during winter recess. Earn a raffle ticket for each activity you complete throughout the week. The winner will be announced on Saturday, February 22 at 4:30 p.m. For ages 5-18.
Soule Branch, 9am – 4pm; Valentine’s Drop-In Craft for children. Brighten up the dreary days of February with a beautiful, Valentine’s Day-inspired mosaic heart suncatcher. All supplies will be available in the children’s area from Feb. 13 & 14.
Central Library, 1pm – 3pm; Basic Computer Instruction. Basic one-on-one computer instruction offered on a walk-in basis for the following topics: How to write a resume or cover letter, create a word processing document, set up an email account or search the internet. Sessions may include a short instructional video on the topic and/or brief, practical application assistance. No appointments necessary. For adults. Computer Lab, Level 2.
Hazard Branch, 3:30pm – 4:30pm; D.I.Y. Fridays. Stop by after school to release some of your creative energy with a fun DIY project. Day we will be making Valentine’s Day cards. For ages 5 and up.

Saturday, February 15th:
Paine Branch, Winter Recess Raffle. See Fri., Feb. 14th.
Betts Branch, 9:30am – 11:30am; Hooks & Needles. A time to chat, knit, crochet and share ideas in a casual and friendly environment. All are welcome!
Hazard Branch, 10am – 11am; Crafters’ Corner. February is National Bird Feeding Month, and our Children’s Corner will be filled with a variety of fun and creative bird-related crafts as well as a birds of New York State scavenger hunt. Ages 5 & up.
Hazard Branch, 10:30am – 11:30am; Paws and Books. Enjoy reading a story to Cooper, a trained, lovable dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Then “sit and stay” to complete a dog-related craft. For ages 5-12.
White Branch, Noon – 2pm; Saturday Sewing Workshop. In these ongoing sewing workshops, we will teach you how to properly use & maintain a sewing machine, choose & read patterns, measure & cut fabric, and bring various fiber arts projects to life! We will support beginners, intermediate and advanced users alike! For children (ages 8+ with adult supervision), teens, and adults. Please bring your own sewing machine if you have one. No registration necessary, although sewing machines are available based on first come, first serve basis.
Betts Branch, 2:30pm – 4:30pm; Saturday Matinee: “The Lion King”. Join us for the “live-action” remake of the Disney classic. Screened with closed captions. Snacks and drinks provided. Run-time: 1 hour, 58 minutes. MPAA Rating: PG. Common Sense Media says ages 8 and up. Call the library for details: 315-435-1940.

Sunday, February 16th:
Paine Branch, Winter Recess Raffle. See Fri., Feb. 14th. Onondaga Free Library, 2pm – 4:30pm; Sunday Matinee: “Doctor Sleep”. Join us once a month for a popular new release. This month: Years following the events of The Shining, a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl. Rated R

Tuesday, February 18th:
Paine Branch, Winter Recess Raffle. See Fri., Feb. 14th.
Petit Branch, All week; Mid-Winter Break – Walk-In Craft. Stop by during library hours and have fun with a winter craft – create your very own paper plate snowman!
Soule Branch, Winter Break Activities. Keep your children occupied and engaged during winter break. Today: Mr. Learnie Lego set spurs building imagination while teaching your youngster to clean up and put things in their proper places.
Betts Branch, 9:15am – 1pm; Tax Help. AARP Tax Aide tax preparers are available Tuesday and Wednesday mornings starting February 4 — by appointment only — to help you prepare your 2019 Federal and NY state tax returns for free. Call 315-435-1940 to schedule your appointment. Make your tax appointment today!
Petit Branch, 10:30am – 11am; Read, Sing and Play: Story Time. Combined toddler and preschool story hour for ages 11/2 – 5 and their families or caregivers. Includes stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and songs. Daycare centers, nursery schools, preschools, and pre-kindergarten programs please make an appointment for a special story time.
Soule Branch, 11am – 11:30am; Story Play. Did you know that play equals learning? This fun, informal story time combines stories with playtime. Enjoy stories, discover wonderful toys, and meet new friends. We may even do an art project! Open to children through 5 years old with their caregiver. No registration is necessary.
Central Library, 1pm – 3pm; Basic Computer Instruction. Basic one-on-one computer instruction offered on a walk-in basis for the following topics: How to write a resume or cover letter, create a word processing document, set up a web e-mail account or search the internet. Sessions may include a short instructional video on the topic and/or brief, practical application assistance. For adults.
Central Library, 1:15pm – 3pm; Conversation Group for English Language Learners. Offered for those who wish to practice their English speaking and listening skills. Adults who wish to join a class should call (315) 435-1835 for details.
Paine Branch, 2pm – 3pm; Snowman Stress Balls. Squeeze all your winter worries away with you own stress ball. We will decorate balloons with permanent markers and filling them with beans, rice, or flour. For ages 5-18.
Central Library, 3:30pm – 4:30pm; TOP: Teen Outreach Program. An evidence-based youth program that focusing on the social, mental, and emotional health of teens. Fun activities, and free snacks provided each week! Runs every Tuesday. Ages 12-18.
Central Library, 4:30pm – 5:30pm; Inspiration Station. Join us every third Tuesday for LEGO Free Play! Ages 5-12.

Wednesday, February 19th:
Paine Branch, Winter Recess Raffle. See Fri., Feb. 14th. Beauchamp Branch, 10am – 11am; Letters and Writing. Learn about and sing about ABC’s! We will also recite poems! Crafts- Practice writing your name!
Petit Branch, All week; Mid-Winter Break – Walk-In Craft. See Tues., Feb. 18th.
Soule Branch, Winter Break Activities. Keep your children occupied and engaged during winter break. Today: Cubelets offer an infinite number of configurations that introduce your child to robotics.
Betts Branch, 9:15am – 1pm; Tax Help. See Tues., Feb. 18th.
Paine Branch, 10am – 4pm; Indoor Ice Skating. Join us for a day of winter fun! Try out our ice skating rink or have a snowball fight inside the library. We will also be making giant snowflakes from Popsicle sticks. For ages 5-18.
Central Library, 10:30am -11:30am; Read, Sing, Play! Storytime. Share the joy of books with your children. Read, Sing and Play with them so they will be ready to read. No registration required, all ages welcome. Located in Kidspace on Level 2.
Onondaga Free Library, 11:15am; Family Storytime. See Thurs., Feb. 13th.
Betts Branch, 2:30pm – 4:45pm; Wednesday Matinee: “Aladdin”. Join us for movies and snacks! Feel free to bring a pillow, or blanket to get comfortable. This is the new live-action Aladdin with closed captions. MPAA Rating: PG, recommended ages 8+
Petit Branch, 1pm – 3pm; Petit Knitters – Sit and Knit. Show off your projects, share tips and tricks, and chat with other friendly knitters in a casual setting.
Central Library, 2pm -4pm; Onondaga Community College Q&A. An OCC representative will be on hand to answer questions about applying to college, financial aid, degree programs, and other questions related to attending college.
Mundy Branch, 4:30pm – 5:30pm; Technology Camp. Join our dedicated Teen Technology Leaders in learning about basic robotics, computer coding, gaming with tablets, and more! All programs are STEAM-based and offer plenty of hands-on activities for kids and teens. For ages 8 – 16.
Betts Branch, 6pm – 7pm; Knitting for Beginners with Maggie. Learn the basics of knitting: knit, purl, cast on, cast off, increase and decrease. Make a simple project, a scarf. Yarn will be provided. Please bring your own size 10 knitting needles.

Thursday, February 20th:
Paine Branch, Winter Recess Raffle. See Fri., Feb. 14th.
Petit Branch, All week; Mid-Winter Break – Walk-In Craft. See Tues., Feb. 18th.
Soule Branch, Winter Break Activities. Keep your children occupied and engaged during winter break. Today: Jack, our programmable robot mouse, helps kids build coding skills in order to help Jack reach the cheese.
Onondaga Free Library, 9:30am – 10:30am; Crafts & Conversation. See Thurs., Feb. 13th.
Onondaga Free Library, 11:15am; Family Storytime. See Thurs., Feb. 13th.
Paine Branch, 2pm – 3pm; Taste Test: Cookies. Test your taste buds and see if you can match 7 different chocolate chip cookies with the correct brand. Earn a point for each correct guess, those with the most points at the end can pick a prize from our treasure chest. For ages 5-18.
Petit Branch, 3:30pm – 5pm; Game Day. We want every Thursday here to have something fun for Teens & Tweens. Come & enjoy our selection of board games, including Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, Connect-4 and Candyland.

Friday, February 21st:
Paine Branch, Winter Recess Raffle. See Fri., Feb. 14th.
Petit Branch, All week; Mid-Winter Break – Walk-In Craft. See Tues., Feb. 18th.
Central Library, 1pm – 3pm; Basic Computer Instruction. See Fri., Feb. 14th.
Paine Branch, 2pm – 3pm; Flashback Friday Story Time with Barbara Hildenbrand. The legendary, retired OCPL children’s librarian & lifetime Eastwood resident returns to the library for a very special story time. Enjoy a few classic story time books read by Ms. Hildenbrand and then make a fun wintry craft with our current children’s librarian, Ms. Lauren! For ages 1-12.

Saturday, February 22nd:
Paine Branch, Winter Recess Raffle. See Fri., Feb. 14th.
Petit Branch, All week; Mid-Winter Break – Walk-In Craft. See Tues., Feb. 18th.
Betts Branch, 9:30am – 11:30am; Hooks & Needles. A time to chat, knit, crochet and share ideas in a casual and friendly environment. All are welcome!
Paine Branch, 11am – Noon; Fun with Science: Brilliant Black Scientists. In honor of Black History Month, we will be learning about some African American scientists who have contributed to science and medicine as we know them today. Come ready to experiment with and learn about their awesome discoveries & innovations. Ages 5-12.
Paine Branch, 2pm – 3pm; DIY Mardi Gras Masks. Get ready for Mardi Gras by creating your own mask from glitter, feathers, jewels and more. Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated on “Fat Tuesday,” however, it has evolved into a week-long festival including parades with elaborate costumes and masks. For ages 12-18.
Betts Branch, 2:30pm – 4:30pm; Slime Party. Everyone will make their own base slime, then have the opportunity to add in all kinds of materials like fake snow, food coloring, hand lotion, and glitter.

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