COLUMN: Library Focus – Preparing for the spring season

— St. Patrick’s celebration

There won’t be any beer on hand, but we have all the other ingredients for a memorable St. Patrick’s party including a herd of harps, hard and soft sole dancers and special refreshments for St. Patrick's Day. Join us for a grand concert by the Gail Lyons Harp Ensemble, performances by local Irish dance school Rince Na Sonas and the Syracuse Irish Session Musicians. All the party and none of the pain.

Paper art

Join fellow papercrafting enthusiasts for a creative activity at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18. From office to ornamental, scrapbooks to stationery, you can make beautiful paper art under the guidance of Missy Shipman. There is a $20 materials fee for materials you will get to keep and registration is required.

Microsoft Excel

You asked for it, so we brought it back. Sign up now for this free, hands-on course on the leading office spreadsheet software from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. In this course, students create and edit basic Microsoft Office Excel 2010 worksheets and workbooks. The class is free, but registration is required and limited to 10 participants.

CNY Reads at Books for Breakfast

Join in on the conversation at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, as the group discusses Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle. This book is the CNY Reads choice for 2013. Refreshments will be served, and new members are always welcome.


Fans meet to duel and trade from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.

Genealogy 101, part two

The second class of Genealogy 101 meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20. We will explore vital records and family resources to document your family tree started in class 1. What are vital records and where do you find them? What records are in your own homes and your relatives? How do you convince them to share them with you? Genealogist Louise Creighton will take beginners through all you need to know to trace your family tree over the course of five months. This class meets on the third Wednesday of each month. You do not need to attend all of the sessions, but they do build on knowledge learned in previous sessions. The class is free, but registration is required.

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