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NOPL news: Keeping busy on school break

We’re only a few days into a two-week holiday break for kids in local school districts. Although they’re probably enjoying themselves, keeping busy and looking forward to getting their presents, by next week they might be suffering from cabin fever. If that’s the case, NOPL has just the thing: Jeff the Magic Man is coming!

LETTER: Thanks for tree lighting support

To the editor: The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the businesses and people who contributed in making the Dec. 6 annual tree lighting a success.

NOPL news: Tech help for your new gadgets

If you’re giving a tech gift this holiday, be sure include the gift of tech help, too. When you stop into any NOPL location you can pick up a coupon to give with your technology gifts that entitles the recipient to a free one-on-one tech session at the library with their new device.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Keep the spirit alive with holiday activities at BPL

The tree is lit and the presents are wrapped but the season is far from over, folks. Come on down for help with your own preparations or a chance to enjoy some free entertainment in his expensive season.

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Cork Monkey liquor store open for business in Manlius

Have you ever noticed a business with a unique name out of the corner of your eye and looked twice to see exactly what it is and what it has to offer? That’s what Cork Monkey owner John Nissen hopes will happen to attract customers into his new wine and spirits store located in the Tops Plaza in Manlius.

Cazenovia snowy weather attracts Today Show crews

With Tuesday’s record breaking nor’easter bringing in multiple inches of snow to parts of New York State, film crews from the Today Show decided to make a stop in Cazenovia for a news story.

REMEMBERING CLAY: German Christmas traditions in Clay

Since Germans from the Palatinate of Europe were not only the founding fathers of Clay, but also formed the first congregation which became Immanuel Lutheran Church, I did some research on Christmas in Germany and how it influenced the way we celebrate Christmas in America.

LIBRARY FOCUS: BPL offers a break from the madness

The trees are lit, the malls are packed and holiday madness abounds, but you can still find sanctuary and holiday helps at your library. Step back and enjoy an art display made of flowers past and pressed or update the family and your word processing skills with our Wired Wednesday classes. We also have books, magazines and craft databases full of last minute holiday ideas. Stop in soon and see what we can do to make your holiday a happier one.

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NOPL News: A harmonious chorus

NOPL @ North Syracuse will host a concert presented by the Hospice Harmony Singers at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

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Café at 407 celebrates five years serving community

Local eatery Café at 407 unveiled its new menu and welcomed coffee-drinkers and crafters alike at its fifth anniversary celebration on Dec. 5. Community members gathered for $0.05 coffee and a “handmade market” of several Central New York artisans who shared their locally made wares.

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Art for Kids: Norman Rockwell at the Cazenovia Public Library

Pat Hill and Jenna Wright are once again calling children ages 8 through 14 to the Cazenovia Public Library from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, for the third installment of the popular series “Art for Kids.”

Students to bring Shakespeare to high school stage in January

This winter, Cazenovia High School students are bringing William Shakespeare’s words to life through a modernized production of the iconic play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This well known-comedy will grace the CHS stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in the high school’s auditorium, and it is open to the public.

What to Read: Books and the Reading Life: Holiday Wish List: Books for Christmas

Looking for that perfect gift? Books are always the right size. They’re simple to wrap and never go out of style. They’re also relatively easy on the wallet. My favorite Christmas presents are always books. I make sure my family knows what’s on my wish list. But I also like surprises. Here’s a list of books for a range of readers on your Christmas list. Recommended by Cazenovia Public Library staff, the selection includes fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children’s picture books.

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Fayetteville rings in the Holiday season with annual tree lighting ceremony

More than 1,000 residents gathered at the Fayetteville firehouse last Friday to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the Village of Fayetteville Recreation committee.

LIBRARY FOCUS: Check out BPL’s holiday programs

Whatever the season we’re here to make your life better, be sure to take advantage of some of our special holiday themed services, classes and entertainments this December. First and foremost, stay off the spammers’ radar by sending your Santa letters the old fashioned way in our special Santa Express box. Drop them off by Dec. 20 and you should get a reply by Christmas. You can also save shopping trips by picking up some calendars chock full of historic B’ville photos for just $10 or buying your stocking stuffers from the Friends of the Library’s nut table full of delicious and reasonably priced snacks and hostess gifts.

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