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NOPL news: September is Library Card Sign-up Month

NOPL wants to make sure you haven’t forgotten the most important school supply of all — a library card. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when NOPL joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that everyone has a free library card.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: As school starts, remember to be safe on the roads

Summer vacation is winding down, and parents are gathering supplies and preparing to send their children back to the classroom for another productive year. Very soon, our communities and our morning commutes will be buzzing with buses filled with children on their way to and from school. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also an opportunity for all of us to think about safety. Below are some tips and reminders that can help ensure a safe and happy back-to-school season.

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EDITORIAL: Easing into the back-to-school routine

Getting back into the swing of the school year can be quite an adjustment for parents and children alike. Luckily, we have a few tips on how to ease your family into the back-to-school routine.

LBE Playground Community Build postponed

Long Branch Elementary has had to postpone its Community Playground Build. The volunteer event, originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29, has been postponed because the site contractor is in the hospital.

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LBE seeks volunteers to help build playground

Long Branch Elementary will soon have a new playground, and it’s going to be a true community effort. Volunteers will build the new playground structure Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29. The school’s PTCO is looking for community members to help with the effort.

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Brave Bots

C-NS art students create hand-painted tiny robots for Golisano patients

Scattered across the counter in a classroom at Cicero-North Syracuse High School are dozens of dominoes, each hand-painted to depict a tiny robot — or in this case, “Brave Bot.” Stacy Finney’s OCM BOCES summer school art class took inspiration from Oregon-based artist Gary Hirsch, who has created more than 27,000 figures for his “tiny (and sometimes giant) robot army programmed to bring you joy,” as Hirsch’s website reads. Finney’s class is donating their Brave Bots to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, where the miniature robots are meant to inspire courage in young patients.

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EDITORIAL: LBE needs your help with playground build

Are you good with your hands? Looking for something to do Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug 29? Do you like free food? Then come on down to Long Branch Elementary next weekend to help build their new playground!

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NOPL news: Beyond the books: Online research through the library

In just a few weeks, kids will be returning to school and receiving their first assignments of the school year. Lots of families turn to the library to find non-fiction and reference resources that they can borrow for their assignments. But do you know about all the electronic resources that are available to you 24 hours a day with your library card?

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NOPL news: Nominate a NOPL librarian for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

Librarians in our nation’s 120,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people every day. If a librarian from Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.

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LHS Senior of the Week: David Sill

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is an accomplished Special Olympian, having competed in the games for the last 12 years.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Every child deserves a quality education

When it comes to our kids’ education, I think we can all agree that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. That’s why early special education programs — like the one offered at the Main Street School in North Syracuse — are so important.

Local educators attend ‘unconference’

LMS hosts teacher-directed Edcamp CNY

When Nate Perry Elementary School teacher Christina Luce attended Edcamp Upstate New York in Queensbury last fall, she knew she wanted to bring the “unconference” for educators back home to Liverpool. This past weekend, she did just that. The first Edcamp CNY was held Saturday, July 18, at Liverpool Middle School.

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Little green thumbs

NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm hosts nature camp

An exuberant group of tweens spends each Friday morning trawling through the junior gardeners’ plot at the NOPL at Cicero LibraryFarm as part of a 14-week nature camp. On July 17, they were counting radish seedlings, harvesting fistfuls of peas and beans and looking for their unofficial toad mascot, Bomber.

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Historic North Syracuse: Do you know anything about this picture?

Pictured here, a North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department Buffalo pumper on Church Street answers a call. Do you know anything about this photo? Can you provide an exact date? If you can, email the editor at editor@eaglestarreview.com.

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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.