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DCL Spring Events Guide March, April & May 2016


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Spring Program Guide March, April & May 2016

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DeWitt Community Library in ShoppingTown Mall 3649 Erie Blvd. East DeWitt, NY 13214

Featured Programs

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DCL Music Series


DCL Mysteries


Computers & Technology


Teen Page


Family Fun Programs


Children’s Storytimes & Programs


Actor’s Digital Table Read


Dealing with Loss


One-on-One Tech Help



Sometimes events beyond our control result in date changes or event cancellations. Program registered patrons who supply a phone or e-mail address at sign-up will be notified of any changes as they may occur. Patrons are encouraged to register by phone 315-446-3578, or via our website at: We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

#1 - WEBSITE: Check our Calendar of Events. Click on event titles for more information and/or to register. #2 - PHONE (315) 446-3578 #3 - STOP BY the Front desk.

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DCL Book & Bake Sale Friday, April 22 & Saturday, April 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm & Sunday, April 24 (Book Sale only) @ 1:00 - 5:00pm This April, the DeWitt Community Library and the Friends of the DeWitt Community Library are hosting a Book & Bake Sale. Browse our selection of gently used books and pick up a yummy treat to enjoy! All items are $1.00*, unless specially marked. Discover a treasure to read or enjoy a treat to taste.

*Donation goes to support DCL programs and services.


Featured Programs New Age

Rescheduled from 2/11

The Power is in You Tuesday, April 19 @ 7:00 pm Can your intentions make changes in your life? Explore the tradition of “declaring intentions” to fulfill your dreams. Join us for a discussion of how your willpower (or intentions) may result in changing your life and taking back control. Take a moment to open yourself up to dreaming and declaring your intentions and step back to see what the universe holds for you and those you care for. About the Speaker: Robert Steingraber lives in Syracuse and has practiced Wicca for over 40 years. He has lectured on the topics of Wicca and Reincarnation for many years. Previously he spoke about Reincarnation & Past Life Recall at the DCL.

CNY Ghost Hunters: Paranormal Evidence Explored Thurs., March 10 @ 7:00 pm Learn why, where and how CNY Ghost Hunters identify paranormal activity. Watch video evidence, hear EVPs (Electronic Voice Phenomena) and ask your questions about the evidence captured over the years. They'll also bring some equipment and review what each piece does and how it’s used. Registration Encouraged.

EVENT RESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER No need to re-register if you had already signed up for the original 2/11/16 program.

About the Speakers: Robert and Melissa Smith of CNY Ghost Hunters, LLC, together have several years of experience with collecting and/or exploring paranormal activity. They will be accompanied by other CNYGH group members.

Generals of the Civil War

In the DCL Friends Meeting Room Join Cheryl Pula for engaging talks on these noted generals.

Grant: Vicksburg Campaign

Thurs., April 7 @ 7:00 pm In 1863, Ulysses S. Grant was tasked with capturing the last remaining Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River.

Sherman: March to the Sea Thurs., May 5 @ 7:00 pm

William Tecumseh Sherman took his army “from Atlanta to the sea” and cut the Confederacy in half in one of history’s great military campaigns.

Chamberlain: Hero of Little Round Top Thurs., June 2 @ 7:00 pm

A college professor from Maine became an unlikely hero at the Battle of Gettysburg as he and his regiment held a key defensive position.

Cheryl Pula returns to the DCL for more exciting “moments in history” programs. She previously presented “Crime Spree,” a look at famous unsolved mysteries, and “Battle Royale” about turning points in the Revolutionary, Civil, and Second World wars.

Registration is encouraged for these popular programs!

Sign up for all our programs online at or call (315) 446-3578.


Genealogy, Crafts & Music

Genealogy Online Genealogy Research Tuesday, March 15 @ 7:00pm

Free Online Tools You Can Use Explore the possibilities… Tuesday, March 15 @ 7:00pm Did you know that some two million genealogy-related sites exist on the World Wide Web? Helpful online and software tools exist for searching names and locating vital records for tracing one’s roots or creating a family tree. Registration Encouraged. About the Speaker: Holly Sammons, MLS, Head of the Genealogy and Local History Department at the Central Library in the Galleries and member of the NEHGS and NGS.

Get Moving Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class Fridays @ 11:00am March 11 & 25

Learn exercises to help improve joint and muscle mobility! The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is designed to help those with joint and/or muscle problems achieve improved mobility, muscle strength and endurance in order to perform their daily activities. Learn and perform exercises standing up or sitting in a chair. Dress comfortably. Come to one or all sessions. Registration Encouraged. About the Speaker: Tina Castle is a registered instructor with The Arthritis Foundation.

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Crafting with Kelly Card Making

Sunday, March 20 @ 2:00-4:00 pm For ages 16 & up! Enjoy an afternoon of card making using decorative papers and your own creativity. Space is limited & Registration is required.

Spanish Dancing Spanish Dance Tuesday, May 10 @ 7:00pm

With a nod to Cinco de Mayo, we’re pleased to offer a Latin dance celebration. Maria Guzman-Colegrove, a bailaora (dancer), will begin the evening with a short talk and demonstration of Cielito Lindo, a very popular folk song/dance. She will be accompanied by Andy Culpepper on togue (guitar) and cante (singer) Luba Lesser. Audience participation encouraged following the demonstration. Registration Encouraged. About the Performers: Guzman-Colegrove, Culpepper, and Lesser are members of Alegre Flamenco, a Central New York collaborative of dancers and musicians. Alegre Flamenco specializes in traditional and modern interpretations of Flamenco, a passionate and seductive art form from Spain. Culpepper is a professional luthier, and Lesser teaches voice and piano and is a adjunct voice professor at Onondaga Community College.

DCL Music Series Keyna Hora Klezmer Band

Sunday, March 13 @ 2:00 pm

Enjoy an afternoon of Klezmer music accompanied by both singers and dancers.

Northwinds Woodwind Trio

Sunday, April 17 @ 2:00 pm

This flute trio will entertain you with enchanting classical melodies.

Belle Aire Handbell Ensemble Sunday, May 22 @ 2:00 pm

A trio performs music ranging from Bach to the Beatles on 4 1/2 octaves of English handbells.

Mark Zane

Sunday, June 5 @ 2:00 pm

Mark Zane performs at the DCL with his blend of folk/ rock and acoustics in the style of John Denver, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.

Light refreshments will be served; Registration is encouraged for each performance.

Sign up for all our programs online at or call (315) 446-3578.


Programs for Adults! Mystery Book Discussions

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Discover new authors and old favorites as we read and discuss some of the best tales of murder, deceit, and suspense.

Mondays @ 2:00 pm

“Death in New England” series


Read any Gray Whale Inn mystery by Karen MacInerney Monday, March 7 @ 2:00 pm

by Jenn McKinlay Monday, May 9 @ 2:00 pm

Natalie Barnes is the proprietor of the Gray Whale Inn The library director of a small town in Connecticut dison a quaint island off the coast of Maine. It would be covers that murder doesn’t just happen in the books the idyllic spot if not for the frequent corpses that turn on the stacks in her library. up.

VERMONT Read Well-Offed in Vermont by Amy Patricia Meade Monday, April 4 @ 2:00 pm

In the first Pret’ Near Perfect mystery, Stella and her husband Nick move to maple syrup country and discover a dead body in their farmhouse well.


RHODE ISLAND Read Murder at Beechwood

by Alyssa Maxwell Monday, June 6 @ 2:00 pm

Murder strikes among the gilded mansions of Newport and reporter Emma Cross is on the case. ____________

Discussion books are available for reserve through the library system. Some titles may be available for download as ebooks. Celebrate a love of mysteries at the DCL!

Murder Mystery Party ICICLES Friday, March 11 @ 7:00 pm

The ski club of St. John’s Academy travels to a resort in the Adirondacks for some fun in the snow, but the weekend of skiing will end in murder.

MAYDAY: A Murder in Retrospect Friday, May 20 @ 7:00 pm

A World War I Flying Ace survived the Great War but may not survive the night as a decades old murder resurfaces to haunt him and others...

Registration Required.

Registration Required.

You’re invited to a mystery at the DCL! Look for clues, interrogate suspects, and solve a crime. For ages 18 & up! Are you a fan of whodunnits and crime solving? Discover motive, means and opportunity as you set out to solve the crime. Participants will receive their invitations prior to each event; they will discover who they are upon arrival at the scene of the crime. Additional clues will be revealed as the evening progresses. There’s plenty of time to solve the crime, so be sure to enjoy the provided refreshments. A good time will be had by all! Registration Required.

Sign up for all our programs online at or call (315) 446-3578.


Computers and Technology

Senior Scene

Tech Sessions Discovery To Go STEM Brainstorms - For parents and educators By popular demand, these sessions will give parents the opportunity to develop curriculum-related activities with the DTG kits and equipment. Each month, we will bring out a selection of DTG equipment and explore a specific theme while thinking about ways to support age-appropriate learning with these items. Parents and educators can preview the kits and develop learning goals for their kids and students incorporating these hands-on activity kits. Great brainstorms can be shared with other DTG kit borrowers to support learning opportunities for kids throughout the community. All sessions are in the Buckland Room from 12:00 to 1:00pm Wednesday, March 23 - Powerful Toys Come and learn with library staff as we dive into the new DTG kits: Snap Circuits, MakeyMakey, and K'NEX.

Wednesday, April 27 - Tech + Teach Come and learn with library staff as we dive into the new DTG kits: Lego WeDo and the Apps available on the Library iPads.

Wednesday, May 25 - Scope it Out Come and learn with library staff as we dive into the new DTG kits: FirstScope Telescope, Duo-Scope Microscope, Stereo microscope, and Binoculars.

Sign up for all our programs online at or call (315) 446-3578.


TEEN PAGE Minecraft Mania Game Night

Teen Murder Mystery Friday, May 27 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Friday, April 8 @ 6:00 - 7:30 pm

For ages 10 - 16 Play games and enjoy refreshments at the DCL! We’ll be playing Minecraft, Wii, Xbox Kinect, Playstation, and GameCube, along with several great board games. Bring your friends and family along for the fun. Registration Required.

For ages 10 - 16. Join fellow sleuths and discover who is killed in the library and why. Follow the clues and test your detective wits. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

DCL Digital Production Club


Digital Reader’s Theater

Saturdays, 6:00 to 9:00 pm March 26, April 23 & May 28

Space is Limited; Registration Required for each DCL Digital Production Club Workshop.

Saturday, April 23 @ 3:00 - 5:00 pm For ages 8 - 16.

Become your favorite popular fictional characters in the Digital Reader’s Theater and be introduced to the world of dynamic storytelling. Learn about digital audio recording, and podcasting as you create your informally staged production of a popular book or two. Readers’ Theatre promotes reading confidence and fluency in a fun, creative, and non-threatening environment.

Video Production Saturday, March 26 @ 3:00 - 5:00 pm For ages 12 - 18.

Learn how to shoot and edit your own short videos. Please feel free to bring your favorite photos, videos, and music to use in your video.

Podcasting Basics Saturday, May 28 @ 3:00 - 5:00 pm For ages 8 - 16.

The DeWitt Community Library and Anime Syracuse present ANIME AFTER HOURS! All are welcome to an evening of Gaming and Anime Screenings! Enjoy 3 Anime Screenings in the Friends Room. Bring your own card or table top games, or try one of ours. Cosplayers are encouraged and welcome. No Registration Required. Please arrive by 6:00 pm.

Learn the basics of podcasting. Get an overview of basic equipment required, and how to prepare, record, and publish your podcast.

Sign up for all our programs online at or call (315) 446-3578.


Family Fun

International Tabletop Day

Drumcliffe Irish Arts

For all ages!

For all ages!

Saturday, April 30 from 10:00am to 4:00pm Get your game on at the DCL! Join us for gaming fun for the whole family. Play board games from our collection or bring your own to share. What will you play? No Registration Necessary.

Sunday, March 6 at 3:00pm

Get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit with a lively performance by Drumcliffe Irish Arts. Drumcliffe Irish Arts is one of Upstate New York's premiere Irish dance schools. Since its founding over 20 years ago, the school’s reputation for offering precise Irish dance instruction, combined with creative choreography has attracted both recreational and competitive dancers alike. No Registration Necessary.

Terrific Thursdays Welcome to the DeWitt Community Library's series of monthly programs developed for homeschooling students and their families. Learn more about what the library offers, meet with other homeschooling families and listen to interesting speakers. All are welcome to attend.

Registration Required for each session.

able to identify a variety of mammals and help develop an understanding of how humans and animals interact.

Surprise Tower Build

Thursday, May 19 at 11:00am For grades 3 - 12.

Build a giant tower using a surprise material. Learn more about art concepts including positive and negative space Thursday, March 17 at 11:00am and design. Local sculptor and art teacher Pam Steele For grades 3 - 12. leads us through a beginner-level Everybody gets a part. Nobody has to memorize anything, understanding and appreciation of and we’ll record our production. See more about this pro- sculpture. gram on page 6.

Digital Readers’ Theater

Adirondack Museum

Thursday, April 21 at 11:00am For grades K - 12.

Find out who our natural neighbors are. Who shares the Adirondack woods and waters with us? Using pelts, bones, and tracks, students will be

Baby Bop


Feb. 29 - May 25 For ages birth – 24 months old This lively storytime is appropriate for babies and their caregivers. Enjoy lap and bouncing rhymes, short books, and songs. The session lasts 20-30 minutes followed by a playgroup with toys, bubbles, and board books. Toddler Time


March 1 - May 24 For ages 2 - 3 years old This fun and active storytime is for toddlers ages 2 - 3 years old and their caregivers. Enjoy stories, action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays for about 30 minutes followed by a coloring sheet or simple craft.

Preschool Storytime


March 3 - May 26 For ages 3 - 5 years old Children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers will enjoy themebased books, flannel stories, rhymes, songs, and a craft.

Registration is required for all storytime sessions. Toddler Dance Party

Fridays at 10:30 am March 18, April 15 & May 20

For ages 18 months to 5 years old. Come shake your sillies out and dance with your friends! There will be musical instruments, bubbles, and more! Toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers will have fun listening and dancing to some favorite and new tunes. No Registration Necessary.

Sign up for all our programs online at or call (315) 446-3578.

9 REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for these Children’s programs, unless otherwise noted.

Dr. Seuss Party

Wednesday, March 2 at 4:00pm

For ages 2 and up. Today is Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday, so let’s celebrate literacy and the amazing imagination of Mr. Theodor Seuss Geisel with a party! Enjoy books, crafts, activities and more. Quilting Fun

Monday, March 14 at 6:00pm

For ages 8 and up. Are you interested in learning about quilting? Join us for creative evening of fun. You’ll learn how to create a “quilt top” using different shapes, sizes and colors. Toddlers’ Tango

Friday, April 8 at 11:00am

For ages 2 - 5. Join in the fun at this popular music and movement class for toddlers and their caregivers. Sing and dance your way through the day, joining your little musician with great songs and toy musical instruments. Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You

It’s “Favorite Characters Week” at the DCL! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for these Spring Break Week programs, unless otherwise noted.

Favorite Characters Bingo

Sunday, April 24 at 11:00am

For ages 3 and up. Arthur? Angelina Ballerina? Wimpy Kid? Do you have a favorite children’s book character? Join us for Favorite Characters Bingo. See if your favorite character makes you shout, “Bingo!” No registration necessary. Shopkins Party

Monday, April 25 at 2:00pm

For all ages. Bring your Shopkins characters to the library for a party celebrating these tiny toys with BIG personalities. Have extra Cheeky Cherries? Bring your duplicates and swap with old and new friends! Enjoy crafts and other activities, too. Superheroes Party

Tuesday, April 26 at 4:00pm

For ages 3 and up. Calling all super heroes! Join us for an afternoon of fun. Dress up as your favorite superhero and enjoy crafts, games, snacks and more.

Wednesday, May 4 at 4:00pm

The Peanuts Movie Party

Lego: Technology Build

For all ages. Are you a fan of Charlie Brown and the gang? Stop by the library and watch The Peanuts Movie, rated G. Enjoy crafts and snacks, too. No registration necessary.

For all ages. Are you a fan of Star Wars? Go you must to the library! Celebrate Star Wars Day with books, crafts, activities and more. May the force be with you!

Saturday, May 7 at 2:00pm

For all ages. Are you a Lego fanatic? Come explore our Lego WeDo construction kits. You’ll get the opportunity to create a mechanical Lego masterpiece and learn basic code to make it move. We’ll also have Lego bricks on hand to build something old school and a craft. No registration necessary.

Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00pm

Minecraft Party

Thursday, April 28 at 2:00pm

For ages 7 and up. Meet up with other Minecraft fans at the DCL! Bring your own device with the game on it, or play on the library server using a library laptop. Enjoy crafts and snacks, too. Watch out for creepers!

Peppa Pig Party

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

For ages 2 and up. Do you enjoy muddy puddle jumping? Then, you must love Peppa Pig! We'll share Peppa Pig stories. Enjoy crafts and snacks, too.

For ages 3 and up. Do you love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Join us as we celebrate our heroes in a half shell! Enjoy crafts, games, snacks and more.

Wednesday, May 25 at 4:00pm

Friday, April 29 at 2:00pm

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Actor’s Digital Table Reading Wednesday, March 16 @ 6:00 - 9:00 pm Wednesday, May 18 @ 6:00 - 9:00pm Join us for an evening of fun as we perform and create digital audio recordings of scenes from famous plays, film scripts, short stories, radio plays, and adaptations of famous novels. Performances will be recorded and made available. Registration Required. DeWitt Community Library Shoppingtown Mall 3649 Erie Blvd. East DeWitt, NY 13214-1799 315-446-3578

Dealing with Loss Thurs., May 12 @ 5:30 pm

Loss isn’t only about the death of a loved one. Changes in where you live, physical or mental health, or job loss and career retirement are all moments when we may experience loss in our lives. Dr. O’Neill will discuss how we acknowledge (or don’t) these many losses, healthy ways to deal with them, and some resources that can provide help, guidance and support. Registration Encouraged. About the Speaker: Rich O’Neill, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Fellow of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a professor in SUNY Upstate’s Institute for Decision-Making Excellence and Leadership. A former president of the NYS Psychological Association, he has made more than 500 TV appearances. He consults with individuals, partners, and groups in using research-supported psychology for enhancing our lives at home and work.

One-on-One Tech Help Tuesdays or Wednesdays @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm Fridays @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Computer confounding you? Tablet giving you trouble? Sign up for a one-on-one tech help session to get you through. When signing up, please tell us what kind of tech help you would like. If your question relates to a specific device, please bring it with you on the day of your appointment. Registration Required. Make an appointment to have your technology questions answered by Erin or Scott from the Library’s Tech department. Areas that have been covered previously include Windows OS, tablets, and ereaders. Call or stop in to register. Spaces are filling up fast.

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DeWitt Community Library Spring 2016 Program Guide