Resources for Adults

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All programs, outreach, and room reservations at Manlius Library are canceled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience presented by these programs being canceled.

No fines will be collected for items that become overdue during this time. We will not be accepting any book donations at this time. Please do not leave any items outside of our doors. has compiled a list of places accepting donations elsewhere in Onondaga County.

Get a library card online!

If you don’t already have a library card, get a virtual one now to access our online resources. Visit this page to get started. Once you’ve finished registering for an online library card, you’ll have access to online content that includes downloadable and streaming ebooks, audiobooks, videos and music, online learning opportunities, and research databases.

Zoom Help

Please visit our Tech Help page if you need help getting connected to Zoom!

Take & Make Kits for Adults

Kits are available for pickup while supplies last. Please register and contact the library to schedule a pickup via Curbside Pickup. Visit this page for more information.


Cutting the Cord

Interested in streaming television and movies, but not sure where to begin? Our Cutting the Cord workshop is a great place to learn the basics. Recorded on November 2, 2020 by Stephanie, our Digital Services Librarian.

Manlius Library Writers

The writers group has moved online!  Join other writers every Wednesday at 3:30 pm to share your work, get feedback, talk about your practice, share news, and more.  All ages, genres and experience levels are welcome!  Please email Stephanie at for an invite to our Zoom meetings.

German Club

Next meeting: Friday, November 13 at 2 pm

Join our German Club online for German conversation and practice every other Friday at 2 pm.  All levels are welcome to participate.  Email Stephanie at for a Zoom meeting invitation.  

Let’s Talk About Books!

Next meeting: Thursday, December 3 at 11 am

Let’s Talk About Books is an informal group where participants take turns briefly talking about a recently enjoyed book. It’s a great place to get ideas for what to read next and to share your excitement about what you’ve been reading! There’s no pressure; if you’d rather not share but want to hear what others are reading, this is still the place for you.

Please register ahead of time for this event. Registrants will be emailed the Zoom meeting link shortly before the event begins.

Racial Justice Community Book Read

Next meeting: Monday, November 16 at 6 pm

You are invited to participate in a series of events that focus on racial justice issues in Syracuse and Central New York. These events are co-sponsored by Syracuse University College of Law, Onondaga County Bar Association, Onondaga County Public Libraries, and other organizations. We begin our series with the Inaugural Racial Justice Community Book Read. Communities across the country and locally have been torn apart by the effects of institutionalized racism in the criminal justice system. The discriminatory and disparate treatment of Black and Brown people have caused much anguish and anger and have sparked massive protests against the status quo. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have led to renewed protests against the policing of Black and Brown people which has resulted in many other deaths prior to these losses. The intensified calls to address racial injustice, inequality, and broader social justice concerns provide opportunities for communities to engage in conversations that can bring about knowledge, awareness, and transformation.

Our first reading selection is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), in Montgomery, AL. Just Mercy has been described as “a powerful true story about… the importance of confronting injustice.” This acclaimed book has even been published in a Young Adult Version for the 12+ age group appropriate for middle schoolers! 

“Just Mercy” is available through Onondaga County Public Libraries as a book and audiobook. Patrons can also check out the 2019 film on DVD or Blu-ray. To place a hold for pickup on this title, visit to browse the online catalog. Visit starting September 7 to register for the Racial Justice Community Book Read. Book discussions will begin on September 14 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom and continue on a weekly basis until November 23. There will be no discussion on September 28 in observance of Yom Kippur.

Manlius Informed Series

You can view recordings of past Manlius Informed programs dating back to 2014 on our YouTube playlist here!

Career Help

Career building resources can be found through our subscription to Gale Testing & Education Resource Center (TERC). Users need an active Onondaga County Public Library card to log in. This database provides users with in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, distance learning, corporate training, scholarships and awards, preparatory entrance tests and much more. Available online practice tests include entrance exams, certification and licensing tests. In addition, this database offers users access to a superb resume builder, which can accessed under Resume Writing in the Career tab on TERC’s homepage. For questions about TERC, please email us at

Food Help

FM Food Bank asks for monetary donations in lieu of food donations for the time being. Please do not leave any items outside of the library doors. FM Food Bank’s mailing address is as follows:

F-M Food Bank
P.O. Box 626
Manlius, NY 13104

Onondaga County Seniors in need of help accessing food during this crisis can call 315-218-1987 for assistance. Also, 211 CNY is a great resource for anyone in need of community, social, or government services.

In addition, Manlius Senior Activity Centre (MSAC) will offer lunches for takeout and delivery. Their November 2020 menu choices can be found here. All meals must be ordered by 1 pm the weekday prior, meaning that a Monday lunch must be ordered by 1 pm on the preceding Friday. Lunches can be picked up outside the front door of the MSAC and will have the orderer’s name on the bag. Lunches are $5.00, and can be paid for by check or cash in a box that will be next to the lunches. Please contact 315-682-7889 if you have questions.

Housing Help

Access The Post-Standard Online from home for free!

NewsBank, available to all OCPL patrons, has curated collections of news articles by topic and trending stories. To get started, go to and click on Newsbank. Newsbank also offers free access to The Post-Standard, including blog and online articles. Visit Syracuse Post-Standard by NewsBank to get started!

ESOL Resources

Know someone who needs help with learning English as a Second or Other Language? OCM BOCES sponsors ESOL classes on a weekly basis. Contact OCM BOCES at 315-453-4684 for more information.

ENL Kits

Manlius Library is proud to offer ENL (English for New Learners) kits designed to help adults build their English skills. Each kit contains several helpful books and a Kindle Fire loaded with Mango Languages, a language skills-building resource that is free to Manlius Library cardholders. Visit this link in our catalog to hold a kit for pickup!

Free Ancestry Research

All OCPL patrons with valid library cards, system-wide, now have access to Ancestry from home! Visit and click on Ancestry to get started!

Tech & eResource Help

Visit our tech help page for eResource manuals, help aids, and our tech tip of the week.

Click here for information on accessing some great resources online for all ages.

Click here for a listing of non-partisan fact-checking websites.

If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, DigitalLearn has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

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