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Books and Beyond

At this new book club we will discuss books on topics related to our times and examine how possibly we can make a difference.

Gun Violence and Safety

Find out how you can help at one of these links:

Read Up About What NY State is Doing About Controlling Gun Violence

Volunteer in some capacity with Everytown USA

 Nearly 10 million mayors, moms, teachers, survivors, gun owners, students, and everyday Americans have come together to make their own communities safer. 

Sign up to reduce gun violence by 2025 at Brady Campaign



Watch one of these films:

Bowling for Columbine (Available through Onondaga County Libraries)

The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed.

101 Seconds (Available on Hoopla)

The film follows individuals across a wide spectrum of political and philosophical beliefs as they engage in a debate concerning gun legislation in Oregon in the aftermath of a shooting at the Clackamas Town Center Mall in Oregon in 2012.

Living for 32 (

A profile of Colin Goddard, who survived the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings that claimed the lives of 32 of his classmates and galvanized him to become a gun-control advocate.

LGBTQ+ May 2022

Read one of these books from an LGBTQ+ author and community member:

How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

The Book of Pride: LGBTQ Heroes Who Changed the World by Mason Funk

Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family by Amanda Jette Knox

Tomorrow Will be Different: Love, Loss and the Fight for Transgender Equality by Sarah McBride

Watch one of these films featuring LGBTQ+ themes:

Love Simon


Call Me By Your Name


The Danish Girl




Participate in the Pride Parade in Syracuse on June 25

For More Information

The Holocaust/Censorship April 2022

Watch some of the videos on the National Holocaust Museum or read about confronting Genocide and Antisemitism.


Genocide & Antisemitism

Report Censorship

Censorship thrives in ignorance. The best way to prevent it is to make sure that free expression advocates know it’s happening, even if an official challenge hasn’t been made yet. 5 Things You Can Do to Support the Right to Read | September 2018 (Retrieved 9/29/21, bmf)

Speak Out

Attempts to ban books rarely succeed when people speak out against them. Here are a few ways you can speak out for banned and challenged books:

  • Attend school board, PTA, or library meetings or public hearings where book challenges are being discussed, and be prepared to speak up for the First Amendment and the right to read.
  • Write letters to your local administrators, politicians, and newspapers supporting the right to read. Remind your fellow citizens and officials that no one has the right to restrict access to books.
  • Be prepared to stand up for all books, even those you may not like. Any successful book ban opens the door to more censorship.

Be Wary of Self-Censorship

Intellectual Freedom Blog | February 2018

Environmental Challenge - March 2022

Earth Day Clean Up with the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps

Here's an opportunity to give back and take pride in our community! Let's take a library team to help the Corps in honor of Earth Day! We will meet at a local location to be determined by the…

Saturday, Apr 23, 2022
10:00am - 12:00pm
Science & Nature


Help Reduce Carbon Emissions Through the Drawdown EcoChallenge!

Join the Challenge


Citizen Science Month Logo

Citizen Science @LPL

Entire Month of April

Short Encounters of the LPL Kind

Meet one-on-one with community members who have various life experiences/stories and are willing to make their lives “an open book.” Rotate to spend 10 minutes with each of these fascinating indiv…

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2022
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Carman Community Room, Carman Community Room
Trending Topics

LCG Present: The Science of Soil

Join the Liverpool Community Gardeners for hands-on activities and special lectures by experts in the field of gardening and nature. April 19: Aaron Buchta will discuss The Science of Soil Topic…

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sargent Meeting Room, Sargent Meeting Room
Science & Nature > Gardening Science & Nature

Racism February 2022

Take out a CD and listen to it by one of these artists:

Doctor Dre


Kid Cudi




Tupac Shakur

Check out and watch one of these films:

Get Out


Just Mercy





Black Panther

Check out this exhibit from the Glendale Central Library on how they reckon with the city's racist history. 


Read one of these books and talk about it at the next meeting:

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabella Wilkerson

Caste by Isabella Wilkerson

March 1, 2, or 3 by John Lewis

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

White Rage by Carol Anderson

Ageism Challenge - January 2022

Read this blog on Ageism and how to push back against it. 


Spend 20 minutes talking to an "Older" or "Younger". Ask them about their life and what their plans are. Suspend any preconceived thoughts or stereotypes. Really listen. Consider things from their point of view.

Hidden Valley Road - December 2021

Watch this video about how Mental Health care is affected by the vote, then take the pledge to stay informed. 

Mental Health and the Vote

Read this short article on better understanding mental health and knowing the signs and symptoms of mental illness. 

Changing the Way We Think About Mental Health


There are so many terms and conditions to understand.  Read through this glossary from the National Institute of Mental Health to increase your understanding and be able to talk with authority about mental health. 


An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Join Maggie and Cindy at the The Skä•noñh: Great Law of Peace Center on Thursday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. 

The The Skä•noñh: Great Law of Peace Center is located on the Onondaga Lake Parkway. 

Cost is $5.00 ($4.00 for seniors) per person payable at the door.

Visit the Columbus Statue. Look at it carefully and consider it. Read all the inscriptions. Formulate your opinion on the removal, relocation or nonremoval of the monument.  Research the options and write a letter voicing your thoughts on the matter.  Mail that letter to Mayor Walsh, County Executive Ryan McMahon, and the Syracuse Common Council. 

Mayor Walsh

Syracuse Common Council

Ryan Macmahon

Watch this streaming film, part of the Point of View Season 34 collection of films distributed by PBS.  

Rember Yahuarcani is an Indigenous painter from the White Heron clan of the Uitoto Nation in Peru. He left to pursue a successful career in Lima, but when he finds himself in a creative rut, he returns home to his Amazonian community of Pebas, visiting his father, a painter, and his mother, a sculptor, and discovers why the stories of his ancestors cannot be forgotten. 

Song of the Butterflies

Investigate this topic more and in a broader context by taking this course for free on the MOOC server Coursera. Click the Join Free button in the top right hand corner to audit the course for free. 

Race & Cultural Diversity in American Life and History

Domestic Abuse - October 2021

Take Vera House's Pledge to fight back against domestic abuse. 


With the Taliban's take over of Afghanistan, treatment of women is changing.  Read one of the stories of these women on their experience with the Taliban.

There are many types of abuse.  Elder abuse has been on the rise since our population has started aging.  Read this article about Elder Abuse.

Elder Abuse Article

This article looks back at a topic we discussed previously relating to poverty and Eviction.  Eviction was mentioned in "No Visible Bruises". Read this article about affordable housing being built in Syracuse:


One Person, No Vote August 2021

Double check your own registration status and encourage your friends to also!

 Check My Voter Registration Status

US Representative:    John Katko

US Senator:  Chuck Schumer

US Senator: Kristen Gillibrand

US President: Joseph R. Biden

Volunteer to become a poll worker or election inspector.

Apply Here


Find out more about Indivisible, what they do and how you can get involved. 



They Called Us Enemy - George Takei July 2021

The Sixth Extinction April 2021

Beyond Challenge 3 boxes explore my area watch videos on drawdown record food waste

The Book of Hope June 2022

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