Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Library to Partner With Cayuga Nature Center for STEAM Book Club

Middle-graders are invited to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through lively book discussions and hands-on activities during Tompkins County Public Library’s monthly STEAM Book Club.

Continuing Wednesday, February 24 with a discussion of “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George, the STEAM Book Club will encourage area third, fourth and fifth graders to improve their understanding of current core competencies through critical thinking and book-related activities.

“My Side of the Mountain” chronicles the adventures of a young boy as he spends a year living alone in the Catskill Mountains, including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, and his animal friends. Cayuga Nature Center will join the book club discussion to educate participants on wild edibles and traditional medicinal plants. Following the discussion, staff from Cayuga Nature Center will lead a hands-on leaf-stamping activity.

The STEAM Book Club is free and open to all third, fourth and fifth graders. February’s program will be held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Copies of “My Side of the Mountain” can be picked up at the Youth Services Reference Desk.

For more information or to register, contact Kate DeVoe at (607) 272-4557 extension 277 or

Funding for STEAM programming is provided by the Ujeni Grants for Advancing Public Education Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County and the Erin Aljoe Schlather Dedicated Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Library Unveils App for Mobile Account Access

Tompkins County Public Library has announced the release of “TCPL to Go,” a free mobile app providing access to account information, reading recommendations, the library catalog, the TCPL website and more.

Access and Circulation Services Librarian Asia Bonacci said the app is the latest in the Library’s ongoing effort to make access to TCPL’s resources, collections and services as user-friendly as possible for its patrons.

“Patrons are busier than ever, and while the library building is undoubtedly a cornerstone for our community, library services need to be able to reach patrons where they are,” Bonacci said, noting that nearly 70 percent of American adults have smartphones.

“TCPL to Go” is currently available for Apple and Android users through their respective app stores, and will soon be available for Kindle users. The app provides access to the Library’s event calendar, downloadable eBooks, audiobooks and databases.

For more information, contact Bonacci at or (607) 272-4557 extension 264.

Library to Host Screening, Discussion of “The Throwaways”

In recognition of Black History Month, Tompkins County Public Library will host a free screening and discussion of the award-winning film, “The Throwaways,” Monday, February 15 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Produced and directed by Bhawin Suchak and Ira McKinley, “The Throwaways” explores the impact of mass incarceration, racial profiling and police brutality on the black community, as witnessed by McKinley, a United States Air Force veteran, who overcame homelessness and incarceration to become an accomplished filmmaker and advocate for social justice.

“The Throwaways” serves as a call to action against the notion that marginalized groups are disposable and chronicles McKinley’s efforts to mobilize his Albany community to fight for change.

Following the Library screening, McKinley will answer questions about the film and his current efforts to promote community conversations and action.

This program is open to the public.  For more information contact Tom Burns at or Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at or (607) 272-4557 extension 248.

Library to Host Chocopalooza

Area teens are invited to get in the Valentine’s Day spirit during Tompkins County Public Library’s “Chocopalooza,” a fun-filled, afternoon of indulgence, Friday, February 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This sweet event will include candy, chocolates and a chocolate fountain with a variety of delicious treats for dipping.

This program is free and open to tweens and teens 11 through 19.  For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at or (607) 272-4557 extension 274.

This program is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund and the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Library to Host Non-Fiction Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library’s Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club will meet Tuesday, March 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Tompkins Trust Company Study Room for a discussion of “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Eric Larson.

“In the Garden of Beasts” chronicles the experiences of William E. Dodd, America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany, and his family as they navigate days of excitement, intrigue, romance, and horror during the early days of the Hitler regime.

Copies of the book are available at the Library’s Adult Reference Desk.
For more information, visit or contact Tom Burns at or Stephen Salino at

Library, AAUW to Host Panel Discussion on “The Teacher Wars”

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with the American Association of University Women’s Ithaca Branch, will host “The Teacher Wars:  A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession” a panel discussion, Saturday, February 13 at 11 a.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

The panel will encourage four educators with unique insights, inspiring stories and intriguing ideas about the education system to share their thoughts on the best-selling book, “The Teacher Wars” by Dana Goldstein.

Featured panelists are: Randy Ehrenberg, former educator and administrator for the Ithaca City School District and retired superintendent of the North Colonie School District (Albany County), Sue Mittler, past president of the Ithaca Teacher’s Association, Andrea Kiely, a former Ithaca High School global studies teacher and current director for admissions and advising for Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and tutor Betty House, who taught students at the elementary, middle and high school levels, most recently at Northeast Elementary.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) promotes equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The Ithaca membership affords local women the opportunity to share common interests, develop friendships, and act on vital issues.

For more information about AAUW, visit or contact Muriel Everhart, president, at
The Library program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeanette Knapp, chair of AAUW’s Book Club at (607) 272-3367 or