Tompkins County Public Library

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Library to Host ESL Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library will host the inaugural meeting of its ESL Book Club December 3 with a discussion of “The Hangman” by Louise Penny.

“The Hangman” leads readers through a suspense-filled murder investigation and is a perfect title to help ESL students improve vocabulary, reading and conversation skills.

ESL students of all abilities and interests are invited to attend this free program, which will be held from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Copies of “The Hangman” are available to borrow at the Library through support from the Finger Lakes Library System’s Outreach Mini-Grant Program.

To register, or for more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at tvadakin@tcpl.org.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Library to Launch Campaign with Public Celebration

The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation will launch “The Campaign for a 21st Century Library:  Books and Beyond in the Digital Age,” November 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a public celebration featuring best-selling author and syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson and poet, essayist and Cornell University Professor Emeritus Kenneth McClane.

Participants are invited to learn about the campaign goals, discover what a 21st Century Library looks like, meet the community leaders serving as campaign co-chairs and enjoy literary-themed refreshments.

According to Library Director Susan Currie, the campaign will allow TCPL to meet the evolving needs of the community and position the Library as a center for community connection and personal growth.

“This is a defining moment for public libraries,” Currie said.  “The ways in which our community needs the library are changing, and we must respond.   To flourish, people need lifelong access to an ever-increasing and ever-changing body of knowledge and tools and skills to make the most of it.”

The campaign launch is free and open to the public.  Special programming will be provided for children ages four and up.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Josiah Jacobus Parker at (607) 272-4557 extension 261 or jjacobusparker@tcpl.org.


Library to Host Mother/Daughter Book Club


Girls ages 8 through 12 and the special women in their lives are invited to attend Tompkins County Public Library’s monthly Mother/Daughter Book Club.

Mother/Daughter Book Club will meet once a month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Facilitated by author and educator Emily Rhoads Johnson, the Club provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to learn about themselves and others by discussing literature in a welcoming, judgment-free environment. 

Upcoming meeting dates and titles to be discussed are:

·         November 15—“Because of Mr. Terupt” by Bob Buyea
·         December 13—“Remarkable” by Lizzie K. Foley
·         January 10—“A Step from Heaven” by An Na

Participants may attend one or all of the meetings.  Registration is not required, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Library, Civil War Commission to Host Author/Professor Michael Trotti


Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission (TCCWSCC), will host “The Civil War After the Civil War:  How the South Won,” a presentation by Michael Trotti, November 5 at 6 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

A Professor of United States History at Ithaca College and author of “The Body in the Reservoir: Murder and Sensationalism in the South,” Trotti will provide an illustrated discussion of how racial tensions following the Civil War remained prevalent in the South and refueled, following a few short years of Republican rule-- racial division throughout the nation.

This program is being presented as part of a five-year partnership between the Library and the TCCWSCC to provide opportunities for community conversation and increased awareness about the Civil War.  It is free and open to the public.

For more information about Library programs, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at cwheeler@tcpl.org or (607) 272-4557 extension 248.  For information about the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission, contact Carol Kammen, Tompkins County historian, at ckk6@cornell.edu.

Library Announces Junior Library Advisory Council, Seeks Members

Tompkins County Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group is now the Junior Library Advisory Council (JLAC), and young adults are invited to participate.

JLAC is a service-oriented group of area students helping to enhance library services for young adults by advocating for and advising the library on areas important to young people.  Council members share ideas about library programs, services, collections and trends.

The next JLAC meeting will be held November 5 from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., young adults ages 11 to 19 are invited to attend.

For more information, contact Young Adult Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at (607) 272-4557 extension 274 or rdemauro@tcpl.org.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Library to Offer Halloween Special with Music&Motion

Children and their caregivers are invited to join Tompkins County Public Library and Music&Motion’s Miss. Angie for a Halloween-themed shadow-puppet musical October 29 at 11 a.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This program is free and open to families with children of all ages. 

For more information, contact the Library's Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Library to Host Sensory Storytime

Children ages 3 through 7 are invited to move, sing and play at Tompkins County Public Library’s “Sensory Storytime,” October 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This program is free and open to all children, however, it is especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges. “Sensory Storytime” features interactive books, songs, and activities to stimulate the senses and promote learning. Children who have previously struggled to sit through other storytimes may find “Sensory Storytime” a better fit.

Pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Library’s Youth Services Department, call (607) 272-4557 extension 275, or email Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at kdevoe@tcpl.org.

“Sensory Storytime” has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through a grant from Elmira Savings Bank and support from the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Freeloading Librarians to Offer Training at YMCA




Tompkins County Public Library and the YMCA of Ithaca will partner October 16 for a demonstration by the “Freeloading Librarians,” a group of library staff members offering instruction, advice, and support for downloading free eBooks and audiobooks to mobile devices.

The demonstration will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include personal assistance for downloading books to iPads, iPods, Kindles, Nooks and smartphones through the Finger Lakes Library System’s free Overdrive Media Console application. 

Participants should bring their library card or sign up for a free card at the event. Photo identification with a current, local address is required to receive a library card.

This program is part of an ongoing series of “Freeloading Librarian” programs designed to increase digital confidence and awareness among readers.
For more information, contact Thomas Fredette at (607) 272-4557 extension 271 or tfredette@tcpl.org.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Library to Host Dramatic Reading of “The Language of War”

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission, will present a dramatic reading of “The Language of War,” October 22 at 7 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Written by Tompkins County Historian and Commission Co-Chair Carol Kammen, “The Language of War” explores what Tompkins County residents said and wrote about patriotism, race, volunteerism, boredom and fear during the Civil War, based on commentary from letters, diaries and local and national newspapers. 

Commission members will read dialogue from an intriguing cast of characters, including:  Belle Cowdry who lived in what is now the Argos Inn, Colonel Dowe, George Wolcott of the Town of Caroline, a saucy soldier who is sent to the brig, Civil War Nurses from the county, Warren Lyon, the men who enlisted at the AME Zion Church on Christmas Day, 1863, including Edward Sorrel and his father John who died in South Carolina; Taylor Baldwin of Lansing, Thomas Todd; Enos Cook who fell in Tennessee, and they will hear something about what was happening in Ithaca from a letter written from an Ithaca mother to her son serving in the Union Navy.

“The Language of War” is being presented in conjunction with “Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War,” a nationally-traveling thematic exhibit on display at TCPL through October 31.

The exhibit and the reading of “The Language of War” are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or cwheeler@tcpl.org.


“Lincoln:  the Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.   “Lincoln:  the Constitution and the Civil War” is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

Library to Host Presentation on Lincoln and the Civil War

Tompkins County Public Library, in connection with the nationally-traveling exhibit “Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War,” will host a presentation by Edward E. Baptist on Lincoln during the Civil War, October 14 at 6 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

An associate professor in Cornell University’s Department of History, Baptist is a noted scholar and speaker on the enslavement of African Americans in the southern United States.  He teaches courses on the Civil War, slavery, the American South, masculinity, modernity and modernization, the first half of the American survey, and 19th century U.S. History. His recently-released book, “The Half Has Never Been Told:  Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” has received critical acclaim and sparked debate over its radical interpretation of American history.”

This program is being held in conjunction with the Library’s current exhibit, “Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War,” a nationally traveling exhibition exploring Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War.

This 1,000 square foot, thematic exhibit offers an intriguing perspective of the challenges America’s much-heralded 16th president faced during the Civil War and describes his use of the Constitution as a guide for tackling the major issues of the war—secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

The exhibit, which runs through October 31, and its corresponding programs are being held in conjunction with Tompkins County Public Library’s year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration, “150 Years and Counting.”

Baptist’s talk is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or sgrubb@tcpl.org.

“Lincoln:  the Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.   “Lincoln:  the Constitution and the Civil War” is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.


Library to Offer Reading Sessions with Furry Friends


Children are invited to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with the best non-judgmental listener--a dog--each Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tompkins County Public Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Children who attend six reading sessions with “Sam” and  “D.J.” will earn a free book of their choice!

This program will be held weekly from September 16 through November 25 and is co-sponsored by Cornell Companions.

For more information, contact the Library’s Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.