Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, September 23, 2016

Library to Offer Family Science Program

Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research will host “Exploring Rocks & Minerals” Saturday, October 8 from 1-2 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Families will learn about the difference between a rock and a mineral. They will perform different tests, such as color, streak and hardness, on an unknown rock or mineral to determine its type.

Families Learning Science Together is a free program designed to help children develop an early love of science through hands-on participation. These programs are offered at the Library on the second Saturday of each month.

Families Learning Science Together programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, email Please include the name and age of all children in the email. 

More information about Families Learning Science Together workshops can be found at

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Library to Host Hiking Program

Tompkins County Public Library has announced the October return of “Ithaca Journeys,” a free hiking program designed to encourage community members to get active while exploring local natural settings.

Beginning Saturday, October 1 with a hike through Cascadilla Gorge, Ithaca Journeys is free and open to adults who enjoy shared, moderate-paced activity.

The Cascadilla hike will begin at Treman Triangle at the start of the gorge trail at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately one hour.  Facilitators from the Library’s Information and Learning Services staff will share a short poem, story or literary passage and provide snacks and water at the mid-way point.

Additional Ithaca Journeys hikes are planned for October 8, 15, and November 5.

Library to Unveil “STEAM Engines”

Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate Curiosity Day at TCPL with the Thursday, October 10 unveiling of its STEAM Engine maker carts.

Young patrons and families will be able to build science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics skills through hands-on activities and exploration of the tools available on the carts.

The STEAM engines will be available for self-guided patron use during regular library hours, however, library staff will offer two demonstrations of featured maker activities during Curiosity Day.  Demonstrations will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Youth Services Department.

For more information, contact Sarah O’Shea at or (607) 272-4557 extension 255.

Funding for this initiative was made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County’s Myrtle Dee Nash Fund.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Software Upgrade to Cause Temporary Disruption of Library Services

Tompkins County Public Library’s computer system and associated services will be unavailable for Library patrons Wednesday, September 28 from 8 a.m. until noon

The Finger Lakes Library System, who supplies TCPL with access to these services, will be upgrading their software.  This upgrade will cause a temporary disruption, which will prevent patrons from searching the Library’s catalog, reviewing account information, renewing materials, placing holds and Interlibrary loan requests, searching Library databases, using the WiFi, OverDrive, Zinio and Hoopla.

For more information, contact Jennifer Schlossberg, head of the Library’s Access and Circulation Services Department, at (607) 272-4557 extension 254 or

Library to Present Four Exhibits During October Gallery Night

Tompkins County Public Library will showcase four original exhibits during Downtown Ithaca’s Gallery Night, Friday, October 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. with a reception in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Featured works on display throughout the library will include:

“In Progress:  Images From the Portfolios of Photography Students”—Curated by Robyn Wishna, lecturer in photography at Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, this exhibit includes an eclectic selection of photographs and will be on display in the Library’s New Fiction section and North Reading Room through mid-November.

“Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA)”—The Ithaca City of Asylum will launch their annual celebration of the freedom to read with this fascinating exhibit featuring photographs, books and posters recognizing the work of the writers who have been sponsored by ICOA.  This exhibit will be on display in the Avenue of the Friends through October.

“Yemen: The Forgotten War”—Presented by Amnesty International Group 73 of Ithaca, this exhibit features the work of photojournalist Rawan Shaif and was funded by the Special Initiative Fund of Amnesty International in an effort to advocate for and inform people about the Yemeni Civil War.

“Past Meets Present: The Changing Built Environment of Tompkins County”—Sponsored by Historic Ithaca, Inc., “Past Meets Present” uses re-photography to merge historic photographs and modern photos.  Featured works will illustrate the evolving architectural fabric of Tompkins County.  Photos were created by Tompkins Cortland Community College students in celebration of Historic Ithaca, Inc.’s 50th anniversary.

Gallery Night is free and open to the public.  After-hours library access is available through the BorgWarner Community Room entrance, adjacent to TCAT’s East Green Street bus shelter.

For more information about these or other Library exhibits, contact Sally Grubb at or (607) 272-4557 extension 232.