Tompkins County Public Library

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Library to Launch Non-Fiction Book Club

Sometimes the truth really is better than fiction, and Tompkins County Public Library will explore some of these fascinating real-life stories with its newly launched “Truth Be Told:  Non-Fiction Book Club.”

This free, quarterly club will offer a judgment-free environment for adults to share insights and explore themes of selected works of non-fiction.

The first meeting of “Truth Be Told” will be held March 3 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and feature a discussion of “The Boys in the Boat:  Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,”  by Daniel James Brown.

“The Boys in the Boat” recounts the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew team and the drive and determination that led them to gold at the Berlin Olympics.  This acclaimed book follows these unlikely rowers-- working-class sons of loggers, shipyard workers and farmers—on their journey to the podium, and captures the spirit and sacrifice they embodied as they faced elite rivals from around the world, including the German crew rowing for Adolph Hitler.

Limited copies of “The Boys in the Boat” are available for club members.  To reserve a copy, register for “Truth Be Told” by contacting Tom Burns at or Stephen Salino at

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Library to Host ESL Snack and Chat

Beginning February 25, non-native English speakers are invited to join Tompkins County Public Library for “ESL Snack and Chat Conversation Groups.”

These informal, drop-in sessions will be held each Wednesday through April  22, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room and offer a relaxed setting for practicing conversation and listening skills. The meetings will help participants discover and access language-learning resources at the Library and in the community and provide a forum for information sharing.

Snack and Chat sessions are free and open to individuals with the desire to improve their English or willing to serve as conversation partners for others. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

There will be no Snack and Chat on April 1.

For more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or

Community members interested in volunteering to help facilitate “ESL Snack and Chat” programs are encouraged to contact Volunteer Coordinator Yvette Rubio at (607) 272-4557 extension 226 or for information about a short orientation program being held February 18.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Library to Host “Mighty Ugly” Workshop

Arts and crafts enthusiasts of all ages are invited to Tompkins County Public Library’s “Mighty Ugly Workshop,” a program designed to rekindle creativity, February 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

The concept of “Mighty Ugly” was developed by author and blogger Kim Piper Werker in an effort to help creators curb perfectionism, fear of failure and self-doubt.  Her book “Make it Mighty Ugly:  Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When it Ain’t Pretty,” has prompted workshops in the United States and Canada.

The program is free and open to the public.  All materials will be provided.

To register or for more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at or Kate DeVoe at

Monday, February 16, 2015

Library to Host Family Movie Matinee

Tompkins County Public Library will host a free screening of “Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” February 16 at 2 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Families are invited to enjoy popcorn and drinks while watching this heartwarming comedy.  Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the movie follows the exploits of Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life but also learns that even on bad days, families can grow closer.

TCPL’s next family movie program will be a March 30 screening of “101 Dalmatians” at 2 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

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

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Library to Offer Family Science Program

Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research will host “Families Learning Science Together: Learn about Polymers" February 14 from 1-2 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Families will learn about polymers and their presence in common, regularly-used objects, as well as how scientists can change polymers to give them different physical properties.  Young scientists will learn how to make instant snow and their own silly putty.

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, contact Nevjinder K. Singhota at or (607) 255-1486. 

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

Monday, February 9, 2015

Library Taking Teen Advocates to Albany

Tompkins County Public Library is seeking young advocates to share the importance of public libraries during Library Advocacy Day in Albany February 25.

Each year, TCPL staff members and young patrons join library representatives from throughout New York State on a day-long trip to the New York State Capitol to share stories and insights into the vital role libraries play within the communities they serve.

Area middle and high school students are invited to learn more about this free trip and the important issues being advocated for during an Advocacy Day Information Session, February 9 from 6 to 7 p.m., in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.  Parents are encouraged to attend this session.

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

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Library to Launch “Ithaca Guys Read” with Reading by Luvelle Brown

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with author and educator Alan Blankstein, will present “Ithaca Guys Read,” an effort to showcase the life-long impact of reading.

“Ithaca Guys Read” will feature an elite group of male readers who will share some of the stories that inspired their love of reading and literature.  It has been modeled after “Guys Read,” a web-based literacy project designed to help bridge the literacy gender gap by encouraging boys to become self-motivated readers.

This program will be held in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room from 2 to 3 p.m. each Saturday through April 4. 

February’s featured readers are:

  • February 7, Dr. Luvelle Brown, superintendent of the Ithaca City School District 
  • February 14, Micah Martorell, business lending assistant for Alternatives Federal Credit Union and president of the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County  
  •   February 21, Eric Acree, director of Cornell University’s John Henrik Clarke Africana Library·        
  •  February 28, J.R. Clairborne, community advocate and member of the City of Ithaca Common Council

Program partner Blankstein is an award-winning author and the founder of the HOPE Foundation, a not-for-profit organization committed to creating learning communities where student success is the only option.

“Ithaca Guys Read is free and open to boys and girls ages 3 through 10.  Each program will be followed by a craft and refreshments.

For more information, contact Sarah Glogowski, head of the Library’s Youth Services Department, at or (607) 272-4557 extension 255.

Library to Participate in Take Your Child to the Library Day

February 7 is “Take Your Child to the Library Day,” and Tompkins County Public Library is offering four exciting opportunities for children to celebrate.

At 11 a.m. the Library will host “Family Storytime,” with stories, songs and family fun for all ages.  At 2 p.m., children and their families are invited to the inaugural “Ithaca Guys Read” storytime, featuring guest reader Luvelle Brown, superintendent of the Ithaca City School District. The fun will continue at 3:30 p.m. with the monthly-meeting of TCPL’s Mother-Daughter Book Club. Girls ages 8-12 and the special women in their lives are invited to a discussion of “Belle Teal” by Ann M. Martin.  Volunteers from the “Reader Is In” program will also be on-hand throughout the day to read and share books.

All programs are free and open to the public.

On “Take Your Child to the Library Day,” and every day, children are encouraged to visit TCPL for new books, audiobooks, movies, music, computers and early learning stations.

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

Friday, February 6, 2015

Library to Showcase Two Exhibits During February Gallery Night

Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate two enlightening and inspiring exhibits during Downtown Ithaca’s Gallery Night from 5 to 8 p.m. February 6.

Gallery Night attendees will be treated to after-hours access to “What Would MLK Say Today?,” posters created for a contest of the same name, sponsored by the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights, and “Evolution in Your Backyard,” a multi-media display in collaboration with the Paleontological Research Institute’s annual Darwin Days celebration.

“What Would MLK Say Today?” will showcase posters submitted to the Office of Human Rights by Tompkins County residents of all ages.  Artists were asked to imagine and express how Martin Luther King, Jr.’s timeless strategies for equality can be used today.

The award ceremony for the poster contest will begin at 6 p.m. in the Library’s Avenue of the Friends. “Human Rights Revisited” will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room and include the 7 p.m. panel discussion and community conversation “A Diversity of Perspectives.”

“Evolution in Your Backyard” will launch Darwin Days, PRI’s annual, week-long celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday.

The exhibit will feature specimens native to Ithaca and companion graphics explaining what they teach about evolution and providing historical information about Darwin Days.

Darwin Days will be held from February 8 through February 14 with events planned at locations throughout Ithaca.

After-hours access to the Library during Gallery Night is available through the BorgWarner Community Room entrance, adjacent to TCAT’s Green Street bus shelter.

For more information, contact Sally Grubb at or (607) 272-4557 extension 232.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Library to Host Winter Session of 4 Seasons Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library will host the winter session of its popular “4 Seasons Book Club” February 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Room—West.

Participants will enjoy a lively discussion of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, “Tender is the Night.”

Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, “Tender Is the Night” explores the tragic and tumultuous relationships between young actress Rosemary Hoyt and seemingly-glamorous American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character, “Tender Is the Night” is lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.

Participation in the “4 Seasons Book Club” is available online and in-person. Face-to-face meeting dates in 2015 are scheduled for February 5, April 2, June 4 and October 1. Online discussions are ongoing and by invitation only.  The online
“4 Seasons Book Club” is available through, a "free website for book lovers.”  To register, visit

For more information or to register, contact Adult Services Librarian Teresa Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or

Library to Host Harry Potter Event

Tompkins County Public Library will join libraries, schools and bookstores throughout the world in celebrating the magic of Harry Potter February 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. during “Harry Potter Book Night.”

Open to wizards, witches, and muggles of all ages, this free program will include crafts, games, activities and snacks.  Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite Harry Potter-themed costumes.

“Harry Potter Book Night,’ a program of Bloomsbury Children’s Books, is designed to give new and existing fans a chance to share the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s immensely popular series and to introduce the next generation of readers to the magic of Harry Potter.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275 or Young Adult Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at

Library and Cancer Resource Center to Partner for Information Sessions

Tompkins County Public Library and the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, in recognition of National Cancer Prevention Month, will partner In February for free, weekly informational drop-in sessions.

Facilitated by Bob Riter, executive director of the Cancer Resource Center, these sessions will be held in the Library’s Youth Services Department’s small study room each Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. beginning February 5.  Riter will answer questions about cancer and direct attendees toward helpful Library and on-line resources.  A table of cancer-related resources will also be on display in the Library throughout the month of February.

Riter writes a regular column about cancer for the Ithaca Journal and is the author of a nationally distributed book, “When Your Life is Touched by Cancer: Practical Advice and Insights for Patients, Professionals and Those Who Care.”

For more information, contact Riter at (607) 277-0960 or