Tompkins County Public Library

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Library to Host Community Read DNA Workshop

Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Genetically Engineered Machines (CU iGEM) team will host “The Answer is in the DNA,” a presentation on the use of DNA in forensic investigations, August 13 at 6 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Held in conjunction with the 2014 Community Read  of “Clash of Civilization Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio” by Amara Lakhous, this program will explore how criminal investigators use DNA to identify suspects.  Participants will learn about the structure of DNA, its relation to genetic diversity and Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP), a technigue which allows scientists to narrow suspect lists by comparing elements of potential suspect’s DNA.  Following a short presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to use the information presented to solve a fictitious crime.

Winner of Italy’s prestigious Flaiano Prize, “Clash of Civilizations” uses social satire and murder mystery to tell the story of a mixed community thrown into chaos as police investigate the murder of a neighbor.

The Cornell University Genetically Engineered Machines (CU iGEM) team is a student-run, international award-winning biology-inspired project team with a vision of creating synthetic biology tools and processes that will offer breakthrough answers to the many needs of industry and the economy.

This program is free and open to an all-ages audience, but it is most appropriate for adults and children 11 and older. 

Now in its 13th year, the Community Read encourages community members to experience the bond of literature by reading and discussing the same title. 

For more information, or to request free copies of the book for a book group or community agency, contact Community Read Coordinator Teresa Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or tvadakin@tcpl.org.

Library to Host Cultural Storytelling Featuring Aloja Airewele and Friends

Tompkins County Public Library will host “Life as a Story,” a lunchtime storytelling event featuring community volunteer and activist Aloja Airewele and friends, August 13 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

“Life as a Story,” will bring locals of various backgrounds and cultures-- including individuals of Irish, Jewish, Nigerian and Hispanic descent--together for an afternoon of stories and music.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Airewele is a trained physician and worked in family medicine before immigrating with his family to the United States in 1997.  He currently serves as a director for Shape Our Future Now (www.shapeourfuturenow.org),
an organization dedicated to helping communities affected by violence in Northern Nigeria and other parts of Africa.

This family-friendly program is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or cwheeler@tcpl.org.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Library to Host Community Read Satire Workshop

Tompkins County Public Library will host “Roman Carnivals:  Classical Lessons in the Art ofSatire,” a free satire writing workshop facilitated by author and professor Anthony DiRenzo, August 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room-East.

Held in conjunction with the 2014 Community Read of “Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio” by Amara Lakhous, this program will introduce participants to the fundamentals of literary satire, borrowing techniques from such classical Roman writers as Horace and Juvenal. Samplings of short readings and film clips will prompt craft discussions and writing exercises.

Winner of Italy’s prestigious Flaiano Prize, “Clash of Civilizations” uses social satire and murder mystery to tell the story of a mixed community thrown into chaos as police investigate the murder of a neighbor.

Di Renzo teaches humorous writing at Ithaca College. His books, such as “Bitter Greens: Essays on Food, Politics, and History from the Imperial Kitchen” (SUNY Press, 2010) and “Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily” (Guernica Editions, 2013), satirize the ongoing culture war between traditional Italian humanism and American business and technology.  As Pasquino, Rome’s legendary talking statue, Di Renzo contributes a monthly column to San Francisco's “L’Italo-Americano.”

This program is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is appreciated.  To register, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or cwheeler@tcpl.org.
Now in its 13th year, the Community Read encourages community members to experience the bond of literature by reading and discussing the same title. 

For more information, or to request free copies of the book for a book group or community agency, contact Community Read Coordinator Teresa Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or tvadakin@tcpl.org.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Library to Host Author of “The World Peace Diet”

Tompkins County Public Library will host author and educator, Will Tuttle, for a discussion and signing of his best-selling book, “The World Peace Diet,” August 6 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

“The World Peace Diet” inspires readers to work toward a world of peace, freedom, wellness, and harmony and shares keys to positive individual and social transformation.  Tuttle’s library presentation will explore the unrecognized connections between culturally-mandated meals and a broad range of problems—psychological, social, and spiritual, as well as health and environmental.

A former Zen monk and a Dharma Master in the Korean Zen tradition, Tuttle is a recipient of the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award and the creator of several wellness training programs.  His Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy.

This program is free and open to the public, copies of “The World Peace Diet” will be available for purchase at the event.


For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or cwheeler@tcpl.org.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Library to Host Writing Workshop Series for Teens

Tompkins County Public Library will host “Spark a Reaction: Speculative Fiction Writing for Teens,” Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., from August 4 through August 27 in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Participants will be encouraged to explore unknown worlds with celebrated local author and poet Katharyn Howd Machan.  This series will offer insight into writing works of science fiction and fantasy.  Pieces created during “Spark a Reaction” will be published in book form, distributed to participants and added to the Library’s collection.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to share their work with the public during the last session.

This program is free and open to the public; however space is limited.  To register, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at (607) 272-4557 extension 274 or rdemauro@tcpl.org.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Library to Host Interactive Storytime Featuring Authors of “Silly Nomads”



Tompkins County Public Library will host Marcus Mohalland and Jan Lewis, authors of the “Silly Nomads” series, for an interactive storytime for young readers, August 2 at 11 a.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

During this fun-filled event, young readers will participate in readings from the first two volumes of the “Silly Nomads” series, “Silly Nomads From Palmerston Close” and “Silly Nomads Go Ninja Crazy.”

The “Silly Nomads” series follow Suhcrom and Naddih, two mischievous Jamaican brothers who use their imaginations to create amazing adventures.  Perfect for readers aged 8 to 12, the books introduce readers to Jamaican culture and encourage young imaginations.

For more information about the series, visit www.mohallandlewisllc.com.  For more information about this and other Library programs, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Books and book-related merchandise will be available for purchase at this event.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Library to Host My First Day of Kindergarten Storytime Series



Boys and girls beginning kindergarten this fall are invited to shake out their first-day-of-school jitters before the school year begins during Tompkins County Public Library’s “My First Day of Kindergarten Storytime Series,” Fridays, August 1 through August 22 at 2 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This four-part school readiness series is open to all children entering kindergarten and will include stories, songs and crafts!  All participants will receive a free first-day-of-school book.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.
This program has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through grant support from the Myrtle Dee Nash Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Library to Host Sensory Storytime


Children ages 3 through 7 are invited to attend Tompkins County Public Library’s “Sensory Storytime,” a program designed for children with sensory integration challenges, July 26 at 3 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This program is free and open to all children; however, books, songs and movements will be selected to stimulate the senses and promote learning for children with sensory challenges. Children who have previously struggled to sit through one of the Library’s other storytimes may find the inclusive stories, songs and activities of “Sensory Storytime” more enjoyable and accessible.

Pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Library’s Youth Services Department, call (607) 272-4557 extension 275, or email 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 with support from the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.

Library to Host Read-Along Songs with Cal Walker and John Simon


Tompkins County Public Library and the Family Reading Partnership will partner July 26 for Read-Along Songs, a family-friendly program using rhyming and rhythm to connect children and families to the joy of words and literacy through music. 

This program begins at 11 a.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.  It is free and open to the public and is being held in conjunction with the Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Challenge. 

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

TCPL's 2014 Summer Reading Programming has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Harmon Foundation, the Youth Services Programming Endowment Fund, the Michael Kammen Children's Fund and the Myrtle Dee Nash Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Library to Host Animal Sleepover Storytime

Young readers are invited to send their stuffed animals on an after-hours Library adventure July 23, as Tompkins County Public Library hosts “Animal Sleepover Storytime.

“Animal Sleepover Storytime” will begin at 6 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room with a special storytime for children of all ages and their favorite stuffed friends. After storytime ends, the stuffed animals will spend the night exploring the Library.

Children can pick up their animals and a photograph of their late-night, Library escapades on July 24.

“Animal Sleepover Storytime” has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through a grant from Elmira Savings Bank.


For more information, visit: http://tcpl.org/kids/programs.php or contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Library to Host Pearlman for Poetry Reading

Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate the release of “Afterlife,” with a reading and signing by Tompkins County Poet Laureate Tish Pearlman, July 17 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

“Afterlife,”  Pearlman’s second poetry collection, explores her reconnection with the pen following a nearly fatal 2009 heart surgery. She retold this experience in her first collection, "The Fix Is In" (Finishing Line Press, 2012).  The poems featured in  "Afterlife," an inspired and inspiring new collection, offer a glimpse into Pearlman’s early life with a lonely, alcoholic mother, her activism on behalf of the LGBT community and the longing for a connection to her past.

Pearlman has served as the host and producer of “Out of Bounds,” an award-winning weekly public affairs/arts interview program. A recognized broadcast journalist, community and political activist, Pearlman boasts an impressive resume of production, freelance, voiceover and hosting work.  Her poetry has appeared in The Healing Muse, The Ithaca Times and The Syracuse Post-Dispatch Healthy CNY Magazine.

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or cwheeler@tcpl.org.