Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Library to Host Film Screening

Tompkins County Public Library will host a free screening of the Academy Award-winning film “Whiplash,” Saturday, August 8 at 2 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

“Whiplash” follows drummer Andrew Neyman’s ambitious attempt to become part of an elite jazz ensemble under the tutelage of one of the most vicious teachers known to film.  Miles Teller does his own drumming in this study of obsession and inspiration, and J. K. Simmons is terrifying in his Oscar-winning role.

The Library screening is free and open to the public.  The film is intended for an adult audience.


For more information, contact Tom Burns at tburns@tcpl.org.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Library to Offer Computer and Digital Download Training Sessions

Tompkins County Public Library has announced free training sessions for basic computer and internet skills and downloading eBooks and audiobooks to Kindles, Nooks, iPads, smartphones and other app-based devices through the OverDrive Digital Download service.

Training sessions will be held at the Adult Services Reference Desk.  Individual tutorial sessions will be scheduled:
  • Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to Noon
  • Thursdays from 11 a.m. to Noon
  • Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Participants will need a valid Library card and password to download items to their devices. Nook users who own laptops are also asked to bring them to the session.


To register for a one-on-one tutorial, contact Tom Fredette at (607) 272-4557 extension 271 or tfredette@tcpl.org.

Library to Offer Book and Movie Discussions

Tompkins County Public Library will offer an opportunity for students entering grades 3 through 5 to explore the evolution of books from the printed page to the big screen this summer by participating in the “Print to Popcorn” book and movie discussion group.

“Print to Popcorn” participants will read a popular book and watch its film counterpart and then engage in fun, judgment free discussions about both versions.

Group sessions will be held Thursdays, August 6th and 20th at noon in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.  During the first session of the month, participants will receive a free copy of the selected book and enjoy pizza and snacks while completing fun-filled activities.  During the second session of the month, participants will watch the film-adaptation of the book and compare and contrast the print and movie version.

August’s title is “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick.

This title was selected with a family audience in mind; however, parents are encouraged to review film ratings prior to allowing their children to attend. The Library will not restrict admittance to films based on age.

“Print to Popcorn” is being held in conjunction with the Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, “Every Reader Has a Story.”
Registration is required.  To register, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.


TCPL’s 2015 Summer Reading Programming has been made possible with support from the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation thanks to funding from the Harmon Foundation, the Brooks family Foundation, the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund and the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Library to Host “Messy Storytime”

Children and their caregivers are encouraged to explore the fun of mud and muck during Tompkins County Public Library’s “Messy Storytime,” Wednesday, August 5 at 11 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Participants will enjoy messy-themed stories, songs and finger plays before tying on an apron and creating a messy craft to take home. 

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

"Messy Storytime" has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through a grant from the Elmira Savings Bank.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Library to Offer Storytime With Music&Motion

Children and their caregivers are invited to experience the joy of noise-making as Tompkins County Public Library hosts Miss. Angie from Music&Motion for a special Saturday, July 25 storytime.

Through songs, dance, and pretend play, Miss. Angie will lead families on an adventure into the world of creative expression.  This program will be held 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 TCPL’s Summer Reading Program “Every Hero Has a Story.”

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


TCPL’s summer reading programs and their related programming is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Harmon Foundation, the Brooks Family Foundation, the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund and the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.

Library to Host Elemental Power Program for Teens


Tompkins County Public Library invites area teens to discover their inner bender during “Unmask the Elemental Power Within,” a fun-filled program for fans of “Avatar the Last Airbender” and “Avatar: Legend of Korra,” Wednesday,  July 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

During this free program, students ages 11 through 19 will practice elemental exercises, play a game of Pai Sho, learn about martial arts through hands-on demonstrations by Ithaca Chung Do Kwan and meet and connect with other fans of the popular Nickelodeon “Avatar” cartoons.

“Unmask the Elemental Power Within” is being held in conjunction with TCPL’s Teen Summer Reading Program, “Unmask: Discover the Hero Within” tcpl.org/teens/srp.php.

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

TCPL’s summer reading programs and their related programming is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Harmon Foundation, the Brooks Family Foundation, the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund and the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Library to Offer Butterfly Program

Families with children ages 5 and up are invited to join the Tompkins County Public Library for “Butterflies: The Heroic Monarch Migration,” Monday, July 27 at 6 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Being held in conjunction with the Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero Has a Story,”  this fun-filled event will be facilitated by Jerry Schneider, creator of “Butterfly Game,” an award-winning board game for children and families.

Schneider will share a slide show featuring Eastern butterflies, discuss the annual migration of Monarchs and share information about the obstacles they face during their fall and spring trips to and from Mexico.  Participants will also learn about the difference between moths and butterflies, where to find butterflies, fun-facts about these fascinating winged creatures and how to attract them to backyard gardens.

Following the presentation, children will create their own butterfly tee-shirts.  Solid-color tee shirts can be purchased at the event for $4 per shirt or participants may supply their own shirt from home.

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


Support for the Summer Reading Program comes from the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through support from the Harmon Foundation, the Brooks Family Foundation, the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund and the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Library to Host Alfred University’s “Art Force Five”

Tompkins County Public Library will host a free presentation by “Art Force Five,” an Alfred University student group committed to the promotion of diversity and inclusion, Thursday, July 16 at 1 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

“Art Force Five,” a program of Alfred’s Drawn to Diversity program, encourages audiences to consider creativity as the ultimate superpower and explores the impact of creativity throughout history and as a positive tool for solving life’s everyday challenges.

During their TCPL presentation, “Art Force Five” members will offer an hour-long interactive “creativity over conflict” workshop, two hands-on craft stations and a comic exhibit highlighting the history of comic books with parallels to the civil rights movement.

This program is free and open to students ages 7 through 13 and is being held in conjunction with TCPL’s Teen Summer Reading Program, “Unmask: Discover the Reader Within,” and school-aged Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero Has a Story.”
  
Students 12 and up can participate in Teen Summer Reading and earn prizes by reading for at least 20 minutes each day.  Upon registration, teens will receive a free book of their choice.  Those who complete and return a Summer Reading Game Board before August 29 will receive a TCPL water bottle and be entered into a drawing to win prizes from an assortment of local businesses, including Enchanted Badger, Buffalo Street Books, Viva Taqueria, Regal Cinemas and Comics for Collectors.

To register, or for more information, visit tcpl.org/teens/srp.php, or contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at rdemauro@tcpl.org or (607) 272-4557 extension 274.

Students ages 5 through 10 are eligible to join “Every Hero Has a Story.” Participants are encouraged to read every day during the summer months. Children who keep track of the time they spend reading will receive a free book and the chance to win raffle prizes! For more information, and to download a Time Tracking Log, visit: http://tcpl.org/kids/programs-summer.php.

TCPL’s summer reading programs and their related programming is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Harmon Foundation, the Brooks Family Foundation, the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund and the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Library to Host Non-Fiction Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library’s Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club will meet Tuesday, August 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room for a discussion of J.R. Moehringer’s acclaimed book, “The Tender Bar.”

This classic American story of self-invention and escape is suspenseful, wrenching and achingly funny.  It’s the poignant tale of the fierce love between a single mother and an only son and an unforgettable portrait of a boy’s struggle to become a man, with the help of a fathering-by-committee provided by characters from a local bar.

The Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club is free and open to the public.  Limited copies of the book are available for new and existing Club members at the Library’s Adult Services Reference Desk.

For more information, visit http://tcpl.org/events-exhibits/book-clubs-nonfiction.php or contact Tom Burns at tburns@tcpl.org or Stephen Salino at ssalino@tcpl.org.


Upgrade to Cause Temporary Interruption of Library Catalog Services

A scheduled upgrade to Tompkins County Public Library’s Polaris computer system will cause a temporary interruption of service for Library patrons Wednesday, July 15.

The system will be unavailable from 8 a.m. to noon, preventing patrons from searching the Library’s catalog, reviewing account information, renewing materials, placing holds and Inter-library loan requests and searching Library databases.  Access to the OverDrive Digital Download Service will not be affected by the upgrade.

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

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Library to Host Family Movie Nights

Families are invited to beat the summer heat and enjoy free family films, popcorn and air conditioning, as Tompkins County Public Library hosts Family Movie Nights.

Being held in conjunction with “Every Reader Has a Story,” the Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program, Family Movie Nights will be held July 20 and August 17 at 6 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room. 

Featured films are:

July 20—“Dolphin Tale”
August 17—“The Incredibles”

Movies have been selected with a family audience in mind; however, parents are encouraged to review ratings of each movie prior to allowing their children to attend. The Library will not restrict admittance to films based on age.

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

TCPL’s 2015 Summer Reading Programming has been made possible with support from the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation thanks to funding from the Harmon Foundation, the Brooks family Foundation, the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund and the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.


Library to Host Superhero Storytime

Children ages 3-7 and their families are invited to discover their inner heroes during Tompkins County Public Library’s “Superhero Training Camps,” July 22 and July 29 at 11 a.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

During these special storytimes, children will hone their super powers, enjoy hero-themed stories and use their creativity to create special superhero crafts.

"Super Hero Training Camps" have been made possible through the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with grant support from Elmira Savings Bank.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Library to Offer Summer Film Screenings


Tompkins County Public Library invites patrons to beat the heat while enjoying an eclectic selection of current and classic films this summer, including July screenings of “Foxy Brown” and “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

On Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m., audiences will travel back to the 1970s for a screening of the cult classic, “Foxy Brown.”  A fast-paced, action-packed thriller, “Foxy Brown” stars Pam Grier as a powerhouse vixen determined to avenge the murder of her government-agent boyfriend.

The fun continues Wednesday, July 15 at 6 p.m. with a screening of the 2015 hit, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”  Picking up where its predecessor left off, this delightful sequel follows stars Judi Dench, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy and Richard Gere as they adjust to the cultural and generational differences of their new home and seek financial backing to build “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

All screenings are free and open to an adult audience.  Movies will be shown in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at tburns@tcpl.org.

Library to Offer Family Science Program


Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research with host “Families Learning Science Together: Chemical Kinetics” July 11 from 1-2 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Families will learn how fast reactions occur with the help of fun and colorful food dyes.

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 ccmr_outreach@cornell.edu, or call (607) 255-1486.

More information about Families Learning Science Together workshops can be found at https://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/lending-library-chemistry.