Tompkins County Public Library

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Library Search Committee Announces Finalists for Director, Public Presentation Dates

Tompkins County Public Library’s Director Search Committee, under the leadership of Bruce Ryan, president of the Library’s Board of Trustees, has announced Annette Birdsall and Lisa Carr as the final candidates in a six-month search for a successor to retiring director Susan Currie.

Birdsall, of Trumansburg, will address the public at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22. The current director of the Ulysses Philomathic Library (UPL), Birdsall received her Master of Library Science from Syracuse University. Prior to accepting the director’s position at UPL in 2012, Birdsall held positions with the Finger Lakes Library System, TCPL, the South Central Regional Library Council and Cornell University Library.

Carr, of Auburn, has served as director of the Seymour Public Library in Auburn since 2012. She holds a master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons College, and has worked for Polaris Systems in Liverpool, the Edith B. Ford Library in Ovid and as a public librarian in Maine.  She will address the public at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 24.

Both hour-long presentations will take place in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

The national search for Currie’s replacement garnered applications from 30 library leaders who were subsequently vetted by the Library’s search committee of trustees, staff and representatives from the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library and the Finger Lakes Library System. Eighteen candidates from the original pool qualified to take a Civil Service examination administered by the Tompkins County Personnel Department.

Currie, who has led TCPL since 2009, will conclude her more than three-decades of library service in October. During her eight-year tenure, Currie has helped establish TCPL as an award-winning model for peer libraries. Among her lengthy list of successes are a building-wide reorganization, which served to flatten the Library’s supervisory structure, providing increased leadership opportunities for staff members; advancing the progress of the County Library Budget Working Group and community engagement process, designed to identify sustainable funding for the Library; the successful 21st Century Library Campaign, which helped raise over $3.5 million in support of library programs and services; increased collaborations with local businesses and not-for-profit organizations; a reduction in barriers to access for families and young adults and strengthened relationships with UAW 2300, the labor union representing the library’s professional and support staff members. She is currently overseeing capital improvements and the construction of a 21st Century Learning Lab and teen center.

For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty, the Library’s public relations and external communications coordinator, at or (607) 275-1548.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This Program is Now Full!--Library to Host Book-Binding Program

Writers, poets and artists are invited to create their own hand-bound, link-stitched journals, during a free book-binding workshop with local artist Laura Rowley, Wednesday, August 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-East.

Rowley, of Trumansburg, studied book arts at Wells College and the University of Alabama. She is the owner of Revival Book Arts and writes, designs and publishes artists books and book prints under the Illuminated Press imprint.

This program is open to adults of all interests and book-binding experience levels. All materials will be provided. To register, contact Cady Fontana at or contact the Adult Services Reference Desk by calling (607) 272-4556.

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, August 23.

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 interlibrary 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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Library to Host First Day of Kindergarten Storytime

Children 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,” Thursday, August 24 at 11 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Open to all incoming kindergarteners, this program will include stories, songs and a craft.

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