Tompkins County Public Library

Monday, January 23, 2017

Library to Circulate Storytime Kits

Families can now experience the fun of Tompkins County Public Library’s popular storytimes from the comfort of their own homes with “Storytime-To-Go” kits.

Available in the Library’s Youth Services Department, “Storytime-To-Go” kits contains five thematic books, a CD, companion toys or puzzles, song/rhyme cards and activities and resources to help caregivers and educators create and share engaging learning experiences through storytimes.

“We want to inspire every family to talk, sing, read, write and play with their children as often as they can,” said Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe. “We hope that having these new kits, bundled and ready to go, will make that as easy and fun as possible.”

Kits can be borrowed for three weeks and are available in a variety of themes for multiple age groups.  Available kits, include: Backyard Science, Funny Books, Ready to Read, Hands on Learners: Baby and Toddler, Building and Engineering and Crafty Kids. Read-Along Songs and Read-Along Songs for Babies kits are also available through support from the Family Reading Partnership.

For more information or to borrow a kit, visit the Library’s Youth Services Department or call (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Funding for “Storytime-To-Go” kits has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through generous support from the Helen T. Howland Foundation of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Library to Host Teen Writing Workshops

Young adults are invited to exercise their creative muscles during weekly teen writing workshops at the Tompkins County Public Library, Thursdays, February 2 through April 20 at 4:45 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

These hour-long classes will be facilitated by Ithaca College writing students, Amanda Livingston and Alexa Salvato, and include exercises, prompts and opportunities to workshop original pieces.

Each session will be unique, and participants are encouraged to sign up for one or all of these inspiring workshops.

These workshops are intended for students in grades 6-12.  Advance registration is preferred but not required. To register, visit

Workshops will not be held on Thursday, February 16th or Thursday, March 16th.

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

Library to Screen “The House I Live In”

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with the Multicultural Resource Center’s New Jim Crow Community Read, will host a free screening of “The House I Live In,” Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s top documentary honor, “The House I Live In” explores the financial and societal costs of the government’s war on drugs, while making a case for drug use as a public health crisis not a criminal justice pandemic.

This film is intended for an adult audience.

Since March 2016, the Multicultural Resource Center’s Community Read has galvanized more than 30 community organizations in the development of a plan to study and ultimately take action to locally confront mass incarceration.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Library, Ithaca College Film Society to Screen “A Serious Man”

Tompkins County Public Library and the Ithaca College Film Society will partner for a free, facilitated screening of “A Serious Man,” Wednesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Directed by the Coen Brothers, “A Serious Man,” follows Midwestern physics teacher, Larry Gopnik, as he searches for meaning in the chaotic events consuming his life. This 2009 black-comedy-drama is a cult favorite and a must-see for fans of the Coen brand of humor.

Ithaca College Film Society members, Brett Rogalsky and Jack Warner, will offer an introduction to the film, which marks the first in a series of screenings to be offered by the Library at the ICFS.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Library to Host Program on Evolution of Language

Tompkins County Public Library will host, “The Evolution of Language,” a presentation by Cornell University Professor Morten H. Christiansen, Thursday, January 19 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Being held in conjunction with Ithaca Explores Human Origins, TCPL and Paleantological Research Institution’s three-month exploration of what it means to be human, this program will offer a look at the origins of language, how children acquire language skills and how language has evolved.

Christiansen is the co-director of Cornell’s Cognitive Science Program, a professor of child language at Aarhus University and a senior scientist for Haskins Laboratories.

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

Library to Close for Renovations February 10 through February 19

Tompkins County Public Library Director Susan Currie has announced the tentative renovation schedule for phase one of the Library’s comprehensive facility upgrade.

Noting the importance of community access to the essential services provided by the Library, Currie said TCPL will be closed for ten days, from February 10 through February 19, to allow construction crews to expedite the completion of carpet replacement and public restroom renovations.

“Our library provides vital access to resources, services and programs for community members, which is why these upgrades are so important,” Currie said.  “While we had hoped to remain open during the construction process, we recognize that our patrons will be best served by the efficient completion of these renovations.”

While the building will be closed, access to many Library services and programs will be available remotely, including digital downloads of eBooks through the OverDrive Digital Download Service, Hoopla’s streaming video platform, TumbleBooks which offers animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books and more for young readers, and Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand.

Plans are also in place for an off-site family storytime, a digital download training program and multiple sessions of the popular social media book chat, “Break for Books.” No library materials will be due during the closure and DVD borrowing limits will be doubled.

“We have taken every possible step to ensure that the renovation process runs seamlessly with limited service interruption for our patrons,” Currie said.

The first phase of the Library’s two-part renovation plan includes removing and replacing carpet throughout the building and upgrading and remodeling the public restrooms.

The project is being overseen by Tompkins County Facilities, with design services by QPK Design. Bouley Construction will serve as the project’s principal contractor.

Made possible through public support of the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Library Campaign, a New York State Dormitory Authority Grant sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, a New York State Public Library Construction Grant sponsored by the Finger Lakes Library System, and County maintenance funds, the second phase of Library renovations will include the construction of a digital learning lab, a teen center and additional public meeting space.

The entire project is scheduled to be complete later this spring.

For more information about the closure or upcoming renovations, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at or (607) 275-1548.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Library to Offer Family Science Program

Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research with host “Electrostatics” Saturday, January 14 from 1-2 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.
Families will explore the phenomena and properties of slow-moving or stationary charges. They will be able to see a Van de Graaf generator in action, as well as make a static flyer and an electrophorus.

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