Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, July 21, 2017

Library to Host Sign Language Program for Babies

Tompkins County Public Library has announced the Saturday, August 5 launch of “Baby Signs® With Jill Barbuti van Leuken,” a weekly program designed to help caregivers communicate with their pre-verbal infants.

Packed with baby play time--featuring songs, books and socialization—and caregiver education and the what, why and how of signing, Baby Signs® programs will teach gestures specially modified from American Sign Language for young learners. Each program will feature a different theme, including mealtime, bedtime, bathtime and pets. 

Classes are designed for children six months to 2-years-old, and will be held weekly through August 26 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Barbuti van Leuken is an occupational therapist with the Ithaca City School District and an adjunct faculty member in Ithaca College’s Department of Occupational Therapy. To learn more about her education, experience and interests, visit

Baby Signs® programs are free. No registration is required.

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

Baby Signs® with Jill Barbuti van Leuken is made possible with the support of M&T Bank through the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Library to Conclude Summer Reading Program With Ice Cream Social

Tompkins County Public Library will offer a sweet reward to participants of its Build a Better World Adult Summer Reading Program, with a free ice cream sundae party during the program’s closing ceremony, Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-West.

During this fun-filled program, participants will discuss the books they have read this summer, enjoy free ice cream and toppings and have an opportunity to win terrific prizes from local restaurants and downtown merchants.

Registration is recommended but not required.  For more information, or to register, email

Library to Host Lehman for Poetry Reading

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with Buffalo Street Books, will host poet David Lehman for a reading from his new book, “Poems in the Manner Of,” Thursday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

An accomplished writer and the editor of “The Best American Poetry,” Lehman teaches at The New School and lives in New York City and Ithaca. His latest collection offers an exploration of centuries of writers who have, and continue to, influence his work.

This program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at