Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Library to Host STEAM Book Club

Middle-graders are invited to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through lively book discussions and hands-on activities during Tompkins County Public Library’s monthly STEAM Book Club.

Continuing Wednesday, July 27 with a discussion of “Operation Redwood” by S. Terrell French, the STEAM Book Club will encourage area students to improve their understanding of current core competencies through critical thinking and book-related activities.

Set in Northern California, “Operation Redwood” follows a group of young friends who conspire to save a grove of redwoods from being cut down by an investment company.  Packed with adventure, humor and fascinating characters, “Operation Redwood” offers an important message about environmental activism and nature.

The club will meet in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room at 3:45 p.m. for discussion and refreshments. Following the discussion, participants will be lead on a walking tour by Ithaca’s City Forester, Jeanne Grace.

The STEAM Book Club is free and open to all third, fourth and fifth graders.

Free copies of “Operation Redwood” can be picked up at the Youth Services Reference Desk. Participants who would like to join the walking tour will need a signed permission slip.

For more information or to register, contact Kate DeVoe at (607) 272-4557 extension 277 or

Funding for STEAM programming is provided by the Ujeni Grants for Advancing Public Education Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County and the Erin Aljoe Schlather Dedicated Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Library to Host Family Movie Matinees

Tompkins County Public Library will host free, family-friendly screenings of the Disney film, “Zootopia,” July 11 in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

At 11 a.m., the Library will offer a screening especially for children with sensory integration challenges.  Sensory tools such as weighted lap pads and noise-canceling headphones will be available, lights will remain on, and children will be encouraged to make themselves comfortable by moving around and making noise.

A second screening, open to all families, will be held at 2 p.m.. Refreshments will be provided during both showings.

“Zootopia” follows rabbit, Judy Hopps, as she fulfills her childhood dream of becoming a police officer. Life on the force isn’t what she’d imagined; however, and she must enlist the help of her animal friends and family in order to hold on to her badge.

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

Friday, June 17, 2016

Library to Offer Game Development Camp for Teens

Tompkins County Public Library invites teen gamers to join “Fables and Tales” a four-day intensive game development program beginning Monday, July 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Being held in conjunction with the Library’s 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program, “Fables and Tales” will offer intense role playing games, tabletop and card gaming, while helping participants create an epic tale or heroic fable using either Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder, or BattleTech and Card Wars.

During this free program, young adults will have an opportunity to create characters, worlds, plots, challenges, puzzles and more.  At the conclusion of the program, participants will have created an entire module that can be shared and played with friends.

Since each session builds on the next, participants are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

Registration is required, and participants must choose whether they will be working with a CCG, RPG or tabletop game at the time of registration.  To register, visit the Library’s events calendar at or

Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring their own lunch (refrigeration is available).

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

This program is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Fund.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Library to Host Beginner Belly Dancing Series

Tompkins County Public Library invites adults of all ages to exercise their minds and bodies this summer by joining “Belly Dancing Basics With Regina,” a four-part introduction to belly dancing.

Being held each Wednesday in July from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room, Belly Dancing Basics is being offered in conjunction with the Library’s 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program, “Exercise Your Mind at TCPL.”

This fun-filled, judgment-free program will be facilitated by TCPL Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro and feature—through beginner-level movements--an introduction to Middle Eastern dance.

DeMauro was introduced to the art of belly dancing as a teen and has been performing locally for the past four years.  She has conducted workshops at Ithaca College and the Wellspring Gathering and offered one-on-one instruction.

This program is free and open to the public.  Participants are encouraged to consult a physician before beginning any new exercise program.

To register or for more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at