Tompkins County Public Library

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Library to Host Mother/Daughter Book Club


Girls ages 8 through 12 and the special women in their lives are invited to attend Tompkins County Public Library’s monthly Mother/Daughter Book Club.

Beginning October 11, the Mother/Daughter Book Club will meet once a month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Facilitated by author and educator Emily Rhoads Johnson, the Club provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to learn about themselves and others by discussing literature in a welcoming, judgment-free environment. 

Fall meeting dates and titles to be discussed are:

·      October 11—“Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry
·         November 15—“Because of Mr. Terupt” by Bob Buyea
·         December 13—“Remarkable” by Lizzie K. Foley

Participants may attend one or all of the meetings.  Registration is not required, and refreshments will be served.

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


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Library to Host Writing Workshops for Teens




Tompkins County Public Library, in anticipation of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), has announced four free writing workshops for teens.

Workshop participants will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., October 8, 22, 29 and November 12 and share ideas, explore exercises and enjoy prompts to help them create dynamic stories.

NaNoWriMo is an annual web-based creative writing project that takes place each November.  NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel from November 1st through November 30.

Teens of all experience levels and interests are invited to attend one or more of these workshops.  Workshops are open to tweens and teens 11-19, however, advance registration is required.  To register, contact Regina DeMauro at rdemauro@tcpl.org or (607) 272-4557 extension 274.



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Library to Host Sensory Storytime

Children ages 3 through 7 are invited to move, sing and play at Tompkins County Public Library’s “Sensory Storytime,” September 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This program is free and open to all children, however, it is especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges. “Sensory Storytime” features interactive books, songs, and activities to stimulate the senses and promote learning. Children who have previously struggled to sit through other storytimes may find “Sensory Storytime” a better fit.

Pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Library’s Youth Services Department, call (607) 272-4557 extension 275, or email Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at kdevoe@tcpl.org.

“Sensory Storytime” has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through a grant from Elmira Savings Bank and support from the Michael Kammen Children’s Fund.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Library to Commemorate Sesquicentennial with Weekend Celebration of Lincoln


In commemoration of its 150th Anniversary, Tompkins County Public Library will host “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War,” a weekend-long exploration of Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War, September 26 through 28.

The weekend’s festivities begin September 26 with after-hours access to the nationally-traveling exhibit which inspired the Library’s celebration.

On display in the Avenue of the Friends through October 31, “Lincoln:  the Constitution and the Civil War” is a 1,000 square foot, thematic exhibit which offers an intriguing perspective on the challenges America’s much-heralded 16th president faced during the Civil War.  This timely exhibit describes Lincoln’s use of the Constitution as a guide for tackling the major issues of the war—secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

Events being held in conjunction with the exhibit are:

Friday, September 26

5 to 7 p.m.:  An evening of art featuring self-guided tours of “Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War” and its three companion exhibits, “Montage Histories:  Tompkins County, New York, through Photographs 1864-2014,” “Tompkins County in a Time of War: Life on the Home Front and on the Battlefield” and “Mightier than the Sword : The Impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

“Montage Histories” is a photographic exhibit created by Tompkins Cortland Community College Professor Harry Littell and students from his senior digital photography class.  Exhibit text was written by Cornell University Ph.D. candidates Bret Leraul and Christine “Xine” Yao with support from TCPL, the New York State Council for the Humanities, Cornell University and The History in Tompkins County. 

“Tompkins County in a Time of War,” curated by Julee Johnson and Sally Grubb includes artifacts reflecting life at home and on the Civil War battlefields.  Items featured in the exhibit are on-loan from Auburn’s Seward House Museum and The History Center in Tompkins County. 

The third companion exhibit, “Mightier than the Sword: The Impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin” celebrates the lasting impact of Stowe’s iconic and often-challenged book, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and is being displayed in recognition of Banned Books Week.

5:30 p.m.: Cornell University’s Glee Club and Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Robert Isaacs, will perform Toby Twining’s “Lincoln the Musician,” in the Library’s Avenue of the Friends.


7:00 p.m.:  Cinemapolis will present “Civil Warriors,” an original film by Deborah Hoard, president of Ithaca’s award-winning PhotoSynthesis Productions.

“Civil Warriors” is a docudrama about the first African American regiment to fight in the Civil War and the Ithaca men who helped lead the charge. 

A panel discussion facilitated by Eric Acree, director of Cornell University’s Africana Library, featuring Hoard, co-producer/director Che Broadnax, Film Narrator Sean Eversley Bradwell, assistant professor, Center for the Study  of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College, will be held immediately following the screening.

Saturday, September 27

11 a.m. to 2p.m.:  A representative of TCPL’s Teen Advisory Group, portraying Abraham Lincoln, will serve as a docent providing mini tours of “Lincoln:  the Constitution and the Civil War.”

Sunday, September 28

2 p.m.: Elmira College Professor Charlie Mitchell will present “Re-reading Uncle Tom's Cabin afterDjango Unchained” and “Twelve Years a Slave,” an illustrated lecture.  This program will be held in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Additional programs in conjunction with “Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War” are planned for October.
All library events and exhibits are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or sgrubb@tcpl.org.

Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  “Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War” is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

“Montage Histories: Tompkins County, New York, through Photographs 1864-2014” was made possible with funding from the New York Council for the Humanities, Tompkins County Tourism Board, The Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Tompkins Cortland Community College Photography Program, and the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation. 

“Tompkins County in a Time of War” is made possible with the support of the Seward House Museum of Auburn and The History Center in Tompkins County with partial funding from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. 

“Mightier than the Sword: The Impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was made possible with the support of the Seward House Museum and the Friends of Tompkins County Public Library.

The Screening of “Civil Warriors” is made possible through grant support from the New York Council for the Humanities and the generosity of Cinemapolis and PhotoSynthesis Productions.



Library to host Traveling Lincoln Exhibit

Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War,” a nationally traveling exhibition exploring Abraham Lincoln’s struggle to meet the constitutional challenges of the Civil War, will open September 26 at the Tompkins County Public Library.

This 1,000 square foot, thematic exhibit offers an intriguing perspective of the challenges America’s much-heralded 16th president faced during the Civil War and describes his use of the Constitution as a guide for tackling the major issues of the war—secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

Special after-hours access to the exhibit will be available from 5 to 7 p.m., September 26, with exhibit tours and thematic events planned throughout the weekend.  For detailed event information, contact Exhibit Coordinator Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or sgrubb@tcpl.org, or visit, http://tcpl.org/events-exhibits/exhibits-overview.php.

This exhibit, which runs through October 31, and its corresponding programs are being held in conjunction with Tompkins County Public Library’s year-long Sesquicentennial Celebration, “150 Years and Counting.”

“Lincoln:  the Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.   “Lincoln:  the Constitution and the Civil War” is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.