Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Library to Host Winter Session of “4 Seasons Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library will host the winter session of its popular “4 Seasons Book Club” February 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Room—West.

Participants will enjoy a lively discussion of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, “Tender is the Night.”

Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, “Tender Is the Night” explores the tragic and tumultuous relationships between young actress Rosemary Hoyt and seemingly-glamorous American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character, “Tender Is the Night” is lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.

Participation in the “4 Seasons Book Club” is available online and in-person. Face-to-face meeting dates in 2015 are scheduled for February 5, April 2, June 4 and October 1. Online discussions are ongoing and by invitation only.  The online
“4 Seasons Book Club” is available through, a "free website for book lovers.”  To register, visit

For more information or to register, contact Adult Services Librarian Teresa Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or

Friday, January 9, 2015

Library to Launch ‘Year of Art’ During January Gallery Night

Tompkins County Public Library will launch “A Year of Art” January 9, with after-hours access to “Island Mountain Glacier:  Photography by Anika Steppe.”

Curated by Danielle Mericle, “Island Mountain Glacier” showcases Steppe’s photographic meditations from a winter stay in Iceland.  Steppe, a New York-City-based photographer and Ithaca College alumna, explores--through her photographs--the poetries and possibilities of Iceland’s harsh, yet beautiful terrain and searches for a trace of what the Icelandic people refer to as “huldufólk,” or hidden people.  

Steppe explained that her photographs became a type of metaphor for her stay in Iceland—showcasing the contrast between natural beauty and uninhabitable tundra, real and mythical.

“When the weather was bearable, Iceland seemed like the most expansive and forever-surprising place, yet on the windy days, it couldn’t have seemed smaller,” Steppe said.  “Being in a country known for its acceptance of mythical beings, such as the huldufólk, I felt compelled to search for traces of another’s existence; for a subtle energy that can’t quite be placed. It wasn’t exactly a search for mystical creatures prancing around; it became about confronting our limited ability to understand reality-- about allowing myself to not immediately write off something that is considered outlandish--about earnestly entertaining the belief that there is something else.”

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. during Downtown Ithaca’s Gallery Night. Both Steppe and Mericle will be available to discuss the exhibit with event attendees.

After-hours access to the Library during Gallery Night is available through the BorgWarner Community Room entrance, adjacent to TCAT’s Green Street bus shelter.

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

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Library to Host Spanish Language Storytime “Cuentos en Español”

Tompkins County Public Library will present “Cuentos en Español,” a Spanish-language storytime for toddlers and their caregivers, each Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m., beginning January 8.

Spanish-speaking families and those interested in the Spanish language are invited to attend these special storytimes.  “Cuentos en Español” programs will include stories, songs and rhymes.  Each storytime will be followed by an unstructured playtime for participants.

These programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room. No registration is required.

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

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Library to Offer Reading Sessions with Furry Friends

Children are invited to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with the best non-judgmental listener--a dog--each Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tompkins County Public Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Children who attend six reading sessions with Sam, a terrier, and D.J., a hound dog, will earn a free book of their choice.

This program will be held weekly, beginning January 6, and is co-sponsored by Cornell Companions.

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

Friday, January 2, 2015

Library to Host Baby and Toddler Playtime

Families of babies and toddlers are invited to enjoy free play and socialization at the Tompkins County Public Library’s twice-weekly “Baby and Toddler Playtime.”

An hour-long, unstructured play and social time for children and adults, “Baby and Toddler Playtime” offers a warm, child-friendly play space with coloring supplies, books, music and a variety of age-appropriate toys.

Beginning January 2, Playtime will be held Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to noon.  These programs are held in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room, which features a fairytale-themed mural designed to encourage a love of books and imagination.

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

Monday, December 29, 2014

Library to Host New Year’s Themed Teen Murder Mystery Event

Tompkins County Public Library invites young adults to celebrate the end of 2014 Roaring Twenties style with an evening of murder, mystery and mayhem, December 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Participants of “Murder, Molls and Mobsters:  A Caper at Ella’s Jazz Club,” written and presented by local author EA Cunningham, will join Ella McBride at her Chicago night club on New Year’s Eve, 1928 for an evening of fun, but someone at the party won’t be around to usher in 1929.

“Murder, Molls and Mobsters”  tells the story of McBride, who started her club with little more than her own gumption and a small settlement from her divorce. She has a reputation as a fair and honest businesswoman with a good ear for music and an eye for talent. When prohibition hit, Ella was determined to succeed and obey the law. At first it seemed like she’d be alright, but as more clubs in the area became speakeasies, her clientele started drifting away.

Ella found herself in need of cash, and fast. Banks didn’t want to loan to her, so she turned to Daytona Dailey, a well-known bookie and loan shark, for help. She loaned Ella the money she needed and insisted on becoming part owner of the club as well. Ella agreed, under the condition she would get back full ownership when the loan was repaid. She was having trouble making the payments, but after this New Year’s Eve bash she should have enough money to pay off the loan. After all, Ella would just die if the club ended up in someone else’s hands.

This program is free and open to the public.  Twenties-era costumes are encouraged but not required.

To register or for more information, contact Young Adult Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at (607) 272-4557 extension 274 or

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Library to Host Cookie Decorating Party for Kids

Tompkins County Public Library will host its first “Cookie Decorating Party for Kids” December 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Children of all ages are invited to attend this fun and festive event.  Younger participants will have fun creating their own masterpieces with icing and sprinkles, while older attendees learn creative decorating techniques from local instructor Alexis Zaharis.

Cookies, icing and decorating supplies will be provided.

This program is free and is being held in celebration of the Library’s Winter Reading Program.  No registration is necessary, but participants should bring an apron or shirt that can get messy.

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Library Announces Holiday Hours, Enhanced Borrowing

Tompkins County Public Library may be closed for a few days this holiday season, but patrons will still have access to Library services and materials.

Along with the Library’s holiday hours, Director Susan Currie has announced plans to offer double borrowing limits on books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks between December 16 and December 27 and said no items will be scheduled for return between December 15 and January 2.

"Our patrons truly rely on library services," Currie said.  "That's why it is so important that we are meeting their needs even when the building is closed.”

The Library will be closed:
  •  Wednesday, December 24
  •  Thursday, December 25
  • Friday, December 26
  • Sunday, December 28
  • Wednesday, December 31
  • Thursday, January 1

TCPL will reopen Friday, January 2 at 10 a.m..

Currie also noted that the Library’s online, educational and entertainment resources, including:  Mango Languages’ language-learning system, OverDrive’s free eBook and audiobook service, and TumbleBooks for children, are available 365 days a year, by logging on to the Library's website at  A complete list of available resources can be accessed by selecting the “Virtual Library” link.

For more information about holiday hours, borrowing limits or return dates, contact Jennifer Schlossberg at

Saturday, December 13, 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.

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. 

Upcoming meeting dates and titles to be discussed are:

·         December 13—“Remarkable” by Lizzie K. Foley
·         January 10—“A Step from Heaven” by An Na
·         February 7—“Belle Teal” by Ann M. Martin

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.

Library Offers Winter Reading Program

Tompkins County Public Library will launch its Winter Reading Program December 13 with special reading programs for infants, toddlers and school-aged readers.
Perfect for stimulating an early interest in literacy and learning, the Winter Reading Program includes programs for infants, toddlers and elementary-aged students.

The following programs are available:

Pre-Reader Program (Ages 0-4)--
Infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents and 
caregivers are invited to pick-up a Reading Game Card featuring ideas on incorporating early literacy activities into everyday routines. Participants will earn a free book and be entered into a prize raffle.

Readers’ Program (Ages 5-10)--This program encourages school-aged readers to explore their library and have fun while reading. Children who complete activities and read book suggestions from their Reading Game Card will earn a free book and be entered into a prize raffle.

Winter Reading will run from December 13 through January 31, 2015.

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