Tompkins County Public Library

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Library Announces Historic Ithaca Exhibition

Tompkins County Public Library has announced the opening of “It Takes More Than Nostalgia: Celebrating 50 Years of Historic Ithaca and Community Preservation,” a photographic exhibit highlighting key moments and contributions from Historic Ithaca’s 50-year history.

Founded in 1966--in response to the loss of Ithaca’s Old City Hall building--and with additional historic site demolitions on the horizon, Historic Ithaca was organized to preserve historic architectural gems in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

An assortment of artifacts on-loan from Significant Elements, Historic Ithaca’s architectural salvage and re-use warehouse, are also on display in the Library’s Avenue of the Friends through the end of June.

For more information about this or other Library exhibits, contact Exhibit Coordinator Sally Grubb at or (607) 272-4557 extension 232.

For information about Historic Ithaca and available salvage items, contact Preservation Services Coordinator Christine O’Malley at (607) 273-6633 or visit

Library to Host Screening of “Deadpool”

Tompkins County Public Library will explore Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero during a free screening of the blockbuster film “Deadpool,” Saturday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

“Deadpool” offers a glimpse at the transformation of Wade Wilson, a former special operative turned mercenary who develops accelerated healing powers following a rogue experiment.  Armed with new abilities and a twisted sense of humor, “Deadpool” hunts for the man who nearly destroyed his life.

This screening is intended for an adult audience.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at

Monday, May 2, 2016

Library Announces May 7 LEGO Build Launch

Tompkins County Public Library invites patrons to make history while building the library of the future during the Saturday, May 7 launch of the TCPL LEGO® Build.

With support from the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation—and more than 100,000 LEGO bricks—families, individuals, businesses, clubs and service organizations will help construct a 7 ½-foot by 7 ½-foot replica of the library, including the upcoming additions of a state-of-the-art teen center and digital learning lab.

The launch party will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Library’s North Reading Room.  Completed 250-piece modules will be placed on a pre-constructed foundation throughout the day.  A custom LEGO cake provided by Darling Cakes will be available throughout the day, and entertainment will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. courtesy of Circus Culture.

Interested builders are invited to drop-in during Saturday’s launch party to purchase and build a module or to attend our free, weekly LEGO in the Library program from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

To reserve a module for placement during a later Build date, click the TCPL LEGO Build icon at or contact Josiah Jacobus-Parker at, (607) 272-4557 extension 261.  Modules are available for a donation of $50, with proceeds benefitting Library programs and services. 

Each module purchased will earn an entry into a giveaway for a family Stay and Splash package at Hope Lake Lodge and Indoor Waterpark.  The drawing will take place at the June 18th unveiling of the LEGO Library.

For more information, contact Tompkins County Public Library Foundation Executive Director Suzanne Smith Jablonski at (607) 272-4557 extension 231 or

Modules are limited, so interested individuals and groups are encouraged to reserve their kit today. Information about volunteering and sponsorship opportunities is also available

The Tompkins County Public Library LEGO Build is presented by C.S.P. Management, Inc..

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Library to Host Children’s Bookmaking Program

Area children are invited to explore their creativity while learning about the art of bookmaking this spring, as Tompkins County Public Library hosts “Preschool Bookmakers.”

A four-part program facilitated by local artist Mary Beth Ihnken, this program will help children ages 3 through 5 discover the beauty of wordless books while creating their own illustration-only stories.

All supplies will be provided and children will leave the final session with their own completed book.

“Preschool Bookmakers” will be held Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m., beginning June 2,  in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

To register, or for more information, contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at or (607) 272-4557 extension 277.

This program has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Margaret Johnstone Hilton Children’s Fund.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Library to Offer Free Space for Teens During Spring Break

Area teens are invited to create their own Spring Break fun at Tompkins County Public Library by participating in “Choose Your Own Adventure,” Thursday, April 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Teens are encouraged to drop in and enjoy free space to hang out with friends and meet other teens.  The Library will provide games, snacks, craft supplies and movies.  Participants will choose how to spend their time during this self-guided afternoon of teen-only fun.

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