Tompkins County Public Library

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Library to Host Free Writing Workshop

Explore the therapeutic value of writing as Tompkins County Public Library hosts “Writing Through the Rough Spots,” December 6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Facilitated by veteran educator Ellen Schmidt, this workshop will offer writing exercises designed to help participants develop insights about themselves and others.

Schmidt has been teaching for 25 years and is known for her “Writing Through the Rough Spots” workshops, held in Ithaca and offered each semester at Cornell University.

This program is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required.  To register, contact Schmidt at or

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Library to Host Spanish Language Storytime “Cuentos en Español”

Tompkins County Public Library will now present “Cuentos en Español,” a Spanish-language storytime for toddlers and their caregivers.

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

The first two “Cuentos en Español programs will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. December 4 and December 11 in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

These programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Library to Host ESL Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library will host the inaugural meeting of its ESL Book Club December 3 with a discussion of “The Hangman” by Louise Penny.

“The Hangman” leads readers through a suspense-filled murder investigation and is a perfect title to help ESL students improve vocabulary, reading and conversation skills.

ESL students of all abilities and interests are invited to attend this free program, which will be held from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Copies of “The Hangman” are available to borrow at the Library through support from the Finger Lakes Library System’s Outreach Mini-Grant Program.

To register, or for more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Library, Ithaca City of Asylum to Present Authors and Actors During Annual Voices of Freedom Event

In celebration of “Voices of Freedom 2014,” Tompkins County Public Library and the Ithaca City of Asylum will partner November 20 for “Ithaca Outloud:  Ithaca Actors Read Ithaca Writers.”

“Ithaca Outloud” will pair accomplished local actors Holly Adams, Dick Furnas, Masa Gibson, Phil Hart and David Romm with acclaimed authors Alison Lurie, Lamar Herrin, Eleanor Henderson, Caroline Manring and Jacob White, with the actors performing vignettes from some of the authors’ most popular works.

“Voices of Freedom” is an annual event of Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) and the Tompkins County Public Library.  This event is made possible with grant support from the Community Arts Partnership.
“Ithaca Outloud” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.  It is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.
For more information about this event, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or  To learn more about City of Asylum programs, visit

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Library Foundation Announces $2.75 Million Campaign

The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation has announced a $2.75 million goal for its 21st Century Library Campaign.

More than 200 people packed the Library's Avenue of the Friends Saturday evening for an after-hours celebration feting the launch of the campaign.  The event, emceed by syndicated columnist and author Amy Dickinson, included remarks from campaign co-chairs Aloja Airewele, outgoing president of the Library's Board of Trustees, community advocate and storyteller, Tompkins Cortland Community College President Carl Haynes, Jean McPheeters, owner of Jean McPheeters Consulting LLC and retired president of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, Ithaca College President Tom Rochon and Joel Malina, Cornell University's Vice President of University Relations, representing Co-Chair David Skorton, president of Cornell University and secretary-elect of the Smithsonian Institute.

Guests were treated to literary-themed refreshments prepared by the students of Tompkins Cortland Community College's Coltivare--under the direction of Cayuga Medical Center Executive Chef Jim Durkee-- music by Johnny Russo and Friends and an opportunity to learn about the campaign goals by visiting staff-run stations throughout the library.

The 21st Century Library Campaign is designed to help TCPL respond to evolving community needs.  Goals for the campaign include the creation of a digital learning lab, an expanded Teen Services offering, collection development and to support the Library Foundation's Annual Fund and endowment.

Suzanne Smith Jablonski, executive director of the Library Foundation said $2.08 million has already been raised during the quiet phase of the campaign, with lead gifts from Tom and Loren Colbert, Elissa Cogan and Barry Chester, a bequest from Edward Smith, two estate gifts, and a recent anonymous contribution.

"The quiet phase of the campaign has again showed us how important the library is to our community," Smith Jablonski said.  "We have been humbled by the generosity of our donors thus far and are confident that the community will embrace the campaign for the future of our amazing library."

The campaign will run through 2016.  For more information, or to support the campaign, visit or contact Smith Jablonski at (607) 272-4557 extension 231.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Library to Launch Campaign with Public Celebration

The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation will launch “The Campaign for a 21st Century Library:  Books and Beyond in the Digital Age,” November 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a public celebration featuring best-selling author and syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson and poet, essayist and Cornell University Professor Emeritus Kenneth McClane.

Participants are invited to learn about the campaign goals, discover what a 21st Century Library looks like, meet the community leaders serving as campaign co-chairs and enjoy literary-themed refreshments.

According to Library Director Susan Currie, the campaign will allow TCPL to meet the evolving needs of the community and position the Library as a center for community connection and personal growth.

“This is a defining moment for public libraries,” Currie said.  “The ways in which our community needs the library are changing, and we must respond.   To flourish, people need lifelong access to an ever-increasing and ever-changing body of knowledge and tools and skills to make the most of it.”

The campaign launch is free and open to the public.  Special programming will be provided for children ages four and up.

For more information, visit!.  To RSVP, contact Josiah Jacobus Parker at (607) 272-4557 extension 261 or

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:

·         November 15—“Because of Mr. Terupt” by Bob Buyea
·         December 13—“Remarkable” by Lizzie K. Foley
·         January 10—“A Step from Heaven” by An Na

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 to Participate in International Games Day

Tompkins County Public Library will join more than 1,000 libraries around the world in a celebration of games, play, learning and libraries, November 15 during International Games Day 2014.

Community members of all ages and interests are invited to join the gaming movement by visiting TCPL for a variety of online, board and role playing games.  Featured games include, Magic the Gathering, Pathfinder and Minecraft.

Minecraft competitions will be held throughout the day, with game-related prizes for winners.

International Games Day was launched by the American Library Association in 2009 to celebrate the commitment of public libraries to culture sharing and information.  Libraries world-wide participate by offering gaming events of varying sizes and levels of sophistication.

TCPL’s gaming celebration will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.  It is free and open to the public.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information about International Games Day, or to learn about the Library’s upcoming Hunger Games Tournament, contact Young Adult Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at (607) 272-4557 extension 274.