Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Library to Host National Novel Writing Month “Write-Ins”

Tompkins County Public Library invites writers to experience the energy of writing in a shared space select Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons in November as it hosts National Novel Writing Month Write-Ins.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) encourages writers of all ages and abilities to begin writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.  An estimated 500,000 writers from all seven continents will participate in NaNoWriMo events and activities, making it the largest writing event in the world.

The Library’s Write-Ins will be held Thursdays, November 3, 10 and 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, November 5, 12 and 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Tompkins Trust Company Study Room.  These programs are free and open to participants of all ages.

For more information about NaNoWriMo, visit For more information about the Library’s Write-Ins, contact Teresa Vadakin at or Joyce Wheatley at

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Library to Offer Family Science Program

Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research with host “Playing with Polymers” Saturday, November 12 from 1-2 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Families will find out what a polymer is and how we can use them through a variety of hands-on activities.

Families Learning Science Together is a free program designed to help children develop an early love of science through hands-on participation. These programs are offered at the 
Library on the second Saturday of each month.

FLST programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, email Please include the name and age of all children in the email. 

More information about Families Learning Science Together workshops can be found at

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Library, AAUW Partner for Program on “Allegheny Dream”

Tompkins County Public library and the Ithaca Branch of the American Association of University Women will host author Lisa Harris for a discussion of her haunting family novel, “Allegheny Dream,” Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Set in rural Pennsylvania, “Allegheny Dream,” follows three generations of women as they fight to overcome the trauma of cruelty, sudden death and the destruction of the valleys surrounding their mountain home. Myth and reality blend in sharply etched scenes that capture the beauty and pain of uncovering the past.

The author of “Geechee Girls,” Harris taught at Ithaca High School and Ithaca College.  She is currently a school administrator and associate fellow at Bard College’s Institute of Writing and Thinking.  “Allegheny Dream,” is her second novel.

This program is free and open to the public.

AAUW is the primary national organization promoting education and equity for women and girls. Locally, the Ithaca Branch supports public education, pay equity, lifelong learning, and AAUW fellowships and grants. For more information, contact Jeanette Knapp, AAUW Book Group chair, at (607) 272-3367 or

For more information about Library programs, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at or (607) 275-1548.

Library to Host Special Halloween-Themed Firefighter Storytime

Tompkins County Public Library will host Ithaca Firefighter Thomas Basher, Jr. for a special Halloween Storytime, Monday,  October 31 at 3 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Children and families are invited to come in costume as Basher shares Halloween stories and tips for staying safe while trick-or-treating.

Snacks and crafts will be provided.

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

Library to Offer Sex Education and Communication Strategies for Parents

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with The Advocacy Center and Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes will present “Let’s Talk About ‘The Talk,’” a free program for parents of children of all ages, Monday, October 24 at 7 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

This program will offer information about sex, sexuality, abuse prevention and healthy communication strategies for talking to children and teens about issues related to sexual health.

Parents of young children will learn about safety, abuse prevention and appropriate touch.  While parents and caregivers of teens will discuss tools for talking about sex, safe sex, consent, and dating violence.

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