Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, June 23, 2017

Library to Host Mid-Day Mindfulness Sessions

Tompkins County Public Library will host free weekly mindfulness meditation sessions Tuesdays, July 11 through August 29 from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-West.

Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of "automatic pilot" mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, and emotions.

Mindfulness practice has been touted as a means for reducing stress, improving attention, boosting the immune system, reducing emotional reactivity and promoting a general sense of health and well-being.

Salamone received extensive training from The Center for Mindfulness, Healthcare, and Society founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been leading classes in Ithaca since 2007.

These sessions are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit, or, or contact Teresa Vadakin at or (607) 272-4557 extension 272.

Library to Host Children’s Poetry Workshop

Tompkins County Public Library will host poet and writer Robert Danberg for a series of interactive poetry workshops for children beginning Monday, June 26 at 10 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

These free, fun-filled programs for children in kindergarten through second grade will offer an opportunity for young poets to connect with each other and their senses to create a list poem.

Danberg is the coordinator of campus-wide writing support at Binghamton University and has led poetry and writing workshop for students at Belle Sherman Elementary School.

This series will continue through the summer with additional programs planned for July 17 and August 17.

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Library to Host Yoga Storytime

Children ages three through ten are invited to join the Tompkins County Public Library and yoga instructor Diane Hamilton for a special, weekly “Yoga Storytime,” Wednesdays, July 12 through August 30 at 10 a.m., in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

“Yoga Storytime” will delight active young book lovers by bringing favorite stories to life with yoga poses.  No yoga experience or mat is required, but comfortable clothing is recommended.

Hamilton has been teaching yoga for children since 2003 and offers individual and family sessions designed to encourage children to explore consciousness and connection with self, society and nature. She has trained with the Yoga Center for Columbia, Tai Sophia Institute, Sanskrit Institute, Radian Child, YoKid, Yoga4Classrooms and Go Grounded.

These 45-minute programs are free and open to the public and is being held in conjunction with the Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge, “Build a Better World.”

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

The Library’s Summer Reading Program is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.