Tompkins County Public Library

Monday, May 22, 2017

Library to Offer Family Science Program

Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research will host “Colorful Kinetics,” Saturday, June 10 from 1-2 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Families will explore the colorful world of chemistry and chemical reactions by completing a fun-filled activity using different types of food dye.

Families Learning Science Together programs are 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.

Families Learning Science Together 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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Library to Close Early May 31

Tompkins County Public Library will close at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 31 to accommodate the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation’s annual Inside Story spring fundraiser.

The Inside Story event, being held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., serves as the Foundation’s premier fundraising event of the year. Contributions in support of the Foundation’s $55,000 event goal will provide essential funding for Library collections and programming.

This event is open to the public, however, advance registration is required. To register, contact Development Assistant Susanna Drbal at on or before May 25.

The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation serves as a bridge between the community and the library, making it possible for individuals, businesses, trusts and granting organizations to ensure the Library’s ability to keep up with evolving community needs, increased usage, changing demographics and major shifts in technology and publishing. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Friday, May 5, 2017

Library to Celebrate County Bicentennial With Exhibit, Reading

In celebration of the County’s bicentennial, Tompkins County Public Library will offer after-hours access to Mapping Tompkins, a commemorative community art project, and a dramatic reading of County Historian Carol Kammen’s original piece, “Nine Towns and a City,” Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., during Downtown Ithaca’s Gallery Night.

Through illustrated maps created by more than 50 county residents, Mapping Tompkins showcases—for this and future generations--what it means to live, work and study in Tompkins County. Participants were asked to design pre-printed Tompkins County maps to reflect the places important to their lives—from where to get the best ice cream to where they met their spouse. The exhibit will be on display through June.

At 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room, members of the Tompkins County Bicentennial Commission and County Legislator Rich John will read Kammen’s “Nine Towns and a City.” This fascinating, light-hearted reading attempts to tell-- with humor and a bit of irony--how the pieces of the geographic puzzle were connected to form Tompkins County.

Gallery Night access to Mapping Tompkins and the reading of “Nine Towns and a City” is free and open to the public. After-hours entry to the Library will be available through the BorgWarner Community Room door, adjacent to TCAT’s East Green Street bus shelter.

For more information about Library exhibits, contact TCPL Exhibit Coordinator Yvette Rubio at To learn more about Tompkins County’s Bicentennial, visit