Tompkins County Public Library

Monday, May 23, 2016

Library to Host Firefighter Storytime

Tompkins County Public Library will host City of Ithaca Firefighter Thomas Basher, Jr. for a special storytime, Monday, June 6 at 11 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This early literacy-based storytime will include stories, fire safety tips and post-storytime crafts and snacks.

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Library to Host Movement-Themed Writing Workshop

In celebration of Summer Reading 2016, Tompkins County Public Library will host “Writing the Body, Moving the Body,” a free writing workshop, Monday, June 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-West.

Facilitated by Irene “Zee” Zahava, this program will encourage adult participants to explore-through fun prompts and activities—movement and the body, while creating original short writing pieces.

Zahava is a writer, publisher and anthologist.  She is the founder of Zee’s Writing Studio in downtown Ithaca and has offered workshops for adults and teens since 1994.  Samples of Zahava’s writing can be found at

This program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.  To register, contact Zahava at or (607) 273-4675.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Library to Screen “Theory of Obscurity”

Tompkins County Public Library will offer a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the renegade sound and video collective, The Residents, during a free screening of “Theory of Obscurity:  A Film About The Residents,” Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-East.

“Theory of Obscurity” spans 40 years of mystery and intrigue surrounding The Residents, an American art collective recognized as much for their group members’ anonymity as for their avant-garde music and multi-media productions.

The film includes footage from the group’s 40th anniversary tour, as well as interviews with fans, music critics, industry insiders and bands they inspired, including Devo, Talking Heads, Pinback, Ween and Primus.

This screening is intended for an adult audience.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at

Monday, May 9, 2016

Library to Host Program on New York Constitutional Convention

Tompkins County Public Library will host, “A New York Constitutional Convention: What’s It All About?,” an informative presentation by Henrik N. Dullea, Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-East.

At the general election in November 2017, New York voters will be asked whether or not to authorize the convening of a constitutional convention.  This mandatory referendum is presented to voters every 20 years and is designed to ensure that residents have a periodic opportunity to change the structure of state government, determine the relationship between the state and its municipalities, identify key policies to be followed by the governor and legislature and reaffirm or revise their rights to be protected from governmental action.

Dullea, a former member of the leadership teams of governors Mario M. Cuomo and Hugh L. Carey, will discuss the history of constitutional conventions, how an April, 2019 convention would unfold--should it be approved by voters--and which subjects would likely be debated during these legislative deliberations.

The author of “Charter Revision in the Empire State: The Politics of New York’s 1967 Constitutional Convention,” Dullea retired from his post as vice president for university relations at Cornell University in 2003.  He previously served as director of State Operations and Policy Management for Cuomo and as assistant secretary for Education and the Arts for Carey.  He received his B.A. in government from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University and presently serves as a member of the State University of New York Board of Trustees.

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at or (607) 272-1548.

Library to Host Bookbinding Workshop

Tompkins County Public Library will host an introduction to bookbinding Thursday, May 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-West.

Facilitated by Library volunteer Maude Rith, this workshop will offer hands-on instruction for assembling a small, simple book, which participants can use as a personal journal, sketch or idea book. 

Basic supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring personal items, such as photos, stickers or collage materials to decorate their books.

This program is free and open to adult participants.  Advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Learning and Information Services Librarian Teresa Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or

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