Tompkins County Public Library

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Library to Host Non-Fiction Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library’s Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club will meet May 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room for a discussion of “The Animal Dialogues:  Uncommon Encounters in the Wild” by Craig Childs.

“The Animal Dialogues” invites readers to travel alongside Childs as he journeys through the habitats of animals throughout the world and explores the intricacies, languages and patterns of the animal kingdom.

The Truth Be Told Book Club is free and open to the public.  Limited copies of the book are available for new and existing Club members at the Library’s Adult Services Reference Desk.

For more information, visit http://tcpl.org/events-exhibits/book-clubs-nonfiction.php or contact Tom Burns at tburns@tcpl.org or Stephen Salino at ssalino@tcpl.org.



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Library to Distribute Poems During “Poem in Your Pocket Day”


In celebration of National Poetry Month, Tompkins County Public Library staff members will spend April 30, “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” distributing free poems throughout the community.

Launched in New York City in 2002, “Poem in Your Pocket Day” celebrates the rich history of pocket poems—from commonplace books during the Renaissance to pocket-sized publications carried by World War II soldiers.  Since 2008, bookstores, schools, libraries, parks and businesses across the country have embraced “Poem in Your Pocket Day” by encouraging open readings of pocket poems.

This year’s poems were written by local poets who answered a January call for submissions with more than 100 original poems.

TCPL librarians will distribute the poems in the Library, on the Ithaca Commons, and in other select locations throughout the day.  Poems will also be available at the Adult Services Reference Desk.

For more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or tvadakin@tcpl.org.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Library to Host ESL Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library invites non-native English speakers to explore Jack London’s award-winning novel, “The Call of the Wild,” during two special programs April 29 and May 6.

“The Call of the Wild” is a classic work of American literature which takes readers on one dogs journey from family pet to fierce sled dog.  ESL students will be able to read and listen to an abridged version of the book, which will help improve vocabulary, reading, pronunciation and conversation skills.

The April 29 program will include a discussion of the book, while the May 6 program will feature an opportunity for participants to further enhance their understanding of the novel through a follow-up activity.

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

Copies of “The Call of the Wild” 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 tvadakin@tcpl.org  or Stephen Salino at ssalino@tcpl.org.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Library to Host Guruianu for Poetry Reading and Workshop

ITHACA—In celebration of National Poetry Month, Tompkins County Public Library will host New York University professor and writer Andrei Guruianu for a free poetry reading and workshop April 25 at 1 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

This program will explore the time-honored tradition of ekphrastic exchange. Ekphrastic poems are created when writers use pieces of visual art as inspiration for their writing.  Participants are encouraged to bring a photograph or a favorite image to the workshop to be used to craft their own original poem. Images will also be available at the workshop.

This event will also include a reading of Guruianu’s original works.

Guruianu is a Romanian-born writer and the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently “Made in the Images of Stones” and “Portrait Without a Mouth” (BrickHouse Books, 2014). He currently teaches in the Expository Writing Program at New York University. www.andreiguruianu.com.

This program is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required.  To register, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at cwheeler@tcpl.org or (607) 272-4557 extension 248.


Library to Host Storytimes in Recognition of Children and Books


In celebration of “Día,” Tompkins County Public Library has announced two special storytimes for children and their caregivers.

A program of the American Librarian Association, “El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

TCPL’s storytimes will be held April 25 and April 28 at 11 a.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.  Both programs will feature internationally-themed stories, songs, puppet shows and snacks.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.  To learn more about Día, visit

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Library and YMCA to Partner for Download Training

Tompkins County Public Library and the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County will partner April 23 for a demonstration by the “Freeloading Librarians,” a group of library staff members offering instruction, advice, and support for downloading free eBooks and audiobooks to mobile devices.

The demonstration will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include personal assistance for downloading books to iPads, iPods, Kindles, Nooks and smartphones through the Finger Lakes Library System’s free Overdrive Media Console application. 

Participants should bring their library card or sign up for a free card at the event. Photo identification with a current, local address is required to receive a library card.

This program is part of an ongoing series of “Freeloading Librarian” programs designed to increase digital confidence and awareness among readers.

For more information, contact Thomas Fredette at (607) 272-4557 extension 271 or tfredette@tcpl.org.




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Library to Host Mansfield for Reading and Signing

Tompkins County Public Library will host author, blogger and bereavement support educator Elaine Mansfield for a reading and signing of “Leaning Into Love:  A Spiritual Journey Through Grief,” April 16 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Mansfield’s inspiring memoir of love, hope, determination and triumph, explores the extraordinary closeness between she and her husband, Vic, their determination to transform his cancer diagnosis into a conscious relationship with mortality, and how Mansfield used her grief and ongoing love following Vic’s death as the foundation for her new life.

Additional information about Mansfield’s journey through grief and her current projects can be found at http://elainemansfield.com/.

This program is free and open to the public.  Copies of “Leaning Into Love” will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information about this or other library programs, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or cwheeler@tcpl.org.



Library to Host Special Earth Day-Themed Spanish Storytime


Tompkins County Public Library will host a special Earth Day-themed Cuentos En Español storytime April 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This Spanish-language storytime is being hosted by student volunteers from Professor Brisa Teutli’s Spanish Conversation and Pronunciation class at Cornell University and will include stories and hands-on activities about recycling and sustainability.

This program is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Library’s Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Library to Host Program on Summer Jobs for Teens

Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County will partner for “Get a Job!  Summer Employment for Teens,” a free workshop on finding local summer jobs, April 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Beth Bannister, program manager for Cooperative Extension’s Joint Youth Commission, will offer information about employment opportunities for teens, as well as instructions for completing job applications, basic interviewing skills and how to dress for success.

This program is free and open to teens ages 14 and up.  For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at rdemauro@tcpl.org or (607) 272-4557 extension 274.

Library to Host Screening of “Birdman”

Tompkins County Public Library will host a special evening screening of the award-winning film, “Birdman,” April 22 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-East.

“Birdman,” also knows as “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Director in 2015.  It stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor willing to risk it all to produce and star in his autobiographical play on Broadway.

This screening is free and open to an adult audience.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at tburns@tcpl.org.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

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:

·         April 11—“The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis
·         May 9—“Walk Two Moons” by Sharon Creech
·         June 6—“The Penderwicks” by Jeanne Birdsall

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 Offer Family Science Program


Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research with host “Families Learning Science Together: Alka-Seltzer Rockets,” April 11 from 1-2 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Families will build and launch their own rockets using a film canister and Alka-Seltzer.  Students will be able to observe and understand how the laws of motion apply to their rocket, and investigate variables that might affect its flight.

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.

Families Learning Science Together programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, contact Nevjinder K. Singhota at nks5@cornell.edu or (607) 255-1486.

More information about Families Learning Science Together workshops can be found at https://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/lending-library-chemistry



Friday, April 10, 2015

Libraries, Family Reading Partnership Launch Baby’s First Library Card Program

Tompkins County Public Library, in collaboration with the Family Reading Partnership, has announced “Babies Belong at the Library,” a county-wide initiative to encourage an early love of reading and libraries by providing every baby born in Tompkins County with a free library card.

The program, which launches April 12, was developed by the Family Reading Partnership, TCPL, and librarians from Dryden, Groton, Lansing, Newfield and Trumansburg, in an effort to connect babies and parents with library resources and programs.  Parents are encouraged to make the library one of the first places they visit with their baby.

Infants born at Cayuga Medical Center will receive their “Baby’s First Library Card” along with a bag of reading-related resources provided by the Family Reading Partnership prior to being discharged from the hospital.  Families of babies born before April 12, babies born at home, or families adopting babies, can pick up their card and bag at any of the six libraries in Tompkins County.  Cards will be activated during the baby’s first library visit.

In celebration of their collaboration, all six libraries have also agreed to waive fines on all returned board books.


For more information about “Babies Belong at the Library” or other TCPL resources for babies, children and families, contact the Library’s Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Library, Finger Lakes Meat Project to Host Program on Buying Local Meat


Tompkins County Public Library and the Finger Lakes Meat Project will host “How to Buy Local Meat,” a free educational program about selecting and purchasing local meat products, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library's BorgWarner Community Room.

A program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, the Finger Lakes Meat Project offers resources designed to expand the freezer trade by connecting farmers and consumers.

“How to Buy Local Meat” will offer information to help potential buyers make informed choices and learn about where to find meats that best fit the needs of their families.  Participants will also learn more about the Finger Lakes Meat Project, the Ithaca Meat Locker and MeatSuite.com, an online directory of local farms selling meat in bulk.

This program is free and open to the public; however registration is recommended.  To register, call (607) 272-2292.