Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, April 7, 2017

Library to Host Memoir Writing Series for Seniors

Tompkins County Public Library invites adults age 65 and older to attend, “To Remember Is to Remake,” an eight-week memoir writing program, beginning Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room-East.

Facilitated by Paige Eve Chant, this weekly program will encourage participants to explore memories and life experiences through inspiration from excerpts of published memoirs and in-class and at-home writing exercises.  Each session will provide a judgment-free environment for participants to share their work.
Chant earned her master of fine arts degree from the University of Washington and has taught creative writing classes at her alma mater and at Seattle Pacific University, the Robinson Center for Young Scholars and the Art Council of Princeton. In 2012, she earned certification from the National Council for Creative Aging, as a teaching artist for older adults, specializing in creative writing.

This series is free, however, space is limited and registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at

Copies of class readings will be available for pick-up at the Library’s Adult Reference Desk on or after April 12. Digital copies are also available.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Library to Host Mad City Money

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with Alternatives Federal Credit Union, will host “Mad City Money,” an interactive, role-playing game for teens designed to strengthen financial literacy, Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Being held in conjunction with the American Library Association’s nationally-traveling exhibit, Thinking Money, this free program offers a unique, fun-filled simulation of the financial responsibilities of adulthood. Participants will receive a mock salary, occupation and family and then visit several life stations, where they must purchase items like housing, transportation, insurance and more within their available means.

Participants who complete all stations will be entered into a gift card drawing.

“Mad City Money” is free and open to students ages 12 and up. Advance registration is required on or before April 20. To register, visit

Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, 
Thinking Money encourages viewers to explore themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, imagining your future self and avoiding financial fraud. It is on display in the Library’s Avenue of the Friends through April 30.

All programs being held in conjunction with Thinking Money are free and open to tweens, teens and their caregivers. For more information, contact DeMauro at or (607) 275-4557 extension 274.

Thinking Money was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibition possible.

Library to Host Young Adult Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library will host a discussion of the acclaimed novel, “The Hate U Give,” during the upcoming meeting of its Young Adult Book Club, a monthly book discussion group for middle and high school students, Wednesday, April 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Written by Angie Thomas, “The Hate U Give” follows 16-year-old Starr Carter as she navigates two worlds—the poor neighborhood where she lives and the halls of the upper-class suburban prep school she attends. Her worlds collide, however, when she witnesses the shooting of her unarmed childhood best friend, Khalil, by a police officer.  As the only witness to the crime, Starr is forced to consider the life or death consequences of telling what happened.

“The Hate U Give” has received critical acclaim and was so desired that 13 publishing houses took part in a bidding war over publishing rights. The book has been optioned for a movie starring Amandla Stenburg of “The Hunger Games” fame.

Free copies of the book are available for new and returning Club members at the Youth Services Reference Desk.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at (607) 272-4557 extension 274 or

This program has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through funding from the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Library to Host Storytime Featuring Ithaca College Music Fraternity

Tompkins County Public Library will host members of Mu Phi Epsilon for a special musical storytime Saturday, April 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Children and families of all ages are invited to join students from Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional and co-educational music fraternity at Ithaca College, for this special program.  Fraternity members will read and provide musical accompaniment to “Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb” by Al Perkins. Following the reading, members will offer an "Instrument Petting Zoo," in which children can look, listen, touch, and play with a wide range of musical instruments.

For more information, visit: or contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Library, Ithaca College Film Society to Screen “The Cuckoo”

Tompkins County Public Library and the Ithaca College Film Society will partner for a free, facilitated screening of “The Cuckoo,” Wednesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

“The Cuckoo,” directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin, is a delightful comedy, in which only the audience—through the presence of subtitles—knows what’s happening, because each of the characters speaks a different language.

Russian Film Expert, Benjamin Rifkin, professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Ithaca College, will offer an introduction and discussion of the film, which is being held as part of a series of screenings to be offered by the Library and the ICFS.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at

Monday, April 3, 2017

Library to Host Tai Chi Demonstration

In recognition of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Ithaca’s 30th anniversary, Tompkins County Public Library will host a free Tai Chi demonstration, Monday, April 24 at 4 p.m. in the Ezra Cornell Reading Room.

This free program will include a live demonstration, a discussion of the history and health benefits of Tai Chi and a mini-class, where attendees can practice what they’ve learned in a judgment-free environment.

For more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at