Tompkins County Public Library

Saturday, February 26, 2011


The Tompkins County Public Library and the MLK Community Build will host “From Chaos to Community: Live,” a panel and community conversation, Saturday, February 26 at 1:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

The panel will be moderated by MLK Community Build members Eric Acree, director of Cornell University’s Africana Library and Sarah Glogowski, Reader’s Services librarian for TCPL, and is designed to offer the community an opportunity to discuss the text and themes of the MLK Community Build book “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” by Martin Luther King, Jr. It will also offer panelists and audience members the chance to relate the messages of King’s book to recent community challenges and to discuss how the Ithaca community can move forward.

Confirmed panelists are: City of Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson; newly-appointed Ithaca City School District Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown; Officer Christine Barksdale of the Ithaca Police Department; Reverend Rich Rose of the First Baptist Church of Ithaca; Gary Ferguson, director of the Ithaca Downtown Alliance and Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College;

For more information about the panel or panelists, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or

Friday, February 25, 2011


The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation invites the community to support the Library by participating in the Third Annual Library Lovers Month Bookfair.

During this three-day event, local bookstores will donate proceeds from their sales to the Library Foundation. To participate, simply make a purchase at the following local retailers: Autumn Leaves, Barnes & Noble, The Bookery, Borders, Buffalo Street Books, Colophon Books, Comics for Collectors and The Cornell Store. To participate wear a Library Lovers button or present a Library Lovers Month Voucher upon checkout. Vouchers can be found at the Library, the Ticket Center, the Visitor’s Center, and many stores downtown, as well as online at

Barnes & Noble will host “Look Out and Listen Up: Music and the Written Word” with Pete Panek and a meet and greet with local authors on Saturday, February 26. Buffalo Street Books will also be hosting special events in conjunction with the bookfair. A complete schedule of events will be announced at

For more information about Library Lovers Month or the Library Lovers Month Bookfair, contact Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or or visit

The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established to provide financial support and creative resources for the Library beyond what is provided for in the county budget. The Foundation’s sole mission is the support of the Tompkins County Public Library.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


The Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate Winter Break with a special storytime puppet show Thursday, February 24 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Children in kindergarten through 3rd grade and their caregivers are invited to this special program, which will give the Library an opportunity to show off its new puppet theatre.  The program will be followed by an opportunity for participants to create their own simple puppets.

For more information about this or other children’s programs at the Library, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


The Tompkins County Public Library will host an evening of “Love” stories with the Ithaca Area Storytellers, Tuesday, February 22 at 7:00 PM in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

If you could change your soul to win the heart of the one you love, knowing you could never change it back, would you? They say that love never dies, that it lasts throughout eternity. But how do we know? And what is love anyway?  These questions – and more – will be asked by members of Ithaca Area Storytellers at a special program celebrating romance, love, and passion. Drawing on folk tales and mythology from around the world, the storytellers will weave enchanting and thought-provoking yarns about that most mysterious and magical of human conditions---love!

This program is free and suitable for adults and children over the age of five.

Ithaca Area Storytellers is an informal group of individuals dedicated to promoting the timeless art of storytelling and supporting those who aspire to perpetuate the oral tradition. 

For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at or visit

Thursday, February 17, 2011


February is Library Lovers Month and a gift to the Library becomes a gift for the entire community---New donors get chance to win theatre tickets.

Show your support of one of Tompkins County’s most important community institutions this February by sending a gift to the Library. Gifts of any size will help fund programs for children and teens, make possible new additions to the collection and help support programming and art exhibits.

First time donors during February will have their names entered into a special prize drawing and get the chance of winning tickets to some of Ithaca’s finest theatre performances thanks to the generosity of our local theatre companies. Prizes include:

  • Two tickets to “BOOM”, a comedy at Kitchen Theatre
  • Two tickets to Paula Poundstone’s show at the State Theatre on March 10
  • Two VIP tickets to Hangar Theatre upcoming 2011 Mainstage Season
  • Two tickets to any of Cornell Theatre’s remaining performances this season
  • Two tickets to the next production from Running to Places
  • Two tickets to “The Wiz” by Ithaca High School
  • Four tickets to “Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Theatre Incognita

For more information on Library Lovers Month visit

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Kick-off Valentine’s Day with a romantic and fun-filled musical performance by Johnny Russo and Friends, Sunday, February 13 at 2:00 PM in the Tompkins County Public Library’s Ezra Cornell Reading Room.

Russo, founder of the East Hill Classic Jazz Group, will be joined by Bassist London McDaniel and retired Ithaca City School District Music Teacher Woody Peters on trumpet.

This program will feature love songs from many genres and time periods, including an audience sing-along to “My Funny Valentine.”

Russo’s performance is free and appropriate for all ages.  For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Get the celebrity treatment at the Tompkins County Public Library, Saturday February 12 from 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM by becoming the model for a READ poster.

Individuals and families can showcase their love of the Library and reading by having their photograph taken by members of the Cornell Panhellenic Association.  Pictures will be turned into an 11” by 17” inch color READ poster.

A suggested donation of $10 for one poster and $5 for each additional poster is requested.  All proceeds will benefit Library programs and services.

Posters will be available for pick-up seven to ten days from the photograph date.

For more information visit

Friday, February 11, 2011


Tompkins County Public Library will be closed Friday, February 11, 2011 for staff training.

Library Director Susan Currie said the training day will help ensure that staff members are prepared to meet the changing needs of Library patrons.

"As our community evolves, so does the Library's responsibility to provide the services and resources our patrons need," Currie said. "Staff development day gives us an opportunity to discuss those needs and make sure our staff members are prepared to meet them."

TCPL will re-open Saturday, February 12 at 10:00 AM.

For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


The Tompkins County Public Library, the Cornell Campus Club and the American Association of University Women will host Professor Francine Blau for "The Gender Pay Gap: Going, Going . . .But Not Gone," a discussion on the trends of gender inequities in the workplace, Thursday, February 10 at 10:00 AM in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Blau, Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial Relations and Labor Economics at Cornell University's school of Industrial Labor Relations, will look at discrimination against women, whether or not it still exists and what role qualifications play in reducing the gap.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Vincent Golphin will make a much-anticipated return to the Tompkins County Public Library, Wednesday, February 9 at 6:00 PM to present “The Writings of Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X and the American Conscience.”
Golphin first visited the Library in 2009 to discuss his intensive research on the murder of Emmett Till. His talk and subsequent discussion with the audience were so well received that the he was asked to return.

An award-winning journalist, poet, professor and lecturer, Golphin will compare, during his Library presentation, the histories and influences of MLK and Malcolm X and the challenge the human rights leaders mapped out for generations to come. The talk will highlight the moral arguments made in the books, speeches and writings of King and X, describe how their life experiences led them to action and assess how their work affected the nation’s moral conscience.

This program will be held in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room. It is free and open to the public and has been made possible by the New York State Council for Humanities.

For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Library Foundation Celebrates Library Lovers Month

Love is in the air at the Library this month as the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation celebrates Library Lovers Month.

Library lovers are invited to express their feelings throughout February by participating in one of the many special events and programs planned to commemorate the month including the 3rd Annual Library Lovers Month Book Fair, prizes for first time donors and those willing to share their personal library stories, and an opportunity for community members to star in their own READ posters.

Throughout the month, patrons who share, in 250 words or less, why they love their library will be entered in a raffle to win a $10 gift certificate to the bookstore of their choice.  All new donors during February will also be included in a special prize drawing.

On Saturday, February 12, patrons will have a chance to feel like stars by becoming cover models for their very own READ posters. Photos will be taken between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM by members of the Cornell Panhellenic Association.  A donation of $10 is suggested for one poster, $5 for additional posters to support the Library.

The 3rd annual Library Lovers Book Fair will take place Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27.  Pick up a Library Lovers Button at the Library or present a Book Fair Voucher when shopping at one of the following stores:  Autumn Leaves, Barnes & Noble, The Bookery, Buffalo Street Books, Colophon Books, Comics for Collectors or The Cornell Store. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Library.

For more information on Library Lovers Month and to download Book Fair vouchers visit  To pick up a Library Lovers Month button, visit the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation Kiosk weekends in February in the Library foyer.