Tompkins County Public Library

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


A community where families share the magic of reading and the wonder of Libraries with their babies is the goal of a recently-announced collaboration between the Tompkins County Public Library and the Family Reading Partnership.

Library Director Susan Currie has announced that a board book edition of “Lola at the Library,” by Anna McQuinn,  and a children’s library card, will join the “Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle as part of the Books at Birth program established by Family Reading Partnership. The two books and library card will be presented to families of all infants born at Cayuga Medical Center in a red bag featuring the encouraging words, “Love me. Feed me. Read to me. Take me to the library!”

“Promoting early childhood literacy is one of the most fundamentally important roles of public libraries,” Currie said.  “We are so grateful that the Family Reading Partnership has provided us with such a wonderful platform for reaching the next generation of readers.”

“Lola at the Library” follows toddler Lola on her favorite day of the week---Library Day---and captures her excitement as she explores the children’s section, attends a storytime, and borrows books.  

The Library was able to purchase copies of the book through a generous grant from the Brooks Family Foundation, and volunteers from the Family Reading Partnership affixed book labels and inserted library cards into each book. Funding for the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” comes from the Tompkins Trust Company.

Brigid Hubberman, executive director of Family Reading Partnership said the collaboration is a natural fit, as FRP strongly supports the work of the Library.

”We have always seen each book we give as a gift to families as an appetizer to the public library,” Hubberman said. “We are thrilled to partner with the Tompkins County Public Library to encourage families to make visits to the library part of their regular routines with baby.”

Parents can activate and use their child’s library card at the Tompkins County Public Library. Once activated, the card may be used at any Tompkins County library. For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or

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