Tompkins County Public Library

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Library to Host Drop-In Digital Download Tutorials

The Tompkins County Public Library will offer free, drop-in tutorials on using the OverDrive Digital Download service for downloading eBooks and audiobooks to Kindles, Nooks, iPads, smartphones or other app-based devices on Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to Noon and Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:00 PM beginning Wednesday, November 30.

Participants will need a valid Library card and password to download items to their devices. Nook users who own laptops are also asked to bring their laptops to the session.

Drop-in sessions will be held at the Adult Services Reference Desk.

For more information about this service, contact Jennifer Schlossberg at or (607) 272-4557 extension 254.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Library to Offer Inter-Generational Writing Workshop

Lovers of art and the written word are invited to participate in “Art/REACTion,” an inter-generational writing workshop at the Tompkins County Public Library Sunday, November 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Facilitated by Irene “Zee” Zahava, this workshop will provide art enthusiasts and writers of all ages an opportunity to view the Library exhibit “Seriously Series” and create poems, fiction or memoirs based on personal reactions to the artwork.

“Seriously Series” is curated by Rebecca Godin and features the work of six local artists. The featured works explore specific themes, including: frogs, corners, dance, mandalas, pilgrimage and encounters. Artists whose work will serve as inspiration for writing are Mary Ann Bowman, Rebecca Godin, Kurt Lichtmann, Daniel McPheeters, John Lyon Paul and Terry Plater.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, contact Zahava at or (607) 273-4675.

Zahava is a local author, editor and anthologizer and serves as director of Emma’s Writing Center in downtown Ithaca.

This program is made possible by support from Suzanne Spitz and Carrie Shearer.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Library to Host Cancer Resource Center's Riter for Reading and Signing

The Tompkins County Public Library will host Bob Riter, executive director of the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, for a reading and signing of his newly-released book, “The Elephant in the Room: Practical Advice When the Diagnosis is Cancer,” Wednesday, November 9 at 6:00 PM in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Compiled from Riter’s weekly columns in The Ithaca Journal, “The Elephant in the Room. . .” is a resource for the newly diagnosed, those undergoing treatment, survivors, and their friends and families. The book features short vignettes about common themes and steps toward an emotionally and physically successful recovery.

Riter is a graduate of Oberlin College and the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. He previously taught health administration and gerontology at Ithaca College.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of “The Elephant in the Room. . .” will be available to purchase at the event. All proceeds from the sale of “The Elephant in the Room” are being donated to the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Library to Host Workshop for Young Writers

Children and teens ages 9 through 18 are invited to participate in “Talking Hands,” a creative writing workshop facilitated by Irene “Zee” Zahava, Sunday, November 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Tompkins County Public Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Offered by the Library, in conjunction with the Family Reading Partnership’s Kid’s Book Fest 2011—“Reading Magic”, this free workshop will offer young writers an opportunity to create and share poems, fiction and true stories in a supportive, judgment-free environment.

Zahava is a local author, publisher and writing group facilitator. She is the director of Emma’s Writing Circle in Ithaca, and has led dozens of writing workshops at the Library.

This workshop is limited to 20 people; advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Zahava  at or (607) 273-4675.

This workshop is made possible through generous support from Suzanne Spitz and Carrie Shearer.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Library to Host Mother/Daughter Book Club

Girls in grades five through eight and the special women in their lives are invited to read and discuss books in a judgment-free group setting during the Saturday, November 5 meeting of Tompkins County Public Library’s monthly Mother/Daughter Book Club.

The Mother/Daughter Book Club is facilitated by acclaimed children’s author Emily Rhoads Johnson. Rhoads Johnson is the author of “Spring and the Shadow Man,” “A House Full of Strangers” and “Write Me If You Dare”.

The Club provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to learn about themselves and others by discussing literature. There are no right or wrong answers during Club meetings, simply open discussions where all input is valued.

The group will meet once monthly through May from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

The title to be discussed for November is, ”Zora and Me” by Victoria Bond. A complete list of Club dates and titles will be provided at the meeting.

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Library to Display Work of Elfriede Abbe

The Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate the work of illustrator, printer and sculptor Elfriede Abbe with an exhibit in its Avenue of the Friends.

The work, on display through December 31, is curated by Nancy E. Green, the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at Cornell University. It will feature wood block prints, press books from Abbe's private press, wood sculpture and wood blocks. The work is on-loan from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art and the private collections of Green, Abbe herself and her longtime friend and colleague Jim Tyler.

Abbe was born in Washington, D.C. in 1919 and attended Cornell and Syracuse University. She graduated from Cornell in 1940 with a degree in architecture and worked as an illustrator at Cornell from 1942 until her retirement in 1974. During her tenure, Abbe won many awards included the Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, a gold medal at the National Arts Club, a gold medal at the Academy of Artists Association in Springfield, Massachusetts and the E. Liskin Cash Award at the Salmagundi Club. Following her retirement, Abbe moved to Manchester, Vermont where she lives and continues to work in the house she designed and built.

Abbe's work can be found in collections throughout the world including locally at the Unitarian Church, the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell and the BorgWarner Community Room at TCPL. Her wood block prints are available for purchase at Cornell's Plantations Store and Handwork on State Street.

A reception and talk about the exhibit will be held on Thursday, December 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the Library's BorgWarner Community Room.

For more information about this or other library exhibits, contact Sally Grubb at

Library Seeking Recipes for Cookbook

The Tompkins County Public Library is seeking recipe submissions for its first-ever Tompkins County Libraries Cookbook.

Culinary masters and kitchen novices alike are invited to submit their favorite recipes for appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and sides, main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, cookies and candies and miscellaneous edibles. Selected recipes will be featured in a fundraising cookbook to be sold at the Tompkins County Public Library and libraries throughout the county.

To submit a recipe for consideration, pick up a paper submission form at any county library and return it to TCPL’s Adult Reference Desk, tweet us in 140 characters or less at tcpl@tcplny, email it to, visit us on Facebook or learn more at Submissions must be received between Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 30.

Copies of the cookbook will be on sale for $10 beginning in February 2012.

For more information, contact Debbie Collier at (607) 272-4557 extension 249 or