Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Library to Host Senior Theatre Troupe

The Tompkins County Public Library will host an encore performance by the Senior Citizen’s Theatre Troupe of Lifelong, May 24 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room. 

A follow-up to last spring’s performance at the Library, this show will center around the theme of education and feature humorous and serious stories from troupe members’ lives. The Troupe performs simply, with no lights, props or sets. The theatre being performed is developed from themes that the actors pick, and the stories they tell are based on their own experiences.

The Troupe is directed and coordinated by Sue Perlgut and features Maggie Goldsmith, Eva Luby, Sylvia Miller, Natasha Tall, Carol Santucci, Deirdre Silverman and Thelma Turner. The plays and theatre exercises performed are developed using improvisational theatre techniques, some of which will be demonstrated during the Library performance.

For more information about the Senior Citizen Troupe, contact Lifelong at 607-273-1511 or

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Freeloading Librarians to Offer Training at Gimme!

The Tompkins County Public Library and Gimme! Coffee will partner May 22 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, which will begin at 10:30 am the Green Street Gimme!, will 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.  A photo ID with a current, local address is required to receive a library card.

This program is the first in a series of Freeloading Librarian programs designed to increase digital confidence and awareness among readers.

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

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Library to Host Reading and Signing of Fracking Book

The Tompkins County Public Library will host journalist Tom Wilber for a reading and signing of his recently-released book “Under the Surface:  Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale,” May 17 at 6 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

The first book-length overview of shale gas development and the controversies surrounding it, “Under the Surface” (2012 Cornell University Press) explores one of the world’s largest natural gas supplies—the Marcellus Shale-- and examines the impact tapping into the gas will have on environmental policy, politics, energy markets and the lives and livelihoods of families in the Marcellus region.

As a veteran reporter for the Gannet Corporation’s Central New York Newspaper Group, Wilber spent years interviewing key players and residents on all sides of the debate over the Marcellus Shale.  His knowledge and objectivity have made him a much-trusted and sought-after speaker on issues relating to the Marcellus region.

Wilber’s Library reading is free and open to the public and is being held in conjunction with the Library and the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation’s 2012 Local Writers Series.  Copies of “Under the Surface” will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of Buffalo Street Books.

For more information on this or other Library programs, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or

Monday, May 14, 2012

Library to Host ICSD Superintendent for Community Conversation

The Tompkins County Public Library will offer community members an opportunity to share their visions for the success of the Ithaca City School District May 14 when it hosts “A Community Conversation with Dr. Brown,”  at 5 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Being held as part of a series of “community conversations” designed to offer community groups and taxpayers an opportunity to engage with school officials in a non-traditional environment, this facilitated, hour-long program will allow participants to propose forward-thinking, thoughtful, creative and effective problem-solving methods, to explore untapped resources and to help the school district build on its successes.

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

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Library to Host Mother/Daughter Writing Workshop

The Tompkins County Public Library will recognize mothers with “Mothers and Daughters Writing Together,” a creative writing workshop, May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Facilitated by author, publisher, poet and anthologist Irene “Zee’ Zahava, this workshop will offer an opportunity for mothers, daughters, grandmothers and caregivers of all ages to pay tribute to their unique bonds by writing together.

The theme of the workshop will not be announced until the day of the event, but it is sure to inspire all participants.

This program is free and open to the public; however advance registration is required.  To register, contact Zahava at or (607) 273-4675.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Library to Offer Game Time

Beginning May 3, the Tompkins County Public Library will host Game Time each Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Children ages 6 through 12 are invited to enjoy board games, puzzles and more. 

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

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Library to Host Creative Writing Workshops for Teens

The Tompkins County Public Library will host “Teens Write!,” a creative writing workshop for teens led by Irene “Zee” Zahava, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays May 2,9,16 and 23 in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Zahava has been leading writing circles since 1994. She is a former bookstore owner, the editor of numerous short story anthologies and haiku journals, the co-publisher of 2 Turtles Press and the founder of Zee’s Writing Studio.

“Teens Write!” is best suited for tweens and teens ages 10 through 17. The program will provide a safe and supportive environment for creative writing and group sharing. There is no charge for the program; however, advance registration is required. To register, or for more information, contact Zahava at (607)-273-4675 or

The“Teens Write!” program is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through generous gifts from Carrie Shearer and Suzanne Spitz.