Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, August 30, 2013

Library to Host Storytime for Kindergarteners

Boys and girls beginning kindergarten this fall are invited to shake out their first-day-of-school jitters before the school year begins during Tompkins County Public Library’s “My First Day of Kindergarten Storytime,” August 30 at 11 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Open to all children entering kindergarten in the Ithaca and surrounding districts, this program will include stories, songs and a craft.

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

This program has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library’s Foundation through a grant from the Elmira Savings Bank.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Library to Host Dan the Snakeman

Kids of all ages are invited to explore the animal world at 2 p.m. August 24 as Dan the Snakeman brings his reptile show to the Tompkins County Public Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Dan The Snakeman has traveled with his reptiles to schools and libraries for more than two decades with a goal of teaching children of all ages about how important reptiles, amphibians and other cold-blooded creatures are to the environment and how wonderful they can be as pets.

Audiences will have an opportunity to touch and interact with Dan’s creatures during this free, family-friendly program. 

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

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Library to Host Musical Performance by Aloja Airewele

Tompkins County Public Library will host a lunchtime musical performance by community volunteer and activist Aloja Airewele, August 22 at 1 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

“Aloja Plays from the Esan Song Book,” will feature songs from Airewele’s culture.  Born and raised in Nigeria, Airewele is a trained physician and worked in family medicine before immigrating with his family to the United States in 1997.  He currently serves as president of the Library’s Board of Trustees and is employed as a consultant for the American Red Cross and as a legislative aide for Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton.

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Library to Host Brony Gathering

Teen “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” enthusiasts are invited to share their passion for ponies during Tompkins County Public Library’s “My Little Brony Meet-up,” August 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

“My Little Pony” (MLP) started as a children's cartoon and has become a world-wide phenomenon, with adult and teenage fans—known as Bronies-- participating in online chats, creating memes and joining clubs.

Bronies will have an opportunity to meet other MLP fans, watch popular episodes and create MLP papercrafts during the Library event.  The program is free and open to tweens and teens ages 11 and up.

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


Friday, August 9, 2013

Library, Barnes and Noble Offer eReader Training

Tompkins County Public Library will partner with Barnes and Noble—Ithaca for “Nook Night,” a free workshop designed to help Nook users navigate their devices and learn how to download free books through the Library’s OverDrive Digital Download Service, August 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 614 South Meadow Street.

Library staff will be on-hand to offer detailed instruction and answer questions about downloading eBooks and audiobooks during this free, informal event.  Individuals are encouraged to bring their devices and library cards.

For more information about “Nook Night” or to register for one of the Library’s weekly Digital Downloading tutorials, contact Jennifer Schlossberg at (607) 272-4557 extension 254 or

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Library to Host LED Workshop for Teens

Tompkins County Public Library and Ithaca Generator will partner to offer teens an opportunity to make their own creative circuits with LEDs.

This hands-on workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. August 7 in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.  Participants will learn about hackerspaces and the maker movement while making their own LED projects.  Members of  Ithaca Generator will also discuss how they are using light and science to create art and other useful products.

Ithaca Generator is an eclectic community of inventors, crafters, designers, engineers and artists.  They offer an assortment of community events and classes at their Green Street location.  For more information, visit

This program is free; however, advance registration is required.  To register, or for more information, contact the Library’s Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Library to Feature Two Exhibits During August Gallery Night

Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate the opening of two exhibits, “Through Their Eyes:  Grandparents and Grandchildren” and “The Barn Story,” during Downtown Ithaca’s Gallery Night August 2.

Curated by photographer David O. Watkins, “Through Their Eyes” explores how artists see their grandchildren or grandparents-- in reality or abstraction. Featured works were submitted during an open call for artists and encompass a variety of mediums, including: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, collage, fabric art and collaborative construction.

The Barn Story,” an illustrated memoir by Deborah Jones, is a  56-page, barn-shaped book chronicling Jones’ experience renovating a 19th century barn into a home and studio.  Divided into two parts, the first half of the book describes the process of converting the space, while the second half documents the results. 

Original drawings, watercolors and page-layouts created to illustrate the story will be displayed along with barn-shaped panels detailing the steps Jones followed during the creation of the book.

Downtown Ithaca’s Gallery Night takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month.  Access to the Library during Gallery Night is through the BorgWarner Community Room entrance, adjacent to the Green Street TCAT shelter.

For more information, contact Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232 or