Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, May 30, 2014

Library to Host Sensory Storytime

Children ages 3 through 7 are invited to attend Tompkins County Public Library’s “Sensory Storytime,” a program designed for children with sensory integration challenges, May 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This program is free and open to all children; however, books, songs and movements will be selected to stimulate the senses and promote learning for children with sensory challenges. Children who have previously struggled to sit through one of the Library’s other storytimes may find the inclusive stories, songs and activities of “Sensory Storytime” more enjoyable and accessible.

Pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Library’s Youth Services Department, call (607) 272-4557 extension 275, or email Kate DeVoe at

“Sensory Storytime” has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through a grant from Elmira Savings Bank.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Upgrade to Cause Temporary Interruption of Library Catalog Services

A scheduled upgrade to Tompkins County Public Library’s Polaris catalog system will cause a temporary interruption of service for Library patrons Wednesday.

The catalog system will be unavailable from 8 a.m. to noon, May 28th, preventing patrons from searching the Library’s catalog, reviewing account information, renewing materials, placing holds and Inter-library loan requests and searching Library databases.  Access to the OverDrive Digital Download Service will not be affected by the upgrade.

For more information, contact Jennifer Schlossberg, head of the Library’s Circulation Department, at (607) 272-4557 extension 254 or



Saturday, May 17, 2014

Library to Host Mother/Daughter Book Club

Girls in grades five through eight and the special women in their lives are invited to attend Tompkins County Public Library’s Mother/Daughter Book Club.

The Mother/Daughter Book Club will meet from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., May 17, in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room for a discussion of “Penny from Heaven” by Jennifer L. Holm.

Facilitated by author and educator Emily Rhoads Johnson, the Club provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to learn about themselves and others by discussing literature in a welcoming, judgment-free environment. 

Registration is not required, and refreshments will be served.

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



Thursday, May 1, 2014

Library to Host Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library will host a discussion of “The Accident” by Chris Pavone May 1 during the spring session of its “4 Seasons Book Club.”

The Club, which meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room—West, will provide an opportunity for existing and new members to discuss Pavone’s critically-acclaimed thriller.

“The Accident” tells the story of Isabel Reed, a struggling literary agent, who receives the break of her career in the form of an anonymous manuscript.  Rife with scandal, the manuscript provides insight into the sordid past of a beloved media mogul, with life-altering implications for famous Americans and political operatives alike. 

The Library’s “4 Seasons Book Club” is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required.  The Club will meet quarterly, with additional meetings planned for August 7 and October 2. 

In an effort to provide dynamic and accessible programming to all readers, the Library will also offer online access to the “4 Seasons Book Club.”  To register for the virtual club, sign-up for Goodreads at, email Adult Services Librarian Teresa Vadakin at to request an invitation to the online book club and follow the instructions in her reply email.

For more information or to register for the on-site version of the club, contact Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or