Tompkins County Public Library

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Library, County Historian to Host “Place Names” Meeting

Tompkins County Public Library and Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen will host an October 13 organizational meeting for area residents interested in helping to create a new format for a  “Place Names” book for the county.

Glenn Norris published the first place names book in 1964, the Municipal Historian of Tompkins County published another in 2004. This time, a larger format is planned, with greater attention to the events on the land, expanding the original books in size, scope and appeal.

This meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Tompkins Trust Company Study Room.  No prior experience is needed but a willingness to work over time to bring to the public a dynamic new book that highlights placed and people and events.

The session is free and open to all community members interested in local history.  Please register in advance by contacting Kammen at

Library to Host Anne Mazer for Art and Writing Workshop

Tompkins County Public Library will host acclaimed children’s author Anne Mazer and a special surprise guest for a writing and art workshop for students in Kindergarten through second grade, Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Inspired by Mazer’s beloved book, “The Salamander Room,” this workshop will guide participants through word-play, the creation of their own animal rooms and fun-filled storytelling.

This program is free and sensory friendly.  Advance registration is suggested.

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

Library to Host Writing Workshop Inspired by The Wallace Collection

Tompkins County Public Library will host London author and arts educator Lynda Waterhouse for an evening of art and writing, Monday, October 24 at 6 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Waterhouse will share slides from featuring works included in The Wallace Collection and guide--with help from local children’s author Anne Mazer--participants through a series of writing exercises. 

Based in London, The Wallace Collection is a national museum which houses art collected by the four Marquesses of Hertford during and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess, during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Waterhouse is an author and educator and teaches regular creative writing workshops for all ages at The Wallace Collection.

This program is free and open to the public.  Advance registration is appreciated but not required.  Participants should bring a pen/pencil and paper.

For more information or to register, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at or (607) 275-1548.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Library to Host Storytimes

Tompkins County Public Library has announced the October return of its weekly fall storytimes for babies, toddlers and families.
The following storytimes are free and open to the public and will be held in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room:

“Baby Storytime,” Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Caregivers and newborns up to 18-months-old are invited to join Library staff Fridays at 10:30 a.m. from October 7 through December 9, for music, rhymes, movement and books.  This storytime is followed by an hour-long “Baby & Toddler Playtime.”

“Toddler Storytime,” Tuesdays at 11 a.m.:
Caregivers and toddlers are invited every Tuesday from October 4 through December 6 for early literacy-based stories, songs, finger plays and much more. After storytime, families are invited to stay for an hour of play and social time.

“Family Storytime,” Saturdays at 11 a.m.:
From October 8 through December 10, children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early-literacy skills at Family Storytime.
All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.
Library Storytimes have been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through a grant from Elmira Savings Bank.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Library to Offer Family Science Program

Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research will host “Exploring Rocks & Minerals” Saturday, October 8 from 1-2 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Families will learn about the difference between a rock and a mineral. They will perform different tests, such as color, streak and hardness, on an unknown rock or mineral to determine its type.

Families Learning Science Together is a free program designed to help children develop an early love of science through hands-on participation. These programs are offered at the Library on the second Saturday of each month.

Families Learning Science Together programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, email Please include the name and age of all children in the email. 

More information about Families Learning Science Together workshops can be found at