Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Library to Screen “The Wave”

Tompkins County Public Library will host a free screening of the disaster film “The Wave,” Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-East.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Roar Uthaug, “The Wave” takes viewers on an action-packed adventure to a small Norwegian village threatened when a mass of mountain rock tumbles into a fjord, sparking a 300-foot tsunami.  With only ten minutes to escape approaching catastrophe, villagers are forced to rush to the mountains before being engulfed by “The Wave.”

This screening is intended for an adult audience.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at

Library to Host Circus Culture Workshop

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with Circus Culture of Ithaca, will host a fun-filled afternoon of exploration and excitement, Monday, July 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

During this free program, Circus Culture instructors will teach children and families of all ages and abilities how to juggle, hula hoop, walk on a tight wire, form basic pyramids and more. 

Circus Culture, located in Press Bay Alley, encourages individuals of all ages to engage with circus as an art form and life tool. 

For more information about the Library’s one-hour, drop-in program, contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at or (607) 272-4557 extension 277.

Support for the Summer Reading Program is provided by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through contributions from the Brooks Family Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Library Game Program to Grow this Summer

Tompkins County Public Library’s popular “Game On” program is growing this summer with the introduction of life-sized versions of popular games.

“Game on Summer: Larger than Life” will take place each Monday from Monday, July 11 through August 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room and offer an opportunity for gamers to try out giant versions of some of their favorite games, including Hungry, Hungry Hippos, Jenga, Angry Birds, live-action Wizards Chess and more.

Popular “Game On” selections Exploding Kittens, Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons will also be available during this free, family-friendly weekly program.

For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at or (607) 272-4557 extension 274.

Support for this event has been provided by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through funding from the Phyllis and Charles Brodhead Memorial Endowed Fund.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Library to Host Downtown Scavenger Hunt

In celebration of Summer Reading 2016, Tompkins County Public Library will host its inaugural “All Around Town Scavenger Hunt,” an opportunity for children, families, teens and adults to get active while exploring downtown Ithaca.

Registered participants will begin the hunt at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 9, in front of the Library’s main entrance and spend up to an hour and a half completing puzzles, solving riddles and completing age-appropriate challenges. 

Teams of three to six are invited to join the fun in one of three categories:
·       Kids and Families--The challenges and puzzles at this level will be appropriate for a team made up of family members and young children.
·        Teens--This level will require participants to use their brain and body to solve riddles, puzzles, and physical challenges.
·        Adults--These puzzles and challenges will be more difficult but older teens who want to push themselves are welcome to register in this age group.

This program is free and prizes have been donated by Wegmans, Tompkins County YMCA, Finger Lakes Fitness Center, Buffalo Street Books, T-Shirt Expressions and Body Gear.

For more information, contact Teen Services Librarian Regina DeMauro at  To register, visit

Library to Host Hiking Program

Tompkins County Public Library, in conjunction with its 2016 adult summer reading program, “Exercise Your Mind at TCPL,” will host Ithaca Journeys, a free hiking program designed to encourage community members to get active while exploring local natural settings.

Beginning Wednesday, July 13 with a hike through Cascadilla Gorge, Ithaca Journeys is free and open to adults who enjoy shared, moderate-paced activity.

The Cascadilla hike will begin at Treman Triangle at the start of the gorge trail at 10 a.m. and last approximately one hour.  Facilitators from the Library’s Information and Learning Services staff will share a short poem, story or literary passage and provide snacks and water at the mid-way point.

Additional Ithaca Journeys hikes are planned for July 20 at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, July 27 at the Carl Sagan Planet Walk and August 3 with a guided tour of local outdoor art.

Participants are encouraged to seek the advice of a medical professional before beginning any exercise program.  The library is not responsible for injuries sustained by participants during Ithaca Journeys programs.

Advance registration is required by emailing

For more information about Ithaca Journeys or “Exercise Your Mind at TCPL,” contact Thomas Fredette at or Teresa Vadakin at