Tompkins County Public Library

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Library to Host Program on Garden Design and Native Plants

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will host “Gardening With Native Plants,” Wednesday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Presented by CCE’s Master Gardener Program, this event will offer information about leveraging native plants and local pollinators to create a vibrant, healthy garden and offer tips for avoiding invasive species.

Advance registration is appreciated but not required. To register, contact Cady Fontana at

Library to Host Bookmaking Program for Preschoolers

Tompkins County Public Library is offering creative kids an opportunity to work with professional artist Mary Beth Ihnken to create their own books this fall with “Preschool Bookmaking.”

Being held Mondays, October 2 through October 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room, “Preschool Bookmaking” will provide children ages three through five an opportunity to learn about and create their own wordless books. Participants will leave the final workshop session with their own “published” book.

Ihnken is a professional muralist and decorative painter. She is recognized for her mural techniques, faux finishes and trompe l’oiel. To read more about Ihnken or view samples of her work, visit

This program is free, however; space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, visit or call (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

This program is made possible by the Margaret Johnstone Hilton Children’s Endowment Fund.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fifth Annual READATHON Boasts Impressive Line-up

Firefighters, opera singers, and a newly-named college president will join the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation’s Fifth Annual READATHON this weekend.

Being held from noon on Saturday, September 23 to noon on Sunday, September 24 in front of the Library, the READATHON aims to raise awareness and financial support for the library and its collections.

A 24-hour read-aloud celebration of books and the freedom to read, the READATHON will kick-off with a reading by Library Foundation Annual Appeal Chairs Dave and Arjan Makar. Teams of City of Ithaca firefighters, members of Opera Ithaca and an Ithaca College Leadership team led by President Shirley Collado will join the fun before outgoing Library Director Susan Currie wraps up the event, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Community members are encouraged to stop by during the day and evening for family fun and late-night adult-appropriate laughs. 

For a complete schedule of readers or to donate, visit

For more information, contact Kerry Barnes  or (607) 272-4557 extension 232.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Library, City of Asylum to Host “Ithaca Out Loud”

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with the Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA), will celebrate the freedom to read with “Ithaca Out Loud,” an evening of literature and theatre, Wednesday, September 27 at 7 p.m. in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

An Ithaca version of the National Public Radio show “Selected Shorts,” this free event will feature stories, poems, and drama by six of Ithaca’s most beloved authors, brought to life by six of the region’s most celebrated actors.

Among the featured works is a story by Raza Rumi, ICOA’s emeritus writer-in-residence, a Pakistani journalist and policy analyst who has authored a memoir, “Delhi by Heart,” and a political history of Pakistan, “A Fractious Path,” both published by HarperCollins India. Rumi is currently teaching at Ithaca College and has taught recently in the Cornell University Institute of Public Affairs. He also serves as consulting editor of the Pakistan weekly “The Friday Times” and contributes to international media outlets, including the “Huffington Post,” “The New York Times,” and “al Jazeera.” Since he arrived in Ithaca, Rumi has participated in numerous local events, including Spring Writes and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival.

Also appearing in “Ithaca Out Loud” are:

Godfrey Simmons, artistic director of Civic Ensemble, performing a short story by Anthony Di Renzo, who teaches writing at Ithaca College.

Cynthia Henderson, professional actor and associate professor in Ithaca College’s Department of Theatre Arts, performing a folk tale by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alison Lurie.

Kate Klein, Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca graduate, performing a poem by Diane Ackerman, author of two dozen award-winning works of poetry and nonfiction, including “The Zookeeper’s Wife.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

ICOA, a not-for-profit project of the Center for Transformative Action, provides refuge in Ithaca for dissident writers and promotes freedom of expression and human rights. Founded in 2001, ICOA is a member—one of only two in North America —of the International Cities of Refuge Network, a worldwide consortium of cities of asylum.

“Ithaca Out Loud” is made possible with support from the Decentralization Grant, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. It is co-sponsored by the Ithaca College departments of Writing and History, the Ithaca College Honors Program, and the Cornell Institute for European Studies, the Cornell South Asia Program, and the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. Refreshments provided in part by Wegmans.