Tompkins County Public Library

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Library to Offer Family Science Program

Tompkins County Public Library and Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research will host “Alka-Seltzer Rockets” Saturday, March 18 from 1-2 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.
Families will learn about the laws of motion and how they apply to rockets. Equipped with this information, participants will design, build, and launch their own rockets using a film canister and Alka-Seltzer tablets. 

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 Registrants should include the name and age of all children in their email.  

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

Library Foundation to Host Poet Laureate and Friends for Women’s History Month Reading

The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation and Tompkins County Poet Laureate Irene “Zee” Zahava will partner for, “When We Were Girls: Childhood Stories,” a Women’s History Month reading in support of the Library’s Young Adult collection, Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. in the Ezra Cornell Reading Room.

This inspiring and entertaining program will include readings from Zahava, Tompkins County Public Library Director Susan Currie, Paula Culver, Chris McNamara, Marty Blue Waters, Susan Lesser, Susanna Drbal, Slyvia Bailey and Yvonne Fisher.

This program is free and open to the public; however, a suggested donation of $10 will support the purchase of books about women in history for the Library’s Young Adult collection.

For more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at or (607) 272-4557 extension 272.

Library to Host Ritch Savin-Williams for Reading, Discussion

Tompkins County Public Library will host Ritch Savin-Williams for a reading and discussion of his latest book, “Becoming Who I Am: Young Men On Being Gay,” Friday, March 10 at 4 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

A professor of developmental psychology for Cornell University’s Department of Human Development, Savin-Williams has written eight books on adolescent development. He is currently writing about the experiences of growing up mostly straight and bisexual, the sexual and romantic continuum, and the resiliency and mental health of sexual-minority youth.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Savin-Williams has served as an expert witness on same-sex marriage, gay adoption, and Boy Scout court cases and as a consultant for MTV, 20/20, and CNN. His work has been cited in Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Utne Reader, Fortune, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Chicago Sun Times.

Savin-Williams’ Library program is free and open to teens and adults.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at

Friday, February 24, 2017

Library to Host Screening of “The Central Park Five”

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with the Multicultural Resource Center’s “The New Jim Crow” Community Read, will host a free screening of “The Central Park Five,” Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

A 2012 documentary about the infamous Central Park jogger case, this film--directed by Ken Burns--chronicles the violent 1989 assault and rape of Trisha Meili and provides background information, interviews and expert analysis which led to the wrongful conviction of five suspects.

This film is intended for an adult audience.

Since March 2016, the Multicultural Resource Center’s Community Read has galvanized more than 30 community organizations in the development of a plan to study and ultimately take action to locally confront mass incarceration.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Library to Host ESL Snack and Chat

Beginning Wednesday, March 1, non-native English speakers are invited to join Tompkins County Public Library for “ESL Snack and Chat Conversation Groups.”
These informal, drop-in sessions will be held each Wednesday through April 12 from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-West and offer a relaxed setting for practicing conversation and listening skills. The meetings will help participants discover and access language-learning resources at the Library and in the community and provide a forum for information sharing. 
Snack and Chat sessions are free and open to individuals with the desire to improve their English or willing to serve as conversation partners for others. All ages and abilities are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.
There will be no class on April 5.
For more information, contact Teresa Vadakin at (607) 272-4557 extension 272 or or Stephen Salino at 607-272-4557 extension 249 or .

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Library, Orchestra to Partner for Family Concert

Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, will present “I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello,” a free, family-friendly concert, Thursday, March 9 at 4 p.m. in the Library’s Ezra Cornell Reading Room.

This fun-filled, musical storytime will bring to life the acclaimed picture book, “I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello” written by Barbara S. Garriel and illustrated by John O’Brien.  This lively book reimagines the folk rhyme “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” using musical instruments.

This storytime will feature CCO musicians and the performance will include an opportunity for young participants to try out an assortment of instruments.

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

This program was made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library with support from M&T Savings Bank.