Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Library to Host World Cinema Thursdays

Tompkins County Public Library has announced the selection of “Quilombo” as the April featured film during World Cinema Thursday, April 20, at 2 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room-East.

Facilitated by Ron Krieg, World Cinema Thursdays offer a monthly opportunity for movie lovers to watch and discuss world cinema classics. These free programs will be held on the third Thursday of each month through December 2017.

Krieg, a Queens native, is a retired United States Postal Service clerk and a cinema, photography, history and political science enthusiast. He has been presenting films at Lifelong of Ithaca for six years.

For more information, contact Tom Burns at

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Library to Host Children’s Poetry Workshop

Tompkins County Public Library will host Robert Danberg for an interactive poetry workshop for children in kindergarten through second grade, Wednesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This fun-filled program will offer an opportunity for young poets to connect with each other and their senses to create a list poem.

Danberg is the coordinator of campus-wide writing support at Binghamton University and has led poetry and writing workshop for students at Belle Sherman Elementary School.

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Library to Host STEAM Book Club

Children ages 8-12 are invited to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math through lively book discussions and hands-on activities during Tompkins County Public Library’s monthly STEAM Book Club.
Continuing Wednesday, April 26 with a discussion of “Shakespeare Stealer” by Gary Blackwood, the STEAM Book Club is designed to encourage area students to improve their understanding of current core competencies through critical thinking and book-related activities.

“Shakespeare Stealer” follows the journey of a young orphan ordered to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe and steal a copy of “Hamlet.” Instead, he steals the hearts of the actors and finds the loyalty and belonging he’d been missing.

The club will meet in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room at 3:45 p.m. for discussion and refreshments. This month we will be joined by The Ithaca Shakespeare Company.

Free copies of “The Shakespeare Stealer” can be picked up at the Youth Services Reference Desk. 

For more information, contact Kate DeVoe at (607) 272-4557 extension 277 or

The 'STEAM Book Club' has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Michael Kammen Children's Fund and the Bradford Endowment for Youth Services Programming.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Library to Celebrate National Poetry Month With Poem Distribution and Open Mic

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Tompkins County Public Library will participate in “Poem in Your Pocket Day” Thursday, April 27 and offer an open mic poetry event on Friday, May 5. 

Launched in New York City in 2002, “Poem in Your Pocket Day” celebrates the rich history of pocket poems—from commonplace books during the Renaissance to pocket-sized publications carried by World War II soldiers.  Since 2008, bookstores, schools, libraries, parks and businesses across the country have embraced “Poem in Your Pocket Day” by encouraging open readings of pocket poems.

TCPL staff members have distributed more than 3500 poems during “Poem in Your Pocket Day” festivities since 2014.

This year’s poems were written by local poets who answered a February call for submissions with more than 50 original poems.  The poems submitted this year address the theme of living in Tompkins County.

TCPL librarians will distribute the poems in the Library, on the Ithaca Commons, and in other select locations throughout the day.  Poems will also be available at the Information and Learning Services Reference Desk.

Local poets will also have an opportunity to showcase their work during a free open mic event from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 5. This event is open to poets of all ages and experience levels and will be held in the Library’s Ezra Cornell Reading Room. 

The Open Mic is being held in conjunction with the Spring Writes Literary Festival. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Avenue of the Friends.

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

Library to Offer Program on Summer Employment for Teens

In conjunction with Thinking Money, a traveling exhibit of the American Library Association and FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Tompkins County Public Library will host Get a Job!, a program designed to offer students a jumpstart on the search for summer employment, Monday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m. in ther Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Participants will learn about the Youth Employment Services programs offered by Workforce New York and Challenge Industries and develop skills for marketing themselves for babysitting and odd jobs and tips on applying to camp and seasonal jobs.

Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, Thinking Money encourages viewers to explore themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, imagining your future self and avoiding financial fraud. The exhibit will be on display at TCPL from April 3 through April 30.

All programs being held in conjunction with Thinking Money are free and open to tweens, teens and their caregivers. Registration is appreciated but not required. To register, contact Regina DeMauro at

Thinking Money was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, whose support made this exhibition possible.