Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, July 28, 2017

Library to Host Performance by Nate & Kate

Tompkins County Public Library will celebrate the conclusion of its 2017 Build a Better World Summer Reading Program with a family-friendly performance by acclaimed duo, Nate & Kate, Monday, August 7 at 11 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

“The Nate and Kate Kids Show” offers an engaging opportunity for children to sing and move to original and favorite children’s songs and juggling routines choreographed to live cello music. Children will be introduced to an assortment of musical instruments, and a few lucky volunteers will be invited to lead song movements and participate in juggling stunts.

This program is free and open to children from infant to eight-years-old.

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

The Library’s Summer Reading Program has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with support from the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Library to Host Solar Events in Advance of Eclipse

In anticipation of the August 21 solar eclipse, Tompkins County Public Library has announced two solar-themed programs for adults.

On Monday, August 7 at 5:30 p.m., the Library will host scientists from Cornell University’s Department of Astronomy and the Cornell University Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science for an informative presentation exploring the science behind eclipses and tips for safely viewing the upcoming solar event.  

TCPL’s solar programming will continue Tuesday, August 15 at 6 p.m. with a question and answer presentation on solar power from Gordon Woodcock of Taitem Engineering. Woodcock will share information about the science, technology and incentives behind solar energy.

A limited supply of free solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available at each program.

Both programs are free and will be held in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room-East. Registration is appreciated but not required. To register, contact Cady Fontana at

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Library to Host Non-Fiction Book Club

Tompkins County Public Library’s Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club will meet Tuesday, August 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Library’s Tompkins Trust Company Study Room for a discussion of “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy” by Cathy O’Neil.

O’ Neil’s highly acclaimed “Weapons of Math Destruction,” is the most timely and important of her three books on data, shining a light on the unregulated and uncontested models that determine—based on algorithms, rather than individual merit—what members of society are eligible for mortgages, student loans and even affordable health insurance. A former Wall Street quant, O’Neil argues that big data is endangering democracy and perpetuating a cycle of inequity by buoying the rich while limiting access and opportunities for the poor.

The Truth Be Told Non-Fiction Book Club is free and open to the public.  Limited copies of the book are available for new and existing Club members at the Library’s Information and Learning Service’s Reference Desk.
For more information, visit or contact Tom Burns at