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Summer Reading Adventure for Adults!

Summer reading is for everyone! This summer, TCPL has a full array of fun events for an adult audience. From crafts to field trips, there are many ways to get involved. Also, you are invited to fill out review cards for each book you read, to be entered into our summer raffles! Every short review is an entry, so read all summer and drop off reviews by August 15 for your chance to win. (You can find kids' summer reading info here!)

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TCPL Staff Picks for June

Need inspiration for your next read/listen or watch? Our staff always return with more recommendations for you!

“We’ve been watching A Gentleman in Moscow (stunning) and Doc Martin (streaming on Hoopla) and I’m reading Mick Herron’s books that the show Slow Horses with Gary Oldman is based on.” -Kerry, TCPL Foundation

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Summer Reading Adventure

Summer is almost here and that means SUMMER READING! Join us for an epic Summer Reading Adventure with us at TCPL, beginning June 15. We have plenty of fun in store for you. Stop by our Youth Services department and pick up a Reading Adventure Map. This map is where you can keep track of your reading for the summer, and complete some cool side quests. Don't worry, it has instructions, and our staff is here to answer any questions you might have!

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TCPL Staff Picks!

Here at TCPL, we always have lots to say about books, film, and more! Here are a few recommendations from our staff:

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Solar Eclipse Madness!

Can you believe we have given away 6800 pairs of eclipse glasses for the solar eclipse happening on April 8? We are out of glasses here at TCPL, but fear not! On April 6 & 7 we will have solar eclipse viewer Make & Take kits available. That's right, you can make your own pair of eclipse viewers! They will only be available while supplies last so stop by Saturday, April 6 anytime from 10 am to 4:30 pm, or Sunday between 1 and 4:30 pm, and pick up a kit. 

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2023 Income Tax Information

2023 Income Tax Forms and Instruction Booklets Available at Tompkins County Public Library

The forms and booklets listed below are now available at TCPL, and are located near the copiers/printers. Additional forms that are not listed can be printed upon request. Please visit the library's Adult Services reference desk for assistance. Our reference desk can also be reached by email -, or by calling us at 607-272-4556.

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Weeding Update

Did you know that a library is like a garden? We even call part of our collection maintenance practice “weeding.” Library staff constantly tend the collection to make sure that our weeds and yellowing leaves are pulled, so that the soil remains fresh, and the harvest is beautiful and bountiful. Weeding saves valuable space, staff time, and ensures that staff keep up with collection needs. The public library’s mission is to fight misinformation and connect users with relevant resources – we must review materials frequently and routinely to make sure information isn’t wrong or outdated.

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Winter Reading for Kids and Teens

As winter approaches, we know that means more time to read, right? That's why we are offering kids and teens a free book to kick off Winter Reading!

Kids! You can take a free book by our reference desk- review that book, and get entered in our raffle for a chance to win prizes! For each book you review, you will be entered in the raffle. 

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The RFID Project

If you have been in the library lately, you may have heard our staff mention something about our upcoming RFID project. Well, the project is underway! Our staff has been busy putting RFID tags into books, so that our new RFID readers will be able to read them and get you and your stacks of materials checked out (and in) even faster! But, what is RFID? Why are we doing this? How does it work? What does it mean for you, the patron? 

What is RFID technology? 

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