Homeschool Resource Guide
Did you know that the library is a great resource for homeschooling families from programming to materials? We are here to support you whether you’re a seasoned homeschooler or just starting out. Here you will find an updated Homeschool Resource Guide with library programs and local resources listed, along with booklists of materials to help you in your homeschooling journey. Be sure to consider checking out a book bundle on a theme you may be teaching as well! We’re happy to support your teaching with the books and materials we have here.
TCPL Recommends, Summer 2020
Looking for something good to read, watch, or listen to? TCPL staff have been busy this summer, compiling recommendations just for you! Many of the following are available to download or stream, and we've noted where you can find them online. Otherwise you can find them in our online catalog and place a hold for pickup!
Scroll through the list below or find it here.
Beginning August 11, Internet and Copy/Fax/Print Services Return
We are pleased to announce that beginning Tuesday, August 11, 2020, limited Internet and Self-Service Copy/Fax/Print Services will be available in addition to our scheduled curbside and lobby hold pickup services. Patrons of all ages will be able to use the internet for 30 minutes per day to complete their Census, fill out job applications, print and scan documents, work on their resume and check their email.
Hours for this service coincide with our in-lobby hours:
Board Book Circulation
UPDATE 10.26.20: We have been closely following the literature on COVID and its transmission via surfaces. The REALM project referenced below has been helpful in giving us some guidance, but as we learn more about the virus, REALM used scenarios that relied on transmission through touch instead of airborne particles. COVID is transmitted most often via airborne particles. We will continue to quarantine all items for 72 hours, but will now begin to circulate board books again. We will also continue to offer Board books in bundles, as well as being about to circulate
RBdigital Discontinued as of June 30, 2020
It’s time to say goodbye to FLLS’s RBdigital Magazines. Due to impending budget cuts, FLLS and its member libraries, including TCPL, will be focusing on high demand services such as ebooks and e-audiobooks. Our subscription to RBdigital Magazines will end on June 30, 2020. We apologize for the short notice. We had planned to extend the service a little longer, but circumstances beyond our control made it necessary to end the service quickly.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate this new reality, and know that we are working hard to serve our beloved patrons.
Calling All Submissions to TCPL's QuaranZine!
Hello from TCPL!
Since March 2020, Tompkins County has been in a state of quarantine in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, experiences have varied greatly. We're interested in capturing experiences, memories, and sentiments from this time (March-July 2020) in a digital community scrapbook we are calling TCPL’s QuaranZine. Using the links below, you will find leading questions to inspire your recollections. Feel free to fill out one, some, or all questions.
Welcome back to TCPL!
We are truly delighted to share our books and more, once again. Your patience with the process that puts safety first is greatly appreciated.
This limited borrowing system will be in place until we can safely gather and handle materials without quarantining them first. We anticipate offering additional services after mid-July, with computer and internet access being our first priority.
Tips and Tricks for Placing Holds
If you have never placed a hold before, or are a little rusty, check out this video for tips! If you need help placing holds, call 607-272-4556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in mind:
June is Pride Month
As you may know, June is Pride Month! To help you celebrate and explore, we have created lists of books (both fiction and nonfiction) and films!
Pride Month Read/Watch List - Adult and YA books and films
Read With Pride - YA books
Anti-racism and Black Joy booklists for all ages
TCPL wants to help our community to listen, learn and grow during these challenging times. We hope these booklists are helpful in your personal education and discussions about anti-racism and add some enjoyment with books celebrating the rich and full lives of African Americans.
TumbleMath: math themed picture books and resources
Until August 31st, TCPL patrons can access a free trial of TumbleMath. Similar to our TumbleBooks, these resources are math based for kids Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Letter to the Community, May 2020
Dear Library Community,
First, we miss you and hope this letter finds you safe and well.
As New York begins the reopening process, we are looking forward to seeing you all again, and sharing physical library materials and programs as well as electronic and virtual resources. Why, then, did we make the decision for Tompkins County Public Library to remain fully closed through June 30?
Video Game Tutorials - learn to code your own game!
Join Joah and his easy-to-follow tutorials on working with Scratch and the coding needed to begin crafting your own video games.
Play Tennis - Joah's 2 player Scratch game
Enjoy Joah's virtual Scratch tour!
Joah's Tennis game tutorial part 1
TCPL Recommends, Spring 2020
Looking for something good to read, watch, or listen to? TCPL staff has recommendations for you! Many of the following are available to download or stream, and we've noted where you can find them online. Happy exploring!
If you have any questions about the following titles, just Ask a Librarian!
We know you have all missed TCPL's storytimes and staff and we have missed you all terribly too! We are thrilled to begin rolling out virtual storytimes. Keep an eye out for others as we are able to produce them. We'll be offering them online through our social media & here on our website.