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Summer 2019 Outdoor Events

Join us this summer for a series of outdoor events!

We’ll start with a Giant Bubble Extravaganza on Monday, July 1, from 3-4:30 pm. Come engineer your own bubble wand and see how big your bubbles can get! This event will be held on the beautiful Creek Walk, behind the library building.

Next, we welcome back the spirited GIAC Jumpers, a dance, step, and double-dutch troupe from the Greater Ithaca Activities Center. They’ll be here on Thursday, August 1, from 4:30-5:30 pm, also on the Creek Walk.

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YMCA Passes Now Available with your TCPL Card!

We’ve partnered with the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County to bring you Y passes you can check out with your library card!

We now have one family pass and two individual passes available, each for a one-week loan period. A pass will allow the holder (and household members, with the family pass) to take advantage of all the YMCA has to offer, including the pool, fitness equipment, gymnasium, racquetball courts, and group classes.

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Library Closed on Friday, May 10 for Staff Development

We will be closed Friday, May 10, 2019 for staff development. We'll see you on Saturday for our regular hours, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm!

Please note that the Simple Signs for Communicating with Infants and Toddlers workshop will not meet Friday, May 10 as originally scheduled.

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2019 READATHON This Saturday, April 27

Join us this Saturday, April 27 for the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation’s READATHON. The annual read-out-loud fundraising event will take place beginning at 8:00 am and ending at midnight. In its seventh year, the READATHON enlists community members to raise funds for TCPL, culminating in a day-long celebration of reading aloud outside the library building on Green Street. We welcome all forms of literature and have had past readers share passages from classics to their own short stories, stories shared in Spanish and ASL, and even books sung as operas.

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Learn and Create with Creativebug!

Winter is upon us, and what better way to fill cozy hours indoors than by learning and creating? We are pleased to announce our partnership with Creativebug, a new database available to TCPL cardholders. Creativebug, found on our Research Databases page, allows free access to over a thousand award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

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Get Ready for the 2018 Readathon!

TCPL’s Readathon, the annual read-out-loud fundraising event, will take place beginning at noon on Saturday, September 29 and will run for 24 hours straight, till noon on Sunday, September 30. In its sixth year, the Readathon enlists readers to raise funds for TCPL, culminating in a 24-hour celebration of reading out loud outside our building on Green Street. The goal for this year’s Readathon is $25,000, which will be used to purchase materials for our collection, such as books, movies, music, and more.

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June & July Patron Comments

Comment:  We are learning more and more screen time is bad for young kids, so as we limit it, maybe longer checkout times or renewal options for kids DVD.
Response: Recently we changed our renewal options so that all materials can be renewed once.

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Outdoor Events at TCPL This Summer

This season, we’re trying something a little different! In celebration of the warm summer months, TCPL is hosting a handful of outdoor events along the Green Street corridor. Whether you plan to attend or just happen to notice goings-on while you’re out and about, we hope you can participate!

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April & May Patron Comments

Patron Comments from April 2018

Comment:  Larry helped me place a hold requested for teaching assistant civil exam book they don’t have in FLLS (last year). He pulled it from world cat (Rochester Library), and inspired me to take the teaching assistant which is unpopular in this county. Without him I would not come this far to take the examination. And now we have book of Teaching Assistant Civil Service Exam book already which would help a lot of people in the county can step up in their job and become teaching assistants.

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Call for Curators

TCPL is now seeking curators for its 2019 art exhibit program. Four curated art exhibits on the theme Space will take place in 2019.  

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Review: Escape From Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Ricky Desmond isn’t insane.  True, he may have anger management issues, but he always thought that was something that he could deal with.  His parents have threatened to lock him up before, and they had almost gone through with it too.  Almost.  Except that this time, it was past an almost.

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