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Upcoming Events

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Makerspace One-on-One

11:00am - 12:00pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Makerspace, One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
What do you want to make? Register for a one-on-one session in the makerspace with Library Assistant Josh to use our laser cutter, 3-D printer, or Cricut.  Sessions are one hour and a maximum of two people are allowed in the makerspace a...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

11:30am - 12:30pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Technology Class
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Book a librarian or volunteer technology tutor for help with digital downloads, such as borrowing eBooks, or basic computer questions.  **Please visit the Adult Services reference desk at the time of your appointment.**  Appointments will b...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Break for Books

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Online Chat
About this event::
Join us on Wednesdays from noon to 1:00 pm on Facebook for a lively discussion about what we're all reading! Following our book chat, we'll update the Patron Picks list so everyone can have a handy list of the recommendations for that week. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Health & Wellness, Offsite
About this event::
This is a 30-minute meditation session led by Anna Salamone RN, LCSW, certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher. MBSR is a means for reducing stress, improving our capacity for attention, boosting the immune system, reducing emotional reac...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

S.T.E.A.M. Book Club: AstroNuts

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
About this event::
Kids ages 8 - 12 are invited to join a monthly S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) book club! We read great books, try out hands-on activities, and host amazing guests who work in S.T.E.A.M. fields! In September we will be rea...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

LGBTQIA+ Youth Group

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Health & Wellness, Makerspace, Meetings, Other
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
About this event::
We're here for you. Lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning, not sure, trying to figure things out? Want to hang in a safe and supportive space or need someone to talk about sexuality, sexual orientation, or gender? Join others in grades 6-12 to ...