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Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Winter Baby Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 53
About this event::
Caregivers and their babies are invited to join Cassie for songs, rhymes, movement and books. Following storytime each week, we'll have a baby playtime from 11 am - noon. Registration is not required. To receive a weekly email update with t...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Makerspace Open Hours

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Makerspace
About this event::
Drop-in open hours are back! Registration is no longer required. We still must adhere to room occupancy requirements (max. 10 people at a time), but do not anticipate this being an issue often.  Visit the Makerspace to use the laser cutter, 3...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Dungeons and Dragons Club

11:00am - 2:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Time Warner Cable Study Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
About this event::
Elfves, dwarves, halflings, and humans meet most Saturdays to pursue fantasy quests. There may be space for new participants - no experience needed! Campaigns are played over multiple weeks, so joining is a long-term commitment to try to come most ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Dungeons and Dragons Club 2

11:00am - 2:00pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 11
About this event::
Elfves, dwarves, halflings, and humans meet most Saturdays to pursue fantasy quests. There may be space for new participants - no experience needed! Campaigns are played over multiple weeks, so joining is a long-term commitment to try to come most ...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Performance
About this event::
Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with the Illuminations Dance Troupe at Cornell University, will present a free Chinese cultural dance performance for children and families. This event will feature a parasol dance and will end with...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

One-on-One Tech Help

10:00am - 11:00am
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...