Caregivers & Teachers

Caregivers & Teachers

Find help for your little learners!

Homeschooling

Download our Homeschool Resource Guide!

Books

Check out our resources on homeschooling in call number 371.042 and visit our Juvenile Literature section (J-L) for reading suggestions and tips to engage young readers.

Here are two great booklists to get you started:

Education Focus: Homeschooling

Homeschooling Resources: High School Curriculum Guide

Databases

Visit our library databases for kids:

  • Kids InfoBits: This database for children ages 5-10 features full-text content from elementary reference sources and magazines. Kids InfoBits covers geography, current events, the arts and sciences, people, government, history, and more.
  • Brittanica School: Offers age-appropriate levels for conducting research, completing homework assignments, and working on special projects in the library or at home. Also available in Spanish at Brittanica Escolar.
  • TumbleBooks: TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking books which are created from existing books. TumbleBooks also includes puzzles, games and quizzes and a collection of books in foreign languages. The entire site can also be viewed in Spanish and French.

World Language Collection

We have books for all ages in over 40 languages! Learning a new language? We have audiobooks, instructional DVDs, books and Mango, an online language-learning tool.

Local & Regional Resources

Find support in the community for homeschoolers, unschoolers & funschoolers in our Homeschool Resource Guide.

Resources for Families of Children with Autism & SPD

Sensory Station

You'll find weighted lap pads, noise-cancelling earmuffs, fidgets and other sensory tools to use during your visit to the library.

Interactive Storybook Collection

Books that feature clear illustrations, easy-to-follow text, easy-turn pages and movable pieces, encouraging children to connect with the story through hands-on interaction.

BoardmakerĀ® Software

Create print materials like communication boards, sequences and visual schedules. Easy-to-use features let you design your own materials, with symbols supported in 44 languages.  Available for in-house use only.

Virtual Tour

You can prepare for your visit by viewing our tour of what you'll see when you're here.

Local & Regional Resources

Find support in the community for your family with our guide.

Kids Discover the Trail

TCPL welcomes all of the kindergarteners in the Ithaca City & Trumansburg School Districts for special class visits. Two classes from different schools attend the fieldtrip and each child is buddied up with a kindergartener from another class. Together we celebrate our library, reading and books! Learn more here.

Class & Camp Visits at the Library

Classes and groups are always welcome to visit and use our Library. Please plan to accompany your class or group when they come to the library. If your class or group will require special attention from library staff (story time, library orientation, assistance with using the library's resources) please contact us to make arrangements at least two weeks in advance. For more information regarding individual library card registration prior to class visits, see our information brochure.

Upcoming Kids Events

This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 9
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club.  Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve your free copy of the book to pick up either via curbside or in lobby pick-up. Book Club will meet via Zoom. P...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

TCPL Virtual Coding Club: Tween

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: STEAM
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Learn code with dancing cats and wrestling robots! Tweens ages 8 -12 are invited to learn Scratch and ArduinoC/C++ through creating a dancing cat animation and programming maneuvers into wrestling robots. No experience with coding in&nbs...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Family Storytime

11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early literacy skills online at Family Storytime with Kelly here.  Check back each Tuesday for a new addition and watch anytime!&...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
About this event::
Kids ages 8 - 12 are invited to join STEAM Book Club. This month we are reading Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher. Register online and we will contact you when your book is ready for pick-up at the Library. ...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

TCPL Virtual Coding Club: Tween

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: STEAM
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Learn code with dancing cats and wrestling robots! Tweens ages 8 -12 are invited to learn Scratch and ArduinoC/C++ through creating a dancing cat animation and programming maneuvers into wrestling robots. No experience with coding in&nbs...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Family Storytime

11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early literacy skills online at Family Storytime with Kelly here.  Check back each Tuesday for a new addition and watch anytime!&...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
About this event::
Kids ages 9 - 12 are invited to join STEAM Book Club. This month we will be reading The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall. Special guest TBA. Register online and we will contact you to let you know when your copy of the book is ready fo...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club: Under the Egg

4:45pm - 5:45pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 8
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club.  In May we will be reading Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve a copy of the book to borrow.  Pic...