Caregivers & Teachers

Caregivers & Teachers

Find help for your little learners!

Homeschooling

Books & Magazines

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.

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 on our guide.

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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.

Boardmaker® 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

Miss Judy’s Musical Adventure

July 15, 2019
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Music
About this event::
Judy Stock uses the banjo, guitar, spoons and many more instruments to bring music to children. This program brings the joy of singing, rhyming, instruments, finger plays and movement all together in one fun filled 30 minute music session. Children s...

Sit! Stay! Read!

July 16, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Other
About this event::
Children are invited to practice their reading skills by sharing a story with a truly non-judgmental listener -- a dog! Reading sessions will be held Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. Children who attend 6 sessions will earn a FREE book of their choice! Co-s...

Maker Kids

July 17, 2019
3:45pm - 4:45pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM, Classes and Workshops, Makerspace
About this event::
Join us for a kids' maker session for ages 5 - 12. Each session will provide a range of activities for varying ages and ability levels. Participants can also bring their own projects. No registration required, just drop in! ...

Bilingual Chinese-English Family Storytime

July 18, 2019
11:30am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Please join other families and friends to enjoy songs, rhymes and stories in Mandarin and English. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to join us. ...

Summer Art Fun

July 19, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
About this event::
Children aged 3-6 are invited to celebrate summer by creating their own masterpieces at this drop-in program.  Stop by anytime to join in!  A Margaret Johnstone Hilton Endowment Fund program ...

Summer Comics Camp for Kids

July 20, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Kids, Teens
Program Type: Writing, Classes and Workshops, Makerspace
About this event::
Join comic artist Ten Van Winkle for lessons on making comics, from drawing, to character creation, to storytelling! From ages 8-13, first-timers and old pros all welcome! This program will meet in the Makerspace with extra seating available in the D...

TCPL ROBOTICS CLUB: Robot Wrestling

July 20, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Makerspace
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
About this event::
3! 2! 1! GO! Learn basic robotics with TCPL Robotics Club. With this bi-weekly program youth ages 7-12 will be challenged to create the ultimate Bluetooth wrestling robot! Participants will be introduced to code, circuits, and physi...

LEGO at the Library

July 20, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Other
About this event::
Children are invited to attend this weekly LEGO® brick building program. 'LEGO at the Library' encourages children to use their imaginations or LEGO books from the TCPL collection to create their own LEGO art! The Library will provide LEGO bricks, an...