Caregivers & Teachers

Caregivers & Teachers

Find help for your little learners!

 

Homeschooling

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.
 

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.

 

Virtual Tour

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

 

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.

 

Institution Cards

In order to apply for a School/Institution Library Card, the Chief Operating Officer/Director/Principal must complete the Institution Card Application (the form is also available at the Circulation desk). No ID is required.

Please provide the Institution’s federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)  on the application, as well as a letter on company letterhead.

The COO/Director/Principal does not need to be present as long as the Institution representative has a completed form and letterhead. Please bring both to the Circulation Desk to apply for the card.

The card must be signed by the COO/Director/Principal. The account is accessible to up to three additional individuals (named on the application) with photo I.D.

 

Upcoming Kids Events

This event is in the "Kids" group.

Sit! Stay! Read!

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 Mondays from 3-4 p.m. Children who attend 6 sessions will earn a FREE book of their choice! Co-sp...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: STEAM, Other
About this event::
TCPL invites families to a weekly LEGO build night! Buckets of LEGO will be provided for participants to borrow for their builds. Participants will also have the opportunity to display their creations in the Youth Services section for one week. ...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Families, Kids, Teens
Program Type: STEAM, Technology Class
About this event::
TCPL invites youth 8+, Teens, and families to a weekly robot wrestling in the Makerspace! Each week participants will be challenged to program and tune a robot to be the last one standing in the arena. TCPL will provide three kinds of robots: Auto...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: STEAM
About this event::
Children ages 5 and up and their families are invited to a free science program co-hosted by Chemists for Outreach and Graduate Inclusion (CoRGi) at Cornell University.  Please reserve your spot by contacting Julianna Koehl by email at ...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Science and Nature, STEAM
About this event::
Exploring Radio Technologies Off-site event at the Sciencenter! To check out free passes to the Sciencenter from the Library of Things, visit the Reference Desk at Tompkins County Public Library. How is the library using radio technology to mak...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Sit! Stay! Read!

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 Mondays from 3-4 p.m. Children who attend 6 sessions will earn a FREE book of their choice! Co-sp...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: STEAM, Other
About this event::
TCPL invites families to a weekly LEGO build night! Buckets of LEGO will be provided for participants to borrow for their builds. Participants will also have the opportunity to display their creations in the Youth Services section for one week. ...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Join us for a pajama storytime and send your stuffed animal on an after-hours library adventure!!! After storytime ends, your stuffed animal will spend the night exploring the library! Children can pick up their animals and a postcard of their lat...