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.

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

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This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Chinese Storytime

11:30am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Join other families and friends to enjoy songs, rhymes and stories at our monthly online Chinese (Mandarin) storytime on the first Thursday each month. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to come! Find the link to ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Ask A Master Composter

6:00pm - 6:45pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults, Families, Kids, Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Learn about all the free online resources available at TCPL that can help you start composting at home -- whether you are a beginner or have long standing questions about methods or management. A short presentation about books, videos, and other reso...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club

4:45pm - 5:15pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club. In October we will be reading Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve your free copy of the book to...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Writing
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
About this event::
Explore the secrets of the library in this virtual two-part writing workshop for ages 8-11 given by author Anne Mazer. Only supplies you'll need are a notebook, a favorite pen, your curiosity and imagination!  Register for one or both sessions. ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Writing
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
About this event::
Explore the secrets of the library in this virtual two-part writing workshop for ages 8-11 given by author Anne Mazer. Only supplies you'll need are a notebook, a favorite pen, your curiosity and imagination!  Register for one or both sessions. ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

STEAM Book Club: Strange Birds

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Kids ages 9 - 12 are invited to join our monthly STEAM Book Club. This month we are discussing "Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers" by Celia C. PĂ©rez and will be joined by a special guest from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Register o...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Chinese Storytime

11:30am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Join other families and friends to enjoy songs, rhymes and stories at our monthly online Chinese (Mandarin) storytime on the first Thursday each month. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to come! Find the link to ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club

4:45pm - 5:15pm
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club. In November we will be reading The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve your free copy of the book to pick up by c...