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

Roblox Party

January 21, 2019
10:30am - 3:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Other
About this event::
Kids ages 8 - 12 are invited to drop in for a day of all things Roblox. Virtual explorers will create adventures, play games, role play, and learn with their friends in a family-friendly, immersive, 3D environment. ...

Sit! Stay! Read!

January 22, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids (5-12)
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...

STEAM Book Club

January 23, 2019
3:45pm - 4:45pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids (5-12)
Program Type: STEAM, Book Clubs
About this event::
Children ages 8-12 are invited to a STEAM-themed (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) book club. Registration is required. Register and pick up your free copy of the book at the Youth Services Reference Desk. Refreshments will be served. ...

Creative Dance with Amanda Moretti

January 24, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4), Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Children and families are invited to creative dance series with local instructor Amanda Moretti! Participants will learn basic steps, balancing techniques, and whole body expression. People of all abilities are encouraged to join in the fun. No regis...

Winter Comics Camp for Kids

January 26, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Kids (5-12), Teens (13-17)
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! ...

Winter Comics Camp for Kids

January 26, 2019
10:30am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Digital Lab
Age Group: Kids (5-12), Teens (13-17)
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! ...

Winter Art Fun with Stiller Zusman

January 26, 2019
11:00am - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4), Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
About this event::
As the light returns to our skies, come imagine and create enchanted winter worlds with local artist and teacher, Stiller Zusman.  On 1/19, we'll be making winter wonderland dioramas with natural materials and on 1/26 we’ll create magical items ...