Play & Learn

Play & Learn

Our Youth Services staff is thrilled to welcome you to our department.

What You'll Find Here:

Play Area

Reading Zoo

Join the fun with puzzles, trains, a play kitchen and more along with our Reading Zoo, a special kid-sized room.

STEAM!

STEAM Cart

Let your imagination fly with our STEAM cart full of supplies for your next creation.

Computers

Kid at Computer

We offer internet computers for children aged 5-12 and their parents along with our Early Learning Stations loaded with games for the younger children.

Reader Is In

Reading to Kids

Hear a story read by our wonderful volunteers during your visit.

Maker Is In

Makerspace kid

Volunteers engage children & families in using our more high-tech STEAM supplies such as robots and snap circuits.

Sensory Station

Kid Reading

Find weighted lap pads, noise-cancelling earmuffs, fidgets and other sensory tools.

Virtual Tour

A trip through out department with "Visual Guide to TCPL".

Upcoming Events

Friends of the Library Book Sale

October 20, 2018
10:00am - 8:00pm
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Kids (5-12), Teens (13-17)
Program Type: Book Sales
About this event::
Visit the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library booksale website at www.booksale.org. Please email any questions you have about the sale to info@booksale.org. ...

Dungeons & Dragons Meetup Group

October 20, 2018
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Time Warner Cable Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Community Groups, Meetings, Other
About this event::
This weekly group is intended for adults interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons who have RSVPed to rachel.e.hadley@gmail.com. Minors are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian. Contact Rachel for more information or to reserve a spot. &...

CANCELLED: Artist in Residence Sculptural Collage Workshop

October 20, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cancelled
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Makerspace
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Makerspace
About this event::
This event has been cancelled. Instead, stop by the Avenue of the Friends on Saturday 10/13 from 1-3 or Thursday 10/18 5:30-7:30 to chat with Frances and share images of your favorite places in Ithaca, to help inform her upcoming show. ...

Adult Board Game Club

October 20, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Tompkins Trust Company Study Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Other
About this event::
Adults are invited to join our weekly board game club! Bring a favorite game or play one that's on hand. RSVPs are appreciated but drop-ins are welcome as well.   ...

Play 'n' Talk

October 20, 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4), Kids (5-12)
Program Type: Community Groups
About this event::
A local support group for families raising children on the autism spectrum. Parents and caregivers are invited to discuss and learn about various issues and resources concerning ASD. Childcare will be provided for children ages 3-13, who will match u...

LEGO at the Library

October 20, 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (0-4), Kids (5-12)
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...

Friends of the Library Book Sale

October 21, 2018
10:00am - 8:00pm
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Kids (5-12), Teens (13-17)
Program Type: Book Sales
About this event::
Visit the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library booksale website at www.booksale.org. Please email any questions you have about the sale to info@booksale.org. ...

Library Open

October 21, 2018
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library