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 toy trucks, blocks, a magnetic board and lots of other toys along with our Reading Zoo, a special kid-sized room.

 

 

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.

*Currently unavailable due to COVID-19*

 

 

 

 

Maker Is In

Makerspace kid

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

*Currently unavailable due to COVID-19*

 

 

 

 

 

Sensory Station

Kid Reading

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Tour

Take a trip through our department with our Visual Guide to TCPL.

 

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children and families are invited to join us in Dewitt Park for stories, music and family fun! In the event of inclement weather, we will meet in the Library's Thaler/Howell Programming Room.  To check if storytime will be held outside, pleas...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Library Open

1:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Library - Public Area and Stacks
Age Group: Adults, Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids, Teens
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Ballet and Books

2:00pm - 3:30pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Ballet & Books is a national, non-profit organization that provides 3-9 year old children with an opportunity to improve their literacy skills through a combination of dance instruction and literacy-focused mentorship with high school and college...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Classes and Workshops
About this event::
Families with young children are invited to come play with an assortment of toys appropriate for infants and toddlers. The Finger Lakes Toy Library is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to toys and play while fostering a communit...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Stories in the Park

11:30am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children and families are invited to join us in Dewitt Park for stories, music and family fun! In the event of inclement weather, we will meet in the Library's Thaler/Howell Programming Room.  To check if storytime will be held outside, pleas...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Early Readers Book Club

2:45pm - 3:30pm
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Children in grades K-2 are welcome to join our Early Readers Book Club. This program is meant to introduce excellent emerging reader books to children who have graduated from storytime and are being introduced to more formal “learn-to-read” technique...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
About this event::
Class visit of Northeast Elementary students.  This event is not open to the public. ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Kids
About this event::
Class visit of Northeast Elementary students.  This event is not open to the public. ...