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.

*Currently unavailable due to COVID-19*

STEAM!

STEAM Cart

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

*Currently unavailable due to COVID-19*

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.

*Currently unavailable due to COVID-19*

Virtual Tour

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

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Stories in the Park

11:00am - 11:30pm
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children and families are invited to join us each Tuesday in Dewitt Park for stories, music and family fun. On days we're unable to meet due to weather, Kelly will post a virtual storytime. Please call the Youth Services Reference Desk at (607) ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Families" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults, Families
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Join Sarah Grant Curless for a weekly nutrition informational session.  This week's topic is Snack Attack! Learn about ways to create healthy snacks, and how to pick healthier options at sit down and fast casual restaurants. Also, explor...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

GIAC Visit

3:30pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Thaler/Howell Programming Room
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Community Groups
About this event::
Group from GIAC will be visiting the Library for a storytime program. Not open to the public. ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 5
About this event::
Children ages 9 - 12 are invited to a monthly S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Book Club. This month we are reading The Spirit of Cattail County by Victoria Piontek. We will be joined by Jason Gorman from the Finger Lakes Land...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Coding Club

4:00pm - 5:30pm
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, STEAM, Technology Class
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 10
About this event::
Whether you are already comfortable with coding or a total beginner, Tween Coding Club is a great place to get creative and express yourself. The club is centered around building confidence with reading and writing code through fun challenges and int...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Baby Storytime continues!  Caregivers and their babies are invited to join Cassie for music, rhymes, movement and books. When the weather allows, we'll meet at the park next to the Henry St. John Building at 301 S. Geneva St.  On days ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Ballet and Books

10:00am - 2:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: BorgWarner Full
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Community Groups
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 co...
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: Storytimes
About this event::
Children and families are invited to join us each Saturday in Dewitt Park for stories, music and family fun! If you’re planning on wearing a costume for Halloween, wear it at storytime today! We’ll be reading some not-too-spooky books, and singing ...