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.
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. 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 Plan, $hop, $ave! Plan and shop for snacks and meals, that are healthy and within your budget. Also, learn how to make whole wheat pupusas revueltas!...
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: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
About this event::
Children of all ages and their families are invited to a drop-in outdoor art workshop at TCPL with Carol Hockett, Andrea Murray, and Elizabeth Yearsley from the Johnson Museum of Art. Make your own unique work of art inspired by the Johnson's collect...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

STEAM Book Club: Knights vs. Dinosaurs

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 3
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 Knights vs. Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan. Please register to hold a copy of the book, and to receive Zoom informat...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Community Groups, STEAM
About this event::
8-12 year olds welcome to join us for outdoor board games this fall at the library! Learn a new game with local board game aficianado Mike Timonin or play an old favorite with a friend. Games and puzzles provided, but feel free to bring a favori...
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 outside!  Caregivers and their babies are invited to join Cassie at the park next to the Henry St. John Building at 301 S. Geneva St. for music, rhymes, movement and books. On days we're unable to meet due to weathe...
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: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
About this event::
Inspired by Abel Rodríguez’s “El Arbol de la Vida y la Abundancia (The Tree of Life and Abundance)” in the Johnson Museum’s collection, families will experiment with a nature-printing process guided by Museum educators Andrea Murray, Carol Hockett,...
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. 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)...