TCPL Celebrates its Sesquicentennial April 2014 TCPL Celebrates its Sesquicentennial April 2014 Tompkins Country Public Library

Calendar of Sesquicentennial Events


Sesquicentennial Celebration
April 4 through April 6


Friday April 4, 5 to 8:00 p.m.

Downtown Ithaca’s Gallery Night celebrating the opening of 150 Years and Counting: Tompkins County Public Library’s Sesquicentennial Art Exhibit

Highlighting 150 years of Library service, this three-part exhibit includes:

“Artists in the Archives”-- an installation of works by Carla Rae Johnson, Barbara Page and JoAnn Wilcox designed to showcase the delights, discoveries and priceless connections made possible at libraries through re-envisioned and repurposed library cards and card catalogs.

“Artists in the Archives” includes, “The Alternet,” Johnson’s 50-drawer card catalog featuring cards from more than 85 artists, poets, writers, musicians and creative thinkers. “Call to Everyone,” Wilcox’s exhibition of nearly 600 discarded library catalog cards that have been re-purposed as canvases for cell phone photos, and “Book Marks,” Page’s two-drawer catalog featuring library charge cards representing books that have made an impression on her life.

“Talk Tompkins,” an audio visual exhibit of photographs of, and interviews with, members of the Tompkins County community created by photographer Ben Altman. The photographs will be displayed throughout the library and the interviews

Meet the artists at 6 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

and “Diary of a Library: A Community Card Catalog of Pictures, Memories and Stories, a 15-drawer, card catalog community collection of library cards representing-- through drawings, poems, stories and photographs-- 150 years of Tompkins County Public Library service to the community.

Saturday, April 5

Noon in the Avenue of the Friends—Presentations and proclamations by Local Officials on the Impact of Tompkins County Public Library”

Join us as we celebrate 150 years and counting with remarks by Library luminaries and local officials and a celebratory cake cutting!

1 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room—“1864: Tompkins County: A Presentation by County Historian Carol Kammen”

Sunday, April 6

2 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room—“It’s Not Always Easy to See the Elephant,” a family-friendly story by Carol Kammen presented by Beauty and the Beast Storytellers.

An all-ages audience will delight in this special storytime by acclaimed storytellers Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton of Beauty and the Beast Storytellers.

***All Sesquicentennial events are free and open to the public.