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

Tompkins County Public Library Celebrates 150 Years!


Help us tell our story of
150 years of library service
by creating a card for

Diary of a Library

A Community Card Catalog of
Pictures, Memories and Stories

Use your card/s to tell your library story; list favorite books, films, music; library activities; your role at the library; kids’ drawings of the library; a picture of you or your favorite spot at the library; your life story.  In short, a card that illustrates what TCPL means to you.


We need your help to create this Community Card Catalog. We have a 15 drawer card catalog and we would like to fill these drawers with cards created by you.

There are 15 topics and you may choose any of these to fill with cards. They are:

Favorite Books, Films and Music
Children at the Library
Life Stories
Library Stories
Artists’ Books
Friends of the Library
History of the Library
Library Volunteers
Art at the Library
Library of Yesterday, Today, the Future
Library Scavenger Hunt
Community Suggestion Box
Staff, Trustees, Foundation Board, and Advisory Board
Library events and programs


Write your card, type your card, draw your card or add a photo. Be creative, and have fun! We have included many examples on this page.

For blank repurposed or new library cards, visit TCPL’s Welcome Desk.  Attend one of our Saturday workshops for help creating your card.

To create your own, use one of the templates provided here. Completed cards should be returned to the Reference Desk or mailed to TCPL Card Catalog Project, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850.  You may also create your card digitally and send it to for us to print it.  Send a "Selfie" of you in the library together with your story and we will create a card for you.

Participants interested in locating completed cards in the exhibit should sign their name on the back of the card and select a drawer topic.

For more information about this project email




     card sample