2011 Community Read Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow


Controlling Clutter Before It Controls You: A Workshop by Robin Schwartz

Saturday, August 27
1:00 PM
BorgWarner Community Room

Every day we bring items into our homes without regularly taking out an equal number of items. The result? Too much stuff and not enough space! This invariably leads to an inability to find anything, more time spent cleaning, a loss of efficiency, and all around STRESS. In this workshop we will examine, in detail, the reasons why we have too much stuff.

A Collection of Collections
An exhibit curated by Sally Grubb

September and October
Avenue of the Friends

Held in conjunction with the Community Read, this exhibit showcases some of the fascinating items that people are collecting in Tompkins County. A portion of the display is on display in the Avenue of the Friends, with the full display of items people sent in showcased on Flickr here.

Swell Stuff: A Writing Workshop Facilitated by
Irene Zahava

Sunday, September 18
2:00 to 4:00 PM
Thaler/Howell Programming Room

Most of us collect something, don’t we? What do YOU collect? Whether it's 4 fountain pens, 13 pairs of tap shoes, 99 plastic wind-up toys or 200 matchbooks, this workshop will give you the opportunity to display a small sample of your SWELL STUFF, and to write about it.

What to bring: a FEW items from your collection (be selective!), a notebook and pen. Come on time so you’ll have a chance to look at everyone else’s Swell Stuff, and they'll get to see what you've brought, before we begin writing.

What not to bring: your entire collection of 40,000 bottle caps (for example). If you collect many different kinds of things, just choose one area to focus on for this day.

This workshop is designed to give writers of ALL AGES an opportunity to write together and share their words with one another.

Irene (Zee) Zahava is the director of Emma’s Writing Center, where she has been leading Writing Circles for children and adults since 1994.

For more information, visit

Book Discussion Groups

Tuesday, September 20
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
BorgWarner Community Room West
Thursday, September 22
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
BorgWarner Community Room West

Join Community Read Coordinator Sarah Glogowski for a lively discussion of “Homer and Langley”. Registration is required. To sign up, visit tcpl.org/community-read/homer-langley/discussion-group.php

Historical Fiction Writing Workshop

Wednesday, September 7 through September 28
6:00 to 7:30 PM
BorgWarner Community Room

Aspiring historical fiction writers ages 15 and up are encouraged to join book developer Jill Swenson for this dynamic and educational weekly workshop on historical fiction. Swenson will offer insight into the history of the genre, discuss writing fiction based on actual events and share tips on getting published. Advanced registration is required by emailing or calling Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at cwheeler@tcpl.org or (607) 272-4557 extension 248.

The 2011 Community Read is made possible by the Brooks Family Foundation and Cornell University.

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