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Tompkins County Public Library
101 East Green Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Created: July 6, 2007
Last Modified: July 27, 2010



Copies of The Pickup are available at the Tompkins County Public Library, rural libraries, and community libraries in Danby, Caroline, and Lansing.


Cornell Book Panel Discussion

Ithaca Reads is launched with the University-wide panel discussion at Cornell. Open to all new Cornell students with a panel of various faculty and staff. The Discussion is also shown live on local television, Channel 16.

Date: Sunday, August 19
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Barton Hall, Cornell University



Dagmawi Woubshet Literary Discussion

Dagmawi Woubshet is an assistant professor of English at Cornell University. He teaches courses on: African-American literature and culture, the contemporary black Atlantic, the 1980s, and AIDS.

Wednesday, September 19
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Borg Warner Room, TCPL

Let Us Go to Another Country … A Map Exhibit

As a result of an exciting partnership between the Tompkins County Public Library and the Map and Geospatial Information Collection of Cornell University’s Olin Library, an exhibit of maps related to the 2007 Community Read, The Pickup, by Nadine Gordimer, is currently on exhibit at TCPL.

Date: Through September 2007
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Mandin Foli

Mandin Foli is a musical group made up of Yacouba Diarra and London McDaniel. The music of Mandin Foli features the kora, hand drums, lap steel and nylon stringed-guitars and provides a musical bridge between West African and American music. Listen to some samples at:

Sunday, September 23
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Ezra Cornell Reading Room, TCPL


TCPL Book Discussion Group Discusses The Pickup

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2007
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Borg Warner West, TCPL
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TCPL Book Discussion Group Discusses The Pickup 

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Borg Warner West
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Longing and Belonging: the Idea of Home in Literature

Join award winning poet, writer, and teacher Luis H. Francia, of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Institute at New York University for the lecture Longingand Belonging: the idea of Home in Literature. This program is free and open to the public, and is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.

Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Ezra Cornell Reading Room, TCPL