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Take and Make STEAM Kits: Chromatography Butterflies!

Thank you for crafting with us! All of the current Take and Make kits at  TCPL and the Sciencenter have been claimed and are unavailable at this time. We're putting together a new Take and Make kit that will be available sometime in July. Any questions or comments, please contact Joah Tang, Library Assistant, by email at

What colors are hiding inside a marker???

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Social Solidarity Haiku Window Display

We're pleased to present a Social Solidarity Haiku window display, now through May 15, 2021!

Viewable from the North Reading Room windows facing Green Street, these original haiku were created by community members during three separate Social Solidarity Haiku workshops held throughout the pandemic. The workshops were led by former Tompkins County Poet Laureate Melissa Tuckey, and were offered to help raise the community’s voices with frontline essential workers. The display was designed in collaboration with Makerspace Librarian Cady Fontana.

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Magazine Sale

Our annual Magazine "Sale" will look a bit different this year! Starting January 28 and continuing through the end of February, discarded magazines will be made available for FREE in presorted bundles on socially distanced tables in the Avenue of the Friends.

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Books by Mail Service

Did you know? Through our Books by Mail service and in partnership with Foodnet Meals on Wheels, you can request books and audiobooks to be sent to you via the United States Postal Service, all at no cost to you.

If you are a homebound resident of Tompkins County and a client of Foodnet Meals on Wheels, Books by Mail will allow you to receive up to two items at a time, delivered to your home.

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"Book a Librarian" One-on-One Service

Announcing new “Book a Librarian” virtual meeting opportunities!

We're excited to offer patrons 30-minute one-on-one meetings via Zoom to discuss and help with a range of topics. Before COVID, a favorite task of Adult Services librarians was working with patrons and teaching new skills, ranging from computer help, to makerspace skills, genealogy, book recommendations and more. While all meetings will remain virtual for the time being, we look forward to chatting with and helping you soon!

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Curbside Service Update

Beginning November 30, you no longer need an appointment to use our curbside pickup service! Simply pull up in one of the designated spots on Cayuga Street, and call us using the number on the sign to let us know you’re here. We’ll get your holds checked out and bring them to your car. Please let us know if you are picking up Book Bundles.

Also starting November 30, our afternoon hours are changing--we will open at 2:00 instead of 3:00. See below for our complete hours.

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