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Ask a Librarian at TCPL is available for ready-reference questions. We can provide brief answers to questions or suggest further sources to answer your question. For genealogical research questions, please visit our research services page. As with all reference questions, email and online reference questions will remain confidential.

The Information and Learning Services Reference Desk is staffed all the hours the library is open. You may call the Reference Desk during library hours at (607) 272-4556.

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Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Local History
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Meghan to learn about research methods and resources for your genealogy or local history project. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, we can review topics such as: How to use HeritageQuest....
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Break for Movies

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Online Chat
About this event::
Join us to talk about movies, TV shows, and other viewing interests! Mondays, 12-1 pm on Facebook.  ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Digital Lab, Makerspace, STEAM, Technology Class
About this event::
Learn the basics of finding 3D models in resources like Thingiverse and modifying or creating 3D models in Tinkercad (a free online browser-based program)! No previous experience required. Before the workshop, please go to https://www.tinkerca...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Teen Writing Workshops

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Writing
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: Unlimited
About this event::
Explore your creative muscles in our casual weekly writing workshops. Sign up for a couple or take them all - each week will be something a little different but attendance at all sessions is not required. These one-hour workshops will involve a va...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Family Storytime

11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early literacy skills online at Family Storytime with Kelly here.  Check back each Tuesday for a new addition and watch anytime!&...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Reserve a 30 minute virtual appointment with Librarian Assistant Josh for a tutorial on one of the following software programs: Inkscape (Free and open-source vector graphics editor that can be used for preparing designs for laser cut...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Break for Books

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Online Chat
About this event::
Join us on Wednesdays from noon to 1 on Facebook for a lively discussion about what we're all reading! Following our book chat, we'll update the Patron Picks list so everyone can have a handy list of the recommendations for that week. ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Offsite
About this event::
Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of "automatic pilot" mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, a...