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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.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Local History
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Seats Remaining: 0
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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
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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.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Classes and Workshops, Makerspace, Online Chat, STEAM
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Seats Remaining: 9
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Join TCPL Makerspace librarian Cady for a virtual ZOOM lunchtime drawing meet-up! Cady will lead the group in fun drawing exercises, games and activities to loosen you up, relieve stress and have fun. Beginners, nervous artists, writers, and anyone l...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: One-on-One Appointments
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Seats Remaining: 1
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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.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Digital Lab, One-on-One Appointments, Online Chat, Technology Class
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Seats Remaining: 1
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Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Tom to learn how to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks with Libby and OverDrive. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, the goal be to cover the following topics: Setting up the Libby app on your m...
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
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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
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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...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs, STEAM
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Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
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Kids ages 8 - 12 are invited to join our monthly STEAM Book Club. This month we are discussing Capture the Flag by Kate Messner and will be joined by a special guest TBD. Space is limited. Register online to reserve a copy of the book. This meeting...