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Upcoming Events

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...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
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
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Reserve a 1-on-1 virtual appointment with Librarian Tom to learn how to navigate eBook or employment resources available through the library. During this 30 minute ZOOM session, the goal be to cover some of the following topics: Setting up t...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 9
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club.  Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve your free copy of the book to pick up either via curbside or in lobby pick-up. Book Club will meet via Zoom. P...
This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Virtual ESL Talk Time

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Adults, Teens
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Other
About this event::
Do you want to practice your conversation skills? Join our virtual discussion and meet others who are learning English in an informal and friendly group setting. In these meetings, English language learners will have the opportunity to talk with...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

TCPL Virtual Coding Club: Tween

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Families, Kids
Program Type: STEAM
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Learn code with dancing cats and wrestling robots! Tweens ages 8 -12 are invited to learn Scratch and ArduinoC/C++ through creating a dancing cat animation and programming maneuvers into wrestling robots. No experience with coding in&nbs...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.

Virtual Baby Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
We miss you and Baby Storytimes! Caregivers and their babies can join Cassie online anytime for music, rhymes, movement and books here.  Check back each Friday for a new addition and watch anytime! ...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

TCPL Virtual Coding Club: Teen

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: STEAM, Technology Class
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 1
About this event::
Learn code with dancing cats and wrestling robots! Teens ages 13 - 17 are invited to learn Scratch and ArduinoC/C++ through creating a dancing cat animation and programming maneuvers into wrestling robots. No experience wi...