Caregivers & Teachers

Caregivers & Teachers

Find help for your little learners!

Homeschooling

Download our Homeschool Resource Guide!

Books

Check out our resources on homeschooling in call number 371.042 and visit our Juvenile Literature section (J-L) for reading suggestions and tips to engage young readers.

Here are two great booklists to get you started:

Education Focus: Homeschooling

Homeschooling Resources: High School Curriculum Guide

Databases

Visit our library databases for kids:

  • Kids InfoBits: This database for children ages 5-10 features full-text content from elementary reference sources and magazines. Kids InfoBits covers geography, current events, the arts and sciences, people, government, history, and more.
  • Brittanica School: Offers age-appropriate levels for conducting research, completing homework assignments, and working on special projects in the library or at home. Also available in Spanish at Brittanica Escolar.
  • TumbleBooks: TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking books which are created from existing books. TumbleBooks also includes puzzles, games and quizzes and a collection of books in foreign languages. The entire site can also be viewed in Spanish and French.

World Language Collection

We have books for all ages in over 40 languages! Learning a new language? We have audiobooks, instructional DVDs, books and Mango, an online language-learning tool.

Local & Regional Resources

Find support in the community for homeschoolers, unschoolers & funschoolers in our Homeschool Resource Guide.

Resources for Families of Children with Autism & SPD

Sensory Station

You'll find weighted lap pads, noise-cancelling earmuffs, fidgets and other sensory tools to use during your visit to the library.

Interactive Storybook Collection

Books that feature clear illustrations, easy-to-follow text, easy-turn pages and movable pieces, encouraging children to connect with the story through hands-on interaction.

Boardmaker® Software

Create print materials like communication boards, sequences and visual schedules. Easy-to-use features let you design your own materials, with symbols supported in 44 languages.  Available for in-house use only.

Virtual Tour

You can prepare for your visit by viewing our tour of what you'll see when you're here.

Local & Regional Resources

Find support in the community for your family with our guide.

Kids Discover the Trail

TCPL welcomes all of the kindergarteners in the Ithaca City & Trumansburg School Districts for special class visits. Two classes from different schools attend the fieldtrip and each child is buddied up with a kindergartener from another class. Together we celebrate our library, reading and books! Learn more here.

Class & Camp Visits at the Library

Classes and groups are always welcome to visit and use our Library. Please plan to accompany your class or group when they come to the library. If your class or group will require special attention from library staff (story time, library orientation, assistance with using the library's resources) please contact us to make arrangements at least two weeks in advance. For more information regarding individual library card registration prior to class visits, see our information brochure.

Institution Cards

In order to apply for a School/Institution Library Card, the Chief Operating Officer/Director/Principal must complete the Institution Card Application (the form is also available at the Circulation desk). No ID is required.

Please provide the Institution’s federal Employer Identification Number (EIN)  on the application, as well as a letter on company letterhead.

The COO/Director/Principal does not need to be present as long as the Institution representative has a completed form and letterhead. Please bring both to the Circulation Desk to apply for the card.

The card must be signed by the COO/Director/Principal. The account is accessible to up to three additional individuals (named on the application) with photo I.D.

Upcoming Kids Events

This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Community Groups, STEAM
About this event::
8-12 year olds welcome to join us for outdoor board games this fall at the library! Learn a new game with local board game aficianado Mike Timonin or play an old favorite with a friend. Games and puzzles provided, but feel free to bring a favori...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children and families are invited to join us each Saturday in Dewitt Park for stories, music and family fun. On days we're unable to meet due to weather, Kelly will post a virtual storytime. Please call the Youth Services Reference Desk at (607)...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
About this event::
Children of all ages and their families are invited to a drop-in outdoor art workshop at TCPL with Carol Hockett, Andrea Murray, and Elizabeth Yearsley from the Johnson Museum of Art. Make your own unique work of art inspired by the Johnson's collect...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

STEAM Book Club: Knights vs. Dinosaurs

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 3
About this event::
Children ages 9 - 12 are invited to a monthly S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Book Club. This month we are reading Knights vs. Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan. Please register to hold a copy of the book, and to receive Zoom informat...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Community Groups, STEAM
About this event::
8-12 year olds welcome to join us for outdoor board games this fall at the library! Learn a new game with local board game aficianado Mike Timonin or play an old favorite with a friend. Games and puzzles provided, but feel free to bring a favori...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
About this event::
Inspired by Abel Rodríguez’s “El Arbol de la Vida y la Abundancia (The Tree of Life and Abundance)” in the Johnson Museum’s collection, families will experiment with a nature-printing process guided by Museum educators Andrea Murray, Carol Hockett,...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Off Site
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children and families are invited to join us each Saturday in Dewitt Park for stories, music and family fun. On days we're unable to meet due to weather, Kelly will post a virtual storytime. Please call the Youth Services Reference Desk at (607)...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Creek Walk
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Join us for an outdoor pajama storytime & then your stuffed animal can come with us to spend the night camping out and exploring the library! Children can pick up their animals & a postcard of their late-night escapades the next day. ...