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.

BoardmakerĀ® 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.

Upcoming Kids Events

This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club: The Glass Town Game

3:45pm - 4:45pm
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 8
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club.  In May we will be reading The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve a copy of the book to borrow. Pic...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Writing
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Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Explore the secrets of the library in this virtual two-part writing workshop for ages 8-11 given by author Anne Mazer. Only supplies you'll need are a notebook, a favorite pen, your curiosity and imagination!  Register for one or both sessions. ...
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
Seats Remaining: 5
About this event::
Kids ages 9 - 12 are invited to join STEAM Book Club. This month we will be reading The Flooded Earth by Mardi McConnochie. We will be joined by a special guest from the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. Register online and we will c...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Classes and Workshops, Writing
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Explore the secrets of the library in this virtual two-part writing workshop for ages 8-11 given by author Anne Mazer. Only supplies you'll need are a notebook, a favorite pen, your curiosity and imagination!  Register for one or both sessions. ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

STEAM Book Club: Prairie Lotus

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Open
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
About this event::
Kids ages 9 - 12 are invited to join STEAM Book Club. This month we will be reading Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park. Makerspace Librarian Cady Fontana will lead us in a fiber craft project! Register online and we will contact you to let you kn...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club: City Spies

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Open
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Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club. In June we will be reading City Spies by James Ponti. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve a copy of the book to borrow.  Pick up either via cu...
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
Seats Remaining: 14
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club.  In June we will be reading Quantum Prophecy: The Awakening by Michael Carroll. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve a copy of the bo...
This event is in the "Kids" group.
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Performance
About this event::
The Great & Powerful Dave will bring his high-energy 30-minute LIVE show via Zoom! The Great & Powerful Dave will perform a show especially for patrons of the Tompkins County Public Library, and you get to tune in and interact via your comput...