Play & Learn

Play & Learn

Our Youth Services staff is thrilled to welcome you to our department.

What You'll Find Here:

Play Area

Reading Zoo

Join the fun with puzzles, trains, a play kitchen and more along with our Reading Zoo, a special kid-sized room.

STEAM!

STEAM Cart

Let your imagination fly with our STEAM cart full of supplies for your next creation.

Computers

Kid at Computer

We offer internet computers for children aged 5-12 and their parents along with our Early Learning Stations loaded with games for the younger children.

Reader Is In

Reading to Kids

Hear a story read by our wonderful volunteers during your visit.

Maker Is In

Makerspace kid

Volunteers engage children & families in using our more high-tech STEAM supplies such as robots and snap circuits.

Sensory Station

Kid Reading

Find weighted lap pads, noise-cancelling earmuffs, fidgets and other sensory tools.

Virtual Tour

A trip through out department with "Visual Guide to TCPL".

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club: The Glass Town Game

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: 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.
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.
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
Registration
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...