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 "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Family Storytime

11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early literacy skills online at Family Storytime with Kelly here.  Check back each Tuesday for a new addition!   ...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Chinese Storytime

11:30am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Join other families and friends to enjoy songs, rhymes and stories at our monthly online Chinese (Mandarin) storytime on the first Thursday each month. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to come! Find the link to ...
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 Stortyimes! Caregivers and their babies can join Cassie online anytime for music, rhymes, movement and books here.  Check back each Friday for a new addition! ...
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Family Storytime

11:00am - 11:30am
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to celebrate reading and build their early literacy skills online at Family Storytime with Kelly here.  Check back each Tuesday for a new addition!   ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Tween Book Club: Under the Egg

4:45pm - 5:15pm
Full
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
About this event::
Children ages 9-12 are welcome to join our Tween Book Club. In December we will be reading Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. Registration is required as space is limited. Register online and reserve your free copy of the book to pick up by curb...
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 Stortyimes! Caregivers and their babies can join Cassie online anytime for music, rhymes, movement and books here.  Check back each Friday for a new addition! ...
This event is in the "Kids" group.

STEAM Book Club: Chirp

3:45pm - 4:45pm
Waitlist
Registration
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Book Clubs, STEAM
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 3
About this event::
Kids ages 9 - 12 are invited to join our monthly STEAM Book Club. This month we are discussing Chirp by Kate Messner and will be joined by a special guest TBD. Register online to reserve your free copy of the book. One copy per family, please. *...
This event is in the "Families" group.
This event is in the "Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers" group.
This event is in the "Kids" group.

Virtual Chinese Storytime

11:30am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Tompkins County Public Library
Room: Online
Age Group: Families, Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers, Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
About this event::
Join other families and friends to enjoy songs, rhymes and stories at our monthly online Chinese (Mandarin) storytime on the first Thursday each month. Children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to come! Find the link to ...