The Tompkins County Library is closed, but you have other options around Ithaca!

The Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca is closed through February 19th for some renovations, but our local library folks have scheduled some events around town and have other suggestions if you want to keep reading.

“All TCPL cardholders are able to use their cards at any Finger Lakes Library System library, so 33 libraries in five counties,” says Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty. “Lansing, Groton, Trumansburg, Newfield all have great libraries, with amazing programs and services,” she says, and “there are also reading rooms in Caroline and Danby.”

The Tompkins County Public Library.

The Tompkins County Public Library. 14850 file photo.

The ten-day closure is just phase one of a comprehensive facility upgrade, and will feature carpet replacement throughout the building and upgrading and remodeling the public restrooms, according to a statement last month.

In the meantime, library patrons who want to keep up their reading efforts without leaving Ithaca have some options, too, including family storytime gatherings, virtual book club meetings, a young adult book club session, and digital download training.

“We recognize just how vital access to library programs and services is to our community,” TCPL director Susan Currie said, “and our staff members have shown a sincere dedication to providing that access by organizing a series of off-site programs and service points while we are closed.”

Library events over the next several days outside the Library:

  • Family Storytime – Tuesday, February 14th 11-11:30am, in Center Ithaca with a special Valentine’s Day theme presented by Miss Kelly.
  • Break for Books – Monday, February 13th at noon, Wednesday, February 15th at noon, and Thursday, February 16th at 8pm, for a virtual book club hosted by circulation services librarian Asia Bonacci on the TCPL Facebook page. Share what you’re reading.
  • Young Adult Book Club – Wednesday, February 15th at 4:30pm, at Buffalo Street Books, for students grades 6-12, to discuss “Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith.”
  • Digital Download Training – Thursday, February 16th from 11:30am-2pm at the YMCA of Ithaca on North Triphammer Road. Library staff will be on hand during the YMCA’s Healthy Senior Fair to offer help downloading e-books, music, and more to smartphones and tablets. Bring your library card!

Tax forms are available at the Tompkins County Office for the Aging at 214 West State Street during the closure, and lots of books, music, and other resources are available to download at the TCPL web site at

Wheeler says the second phase of library renovations will include the construction of a digital learning lab, a teen center, and additional public meeting space, and it should all be completed later this spring.

For this phase, the Tompkins County Public Library will reopen on Monday, February 20th, in time for next week’s Ithaca City School District winter recess.

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