The Tompkins County Public Library is very purposeful in its designs for patrons of various ages. There is a designated Youth Services Area for younger children, with stacks and stacks of books, a play area with toys, computer stations loaded with educational games, STEAM-themed craft and project supplies, and cozy reading nooks all over the place, including the Reading Zoo, a small room with a kid-sized entrance and kid-sized chairs, painted with an animal mural inside. There are even separate bathrooms for families with small children – seriously, the library has really tailored itself to accommodating kids. A note, though, about the Youth Services Area – it can be pretty crowded on cold weather weekends.
The Teen Space features computers, comfortable chairs, and small meeting tables. Teens can also support the library and provide input on programming for all teens by joining the Junior Library Advisory Council. And adults can peruse the rest of the library reasonably shielded from the noise of these other two areas.
Programming is abundant, with book clubs for various ages, baby or toddler story time, mindfulness meditation, and even children practicing literary skills by reading a book to a dog. All patrons are able to borrow up to 50 items per library card and if you forget to return your items by the due date – don’t worry! Most items automatically renew one time.
You must show photo ID and proof of address to obtain a library card.