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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Cornell Boys (and Girls) in the Boat

1935 Women's Crew
The exhibit The Cornell Boys (and Girls) in the Boat is designed to show events at Cornell that mirror events in “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown the first book to be discussed at TCPL’s new non-fiction book club “Truth Be Told.”

On display in the Avenue of the Friends it features a one-man scull built by legendary boat builder George Pocock, photographs, trophies and other artifacts on loan from Cornell Rowing.  
1937 Cornell Heavyweight Crew

To add further to the experience of reading and discussing “The Boys in the Boat," Cornell Athletics Department is sponsoring a presentation and discussion by Christoper J. Kerber the Henry Bartels LWT Men’s Rowing Coach on Wednesday, March 11. Kerber coaches the LWT crew who just won the IRA national championship. He will talk about Cornell’s Rowing Program today, and how it relates to the book. The program takes place 7:00 – 8:15 PM in the BorgWarner Room East on Wednesday March 11. Join us for a fascinating evening.
1936 HWC launching their boat
Boarding the Lehion Valley viewing train
Racing on Cayuga Lake 1900's











These two programs are made possible thanks to the support of Cornell University Athletics and the Rowing Program.

  

Two New Exhibits Open at Gallery Night on Friday March 6

TCPL presents two new exhibits at an opening reception being held in conjunction with Gallery Night from 5 to 8 PM on Friday, March 6.

The Cornell Boys (and Girls) in the Boat features a single scull built by the renowned boat builder George Pocock, photographs of Cornell Rowing including images from the early 1900's which call to mind scenes featured in the book "The Boys in the Boat - Nine Americans and their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" by Daniel James Brown and other artifacts.
Ann Piombino from the Ithaca Youth Farm
12 Seniors from LACS present Inspiring Ithacans.

Owen Lennon, Keegan Bakos, Billie Joe, Adrienne Wooster, Adrian Clavel, Caleb Lucas, Michael Belle and Violet Briggs photographed and interviewed some of the many people who have done selfless acts to benefit our community and display a gallery of their photographs and the interviews in the Avenue of the Friends. Join us at Gallery Night as we pay homage to these people and celebrate their innovative acts. 

After 5:00 PM please enter the Library through the BorgWarner Community Room Door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

The exhibit "The Cornell Boys (and Girls) in the Boat" has been made possible through the support of Cornell Athletics and the Cornell Rowing Program.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Evolution in your Backyard - an exhibit sponsored by PRI Opens First Friday Gallery Night on March 6

TCPL joins PRI's annual celebration of Darwin Days 2015 with a small exhibit centered on this year’s theme: Evolution in Your Backyard. An opening reception is being held during Gallery Opening Night from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday March 6 in the Avenue of the Friends.

Although Darwin is noted for his vast travels and five-year voyage on the HMS Beagle, he also knew that evidence of evolution is all around. From birds to mammals, from plants to insects, you can learn a lot about evolution right in your own backyard! The exhibit will feature fascinating specimens native to Ithaca, with images and graphics that explain what they can teach us. Additionally, portraits, journal entries, and historic specimens will tell Darwin’s personal story and the history of PRI’s annual Darwin Days celebration.

For more information about the other events which take place all over Ithaca in celebration of Charles Darwin's Birthday go to Darwin Days Events. From Darwin's Dog Days at Cayuga Nature Center, Darwin's Birthday Bash and a Family Day at the Museum of the Earth, Trivia at Felicia's Atomic Lounge, Science Cabaret at Lot 10, plus panels at Cornell University and a screening of Microcosmos at Cinemapolis, there is something for every age. The exhibit at TCPL will be on display through the end of March.


The exhibit is made possible by PRI with support from Cornell University and Derek and Leora Kaufman.

After 5 PM on Friday, March 6, please enter the Library through the BorgWarner door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

"What Would MLK Say Today?" Poster Contest Display opens during Gallery Night on March 6

The award ceremony for the winners in the First Annual "What would MLK Say Today?" Poster Contest, sponsored by the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights, takes place at 6 PM Gallery Night on Friday, March 6.
Adult and Teen award wining posters admired by a Library Patron
Visit the Avenue of the Friends to see the posters entered in the contest. Winners in four age groups are displayed in the Avenue.  Other entries are found on the pillars along the Avenue, on the walls of the Ezra Cornell Reading Room and the walls around the Fiction Bookstacks.

The Posters will be on display through February 27.

The award ceremony is the first event taking place during "Human Rights Revisited" which is sponsored by the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission. The schedule of events follows:

6:00 Poster Awards Ceremony (Avenue of the Friends)
6:45 Human Rights Video (BorgWarner Community Room)
7:00 "A Diversity of Perspectives" Panel Discussion moderated by Pat Pryor (BorgWarner Room) 
7:30 Community Discussion (BorgWarner Room)
8:00 Closing remarks

This event is sponsored by the Tompkins County Civil Rights Commission and the Office of Human Rights and co-sponsored by Tompkins County Public Library.

After 5 PM on Gallery Opening Night please enter the Library through the BorgWarner door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.


Diary of a Library - Artists Books from the Card Catalog

Artists books donated to Diary of a Library, the repurposed card catalog created during TCPL's Sesquicentennial Year 2014, can be seen on display in the Avenue of the Friends.



These tiny 3" x 5" books were created by local book artists including Werner Sun, Parbara Page, students in a workshop presented by Laurie Snyder and many others to help celebrate 150 years of Library Service to our community.  Together with hundreds of library card catalog cards, contributed by members of the community of all ages, these books will be stored in an historic card catalog, displayed in the Avenue of the Friends and are available for all to browse through.

Members of the public are invited to continue contributing cards to add to the catalog.  Tell us your library story, or tell us your favorite book.  Pick up a card, write your story and drop it off in the box provided.  As with all library catalogs whether digital or on cards, Diary of a Library will continue to evolve and we will add new cards whenever they are contributed.

Friday, January 9, 2015

TCPL presents Island Mountain Glacier - Photographs by Anika Steppe Gallery Night, 5 - 8 PM, Friday January 9, 2015

Join us at Gallery Night and meet the curator, Danielle Mericle, and the photographer, Anika Steppe who will be at the library from 5 to 8 PM to talk with patrons.


Mericle selected the images from the work Steppe completed during her residency in Iceland and says:  

"In Island Mountain Glacier, Anika Steppe offers a photographic meditation on the harsh yet beautiful terrain of Iceland.  Shot while on residency throughout the winter months, Steppe presents us with images of glaciers, domestic spaces, and landscapes—each photograph rendered with a keen eye for color and executed with quiet restraint.  Throughout the work, she searches for a trace of what the locals call the huldufólk (“hidden folk”), mythological beings from Icelandic folklore that are believed to live amongst the glacial rocks.  Taken within this context, we begin to look for clues in the photographs to the existence of something other.  As such, we begin to question our grasp of the “real,” and recognize the limitations therein."

Anika Steppe talks about her residency and the work she created: 

"Some days the wind was so strong there was no point in trying to go anywhere.

"When the weather was bearable, Iceland seemed like the most expansive and forever surprising place, yet on the windy days it couldn’t have seemed smaller. I spent half of my time there searching, and the other half hiding.

"Being in a country known for its acceptance of mythical beings, such as the huldufólk (the hidden folk), I felt compelled to search for traces of another’s existence; for a subtle energy that can’t quite be placed.

"It wasn’t exactly a search for mystical creatures prancing around; it became about confronting our limited ability to understand reality. About allowing myself to not immediately write off something that is considered outlandish. About earnestly entertaining the belief that there is something else."

The exhibit will be on display in the New Fiction and North Reading Room areas through the end of March.  It was made possible with grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County and the Tomplins County Public Library Foundation.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Island Mountain Glacier - Photographs by Anika Steppe opens at TCPL January 9, 2015


TCPL's first exhibit during a Year of Art at Your Library, 2015 will be Island Mountain Glacier:  Photographs by Anika Steppe.

This exhibit is curated by Danielle Mericle, Coordinator Digital Media Group, Digital Scholarship and Pereservation Services, Cornell University Library and showcases  Anika Steppe’s photographic meditations from a winter stay in Iceland.  Steppe, an Ithaca College alumnus, explores, through her photographs, the poetries and possibilities of Iceland’s harsh, yet beautiful terrain and searches for a trace of what the Iclandic people refer to as huldufólk “hidden folk.” 

Steppe explained that her photographs became a type of metaphor for her stay in Iceland—showcasing the contrast between natural beauty and uninhabitable tundra, real and mythical.


“When the weather was bearable, Iceland seemed like the most expansive and forever-surprising place, yet on the windy days, it couldn’t have seemed smaller,” Steppe said.  “Being in a country known for its acceptance of mythical beings, such as the huldufólk, I felt compelled to search for traces of another’s existence; for a subtle energy that can’t quite be placed. It wasn’t exactly a search for mystical creatures prancing around; it became about confronting our limited ability to understand reality - about allowing myself to not immediately write off something that is considered outlandish - about earnestly entertaining the belief that there is something else.”



An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. during Downtown Ithaca’s Gallery Night, Friday, January 9. Both Steppe and Mericle will be available to discuss the exhibit with participants.

After-hours access to the Library is available through the BorgWarner Community Room entrance, adjacent to TCAT’s Green Street bus shelter.

This exhibit is made possible in part through grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County and the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation.