Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, June 12, 2015

TCPL celebrates the summer with exciting new exhibit

Dreamtime: Surreal, Allegorical & Fantastic Art curated by Frances Fawcett and Margaret Nelson opens at the Library on Friday, June 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at a special, after-hours, opening reception.

Carcasone Abstract by Nancy V. Ridenour

Curators Frances Fawcett and Margaret Nelson are both working artists at the State of the Art Gallery, are scientific illustrators and both are also lovers of science fiction and fantasy.  While surreal and fantastical art is often represented at local shows, Fawcett and Nelson were intrigued by the thought of a show devoted entirely to surreal, alegorical and fantastic art.

Starcatchers by Patrick Parks
The pieces they have chosen to display in the Library range from fantasy children's book illustration, to classic surrealism, to pure allegory, to depictions of the dream state and even to video game art.  

Ghosts at the Wedding 1 by G.L. Gould
They have included a broad range of work and a broad range of media.  Some of the art transports the viewer immediately into another world, some shows the disquieting effects of an altered psychological state, and some simply juxtaposes images in an unexpected, playful, and delightful way. 

Whether the artists find their sources in mythology, in the real world, or in the subconscious mind, the curators hope the pieces in this show will engage, delight and surprise.

Guardians by Rebecca Godin
Participating artists include milly acharya, Al Afaro, Robin Botie, Nicole Monique Carrier-Titti, Marla Coppolino, William Deats, Jane Dennis, Frances Fawcett, Rebeca Godin, G.L. Gould, Gina Inzinna, Brian Keeler, Susan C. Larkin and Timothy Larkin, Shannon Mazourek, Daniel McPheeters, Vincenzo Naro, Margaret C. Nelson, Diane W. Newton, Scott Pardee, Patrick Parks, Stephan Phillips, Margaret Reed, Nancy V. Ridenour, Eileen Seeley Schlag, Kim Schrag, June Silberman, Carol Spence, Matthew A. Wheeler.

Exotic Animal by Stephan Phillips
Artigoat by Robin Botie

The opening reception takes place after-hours at Tompkins Country Public Library from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Friday, June 19.  After the Library closes, entry  is through the BorgWarner room entrance behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Cornell Alums invited to tour special exhibits at TCPL June 5

TCPL offers special behind the scenes tours of the exhibit "Cornell Off Campus" in honor of Alumni weekend.

Curator Julee Johnson leads a tour for Ithaca Rotary

Join Julee Johnson at 5:15 and 6:15 PM during Gallery Opening Night this Friday, June 5 in the Avenue of the Friends.  Johson leads fascinating tours of this exhibit celebrating Cornell's 15th Anniversary.  She explains why she chose these particular people to include in the exhibit, and provides numerous fascinating tidbits about each one.  Join a tour and find out how Laura Bryant enticed boys to learn to sing; whether Belle Sherman was the first principal of the school named in her honor;  how Everett Morse paid for his Cornell tuition and many more more.

Tours start in the Avenue of the Friends near "The Word Bird."  After 6 PM when the Library closes, entry to the exhibit will be through the BorgWarner door behind the bus shelter on Green Street.

Also on display in the Avenue of the Friends is a small exhibit commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Mu Upsilon Chapter at Cornell.

Launching New Dimensions of Service
The Omicron Nu Omega Story
Chartered June 23, 1984 at Cornell University

Charter member, Millie Clarke (rt.) and Claudette James (left)
flank three sorority sisters beside the display

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Library celebrates Cornell's Alumni Weekend with guided tours of "Cornell off Campus" during First Friday Gallery Night, June 5

Cornell Off Campus highlights 150 years of interconnection between Cornell University and its host community of Tompkins County. The exhibit opened to coincide with the university’s Charter Day Weekend and is on display at the Tompkins County Public Library through July 31. Photographs and text vibrantly illustrate the lives and local contributions of 15 Cornellians, each representing a different decade in the university’s history. The exhibit offers insights about well-known Cornellians and introduces to the public lesser known but equally illustrious members of the Cornell community. Behind-the-scenes tours will be led by curator Julee Johnson during Gallery Night, June 5, when visitors can learn the answers to these questions – and much more:

Was Belle Sherman the first principal of the Belle Sherman Elementary School? 

Did Martha Van Rensselaer have an advanced degree when she first came to Cornell to teach? 

The house on Howard Babcock’s experimental farm Sunnygables became what popular restaurant in the 1980s? 

Romeyn Berry coined what phrase known to all Cornellians? 

Popular Ithaca High School music teacher Laura Bryant also coached what sport?

These guided tours will take place at 5:15 and 6:15 PM, and the exhibit will be open to the public until 7:00 PM. 

After 6:00 PM, please enter through the BorgWarner (east) entrance behind the bus shelter on East Green Street. 

For more information about the tours or “Cornell Off Campus,” contact Exhibit Coordinator Sally Grubb at, (607) 272-4557 ext. 232.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cornell Off Campus: The Impact of Cornellians on Tompkins County 1865 - 2015 Opens April 22

Just as the Tompkins County Public Library celebrated its founding in 1864 by Ezra Cornell last year, it wished to honor Cornell’s much larger gift to the community with an exhibit in 2015 to commemorate the university’s sesquicentennial.  While the inspiration for this exhibit was the signing of Cornell University’s Charter by Governor Reuben Fenton on April 27, 1865, the exhibit isn’t about the university or what has taken place on campus since that date. Instead, it is an attempt to illustrate the impact the institution has had on Tompkins County as demonstrated by its most significant local contribution, its people.

Fifteen people associated with Cornell were selected by curator Julee Johnson to represent its past and present, one for each decade of its existence; fifteen Cornellians – students, alumni, faculty, and staff members – who have had an undeniable impact on this community.

A special opening reception takes place on Friday, May 1 from 5 – 8 PM in conjunction with Gallery Opening Night. Join curator Cornell Alumna Julee Johnson at 6:15 PM in the Avenue of the Friends for a tour of the exhibit and to learn about the range and variety of impacts these 15 Cornellians have made on Tompkins County from 1865 to 2015.

1865-1875: Ezra Cornell, co-founder and benefactor of Cornell University, who also founded the Tompkins County Public Library in 1864
1875-1885: William H. Miller designed over 70 buildings in Tompkins County, on and off campus
1885-1895: Mary Isabelle (Belle) Sherman, beloved science teacher at Ithaca High School for over 30 years
1895-1905: Martha Van Rensselaer taught extension courses to New York farm wives, and later joined forces with Flora Rose to found the College of Home Economics at Cornell University
1905-1915: Everett Fleet Morse, inventor with numerous patents and co-founder with brother Frank of Morse Chain Company, once the largest employer in Tompkins County
1915-1925: Robert H. Treman, businessman and philanthropist who donated Enfield Glen and Buttermilk Falls to the New York State Parks system
1925-1935: Howard E. Babcock was one of the founders and first general manager of the cooperative Grange League Federation (GLF), which stabilized prices and guaranteed markets for farmer-members in Tompkins County and statewide
1935-1945: Romeyn Berry for the Ithaca Journal, his column “State and Tioga” appeared weekly for 28 years
1945-1955: Laura Bryant, revered music teacher with a 44-year career in the Ithaca School system and author of several music books for children
1955-1965: Katherine Van Winkle Palmer was one of the founding incorporators of the Paleontological Research Institution and director of PRI during its move to West Hill and establishment of its on-site museum
1965-1975: Assemblywoman Constance Cook represented Tompkins County and co-sponsored the landmark abortion rights law in 1970
1975-1985: Beverly Martin, teacher and later principal at Central Elementary School and Ithaca City School District’s first Director of Affirmative Action
1985-1995: Ilma Levine with Debbie Levin taught after-school science classes at Central Elementary School and founded the Sciencenter
1995-2005: Stuart Stein was a member and chair of the Tompkins County Legislature and advocate for arts funding, cooperative energy purchasing, and heritage tourism
2005-2015: Svante Myrick was a member of the Ithaca Common Council and now Mayor, the youngest and first African American to hold this office 

This exhibit was made possible by the Office of Community Relations, Cornell University and the Tompkins County Public Library.


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.