Tompkins County Public Library

Monday, July 25, 2016

ITHACA EXPLORES HUMAN ORIGINS - November 23, 2016 through February 28, 2017

TCPL is excited to be able to bring the Smithsonians's national traveling exhibition "Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human?" to our community during the holiday season this year.

This exhibit was organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the American Library Association, and was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation with support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund.

TCPL is partnering with many local organizations, in particular members of the Discovery Trail, together with professors from Cornell University and Ithaca College, to present many fascinating programs during the time the exhibit is on display.  In addition the Smithsonian will be presenting programs in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit.

An additional complementary exhibit What We Were Makes Us What We Are has been developed with the support of Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) and the Museum of the Earth under the direction of Beth Stricker, Cornell Professors Adam Arcadi and Fred Gleach, Ithaca College Professor Jennifer Muller and Paleo-Artist John Gurche. This exhibit will be displayed in the Avenue of the Friends through the end of February 2017. 

PRI will also be presenting programs for Darwin Days Celebrations during February.

Local support has been made possible by TCPL Foundation from New York State Council for the Humanities, Tompkins County Tourism Board, and the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI).

Details about the exhibits and programs will be available on a dedicated web page currently being developed.

For further information please contact Exhibit Coordinator Sally Grubb at sgrubb@tcpl.org.


TCPL’s presents Grace Miller White and her 1909 novel Tess of the Storm County

This small exhibit on display in the Avenue of the Friends presents Tess of the Storm County, the 1909 novel by Ithaca author Grace Miller White (1868-1957) and will be on display during August 2016. White is known for her Storm Country Series, as well as numerous other novels.  Tess of the Storm Country was made into a film four times.



Featuring film posters, covers of early editions of the novel, and information concerning Ithaca Grace Miller White herself, this exhibit is displayed in conjunction with the Wharton Studio Museum’s Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars presentation, and will be on display through the end of August.

Wharton Studio Museum’s summer movie tradition continues with its 6th Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars on Saturday August 27th, 2016 at Taughannock Falls State Park! The evening features a stunning big-screen showing of Tess of the Storm Country, a 1922 film adaptation of Ithacan Grace Miller White’s 1909 novel of the same name, starring the inimitable Mary Pickford.




Cloud Chamber Orchestra will play an original score composed for the film.  Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic, lawn chair and blanket and enjoy lovely Taughannock Falls State Park and a view of Cayuga Lake as the sun sets before the movie begins at sundown (around 8:15pm). 

Admission is FREE and open to the public (there is a $5 per car parking fee at the park). M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust is the event’s Presenting Sponsor.                                           

Silent Movies Under the Stars is produced by Wharton Studio Museum in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation and the support of numerous local sponsors.

For more information about this exhibit please contact Library staff member Terry Harbin at tharbin@tcpl.org.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Visual Culture at IHS Opens at TCPL - Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sophie Becraft
Once again, TCPL is delighted to be able to present Visual Culture at IHS, Ithaca High School’s annual show of artwork created during the past year. 
Zareth Halaby-Perez

Selected by students and art faculty, the work represents some of the best work created during the year by some very talented students.  Students who study art, whether or not they intend to continue their studies after high school, want to talk about the world about them; about what they know, see and feel through their art.  
Mourin Jarin


Molly Swartmout

Shy'ee Meng

Through a variety of different media including drawings, paintings, ceramics, mixed media, prints and photographs, the images included in this show are personal portraits and perspectives of their school, their friends, their lives.  Text and image, symbolism, faces and places are presented as a visual dialogue of these young artists’ lives.

This exhibit will be on display through the end of July.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Two exhibits open at TCPL during Gallery Night, Friday, May 6, "It Takes More Than Nostalgia" and "Four Artists"

This photographic exhibition highlights key moments and contributions from Historic Ithaca’s 50-year history, beginning in 1966 when the loss of Old City Hall, and the threat of demolitions to come, galvanized community members.

Together they organized to create Historic Ithaca, in part to preserve historic architectural treasures in Ithaca and Tompkins County.  

In addition, different artifacts found at “Significant Elements”, Historic Ithaca’s architectural salvage and re-use warehouse, are displayed in the exhibit cases.



Big Moon by Madeleine Bialke
For Four Artists, local art critic and curator Arthur Whitman has assembled a quartet of diverse and talented picture-makers.  Madeleine Bialke was raised in Trumansburg and is currently completing an MFA decree in Painting from Boston University's School of Visual Arts.  In her paintings and prints, she takes a visionary approach to landscape that merges observtion and imagination.  Scout Dunbar is a former Ithacan and currently lives and works in New York City.  In her works on paper, she combines diverse technique and prsonal cosmology.  Stephen Phillips, a long-time local artist, brings a depth and subtlety of conception to the traditional genre of oil on canvas still life.  Gizem Vural is new to Ithaca and a rising talent in magazine and newspaper illustration.  Her digital cartoon imagery is concise and witty.

An opening reception will be held in the BorgWarner Community Room between 5:00 and 8:00 PM.  After 6 PM when the Library closes, please enter the exhibits through the BorgWarner Community Room Door adjacent to the Bus Shelter on Green Street.

Friday, April 29, 2016

"It Takes More Than Nostalgia" - A new exhibit from Historic Ithaca opens at TCPL

TCPL is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit in the Avenue of the Friends at Gallery Opening Night on Friday May 6.  The exhibit is sponsored by Historic Ithaca and will be on display through the end of June.

This photographic exhibition highlights key moments and contributions from Historic Ithaca’s 50-year history, beginning in 1966 when the loss of Old City Hall, and the threat of demolitions to come, galvanized community members.

                                         Clinton House by Constance Saltonstall c.1973 during restoration

Together they organized to create Historic Ithaca, in part to preserve historic architectural treasures in Ithaca and Tompkins County.  In addition, different artifacts found at “Significant Elements”, Historic Ithaca’s architectural salvage and re-use warehouse, are displayed in the exhibit cases.

For more information about Historic Ithaca and the salvage items which are all available for sale, call Christine O’Malley Preservation Services Coordinator at 607-0273-6633 or go to www.historicithaca.org.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TCPL presents "Four Artists"an exhibit curated by local art critic and curator Arthur Whitman

Big Moon by Madeleine Bialke
On April 29 Four Artists an exhibit featuring four talented picture-makers curated by Arthur Whitman will open at Tompkins County Public Library and will be on display through the end of June.

For Four Artists, local art critic and curator Arthur Whitman has assembled a quartet of diverse and talented picture-makers.  Madeleine Bialke was raised in Trumansburg and is currently completing an MFA decree in Painting from Boston University's School of Visual Arts.  In her paintings and prints, she takes a visionary approach to landscape that merges observtion and imagination.  Scout Dunbar is a former Ithacan and currently lives and works in New York City.  In her works on paper, she combines diverse technique and prsonal cosmology.  Stephen Phillips, a long-time local artist, brings a depth and subtlety of conception to the traditional genre of oil on canvas still life.  Gizem Vural is new to Ithaca and a rising talent in magazine and newspaper illustration.  Her digital cartoon imagery is concise and witty.

An opening reception will be held in conjunction with Gallery Opening Night on Friday, May 6, 2016.

This exhibit is made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation with grant support from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ordinary People: Stories and Treasures

There is still time to visit TCPL to view the exhibit Ordinary People: Stories and Treasures, whch highlights the cultural experiences of the local Muslim community. This exhibit in the Avenue of the Friends will be on display through April 22.

When discussing the exhibit with curator Nagiane Lacka Arriaza and asking for signage describing 
the different cultural items on display such as the Prayer Rug, which is
 "Placed on the ground to create a clean space to sit and kneel in prayer; used by many Muslims around the world" I was interested in the comment she made.  "Items like a prayer rug as so common in my life that I find it hard to explain them.  I feel as if someone has asked me what a pillow or curtain is.  This process (of curating the exhibit) has been an amusing learning experience for me."

This sums up so well how Muslim culture is common place to Nagiane but different and strange to me and vice versa!!