Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, December 27, 2013

Celebrate the New Year and TCPL’s 150th Anniversary - Create a special Library Card for Diary of a Library

 TCPL is one of the oldest public libraries in the country having been
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founded 150 years ago in 1864 by Ezra Cornell. 

To celebrate our 150th anniversary we are inviting the community to participate in a special project: fill the drawers of a special card catalog with library cards created by all of us! You are invited to write/draw a card to tell your story/memory of the library – or any library.  Together these cards will become the Diary of a Library. Stop by the Welcome Desk next time you are in the Library and pick up a flyer with a blank library card.  Go to for information about our Anniversary Celebrations and to find more details about Diary of a Library and download a library card template.  Send a photo of yourself in your favorite library spot, or with your favorite book, together with your comments and library story to and we will create a card for you. 

Do you remember what card catalogs used to look like?  This is the card catalog when TCPL was located on Cayuga Street.

Here is the card catalog we need your help filling now. Go to for a full list of drawer topics.
Check out some of the cards we have received already.

We have a drawer for volunteers to fill.

Olympia McFall has been a volunteer for many years and has many stories to tell.

Local author, Anne Mazer, is a longstanding Library Lover and has contributed several cards.
Library Director Susan Currie, and Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen contributed this card and promise to send more.

Some of our youngest patrons are sending us cards.
Send your unique card as soon as possible to TCPL Card Catalog, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14950, or drop off at the Welcome Desk in the Library.  Diary of a Library will go on display in the Library on April 4, but cards will be accepted and added to the catalog throughout the year.

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