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Tompkins County

Public Library Foundation!

Welcome to the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation! We sustain and strengthen our library by inspiring community support as well as encourage engagement through philanthropy and participation.  

Recent News

Painting Dedicated in Honor of

Dr. Dorothy Cotton

A generous anonymous donor recently presented TCPL with a painting by local artist Terry Plater, in honor of the late Dr. Dorothy Cotton (1930-2018). On February 27, 2019, the painting was officially unveiled and became a part of TCPL's permanent art collection.

Born in Goldsboro, NC, Dr. Dorothy Cotton began working for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) along with Reverend Wyatt T. Walker in the early 1960’s. She went on to become an esteemed educator and leader in the Civil Rights Movement and as a member of the “inner circle” of the SCLC.  During the Carter Administration, she served as the Southeastern Regional Director for the Federal Government’s volunteer program agency, ACTION.  In 1982, she became the Director of Student Activities at Cornell University. In 1991, Dr. Cotton founded Dorothy Cotton & Associates, a consulting firm focused on, “leadership development, individual empowerment and social change.”


"We are honored to have this painting as part of the Tompkins County Public Library's permanent art collection," remarked Suzanne Smith Jablonski, executive director of the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation. "This convergence of a generous donor and a celebrated artist has provided us with a springboard for remembering the work and impact of Dr. Cotton for years to come." The library will host a complementary program honoring Dorothy Cotton later in the year.

This is yet another example of the ways generous donors support TCPL and our community. Contact us to explore other opportunities to give!

Executive Director Suzanne Smith Jablonski: ssmithjablonski@tcpl.org or 607 272-4557, extension 231.


  • The Library is now fine free! We no longer charge fines on late items; this ensures that all people have access to library books and materials

  • Help us stay fine free by returning your materials

  • Materials 30 days overdue are assumed lost & you will be billed for replacement & processing costs

  • Replacement fees and processing charges for lost or damaged items still apply

  • $1.00 a day out-of-system interlibrary loan fees set by Finger Lakes Library System still apply

  • Support the Library's improved access for all by donating to the Library Foundation

  • For more information, go to: https://www.tcpl.org/using-library/using-library/fine-free-faq

Tompkins County Public Library Foundation

PO Box 6727

Ithaca, NY 14851-6727

(607) 272-4557

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