Our 21st Century Library
The 21st Century Library campaign was a capital fundraiser for renovations to the Tompkins County Public Library. The input and contributions of the community are indispensable in envisioning the future for TCPL. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the community, the campaign, which concluded on June 30, 2016, raised $3.59 million! A celebration and unveiling of the renovated facilities took place on October 13, 2017
Funds from the campaign have been used to create a new teen center, the Makerspace and Digital Lab, a Local History room, expand collections, sustain annual programming, and grow the endowment now, and in the future, through bequests. With these investments in our library, together we will help give people the tools and knowledge to succeed and thrive in today’s information-rich environment.
Our 21st Century Library fundraising campaign included the creation of an 8-foot by 8-foot LEGO model of our reimagined library (pictured above). Being able to help create and visualize the changes to come really got our community fired up to improve TCPL's services, spaces, and collections. The first project of its kind in a public library in the country, the TCPL LEGO Build brought together library lovers and LEGO enthusiasts of all ages.
None of these renovations and expansions would be possible without our donors. To show our gratitude, donor names can be views on our book sculpture, lovingly named "Hatch," on display near the music collection.
Thank you to our community sponsors!
EDWARD J. SMITH TEEN CENTER
Teen Center book stacks provide thousands of reading options
A teen reads on a comfy green chair
There are many collaborative spaces with monitors in the Teen Center
The Edward J. Smith Teen Center showcases some of the best innovations, technology, and print materials that today’s libraries have to offer. Teens need a place to gather as part of the larger community while having their particular needs met. In the Teen Center, they now have a welcoming, safe venue for their time out of school. Most importantly, local teens were engaged with the creation of the center from the very beginning.
The Teen Center features:
Traditional collections (books are still devoured by teens!)
Mobile technology to keep them connected, whatever their available access in the world outside
Flexible, comfortable spaces for studying, reading, doing homework, working in groups, and attending programs
Materials and programs designed to help develop critical 21st-century skills, such as the 4 C’s (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation) and to familiarize teen patrons with the breadth and depth of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines
Librarians and staff who are ready, willing, and eager to respond to needs; teens will continue to have input into their surroundings, materials, and programming, good training for involving our young people in the community and as citizens.
DIGITAL LEARNING LAB
The Digital Lab has work spaces and easy teaching capabilities
Groups like the TCPL Robotics club, pictured here, take advantage of the space
A patron uses Adobe programs to create digital patterns for glass etching
Our digital classroom is a truly 21st-century learning lab. Our goal is to help patrons gain digital literacy and develop skills to enable full participation as citizens and members of our community. It is a welcoming space for techies and newbies alike.
The Digital Classroom features:
group programming and one-on-one instruction designed to develop digital literacy
Instruction on online tools for searching for employment
Assistance creating online accounts (email, social media such as Facebook or Twitter, and social services)
Support in learning to use productivity tools like Microsoft Office, genealogy software, or resume building programs
STEAM themes that will build on what students are learning in school
The lab is also available for self-paced learning in computer literacy and development.
The Makerspace has work tables, sewing machines, laser cutters, and audio equipment available for patrons
Patrons use paper and markers to design buttons
The TCPL logo made using our 3D printer
TCPL has responded to calls for more creative and collaborative spaces, where patrons can dream, create, and collaborate. The do-it-yourself trend has informed the creation of our Makerspace, which includes tools for creativity as well as programming that enriches the experience of creation.
The Makerspace includes:
Digital media equipment, including a 3D printer and software for making music, videos, games, and podcasts
Crafting tools for expressing creativity, including sewing machines and laser cutters that can handle a variety of materials
Space to spread out and brainstorm
Programming that will demonstrate how to share your creations online
LOCAL HISTORY ROOM
The entrance to the local history room
County and state maps are in abundance
Use the local history room for professional or personal studies
Office space for Tompkins County historian Carol Kammen
Programming about the history of the area
Historical documents, maps, and books
TCPL collection has over 235,000 items and is growing every day
There is something for everyone no matter your age or interests
TCPL has 38,000 registered borrowers
The collections at TCPL continue to grow and shift in response to the needs of our community. That’s because the library belongs to everyone, whatever their background or situation. The collection, which includes not only books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, and periodicals, but also intangibles made available by the magic of digital downloading: e-books and magazines, streaming movies, TV shows, music, as well as research databases. The collection is at the very center of our library, and it is nearly 100% privately funded!
Keep an eye out for new additions to the collection:
More non-fiction books in response to the demands of the new Common Core State Standards
More resources focused on early literacy and school readiness
Broader collections to support curriculum for teachers and homeschoolers
A collection that nurtures teens’ love of reading, as evidenced by data showing they are reading more than ever!
Up-to-date resources to support speakers new to the English language and to support literacy for adult learners
Resources on employment trends and careers exploration for job-seekers
Publications and databases that help small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs support their growth and success