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Library Literati Events


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Argos Warehouse


Our first-ever Silent Reading Party on April 10th was a hit! Readers and Library Lovers came together for an evening of silent reading, finger foods, and literary-themed cocktails and mocktails. Thank you all who attended--and keep your eyes peeled for more events like this one!

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Sponsored by Odyssey Bookstore

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Who Are the Library Literati?

Literati are traditionally defined as well-educated literary people. Along with loving literature (which we consider in broad terms), our Library Literati group is made up of people who also love the Library! 

Through special social events, Library Literati support TCPL--and have a fun time doing it. Since the launch of the Literati in 2019, we've hosted a Library Speakeasy, with costumes, food, drinks, games, and more, online trivia events, where participants enjoyed the literary puns and esoterica of Quizmaster and local celebrity, Bob Proehl, and Hold On, Let Me Ask a Librarian, inspired by the NPR classic, Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me.

We're always dreaming up fun events! If you'd like to be among the first to know about these fun, unique opportunities to support TCPL, sign up for our semi-regular e-blasts using this link.

I was so excited when I could get my library card at TCPL. As an Ithaca College student, getting to be part of the library began to solidify my identity as an Ithacan. I've loved getting to see how TCPL fosters community between its users with events like Library Literati's Trivia Nights to Family Storytimes. I love TCPL because it welcomes everyone. 

--Rachel Balzano,

former Library Foundation Board of Directors

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Past Literati Events

October 28, 2021

Inspired by the popular NPR show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Hold on...Let Me Ask a Librarian featured a panel of special guests answering questions about TCPL's resources, history, treasures, and secrets, as well as some Tompkins county trivia. Attendees played along from home.

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Thank you to our Hold On Event Sponsor

Event partner


February 26, 2021

By popular demand, our Library Literati Literary Virtual Trivia Night returned, Friday, February 26, 2021.  This time, Table for One Trivia assisted Quizmaster Bob Proehl, and the result was fun, creative, and educational trivia enjoyed by all. And while they were enjoying the game, attendees were also supporting TCPL. It's a win-win!

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October 7, 2020

Our first-ever Virtual Trivia Night Event was a blast! There were incredible costumes, punny questions and answers, lots of laughs and cheering, and, of course, a few technical difficulties. Trivia Master Bob Proehl provided questions that really kept people on their toes.

October 11, 2019

Our very first Literati event was a Speakeasy in the Library after hours, complete with drinks, food, music, games of chance, costumes, and much, much more. It was a blast--and it was all to raise money for TCPL! Check out the video for highlights.

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Thank you to our Speakeasy sponsors

Music provided by

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Producing Partner


Sweet treats provided by


Cash bar provided by


Emily Doyle, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker with Howard Hanna Real Estate

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