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Library Literati

It's too late for you to join us for a night of laughs, learning, and Library love at

HOLD ON...LET ME ASK A LIBRARIAN, but keep your eyes peeled for more great Library Literati events!

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Check out what Amy Dickinson has to say about

Hold On...Let Me Ask a Librarian!

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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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, and two online trivia events, where participants enjoyed the literary puns and esoterica of Quizmaster and local celebrity, Bob Proehl.

Plans for upcoming events are in the works, and they will be in person if possible, online if not, or a bit of both--depending on the state of our unpredictable world.

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

Past Literati Events

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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Sweet treats provided by


Cash bar provided by


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

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