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  • Suzanne Smith Jablonski

Letter from the Director

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Hello to our dear library supporters,

This is National Library Week. That it’s nothing like we anticipated, goes without saying.  In a typical week, TCPL would’ve welcomed 1,125 visits a day, from people checking out books, using the Internet workstations, attending programs. Having experiences, big and small, that contribute to the richness of their lives. And the week would’ve culminated in the Foundation’s day-long, in-person fundraising event, the READATHON, which is now taking place virtually this Saturday (April 25th). In keeping with the times, the American Library Association has changed the original theme – “Find Your Place at the Library” – to “Find the Library at Your Place.” While the TCPL is adhering to NYS restrictions placed on non-essential businesses, the library staff have done what they always do – think creatively to respond and adapt to the needs at hand. During the pause, the Library has added more online community discussions of good books for children, teens and adults. They’re offering virtual story times, like this one here. And more plans are underway to provide additional programming for book recommendations, story times, and National Poetry Month. What’s more, equipment and supplies from the Library’s Makerspace have been deployed for the COVID-19 community response effort. Sewing machines and fabric have been provided to TST BOCES for mask-making for local businesses’ essential employees, and the 3D printer has been put to use for the production of face shields. Looking ahead, there are as many uncertainties for the Library and the Foundation as there are throughout the community. As we learn more about the financial prognosis and revised plans for TCPL and the Foundation, I will keep you informed. These are frightening and unpredictable times. But what gives us hope is knowing that we have some of the most loyal supporters you’ll find. You’ve stood behind the Library, and know you’ll continue to do so, in whatever ways you can, in the days to come. I invite you to join our virtual READATHON on Saturday, to be aired from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on our website, located here: and on our Facebook page here: We hope you’ll find joy in hearing such a wide variety of material read aloud. In gratitude,

Suzanne Smith-Jablonski

Executive Director

Tompkins County Public Library Foundation

Suzanne has short brown hair, wears a blue shirt, gold necklace,


The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation sustains and strengthens our library by inspiring community support. The Foundation serves as a bridge between the library and the community, encouraging engagement through philanthropy and participation.


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