Being director of Tompkins County Public Library was the highlight of my career as a librarian because I saw on a daily basis how important the library is to our community. Our public library helps with reading in all formats and this is what we traditionally think of when we think of the library. But more and more our library helps people navigate the complexities of life, from how to use online resources to finding the right tax forms to obtaining free masks and Covid home tests.
TCPL was there for the community throughout the pandemic providing curbside, in person and virtual services. The dedicated staff were there to help with choosing reading materials: audiobooks, ebooks and print books as well as DVDs, magazines, and so much more. They provided creative "binge bundles" and "Take and Make" kits for families along with Zoom book clubs, virtual robotics and online storytime. There are SO many opportunities for learning and services including one on one sessions for technology help and time for creative pursuits in the Makerspace.
Libraries are among the pioneers of sustainability by sharing collections of resources such as books and more. And our library supports diversity by providing collections and programs which reflect the cultural perspectives of our community.
This organization that does so much for so many deserves our support.