Tompkins County Public Library

Welcome to Wild About Reading!

We LOVE chatting about books, authors, illustrators. Here you'll find some of the best books we're currently reading and what we've been sharing at our storytimes.

Tell us about the books you’re reading by writing a book review of your own at: We will post your review to this blog within the week.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Library to Host Construction-Themed Storytime

In celebration of its upcoming renovations, Tompkins County Public Library will host a special construction-themed storytime for children and families, Monday, February 6 at 11 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers will help TCPL say “so-long” to its old carpet, while enjoying stories, songs and crafts about building and construction. The Library will provide construction hats for children to wear while they learn and play.

For more information, please contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 ext. 275.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Baby Storytime

We had such a delightful morning today!  Thank you all for coming.

After our opening songs and rhymes (you can find those linked in our storytime blog from last week), we read....

Little Sleepyhead by Elizabeth McPike

....and we shared the fingerplay Two Little Eyes from Jbrary along with this one:

Where Is My Nose from Storytime Secrets

I uncover my eyes
And what do I see?
I can see you
And I can see me I can see my fingers
I can see my toes
I can see my tummy
But I can’t see my nose!

Next we read....

Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre

...and some sleepy puppet friends then joined us for this little song from Jbrary:

Bear Is Sleeping

Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping
Wake him up, wake him up
Come and say hello bear, come and say hello bear
Time to eat

Repeat with other animals (this sloth was hard to wake up!)

For our baby sign song today, we learned the sign for "bed" and then read this sweet little book....

Global Baby Bedtimes by Maya Ajmera

..and shared the fingerplay Here is the Baby along with one of my favorite rhymes where we lift the babies up on "Cuckoo!".  So much cuteness!!

Tick Tock

Tick-tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick-tock, tick tock, Now I’m striking one o’clock.

Tick-tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick-tock, tick tock,
Now I’m striking two o’clock.
Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Early Literacy Tip

You don’t need to read each word in a book! Tailor the story to what will engage your baby. Follow baby’s lead and have fun!

We finished up with lots of laughing with scarves and said goodbye for this week.  See you soon!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Library to Host “Sensory Science: Exploring Food”

Children ages 3 through 7 are invited to use their senses to explore stories, songs and hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activities during 
Tompkins County Public Library’s “Sensory Science,” Thursday, January 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

“Sensory Science” begins with a storytime featuring interactive books, songs and movement to stimulate the senses and promote learning. January’s program will explore the wonder and science of food. Following the storytime, learners make their own playdough using flour, salt and water, plus engineer their own towers using straws.

This program is free and open to children of all abilities; however, it is especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges.

To register, visit