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!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two Great Family Books and One Brave Chicken

Max the Meerkat
Good afternoon book buddies! Happy National Library Week! What better way to celebrate your library than by checking out some awesome new books? Here are three I love!

First is One Busy Day by Lola M. Schaefer. Little sister Mia wants nothing more than to do something fun with her big brother, Spencer. But he's always too busy! So Mia makes her own fun: painting, dancing, and building sand castles. Spencer soon joins in and the two spend the day together. This is a really nice book about sibling revelry that made me miss my own brothers! The illustrations are gorgeous.

Next is another great book about family, Sprout Helps Out by Rosie Winstead. This is a really charming story about a little girl helping out around the house. Things don't always go so smoothly, but it's the thought that counts - right? And Sprout is very thoughtful.

Last but not least: Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure by Anna Walker. Peggy the chicken is forced to break her cozy routine when a gust of wind blows her into the big city! How will our brave chicken friend fare so far from her country home? I love the sweetness and subtle humor of this story. A great reminder to get outside your nest and try new things.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Music&Motion Storytime at TCPL!

Children and their caregivers are invited to experience the joy of noise-making as Tompkins County Public Library hosts Miss Angie from Music&Motion for a special April 16 storytime.

Through songs, dance, and pretend play, Miss Angie will lead families on an adventure into the world of creative expression.  This program will be held at 11 a.m. in the Library's Thaler/Howell Programming Room.  It is free and open to the public.

Storytime with Music&Motion has been made possible by the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation through a grant from Elmira Savings Bank.

For more information, contact the Library's Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Three New(ish) Picture Books We Love

Max the Meerkat
Hi Book Buddies! It's been a while, but I'm back with reviews for three new(ish) picture books that I just loved. Here we go!

First up is Wild, by Emily Hughes. A little girl, raised by animals in the wild, is taken from her beloved woodland home and civilized! Will she come to love bows and tea parties? (Spoiler alert: No!). This is the perfect book for those who cannot be tamed! Unique, frenetic illustrations make this debut offering pitch-perfect.

Next up is Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson. This book is a perfect read-aloud for spring. Simple, beautiful illustrations depict a tree changing throughout the seasons. The reader is invited to tap, wiggle, rub and pat the tree, then turn the page to see what happens... Read this magic book!

Last but not least, Loula is Leaving for Africa by Anne Villeneuve. Fed up with her mean, stinky brothers (I've been there!), Loula packs up her things and heads for Africa. Her friend Gilbert, the family chauffeur, doesn't take Loula all the way to Africa, but he does help her escape through her imagination. A charming book about friendship and the power of imagination. Just lovely!

Stop back in soon for more picks! You can also come by the Library to have a look at our new "Staff Picks" display, where we'll be recommending all of our favorite titles! Be sure to say hello if you do!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Primitive Pursuits at the Library!

Tompkins County Public Library and Primitive Pursuits, a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension, will host "Primitive Pursuits Storytime" each Thursday at 11 a.m., beginning April 10, in the Library's Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Perfect for families with children ages 3 to 5, "Primitive Pursuits Storytime" will help children develop an early love of nature through shared stories, crafts and activities. During the inaugural session, participants will celebrate feathered, flying friends with a reading of Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert and related bird-themed activities.

Primitive Pursuits programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Library's Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Beauty and the Beast Storytellers at the Library Sunday, April 6

Children and their families are invited to join us Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room for "It's Not Always Easy to See the Elephant," a family-friendly story by Carol Kammen presented by Beauty and the Beast Storytellers.

An all-ages audience will delight in this special storytime by acclaimed storytellers Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton of Beauty and the Beast Storytellers.

For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275, or visit