Two programs in April brought a large turn out of people to the Tompkins County Public Library. This collaboration of TCPL, The History Center and Cornell University Libraries was a 4 day event here in Ithaca. We had over 250 attendees at Tompkins County Public Library for our Friday, April 5th exhibit opening and panel discussion. And the second program also from the April schedule of events, in collaboration with the ALA/Federal Reserve Money Smart Week, was called Mad City Money, see the notice below, that went out to patrons

Library to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Hip-Hop

ITHACA—In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Hip-Hop, Tompkins County Public Library– in partnership with Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and an impressive assortment of community groups– will present “Hip-Hop: Unbound from the Underground—An Ithaca Community Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture,” April 4 through 7.

A four-day celebration of all things Hip-Hop, Unbound from the Underground will feature events on campus and throughout the community, including: exhibit openings, panel discussions, film screenings, concerts and three days of live, mural painting by some of the world’s most acclaimed and recognizable graffiti artists.

TCPL will launch its participation April 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. with the Downtown Ithaca Gallery Night opening of “Top 2 Bottom—A Journey Through the Elements of Hip-Hop Culture. Curated by Jason Otero of Ithaca’s Art and Anthropology, this multi-media exhibit features the work of legendary Hip-Hop photographers Joe Conzo and Ernie Paniccioli, a new collection by Ithacan Jay Stooks, a showcase of early Hip-Hop memorabilia—house party flyers, boom boxes, mix-tapes, fashion and graffiti—materials from the collection of Cap Matches Color and work created by local students.

With support from the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, exhibit opening participants will also have a rare opportunity to hear from Conzo and Panicciolo, as they join moderator Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, assistant professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College, for a 6:30 p.m. panel discussion in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room. The panel will also include special guests: Hip-Hop founder Afrika Bambaataa and pioneers Grandmaster Caz, JDL, Richard “Crazy Legs” Colón, Popmaster Fabel, Charlie Ahearn, Buddy Esquire and Mare139.

TCPL, with the generous support of Ironlak AVT Paints, will also participate in Unbound from the Underground with “Get Up State,” three days of live, mural painting. From April 5 through April 7, graffiti artists from across the world will gather to transform the dull gray Cornell University Press Services building at 770 Cascadilla Street into a magnificent, colorful work of art.

For more information about Library events being held in conjunction with Unbound from the Underground, visit For a complete schedule of the weekend’s events, visit

TCPL’s participation in Unbound from the Underground has been made possible by the Tompkins County Tourism Program, New York Council for the Humanities, Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Ironlak ATV Paints, Cap Matches Color, Art & Anthropology and Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

Library, AFCU Partner for Mad City Money

ITHACA—In recognition of the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual Money Smart Week®, Tompkins County Public Library and Alternatives Federal Credit Union will partner to present Mad City Money, a financial literacy game for teens, April 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This fun, fast paced game provides high school-aged participants with an opportunity to test their financial independence. Players are given jobs, income, a family and debt and challenged to select housing, transportation, food, household necessities, clothing, day care and other items while building and maintaining a budget.
Money Smart Week®, a three-year-old partnership between ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, is a nationwide public awareness campaign designed to provide consumers of all demographic and income groups with programming and resources to help them better manage their personal finances. This year’s campaign will launch April 20 and run through April 27.

The Mad City Money program is free and open to high school students from Ithaca and the surrounding areas; however, advance registration is required. To register, contact the Library’s Youth Services Department at (607) 272-4557 extension 275 or email Regina DeMauro-Axel at