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Teresa and Jeremy Installed a Little Free Library!

Teresa and Jeremy, active participants in the Share Tompkins community, just installed a “Little Free Library” in front of their house! It’s an awesome way to share books with your neighbors. Here’s what Teresa has to say…

Little Free Libraries

The Little Free Libraries were started in Wisconsin in late 2010 as a way of promoting literacy and community through the use of small, publically accessible book exchanges. When my husband and I recently went back to Wisconsin for a friend’s wedding, we found ourselves charmed by the variety and number of Little Free Libraries in our old neighborhood, and decided to bring a little of that magic back to Ithaca with us.


We spent some time thinking about how to build a weathertight yet accessible little box, but after looking at the plans available at their website and considering our meager construction skill, we decided to buy one made from recycled materials. However, someone with more time and ability than me could certainly put one together in a weekend or two from any combination of found, recycled, or purchased materials. Most of the ones we’ve seen are about the size of a small laundry basket, with a door to keep out the elements. One of the cleverer designs I’ve seen is actually the next-nearest Library – a repurposed phone kiosk just outside Syracuse University’s Library and Information Science department. Photo here


We live on a busy street with a fair amount of foot, car, and bike
traffic, so we didn’t need to look farther than our own front yard. But other libraries are located in a wide variety of public and private places – outside of businesses, homes, and schools.


We’re book fiends, and always have a stack of books to be passed along to other readers. Our Little Library is new, but I hope that it will become a neighborhood resource for exchanging beloved titles.

If you’d like to browse the Library and trade some books, or if you want a library of your own and want to see it in person, please stop by 1039 Hanshaw Rd. to check it out!


Photos: Our 2nd Really Really Free Market at the Congo Square Market

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Photos: Swap #15 at the Jones-Rounds’ House

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Photos: Share Tompkins 2nd Annual Holiday Swap & Crafting Jamboree – Dec ’10

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Photos: Share Tompkins Service Swap – Oct ’10

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Photos: Sound Swap at the Ithaca Sound Maze

Our first ever Sound Swap was a great success. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful fall day full of sunshine, corn, music and swapping! Thanks to the Ithaca Sound Maze for being such a wonderful host.

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How to Share an Education – Ithaca Freeskool Featured on

Ithaca Freeskool on the homepage of

“Shareable is a nonprofit online magazine that tells the story of sharing. We cover the people, places, and projects bringing a shareable world to life. And we share how-tos so you can make a shareable world real in your life.”

Freeskool organizer (and Share Tompkins regular) Lily Gershon wrote a great article about Ithaca Freeskool for the site called “How to Share an Education, ” featuring photos and a video by Shira Golding. You can read the whole article and here’s an excerpt:

You’re in the park surrounded by swaying willows, or maybe knee deep in goldenrod in someone’s backyard, or sunk into the couch in a small apartment on Cayuga Street.

Usually, one way or another, a circle is formed. What are you doing here with a professor from Maine, a few pink-haired chatty teenagers from town, a local diesel mechanic, and a retired couple who brought cookies? You’re here to learn how to weave baskets out of the long limbs of willow trees. You’re discussing how Thor got along with the giants in Norse Mythology. You are about to plant the first herb in your medicinal garden. You’ve been hearing about natural gas drilling, but want to get more information. Any one of these people might be your teacher today.

In Ithaca, New York, the Ithaca Freeskool offers you an alternative to traditional education. With classes like Mushroom Hunting, Bike Repair, Know Your Rights with Debtors, and D.I.Y. Movie Making, it’s a refreshing variety of completely free classes for people of all ages. Started only a few years ago and run entirely by volunteers, the Freeskool gives the community an opportunity to share their skills and knowledge.

Wed 9/15: Organizers’ Meeting

Share Tompkins Organizers' Picnic/One-Year Celebration

Like sharing? All are welcome to come to this organizers’ meeting to plan for the next few months of Share Tompkins events. We’ll also discuss strategies for reaching new people, partnering with other groups and generating press.

Wednesday, September 15, 7-9pm
212 N. Plain St. #1, Ithaca, NY 14850

Feel free to bring snacks (vegan) or drinks to share.

If you’d like to get involved but can’t come to the meeting, let us know!

RSVP for the event on Facebook.

See you there!

Photos: RRFM at the North Star Market

Thanks to everyone who came out and shared today and thanks to Phoebe at The Shop and Northstar House for partnering with us for this event!

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Victory for NY Midwives

We’d like to congratulate our friends at Birthnet of the Finger Lakes for the passage of the Midwifery Modernization Act, which was signed into law by Governor Paterson yesterday. As Birthnet explains, “This legislation will increase access to midwifery care for women all over New York State and it will not cost the state anything.”

As it turns out, people who like sharing also like midwives. Some of our most active Share Tompkins organizers and participants have had home births with midwives! Below are photos taken at our January Really Really Free Market at the Henry St. John Building as part of the Birthnet’s “Free Our Midwives” photo project.

Jeci and Miles

McKenzie, Felix and Jamie

Jay, Bella and Evie

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