Ithaca, N.Y. —  The Tompkins County Public Library Foundation is launching “The Campaign for a 21st Century Library: Books and Beyond in the Digital Age” on Saturday night, according to a press release.

Columnist Amy Dickinson and and Cornell professor Kenneth McClane will be part of the event.

“This is a defining moment for public libraries,” Library Director Susan Currie said in a news release.

“The ways in which our community needs the library are changing, and we must respond. To flourish, people need lifelong access to an ever-increasing and ever-changing body of knowledge and tools and skills to make the most of it.”

The campaign launch is free and open to the public.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.