Featured Posts

October 17, 2018

“The books we’ve chosen deal with forms of justice, with peoples’ experiences of oppression and the quest for liberation.” — Sean

“We read these books to learn from them, to learn how we can make the world a better place.” — Nicole

Sean Eversley Bradwell is currently the...

October 3, 2018

“Reading exposes you to more than you could ever imagine which then helps us to make better choices, based on broader information - based not just on our own day to day experience.” — Carol

“I never felt that I had much to say politically as a young person, but now I fe...

September 19, 2018

“I think it’s very natural for Ithaca Is Books to be a very real mantra here.”

In the fall of 2017, Shirley Collado was inaugurated as the ninth president of Ithaca College. The child of Dominican immigrants, she grew up in New York City and received her BS from Vanderb...

September 5, 2018

“I read my way out of poverty long before I worked my way out of poverty.”

Svante L. Myrick was sworn into office and became the City of Ithaca’s youngest Mayor and first Mayor of color on January 1, 2012. The Mayor has a degree in Communication from Cornell University...

August 22, 2018

“Education is liberation.”

Cal Walker is a community leader, mentor, social activist, educator, and the Outreach Liaison in Cornell University’s Office of Community Relations. In 2002 he founded the Village at Ithaca, which works to help students—particularly those who...

August 8, 2018

“This is a community that values people and education. What that means in a library is that it’s your own personal education.”

In August 2017, Annette Birdsall was named the Director of the Tompkins County Public Library. From 2012 to 2017, she was the Director of the U...

July 18, 2018

Ithaca is regularly named among the smartest and most literate cities in the country, and our little bookstore sits right at the heart of this most literate community. So we thought it would be a good idea to come up with a phrase that captures that...and Ithaca Is Boo...

“As a cooperatively owned store, Buffalo Street Books is dedicated to being a

downtown resource that supports the community’s passion for reading, books and literacy.”

Established in 2011 as Ithaca’s first and only cooperative bookstore, BSB now claims 735 owners, having...

The Pulitzer Prizes (Pronounced PULL it sir), “...are perceived as a major incentive

for high-quality journalism and have focused worldwide attention on American

achievements in letters and music.”

“[Joseph Pulitzer’s] innovative New York World and St. Louis Post-...