Library News!

Sing & Tell Story Hour

“Favorite Stories” Story Fun with Kathy Ross King. Children love the “pieces, props and puppets” that make author/songwriter/Story teller Kathy Ross’ story times so much fun. Lots of singing, wiggling and participation will keep children smiling from start to finish. After the program make a fun and funny puppet of your own to take home. June 17th at 6:30. Registration required – Please call the library at 649-5454.

Mixed Media Art Class

Spend an evening in the company of others creating your very own mixed media art piece. Learn mixed media basics such as collage, applications, creative backgrounds, texturizing, layering, integrating found objects and more. The beauty of mixed media is that anyone with little or no prior art experience can do it. You are free to experiment and be spontaneous in whatever you create. When working in mixed media there is no one right way to do it. The magic happens when we invite accidents and mistakes during the process.  Bring your own wine, beer or beverage of your choice, and enjoy a night of laughter and creativity. All materials and instruction provided. Held on the third Wednesday of each month beginning April 20th. No need to attend every month - come whenever your schedule allows. All sessions begin at 6pm. Age 21 and over. Please call the library at 649-5454 to register. $20.00 per session. Artist - Tracey Jean – Wadsworth - Noll Studio.

Writing Workshop

Linda Adams, Director of the Gouverneur Library will be hosting a writing workshop at the Lyme Free Library. Linda holds an M.A. and B.S. in English, has taught rhetoric and composition and literature at Jefferson Community College. She is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the Academy of American Poets, and the Horror Writers Association.  The workshops will consist of some base instruction and thoughts about writing, but the emphasis will be on writing itself.  Attendees can expect to do some actual writing and exercise their imaginations.  To that end, participants are expected to bring either a laptop or pen/pencil and notebook. June 29th at 6:30. Free.  

Registration Required: 649-5454.

Paddle Painting Class – Traditional Art

Participants enrolled in this course will learn to paint a 1000 Islands river scene on a wooden paddle.  Each student will draw their own river scene and then transfer that image to the paddle.  Using acrylic paints, students will then begin with painting the background areas and finish the paddle with foreground and finer details.  All materials will be supplied and by the end of the class students will leave with their own unique painting. John Miller III is from De Kalb Junction, NY and is the owner/artist of the Thousand Islands Picture Paddle Co.  John has taught painting classes for more than two decades.  He has worked with the Antique Boat Museum as an artist for their Empire State Partnership Program with the Thousand Island Central School District, as well as conducted many other programs. July 19th 1 to 4pm. Limited number of spots. Please call 649-5454 to register by July 15th. $25.00.

Summer Reading Program – Art, Music, Literature & more!

The Summer Reading Program is a free program for students entering grades 1 through 5. Participants choose a selection of books that interest them, keep track of what they read, attend at least 3 summer reading sessions to earn a Barnes & Noble Gift Card!  This program is made possible by a grant from Stewart’s Shops, and the generosity of local businesses and individuals.  All children must be accompanied by an adult while attending library programs. July 12th and 26th, August 9th and 23rd. All sessions begin at 10:30. Registration required. Please call 649-5454 by July 1st to register.

Artful Antics – Art Camp for Kids!

Local Artist Tracey Kraft will be offering a Summer Art Camp for Kids under 12 years of age at the library this summer! Classes will run on Fridays during July from 2 to 3:30pm. Sessions will include painting, masks, dream catchers, and working with canvas, wood and paper.  $15 per class. For more information email Tracey at Registration required. To register please call the library at 649-5454. 

Free Online Music and Art Instruction

ArtistWorks for Libraries provides patrons with free world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons from Grammy Award-winning music and artistic professionals. Simply  click the ArtistWorks button on the right hand side of this page to get started. A library card is needed to create an account.

ART: Art Lessons. CLASSICAL: Piano Lessons, Classical Guitar Lessons, Flute Lessons, Clarinet Lessons, French Horn Lessons, Trumpet Lessons, Violin Lessons. BASS: Electric Bass Lessons, Jazz Bass Lessons, Bluegrass Bass Lessons. BLUEGRASS: Banjo Lessons, Mandolin Lessons, Fiddle Lessons, Bluegrass Guitar Lessons, Dobro Lessons, Bass Lessons. GUITAR: Rock Guitar Lessons, Bluegrass Flatpick, Guitar Lessons, Jazz & More Guitar Lessons, Bluegrass Dobro Lessons, Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons, Classical Guitar Lessons, Jazz Guitar Lessons, Blues Guitar Lessons, Acoustc Guitar 101. HARMONICA: Harmonica Lessons. PERCUSSION: Library Exclusive Percussion Lessons. PIANO: Popular Piano Lessons. 

Basket Raffles

The Lyme Free Library has put together another amazing collection of Basket Raffles for 2016.  We have assembled over 20 baskets with themes ranging from Summer Fun to Chocolate! Items include: art supplies, holiday goodies, books, appliances, toys, dinosaurs, Miss Kitty, blankets, gardening supplies, stationery, kitchen supplies, cooking supplies and more. Don’t miss this chance to get in on the fun! Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5. Drawings will be at our Annual Clam Bake on August 28th.

Clam Bake

     Sunday, August 28th  -  The Crescent Restaurant  -  4 to 6pm  -  $25 per ticket

           Ticket Includes 2 trips to the Clam Bar.

         Tickets available at Lyme Free Library & The Crescent Restaurant.

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting at the Library.  Featuring New York State Wines. Tastings - $5 for 3.  August 28, 2016.  3 to 5 pm. Presented by Arsenal Wine & Liquor. Tickets available at the library.


 Annual Art & Antique Auction

Lyme Free Library is now accepting art and antique items for our annual silent auction. If you have an item you would like to donate, please drop it off at the library during regular business hours. 

Free Computer Classes

The North Country Library System offers workshops on various computer topics. Each class is a one-time workshop held at The Lyme Free Library. All workshops are free!

Introduction to Computers

Class introduces participants to the basics of PC computers.  Covers creation of files and folders, how and where to save them, how to copy from one document to another.  Participants should be comfortable with handling a mouse and keyboard.  May 25th at 1pm. Please call 649-5454 to register.

Organizing Files and Photos

This class will cover organizing and sorting files and photos. Bring your digital camera or phone to download photos. June 8th at 1 pm. Please call 649-5454 to register.

Computer Basics & Open Lab

This Class introduces participants to the basics of computers. It will be followed by an open lab where participants can work one on one with the instructor.  June 22nd at 1pm. Please call 649-5454 to register.

Jefferson Community Classes at Lyme Free Library This Summer!

Pencil Drawing

Enroll in this basic class and learn the fundamentals of sketching and basic drawing techniques in a fun, laid back format! The topics covered will include, the components of a picture, hard and soft lines, basic shading, blending and layering, as well as smudging. Bring pencils and sketchbook to this workshop. Ages 11+. July 11th at 10am. $15. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.

Buying and Selling on Etsy

Etsy is a global marketplace for creative businesses with a community of more than 15 million buyers and sellers. This workshop will serve as a quick-start guide to getting your shop up and running. The workshop will focus on basic set up, pricing and shipping, and running your shop effectively. We will also cover item photography, how to gain exposure, marketing and brand promotion and how to create a cohesive and appealing shop. July 15th at 10am. $15. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.

Digital Photography

Bring your digital camera and USB cord to this workshop to learn about the basics of digital photography. Learn to take indoor and outdoor photos, upload and edit your photos to print or share on social media. This is a class for beginners or those with a bit more experience. July 18th at 10am. $15. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.

New Books at the Library

Adult: Chasing the North Star by Morgan, Taxidermist’s Daughter by Mosse, Memory House by Goodnight, Desperate Measures by Bannister, Clawback by Jance, No Safe Secret by Michaels, Cracked Spine by Shelton, Evergreen Springs by Thayne, Loving Eleanor by Albert, 101 Homemade Products for your Skin by Berry, Brush of Wings by Kingsbury, Vampire Bones and Treacle Scones by Dunnett, Longbow Girl by Davies, Abundance by Dillard, Danish Girl by Ebershoff, Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery by Colgan, Charm Bracelet by Shipman, Treasure Concealed by Peterson, Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Bivald, Perils of Command by Donachie, Fool Me Once by Coben, Wedding Cake Murder by Fluke.

Children’s: Lea Leads the Way & Lea Dives In by Yee, Big Fish Little Fish by Litton, Daniel Finds a Poem by Archer, Good Trick Walking Stick by Bestor, Good Night Lake by Gamble, Good Morning Yoga by Gates, Duck, Duck, Dinosaur by George, Clovers Luck by George, Hoot by Litton, Roar by Litton, Listen to Our World by Martin, All Aboard National Parks by Meyers, Jacky Ha Ha by Patterson.

Books on CD: Private Paris by Patterson, At the Edge of the Orchard by Chevalier, Maybe a Fox by Appelt

Borrow free eBooks, audiobooks, and

magazines from your local public library -

anywhere, anytime.

All you need is a library card!

Early Town of Lyme Postcards For Sale

We have a new collection of early Town of Lyme postcards for sale at the library – The National Hotel, “Navajo”, Crescent Yacht Club, Railroad Draw Bridge, Yacht Race on Chaumont Bay, Cove Cottage Schermerhorn Park, Union High School Three Mile Bay, Buttermilk Falls on the Chaumont River and The Chaumont Railroad Station.  

Postcards are .50 each.

Book Sale

Lyme Free Library is holding a small book sale in the back room of the library. All books are adult fiction. Hardcover books are $2, paperbacks are $1.

“Cougar in the Snow” Raffle

Lyme Free Library is holding a special raffle of a beautifully framed Robert Bateman print titled “Cougar in the Snow”.

Tickets are $5 each. Drawing will be held at our annual book sale on August 13, 2016.

Board Meetings

 The Board of Trustees of Lyme Free Library will meet on May 9th at 6:45. All meetings are open to the public. Changes will be posted in the Library and on our web site

Sail into Reading Story Time

Story Time for children ages 3 to 5. Lyme Free Library story time is a fun learning experience that parents and children can share together.  Sessions include stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts for children.  Please join us on Wednesdays at 11 am.

Book Discussion Group 2016

May 17th- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

June 21st- The Story Teller by Jodi Picoult

Book Talk meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Please join us!

Free Daily Tumble Book!

Tumble Book Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. Lyme Free Library is now offering a free Tumble Book each day on their website. Just go to, scroll down and click on the TumbleBook Library Button.

Quilting Group

Are you a quilter? Do you want to get out and meet with others who share your interest? Join us every Tuesday at 6:45 to share project ideas and make friends with other quilters. Open to all!

Free Kid's Raffle at the Library!

Each time a child checks out a book at the library, they may enter their name for a free drawing for a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Drawings will be held on the last day of each month through December 2016.

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