Library News!

   Card Making 101- 3rd Tuesdays

Char Dwyer will be offering adult card making classes on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:30 AM. Each participant will create 2 high quality cards for $5.00. All materials will be provided (if you have a favorite adhesive, please bring it along). Come to one class or all of them.  $5 per class. Please RSVP 1 week before class date to the Library at 315-649-5454.

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July 18th 6pm - Skin Care Make & Take - $10 - Sugar Scrub, Facial Serum, Blemish Stick & Hand Cream.

 Please call 315-649-5454 to register. 

Presented by Sarah Bullock. Please call 315-649-5454 to register

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Free Kid’s Painting Program - Paint a Wooden “Wiggle Fish”

July 21st 2pm to 3pm. Please call the library at 315-649-5454 to register.

Painting Classes at the Library!

Join us this  summer for  two  unique painting sessions with Lynette Lundy.  Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.  Seats are only reserved after payment is received. “No Shows”  and late cancellations will not receive a refund.  Snacks & drinks will be provided. Visit to register.

             Paint A Wooden Paddle!                              

 July 21st 10am to noon. Paint a 48” solid wood canoe paddle. Lynette will  pre-sketch the basic layout on your paddle ahead of time so you will have more time to enjoy painting.  $75 per painter includes wood canoe paddle and all supplies.

Midnight Blue Heron Painting!

August 4th. 10am to noon. We pre-sketch the 16”x20” canvas so there is no stress. We find that pre-sketching reduces the anxiety many new painters have. $45 per painter includes instructions and supplies for the canvas.

Art & Antiques

                             Hand Blown Glass Bowl, Paintings, Antiques, Cross Stitch, Prints, Glasses, Handcrafted Coffee Table, Blue Heron Painting,          Painted Shoes, Nativity, Handmade Pepper Grinder, Oil Lamp, Porcelain, Branch Plant Stands, Quilted Wall Hangings and More. Pictures of all items are on our Facebook page.

Stop in and place your bid today!   Winners announced August 11th at 2pm.

Summer Reading Program

Participants choose a selection of books that interest them, keep track of what they read, attend at least 4 of the 5 sessions, and earn a Barnes & Noble Gift Card!  The program is for children entering grades 1 to 6. This year our summer reading program will begin on July 10th. All sessions begin at 10:30am. Please register by July 2nd by calling 315-649-5454.

July 10th

Blue Mountain Lake - Campfire Stories

Many early guides were talented story tellers who mastered the art of the tall tale. Your students will listen to a tall tale from Adventures in the Wilderness, dissect the story and then create their own campfire stories in small groups using the IPad app “Little Bird Tales” and a story wheel.

July 24th

Glass Blowing Field Trip

Field Trip to the summer glass blowing studio of Foster Holcombe & Theda Hansen on Point Salubrious. Parents must provide transportation and be present during the presentation. Please meet at the library at 10am.

August 7th

Adventures in Art!

Make a Rainstick instrument with local artist Tracey Jean, a self taught mixed media

plaster and clay artist, illustrator and sculptor.

August 21st

Celebrating 200 Years!

Every community is special and has a story to tell.

Join Lyme Heritage Center’s Shirley Williams and learn about the history of The Town of Lyme. All children must be accompanied by an adult while attending library programs.

Thank You!

A special than you to the local businesses that contributed to this year’s Summer Reading Program: Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown Savings Bank, Stewart’s Shops, Wise Guys, Advanced Business Systems & Citizen’s Bank. It’s wonderful that our community businesses support literacy and learning at the library!

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Raffle Baskets

Raffle baskets include: Chocolate Lovers, Summer Fun, Lake, Fall & More!

Tickets $2 each, or 3 for $5 - Drawing August 11th

 Field Trip to Local Glass Blowing Studio

Join us on a field trip to the Art of Fire summer glass blowing studio of Foster Holcombe & Theda Hansen on Point Salubrious. You must provide your own transportation. Please call the library to register at 315-649-5454. Please meet at the library at 10am. July 24th. Free.

Annual Book Sale

Baked Goods, Artists & Authors!

August 11th 9am to 3pm

Authors & Artists – Free Spaces 

Local authors and artists are invited to register for free spaces (limit of 2 10 x 10 foot spaces) at our annual book sale on August 11th.  The sale runs from 9am to 3 pm. 

Call 315-649-5454 to register.

Book Donations

Due to lack of storage space, we can only accept books for our annual book sale from August 1 to August 11. 


Astronomy Classes at the Library!

Presented by John Rusho

Class times: Indoor 7 to 8:00 PM at Lyme Free Library, followed by an outdoor session from 8:15 to approx. 10:00 PM. Class is intended for 12 years and older.

Please call 315-649-5454 to register.

August 3rd

Introduction & Course Overview – Earth/Moon demo, astronomical distances, Constellations, Apparent Sky Motions, Solar & Lunar Motions, Seasons. Outdoor: Cardinal Points, Altitude-Azimuth system, Apparent Sky Motions, Begin constellations, basics of locating and identifying, Seasonal rising & setting points of Sun, also Sun’s altitude and time in sky.

August 10th

Brief history of Astronomy - Classical Greeks, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Renaissance - Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler, Galileo, Solar System - General, Terrestrial & Jovian Planets, other Objects. Outdoor: Constellation Mythology and their meaning today, Finding & observing planets.              

August 17th

Binoculars and Telescopes - common designs & mountings for amateurs (brief overview). Outdoor: Using telescopes, Viewing planets (Venus, Jupiter, possibly Saturn), What is deep sky and what do you see? 

August 24th

The Stars – Their Properties, Distances, Stellar Patterns – The H-R Diagram, nearby vs. bright stars, Our Galaxy – The Milky Way. Outdoor: Star colors and meaning, Observe star clusters and nebulae.      

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Fly Tying Workshop

 Local resident Don Tedford will present an instructional program on basic fly tying techniques on August 13th at 1pm at the Lyme Free Library. Participants will have an opportunity to tie a “Wooly Bugger” a basic pattern used to attract a broad variety of game fish. All tools and materials will be provided. Advanced sign up is preferred. Don is a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited and serves as a volunteer with the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) Fort Drum Chapter. This organization provides instruction on fly tying, fly casting, rod building, and guiding disabled retired and active duty service members on fishing excursions in the Northern New York region. Please call 315-649-5454 to register.

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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.

Massey's Furniture Store Donates $928 for Children's Books!

New Books are on the Shelves and Ready to Go!

Lyme Free Library was delighted to be the first public library to receive a donation from Massey’s Furniture Barn’s Bucks for Books program. $928 were donated for the purchase of elementary-level library books. We appreciate the investment Massey’s is making in our communities!

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Drop-in for part or all of this group coloring event for all ages. We'll supply colored pencils, crayons, pens, and pre-printed intricate coloring pages geared toward adults, featuring beautiful mandala patterns, flowers, architecture, etc. Mondays at 1pm.   If you are unable to make it on Monday, stop in anytime and use the libraries materials.   

Book Discussion Group


July 17th:   The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

August 21stShadow Tag by Louise Erdrich

September 18th:   Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

October  16th:    The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

November 20th:   Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

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

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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 6:30 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 2017.

Join the Celebration!

Help Lyme Free Library celebrate the Town of Lyme’s 200th Anniversary!

Share your Talents, Skills, & Interests with other Community Members!

Lyme Free Library would like to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Town by showcasing all our community has to offer. We are looking for community members that would be willing to volunteer their time to present free programs to the public at the library. We are open to all suggestions art, music, writing, history, crafts, astronomy, design, woodworking, knitting, fly tying, health, fiber arts, fishing, gardening, nature, technology, dance, acting… It can be a one-time presentation, class, multiple classes, a jam session, demonstration, lecture…. You can start a club: Lego, Book, Harry Potter, kayaking, Star Wars, American Girl… You get the idea! Simply submit your idea to the library and the board will review it and get back to you.

Lyme Free Library - PO Box 369 - 12165 NYS RT 12E, Chaumont, NY 13622

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O’Reilly Prints Make Great Gifts!

Give as is, or frame for an extra special gift.

C.V. Fisheries Station, Lyme Free Library, Union Cheese Factory at Stone Mills & Old Glory - Limerick Home.

Lyme Free Library is offering prints by Local Artist James O’Reilly for just $20. Prints feature Sawmill Bay, The Cape Vincent Lighthouse, The Copley House, The Chaumont Hardware Store, Cove Cottage, the Cape Vincent Lighthouse, and more! See all of his prints on Facebook!



  North Country Library System patrons will now be able to access the organization’s entire catalog right from their smartphones. The App allows patrons to search for and reserve books across the system and manage their account. It can  act as a digital library card, as it is able to be scanned to check out books. The app has information on all 65 branches in the system, including hours and locations. The calendar feature, which sorts events by county, allows patrons to explore neighboring libraries. Our favorite feature is the ISBN scanner. If you see a book in a store you think you might like to read, scan the barcode on the book and it will tell you if it’s in our catalog. The North Country Library System app is available to download for free on Apple and Android devices.             

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.

Board Meetings

 The Board of Trustees of Lyme Free Library meets on the second Monday of each month at 6pm. All meetings are open to the public.

Changes will be posted in the Library and on our web site

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.


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