Summer Events!

Book, Art & Bake Sale - August 8th from 9 to 2

Book Sale - Stock up on your summer reading at the “Gently Used Book Sale” sponsored by Lyme Free Library. Get super savings on books, music, and movies!

Art Sale - An art display and sale will also be part of the event.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support local artists while giving back to your community.

Silent Auction - Don’t forget to place your bid at the silent auction of art & antique items now until 1pm on the 8th. Over 20 items including: a signed copy of Stone Houses of Jefferson County, paintings, pottery, a small quilt, hand blown glass, an antique chair, Bradford plates, a miniature gift shop and more! Pictures of all of the silent auction items are posted on the library's Facebook page. Stop in and place a bid today!

Bake Sale - Pies, cakes, brownies and more!

Summer Raffle - Our annual basket raffle has begun! Baskets include: A Keurig K-Cup Brewing System, Crock Pot slow cooker, garden supplies, candles, scarves, wine baskets, books, nautical items, toys, chocolate, gift cards and much more! Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5. The baskets are on display at Citizen's Bank in Chaumont through the month of July. Winners announced at our Clam Bake in early September.

Clam Bake!

Our annual Clam bake will be held in mid September!

Details to be announced in August.

 Artful Antics

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 from July 6th to August 24th, on Mondays from 4 to 6 pm. Sessions will include painting, masks, dream catchers, and working with canvas, wood and paper.  Single class: $15, All 8 Classes: $100 (paid in advance), 4 Classes $50 (paid in advance). For more information email Tracey at To register email Tracey or call the library at 649-5454. 

Girl’s Night Out – Mixed Media Art Project


Mix, Mingle and Paint at Girls' Night Out!  You will be guided through a variety of mixed media techniques to complete a one-of-a-kind take away project. Girls' Night Out is about experimenting with new techniques, finding your own artistic voice and having fun in a relaxed environment without the pressures of a technical class. All materials are provided. $20 per session. BYOB. Over 21 only. All levels welcome. Tracey Jean, instructor. 4 sessions: July 15th & 29th, August 12th & 26th. 6-8 pm. Pre-registration is required. Call 649-5454, or email: to register. GNO classes fill quickly and there is a waiting list. Be kind- if your plans change, please give 24 hour notice so we may give your place to someone else.


Balloon Animal Classes

Learn to make balloon animals in a fun and interactive class. Presented by Carolyn & Francis Bailey. August 11th at 6:30. Free!

How to Write a Book and Get it into Print

Thinking of writing a book and publishing it by yourself?  It’s relatively easy but with vision and determination most people can do it.  Robert Egby, former international journalist and news photographer and now local author and publisher of eleven books, fiction and non-fiction, explains how it can be done in practical terms.  The seminar will cover both printed books and eBooks. Robert will provide printed notes, but participants should bring notepads and pens. To date Robert has written four self-help books, one autobiography and five historical fiction novels, one of which has been translated in Spanish.  For more information, email Robert at  Tuesday, August 25th at. 6:30.


Stone Building Masonry and Restoration

There is a certain irresistible charm about a stone house. There is an aura of timelessness, as if they have always been there and always will be. Building with materials as old as nature makes a home seem as if it were part of the story of the land. Stone Mason Ralph Eastman will be presenting a program on building and restoring stone buildings at the Lyme Free Library on August 21st at 6:30.  Mr. Eastman will discuss building in the early days and his work restoring stone structures. Local stone home owners Diane Tedford (The Ryder House) & Tina Schwind (The Dillenbeck House) will share their experiences while owning a stone home. 

Bricks 4 Kidz Lego Class

Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide an educational opportunity for children to learn, build and play with Lego bricks. Free. Tuesday August 25th at 6pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Local Author Ellen Wiseman’s new book “Coal River” now available for pre-order!

In this vibrant new historical novel, the acclaimed author of The Plum Tree and What She Left Behind explores one young woman’s determination to put an end to child labor in a Pennsylvania mining town. Release date – November 24thEllen will give a presentation and sign books at the library on December 9th at 6:30.

Board Meetings

The Lyme Free Library Board of Trustees next meeting will be held on August 17th at 6:45.

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.

Buy on Amazon – Donate to Local Libraries!

Your purchases at Amazon can benefit NCLS libraries.  Just click on the prominent message on the home page of the Catalog and NCLS will receive a portion of the sale price for anything purchased. You can find the Amazon message on our Catalog: Using this gateway to Amazon does not increase the cost of your purchases and has the advantage of enhancing the Regional Digital Collection for our libraries. 

Quilting Group

The quilting group meets at 6:30 each Tuesday in The Children’s Room. Bring a project to work on and ideas to share. Open to all!

Ancestry – Library Edition

Access billions of genealogy records. Discover your family history and start your family tree. Must be used at an NCLS library. New York

Several New York repositories have formed a partnership with to digitize family history records and make them available on line for free. The list of records available is located in the bottom left corner of the New York web page. Descriptions of the records as well as the holding organizations are provided through the links and logos on the New York web page. Free access to New York is available to New York State residents. This access requires a free New York account.

Consumer Reports and America's Historical Newspapers are now available!

Consumer Reports

Free access to, which provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

America's Historical Newspapers

AHN is the most comprehensive online resource for searching and browsing early American newspapers. Contains more than 2,000 fully searchable historical newspapers from all 50 states, dating 1690-1922.

Like all of our popular online resources, both additions are located on the right hand side of the North Country Library System Catalog, These new resources are very easy to access and do not require the creation of an account. Simply log in to the catalog and click the desired resource. 

Free Kids 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 2015.

Book Discussion Group

August 18th - The Burgess Boys by Strout

Sept. 15th - All the Light We Cannot See by Doerr

*Please note change in August and Sept books.

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

Sail into Reading Story Time

Story Time for children ages 3 to 5. Please join us on Wednesdays at 11am for stories, crafts and fun!

Jefferson Community College Classes at Lyme Free Library

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. CED 640 702. Instructor: Jessica Hayden.  Friday, August 7, 2015. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Cost: $15. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.

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 using a grid, the components of a picture, hard and soft lines, basic shading, blending and layering, as well as smudging.  Bring pencils and a sketch pad to this workshop. CED 404 701. Instructor: Jessica Hayden. Friday, October 16, 2015 6 to 8pm. Cost: $15. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.

Learn How to Use Your Digital Camera

Bring your digital camera and your USB cord to this workshop to learn about the basics of digital photography. This is a beginner class where you will learn to take better indoor and outdoor photos. CED 052 701. Instructor: Jessica Hayden. Friday, October 23, 2015. 6 to 8pm. Cost: $15. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.

21st Century Job Search

Monday, November 9, 2015. 10 to 12am. Please call JCC at 786-2385 for more information and to register.

iPad Class

Friday, November 20, 2015. 6 to 8pm. Please call JCC at 786-2385 for more information and to register.




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