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Holiday Art Fair & Open House

  A treasury of art and handmade gifts created by talented local artists. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Admission is free. December 5th from 1 to 3pm.

Book Signing "Coal River"

by Ellen Wiseman

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.

Mix, Mingle and Paint at Girls' Night Out!

Girls' Night Out is about experimenting with new techniques, finding your own artistic voice and having fun in a relaxed environment. You will be guided through a variety of mixed media techniques to complete a one-of-a-kind take away project. All levels welcome. All materials are provided. BYOB. Over 21 only. November 23rd - 6 to 8pm. $20. Registration required by November 20th. Please call 649-5454 to register.

December Break Activities for Kids

Looking for a way to keep your child entertained and engaged during the December school break? Lyme Free Library will be hosting two creative sessions for kids:

Crafts for Kids!

We’re cleaning out the craft closet! Drop in on Monday, December 28th between 1 and 3 pm to make a craft or two to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Legos at the Library!

Join us for our “Block Party” Tuesday, December 29th from 1 to 2:30pm. Free. Open to all ages. The library will provide the Legos. Duplo blocks will be available for the little ones. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Please call the library at 649-5454 to register.

Holiday Raffle

Christmas Train, artwork, decorations, candles, frames kitchenware, dish towels, placemats, soaps, puzzles, scarves, glassware, goodies for the kids, and more! Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5. Drawing Dec 18th. On display at Citizen's Bank in Chaumont.

“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.

The Holiday Season is on it's Way!   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. 

Board Meetings

The Lyme Free Library Board of Trustees November meeting will be held on 9th at 6:45. There will not be a December meeting. 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.

Give the Gift of Reading to a Child this Holiday Season!

The Lyme Free Library “Books for Children Program” collects new books that will be distributed to children during the holiday season.  New books and donations may be dropped off at the library through Dec. 5th. 

Book Discussion Group

December – no meeting

January 19th – The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower

February 16th – Tropic of Night by Michael Gruber

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



Jefferson Community College Classes at Lyme Free Library in Chaumont

Free Library

Photoshop for Kids (Ages 11+)

Put your creativity to the test using our laptops and software. We’ll learn the basics of Photoshop and have fun doing it. Instructor: Jessica Hayden. Saturday, January 9, 2016. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Cost: $20

Pencil Drawing (Ages 11+)

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. Instructor: Jessica Hayden. Saturday, February 6, 2016. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Cost: $20

Pencil Drawing Part 2 (Ages 11+)

Pick up where you left off during Pencil Drawing Part 1, or start fresh.  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. Instructor: Jessica Hayden. Saturday, February 20, 2016. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Cost: $20

Digital Photography for Beginners (ages 11+)

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. Instructor: Jessica Hayden

Friday, March 4, 2016. 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Cost $20

All Classes held at Lyme Free Library, 12165 NYS RT 12E, Chaumont. Please call JCC at 786-2233 to register.

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

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.

Beginning Genealogy Research

 Ready to start your family tree? Judy Larkin has offered to work with patrons one on one to start or overcome hurdles in family research. She will meet with patrons at the library. Please call the library at 649-5454 to schedule a session. 


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.

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