Summer Events!

Summer Reading Program

For children entering grades 1 to 5. Choose a selection of books that interest you, keep track of what you read, attend at least 3 sessions, and earn a Barnes & Noble Gift Card!  Presentations by storyteller Regi Carpenter, artist Tracey Kraft, glassblowers Foster Holcombe & Theda Hansen and The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake. Begins July 7th. Please call 649-5454. Free. A special thanks to Stewart’s Shops, Watertown Savings Bank, Jefferson Abstract, The Blue Heron and Citizen’s Bank for their continued support. 

Daniel Tiger Visit!

This summer, WPBS partners with local libraries to host PBS Kids Raising Readers Library Tour with Daniel Tiger! Each visit includes story time, a visit with Daniel Tiger and free books with suggested activities to keep young readers engaged throughout the summer. Don’t forget your camera! Balloon animals, crafts and more. Tuesday, July 14th at 1pm.

Make a Hand Blown Glass Ornament this Summer!

At the summer glass blowing studio of Foster Holcombe & Theda Hansen. Pick the color, design, and texture and then participate in its creation by adding your own air as our glassblower coaxes the shape with specialized tools. Once the ornament is shaped, it's removed from the pipe and a hook is created from molten glass to finish the ornament. Your ornament will be ready for pick up the next day. Open to all ages. July 28th. Don't forget your camera! $50 per ornament - $25 from each ornament will be donated to the library! Registration required. Please call the library at 649-5454 to register and for more information.

Summer Raffles!

The Lyme Free Library has two summer raffles taking place! One is our winner takes all raffle which includes: A Pampered Chef casserole, books, thermos & cups, decorated metal shelf, stuffed animals, kid’s toys, and lots of summer fun items. This raffle supports children’s programming at the library and is on display at Citizen’s Bank. The second raffle features individual baskets. Baskets include: A Keurig K-Cup Brewing System, Crock Pot slow cooker, garden supplies, candles, wine baskets, books, nautical items, gift cards and much more! The baskets are on display at the library.

Board Meetings

The Lyme Free Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Monday of each month. The July meeting will be held on the 13th at 6:45.

Book, Art & Bake Sale

Our annual book sale offers thousands of books, from shiny new bestsellers to antique curiosities!  An art display and sale will also be part of the event.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support local artists and indulge in a tasty treat while giving back to your community. August 8th, from 9am to 2pm.

Brownstone Book Fund Donation

Lyme Free Library has just received a gift of 100 children’s books, including many old classics and new favorites. We have received this donation through the generosity of the Brownstone Book Fund, a private foundation in New York City, which is interested in fostering early reading, a love of books, and encouraging parents and children to read together.

Art & Antique Auction Begins!

Our Annual Art & Antique Silent Auction has begun! Place your bids now thru 1pm on August 8th for a chance to win. Items include, paintings, pottery, hand blown glass, Bradford plates, a miniature gift shop and more!  The library is still accepting works of art & antiques for the auction. Items may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours.

Computer Class

Organizing and Saving your Documents and Data

One of the simplest and most overlooked task is getting your computer files organized. This class will explore practices for keeping your files and documents neat, in folders, searchable and accessible. Presented by Jamie Peck. Free. August 4th, 1 to 3pm. Please register online or call the library at 649-5454.

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. 

 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. 

Balloon Animal Classes

Learn to make balloon animals in a fun and interactive class. Presented by Carolyn & Francis Bailey. July 21st @ 6:30 and August 11th at 6:30. Free!

Stone Houses of Jefferson County

Editor’s presentation at Lyme Free Library on July 11th from 1 to 3pm. This examination of the stone houses of Jefferson County, New York, portrays 85 buildings - farm houses, mansions, churches, mills, a barracks, a smithy, and a jail - in color and period photographs.

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.

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!

Art of Fire Glass Studio Offering Classes in Chaumont This Summer!

Foster Holcombe and Theda Hansen will be offering a beginning glassblowing course at their glass blowing studio on Pt. Salubrious this summer. For more information and to register, please contact Foster and Theda at:, or call 301-253-6642

Ancestry – Library Edition

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

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

July 21st - In the Kingdom of Ice by Sides

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

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, July 24, 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. Wednesday, July 8, 2015. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost: $15. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.

Mac Basics

Have a Mac computer, and need to know how to use it?  This is the workshop for you!  Our Mac Basics course is a great option for those who are just getting started.  We’ll begin with an overview of how the user interface works, and how to customize your own preferences.  Then we’ll take the majority of our time to work hands on with the apps included on every Mac. Participants who own any of the MacBook family of portable computers are encouraged to bring them and follow along during the workshop!  NOTE: Laptops will not be provided, students should plan to bring their own laptops. CED 099 701. Instructor: Leonard Flack. Wednesday, July 22, 2015. 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Cost: $35. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.


Apple’s iCloud service provides seamless integration of all your music, photos, contacts, calendars, email, and more across multiple Apple computers, iPads and iPhones. This workshop will help you discover how to use the features of iCloud to manage and share your information, so that it is synced wirelessly and always available at your fingertips! Participants are encouraged to bring their Apple devices to experiment with.  CED 103 701. Instructor: Leonard Flack. Wednesday, July 29, 2015. 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Cost: $35. 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. CED 640 702. Instructor: Jessica Hayden. Friday, July 31, 2015. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm or Friday, August 7, 2015. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Cost: $15. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.

Mac Unleashed

Take your existing knowledge of Mac OS X to the next level with our Mac Unleashed workshop! We’ll spend our time learning how to use the latest features included in the Mac operating system.  Participants who own any of the MacBook family of portable computers are encouraged to bring them and follow along during the workshop!  Topics include Managing and Preserving Your Data, iCloud, Facetime, Messages, AirDrop, etc.  CED 100 701. Instructor: Leonard Flack. Wednesday, August 5, 2015. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Cost: $35. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.

How to Buy and Sell on eBay

Participants will learn eBay basics including how to set up an account, buy and place bids, how to judge sellers, and learn about various shipping and payment options.   Students will also learn selling basics including how to add a picture to a listing to make it more appealing and learn about pricing and other basics.  Participants must be experienced with using a computer, with accessing the Internet and must have an active e-mail address.  CED 018 701. Instructor: Todd Parody. Tuesday, August 11, 2015. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m... Location: Lyme Free Library. Cost: $15. Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.


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