Library News!

A sincere thank you to all who voted to support The Lyme Free Library!

We appreciate your vote of confidence and look forward to the year ahead.

A special Thank You! to Cathy Gallagher and

all who attended our Victorian Tea Party. 

It was a huge success!

Author Meet & Greet – William Kowalski

William Kowalski will read from and sign copies of his new novel, THE BEST POLISH RESTAURANT IN BUFFALO. A blend of historical and modern fiction, the book spans 107 years in the life of a Polish-American family in Buffalo, New York. The story is told through the eyes of 16-year-old Aniela, who immigrates in 1908, and her great-grandson, Iggy, who in 2015 is trying to save the restaurant that has nourished his family for the past four generations.  Read more at William Kowalski is the best-selling author of Eddie’s Bastard, Somewhere South of Here, The Hundred Hearts, and many other books. He has won the 2001 Ama-Boeke Award and the 2014 Thomas H. Raddall Award, and has been nominated four times for the Ontario Library Association's Golden Oak Award. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.  Visit him online at Presenting William Kowalski will be internationally-beloved, best-selling author and local resident Ellen Wiseman, who will be giving away five copies of her new book, The Life She was Given. June 6th at 6:30.

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!

Please call 649-5454 to register.


iPad Class June 13th at 6pm
Computer Basics June 27that 6pm

It’s a Monster! 

Join us for our Kid’s Sculpting Class with local artist Tracey Jean. Kids of all ages (with parent‘s assistance for the younger ones) will sculpt monsters of their own making using paper clay and sculpting tools. We sculpt on July 19th, and return on July 26th to paint. Both classes run from 1 to 2 pm. $15 per student covers both classes and all supplies. This is a popular class – It fills up quickly! Reserve your spot today – Call 649-5454.

Ellen Wiseman's New Book

The Life She Was Given

From acclaimed author Ellen Marie Wiseman comes a vivid, daring novel about the evastating power of family secrets—beginning in the poignant, lurid world of a Depression-era traveling circus and coming full circle in the transformative 1950s. On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly Blackwood glimpses circus lights from the grimy window of her attic bedroom. Lilly isn’t allowed to explore the meadows around Blackwood Manor. She’s never even ventured beyond her narrow room. But on this unforgettable night, Lilly is taken outside for the first time and sold to the circus sideshow. Release date July 25th – Preorder your copy today. Book Signing at the Library on July 27th at 6:30.

Free Spaces for Authors & Artists

Lyme Free Library is currently taking applications for our annual book sale. Spaces are Free for authors and artists - 2 spaces max. You must supply your own tables and weather protection. Advanced registration is required. August 12th - 9 am to 3pm - Rain or shine! Please call 315-649-5454 by August 1st. The earlier you sign up, the more exposure you will get through our advertising!

PLEASE NOTE – The library will only be able to accept book donations from August 1st through the 12th due to storage restrictions. We will not be accepting text books, reader's digest, magazines, VHS tapes, encyclopedias or books in poor condition (mold…).


New Paintings include The Cape Vincent

Light House & Sawmill Bay.

Lyme Free Library is offering prints by Local Artist James O’Reilly for just $20. Paintings feature The Chaumont Hardware Store, The Wallace Barn on Pt. Salubrious and The Chez Heron Banquet Hall as well as scenes of Sackets Harbor, Amish life and country scenes. See all of the prints on Facebook. We also offer book bags with a sailing scene, local histories and “Around Three Mile Bay” by Elaine Bock. Visit us on Facebook to see all of the prints that are available.

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.

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.

JCC Classes at the Lyme Free Library This Summer!

 Please call JCC at 786-2385 for details, to register and make your payment.

Yoga - Hula Dancing - Musical Theatre!

Yoga Basics Friday July 14, 10:30 - 12. Heather Miner. Ages 10+. $10. Bring the kids, relax and enjoy an introduction to the basics of yoga! 

 Hula Dance Wednesday July 19, 4:00 - 5:30. Ezra Gonzales. $10. If you have ever wanted to learn how to hula or have previous experience, please join us for this summer workshop at the Lyme Free Library! You’ll feel comfortable learning hula and the Spirit of Aloha.

Musical Theatre Friday July 21, 10:30 - 12.  Ages 6+. $10. –Use your imagination, sing, dance and have fun!  Rhonda Foote studied theater at Hartwick College as a theater arts and dance minor. She spent a semester in London, studying theater. She has owned and operated a local dance studio for 30 years and has choreographed numerous local musical theater productions, including Watertown Lyric Theater's recent production of White Christmas.

Please call JCC at 786-2385 to register.


Book Discussion Group

Book Talk, our book discussion group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm. Open to all - Please join us!

June 20, 2017:   A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 

July 18, 2017:  Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel

August 15, 2017:  H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

September 19, 2017:  Inside O’Briens by Lisa Genova

October 17, 2017:  Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

November 21, 2017:  The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

December 2017:  No Meeting

January 16, 2018:  A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

February 20, 2018: On My Own by Diane Rehm

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

Support Lyme Free Library When You Shop on Amazon!

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Lyme Free Library every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to, or click on the icon on the right hand side of our website – You use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

New Book by Local Author!

Local Author Margaret Nagel’s new book The Adventures of Brother Arcadius and Pangur Ban is now available on Amazon! A born scholar with a passion for learning and poetry, earnest young Dubliner Brother Arcadius doesn’t quite fit in with his brutal and bloodthirsty 9th-century era. But he’s fortified by his intrepid Irish spirit, and by an unexpected ally–a homeless cat that he’s rescued and named Pangur Ban. Pangur is not your ordinary cat. Along with being a mouser like no other, he has a knack for turning up in moments of crisis to lend a helping paw, or clarify situations with a timely yowl. It’s a good thing, too. For when Arcadius and Pangur arrive at the faraway Alpine monastery of Spiritus Sanctus, where Arcadius is to be the new assistant librarian, it soon becomes clear that this place will be no restful haven. Book signing this summer! 

Coloring for Calm & Creativity

Coloring books are not just for kids! The process of coloring has been shown to be stress-reducing, calm-inducing, and joy-producing - for people of all ages. Are you curious about this new trend? Join us at our first Adult Coloring Group Get Together on August 2nd!  All supplies and coloring pages provided, but feel free to bring your own coloring books, markers or pencils! Held every Tuesday at 1pm. Free.

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Nautilus & Sustainability Collections

   The Nautilus Library awards are given to books of exceptional merit that make a literary and heartfelt contribution to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change, as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspiration. Our collection includes books on healing, volunteering, spirituality, retirement, gardening, cooking, kindness and forgiveness. We have also received a donation to increase the size of our Sustainability Collection. Our collection includes information on organic farming, beekeeping, homesteading, sustainable building, true food, living green, grape growing, self-sufficiency and vegetarianism as well as other topics. We will continue to increase the size of both collections through the summer. Another great reason to “check out” your local library!

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.

Borrow free eBooks, audiobooks, and

magazines from your local public library -

anywhere, anytime.

All you need is a library card!

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.

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!