Library News!

    

  School & Library Vote

Lyme Central School and Library vote ballots were mailed on May 26th. They were sent to every voter registered with Jefferson County. If you do not receive one, you can contact the school and have one sent to you, or you can pick one up at the school. Ballots can be returned by mail or be dropped off at school. The deadline is 5 pm on June 9th. We appreciate your continued support.

Front Porch PickUp

As businesses around New York are starting to open, we wanted to let you know that the Lyme Free Library staff and Board of Trustees are working hard behind the scenes to get things ready for when we have the green light to re-open. Every day we are getting closer, but we must be vigilant about putting safety measures in place prior to opening our doors. When the appropriate time comes, we will re-open in phases beginning with “Front Porch Pickup” of library materials. We are ironing out all the details and hoping to make our building as safe as possible for both patrons and staff. In the coming days we will keep you updated on the library’s reopening status, but until then please take advantage of our online offerings.

Phase 1 – “Front Porch Pick Up”

We are excited about the prospect of being able to provide contactless pickup. Please keep in mind that this plan will continue to evolve as we receive additional guidance from the State.

Phase 1 will be limited to front porch pick-up and drop-off of requested and returned materials. Books will be collected, cleaned and sealed in plastic bags and placed on the porch for pick up at scheduled times. Lists of our newly acquired materials will be on our web site and Facebook page for viewing. Patrons will be able to place holds through the online catalog (lymefreelibrary.org) or can call the library (315-649-5454) with requests. The building will remain closed to the public during this phase. There will be no physical contact between staff and patrons. We ask that all patrons using our front porch services adhere to social distancing and mask guidelines as set forth by NYS.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The results of the 2020 Census will help make decisions about allocating hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to communities across the country for the next ten years. Funding for hospitals, fire departments, schools, libraries and other critical programs and services will be determined based on the number of people in living each community.  Your response matters!

Who knew when we shut our doors in March that we wouldn’t see our patrons for over two months? This has made us realize how much we miss seeing you. We miss our conversations about the latest books and what’s happening in your lives and the community. You make the library come alive with community spirit.  Please know that we miss you all very much - and when we see you again, it will be a moment to celebrate! We have been busy developing a Disaster and Pandemic Policy that protects both the staff and patrons based on guidance from state and health agencies. There has been a great deal of discussion about what will work, how to keep people safe, and what needs to change to have appropriate physical distancing. In addition, we are coordinating with the North Country Library System to ensure all libraries open at the same time and offer the same services. We will continue to post updates on our website and on Facebook.

New Book by Ellen Marie Wiseman

Release Date August 4, 2020

Launch Party August 6th

Details to be announced soon!

Dear Friends,

As the release of my fifth novel approaches, I’d like to once again express my sincere gratitude for your amazing support and, because so many of you have shown an interest in my publishing journey, to share my latest news with the community.

But first I’d like to say that I truly hope this finds you and your loved ones staying safe and healthy. I’m beyond grateful to live in a place where everyone has pulled together, supporting our small businesses, our school, and those who find themselves in need. It’s hard to believe how much the world has changed in such a short time, isn’t it? To say it’s surreal is an understatement. And for me, having just written a novel set during the deadly 1918 Spanish flu, it’s difficult to explain what all of this feels like. For two years I researched and was fully immersed in the lives of people living through a time when more Americans were dying in our nation’s streets and homes than on the battlefields of WWI. Needless to say, when I finished writing THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR last year, it was inconceivable to me that another powerful virus would bring the world to its knees. I thought the issue of immigration would be the most talked about aspect of my fifth novel. And yet, here we are, living through COVID-19, an eerily similar disease in many ways.

Releasing a novel about the Spanish flu in the middle of the Corona pandemic is, well, an experience. I have this wonderful news that feels insignificant due to a terrible situation that is so much more important than my next book. And yet, writing is my career, so talking about my work is a must. At least I know I’m not alone. With bookstores closed, national and international book events cancelled, conferences postponed, release dates delayed, and print runs reduced, authors and publicists across the publishing industry are scrambling to find other promotional opportunities amid uncertainties about when, or if, things will return to normal. For me, it’s like learning to launch a book all over again. I was supposed to go to NYC in April for dinner with booksellers and to speak at an Open Book Event at Penguin Random House but the event was held online. It was fun and I was able to present my work to about 600 people, but it certainly wasn’t the same as traveling down to the city and meeting everyone face-to-face. Even more disappointing is the fact that my publisher was going to send me on a multi-city book tour this summer. Now my publicist is scrambling to replace all of those in-person events with virtual events, while also making sure everyone involved can get copies of my books. Trust me when I say it’s a lot more complicated than it sounds.

Unfortunately, with all the changes, this also means my signing at the Lyme Library will need to be held online, (date & time to be determined) which breaks my heart because seeing all your smiling faces has always been one of my most favorite parts of launching a book!!! I will never, ever forget the way you always supported me by filling our little library to the rafters!!! Hopefully by the time my sixth book comes out we can all get together again.

In the meantime, let me tell you a little bit about my fifth book, which comes out on August 4th.

THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR is set in the Philadelphia tenements during the deadly Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. It’s the story of a young German immigrant, Pia Lange, who loses her mother to the virus and must take care of her twin baby brothers until her father returns from the war. But with no food at home, Pia is forced to venture into the quarantined city to search for supplies, leaving her brothers behind. It’s also about a woman who uses her hatred of immigrants as an excuse to tear families apart when they’re at their most vulnerable.

In other news, I just finished signing 8,500 pages that will be added to the final copies of THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR for Target. I also had an opinion piece “What 1918’s “Forgotten Pandemic” Can Teach Us About Today” published in Vanity Fair on April 24th. Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/04/1918-flu-pandemic-lessons It’s still boggles my mind that anyone would care what a small town girl like me has to say, but it’s pretty cool that someone does! And as some of you may know, my publisher has rereleased my first three novels with beautiful new covers and an excerpt of my next book. I loved my old covers, but the news ones really blew me away. Oh! And you can also get a sneak peek of THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR on your Kindle right now for free!

With all that being said, as I struggle to reconcile my happiness about THE ORPHAN COLLECTOR with the difficult times we’re all going through, I can only hope that if you choose to spend time inside my next book, you will be drawn to Pia’s resiliency, courage, and determination in the face of impossible odds, even when shame and fear threaten to swallow her whole. I also hope Bernice’s story will remind us that empathy for others, no matter their race, nationality, or religion, is always the right choice.

And I will continue to hope for a world where hospitals have lots of empty beds and protective gear for medical personnel, where tests, vaccines, and cures are easy to come by, where people can hug and gather in groups of tens, hundreds, thousands without fear, where a book release counts as big news. Most of all, I’m praying hard that by this time next year we’ll have come out on the other side of this together, more resilient, more compassionate, and stronger than ever.

Thank you again to the Lyme Free Library for allowing me to share my news, and to all of you for reading my books, for coming to my events, for cheering me on, for leaving reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and for spreading the word about my work. None of this would be possible without your support, so thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Please take care and stay safe.

Ellen Wiseman

The Spanish flu pandemic that swept the world in 1981-1919 infected one third of the planet’s population and killed an estimated 50 million people over the course of two years. Some believe it killed twice that many. Approximately 675,000 citizens of the United States died and 28% of the population was infected. That’s more than all the deaths of American soldiers in the 20th century combined. More U.S. soldiers died from the 1918 flu than were killed in battle during WWI. Many of the men who came home from the war found their families dead.

The first wave hit in the spring of 1918 and was generally mild. The sick experienced typical flu symptoms, usually recovered after several days, and the number of reported deaths was low. But a second, particularly cruel and highly contagious wave hit in the fall of that same year, killing victims within hours or days. People would be fine one minute and incapacitated and delirious the next, with fevers rising to 104 to 106 degrees. Death was quick, savage, and terrifying. The virus resurfaced in November when people gathered to celebrate the end of the war, then lingered into 1919.

No other pandemic has claimed as many lives, not even the Black Death in the fourteenth century or AIDS in the twentieth century, yet the Spanish flu is seldom mentioned. 1918 is often called the year of forgotten death.

The Spanish flu did not originate in Spain, though news coverage of it did. It most likely started in Kansas in March 1918, when U.S. soldiers and civilians around Fort Riley rapidly became ill. The Spanish, meanwhile, believed the virus came from France and called it the “French Flu.”

The New York City health commissioner tried to slow the transmission of the flu by ordering businesses to open and close on staggered shifts to avoid overcrowding on the subways.

Despite warnings from the city’s health officials to avoid crowds, the Fourth Liberty Loan Campaign in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, brought 200,000 people together on the city’s streets on September 28, 1918. Over the next six months, more than half a million people contracted the virus and more than 16,000 perished.

Hospitals and morgues quickly became overcrowded in some cities, with bodies piling up by the dozens, and many left for days on sidewalks and front lawns. Carts traveled the streets, their drivers calling for people to bring out their dead.

People used folk remedies to protect themselves from the Spanish flu. They tied garlic around their necks, ate extra onions, and sucked on sugar cubes soaked in kerosene. They took formaldehyde tablets, morphine, laudanum, and chloride of lime, and gave whiskey and Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup to babies and children, despite the fact that it contained morphine, alcohol, and ammonia. The American Medical Association called the syrup a “baby killer” in 1911, but it wasn’t removed from the market until 1930.

Wartime restrictions on communication had deadly effects during WWI, including in the United States. President Wilson’s Committee on Public Information and the Sedition Act passed by Congress both limited writing or publishing anything negative about the country. Posters asked the public to “report the man who spreads pessimistic stories, and newspapers refused to print flu warnings from medical professionals. To maintain morale and hide additional loss of life from their enemies, wartime censors curtailed early reports of the Spanish flu and mortality in Germany, Britain, France, and the United States. But newspapers in Spain were free to report the epidemic’s effects, creating the false impression that Spain was especially hard hit, leading to the nickname Spanish flu.

Philadelphia was the American city with the highest, most rapidly accumulating death toll. The death toll in St. Louis, Missouri, which immediately closed schools, churches, movie theaters, factories, and banned public gatherings, was one-eighth of Philadelphia’s. In many cities, trollies forbid anyone not wearing a mask to board, funerals were not allowed, and libraries put a halt on lending books. People were also advised to avoid shaking hands and to stay indoors.

The Spanish flu infected Walt Disney and Woodrow Wilson. It also killed Donald Trump’s grandfather.

At first people blamed the Germans for the epidemic, claiming they were spreading poison clouds, or that Bayer, a German owned company, had infected their aspirin.

To fight the Spanish flu, medical professionals advised patients to take up to 30 grams of aspirin per day, a dose now known to be toxic. It’s now believed that many of the October deaths were actually caused or hastened by aspirin poisoning.  

Some newspapers reported that influenza posed no danger because it was as old as history and usually accompanied by foul air, fog, and plagues of insects.

The Board of Health advised people to ward of the virus by keeping their feet dry, staying warm, eating more onions, and keeping their bowels and windows open. Phonographs were advertised as machines guaranteed to drive away influenza because listening to records you’d never know you had to stay in nights.

Posters went up that read: “When obliged to cough or sneeze, always place a handkerchief, paper napkin, or fabric of some kind before the face,” or “Cover your mouth! Influenza Is Spread by Droplets Sprayed from Nose and Mouth” and “Spitting Equals Death”. Some cities ordered all citizens to wear gauze masks in public. Signs read: “Obey the laws and wear the gauze, protect your jaws from septic paws.” In San Francisco, people without masks were fined $5.00 and were called “mask slackers.”

Lyme Free Library is closed until further notice due to concerns over Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

After carefully considering a multitude of factors and the rapidly changing situation in New York concerning novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Lyme Free Library is closing until further notice.

Please Note -

Due dates for ALL materials will be waived until after the library reopens.

You will NOT be fined for materials!  Any fines or fees that occur during the closure will be forgiven.

If your account becomes inactive for any reason please contact the library at 315-649-5454.

During the closure library patrons will be able to:

  • Access WiFi on our porch or in our parking lot 24 hours a day. No password is needed. Simply click on: chapublic, and Continue to the Internet.
  • Download free eBooks, audiobooks and magazines through the library system. Simply click on the OverDrive button on our website: lymefreelibrary.org. You can also download the Libby and OverDrive apps to your devices; both of them are free.
  • Access educational and informative databases including Universal and Artist classes and Resume help at lymefreelibrary.org
  • If you do not have a library card, you can sign up for one online at www.ncls.org. (North Country Library System), or clicking on the graphic below.

Mobile App

 

Image result for overdrive libby images

Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks?

You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.

Mobile App

  North Country Library System patrons will now be able to access the 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.


 

How do I sign up for a library card online?

Go to ncls.org and click on the button in the center of the page that says Register Online for your library card. This will bring you to the application form – you’ll enter your contact information, create a PIN, and select a home library. A six-digit number will be generated, and you’ll use this as your library card number when you access OverDrive and other online resources of the North Country Library System.

What online resources can I access with my NCLS card?

OverDrive (link is external): Patrons can enjoy access to over 7,000 e-book titles and almost 2,000 e-audio titles in the NCLS OverDrive collection, with curated collections for children (link is external) and teens (link is external). Additionally, the NCLS OverDrive collection includes access to 25 different magazines. Learn more here (link is external).

Universal Class: Learners have access to over 500 different self-guided courses, including subjects in general education, teacher resources, office skills, and hobbies. Learn more here (link is external).

ArtistWorks (link is external): Learn a musical instrument online! Each instrument has a massive lesson library that covers the fundamentals, advanced techniques, and key learning strategies. Lessons are accessible anywhere, from any device. Learn more here (link is external).

Transparent Language (link is external): Explore a new language using any Internet-connected device. Available in 110+ languages, including ESL, learners have the flexibility they need to learn a new language anytime, anywhere. Learn more here (link is external).

Fold3: Features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records. Learn more here (link is external).

ReferenceUSA: Offers the most up-to-date data available in the market for small business owners and marketing professionals. Learn more here (link is external).

Cypress Resume: Jobseekers can build a resume with an easy-to-use template that provides concise, professional language to describe core tasks of a multitude of professions. Learn more here. (link is external)

Additional free resources

Abdo Books (link is external): Free distance learning resources available through June 2020.

PBS Kids (link is external): Educational videos and games, plus a newsletter you can sign up for that provides daily activities and tips for learning at home.

PBS Learning Media (link is external):  Free standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more.

Summer Reading @ New York Libraries (link is external): Compilation of free online resources, including myON digital library.

Tech-Talk (link is external): Articles and videos on technology by top training experts for busy professionals and aspiring students. (username: free-learning; password: free-learning)

TumbleBooks (link is external): Free e-books, videos, and games

Library collections to explore online (link is external): Including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the British Library, and more!

Check out your local library or BOCES website for more resources and activities!

Jeff-Lewis BOCES School Library System (link is external)

Potsdam Public Library

 

 THE LIFE and TIMES of SNOWY OWLS - A HUGE SUCCESS!

Special thanks to the Chaumont Fire Department for use of their facility, Cathy Gallagher owner of the Cottage Bakery for all of the delicious baked goods and Tom McDonald for an amazing program.

           

          

Census Sundays at

The Lyme Free Library

Do your census online!

Postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

Inked Mason Jars 

No photo description available.

We'll be using different techniques with alcohol ink to make these lighted mason jar lanterns! You'll probably have time to make 2-3 depending on your ability to walk away. lol They have solar/battery operated fairy lights in them that allow you to hang them anywhere! 
The class is $40 a person and everything is included. Pre-registration is required because seating is limited. The ticket link included on this event accepts credit, debit and PayPal. You will want to bring something to set them on to get them home safe (a box top or something in case they're still a little sticky). I will bring rubber gloves, but you may want to wear old clothes because ink can stain. 

Postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

Melissa Green - stolenmomentsart.com

Registration Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2757317247639973/

Related image

Upcoming Essential Oil Workshop

Postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

Emotional Health

Registration required, please call 315-649-5454.

 All sessions start at 6:30pm. Presented by Sarah Bullock.

          Related image        

Princess Workshop!

Make Princess Wands and Crowns. Free. Limited number of spots.

Please call the library to register at 315-649-5454.

Postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

     

Mixed Media Flower Art Class 

Postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

$10. Please pay in advance at the library. Registration required. Please call to register: 315-649-5454.

If the Library remains closed, the following programs will also be rescheduled.

Bird's Nest Painting Class

Saturday, May 9th at 10:30am.

Come celebrate spring by creating a 4x6 inch bird's nest painting on canvas using acrylic paints. We will provide all of the materials and the basics, you provide your own creativity! All ages are welcome. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10. Class size is limited to 10, so register early! call 315-649-5454 to register. Taught by local artist Christie Yarnall.

A Victorian Tea Party! - A Unique Mother’s Day Gift Idea!

We are booking reservations, but not collecting ticket money at this time.

Please keep an eye on our website for further details.

Join us at The Lyme Free Library in Chaumont on May 17, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm to enjoy Teas, Canapés, Tea Sandwiches and Desserts! The Library will be transformed back in time to the Victorian Era, a period in history that conjures up visions of beauty, tranquility, relaxation and social gatherings. Special touches such as china, silver, lace & flowers evoke the period and will embellish our event. Bring your most treasured tea cup, or use one of ours. We are selling a limited number of tickets, so please reserve yours soon by calling the Lyme Free Library at 315-649-5454. Advance tickets only -  $30 each. All tickets must be prepaid to ensure proper quantities of food and door prizes. This is a fund raiser for the library. Hosted by Cathy Gallagher from The Cottage Bakery in Three Mile Bay.

Artists, Authors & Crafters...

Free Spots (limit 2) are available at our Annual Book Sale, Bake Sale, & Silent Auction. August 8th 9 to 3. Please call to reserve your spot.

315-649-5454.

Donations now being accepted for our

Summer Art & Antique Silent Auction.  

Bidding begins Memorial Day.

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.   

Mark Your Calendar!

Card Making with Char begins April 21st.

Classes will be held on The Third Tues of each month at 10:30am. 

Registration required. Please call 315-649-5454.

May be postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

Image result for art tent images

We are THRILLED to announce that Lyme Free Library has been awarded funding for “Art Tent Tuesdays”.

Art Tent Tuesdays is a free literature based art program that will be offered during the summer of 2020.

Tracey Jean will be the featured local artist.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

                

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.

Postponed until further notice. -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

Tape Resist Name Painting

Tuesday, April 14th at 1pm. Free. Limited number of spots.

Please call the library to register at 315-649-5454.

Postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

Inked Flowers - April 18 Noon to 2pm

Image may contain: flower, plant and nature

We're inking flowers today! I'll teach you how to use alcohol ink and air to make these beautiful flowers! We'll make two 5x7 paintings that we mat to 8x10's and then you can go shopping for your frames to match your decor. Make sure to wear old clothes because ink can stain. I have a few smocks and I also bring rubber gloves if you want them. The cost of the class is $40 per person which includes all supplies. Pre-registration is required as there is limited space. I've attached a ticket link that accepts either credit, debit or PayPal for your convenience. You can also sign up at the library!     Melissa Green - stolenmomentsart.com    Registration Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/538157653683703/

Postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

     

Earth Day Recycled Newspaper Crafts

April 22nd at 6pm. Free. Limited number of spots.

Please call the library to register at 315-649-5454.

Postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

Image result for essential oils

Upcoming Essential Oil Workshop

April 24th - Spring Cleaning 

Registration required, please call 315-649-5454.

 All sessions start at 6:30pm. Presented by Sarah Bullock.

Inked Mother’s Day Gift - Jewelry Workshops

No photo description available.

Kid's Mother's Day Jewelry Workshop

                                 Kids ages 8-12 will be using alcohol ink on shrinky dinks to make a necklace and earrings for a mother in their life! Tickets are $10 each and all supplies are provided. May 2nd. 11 am. $10. Sign up at the library, or keep an eye on our website for the PayPal and credit card link.

 Melissa Green - stolenmomentsart.com  

May the 4th be with You!

Star Wars Day -  Make a Clay Baby Yoda.

Create on May 4th, paint on May 12th. 6pm. $15 for both sessions.

Please call the library to register at 315-649-5454. May 4th at 6 pm.

Cancer Services Program logo

Information Session - May 12th  - 12:00 pm 

What is the Cancer Services Program?

The Cancer Services Program (CSP) provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings and diagnostic services at NO COST to women and men who:

  • Live in New York State

  • Do not have health insurance

  • Have health insurance with a cost share that may prevent a person from obtaining screening and/or diagnostic services

  • Meet income eligibility requirements

  • Meet age requirements

What cancer screening services does the CSP offer?

  • Breast Cancer Screening (Mammogram and Clinical Breast Exam)

    • Women ages 40 and older (some programs serve women ages 50 and older only)

    • Women under age 40 at high risk for breast cancer*

  • Cervical Cancer Screening (Pap Test, high-risk HPV test and Pelvic Exam)

    • Women ages 40 and older

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening (Fecal Occult Blood Test/Fecal Immunochemical Test Kit)

    • Men and women ages 50 and older at average risk for colorectal cancer

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening (Colonoscopy)

    • Men and women at increased or high risk for colorectal cancer*

*Only as determined by a New York State-licensed health care provider per program guidelines.

Lifespan will present a 30 minute program on scams and frauds targeting older adults, and how to protect personal information. The presentation will also cover what to do if you become a victim of identity theft.  All participants receive a free packet of information on avoiding scams and protecting personal information. Lifespan is a Rochester nonprofit agency focused entirely on serving older adults. Presented by Dave Long. May 12th at 1pm.

Essential Oil Class

May 19th - Skin Care.

Free. Please call 315-649-5454 to register.

 All sessions start at 6:30pm. Presented by Sarah Bullock.

Tour The Chaumont Barrens with a Naturalist!

Join local naturalist Julie Covey for a 1.7 mile walk on the trail at the Chaumont Barrens to look for native flora and fauna in the unique alvar environment of Jefferson County. The name may be barrens, but it is anything but in the springtime when flowers and birdsong abound. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes - preferably hiking boots, bring binoculars, a camera and water. We will meet at the barrens. In the case of heavy rain, the tour will be cancelled. If raining, please check our website before leaving. Saturday, June 6th, 9 to 12 am.

Image result for essential oil

Essential Oil Workshop

June 23rd - Sleep Support

Free. Registration required, please call 315-649-5454.

 All sessions start at 6:30pm. Presented by Sarah Bullock.

CPC slider

With severe weather events becoming more frequent and extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters. The NY Citizen Preparedness Training Program teaches residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. 

Two sessions - 1 morning and 1 afternoon - each covers the same topics.

Choose between July 18, 2020 at 10:30 or 2:30.

Image result for essential oil

Essential Oil Workshop

July  28th - Summer Essential Make & Take

outdoor spray, after sun lotion, camping spray) - $5/item

Registration required, please call 315-649-5454.

 All sessions start at 6:30pm. Presented by Sarah Bullock.

Ellen Marie Wiseman's Newest Book to be released July 2020!

Book signing at the library July 30, 2020 at 7 pm.

Available for pre-order on Amazon

Ellen Marie Wiseman, acclaimed author of What She Left Behind and The Life She Was Given, weaves the stories of two very different women into a page-turning novel as suspenseful as it is poignant, set amid one of history’s deadliest pandemics.    
In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia’s overcrowded streets and slums, and from the anti-German sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army, hoping to prove his loyalty. But an even more urgent threat has arrived. Spanish influenza is spreading through the city. Soon, dead and dying are everywhere. With no food at home, Pia must venture out in search of supplies, leaving her infant twin brothers alone . . . 
Since her baby died days ago, Bernice Groves has been lost in grief and bitterness. If doctors hadn’t been so busy tending to hordes of immigrants, perhaps they could have saved her son. When Bernice sees Pia leaving her tenement across the way, she is buoyed by a shocking, life-altering decision that leads her on a sinister mission: to transform the city’s orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are “true Americans.” 
As Pia navigates the city’s somber neighborhoods, she cannot know that her brothers won’t be home when she returns. And it will be a long and arduous journey to learn what happened—even as Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost. Only with persistence, and the courage to face her own shame and fear, will Pia put the pieces together and find the strength to risk everything to see justice at last.

Annual Book Sale, Bake Sale, & Silent Auction. August 8th 9 to 3.

    

Essential Oil Workshop

August 25th - Back to School Make & Take

immunity roller, homework helper roller, sneaker spray - $5/item

Registration required, please call 315-649-5454.

 All sessions start at 6:30pm. Presented by Sarah Bullock.

          

O'Reilly Prints Make Wonderful Gifts!

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

New matted prints: TheTaylor Boathouse in Three Mile Bay, The Pilot Boat Anna in Cape Vincent, Densmore Church on Wellesley Island and Barns on Three Mile Point. The prints also include beautiful renditions of local landmarks in Cape Vincent, Chaumont, Watertown and surrounding areas.  Framed originals of some pictures are also available. All proceeds benefit the library! 

                    Maine Prints - Over 100 different prints, Maine Coastline, Seaside Villages, Lighthouses... Available to view at The Lyme Free Library in Chaumont during business hours.

Monday 10 to 4, Tuesday 10 to 8, Wednesday 10 to 6, Friday 10 to 4 & Saturday 10 to 4.     

It is with appreciation and gratitude that we would like to thank Cathy Gallagher owner of The Cottage Bakery and Desserts By Design for hosting our annual Victorian Holiday Dinner. The dinner was delicious and the desserts divine. A special thank you to Samantha for all of her help, The Cape Winery for their generous donation, and Sue Seiffert for her miniature displays. 

Everything about this wonderful evening was just perfect!

          

          

             

 Author Tas Cru locally known as Chaumont resident Rick Bates

Available on Amazon.

Bad Dog Bubba, written by Chaumont resident, Tas Cru (Rick Bates) is the first book in his Doggone Blues series.   The series chronicles the antics of the song-writing canine, Bubba a fur-shedding, jowl-drooling, bulbous-nosed, Blood-Rhymes-With-Dude Hound who loves the blues and lives the blues.

Ellen Marie Wiseman's Newest Book to be released July 2020!

Book signing at the library July 30, 2020 at 7 pm.

Available for pre-order on Amazon

Ellen Marie Wiseman, acclaimed author of What She Left Behind and The Life She Was Given, weaves the stories of two very different women into a page-turning novel as suspenseful as it is poignant, set amid one of history’s deadliest pandemics.    
In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia’s overcrowded streets and slums, and from the anti-German sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army, hoping to prove his loyalty. But an even more urgent threat has arrived. Spanish influenza is spreading through the city. Soon, dead and dying are everywhere. With no food at home, Pia must venture out in search of supplies, leaving her infant twin brothers alone . . . 
Since her baby died days ago, Bernice Groves has been lost in grief and bitterness. If doctors hadn’t been so busy tending to hordes of immigrants, perhaps they could have saved her son. When Bernice sees Pia leaving her tenement across the way, she is buoyed by a shocking, life-altering decision that leads her on a sinister mission: to transform the city’s orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are “true Americans.” 
As Pia navigates the city’s somber neighborhoods, she cannot know that her brothers won’t be home when she returns. And it will be a long and arduous journey to learn what happened—even as Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost. Only with persistence, and the courage to face her own shame and fear, will Pia put the pieces together and find the strength to risk everything to see justice at last.          

 
!Thank You Lowes

A special thank-you to Lowes for their recent renovation of our front porch. Along with our newly painted rocking chairs and rails, sign, and beautiful Hamlin Memorial garden this project has made a big difference! What a wonderful place to sit and read on lovely autumn days. 

Image result for board meeting sign  images

 Lyme Free Library Board Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6pm.

 Please note - April 2020 meeting cancelled

Image - Book Talk with definition

Evening Book Discussion Group

Postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

April 21, 2020: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
May 19, 2020: Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
June 16, 2020: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
July 21, 2020: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
August 18, 2020: Woman in the Window by A.J.Finn
September 15, 2020: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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

   

Quilting Group

Tuesdays at 6:30. - Open to all!

Postponed -  Please visit website often to check for rescheduling updates.

Chaumont Barrens Tour Pictures

A special thank you to local naturalist Julie Covey! Julie hosted a 1.7 mile walk on the trail at the Chaumont Barrens for the library. Below are some of her pictures of native flora and fauna in the unique alvar environment taken during the tour on June 1st.

      

      

Mother's Day Tea a Huge Success!

A special thank you to Cathy Gallagher from Desserts by Design and The Cottage Bakery for her hard work in making our Mother's Day Tea a wonderful experience for all! Our guests were pleased with how great everything was especially the delicious desserts.  Cathy did a remarkable job! Her grandchildren Thomas & Samantha were a great help! This was an important fundraiser for the library – we would like to thank everyone that took part and supported the library.       

                

                   

                       

New Books by Local Authors

Chris Dutcher & Robert Egby

Available on Amazon

Cover of the book "Storm Rider" by Chris Dutcher - Field with trees and clouds.

 Storm Rider by Chris Dutcher - Twenty-two year old Gunnar is exploring the US by motorcycle, taking odd jobs along the way. One particular odd job lands him in trouble with several different factions of local organized criminal bad guys. On top of that, the cops and the feds can’t decide whether they want him dead, gone, or incarcerated.

Book Cover "The Silent Killer Below: Hunting and Healing Geopathic Stress" by Robert Egby - Solid black cover

The Silent Killer Below by Robert Egby -  This book is about a phenomenon called Geopathic Stress. It occurs when soft beneficial magnetic energy generated at the Earth's double core passes through subterranean water veins flowing over clay, broken rock, and fissures and turns toxic. If humans and animals spend time on such zones, their immune systems suffer and sickness sets in.      

See the source image

Library board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month.

Changes and cancellations will be posted on our website.

 

Books on the Bus!

This fall Lyme Central School students will have the opportunity to access books provided by The Lyme Free Library on their bus rides to and from school. Many thanks to The North Country Library System and Lyme Central School for their support!

The Lyme Free Library Board of Trustees and staff would like to express their appreciation for the generous donations from the sponsors of our Summer Reading Program. Our benefactors include: Stewart’s Shops, Advanced Business Systems, Cleveland Funeral Home, Wise Guys, Citizen’s Bank, Watertown Savings Bank, Art of Fire Lyme Heritage Center &  the Duck Out Ice Cream Shop.  With their support we were able to offer exciting events and incentives to keep kids engaged in reading and learning all summer long!

Pictures from our trip to

Art of Fire

on Point Salubrious

A special thanks to Foster & Theda!!

        

More Pictures on our Facebook Page!            

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.

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 lymefreelibrary.org, scroll down and click on the TumbleBook Library Button.

Subscribe to Lyme Free Library RSS