Tuesday evenings at the library are Knit Club evenings! 

Bring your WIP and knit with us (or crochet, or embroider, or cross-stitch) from 7:15-8:45 every Tuesday this winter!

This is a drop-in club, not a class.  Materials are not supplied.   No registration is required. 


Snowman Factory - December 22nd


On Saturday, December 22nd we will be making snowmen out of playdough!  All materials will be supplied.  This is a drop-in craft.  No registration is required.

The factory is open from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., but will close earlier if we run out of materials!





Saturday, September 15th is the Second Annual Theresa Fall Festival!  We'll have Fifi D. Clown at the library doing FREE FACE PAINTING from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We'll also have fall-themed crafts!  You can visit our book sale room in the basement, where everything costs less than a dollar!

Our town historian, Tim Minnick, will be here to give tours through our balcony museum and answer questions about the history of our town!

You can learn more about the Fall Festival by visiting the official Facebook page here. 




Join us on Thursday, December 20th for Book Club!

This month, we do not have a specific title discuss; we'll be talking about anything and everything that we've been reading this past month.

We'll also determine the date and book selection for January's meeting

See you on the 20th!




Join us on Tuesday, November 27th for our Book Club meeting!  We will be discussing Cinnamon & Gunpowder by Eli Brown

You can read a review of the book here.

If you would like to borrow a copy of the book, please visit us at the library, or call us at 315-628-5972.


Join us on Tuesday, September 25th at 7 p.m. to discuss the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.

Please stop by the library or call us at 628-5972 if you would like to place a copy of the book on hold.

Click here to read a summary and an excerpt from the book.





As of Thursday, July 25th 2018 the library will be closed due to water damage.  Please check this site or the library's Facebook page for more information.

Thanks for your patience and understanding!




Join us at the library on Thursday, February 8th at 7 p.m. to celebrate our new S.T.E.M. kits! 

S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  We received a grant from the North Country Library System and used it to purchase Cubelets, Makey Makey,

Ozobots, Lego kits and more!  These kits teach coding, engineering, spatial relationships, and other great skills.  Plus, they are lots of fun! 

The S.T.E.M. kits will be available for Theresa library patrons to check out from the library and take home to use.

On Thursday, February 8th we'll have all of the kits out for display and demonstration, and check outs will begin that night.  Patrons who wish to check out the kits must have a library account that is in good standing.

Questions?  Call the library at 628-5972.






Join us on April 26th at 7 pm for our book club meeting!  We will be discussing "Love and Other Consolation Prizes" by Jamie Ford.

Read a review of the novel here.

If you would like to have a copy of this novel put on hold for you, please call the library at 628-5972.

We have selected our book for May's meeting as well.  It will be "The Changeling" by Victor Lavalle.  It's a longer book at 431 pages, so we thought we would give ourselves extra time!  The date for the May book club meeting has not yet been determined.





Join us for our February book club!  We will be discussing Elizabeth Church's novel "The Atomic Weight of Love."

Please click here for a review.

Stop by the library or call 315-628-5972 if you would like to borrow a copy of the book.




CHANGE OF DATE - Knitting Club


The date of the Knitting Club has been moved to Tuesday, January 23rd at 7 pm due to illness.




We will be closed Saturday, January 13th, due to the weather conditions.

Thank you, and stay safe.



The January 2018 book club selection is No-one Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts. We'll be meeting at the library on Thursday, January 18th to discuss this novel.

Click here for a review.



knitting night


Join us Tuesday, January 16th at 7 pm for our first Knitting Club!  All abilities welcome!

Come for the company and bring a project that you're already working on, or come to learn a new hobby!

Supplies will be provided.




Trustee Search


Would you like to be a library board trustee?  The Board of Trustees of the Theresa Free Library is looking for two new members!

Trustees promote the library within the community, establish policies, and secure funding among other things!

Interested parties must be available to attend monthly board meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Please contact the library for more information.



There will be no book club meeting in November.  However, we have made our selection for December.  We will be discussing The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler.  The club will meet on Tuesday, December 5th at 7 p.m.

Click here for a book review.  Caution - it may contain spoilers!

Please contact the library at 628-5972 if you would like to have a copy of the novel reserved for you so that you can join us.





Please join us for our October Book Club Meeting!  We will discuss Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.

You can read a review here.

Call the library at 315-628-5972 if you would like a copy reserved for you.

Emergency Preparedness Seminar


We are proud to present Gene Lalonde, author and survivalist, and his presentation "Surviving Unexpected Emergencies."

Mr. Lalonde will address survival considerations related to a wide variety of potential emergencies that people may have to face in their lives such as winter storms, vehicle breakdowns and loss of the electrical power grid. Some past emergencies, such as the Blizzard of ’77, Microburst of ’95 and the ice storm of ’98 are reviewed.

The topics of food storage and preservation, water collection and purification and medical considerations are covered. The presentation is part lecture and part question and answer.

Questions from the audience are encouraged.

2nd Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

It's time for the Second Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest! 

Here's how it works.
1. Sign up for a pumpkin between September 23rd and October 7th at the library. (There are different age categories.)
2. Pick up pumpkins starting October 10th.
3. Return pumpkins ASAP - judging starts October 17th. 
4. Winners will be announced on October 28th.

Pumpkins will be provided free of charge by the library. Limit three per family.

Age groups are: 0-3, 4-6, 7-10, 11-15, 16+

1. Pumpkins may not be carved or hollowed out.
2. Objects, paper and materials of any kind may be pinned or glued to pumpkins. Participants may also draw or paint on their entries or dress them up. Designs can also be cut into the surface. Again, please do not carve out or hollow out your pumpkin, as we do not want rotting pumpkins inside the library! (This has happened!) 
3. No living (or dead) animals. (Yes, this has also been attempted.)
4. No open flames or electrical devices. Battery-operated tea-lights are acceptable. 
5. Please be fair to all participants and use minimal parental help in decorating the pumpkin. 
6. Do not put your name on the pumpkin. Pumpkins will be assigned a number to help keep voting fair.
7. Entries will be voted on by members of the public who visit the library.
8. The Theresa Free Library reserves the right to dispose of any pumpkin that may start to rot during the contest period!
9. Entries should be picked up by Saturday, November 4th at the latest.

September Book Club


The Theresa Free Library Book Club will meet again on Tuesday, September 26th at 7 p.m.  We will discuss Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett.  This novel was longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.  It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Fiction Prize, the Kirkus Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize!  Click here for a book review.




We will meet on Thursday, July 27th to discuss I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan.

Please click here for a review.

If you would like to participate in Book Club, please call the library at 315-628-5972 to have a copy of the book placed on hold for you.  You can also email us at thelib@ncls.org or visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/theresafreelibrary


Fall Festival!


Join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 16th for face painting and balloon animals!

We will also have alpaca-themed crafts. 

This is all part of the 1st Annual Theresa Fall Festival!   Find out more information on the Fall Festival Facebook Page!




Come and join us at the library this summer for the Build a Better World Summer Reading Program!

Children, teens, and adults can sign up to win incentive prizes or be entered into a draw at the end of the summer! 

There will be drop-in children's crafts on Saturdays from July 8th to August 19th.

Call us at 315-628-5972 or follow us on Facebook for more information!

A big thank you to the Friends of the Library group for sponsoring our prizes and crafts this summer!




The Theresa Free Library book club will meet on Tuesday, May 30th at 7 p.m. in the library.  We will be discussing My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Frederik Backman. 

Click here to read a book review.

If you'd like to join us, please call the library at 315-628-5972 to have a copy of the book ordered for you.  You can also click on the Contact link at the bottom of the page to send us email, or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theresafreelibrary/



New Date for Ransom!


Ransom will be returning to the Theresa Free Library on Saturday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. until noon!

Please call ahead to sign your child up for a 15 minute reading slot!

We can be reached at 315-628-5972 or you can send us an email at thelib@ncls.org

Please try to arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled time. 

We expect the slots to fill quickly.  If your schedule changes and you know in advance that you will not be able to attend, please let us know so that we can call someone on the wait list.



April Book Club

This month's book club will be held on Thursday, April 27th here at the library.  We will be discussing the autobiography Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. 

Please click here to read an interview with the author.

We've got a number of copies of the book at the library, so stop by to pick one up!

March Book Club


The library book club will hold its March meeting on Tuesday, March 28th at 7 p.m. in the library.  The selection for March is Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman.

We have also selected The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff as one of our April selections.  If you would like a copy of either of these books placed on hold for you, please call the library at 315-628-5972 or stop by.

Here's a link to an NPR interview with George Hodgman about Bettyville.




The library will closed on the evening of Tuesday, March 14th from 7pm - 9 pm due to the winter storm and the travel advisory in Jefferson County.

The library board meeting scheduled for March 14th has been postponed until Tuesday, March 21st.




Theresa Free Library has received a $2,500 grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation for repairs to windows and exterior brickwork.

To date, it is the largest amount donated by a private organization to the library's capital campaign.  The announcement came late last month in a letter from Rande S. Richardson, NNYCF executive director.

"We are certainly supportive of local libraries, and especially the importance and presence of your institution in the community," said Max DelSignore, foundation assistant director, in an email concerning the grant.

Theresa Free Library is a 110 year-old brick structure designed by Watertown architect A.F. Lansing and built with money from the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.  Its brickwork last received major attention about 40 years ago.

NNYCF last gave money to the library around the same time.  It was then known as the Watertown Foundation.

The library launched its drive early last year to raise an estimated $30,000 to replace deteriorating mortar and woodwork.  Since then, it has received support from local taxpayers, the Carnegie Corp. of New York (private donation from president), Stewart's Shops, Price Chopper's Golub Foundation, the Theresa Progress Group, and others.  Knights of Columbus Council 7471 gave the proceeds of their October 2016 spaghetti dinner to the library.

About a third of the necessary amount remains to be obtained.  Donations are welcome and may be sent to: Theresa Free Library Building Fund, 301 Main St., Theresa, N.Y. 13691

The library board of trustees hopes to begin the project in the spring.



Author Visit and Survivalism Presentation


Author and survivalist Gene LaLonde will join us at the library on Thursday, February 9th at 7 p.m. for a conversation and presentation titled Surviving Unexpected Emergencies.  Mr. LaLonde is a retired pilot with a background in electronics.  He has spent much of his adult life in the outdoors hunting, camping and canoeing.  He now lives off the grid in Northern New York.  He has recently written a novel, A Question of Survival, about surviving after an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack on the United States.  Copies of his novel will be on sale at the event.

Mr. LaLonde will review some of the events that have you may have experienced, such as the Blizzard of '77 and the Ice Storm of 1998.  He will discuss food storage and preservation, water collection and purification, medical considerations, and surviving the civil unrest that accompanies many emergencies.  

Come prepared with questions!


Thank You Stewart's Shops!


The Theresa Free Library received a check for $1000.00 from Stewart's Shops on Thursday, December 2nd.  The money will be added to the brickwork fund and will help restore the exterior of the library.  

Pictured in the photo below are: (L-R)

Library Director Kristy Perry, Greg Wlodarek from Stewart's Shops in Evans Mills, and former Library Board President Ken McCormick.  


February Book Club


The February 2017 meeting of the book club will be held on Thursday the 16th at 7 p.m.  Once again, we have selected two titles.  Feel free to read one, or both!  The first selection is Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler.  This is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.    The second selection is The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.  This book is set in the English countryside in the time just before the nation enters the First World War.  

Here are links to reviews of both novels.  Keep in mind that the reviews may contain spoilers!  Click on the title to get to the review.  Vinegar Girl.  The Summer Before the War.

As always, you may call the library at 628-5972 to have a copy of either (or both) of these books reserved for you!




The first Book Club Meeting of 2017 will be held on Thursday, January 12th at 7 pm in the library!  There are two books up for discussion this month.  The first is Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont.  The second is Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo.

Please click on the titles of the books for links to reviews.  

If you'd like to read both, or just one of the books, please call the library at 628-5972 and have one set aside for you!









The library will be receiving profits from the regular October spaghetti dinner served up by Knights of Columbus Council 7471, Evans Mills.

The council decided to donate the money after hearing that the library needs funds to fix its exterior brickwork.

The dinner will be Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 8408 S. Main St. Evans Mills.  A full meal, including spaghetti, homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverages costs $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for kids under 12.  Children 1-4 eat free.

Take-out is available.

The K of C is an international Catholic men’s fraternal organization.  Local Knights cook and serve spaghetti dinners month from September to May to raise money for needy people and area charities.  Each year, they select a single worthy cause as recipient of the proceeds of one dinner.

The 110-year-old Theresa Free Library is raising funds for exterior repointing, a project estimated to cost $30,000.00.  Individual donations are welcome and may be sent to: Theresa Free Library Building Fund, 301 Main Street, Theresa, NY 13691




The book club selection for the month of October is Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal.  The October meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20th at 7 p.m. in the library.  Please call 628-5972 if you would like to have a copy of this book held for you.

“Larger than life” is usually a cliché, but in the case of Eva Thorvald — the 6-foot-2 mighty Aphrodite who strides through the pages of J. Ryan Stradal’s appealing first novel — the description is literally as well as metaphorically accurate. Born with a “once-in-a-generation palate,” Eva is a food prodigy. At 3½ months old, she destroys a vegetable stand in pursuit of a perfect heirloom tomato; at 10, she runs a cottage industry from her bedroom closet, growing chocolate habanero peppers so incendiary that her client, the city’s best Mexican restaurant, is forced to post a warning label on the menu; at 11, she earns extra cash from bar bets by consuming quantities of blistering chili and “Circle of Hell” chicken wings. Yet despite a life pockmarked by poverty and other adversities, Eva has an equally outsize heart. A warring mass of desires, talents and imperfections, she’s an attractively flawed, completely likable demigoddess.

Click here to read the rest of  the New York Times book review.  



The Theresa Free Library Book Club will hold its August meeting on Thursday the 25th at 7 pm in the library.  The novel we have selected to discuss is The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey.

Here is a description of the book from the author's website:

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for a couple who have never been able to conceive. Jack and Mabel are drifting apart—he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone, but they catch sight of an elusive, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and leaves blizzards in her wake. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who seems to have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in the Alaska wilderness, life and death are inextricable, and what they eventually learn about Faina changes their lives forever.

We always welcome new members to join the Book Club!  If you would like to attend our monthly meeting, please call the library at 628-5972 to have a book set aside for you.


This month the Theresa Free Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 30th at 7 pm in the library.

The book we will be discussing is Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper.

If you would like to join us, please call the library at 628-5972 to have a copy of the book reserved for you.

Click here to read a review of the book.  Warning - review contains spoilers!

Fix Our Bricks!


We are currently raising donations to help fund our brickwork project.  We need to repoint the bricks on our historic Carnegie Library building.


Interested in Donating?

Contact the library director by email.  

Would you like more information on Carnegie libraries?  Click here.

Looking for New Friends!

We're always looking to expand our circle of Friends!  The Friends of the Theresa Free Library fundraise, partipicate in special events, and make special purchases for the library.   If you are interested in joining, you can learn more at an upcoming Open House on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7 p.m.  There will be snacks!  You can also contact Friends Treasurer William Reynolds at wreyno@twcny.rr.com


April Book Club

The book club meeting for April will be held on Thursday the 28th at 7 p.m. in the library.  The book to be discussed is the WWII drama The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.


February Book Club Meeting

This month's book club meeting will be on Thursday, February 25th at 7 pm.  We are reading the non-fiction selection The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan.  A number of copies are available at the library if you are interested in joining us!




The Theresa Free Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00 pm in the library.  This month we will be discussing the novel The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.  If you would like more information, please call 628-5972.

The book for the February meeting has already been selected and multiple copies are available at the library.  The book is called The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, by Denise Kiernan.  The date for the February meeting has not been selected, so please check back for more information!




Book Club Meeting

The next Book Club meeting will be on Thursday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m.  We will be discussing Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.  If you would like to participate in the meeting, please call the library at 628-5972 to have a copy of the novel placed on hold for you.

The following link has discussion questions for the book (don't read ahead in case there are spoilers!)  http://www.littlebrown.com/rgg/arg_9780316176484.pdf

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