Due to the recent rise in COVID cases in Jefferson County, we would like to review our operating procedures.
The library is open by appointment for book browsing and computer usage. Please call 315-628-5972 or send a Facebook message to schedule an appointment. Browsing appointments are 15 minutes and computer appointments are 30 minutes.
Appointments are staggered so that high touch surfaces (doors handles, tables, keyboards etc.) can be sanitized between patron visits.
Curbside service is available if you would like to have materials checked out to your account and brought out to your vehicle.
If you have a simple print job, you may send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will print it for you. (Please note: it will be printed exactly as it is emailed.)
WiFi is available 24/7 outside the library.
Please return ALL items to the outside book drop. Even if you are coming into the library, we ask that you return items outside so that they may be properly quarantined.
Returned materials are quarantined for a recommended 96 hours before being discharged. We are not charging late fees at this time. Please call if you have questions or concerns.
We are not accepting any donations at this time. Please do not leave donated materials in the book drop.
At this time, the basement book sale and the balcony museum are off-limits to patrons. Puzzles and children's toys have been put into storage.
RE-OPENING BY APPOINTMENT AUGUST 4, 2020
We are making arrangements to re-open to the public by appointment only. Please read the flyers below for basic information pertaining to our re-opening. You can call the library now at 315-628-5972 to book an appointment. You can also send us a message on our Facebook page.
Per New York State mandates, masks will be required to enter the library, and social distancing must be practiced. For those unable to wear a mask, our curbside service is still available.
COMING SOON - Grab and Go Service
We know that you have been waiting for news about when the library will re-open. We are grateful for your patience and understanding during this challenging time!
We are currently working on plans to start Grab and Go curbside service in a few weeks. The tentative start date for this service to begin is June 16th. Please stay tuned to this website, as well as our Facebook and Instagram pages for more information.
In the meantime, the book drop will open on Monday, June 1st so that you can return the items you've been keeping safe at home for these past months!
The drop will be emptied daily, but we will be quaranting items for a minimum of 72 hours. Items will not be removed from your account until after the quarantine period ends.
Please return only items that belong to the library. We cannot accept any donations for the forseeable future.
We're still here! As you may know, the library is closed as part of the "New York State on PAUSE" policy to slow the spread of the coronavirus - but there's still a lot going on behind the scenes in library land!
You can register online for your library card to access tons of great online resources like free online art and music classes, language lessons, and Consumer Reports. Just visit the North Country Library System website at ncls.org to sign up! There's a hotline to call if you have any problems. A full list of available online resources is available further down this page.
You can use your card to download eBooks and audiobooks, including children's and young adult materials! Magazines are also available to be downloaded from Overdrive!
Any materials that are checked out at this time will not be accruing fines. Please do not return anything to the book drop; it has been blocked off.
Scheduled programming such as our monthly book club meeting and weekly Minecraft sessions have been postponed until we can safely open the library again. Please stay tuned to this page for craft ideas, online story time, and more resources!
photo courtesy Unsplash
ONLINE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO ALL LIBRARY PATRONS
E-BOOKS, ONLINE CLASSES AVAILABLE TO LIBRARY PATRONS DURING COVID-19
In the face of library closures, North Country patrons can take advantage of wide array of online services.
WATERTOWN, NY: North Country residents won’t be without library services, even if they find their
local library has temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Any North Country Library System card holder has
access to a wide variety of online resources, including e-books and online learning platforms. Visit the
NCLS catalog at www.ncls.org to access the following resources:
OverDrive: Patrons can enjoy access to over 7,000 e-book titles and almost 2,000 e-audio titles in the
NCLS OverDrive collection. Additionally, the NCLS OverDrive collection includes access to 25 different
magazines, including Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Food Network, and HGTV.
Universal Class: Learners have access to over 500 different self-guided courses, including subjects in
general education, teacher resources, office skills, and hobbies. These high quality, online courses
include lessons, exams, assignments, discussion boards and progress assessments to help students
master learning outcomes.
ArtistWorks: 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.
Transparent Language: 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,
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
ReferenceUSA: Offers the most up-to-date data available in the market for small business owners and
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.
Any North Country resident can sign up for a library card online through the NCLS catalog at
www.ncls.org by clicking on My Account and then Register for Library Card. This provides one full year
of access to NCLS online resources without having to go to a library in person.
For those who may be new to downloading e-books or need assistance accessing online resources, NCLS
will be setting up a help desk on the library catalog web page. Please call 315-818-0660 if you need help setting up any of these online resources.
LIBRARY DEEMED NON-ESSENTIAL
The Theresa Free Library has been deemed a non-essential entity by the Town of Theresa. Until further notice, we will not be providing any services.
We will be holding an emergency board meeting via conference call at noon on Friday, March 20th.
Please call 425-436-6367 to participate. The access code is 708797.
SERVICE PLAN UPDATE
The Theresa Free Library building will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, April 17th as part of a collective effort to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 epidemic. This decision was made in consultation with the Town of Theresa Board of Trustees.
While traditional services like public computers and print materials will no longer be available, the library will continue to serve you.
I will be working to renew any materials that are currently checked out. The new due date for all items will be Monday, April 30th. Please do not return your items to the library until we re-open. Please do not return any items to the book drop.
Fines or fees that may have accrued on items that you have checked out will be waived during this time period. All Theresa Free Library patrons will have equal access to the digital collection.
Community members who do not have a library card are invited to sign up for one by visiting the North Country Library System Catalog at ncls.org You will be issued a temporary bar code and PIN that is good for one year. Anyone who signs up for an online card during this time will have one year to pick up a physical card at the library after it reopens.
There are additional databases available on the NCLS website including ArtistWorks, Universal Class, and Transparent Language. A complete list of the online offerings will be available on our website on Thursday!
I will be at the library to answer questions and help with online databases and technology questions during normal business hours. Please call 315-628-5972, send me an email at email@example.com or send me a Facebook message.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding!
Kristy Perry - Library Director
Regrettably, the Theresa Free Library is closed as of today, March 17th, until further notice.
We are taking this action to help slow the spread of the corona virus (COVID-19). We are employing an overabundance of caution in compliance with both public health recommendations, and at the request of the Theresa Town Board.
The library board and I will be meeting at 4:15 today to discuss our service plan going forward. I will update our website and Facebook page with any and all new information.
If you would like to partipate in the conference call, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the number to call.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
The Theresa Free Library Board is holding a special meeting on Tuesday, March 17th at 4:15 p.m.
Policies and procedures pertaining to Covid-19 will be discussed. This meeting is open to the public, as per
New York State Open Meetings Law.
March Book Club
Join us at the library on Tuesday, March 31st for our March Book Club meeting!
We'll be discussing On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. Click here for a review of the novel.
Call the library at 315-628-5972 if you would like a copy of the book placed on hold for you. As always, you are welcome to join us whether or not you have read the book! We will select April's book during the March meeting.
We are closed today, February 7th. We will re-open tomorrow, February 8th for our regular business hours.
Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. we play Minecraft at the library! We have Minecraft Education Edition loaded onto the three patron computers at the library. We currently have enough accounts for players to login on two additional devices.
Come and join us if you are interested!
Please note that per library policy, children under 12 cannot be left unattended in the library.
Call 628-5972 with any questions or concerns.
FEBRUARY 2020 BOOK CLUB
Join us on Tuesday, February 25th at 7 p.m. for our book club meeting! We will be discussing Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love by Zack McDermott.
We have several copies of the book at the library. If you would like to borrow one, please call 628-5972, drop by, or send us a message on Facebook.
You are welcome to join us even if you have not read the book! We will select the book for March's meeting at the end of February's meeting.
January 2019 Book Club
For our January book club meeting, we will discuss Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict.
If you would like to join us, we will be meeting on Thursday, January 23rd at 7 p.m. in the library. Please call 628-5972 to have a copy of the book put on hold for you.
The library will be closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 31st.
There will be no evening hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The interlibrary-loan delivery for Christmas week will be processed on Friday, December 27th instead of Thursday, December 26th.
DECEMBER BOOK CLUB
Our December book club meeting will be held on Thursday, December 19th at 7 p.m. in the library. We do not have a specific book this month - just come and chat about what you've been reading!
Our selection for January is Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict. We have not selected a date for January's book club meeting yet. If you would like to join us, please call the library to have a copy of the book placed on hold for you!
We can be reached at 315-628-5972.
The library will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for Thanksgiving.
We will resume normal business hours on Saturday, November 30th.
NOVEMBER 2019 BOOK CLUB
Join us on Tuesday evening, November 26th for our monthly book club meeting. We will be discussing The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson. It is described as "one of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever."
As always, you are welcome to join us on November 26th even if you have not had time to read the book. We will discuss December's book club selection during the November meeting. If you have a suggestion, we would love to hear it!
FOOD FOR FINES
We will be holding a Food For Fines program at the library from October 19-26th. You can bring in food items to donate to the local food pantry in order to "pay" your overdue fines.
Overdue materials must be returned in order for fines to be deducted. Donations cannot be used to pay for lost or damaged materials, and can only be used to pay for fines on Theresa Free Library materials.
We will only be accepting non-perishable food items. Homemade, expired, and items past the sell-by date will not be accepted. I will be posting a list of the food pantry's most-needed items soon.
If you are unsure about the status of your items, please call the library at 628-5972 or send us an email at email@example.com
Patrons who do not have fines are welcome to donate items as well!
MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON...
SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB
Join us on Thursday, September 26th to discuss Less by Andrew Sean Greer, which won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
We have a number of copies of Less here at the library. Please stop by and pick up a copy if you would like to join us at the meeting. It begins at 7 p.m. on the 26th. As always, you do not have to read this month's book selection to join us. We will choose October's book at this month's meeting.
JULY BOOK CLUB
Join us on Tuesday, July 30th to discuss Anne Tyler's novel Clock Dance. We will meet in the library at 7 p.m.
If you would like to borrow a copy of the book, please call the library at 315-628-5972 or send us a message on Facebook.
You are welcome to join us even if you have not had a chance to read the book! We will decide on August's selection at the July meeting.
World Knit in Public Day
Join us on Saturday, June 8th at 11 a.m. for World Knit in Public Day! We will be working on our projects at the same time as crafters from around the world!
This will be an outdoor event. Please bring your project, a chair or blanket, sunscreen and a snack if you would like one. Bottled water will be provided.
If it rains, we will move indoors.
This is not just for knitters - all fiber crafters are welcome!
June Book Club
Join us on Tuesday, June 25th for our next book club discussion!
We will be talking about “They Called Me Chuckie” by Charles M. Brownell.
We’ve decided to go local for June’s discussion! This book is a memoir by a Carthage man who grew up in the North Country in the 1870s and 1880s. It was published in 1943.
If you would like to have a copy of the book placed on hold for you, please contact the library at 628-5972.
You are welcome to join us at June’s meeting even if you have not read the book! We will decide what to read in July at the June meeting.
EARLY LITERACY BACKPACK LAUNCH MAY 18th
The Early Literacy Backpacks have arrived! They will be available to check out starting Saturday, May 18th. We will have story time at 10 a.m. followed by a craft, and then the backpacks can be checked out.
We have five backpacks, based on the themes cards, food, colors, feelings, music and farms. Each backpack contains two board books, an activity, and a set of laminated milestone moments cards that suggest ways to help your child's brain develop.
The backpacks will be checked out to Theresa patrons with library cards in good standing. The loan period for the backpacks will be two weeks and they must be returned to the library in person, as they will not fit in the book drop. One backpack per family per checkout.
MAY 2019 BOOK CLUB
Please join us on Thursday, May 30th for our next book club meeting! We will be discussing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This #1 New York Times Bestseller is also a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, and will soon be a movie.
We have copies of the book available at the library to borrow. Please call 628-5972 if you would like to have a copy set aside for you. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us a message on Facebook.
You are always welcome to attend the meeting, even if you have not had time to read the book! We will decide on June's selection at the May 30th meeting.
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.
APRIL 2019 BOOK CLUB
Join us on Thursday, April 25th at 7 p.m. for our book club meeting! We will be discussing Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Please call the library at 628-5972 if you would like a copy of the book set aside for you!
MARCH 2019 BOOK CLUB
Join us on Tuesday, March 26th for our book club meeting! We will be discussing Varina by Charles Frazier.
Click HERE for a review of the book.
If you would like a copy of the book placed on hold for you, please call the library at 628-5972 or send us a message on Facebook.
You are always welcome to attend the meeting, even if you have not had time to read the book!
FEBRUARY BOOK CLUB
On Thursday, February 28th the Book Club will meet at 7 pm to discuss Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
You can click HERE to read a review of this novel.
If you would like to have a copy of the book placed on hold for you, please call the library at 315-628-5972.
You are always welcome to attend a Book Club meeting even if you have not read the book. We will decide at this month's meeting what we will be reading at the March meeting.
JANUARY BOOK CLUB
Join us on Thursday, January 17th for the first Book Club meeting of 2019! We will be discussing Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.
If you would like to borrow a copy of the book, please call the library at 315-628-5972.
Click HERE to read a review of the book on the New York Times website.
TUESDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB
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!
THERESA FALL FESTIVAL
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.
DECEMBER 2018 BOOK CLUB
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!
NOVEMBER BOOK CLUB
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.
SEPTEMBER BOOK CLUB
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!
S.T.E.M. LAUNCH PARTY
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.
APRIL BOOK CLUB MEETING
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.
FEBRUARY BOOK CLUB
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.
LIBRARY CLOSED JANUARY 13
We will be closed Saturday, January 13th, due to the weather conditions.
Thank you, and stay safe.
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.
JANUARY BOOK CLUB
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.
DECEMBER BOOK CLUB
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.
OCTOBER BOOK CLUB
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.
JULY BOOK CLUB
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 email@example.com or visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/theresafreelibrary
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!
MAY BOOK CLUB
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
LIBRARY RECEIVES GRANT FROM NNYCF
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.
As always, you may call the library at 628-5972 to have a copy of either (or both) of these books reserved for you!
JANUARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
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!
OCTOBER BOOK CLUB
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 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
AUGUST BOOK CLUB MEETING
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.
JUNE BOOK CLUB MEETING
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 email@example.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!
JANUARY BOOK CLUB MEETING
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!
MARCH 2019 BOOK CLUB
Join us on Tuesday, March 26th for our book club meeting! This month we'll be discussing Varina by Charles Frazier.
Click here for a review of the book.
If you would like a copy of the book placed on hold for you, please call the library at 628-5972, or send us a message on Facebook!
You are more than welcome to join us at the meeting, even if you have not read the book!
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