Upcoming Summer Programs at the Lyme Public Library

Start the summer season off right by attending one of the Lyme Public Library’s terrific upcoming programs. For more details either check out the library’s list of “Community Calendar” or call the library at 860-434-2272. To register for any of the library’s upcoming events you can use our “Registration Page”

Preschool Story Time on Wednesdays @ 10:30am

For children ages infant to 4. Discover what it is like to visit the library! Have a story time, sing-along and craft with Ms. Barbara and meet new friends. Caregivers can check out books to take home to continue the fun of a library visit.

June 21st-August 16th-Lyme Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” Library Bookmark Contest

The Lyme Library and Lyme Consolidated School will be combining forces this summer when we have kids design the library’s bookmarks.

During the length of the “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” Lyme Library Summer Reading Program we will be hosting an art exhibit and contest which will be on display in the Library’s Community room of all the participating local children’s artwork on bookmark-sized “canvases”. The Lyme Library Board members will judge the contest at the end of the summer program and will choose winners by grade. The lucky winners will have their artwork printed up on actual library bookmarks! And don’t you fret, you can get involved too, since one of the winning categories will be “by popular demand” so you can cast your own vote for the winner of your choice.

Special thanks to Jen Pittman from the Lyme Consolidated School for her help coordinating the artists and their artwork that will be displayed at the library 

Wednesday, June 29th @ 10:00am –Lyme Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”  Mindful Nature Walk with Reagan Stacey (Lyme Land Trust)

As part of the Lyme Library’s summer reading program “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” Reagan Stacey (Lyme Land Trust representative) will be taking children ages 5 and up from the library through the Pleasant Valley Preserve on a “Mindful Nature Walk”. Ms Stacey will lead the children’s walk encouraging  everyone to enjoy the sights, sounds and feel of the preserve.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Program is limited to 10 children. 

Tuesday, July 5th @ 7:00pmAfternoon Astronomy with Alan Sheiness

As part of the library’s summer reading program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path, Alan Sheiness will host an afternoon astronomy session at the Lyme Public Library. Observe the first quarter moon through a telescope and binoculars after reviewing fundamentals of how telescopes work. Alan will also discuss what causes the phases of the moon as seen from here on earth. This daytime session will be followed up with a night observing session on July 29 at a dark sky site.

Alan Sheiness is a ten-year resident of Lyme, CT, and Treasurer of The Lyme Land Trust. Among other interests, Alan is life-long astronomy enthusiast and self-taught astrophotographer. He has documented lunar eclipses, solar eclipses, the Venus transit of the Sun, a Mercury transit of the Sun, many of the planets, as well as star clusters and nebulae. As a promoter of dark skies, Alan has established Astronomy as an adjunct activity within the Lyme Land Trust. More about the Lyme Land Trust’s astronomy resources can be found here: Our Dark Skies – Lyme Land Conservation Trust (lymelandtrust.org)

Wednesday, July 6th @ 6:30 via Zoom Lyme Public Library Racial Equity Book Club

The Lyme Public Library’s Racial Equity Book Club will be focusing each month on a book about race relations in the United States. The book group will be meeting via Zoom where we will meet to discuss the book and participate in a fair and open discussion of the subject of race relations.

To register for this event and to receive the Zoom meeting invitation email programreg@lymepl.org

This special book club is hosted in conjunction with the Bigelow Public Library of Clinton, MA

Book of the Month: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”

Thursday, July 7th @ 6:30pm  “Night Boat to New York: Steamboats on the Connecticut 1815-1931” author presentation with Eric Hesselberg

Erik Hesselberg will be appearing at the Lyme Public Library to make a presentation about his new book Night Boat to New York: Steamboats on the Connecticut, 1815-1931.

The steamboats that plied the waters of Connecticut River from 1815-1931 not only brought people and goods to the areas that they serviced but also helped establish a seashore “spa culture” and a social phenomenon noted by such famous writers as Charles Dickens and Mark Twain.  Join us for a fascinating discussion about culture, commerce and the history of the beautiful Connecticut River

Erik Hesselberg has been writing about the Connecticut River for over 20 years. His deep devotion to environmental protection combined with his keen interest in cultural history makes him a fascinating lecturer on the river’s place in the American experience.

Tuesday, July 12th @ 19th @ 6:00pm Lyme Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”, Special Event for Teens

As part of the Lyme Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”, local artist Kisten Thornton will be having attendees (from grades 6 to 12) paint bird houses and posts to be placed around Lyme and Old Lyme by the Lyme Garden Club, Lyme Parks and Recreation Department and the Lyme Land Trust. This is a 2-part event with the second meeting taking place on July 12th.  Pizza and beverages will be provided to the attendees. 

This special event is made possible as part of a generous co-sponsoring project between the Lyme Public Library and  Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau.

Thursday, July 14th @ 6:00pm via Zoom -A Taste of Ayurveda: The Pitta Dosha with Claire Ragozzino

The Lyme Public Library is very pleased to welcome author, Ayurvedic counselor and certified yoga instructor Claire Ragozzino to host a series of Ayurvedic workshops at the library. This is a 4-part series in which you will learn about the basics of Ayurvedic medicine and learn how to cook and move to learn more holistically. Claire is the author of “Living Ayurveda” and will be supplying attendees with recipes and shopping lists to help balance the Vata, Pitta and Kapha  doshas. Tonight’s presentation will be concentrating on balancing the Pitta dosha 

This program is made possible by a collaboration between the Lyme, Old Lyme and Mystic/Noank public libraries of CT and the Clinton Public Library of MA.

To register for this event and to receive the Zoom meeting invitation email programreg@lymepl.org

Friday, July 15th @ 1:00pm “As the Page Turns”-Lyme Library/Lyme Senior Center Book Club

 A collaboration with the Lyme Library and Lyme/Old Lyme Senior Center. The selected book for the month can be picked up at the Lyme Public Library circulation desk. Library staff will have the book in regular print, large print and audio book format for your convenience. Book of the Month: “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles

This month’s meeting takes place at the Lymes’ Senior Center 26 Town Woods Rd, Old Lyme

Saturday, July 16th @ 8:30am-yme Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” & STEAM Saturday Geology of Lyme Lecture and Walking Tour with Ralph Lewis

As part of the Lyme Public Library’s “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” summer reading program a special event will be led by local geologist Ralph Lewis. Mr. Lewis will start his presentation at the library where he will conduct a short lecture on the terms he will be using when he leads all the attendees through Lyme’s Banningwood Preserve where he will be pointing out the remarkable and unique geological elements found only in Lyme. The program will start at the library at 8:30am and participants will then meet up at Banningwood Preserve at 9:15.

 This event is  for children ages 12 and up and limited to 12 participants.

Saturday, July 23rd @ 10:30am Visit from the Mystic Aquarium!

The Mystic Aquarium will be visiting the Lyme Public Library as part of our summer reading program!  They will be bringing along instructors and their special traveling touch tank filled with an assortment of live invertebrates such as lobsters, horseshoe crabs, shellfish and sea stars. A perfect opportunity to “explore the outdoors” this special program is made possible by a generous donation from local residents. Come join the fun and “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” at the Lyme Public Library.

Tuesday, July 26th @ 6:30pm-History of the Blues with Dan Stevens 

A multi-media presentation of classic blues pieces played on authentic vintage instruments interspersed with historical images, video and educational material.  The roots of rock and roll, jazz and even hip hop can be traced to this important form of music.  Presenter “Ramblin” Dan Stevens is a veteran touring bluesman and teacher who has entertained audiences  throughout the US, Germany, UK, Canada and Virgin Islands. 

 Friday, July 29the 8:15-10:00pm- (Rain date: Saturday July 30th)-“Read Beyond the Beaten Path”  Viewing the Dark Sky with Alan Sheiness

As part of the library’s summer reading program local astronomer Alan Sheiness will be meeting participants at the Lyme Land Trust Dark Sky Observation Site (directions to the site will be distributed to registrants before the night of the event) with his telescopes at the ready so that kids and caregivers can get an up-close look at t number of fantastic stars, constellations, the Milky Way and various deep-sky objects in the dark night sky. Talk about going “beyond the beaten path”! Mr. Sheiness will be provided instruction and a number of other local astronomers will be present with their telescopes so that participants can move from one telescope to another to view a variety of objects in the sky.

Saturday, July 30th @ 8:30am-Geological Lecture Through Pleasant Valley Preserve with Ralph Lewis

Lyme is uniquely situated to offer access to some rare geological highlights that you might never have known about. Local geologist Ralph Lewis will lead a walk through Pleasant Valley Preserve to lecture on and point out some of these noteworthy landmarks. Attendees will walk the preserve and discuss the scientific significance of the area. Hiking boots are recommended as the terrain will be varied.