Yates Community Library Blog

Thanksgiving Message from your friends at the Library

We count ourselves very fortunate every day, to enjoy your company
and your love of books! Thank you for being so enthusiastic about your
reading, and for sharing that joy with us. We welcome always, your
ideas for making the library more useful to you, and please know that it
makes our day to help you in any way we can! Have a wonderful

Christmas in Lyndonville

The Library will once again be participating in this much-anticipated annual event, which takes place this year on Saturday, December 7th in many places around town.  We’ll be open our regular hours that day, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, then our doors will close while we get ready to take part in the celebration! 

At 3:00 we will welcome you back in for activities: an easy winter craft for all to make; Christmas Bingo to play; puzzles and games at the tables; our tree to be decorated; giveaway books, and a place to get warm as you visit all the other downtown activities! 

At 4:30, the library will start closing up so that folks can gather at the fire pits outside, for caroling and listening for Santa’s sleigh bells as he pays a special visit at 5:00 PM to light all the special trees in the park by the library. Don’t miss a bit of this festive day!

Have you read THE BELOVED WILD yet?  

Borrow a copy today, so you’ll be ready for the upcoming events for our second one book/one community LYNDONVILLE READS!

Lovingly crafted by Orleans County author and teacher, Melissa Ostrom, you will laugh and cry along with Harriet Winter (or is it Freddy?) as she devises a clever way to make her way west, to help settle The Black North, specifically, in the Town of Gaines, in the early 1800s.

JOIN OUR BOOK DISCUSSION on Monday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 PM at the Library.  We’ll have a casual conversation about the book over refreshments.  All are welcome!

ATTEND THE AUTHOR TALK on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7:00 PM at the Library.  Melissa will tell about her love of writing, why she wanted to write historical fiction about our area, and will show us some of the sources she used for her research.  On hand will be reasonably-priced copies of Melissa’s two published novels, THE BELOVED WILD and UNLEAVING, should you wish to purchase and have signed by the author when you meet her.  Refreshments provided, and everyone is welcome!

Additionally, Melissa is greatly looking forward to meeting and working with several high school classes at Lyndonville Central School during the day on Sept. 12!  She will explore some ways for students to enhance their writing. She’ll also meet and have lunch with younger members of a school writing club.


Once again, the library is delighted to offer this series of marvelous programs for preschoolers ages 2-5, carefully planned and joyfully presented by Robin Boyle, retired Lyndonville Central School Kindergarten teacher.

Come in (or call 765-9041) and sign your child up for these programs now! They will take place beginning Thursday, September 19, at 11:00 AM, and continue EVERY OTHER Thursday. The Fall Session will end on December 19.
It’s all free, and your little one will love it! Questions? Please email Emily at ecebula@nioga.org.

Summer Highlights

The Library welcomes you to make us part of your summer activities, and our staff is so happy to see many are doing just that! It’s your choice: bring the kids to a regular Friday morning program; spread out with a picnic supper in the park on Monday concert evenings (thanks to GoArt! funding); or just take home a stack of books and movies to relax with!

For the full summer schedule please click here!

Some highlights, plus news about “Lyndonville Reads!”

Tuesday, July 30 at 1:00 PM: educator Rick Merritt’s ROCKETS AWAY! Program will give young scientists ages 8 and up the chance to create their own rocket and launch it behind the library! Registration is limited to 20; please stop in or call 765-9041 to register. 90-minute program.

Annual Free Summer Concert Series funded through GoArt! Make the most of summer with the fabulous sounds of these local bands, performing rock and blues in Veterans Park, downtown Lyndonville, next to the library:
Monday, July 15 at 7:00 PM: Old Hippies
Monday, July 29 at 7:00 PM: Eagle Creek
Monday, August 12 at 6:30 PM: The Stoll Brothers

The latest LYNDONVILLE READS is launching! This second offering in the Library’s one book/one community project is THE BELOVED WILD, by Orleans County author Melissa Ostrom. Starting now, readers can delve into this tale of an independent-minded teenage girl of two centuries ago, who devises a clever way to make her way, along with her brother, from their New England home to settle in The Black North: the area of the western NY frontier that would become Orleans County.

Then get set to meet Melissa and talk about her book with her at the library on Thursday, September 12, at 7:00 PM. This event will also be a feature of the 4th Annual Orleans County Heritage Festival.

Stop by for a copy of THE BELOVED WILD, and to learn more details!

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Yates Community Library

Yates Community Library

15 North Main Street,
PO Box 485
Lyndonville, NY 14098
phone: 585-765-9041
fax: 585-765-9527

Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10AM-8PM
Wednesday: closed
Friday: 10AM-5PM
Saturday: 10AM-2PM
Closed Saturdays in July & August