Our Summer Reading Program will begin on Wednesday, July 10th at 4:00.  We will meet each Wednesday for 5 weeks with lots of fun adventures, since the theme this year is “Adventures Begin at the Library!”  Just a few of our planned activities include “Painting with Bree for Kids”, “Falk’s Woodsy Adventure Day with Scavenger Hunt and Carousel Rides”, a Party in the Park, the Labyrinth Garden, a T-Shirt Repurposed Workshop, as well as many other “adventurous” activities.  

     We are also very excited to invite everyone to a Meet and Greet with author Jennifer Donnelly.  On Friday, August 9th sat 6:00, Jennifer will return to her roots and share with us her journey of becoming a bestselling author.  Just a few of her books include award winner “A Northern Light” (which Time Magazine listed as one of the best 100 young adult books of all time), the bestselling “Rose Trilogy” for adults, and many other award winning juvenile books. She will have books for sale, will sign books already purchased, and enjoy answering questions.  Check out her website for more information at  www.jenniferdonnelly.com.  

     Check our Turin Library Facebook page for more details on our upcoming events.  Happy summer!    


The Erie Canal and the Underground Railroad” Presentation on Friday, June 7th at 6:00

Derrick Pratt from the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse returns with another great presentation, the “Pathway of Resistance: The Erie Canal and the Underground Railroad” This constantly evolving talk examines the experience of African-Americans along the Erie Canal Corridor, with a particular focus on the struggle for abolition. While parts of this story are unpleasant, slavery, racism, and resistance are critical to understanding our society today.


4th Annual Kite Day at the Park

We will be celebrating Earth Day with our 4th Annual Kite Day at the Turin Park. Young an old are invited to join us on Monday, April 22nd at 5:00 for some high flying fun! The park is always windy, so we usually have great luck getting the kites up. Since it is also Earth Day, people are encouraged to bring some plastic gloves and bags to help clean up the litter there as well.


Erie Canal Event : Presentation and Canal Mules Display

Join us Friday, April 5th at 6:00 for this wonderful program on the “Basics of the Erie Canal”.  Derrick Pratt, (Director of Education for the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse) will give a presentation on why and how the canal was built. What happened once it was built and where is it now?  He will also have installed an exhibit at the library on “Mules Throughout History and on the Erie Canal”. This exhibit will be up until May, so stop in during library hours to enjoy it before it goes back to Syracuse!


On Friday, March 15th at 6:30, in the South Lewis School multi-purpose room, Erin Coon from Vernon, taught us many different line dances.  It was great fun for young and old, beginners or pros, singles or couples! 


Thirsty Painters Paint Party! Bree did it again… She somehow managed to get us to paint some beautiful paintings of birch trees and chickadees! Thanks!


Lowville author teaches kids about self care at local library, while giving to children in need TURIN, NY:

We had a great time with Trish Michael, Lowville author of 3 uplifting children’s picture books. For every book sold, she donates one to a needy child and she sold enough books to give away 26!!!!


We had a lot of fun this holiday season! We decked our halls, and raffled off a beautiful Christmas basket just bursting  with Christmas items, (Kelly Amidon won). Thanks to all that donated for it and bought tickets. Mary Ann Lepkowski filled our display case with nativity items from all over the world, the D’Ambrosi Christmas Village and Polar Express was enjoyed by everyone, and the village had their Christmas Lighting contest.  The Matthews family received first place for decorating the giant tree at the corner, (first time in 15 years!) and Tourvilles came in second and Buckinghams third. The firemen drove Santa around through the village and delivered him at the library for us.  We had over 60 people attend our Christmas Party!  Click on the link below for a quick video of our fun with Santa.  We already have some great events planned for January, so keep a lookout for our Storytime with Trish, Sip and Paint, and….. Swing Dancing, etc. Happy New Year! Christmas Fun with Santa!


The Thirsty Painters did it again…. What a wonderful time we had with Breanne Ringwald!


What a great summer we had here at the library!! Check out this short video! Summer 2023


Outdoor Movie Night on the Lawn! Thursday, August 31 at 8:00 (Weather permitting….) Bring a lawn chair and a blanket to enjoy a fun, family movie. Cats & Dogs will be the movie. It’s a great kids movie about dogs and cats that are spies and at war with each other. One of the dogs in the film was actually from Turin. Come and hear the quick story of how he made it into the movies, and then enjoy popcorn and a movie!


Thirsty Painters Paint Party! September 8th at 6:00 Contact the library to sign up. Just a $10.00 donation to the Friends Group!


 Storywalk at Whetstone Gulf Exercise Trail   All summer long!


We really enjoyed our annual visit with the Catskill Puppet Theater! Here is a quick video….


Annual Garage Sale Day Returns on Saturday, May 6th! Clean your houses, contact the library to be put on the map, come to our book sale, and enjoy the firemen’s Chicken BBQ!


Kite Day at the Turin Park!

Young and old are invited to join us at the Turin Park on Friday, April 21st at 4:00 to celebrate Earth Day.  We’ll have lots of fun flying kites, there is always PLENTY of wind, and there will be some extras to borrow if you don’t have one.


Fun at the South Lewis Art Show!


We had some great Rubberband Racers!

Don’t forget about our wonderful STEM kits we always have available to use. We have build-it kits, giant puzzles, a microscope, robobee, problem solvers, chain reactions, Legos, trains, marble drops, etc. The list goes on and on! If you don’t see what you want, just ask and we’ll get it out and help you get started.


“Snow Ridge: Through the Years”

The Tug Hill Commission, Snow Ridge Ski Resort and the Turin Library had a wonderful hybrid webinar: “Snow Ridge: Through the Years” on Sunday, January 29, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. . 

The panel of speakers were: Jerome Britton and Bronny Davis, authors of “White Magic, The Story of Snow Ridge Ski Area;” Nancy Grisham, daughter of the original owners of Snow Ridge; Tom Smith, former Snow Ridge racer and coach; and Nick Mir, current owner of Snow Ridge.  The link for this webinar is available on the Tug Hill Commission website. Check it out to see what you missed!

Enjoy this quick video of our wonderful day of memories!!!

Thank you to the Tug Hill Commission for sharing some of their photos with us!

Calendar Fundraiser

 We still have a few calendars for sale! The calendars highlight “The Library Kids and Programs Through the Years!” A $20.00 donation is appreciated, and just $25.00 if you want to have one mailed to someone.

Music at the library many years ago!

The very old “pencil main” that was accidently happened upon when the village was digging the water pipes, has been officially “aged”! Dr. Alexander K. Stewart from St. Lawrence University’s Geology Department has sent a letter with results from his studies. “The tree that was used to make the wooden watermain was cut between September 1881 – spring of 1882. The tree was native to Turin and is a red pine. The tree had 61 growth rings on it minus the center that was carved out, so it dates back to 175-180 years of age. The tree would have germinated sometime around 1800.” Thank you very much to Mike Petersen for the wonderful hemlock mantle he created to hold our “old treasure”!

Mike Petersen and the hemlock mantle he built for us!

         We have received our first bench from the Trex Recycling Program.  It is very nice, and we are already well on to earning another, so keep those unrecyclable plastics coming! 

We are working on a date for our next Open Mic Night.  These used to be very popular, and since covid restrictions are lessened, we want to start it up again!   

   Summer Events at the Turin Library : Park Concert, Bee Barn       

 The Summer Reading Program was a success! Thank you VERY much to the parents and helpers that made sure to get the kids here and encouraged them to read. The challenge was for us all to read 10,000 minutes in a five week period, and they met the challenge with a whopping 10,440!! Way to go!! We ended with a fun Party in the Park, check out our review video!