Return of borrowed materials

During this period while the library is closed and staff is working from home we ask you to hold onto library materials you may have borrowed.   With staff not being able to work in the building we are unable to collect items for return at this time.  We have even had to close our outdoor return.   Once we are able to return to the library we will post updates here and on our Facebook page.   Know that when we are able to once again receive borrowed items for return all will be discharged free of any fines.    Thanks for understanding.

Take care and stay safe!


Sharing Time and Talent: The Library's Caring Crafters

The following article is written by Barbara Patchett.   Barbara is currently a member of the library staff and coordinates all Caring Crafters projects and donations.   Each week we will focus on one of the projects with instructions so that during your time at home you may create some items for people in need. Once the library reopens (Covid-19), please consider joining us on Thursday mornings 10-12 or on Wednesdays from 3 -5. We would love to see you.

After moving to the Dexter area about 3 years ago, I read that there was a Thursday Morning Coffee Hour at the Dexter Free Library. I was familiar with the library as I had been a part of another yarn
group making knitted and crocheted blocks for the library’s Wounded Warrior blanket project. I started going to the Thursday morning gathering and met ladies who were chatting, knitting and crocheting various things. I asked one of my friends if she would like to come and she did. For the next few months, we socialized and everyone was knitting or crocheting. We talked about what we could do as a group to use our talents and help local organizations. We decided our group needed a name and Caring Crafters seemed to be perfect. We shared our ideas, patterns and visions and started various projects.

To date our projects have included Lap Blankets for Samaritan Keep Home; Seasonal Pillowcases for Hospice of Jefferson County; Red Scarves for the Foster Care to Success Program; Potholders and Fabric Grocery Bags for the Dexter Food Pantry; Children’s Pillowcases for the Critical Needs of Watertown Urban Mission; Cat Mats for the SCPA; and Hats, Scarves and Bandanas for the military through OperationGratitude. Currently we are working on Linus Blankets for hospitalized children.


Message From the Board of Trustees

Message from the Board of Trustees 

The Board of Trustees and staff of the Dexter Free Library are committed to the health and safety of our patrons and community concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The library will be closed and curbside service is suspended until further notice.   We will provide daily updates here and on our Facebook page. 

If you have any questions you may contact us via email at  Email will be checked daily.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.   Take care and stay healthy.

Stay informed.  Click here for the latest information and resources relating to Covid-19.  CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES FOR THE COMMUNITY 

If you do not have a library card and would like one to get access to online resources you can  sign up for a library card online.  Here is what you need to do:

Go to and click on the button in the center of the page that says Register Online for your library card. This will bring you to the application form – you’ll enter your contact information, create a PIN, and select a home library. A six-digit number will be generated, and you’ll use this as your library card number when you access OverDrive and other online resources of the North Country Library System.

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Wi-Fi is available at the library and accessible from outside the building for anyone who wishes to use it.

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