Podcast Studio

We have everything you need to make a professional-quality sound recording in our new Podcast Studio! Book a session by emailing tech@potsdamlibrary.org. The studio is ideal for recording podcasts with two hosts.

We also have a top-notch video blogging set-up including access to professional lighting, backdrops, a green screen, and a teleprompter. Come on in and record a make-up tutorial or unbox your new Lego set on camera.

The equipment below was selected for our studio after careful research and consultation with recording professionals and purchased with a grant from the Northern New York Library Network for which we are very grateful.

  • Set of two Electro-Voice RE20 Mics
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
  • Sony MDR7506 MDR-7506 Headphones
  • MacBook Pro with Logic and Final Cut (and iMovie and Garage Band for the casual user)
  • iPad
  • Canon EOS 70D with camera-mounted external mic
  • Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder
  • Green Screen
  • Teleprompter
  • and lots of foam panels


“Shelfies”  are small caches of FREE books located in 60 different businesses around St. Lawrence County.

Don’t forget to share a selfie with your shelfie! #shelfieselfie #potpublibrary

If you’d like to donate your gently used books to the Shelfie program, please email us.

Seed Lending Library

Growing and Sharing

This seed library exists to help people learn to garden and save seeds, and participate in growing and sharing seeds, food, and knowledge.

Check Out Seeds

Peruse our seed book and select up to 5 varieties you’d like to grow. Bring a variety card with you to the front desk and a staff member will give you a packet of seeds.

Classes and Events

Check the library’s calendar, Facebook page, or email newsletter to find out about classes on gardening, and events like seed and plant swaps.

Preserving Our Heritage

Saving seed used to be a type of knowledge that was passed down through generations. This knowledge and production has largely been taken over by seed companies and many varieties have been lost forever.  Seed saving is a skill that provides a community with a resilience and food security. It is a way to push against the loss of genetic diversity within our food system, a way to connect with our community and often our cultural heritage.

Adopt a Seed

Choose a variety according to your level of skill at seed saving and sign up to be a “seed steward” for that variety so we can ensure a supply for lending next year. To sign up, put your name next to your variety and take a seed return form with you. When you bring in your saved seeds, be sure to bring along this form.

“Seed stewards” who successfully save and return 1 variety of seed get to choose 2 new varieties to add to the seed library for the next year!  A Seed Savers Exchange catalog will be out for perusal February through March along with wish list for your selections.

Difficulty Ratings

Green for beginner – For those who are new to gardening and seed saving, these are mostly self-pollinating varieties with minimal required isolation distances.

Yellow for intermediate – For individuals with some prior experience gardening, varieties may require specific isolation distances or may cross with other plants that belong to the same species.

Red for advanced – These varieties are difficult to obtain true seed from or require very specific practices for growing plants to produce seed.

Not Quite Ready to Save Seeds?

Not ready to save seeds but still want to grow something? You can still make a difference by donating to help cover costs.

Museum Passes

Discover the natural wonders and history of the Adirondacks or explore a shipwreck without getting wet! Our Museum Passes are here!

We have passes to The Wild Center, the Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum) in Blue Mountain Lake and The Maritime Museum in Lake Champlain.

  • The Wild Center Pass admits 2 adults at a 50% discount ($10) and free admission for all children age 17 & under.
  • The ADK Pass provides a 50% discount on up to 4 adults ($10) OR 2 adults for $10 & all children under ages 6-17 for $6 each. Children 5 & under are free.
  • Our pass to the Maritime Museum provides free admission for an entire family.

Passes are on a first-come, first-served basis and may be borrowed for up to 3 days at no charge with your library card.

Graphic Novels

Located in the front of the library, you can’t miss this section bursting with action and color with dynamic stories for all ages, from comics to sophisticated and complex novels, and an assortment of manga series.

Graphic Novels are not a genre; they are a format, and that format has a little bit of something for everyone. Are there classics that you’ve thought about tackling only to be daunted by prose from another era? Add pictures to stories like the Odyssey or Beowulf and these tales practically read themselves.

For that retro comic feel, we’ve got titles like Dick Tracy that have had multiple issues bound into a larger novel-like format.

Based on Japanese graphic novels, our manga section includes Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist, Fruits Basket and many more. One of the most popular titles, Naruto, started out as a serial comic in the monthly Shonen Jump, but was so popular it was turned into a manga-style graphic novel and then an anime TV series.

Owly is a fabulous series for our youngest readers, written without words, but with simple symbols that beginning readers will recognize. Symbols combined with great illustrations create a story that is accessible to all.