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February Newsletter from the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director:

A leap year February greeting to you all. We are hanging on to our 2020 New Year’s resolutions to bring more and better services to everyone who comes through our doors or reaches us on line. Staff enjoyed an annual holiday gathering on January 16 at Jack’s Outback II, including good food and a fun gift exchange. Our thanks to our Associations for treating us to a wonderful breakfast and some time to connect. Come in to the South Yarmouth Library, too, and check out our new expanded “what’s new” section on custom-made shelving, thanks to the D-Y Newcomers Club. 

-Jane Cain
Library Director


Fine Forgiveness and
Patron Appreciation
February 2020

Bring your overdue items to the Yarmouth Town Libraries
along with any unexpired, non-perishable items for the Yarmouth Food Pantry from now until February 29, and we will forgive your fines. This applies to overdue fines only, and does not cover lost items. If you bring extra donations and wish to help another patron have their fines forgiven, you can “pay it forward” and leave an extra item beside the bin for another patron to donate.

The Pantry is always in need of paper products, laundry and dish washing soap, cleaning supplies and food storage wraps or baggies. We will accept donations at the South Yarmouth or West Yarmouth Library locations during the month of February.


2020 Cecelia Siemen Scholarship
Open for Applications

The South Yarmouth Library Association offers the Cecelia Siemen Scholarship in the Visual Arts annually. The $3,000 award advances the study and knowledge of someone in the visual arts. To be eligible, applicants must have completed one academic year at a college or art institute by the end of the school year in which the scholarship is offered.

Applications are available now at the South Yarmouth Library or from the Library website. Applications include the completed form, course work transcripts, three (3) letters of recommendation, a portfolio, and personal statement. See
http://yarmouth.ma.us/1266/Cecelia-Siemen-Scholarship for the link to download an application on the home page. Applications to the South Yarmouth Library Association are due April 30.


Take your Child to the Library Day 

Drop in on Saturday, February 1
All ages are welcome at the South Yarmouth Library Children’s Room anytime during the day. Play, create, explore, and discover all the amazing FREE resources we offer every day. Get a Library card, download the free Hoopla app for e-books, e-audios, and movies; learn how to search the CLAMS catalog and so much more! Visiting your local library is a great way to encourage the love of learning. Registration is not required.


Family Story Time

Monday, February 3, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Join us for stories, songs and stretches. Wear your pajamas and bring a favorite stuffie. Registration is not required. For all ages; children under 10 need to bring an adult.


Musical Discoveries 

Monday, February 3, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 22, 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

A musical experience for the whole family! For infants to 5-year-olds and their caregivers. Singing, small and large motor movement, instruments and fun. Classes are FREE. Our thanks to the South Yarmouth Library Association for their continued support of this popular family program. Registration is not required.


Selectman Mark Forest Office Hours
at the South Yarmouth Library

Friday, February 7, 9:00 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Selectman Forest offers you an opportunity to sit and discuss what’s on your mind with him each month at the South Yarmouth Library. If you cannot make this session, you are encouraged to email Mr. Forest at mark.r.forest@comcast.net.


South Yarmouth Library Association
Sunday Author Series presents:
“Romance is in the Air,” with
Kathryn Knight and Meg McNamara

Sunday, February 9, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Learn about writing romantic suspense, traditional vs. self-publishing, and the writing life from Kathryn Knight and how to find inspiration from a French-loving Cape Cod author who writes as CeCe deLuc. Free admission and open to all. Reservations are greatly encouraged, as this is a popular series funded by the South Yarmouth Library Association. Refreshments will be available. For more information or to sign up, visit us at www.yarmouthlibraries.org or call the Library at 508-760-4820.


Back by popular demand!
’Tween and Teen Craft Club

Wednesday, February 12, 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Each month we will offer a handcraft project for ’tweens and teens. This group will learn new skills and create unique items and meet new people. This month, on Wednesday, February 12, we will make no-sew heart pillows. This is for ages 11+. Bring your friends! Registration is encouraged. Please contact Mindy Herington for more information at 508-760-4820,
X 1316.


Intergenerational Bingo and Beyond

Saturday, February 15, 10:30-12:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Play our NEW nature-themed bingo games with a twist of fun! Bring your family, friends and neighbors! For all ages, but, children under 10 need to bring an adult. We will share a free Pizza Party after! Thank you, Papa Gino’s® for generously donating!


Teen Games and Pizza Party 

Saturday, February 15, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For ages 11+. Teens can choose from a variety of board games, puzzles and challenges, for a fun-packed afternoon! Registration is encouraged, since we don’t want to run out of pizza! Thank you to Papa Gino’s® for their generous donation. Please contact Connie Marr at 508-760-4820, X 1316 for more information.


Good Stories, Well Read

Saturday, February 15, 2:00 p.m.
West Yarmouth Library

Experience classic short stories presented in a most entertaining way, by local Cape Cod actors. No registration is required, but come early for a good seat in front of the fireplace at the West Yarmouth Library. This program is coordinated by Toby Wilson, who sometimes reads a piece. You won’t want to miss this. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Bring a friend or a neighbor.


The Yarmouth Town Libraries will be closed on Monday, February 17,
for Presidents Day.


Join us for Spy Week! February 18-22

Beginning Tuesday, February 18, drop in at the South Yarmouth Library for a different spy challenge each day of vacation week!

This Top-Secret line-up of activities includes:

  • Day #1 Secret Agent ID badges
  • Day #2 Spy Stealth Challenge
  • Day #3 Secret Codes
  • Day #4 Laser Maze
  • Day #5 Movie Matinee: Spy Kids begins at 1:30 p.m. (1hr, 35 min. Rated PG)

For all ages. Children under 10 need to bring an adult.


Lego® Club

Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

The Library provides all the Lego®s. Bring your creativity and a friend! Registration is not required. Lego® Club is for all ages. Children under 10 need to bring an adult.


Sing-along and Dance-along with Denya Levine! 

Friday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Denya performs lively fiddling, spirited and energetic fun with sing-alongs, rhythm instruments, dancing, and a few surprises! You don't want to miss it. This is a program for all ages. Children under 10 need to bring an adult. Registration is not required. 


February Book Discussion Group  
The Flatshare, by Beth O'Leary

Tuesday, February 25, 3:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

This month's book discussion group selection is The Flatshare, by Beth O'Leary. After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore desperately needs a place to live, so she signs up for a flatshare in London. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes and soon become friends -- and then maybe more. But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea... especially if you've never met. Copies are available for borrowing at the South Yarmouth circulation desk. Light refreshments will be served.


American Library Association Announces 2020 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association (ALA)  announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Here is a list of the 2020 award winners in the top four categories:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
New Kid, written and illustrated by Jerry Craft.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
The Undefeatedwritten by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
New Kid, written and illustrated by Jerry Craft.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
Dig, written by A.S. King

For a complete list of award winners go to 


Story Times in February

Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library
Join us for stories, songs, art and playtime. 
For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Registration is not required.


Baby Story Time

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Join us for stories, songs, early literacy activities and playtime. For infants to 3-year-olds and their caregivers.
Registration is not required.


Story Time West

Story Times at West Yarmouth are temporarily suspended. We will resume story times at the West Yarmouth Library on a new date and time! Please check our webpage and social media for updates.


Save the Date:

Yarmouth Reads 2020 Kick-off
Sunday, March 29, 1:00 p.m.
At the Lorusso Lodge at Flax Pond
Book title to be announced soon!


Gratitude Highlights!

Thank you to the Mattacheese Middle School students and their wonderful new librarian, Jillian Denning, for participating in our Teen Survey about Public Library Services. We asked, you answered, and we listened to your top 3 ranked choices for programs and activities. The results reflected that the #1 choice is Food, #2 is Games, #3 Crafts. Thank you to Ms. Denning for compiling this data.


Thank you, D-Y Newcomers
Club Carpenters!

Led by Dave Kapitula, Jim Meehan, Dan Ewing and Jim McDowell, the D-Y Newcomers Club Carpentry Team designed and built beautiful custom shelving to help us expand our New Fiction and Express collection area at the South Yarmouth Library. You will notice them at the entry way to the building. And gone now is the bulky old display space for our Express collection – thus, making it less crowded at our busy front desk. Like a breath of fresh air! We give our great thanks to the D-Y Newcomers for such a generous donation of their time and talent in constructing these shelves for us. And thanks to library staff member Chris Kaufmann, who coordinated the project.


Little Free Libraries
at the Beaches in Yarmouth
are in need of replacement...

After four years of exposure to the wind, rain, snow, whipping sand and bright sun at the Bass River/Smugglers and Seagull Beach locations, our upcycled wooden kitchen cabinets have seen better days. Despite a rubber roof added after the first year, and attention from Town Maintenance and Library staff – the boxes need to be replaced. If you or anyone you know have little free library boxes to donate, or ideas on how we can get replacement boxes, please get in touch with either Chris Kaufmann (ext. 1315) or Jane Cain at 508-760-4820 (ext. 1312) at the Yarmouth Town Libraries. Thank you!

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