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May Newsletter from the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From The Director

May is also one of my favorite months –  warmer days and getting back to the water on the sailboat. It has been steadily busy at both libraries as we endured spring on Cape Cod. We have seen more and more families participating in our children’s programs, and people enjoying poetry in April at the Sunday Author event at South Yarmouth Library, along with a wrap-up of our Good Stories, Well Read series at West Yarmouth Library. We welcome Christine Kaufmann, new Head of Technical Services/IT Librarian, and bid farewell to our Mature Worker provided through Elder Services of Cape Cod, Richard Sentner. He will be missed.

-Jane Cain
Library Director

Annual Town Meeting
Saturday, May 5, at the Mattacheese School
Starting at 9 a.m.

The Library has applied to the Yarmouth Community Preservation Committee for grant funding to collaborate with the towns of Barnstable and Dennis on digitizing the Register newspaper – Yarmouth’s weekly local newspaper since 1836, and the Barnstable Patriot, to complete the digitization of the run of that publication. The Patriot has been available in digital format through the Sturgis Library website for several years for the time period up to 1933. With approved funding, to be voted on at the May 5 Town Meeting, these two historical newspapers, covering news and cultural insight, through the history of Cape Cod and beyond, will be keyword-searchable from any computer in the world!


Saturday Hours returning to
the West Yarmouth Library in June

Beginning June 2!
The West Yarmouth Library will be open on Saturdays, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., starting in June through the end of September.

Sunday hours at South Yarmouth Library will come to an end for the summer, effective Sunday, May 20, 4 p.m. The Yarmouth Town Libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday for the Memorial Day holiday week-end. 


Little Free Beach Libraries

Little Free Beach Libraries will be “open for business” on a take-a-book-leave-a-book basis at the Bass River/Smugglers Beach in South Yarmouth and at Seagull Beach in West Yarmouth, as of the Memorial Day week-end this year. Come, summer.


South Yarmouth Library Association
Sunday Author Series welcomes
Patry Francis, author of
Orphans of Race Point

Sunday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. 
South Yarmouth Library
Please join us for a discussion on the writer’s journey, by Cape Cod author Patry Francis. Part of the South Yarmouth Library Sunday Author Series, this is a popular program. Reservations strongly encouraged. Sign up online at the Library website www.yarmouthlibraries.org, under our Event Calendar, or call or stop by either library and we’ll sign you up! Funded and organized by the South Yarmouth Library Association, who also provide refreshments.

Children and Young Adults


Saturday Science: Pond Life    

Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Presented by Cape Cod Coordinated Family and Community Engagement for children age 3-8. Children under 8 to need bring an adult. To register call 508-778-7988, X 1.


Musical Discoveries

Saturday, May 12, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, May 21, 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

A musical experience for the whole family! For infants to 5-year-old children and their caregivers. Classes include singing, small and large motor movement, instruments and fun. Classes are FREE and are held in the Leonard Room. Our thanks to the South Yarmouth Library Association for their support of this popular program.


Family Story Time

Monday, May 14, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Libraries

Wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal! Enjoy some yoga, stories and songs to get you ready for bed! At South Yarmouth Library in the Leonard Room. Good for all ages. Children under 8 need to bring an adult.


Drop-In Lego® Club

Wednesday, May 16, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For all ages; children under 8 need to bring an adult. The Library provides all the LEGO®s. Bring your imagination and some friends. At the South Yarmouth Library in the Leonard Room.


Drop-in Craft: Terrariums

Saturday, May 19, 1:30 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

The Library provides all materials. At the South Yarmouth Library in the Leonard Room. For all ages. Children under 8 need to bring an adult.


Staff Picks: "I Got it!"
by David Wiesner

David Wiesner brings his trademark artistry and rich imagination to the iconic American game of baseball. The few seconds after the ball leaves the bat can be infinitely long. For this eager young outfielder, there's plenty of time to envision the increasingly fantastic and funny situations that might interfere with making the catch. Summoning determination and courage, he overcomes the imaginary obstacles. I Got It! reveals the extraordinary within the ordinary, taking readers on an amazing journey in a few seconds on a baseball field. (Book description excerpted from Amazon.)


Story Times in May

Preschool Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

Baby Story Time 
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

South Yarmouth Library 
For infants-3 years old and their caregivers.

Story Time West
Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
West Yarmouth Library

All ages are welcome. Children under 8 need to bring an adult.


Edward Gorey House Museum Passes Now Available!

Passes to the Edward Gorey House are now available at the South Yarmouth Library. Call the library to reserve the pass or access the pass reservation system online at http://www.yarmouth.ma.us/876/Museum-Passes. The current exhibition is Murder He Wrote: Edward Gorey and the Art of the Mystery. 


Welcome, Chris Kaufmann
Head of Technical Services/
IT Librarian

You may recognize our newly hired Head of Technical Services and IT for the Yarmouth Town Libraries:  Chris Kaufmann was a part-time circulation staff member from 2011 – 2014 in Yarmouth. She is a graduate of the University of Richmond, in Virginia, and is currently enrolled in the Simmons College Master’s in Library and Information Science degree program. Chris has worked at both the Harwich and Brewster Libraries on Cape Cod, and we are delighted to have her back.


Home Delivery

Are you unable to get to the library? Need a delivery of books, DVDs or magazines? We can help.The Yarmouth Town Libraries offer delivery for people with illness or a condition that prevents them from coming to the Library. For more information, call 508-760-4820 or 508-775-5206.

The Yarmouth Town Libraries will be closed on
Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.

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