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September Newsletter from the Yarmouth Town Libraries

The Yarmouth Town Libraries will be closed on
Monday, September 3,
for Labor Day.

Sunday hours at the South Yarmouth Library
begin on Sunday, September 9.


From the Director

Yay, September is here! We have had a great summer at the Library and have a “new look,” thanks to the walkway and railing replacement at the South Yarmouth Library location. Thanks to Pat Armstrong, Head of Community Services, and Dick Court, Facilities and Maintenance, with leadership from Town Administrator Dan Knapik, in getting the project done so quickly and efficiently. Thanks, too, to Dick and his crew for repair on our alternate entryway/exit from the Mill Lane side of the building. It gave the Library a whole new perspective on things! Work’s almost all done – perennials will be replanted in the next few days, thanks to the South Yarmouth Library Association – come on by.

-Jane Cain
Library Director


September is Library Card
Sign-up Month

The Yarmouth Town Libraries join the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month, to encourage parents, caregivers and students to obtain a free library card that will save them money while reaping rewards in academic achievement and lifelong learning. If you haven't got one yet, or if your children don't, come to the Library and get the best card ever! Join the fun with “The Incredibles” Scavenger Hunt in the Children’s Room at South Yarmouth Library throughout the month.


Recycling in Yarmouth – Part 5
Yard Waste, Compost,
Brush, and More

Wednesday, September 12, 3:00 p.m.

Yarmouth Port Library
Yarmouth Department of Public Works (DPW) Waste Management division presents updates and information about Recycling in Yarmouth. Get your questions answered about the ban on plastic bags, how to control the environmental damage of plastic straws, dispose of brush, composting and more. Bring your neighbor! No sign up required. Note that this event will be hosted by the Yarmouth Port Library. Our thanks to Roby Whitehouse and all the DPW crew; to Kari L. Parcell, of the Barnstable County division of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection; Jill Talladay, founder of CARE for the Cape and Islands; and Carol Ewing, Co-chair of the Yarmouth Recycling and Solid Waste Advisory Committee; for this educational, and uber-local presentation.

Device Advice

One-on-one sessions by appointment
Thursday, September 13, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
West Yarmouth Library

You are welcome to bring your own device (laptop,
tablet, eReader). Registration is required. Please
email Reference Librarian Trish Cassisi at
tcassisi@clamsnet. org or call 508-760-4820 x 1314.


South Yarmouth Library Association
Sunday Author Series
Alison O'Leary, So Close to Home

Sunday, September 23, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Massachusetts author Alison O'Leary co-wrote this book with Michael J. Tougias about a family who survived a World War II U-boat attack on the ship Heredia in the Gulf Coast, 50 miles from New Orleans in 1942. Hear the chilling details of that tragic event from this former Boston Globe reporter, freelance writer and editor. Funded by the South Yarmouth Library Association, who also provide refreshments. Reservations greatly encouraged. 


Mark Forest Office Hours

Thursday, September 27, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Yarmouth Selectman Mark Forest will hold office hours at the South Yarmouth Library on Thursday, September 27. Please call (508) 394-7606 X 1330 to make an appointment. If you can't make it, feel free to email him at : mark.r.forest@comcast.net


Database Spotlight:
RBdigital Value Collection

Browse - Check out - and Read magazines in your browser - and download to mobile apps. Get started by creating a new account in the online browser site. Check out a magazine and stream it online - or download mobile apps and log in with your same credentials. (Create your account online before downloading the mobile apps.) Once you check out a magazine you may keep it as long as you wish. Located on our website at www.rbdigital.com/50emagazine/service/magazines/


2018 Winner of the Siemen Scholarship – Sander Goldman – Congratulations!

Sander Goldman attends the Rhode Island School of Design in the Illustration program. He is a member of the Class of 2019.  Sander grew up in West Brewster with his parents and younger sister, Thea. He attended Sturgis Charter Public School, East Campus, in Hyannis, graduating in 2015. Aside from art, Sander’s interests include music, both singing, and playing sax and guitar. At RISD he is concentrating on digital illustration, comics and animation with a focus on children's media. He has also recently experimented with paper stop-motion animation and is trying to incorporate more traditional materials into his digital work. Sander likes to use technology and animation to infuse life into characters that he creates, in a way that feels emotionally human and fun, always with a sense of humor, energy, and optimism.

Children and Young Adult Programs


Musical Discoveries

Saturday, September 8, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, September 17, 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, September 10, 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Monday, October 1, 6:00-6:30 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Join us for stories, songs and stretches! Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal.


Drop-in Lego® Club

Wednesday, September 19, 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.


Drop-in Crafternoon

Saturday, September 22, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library
For all ages. “Explore, Discover, Design and Create” with a treasure trove of materials for unique results. 


Duct Tape-Palooza

Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For grades 4-7. Join us for a night of fun, creating with duct tape! Bring a friend! No registration required;
just drop in. 
All supplies provided by the Library.


Story Times in September

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.


Highlights from Summer Reading Program: “Libraries Rock!”

Our summer was filled with exciting activities, programs and events. In June and July we had 27 different programs and in August an additional 17. From the Kick-off event at the West Yarmouth Library, featuring the Elbows, to the wrap-up party at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, featuring Alex the Jester, and everything in between, great fun was had by all!

The Yarmouth Town Libraries Summer Reading Program participants logged in over 42,000 minutes, or 700 hours of summer reading! Congratulations to all of our participants for helping with our contribution to the Cape and Islands K-9 Relief Fund.
Many local businesses have been very generous with their donations. Local businesses and organizations that have contributed to this year’s summer reading prizes include: Bass River Sports World, The Riverway Lobster House, Heritage Museums and Gardens, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Hy-line Cruises, Cape Cod Creamery, Cape Codder Resort and Spa, Trader Joe’s, Paradise Pizza, Christmas Tree Shops, Pancake Man, Ryan’s Family Amusements, Pirate’s Cove, Entertainment Cinemas, Penguins Ice Cream Igloo, South Yarmouth Library Association, and the West Yarmouth Library Association. We thank you!

The children will be “paying it forward” by making their reading count toward a donation of treats and toys to the Cape and Islands K-9 Relief Fund. This organization provides support and resources for retired police dogs.


Save the Dates:
Infant Massage, a
 5-part class

Wednesdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Classes will be facilitated by Children’s Library Assistant Melissa Cabral-Seabury, Certified Educator of Infant Massage. The benefits of infant massage may include improved sleep, bonding with your baby and less discomfort for the baby. A copy of Infant Massage: a Handbook for Loving Parents, 4th Edition by Vimala McClure, and other resources will be provided to each participant free of charge. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn hands-on techniques of this wonderful healing art. This series is for families with babies age 2 months to pre-crawling. Attendance is recommended for all five classes. SPACE IS LIMITED. To register, please call 508-760-4820 x 1316 or self-register on the Library Event Calendar at yarmouthlibraries.org.

Be a Stroll Sponsor!

Holiday Cookie Stroll in Historic Bass River
A Benefit for the South Yarmouth Library

The Thirteenth Annual Holiday Cookie Stroll will take place on Saturday, December 8, from 10:00-3:00, rain or shine, in historic Bass River. This walking tour will feature several private homes, five additional stops, and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. The tour also includes an Open House at the South Yarmouth Library, where cider and cranberry bread will be served.
All of the proceeds go to support the South Yarmouth Library. Funds have provided such programs and materials as the Whoville Express, summer reading, museum passes, the Sunday Author Series, computers and other equipment, and new print and eBooks.
If you would like to be listed in the ticket booklet as a sponsor of the stroll, please send a check for $25, made out to “SYLA,”, to the South Yarmouth Library Association, P.O. Box 630, South Yarmouth, MA 02664, or drop off your check at the Library. This year’s deadline is October 5. If you would like to bake cookies or cranberry breads, sew the signature fabric bags, or be a host/hostess at one of the homes, please contact Patty Creighton at patcreighton@hotmail.com or at 508-394-2983. Thanks!  The SYLA is a 501 ( c ) 3 nonprofit organization. Your sponsorship is a donation deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Thanks from the South Yarmouth Library Association!


Have You Been to
the Little Corner Bookstore
at the South Yarmouth Library?

The South Yarmouth Library Association organizes a great ongoing book sale in the northwest corner of the main floor – over near the newspaper and magazine area. They accept donations of gently used books for all ages – in good condition, and free from must and mold. Most items are $1.00 or less. With proceeds from the sale of these books, SYLA funds many programs at the library, provides a number of museum passes for free or reduced entrance to many places of learning, and contributes to staff and community events – the “icing on the cake,” here at the library.  It is open whenever the South Yarmouth Library is open, and you pay at the front desk. Come browse the Little Corner Bookstore.

At the West Yarmouth Library, there is an ongoing book sale, too, on the shelves near the front door. An affordable way to make sure you always have something to read and a great way to support the library!


Town Library Board
has one open position

For more information, contact Library Director Jane Cain at (508) 760-4820, X 1312, or at jcain@yarmouth.ma.us. Thank you.

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