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September 2017 Newsletter
from the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director:

September already!  Enjoy the holiday week-end coming up and the waning days of summer. It has been such a busy summer at both the South and West Yarmouth Libraries, including some interesting educational and fun programs for children, teens and adults. We completed our ARIS report for the State, and see that our number of library visitors has increased from last year. People are taking out more audio books and videos – and our number of registered borrowers remains steady. September is national Library Card Month. Come on in and get yours today! It is the smartest card, they say.
                                                                                               -Jane Cain
                                                                                      Library Director



The Yarmouth Town Libraries
will be closed on Monday,
September 4,

for the Labor Day holiday.

Sunday hours at the South Yarmouth
Library begin on September 10.



NewsBank Boston Metro Collection

Using your card, you have access to Cape Cod Times articles from 1989 to the present.  The newspaper was first published in October of 1936, and was then known as the Cape Cod Standard-Times. It was originally distributed jointly on the Cape with the New Bedford Standard-Times. The Cape Cod Times came into existence in 1975. The database is available at www.yarmouth.ma.us/397/Newspapers, then click on Boston Metro Collection.


Outreach Delivery

The Yarmouth Town Libraries offer delivery for people with illness or a condition that prevents them from coming to the Library. Volunteers Stephanie and Bob Rich deliver library items on Fridays. Call the Library at 508-760-4820 and speak with one of our staff to get signed up for this service.

Programs in September


West Yarmouth Tech Help
By Appointment
Thursday, September 7, 3:00-5:00 PM
West Yarmouth Library

Tap into the Library's resources at one of our computer help sessions. Get help with questions such as setting up an email account, downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, online job applications, using a flash drive, sending an attachment, using the Library catalog and online databases, and finding information online. You are welcome to bring your own device (laptop, tablet, eReader). eRegistration required; please email Reference Librarian Trish Cassisi at tcassisi@clamsnet.org


Genealogy Club

Thursday, September 14, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Learn how to research your family lines in Portugal including the Azores and Madeira Islands.  Sónia Pacheco, Librarian Archivist at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at UMass Dartmouth, visits Yarmouth to help share her insights about this heritage. As the Library Liaison for Portuguese, History and Foreign Languages at the college, Ms. Pacheco has much to teach us!  Genealogy Club meetings are free and open to the public. They are appropriate for all ages and all skill levels. Join us.


Tick Talk Two: Larry Dapsis returns

Saturday, September 23, 2:00 p.m.  
West Yarmouth Library

Larry Dapsis returns to Yarmouth for a discussion about ticks on Cape Cod and other emerging tick-borne diseases in addition to Lyme Disease. Larry joined the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. He is the tick expert in the state of Massachusetts. Even if you saw him earlier this year at the South Yarmouth Library, a repeat lecture might be helpful, as there is much to know about these bugs on Cape Cod. Join us for this Tick Talk on Saturday, September 23, at the West Yarmouth Library.


Author Talk: Robert Finch

The Outer Beach
Sunday, September 24, 2:00 p.m
South Yarmouth Library

Robert Finch knows that Cape Cod is a singular place. Throughout these essays, Finch explores the Outer Beach’s impressive literary legacy, meditates on its often-tragic history, and considers the strange, mutable nature of time near the ocean. Finch’s affable voice, attentive eye, and stirring prose will be cherished by the Cape’s staunch lifers and erstwhile visitors alike, and strike a resounding chord with anyone who has been left breathless by the majestic, unrelenting beauty of the shore.

Save the Date: Sunday October 22, 2:00 p.m. Author Donald Nelson will discuss his book, Chappaquiddick: Pulling the Cloak Off The Cover-up.

Children and Young Adults


September is Library Card Month

Saturday, September 9, 1:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Join us at our drop-in craft to celebrate your super powers! Design a super hero cape. Choose your favorite book character and sign up for a library card!  For all ages. Children under eight years old need to bring an adult.


Family Story Time

Monday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For all ages. 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.


Musical Discoveries

Saturday, September 16, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, September 25, 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 incorporate singing, small and large motor movement, instruments and fun. Classes are FREE and will be held in the Leonard Room. Our thanks to the South Yarmouth Library Association for their continued support of this popular family program.


S.T.E.M. Programs Presented by Pitter Patter Programs: Concoctions!

Saturday, September 16, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
West Yarmouth Library

Create mixtures, see liquids turn to solids; learn about absorption and get your hands into something fun while we learn about measurement and science


Teen Night: Making Buttons!

Monday, September 18, 6:00 p.m.  
South Yarmouth Library

For ages 12 and up. Design and create your own buttons. The Library provides all the supplies; teens provide the creativity. No registration required.


Drop-in Lego Club

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 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.


Build a Better World Summer Reading Program summary

This summer the Yarmouth Libraries attracted many children, tweens and teens by providing a wide range of programming, activities and events. We offered a total of 46 programs with over 900 people attending. There were 47 children registered for Build a Better World Summer Reading Program and the accumulated minutes they logged exceeded 25,000. Wild Care Cape Cod, our designated beneficiary, has received a donation of 100 units of Pedialyte, on behalf of the children who participated.
There were 26 teens at West Yarmouth and 46 teens at South Yarmouth Library who participated in our Teen Summer Challenge scratch ticket prize giveaway. The Fuji instant camera grand prizes were presented to a teen winner at each Library.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our success. Thank you to the South Yarmouth Library Association and the West Yarmouth Library Association for supporting our goals and making their generous contributions.

Ongoing Programs


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 eight need to bring an adult.




In two short months, on Monday, November 20, tickets for the 2017 Holiday Cookie Stroll will go on sale for $20. Last year, tickets sold out very early, so don’t be disappointed!! This year’s stroll takes place on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s the biggest annual fundraiser for the South Yarmouth Library Association!

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.


Staff Updates

Two of our Circulation staff members will be leaving in September. Kathi Tshonas, a veteran employee with over 10 years of experience at the Yarmouth Town Libraries, retires on Friday, September 8. Merrill Sunderland, who has been mostly at the West Yarmouth front desk, will leave after his shift on Wednesday, September 6. There will be a farewell celebration at the West Yarmouth Library for both Kathi and Merrill on Wednesday, September 6, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and another farewell event for Kathi at the South Yarmouth Library on Friday, September 8, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Please join us to bid these two good-bye.

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