Yarmouth Town Libraries logo

December Newsletter from 
the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director

As 2017 comes to a close, I reflect with thanks and gratitude for the community, for the library, our staff and volunteers, and life on Cape Cod.

The library remains strong in a time of information overload, challenging news events and an explosion of cultural options for everyone. It has to be because of the people who make it happen: from our conscientious Elder Services worker who sorts interlibrary loan deliveries almost every morning, to our friendly, hard-working and capable staff, driven to serve, or our Association members who support library programs and raise funds to keep on doing that, to our long-time neighbors who have volunteered here for years, including the Facilities Study Group who continues to explore the community and its library service needs – to our Town Library Board members who show they care for literacy and learning by helping the library to shine.

Our One-Book-One-Town Yarmouth Reads program was a great success this year – and a lot of fun. The 2018 program looks promising, too. On behalf of the Yarmouth Town Libraries, I sincerely thank everyone for another great year and invite you to come see us at the libraries!                                                                                                                  

- Jane Cain
Library Director



Christmas Giving Program

The Yarmouth Town Libraries participate in the Family-to-Family Holiday Giving program sponsored by the Cape Cod Division of the Department of Children and Families. The program helps families in need and children in foster care. A small Christmas tree is located at each library decorated with "ornaments" with a child’s name, age and wish list on the back. Gifts should be wrapped and brought to the libraries, along with the ornament, starting December 1.

We appreciate your participation in this Cape-wide community project. The deadline for giving is December 14.


Eva Fahey:  2017 Siemen Scholarship Award Winner
Presentation Ceremony and Reception

Friday, December 1, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Cultural Center of Cape Cod
307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth

Join us as the South Yarmouth Library Association presents the $3000.00 Siemen Scholarship to this year's recipient. Eva Fahey grew up in Boston and in Yarmouth Port, graduating from Sturgis Charter Public High School in 2014. She is a member of the class of 2018 at UMASS Amherst, pursuing her BFA in Studio Arts, with a concentration in Painting and a minor in Art History. Eva's work will be on display at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod until Sunday, December 17.

Holiday Crafts

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

No sign up required – just drop in. All ages welcome. Make decorations, ornaments and gifts. The Library provides all the materials. Children under eight years old need to bring an adult.


All Aboard the Who-ville Express!

Monday, December 11, starting at 3:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Take a trolley ride from South Yarmouth Library to West Yarmouth Library. Listen to the classic Dr. Seuss story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and enjoy refreshments and good cheer with friends and family! There is a waiting list for all seatings. You may call the Children’s Room at 508-760-4820 X 1316 to inquire about availability. Seatings are at 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. Riders are asked to arrive 20 minutes before trolley departure.


The Holiday Cookie Stroll in
Historic Bass River

Saturday, December 9,
from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Join us for the Twelfth Annual Holiday Cookie Stroll, a traditional favorite. This year’s honorees are John and Mackie Rice, long-time supporters of the South Yarmouth Library.Tickets are $20.00 and are limited. Ticket locations are at the South Yarmouth Library, Bass River Shoe Repair, Adrene Jewelers, and Platinum Auto Service (cash or check only). Reserve tickets with a credit card by calling (508) 760-4820, X1318, or come to the South Yarmouth Library between 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. There are a 100 tickets left at press time.


Good Stories, Well Read:
Christmas Stories

Saturday, December 16, 2:30 p.m.
West Yarmouth Library

Join us as we bring you a whole new way to enjoy and appreciate stories. Listen to a selection of readings from some of the greatest stories in literature with a special Christmas edition of this popular program. Local actors will read selections from famous authors. Doors open at 2:00. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the West Yarmouth Library Association. This popular program is free to the public.


Musical Discoveries

Saturday, December 16, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, December 18, 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 continued support of this popular family program.

Weekly Events


Story Times in December

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.


Database Spotlight: MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus is a free online information service produced by the United States National Library of Medicine. Learn about diseases, illnesses, and wellness topics and a whole lot more. The service provides consumer health information in English and Spanish.
Visit https://medlineplus.gov to find out more.



Two Openings on the Town Library Board

The Town Library Board has two openings. The Board supports the Library and advises the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen on Library issues and policies. If you are interested in getting involved in this advocacy group, stop by and meet the Director, Jane Cain, or call the Library at 508-760-4820. The Town of Yarmouth asks for a Talent Bank application available on the Town website. You can  also find out when the next Board meeting is, and plan to attend.


Holiday closings for
the Yarmouth Town Libraries:

Closed Sunday, December 24
and Monday, December 25.
Closed Sunday, January 1


Good Luck D-Y Dolphins!

The Division 4 Super Bowl Championship is December 7 at Gillette Stadium.

Powered by CivicSend - A product of CivicPlus