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January Newsletter from the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director:

My new year’s resolutions include improving my time management and organization skills – mostly, in an effort to fit in more recreational reading! Wish me luck. 2017 turned out to be my year of reading excellent biographies and memoirs. It started out with “Hamilton,” by Ron Chernow, and included, “Dig If You Will the Picture,” by Ben Greenman about the music and crazy life of Prince; “Born to Run,” by Bruce Springsteen; “Settle for More,” by Megyn Kelly; “Not Dead Yet,” by Phil Collins; “My Life on the Road,” by Gloria Stienem; “Hillbilly Elegy,” by J.D. Vance; and in December, “What Happened,” by Hillary Clinton. That one was particularly challenging to plow through – for a variety of reasons. Many of these I listened to on CD, but some I read in print. I recommend them all. Oh, and the Hamilton soundtrack is particularly literary (and historical.) Try that, too.

- Jane Cain
Library Director

The Yarmouth Town Libraries will be closed on
Monday, January 1, for New Year's Day,
and on Monday, January 15,
for the Martin Luther King Holiday.


Meet the Authors
Barbara Leedom and William Richmond, co-authors of Broccoli: a Novel

Saturday, January 6, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

You’ll recognize Barbara Leedom and William Richmond from their long association with journalism on Cape Cod. They’ve co-written a humorous novel on the adventures of farming. Join us for a reading and discussion on writing and publishing. Books will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served, courtesy of our South Yarmouth Library Association.


Database Spotlight: Tax Forms Online

January is here and it is time to organize for tax season, right? The Library's website has online links to both the Internal Revenue Service for federal tax forms and information, and to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue for State forms and information.

See our home page at www.yarmouthlibraries.org, then click on Reference in the blue box on the left and glide over and click on the word "eBranch." There you will see a list of all our online databases. At the very bottom of that list are links to the IRS and Mass DOT. Print out the forms you need or read about questions you may have.


Musical Discoveries

Saturday, January 6, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, January 22, 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, January 8, 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.


Device Advice

One-on-One Sessions by appointment
Thursday, January 11, 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.


South Yarmouth Library Book Group

Thursday, January 11, 10:15 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

This group meets every second Thursday of the month and is currently looking for new members. The group selects a topic and suggests both fiction and non-fiction books for a lively discussion. Upcoming topics include:
"Water on the Mind: Nautical Nonfiction"
"Gentle Reads"
"Victorian Era"
Call Carol Coverly at (508) 394-4058 for more information.


Animals of the Arctic
A Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) S.T.E.M. program 

Saturday, January 13, 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

How do animals survive in the Arctic? Learn about how they adapt to the environment. Registration is required. Please call 508-778-7988 X 1. This free program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.


Drop-in Lego Club

Wednesday, January 17, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For all ages. Children under 8 need to bring an adult. The Library provides the LEGO®s. Bring your imagination and some friends.


Yarmouth Reads 2018
Kicks off in January

A Gentleman in Moscow,
by Amor Towles

Saturday, January 27, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod

Mark your calendars for the kick-off celebration of the upcoming Yarmouth Reads program of events. Books will be for sale at a discounted price, and the Town Library Board will introduce the calendar of events for educational and cultural programs on Russia in the 20th century. You’ll want to read or re-read Towles’s novel and be ready for provocative discussions. Tell all your friends!


Story Times in January

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.

More Goodbyes

In December, Terri Kennedy, our Technical Services and IT Librarian, left for a new position with the Cape Libraries Automated Resource Sharing (CLAMS) office in Hyannis. We wish her the best! Christine Drowne, who started at the Yarmouth Town Libraries as a Children’s Library Assistant, and finished up as Circulation Assistant, will be leaving for an extended stay in England with her family, as her husband’s job will move overseas for 2018. We do know that the one constant in the library world is change, but, 2017 was quite a year.

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