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March Newsletter from the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director

I am ready for Spring – welcome, March! The programs for this year’s Yarmouth Reads 2018 have been enjoyable. People do seem to like the selected title, A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Sue Loveland’s talk on February 10 about the Metropol Hotel was well attended. It was standing-room-only in our meeting room at the South Yarmouth Library! The Pyanska Egg Decorating class on February 28 was also a success. On Sunday, March 11, we’ll explore the history of Russia with Professor Emeritus Chistopher Buck, who enthusiastically agreed to speak because he loved the book by Towles so much. You’ll want to sign up early for that to ensure a seat. And we hope to see you at the South Yarmouth Library in April for Russian music and folktales on Saturday, the 7th, and the wrap-up – including trivia by Patrick – at the Lorusso Lodge at Flax Pond. 

-Jane Cain
Library Director


Sock Drive for Yarmouth Reads

As part of our Yarmouth Reads 2018 we are coordinating a sock drive. Bring in a new pair of socks – any size – to either the South Yarmouth or West Yarmouth Library and a volunteer will distribute them as needed from February through April this year. A great community project.


Device Advice

One-on-One Sessions by appointment
Thursday, March 8, 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.


Yarmouth Reads 2018
The Soviet Transformation
Leaks into the Metropol

With Professor Emeritus Christopher Buck
Sunday, March 11, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Chris Buck was assigned to serve in West Berlin as a Russian linguist during his time in the Army. He then studied at the Free University of Berlin and Yale University, earning a doctorate in Russian literature. He has traveled extensively to the Soviet Union, including St. Petersburg and Moscow. He has taught Russian and German at the University of Minnesota and at Oberlin College.
He read A Gentleman in Moscow and loved the book (of course.) Join us, as he reviews what life was like in Russia during the decades that Count Rostov was under house arrest in the lovely Metropol Hotel. You will learn a lot. Reservations recommended. Please call the Library at 508-760-4820 or stop by to sign up, as this should be a popular program.

Pro Biotics

Learn to Make Foods to Feel Better: Probiotics

Friday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. Kefir
Friday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. Fermented Vegetables
Friday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. Kombucha
South Yarmouth Library

Yarmouth resident Martha Gibbons offers a 3-part class in preparing Kefir, Fermented Vegetables, and Kombucha. Come to one session or all three. Please register by calling the library at (508) 760-4820 or on our website:  www.yarmouthlibraries.org


Good Stories, Well Read

Saturday, March 17, 2:30 p.m.
West Yarmouth Library

Join us to hear classic short stories read by
Cape Cod actors. It is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Organized by Toby Wilson, each experience of Good Stories, Well Read is unique. No registration required, but come early to get a good seat by the fireplace at the West Yarmouth Library.


South Yarmouth Library
Association Sunday Author Series:

Barbara Eppich Struna,
"The Old Cape Hollywood Secret"

Sunday, March 18, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

International bestselling Cape Cod author and Brewster resident Barbara Eppich Struna will discuss her latest book of suspenseful historical fiction, "The Old Cape Hollywood Secret." The story begins in 1947. Maggie and her cousin, Gertie, travel from Cape Cod to Hollywood for fame and glamour. One returns home, the other disappears only to be found seventy years later by present day Cape Codder, Nancy Caldwell.

"The Old Cape Hollywood Secret" recently received an Honorable Mention at The Hollywood Book Festival 2017.
The Sunday Author Series is popular – reservations are encouraged. Funded by the South Yarmouth Library Association.


2018 Cecelia Siemen Scholarship
Open for Applications

The South Yarmouth Library Association offers the Cecelia Siemen Scholarship in the Visual Arts annually. The $3,000 award advances the study and knowledge of someone in the visual arts. To be eligible, applicants must have completed one academic year at a college or art institute by the end of the school year in which the scholarship is offered.

Applications are available now at the South Yarmouth Library or from the website. See www.yarmouthlibraries.org for the link to download an application on the home page. Applications include the completed form, course work transcripts, three (3) letters of recommendation, a portfolio, and personal statement.  Applications to the South Yarmouth Library Association are due April 30, 2018. Questions? Contact Mary Jane Xenakis at mjxartworks28@hotmail.com 

Children and Young Adult Programs


S.T.E.M. Saturday Science

Dynamic Dinosaurs and Fossils
Saturday, March 3, 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Dinosaurs roamed the earth for millions of years. Then they disappeared. How do we know what we know about dinosaurs?

This program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and facilitated by CFCE, Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Programs.

For information about these free programs, call Jody Almonte at 508-778-7988 X 1 or email: almontej@dy-regional.k12.ma.us


Family Story Time

Monday, March 5, 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, March 17, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, March 19, 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.


Drop-in Lego Club

Wednesday, March 21, 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.


Teen Art: Painting for Fun

Saturday, March 24, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For ages 12+. Create an original work of art! Space is limited; to register call 508-760-4820 x 1316 or register on our website, www.yarmouthlibraries.org


Story Times in March

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.


Database Spotlight: Novelist Plus

NoveList Plus has reading recommendations for both fiction and non-fiction, for all ages. NoveList's expertise in books and reading means that you'll always get the best help for finding just the right books.

Read-alike recommendations
The recommendations are crafted by experts, and they let you know who wrote a recommendation and why the recommendation makes sense. They offer recommendations for titles, authors, and series. Located on our website: www.yarmouth.ma.us/899/eBranch, scroll to the bottom of the page.


Art Wall at the South Yarmouth Library: Sharon Merton

Sharon is a self-taught artist, having created art most of her life. Her work is very diverse and she paints a variety of subjects and media from floral to abstract. She has received numerous awards for her paintings and sculptures.

Sharon is an elected member of the Essex Art Association in Connecticut, a member of the Cape Cod Cultural Center, Cotuit Center of the Arts, Cape Cod Art Association, and the Yarmouth Art Guild where she is membership secretary. 


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.

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