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October Newsletter from the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director:

I took some vacation time in September, as I love to do – and explored the mid-Cape with friends and family. In mid-September, we stayed in the Whistle House at the Lifesaving station at Race Point in Provincetown with a group of friends, and enjoyed a weekend of seaside living. Oh, Cape Cod. After a busy summer, weeks of gathering statistics for state reporting in August and September, and preparation for an October presentation to the Board of Selectmen from the Library Facilities Study Committee, my head is slightly spinning. It’s a little hard to believe we are moving into the fall and winter!

-Jane Cain
Library Director


Saturday hours at West Yarmouth Library
have wrapped up for the summer,
as of September 29.

The West Yarmouth Library will be open Monday through Friday until next June.



Device Advice

One-on-one sessions by appointment
Thursday, October 11, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
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.


Learn to Make Foods
to Feel Better: Kefir, Fermented Vegetables and Kombucha

Friday, October 12, 19, & 26, 10:00 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library
Yarmouth resident Martha Gibbons offers a 3-part class on making probiotic-rich Kefir, fermented vegetables and Kombucha. Plan to attend all three sessions to learn all about probiotics. Please register by calling the library at (508) 760-4820 or on our website: www.yarmouthlibraries.org


Losing My Children:  A Journey through the Court System
Donna Buiso, author of
Nothing But My Voice
Ruth Collins, author of
Writings in the Sand

Saturday, October 13, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Abuse survivors explore dysfunctional family relationships, failed marriages and loss of custody of their children, and how to move on – to even find hope. Join us for this powerful discussion – and if you know someone who would benefit from this counsel, please spread the word.


South Yarmouth Library Association Sunday Author Series
Anne D. LeClaire

Sunday, October 21, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

A former actor, print journalist and radio broadcaster, Anne LeClaire is a memoirist and author of nine novels published in twenty-four countries. She has been a keynote speaker for The Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association and the Cape Cod Writers Conference, among others. Anne has taught creative writing workshops and has been a visiting lecturer at Mt. Holyoke College, the University of Tennessee, and Columbia College. She is a registered pilot and lives on Cape Cod. She will present "From Idea to Finished Book : the Path to Publication," and talk about her latest book, The Halo Effect. The Sunday Author Series is funded by the South Yarmouth Library Association, who also provide refreshments. Reservations greatly encouraged. 


Mark Forest Office Hours

Thursday, October 25, 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, October 25. 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

The Yarmouth Town Libraries will be closed
on Monday, October 8, for the Columbus Day Holiday

Children and Young Adult Programs


Teen Read Week October 7-13

Your vote counts!
Teen Top Ten voting ends October 13.

Come to the Library to check out some of the nominated titles we have available in our Young Adult collection. Find out about digital access with HOOPLA. Many of the titles are available for download! Go to:


Musical Discoveries

Monday, October 1, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, October 13, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, October 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, October 1, 6:00-6:30 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For all ages. Children under 8 need to bring an adult. Join us for stories, songs and stretches! Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal.


Infant Massage, a 5-part class

Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
10:30-11:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Classes will be facilitated by Melissa Cabral-Seabury, Certified Educator of Infant Massage. The benefits of infant massage may include improved sleep patterns, bonding with your baby and less discomfort for the baby. A copy of Infant Massage: a Handbook for Loving Parents  by Vimala McClure and other resources will be provided to each participant free of charge. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn techniques of this wonderful healing art. This series is for families with babies 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.


New Activity! Busy Bags

Wednesday, October 3, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Make-ahead Activity Kits for busy parents and caregivers!  Adults will gather to create simple and portable activity kits that incorporate everyday items as tools for learning for toddlers and preschoolers. Busy Bags incorporate tools for self-directed play, fine motor and early literacy skills. The Library will provide all the materials needed. For more information please contact the Children’s Room at 508-760-4820 X 1316. Registration is recommended.


Drop-in Lego® Club

Wednesday, October 17, 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.


Me and My Dad: Activities For All Guys Raising Children

A Pitter Patter Puppet Show
Saturday, October 20, 11:00 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Registration is required. Please call 508-778-7988 X 1. Presented by the Cape Regional Ten Town Coordinated Family and Community Engagement/ Dennis Yarmouth Region. This program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Dennis-Yarmouth Schools Early          Release Days Activities:                      
Author Fan Mail!                                   

Tuesday, October 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m.                 
South Yarmouth Library                                     

Drop-in for all ages. Children under 8 need to bring an adult. Join us for a fun letter writing/card making workshop! Let your favorite authors and illustrators know  how much you enjoy their stories and pictures.                


Service Project: No Sew Blankets

Thursday, October 25, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library 

Drop-in for grades 4-7. Bring a friend! We will make fleece blankets to share the warmth with those in need. The Library will provide all of the supplies needed for both programs.


Save The Date! Ticket Reservations for the Who-ville Express Start Saturday, November 10

Reserve your FREE tickets at South Yarmouth Library beginning at 10:00 a.m. on a first-come, first-served, in-person basis. Who-ville Express will be on Monday, December 3. Reserved seatings will be 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.


Save the Date:
Art Exhibit, Sander Goldman

Winner of the South Yarmouth Library Association’s Cecelia Siemen Scholarship in the Visual Arts will exhibit his work at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod at 307 Old Main Street in South Yarmouth. The show will run from Tuesday, November 13, to Wednesday, December 19. There will be a reception at the Center on Friday, November 16, from 5-7 p.m.  

(Pictured: Beds by Sander Goldman)           


Recycling in Yarmouth

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently launched a new campaign and website to raise awareness about recycling. The cost of processing recyclables is skyrocketing and these increases are being passed on to municipalities (and residents) across the state.

The new website, Recycle SMART, features Recyclopedia, to determine which items belong in which recycling bin and items that do not. Mass DEP’s goal is to provide consistent information to residents across the state and reduce the confusion behind recycling. Here is a link to the Recycle SMART website: https://recyclesmartma.org/smart-recycling-guide

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 on 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 support the South Yarmouth Library. Funds have
provided such programs and materials as the Who-ville 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," along with the form below,
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. 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!


I (we) would like to sponsor the 2018 Cookie Stroll to benefit the South
Yarmouth Library.


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.

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