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Programs this week at the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director:

Winter is certainly here, but where is the *snow*?  I do love a good snow storm, for a variety of reasons – not the least of which is being able to hunker down for a long period of time with a good book. We are making the best of the cold and wind, with warm libraries to welcome you all.

- Jane Cain
Library Director


Fine Forgiveness and
Patron Appreciation
February 2019

Bring your overdue items to the Yarmouth Town Libraries along with any unexpired, non-perishable items for the Yarmouth Food Pantry from now until February 28, and we will forgive your fines. This applies to overdue fines only, and does not cover lost materials. If you bring extra items and wish to help another patron have their fines forgiven, you can "pay it forward" and leave an extra item beside the bin for another patron to donate.

The Pantry is always in need of paper products, laundry and dish washing soap, cleaning supplies and food storage wraps or baggies. We will accept donations at the South Yarmouth or West Yarmouth Library locations during the month of February.


2019 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 from the South Yarmouth Library or from the Library website. Applications include the completed form, course work transcripts, three (3) letters of recommendation, a portfolio, and personal statement. See
http://yarmouth.ma.us/1266/Cecelia-Siemen-Scholarship for the link to download an application on the home page. Applications to the South Yarmouth Library Association are due April 30.


Northside String Band

Tuesday, February 5, 3:00 – 4:45 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library, in the Leonard Room

Come on in and hear local musicians Bob Hagopian, Vince Kraft, Bill Archie, and Bob Aumueller perform from the American Song Book, along with some traditional country band tunes. Take a break from the winter chill and hang out at the Library! No sign up required – just drop in.


Good Stories, Well Read

Saturday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.
West Yarmouth Library

Experience classic short stories presented in a most entertaining way, by local Cape Cod actors. No registration is required, but come early for a good seat in front of the fireplace at the West Yarmouth Library. This program is coordinated by Toby Wilson, who sometimes reads a piece. You won’t want to miss this. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.


The South Yarmouth Library Association Presents
China Sings to Me: A Journey into the Middle Kingdom and Myself
presented by Andrew Singer

Sunday, February 24, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Yarmouth resident Andrew Singer spent a year in Communist China in the 1980s. It changed his life. Come hear his story. Reservations are greatly encouraged. Please call the Library at (508) 760-4820, or sign up online at www.yarmouthlibraries.org. Refreshments provided by the South Yarmouth Library Association.


Mark Forest Office Hours

Thursday, February 28, 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 morning, February 28. If you can’t make it, feel free to email Mr. Forest at: mark.r.forest@comcast.net.


Save the Date
Yarmouth Reads 2019
Kick-off event at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod

This year’s one-book-one-town Yarmouth Reads selection is The Island of Worthy Boys, by Massachusetts author Connie Hertzberg Mayo. It is a story about what happens to troubled youth in the early 1900s in Boston – and so much more. At the kick-off event on Sunday, March 31, meet the author and learn about her writing. Yarmouth Reads 2019 programs will run throughout April and May, with a wrap-up in June.


Book Discussion Group

Coming to South Yarmouth Library
March 2019

Tell us what you think: what day of the week works for you? What time of day? We will rotate different types of books, choosing one book each month, and talk about fiction, non-fiction, short stories and classics – what are your favorites? Find forms at the South Yarmouth Library; fill one out and leave it with the front desk staff.

Children and Young Adult Programs


American Library Association Announces 2019 Youth Media Award Winners

The American Library Association (ALA)  announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Here is a list of all the 2019 award winners:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
Merci Suárez Changes Gears, written by Meg Medina.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, written by Claire Hartfield.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
The Poet X, written by Elizabeth Acevedo.


Musical Discoveries

Monday, February 4, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 9, 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, February 4, 6:00-6:30 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

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

School Vacation Week
February 17-24 at South Yarmouth Library


LEGO® Club

Wednesday, February 20, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library 

The Library provides all the LEGO®s; bring your imagination and some friends! At the South Yarmouth Library in the Leonard Room. Drop in for all ages. Children under eight years old need to bring an adult.


Craft Buffet: Make and Take Projects

Thursday, February 21, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For grades 4-7. Join us for creativity and fun!


LEGO® Club West

Friday, February 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
West Yarmouth Library

For all ages. Children under eight years old need to bring an adult. The Library provides all the LEGO®s; bring your imagination and some friends!


Winter Wellness for Teens

Saturday, February 23; 1:00-2:30 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For Teens in grades 7-12. A hands-on workshop for feeling fabulous! Make healthy, delicious “smoothies,” custom-made body scrubs and gratitude journals. Space is limited. Registration is recommended. FREE gratitude journals for the first 10 registrants!


Story Times in February

Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For ages 2-5 and their caregivers.

Baby Story Time
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For infants to 3-year-olds and their caregivers.

Story Time West
Fridays at 11:30 a.m.
West Yarmouth Library

All ages are welcome. Children under eight years old need to bring an adult.

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