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March Newsletter from the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director:

March is a month with such potential! Here’s hoping spring arrives early on Cape Cod and decides to stay. At the end of the month, watch for the kick-off of this year’s Yarmouth Reads 2019 series of programs, focused on the book, The Island of Worthy Boys, by Massachusetts author Connie Hertzberg Mayo – on Sunday, March 31, at 1 p.m. My thanks to the hard-working Library Board members, for their efforts in putting together this year’s series of programs.

- Jane Cain
Library Director


2019 Cecelia Siemen Scholarship
Open for Applications

The South Yarmouth Library Association offers the Cecelia Siemen Scholarship in the Visual Arts. 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 this school year.

Applications are available now at 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.


Author Event: The Road Back

Presented by Kathleen Madden
Sunday, March 10, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Cape Cod resident Kathleen Madden had seen her share of tragedy. Then, she bought a Harley and it changed her life and then she wrote about her journeys. All are welcome to this free event. Call the Library at
508-760-4820 to sign up, or register at www.yarmouthlibraries.org, under the Calendar of Events. Walk-ins welcome, too. Refreshments; bring a friend!

Good Stories, Well Read

Saturday, March 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
Joanne Parsons author of Kitchen Canary and Through the Open Door

Sunday, March 17, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Joanne C. Parsons wrote her debut novel, Kitchen Canary, the year after she retired from a career in eldercare. Through the Open Door was written at the request of the readers of her first book, who loved the characters as much as Joanne loved creating them. 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, March 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, March 28. If you can’t make it, feel free to email Mr. Forest at: mark.r.forest@comcast.net.


Yarmouth Reads 2019
Kick-off Event at
the Cultural Center of Cape Cod:
The Island of Worthy Boys

Sunday March 31, 2:00 p.m.
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod

It is good to read together. This year’s fiction selection for Yarmouth Reads 2019 is a story of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Boston when young boys grew up too fast and sometimes needed shelter from the law and from society. At this year’s kick-off event, meet the author and get some questions answered. Hear about the many programs planned throughout April, May and June. Books are available on loan from the Library – and will be for sale at a discounted price. See you at the Kick-off!


Technology Questions & Answers

One-on-one Sessions by Appointment
At the South Yarmouth Library and
the West Yarmouth Library

You are welcome to bring your own device (laptop,
tablet, eReader). Call or email Reference Librarian Trish Cassisi at tcassisi@clamsnet.org or call 508-760-4820 x 1314 to set up an appointment.


Database Spotlight:
The Register and The Barnstable Patriot digital newspaper archives

The Register and The Barnstable Patriot digital newspaper archives now cover the entire run of The Register, (at times, called The Yarmouth Register or The Dennis-Yarmouth Register) from its inception in 1846 to 2017 and The Barnstable Patriot, from 1830 to 2017.  To begin searching the archives from any computer or device, type your search item(s) in the box at the top of the page and click on the magnifying glass.  Or choose the Search or Browse options. Go to : www.yarmouthlibraries.org/899/eBranch and scroll down to Newspapers and Magazines. 


Recommendation Made to the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen by the Library Study
Ad Hoc Committee in January

A large group of library supporters turned out to hear the recommendation to the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen by the Library Study Committee that, since 2015, has been studying local, regional and national data, as well as previous needs and facilities assessment reports. After consultation with Johnson Roberts Associates of Somerville, MA, the group decided unanimously to recommend,

“… that we accept the facts presented that the Town of Yarmouth needs to move forward in an effort to increase its library capacity and centralize its service location to maximize resources and respond to the deficiencies identified in our report.”

Both the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen offered questions and discussion, and ultimately, supported the recommendation of the group. The next step for the community leaders is to develop informational opportunities and further exploration of the issues, to garner community consensus on how best to proceed.

There is support for the establishment of a new volunteer planning committee with a new charge to continue the project.

Children's Programs in March


Musical Discoveries

Monday, March 4, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

A musical experience for the whole family! For infants to 5-year-old children and their caregivers. Free classes include singing, small and large motor movement, instruments and fun. Our thanks to the South Yarmouth Library Association for their support of this popular program.


Story Times in March

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.


Farewell to Melissa

Congratulations to Melissa Cabral-Seabury! Melissa accepted a position at the Plymouth Public Library as their Youth Services Assistant. In her nearly two years here, Melissa was a vital member of the Yarmouth Town Libraries team, and we wish her the very best.

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