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April Newsletter from  the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director:

Happy April to all! Yarmouth Reads 2019 is underway, featuring the novel, The Island of Worthy Boys. This Sunday, March 31, we will kick off a series of activities with an author visit by Connie Hertzberg Mayo at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, starting at 2:00 p.m. Ms. Mayo is a Massachusetts first-time author who developed an engaging story about life in Boston in the early 1900s, and a pair of boys who end up on an island in the Boston Harbor, thanks to a kind soul who rescues them from their difficult surroundings. The boys need to adjust to their bucolic surroundings, and also not let anyone know of the accidental murder they leave behind. Good reading! Programs on Boston’s history, the history of the farm school on Thompson Island, juvenile justice, and social services for children will take place throughout April, May and June. Our thanks to the Town Library Board who put this all together for the community of Yarmouth.

- Jane Cain
Library Director


Yarmouth Reads 2019:
Juvenile Justice – Then and Now

By Anastatia Ellis, Esquire
Sunday, April 7, 2:00 p.m
South Yarmouth Library

Learn about the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts – its history and its issues with Yarmouth resident and lawyer Anastatia Quirk. Gain some insight and get your questions answered about just what is right and wrong with the system. Part of the Yarmouth Reads 2019 series of programs. Sign up online or at the Library. Tickets for the Finale will be available at each event, as will printed programs of the series of Yarmouth Reads 2019 events. Light refreshments will be served.


Reverse Mortgages:

Are They Right For You?
Thursday, April 11, 3:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Learn the facts: What’s the difference between a reverse mortgage and a conventional mortgage? Who can get a reverse mortgage? Can you face foreclosure on a property with a reverse mortgage? Stuart Saposnik, a reverse mortgage specialist, will be hosting the program and will answer your questions. 


Yarmouth Annual Community
Cleanup Day

Saturday, April 13, 8:00 a.m.
Yarmouth Town Hall

Yarmouth’s Annual Community Cleanup Day -
what better way to show how much we care about
our town than by making Yarmouth look great!
Meet at the Yarmouth Town Hall at 9 a.m. for route
assignment. Wear comfortable footwear and
clothing. Bring gloves if you have them. We will
provide the supplies. Then, join us for a free
appreciation lunch following the cleanup. Call the
Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce at
(508) 778-1008 for more information.


The Island of Worthy Boys
Book Discussion

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

Yarmouth residents Jane Garvey and Helen Niedermeier will facilitate a discussion on the circumstances that led Aiden and Charles to the Farm School on Thompson Island back in the early twentieth century. Bring your thoughts and questions to this lively discussion. Tickets for the Finale will be available at each event, as will printed programs of the series of Yarmouth Reads 2019 events. Light refreshments will be served.


The Yarmouth Town Libraries
will be closed on Sunday, April 21, for Easter.


April Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, April 23, 3:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

The Library’s Book Discussion Group meets monthly at the South Yarmouth Library. This month, we will be discussing Rin Tin Tin, Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving account of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. Orlean, a staff writer at The New Yorker, spent nearly ten years researching and reporting her most captivating book to date: the story of a dog who was born in 1918 and never died. Meetings will be in the Leonard Room and last for an hour.   


Mark Forest Office Hours

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


Good Stories, Well Read
West Yarmouth Library

Saturday, April 27, 2:00 p.m.

West Yarmouth Library
Experience classic short stories, essays and more, read by local Cape Cod actors. Enjoy literature in a whole new way, in front of the fireplace at the West Yarmouth Library. Funded by the West Yarmouth Library Association, including light refreshments. No registration required.


South Yarmouth Library Association's Sunday Author Series
Featuring Poetry with
Donna O’Connor Gilmore
and Judith Partelow

Sunday, April 28, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Join us to hear readings and discussion between two Cape Cod poets, in celebration of National Poetry Month! Part of the South Yarmouth Library Association's Sunday Author Series, this event is free and open to the public  bring a friend of neighbor. Registration is strongly encouraged. Stop by or call the Library at 508-760-4820 to sign up.

Children and Young Adults


Musical Discoveries

Monday, April 8, 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. No signup necessary.

4 H

4-H Babysitter Training
Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library
For 11-year-olds or older.

Learn to become a responsible babysitter and earn 4-H certification. Instruction by a 4-H Program Associate. This program is free! Funding provided by South Yarmouth Library Association.

Sessions include:
Child Safety
First Aid and Emergencies
Feeding & Nutrition
Stages of Child Development
Ways to Entertain Children
Business of Babysitting

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Register Early! Online registration available at www.yarmouthlibraries.org  Click on Yarmouth Libraries calendar of events to reserve a space.


Drop-in LEGO® Club

Wednesday, April 17, 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 8 need to bring an adult.


Creation Station: Loose Parts

Thursday, April 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For caregivers and children 3 to 10 years old. In celebration of “The Week of the Young Child,” join us as we create cool things from your imagination using loose parts, bits and bobs of unique and inspiring materials. We will encourage and celebrate open-ended and self-directed use of materials. Come create with us! Facilitated by Mary Wilson, D-Y CFCE Program Coordinator.
This program is FREE for families. To register, call Jody Almonte: 508-778-7988 x 4

This program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.


April is National Poetry Month

Drop by the Children’s Room at both the West Yarmouth and South Yarmouth Libraries for an assortment of poetry activities. Throughout the month, we will provide supplies for “Found Poetry,” Magnetic Poetry, Pop-up Poetry reading, and more!


Earth Day: Monday, April 22

Butterflies are coming soon to the Children’s Room at the South Yarmouth Library! Over the next few weeks we will observe our butterfly habitat, growing from caterpillar to butterflies. There will be a butterfly scavenger hunt, fun facts and guess-the-hatching-date fun!


Story Times in April

Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library
For ages 2-5 and their caregivers.
Please note: No Story Time on Tuesday, April 16.

Baby Story Time
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library
For infants to 3-year-olds and their caregivers.

Please note: No Story Time on Thursday, April 18.

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.


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 the school year in which the scholarship is offered.

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. Applications to the South Yarmouth Library Association are due April 30.


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.


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