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May Newsletter from the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director

Happy May, everyone – it is delightful to see the flowers and trees spring forth! The warmer days and evenings are wonderful. Yarmouth Reads 2019 programs are in full swing, and I have heard good feedback about The Island of Worthy Boys and all that the story tells us. The April poetry event last Sunday, as part of the South Yarmouth Library’s Sunday Author Series, was another winner. There is something about a poetry reading that brings out the best in people. Part of the excitement of the day was an appreciation for our new seating in the meeting room. And, have you seen the new enclosure around the trash dumpster at the South Yarmouth Library? Feels like progress. Thanks, again, to the Associations who fund these “extras,” and keep us busy with programs and learning opportunities for the community.

-Jane Cain, Library Director

May Newsletter

Let's Talk Plastic

Thursday, May 2, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Article 49 at the Yarmouth Town Meeting on May 4 calls for a town bylaw to reduce single use plastic bottles and containers. Local members of the group Sustainable Practices will present an informational program for Yarmouth residents.

Town of Yarmouth

Yarmouth Town Meeting

Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a.m.
Mattacheese Middle School
400 Higgins Crowell Rd.
West Yarmouth, MA 02673


Musical Discoveries

Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.
Monday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. 
Saturday, May 18 at 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 incorporate singing, small and large motor movement, instruments and fun.  Classes are FREE. Our thanks to the South Yarmouth Library Association for their continued support of this popular family program.


Yarmouth Reads 2019
Discussion on Social Services
in the Modern Day

Presented by Lisa Loveland, Deputy Regional Counsel, Massachusetts Department
of Children and Families
Sunday, May 5, 2:00 p.m. 
South Yarmouth Library

The main characters in The Island of Worthy Boys were left to fend for themselves after the death of one parent and alcoholism and general family dysfunction. How would they fare today? What is the state of children and social services in our modern day society? Join us for this important presentation from a legal expert.


Yarmouth Reads 2019

Book Discussion Group
Saturday, May 11, 2:00 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Join us for another book discussion, facilitated by Helen Niedermeier and Jane Garvey, on topics from The Island of Worthy Boys by Connie Hertzberg Mayo. All are welcome – no sign up required.

NEW! Playing on Purpose:
Integrated Parent-Child Sessions

5 week program.

Tuesday, May 14 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Also, Tuesday, May 21, May 28,
June 4 and June 11
10:00-11:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Parent Workshop: Introduction session and interactive workshop for all caregivers. Join us as we discuss strategies to make playtime more purposeful for you and your child.
For birth to 8 years old and their caregivers. Please register by calling
Jody Almonte at  508-778-7988 X 4.

  • Understand your child’s social & emotional development.
  • Strengthen your relationship with your child.
  • Learn strategies to make playtime more purposeful for you and your child.

This program is made possible through a grant from The Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and is supported by a grant from the Department of Early Education and Care. Facilitated by the Dennis-Yarmouth Collaborative Family Community Engagement (D-Y CFCE).


Lego© Club

South Yarmouth Library
Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 p.m.

The Library provides all the Lego©s. Bring your creativity and a friend! For all ages. Children under eight years old need to bring an adult.


Yarmouth Reads 2019

Thompson Island Presentation
Led by Sue Loveland
Saturday, May 18, 2:00 p.m.

Sue Loveland takes us on an armchair travel experience to Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor. Learn about its history, the farm school there in the twentieth century and more! Bring a friend or neighbor. Sign up at the Library or online at yarmouthlibraries.org, under the Calendar of Events.

South Yarmouth Library Association
Sunday Author Series presents:
Stephen McCauley, My Ex-Life

Sunday, May 19, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

This is the seventh novel by Stephen McCauley, and two of his previous works were made into movies. He writes for Harpers, The New York Times, etc. and co-directs the writing program at Brandeis University. He has taught at Wellesley College, UMASS and Harvard. You won’t want to miss this talk and if you get a chance to read My Ex-Life, before then – all the better. It is a provocative story of marriage, relationships, neighborhoods (takes place on the North Shore of Massachusetts), business, teen angst, and so much more. Reservations strongly encouraged to this popular series. Call 508-460-4820 or visit the library to register, or sign up on the Library’s website under the calendar of events.


May Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, May 21, 3:00 p.m.
(Note new Start Time)
South Yarmouth Library

The Library’s Book Discussion Group meets monthly at the South Yarmouth Library. This month, we will be discussing Holding, by Graham Norton. This is a charming debut novel set in an idyllic Irish village where a bumbling investigator has to sort through decades of gossip and secrets to solve a mysterious crime. Meetings will be in the Leonard Room and last for an hour.   


Story Times in May

Story Time
Tuesday, May 7, 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library
For ages 2-5 and their caregivers.
(Note: Tuesday Story Time will be on hiatus and temporarily replaced by "Playing on Purpose.")

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.


Yarmouth Reads 2019

At every Yarmouth Reads event and at each Yarmouth library, there is an opportunity to donate a new or like-new children's book for the children who rely on Katelynn's Closet, serving children ages 4-18 in need on Cape Cod and the Islands.


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.


Castonguay Birds

It's spring and the birds are chirping.  Check out our beautiful collection of carved birds located at the West Yarmouth Library or on our website.  Visit www.yarmouth.ma.us/899/eBranch  and click on Castonguay BIrds on the Digital Commonwealth.


Library Study Ad Hoc Committee recommends formation of a new committee for the next phase...
Update for May, 2019

The Committee has prepared a summary of its findings and recommendation to the Board of Selectmen. Watch for a one-page handout at this year’s Town Meeting on Saturday, May 4. Copies of the recommendation document will also be available at the Yarmouth libraries and at Town Hall. The Library Study Ad Hoc Committee will also present to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, May 14, and suggest specific topics to be addressed by the new committee in order to move a renovation/construction project forward for the Town of Yarmouth. 

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