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August Newsletter from the Yarmouth Town Libraries

From the Director:

A lovely hot summer on Cape Cod. The libraries have been busy and mostly cool, with tons of Summer Reading programs for children and teens, lots of vacationing visitors and many new card holders. It is the season of annual reporting to the State on library visits, collection size, number of programs and more…so data is top of mind for us in the summer! Our thanks to everyone for your patience and helpful support after last week's storm.

- Jane Cain
Library Director


Saturday Stories: Around the World

Saturday, August 3, 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

For all ages. Children under 8 need to bring an adult.


Monday Movie Matinee: Home 

Monday, August 5, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library
On the run, over his head, looking for a place to crash.
All ages are welcome. Children under eight years old need to bring an adult. Free refreshments provided by Papa Gino’s and Trader Joe’s. FREE! In the Leonard Room. Rated PG. 94 Min.


Teen Paint Night:
Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Monday, August 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library 

For grades 7-12. Space is limited, registration recommended.


Wednesdays at West
For grades K-4: 
S.T.E.A.M. Activities

Wednesday, August 7, at 2:00 p.m.
West Yarmouth Library

Make and Bake Solar Ovens.
Registration recommended.


Summer Reading 2019

“A Universe of Stories” is sponsored by the Yarmouth Town Libraries, South Yarmouth and West Yarmouth Library Associations, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Participants log in their reading times for a chance to win prizes. The more you read the better your chances!


Summer Reading Program
Wrap-Up Event! Trevor the Juggler 

Monday, August 12, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library 

For all ages. Children under 8 need to bring an adult.
In the Leonard Room.

Many thanks to our generous summer reading sponsors! Prizes and refreshments were provided by the following businesses: Barnstable County Fair, Bass River Kayaks and Paddle Boards, Bayside Tents, Bike Zone, Candy Company, Cape Cod Creamery, Cape Cod Toy Chest, Cape Codder Resort and Spa, Christmas Tree Shops, Entertainment Cinemas, The Green Spot, Heritage Museums and Gardens, Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises, Hy-Line Cruises, McDonald’s, Pancake Man, Papa Gino’s, Penguins Ice Cream Igloo, Pirate's Cove, Putter’s Paradise, Ryan’s Family, Scapicchio’s Bakery, Shaw’s, Stop and Shop, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Whydah Pirate Museum.


Author Visit: Cape Cod Nights
By Christopher Setterlund

Wednesday, August 14, 7:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Cape Cod native, author and photographer Chris Setterlund will visit the South Yarmouth Library on Wednesday, August 14, to talk about his latest publication with Arcadia Publishing, on the history of nightlife here on Cape Cod, in Cape Cod Nights. Steeped in history and cultural richness, this should be a fascinating talk for locals and visitors to Cape Cod. Join us! No sign up required. Refreshments funded by the South Yarmouth Library Association.


Let’s Talk Plastic

Thursday, August 15, 2:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Local members of Sustainable Practices want you to know more about the environmental hazards of single-use plastic bottles and containers. Come to the South Yarmouth Library and learn:
  • The health concerns associated with plastic.
  • Alternatives to plastic.
  • Why recycling is no longer the answer to our disposal concerns.
  • The Cape-wide initiative to reduce single-use plastic.
  • Film clips: Concord, MA – first town to ban single-use plastic bottles.
  • Sustainability vs. convenience.
  • What you can do!

Presented by members of Sustainable Practices, a 501 (c) 3 organization. www.sustainablepracticesltd.org


Celebrate 150 Years of the
South Yarmouth Library Association

Sunday, August 18, 2:00 p.m. 
South Yarmouth Library

Travel back in time with local historian, Bob Kelley, and learn about the humble beginnings of the Association and the South Yarmouth Library. There will be cake! Free and open to all.


Lego® Club 

Wednesday, August 21, 6:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

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


South Yarmouth Library Book Discussion Group  

84 Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff
Tuesday, August 27, 3:00 p.m.
South Yarmouth Library

Join us to discuss this charming classic, first published in 1970, reflecting twenty years of correspondence between Helene Hanff, a freelance writer living in New York City, and a used-book dealer, Frank Doel, in London. Though never meeting and separated both geographically and culturally, they share a winsome, sentimental friendship based on their common love for books. A book lover’s delightful read. The book was transformed into a Broadway play and then a movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Ann Bancroft, in the 1980s. Copies of the book are at the South Yarmouth Library for borrowing. Future meeting dates: September 24, October 22 and November 19.

Weekly Programs in August


Summer Musical Discoveries 

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

A musical experience for the whole family! Appropriate for infants to 5 year-old children and their caregivers. Classes incorporate singing, small and large motor movement, instruments and fun.  Classes are FREE and will be held in the Leonard Room. Our thanks to the South Yarmouth Library Association for their continued support of this popular family program.


Outdoor Storytime

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
South Yarmouth Library

On the lawn weather permitting or in the Leonard Room if bad weather. For all ages, through August 29.
Stories, games, hoola hoops, bubbles and more! Children under 8 need to bring an adult.


Story Time West

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

All ages are welcome. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.



Are you an audiobook fan and used to having a good book on CD in the car? Have you noticed that newer model cars no longer have a CD drive? If you love to listen to good books while you drive, we have a solution for that…Playaways are pre-recorded books on a portable device that is easy to carry – and can be heard through a set of headphones to enjoy. But, with an auxiliary cable (an “aux” cable, as most techies call it), you can plug in to your car’s USB port and the sound comes through your car speakers. We have selected a number of popular titles in Playaway format and encourage you to check them out.


Museum Passes

Thanks to the generous financial support of our Library Associations, and to the spirit of sharing by some local museums, the Library offers passes that provide free or reduced admission to over a dozen museums, Plimouth Plantation, and free parking at South Cape Beach, Horseneck Beach and Nickerson State Park.

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