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 The Yardarm
News and Views from the Yarmouth Port Library
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Thank you.
Winter 2013


We are about to enter a new season (dare I say "winter"?) during which the library provides a peaceful, warm refuge from whatever weather comes. Our reading room is cozy; the fireplace casts a warm glow, our shelves are full, and we welcome you to come in and enjoy the space with us.


We have had a wonderful year together. With the help of our dedicated volunteers, we have created space by moving all of the media to one location: you can find spoken CDs, fiction and non-fiction; playaways; DVDs including the old, the new, and the documentary. We also have music CDs for all tastes, and we've kept some video and tape cassettes nearby for your analog machines.


Thanks to the program committee, we have had a variety of programs for people of all interests and all ages. The annual Spaghetti Supper was sold out at both sittings. Thanks to Jack's Outback and to all of you for your support. Coming up are the Christmas Stroll on December 8 and book talks from authors, local and not so local, in January and February.


New materials are arriving every day. There's something for everyone, from the latest from John Grisham and Fannie Flagg to a new biography of Beethoven and several books looking back on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Our subscription to the Wall Street Journal is now available on our computers in the library, and beginning in January, patrons will be able to read the Cape Cod Times on line, both at the library and by logging in from home, thanks to a grant to CLAMS from the Massachusetts Library System.


Thanks to all of you for your support. Best wishes for a happy holiday season.


Leslie Altman


Children's Room News
Lynn Lesperance

Season's Greetings!


It's that time of year already. We are getting our holiday spirit on here at the library. Come in and enjoy our decorations and cozy fireplace - and be sure to take home some seasonal books, movies, magazines and music. We've got it all (and what we don't have, we can always get!)


Great news! Thanks to a very generous grant from The Education Foundation for Dennis and Yarmouth, we will be able to present 5 more sessions of Denya LeVine's multi-generational music and movement program "Generations!" in 2014. This is a program for kids 5 and under (along with a caregiver) and Seniors over 55 (no child required) to share musical activities and fun together.


This next season's programs will be held right here at the library as space permits. We'll be starting on Friday, January 3rd at 10:30 AM and continue on the first Friday of each month through May.


Lapsit storytime continues on Fridays at 10:30 through December 20th. We're keeping it low-key so you and your little ones can just relax and enjoy without too much holiday craziness. We will have a December Holiday Party for this group on the 20th. All are welcome to join us. After that we will be on hiatus until January 17th.

And here's a thought: Stories, songs, rhymes, and other language building activities enrich your child's world - so If you have children 3 and under, why not make us part of your New Year's resolutions? Win, Win!


I Wish all our YPL families a happy, healthy holiday season.

Library Embarks on 3rd Membership Drive

Les Peat

For the Membership Committee

In 2012, we began a program of annual memberships in an effort to bridge the gap between the Library's other sources of income and our annual operating costs. Thanks to the generosity of our patrons and a number of local businesses, we have so far met or exceeded our Membership Campaign goals.This year, our goal is once again $40,000.


As this issue of the Yardarm goes to press, appeals are going out to last year's members, past contributors who did not join in 2013, business prospects, and new residents of the village.We already have over $1,500 in hand, and we are therefore confident that we will meet the goal again for calendar 2014.


When you receive your appeal letter, please send a check in the enclosed reply envelope and please be as generous as you can, as the Library's continued success as a privately funded, independent institution depends heavily on the success of the Membership Program.Contributions received or postmarked by December 31st are tax deductible in the current year.

YPL Book Group
Leslie Altman

The book group does not meet in December. We next meet on January 15 at 3:00 pm at the library. Our January book is Defending Jacob by William Landay. Subsequent meetings will be the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Please join us. Newcomers are always welcome.

Many Thanks to Jack's Outback II

Susan Bonnell, Jean Paquin,  Ann Petrou

Our annual Fall Spaghetti Supper to benefit the library was once again a sold-out success. It is one of our major fundraisers and this year we raised over $1,700. This event has been an annual fixture for many years. The Library board, staff and members certainly want to send a tremendous THANK YOU to Dona Barratta and the other generous folks at Jack's Outback II for providing the space as well as the delicious food. Her generosity to the Library and other organizations over the years reflects the sense of community in the village of Yarmouth Port which we all enjoy.


Also, thanks go out to the best bakers on the Cape-the men and women who create our delicious desserts to top off the dinner. The wait staff, the dish washers, the clean up crew and all others that helped out are the greatest assets the Library has. I can assure that a good time was had by all-even the workers. It is great to come together as a community for a common cause.


We look forward to seeing you all once again next Fall.

Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll
Ann Petrou

December 8th brings the Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll, a festive time for the entire village.


We'll welcome visitors from 1:00 to 4:00 PM with baked goodies and punch.


This year, we are decorating the Library around a "mitten tree". Wonderful and warm hand knitted or crocheted items - mittens, socks and who knows what else - will be available beginning at the Stroll on December 8th for purchase. Great holiday gift ideas which will contribute to the support of our Library!


We will also offer YPL mugs and baseball caps for sale as well. So if you want to get some last minute (or for some of you maybe early) shopping done, don't forget the Library.


Last call for hand knitted/crocheted items for our YPL "mitten tree".Your donated items will decorate our tree and be available for sale to support the Library.

Presidents' Day Paperback and Trade Book Sale 

The Library will be holding its annual Paperback and Trade book Sale

February 16th and 17th.

A Special Library Member Presale will be held on February 15th.

We have a large selection of gently used books, many 2011 to 2013 titles.

The bargain prices of $1.00 to $2.00 can't be beat!



Looking for a new title or favorite author?

Visit the book sale nook "Around the Corner" in the Reading Room.

Many 2011-2013 hardcover, paperbacks, trade books, cookbooks, etc. for

BARGAIN PRICES - $1.00 - $3.00  

Stock up now for winter reading!



We are accepting books for next year's Winter and Summer Book Sales and our book sale shelf. We accept fiction and nonfiction titles; cookbooks; current travel books; children's books, etc.  


We can not accept textbooks, dictionaries or encyclopedias. Books do need to be in good resalable condition with no sign of dust or mold. If you have older books, the Got Books bin at the landfill is a good drop-off alternative. If you have large numbers of books, please call ahead to the library.  

Events at YPL

Saturday, January 11, 2:00 PM


 A Tale of Two Rivers 

by Ron Lasko

February - date to be determined


What There Was Not To Tell

by Edie Clark

Check the YPL News & Events page for details.

All events are at the Library except as noted.  

New Acquisitions 


A Final Reckoning, Susan Moody

An Old Betrayal: A Charles Lenox Mystery,                  Charles Finch

Cold Tuscan Stone, David P. Wagner

Command Authority, Tom Clancy

Dark Witch, Nora Roberts

Death of a Nightingale, Lene Kaaberbol

Dust, Patricia Cornwell

How to Be a Good Wife, Emma J. Chapman

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, Sebastian    


No Man's Nightingale: An Inspector Wexford             Novel, Ruth Rendell

Nostalgia, Dennis McFarland

Stella Bain, Anita Shreve

Stop Here, Beverly Gologorsky

Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel,              Janet Evanovich

Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel, Martin

Cruz_ Smith

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion,                   Fannie Flagg

The Case of the Love Commandos: From the

Files of Vish Puri, India's Most Private       Investigator, Tarquin Hall

The Litter of the Law, Rita Mae Brown

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton

The Officer's Prey, Armond Cabasson

The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan

Treasure Hunt, Andrea Camilleri

We Are Water, Wally Lamb


Beatles vs. Stones, John McMillian

Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey, Emma


Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White  

House, Peter Baker

Dog Songs, Mary Oliver (poems)

I Am Malala (memoir), Malala Yousafzai

In My Footsteps: A Cape Cod Travel Guide,  

Christopher Sutherland

The Kid: the Immortal Life of Ted Williams  

Ben Bradlee Jr.

Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the

Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS, Rebecca Eaton

Norman Mailer: A Double Life, Michael J.  


One Good Dish, David Tanis

The American Health Care Paradox: Why  

Spending More Is Getting Us Less, Elizabeth H. Bradley

The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of  

the Battle of the Somme, Joe Sacco

The Inheritor's Powder: A Tale of Arsenic,  

Murder, and the New Forensic Science, Sandra Hempel

Think: Why You Should Question Everything,  

 Guy P. Harrison

We Were There: Revelations from the Dallas  

Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963, Allen Childs

New in the Children's Room
Lynn Lesperance

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt: The trials and tribulations of being a specific color as told in a series of letters from the various crayons in the box. Fun!


Rawr! by Todd H. Doodler: Being a dinosaur isn't as easy as you might think. Read this book with your little one and find out just how hard it can be. Also - find out what "Rawr!" really means in Dinosaur.


Little Santa by Jon Agee: Not much has been written about Santa's boyhood which has left it largely up to interpretation, until now, that is. Did you know Santa's family wanted to move to Florida when he was a boy? Imagine how different things might be- and find out what happened.


Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson is a simple, delightful book that takes one tree -and the reader - through the year with a series of actions such as tapping, rubbing, and blowing to help it along. An excellent choice to foster early literacy along with love of reading and nature.


You will also want to check out our growing collection of beautiful picture books based on songs with their accompanying CDs. A treat for eyes and ears!

Business Sponsor Appreciation

 Les Peat

The Yarmouth Port Library has a number of area business sponsors. With each issue of The Yardarm, to show our appreciation for their support, we will be offering a profile of one or two of them.

In 2002, the founders of Morris, O'Connor & Blute were inspired to create an exceptional funeral home with firm and focused objectives:

  • Deliver unparalleled customer service to the families they are privileged to serve.
  • Provide distinctive facilities affording peace and beauty at a difficult time.
  • Offer exceptional funeral and cremation services sensitive to each family's needs and means.

These principles guide the professionals at Morris, O'Connor & Blute on a daily basis. For them, no element or detail is too small for your family. They also offer an online planner for preplanning arrangements, and the ability to make arrangements online at the time of loss.


The firm's funeral homes are located at 58 Long Pond Drive, South Yarmouth (508-398-2121), and at 678 Main Street, Harwich (508-432-6696). Their website may be accessed at www.morrisoconnorblute.com.

Yarmouth Port Library Business Sponsors

 Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern

Bass River Pediatric Associates

Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects, Inc. 

Buyer Brokers of Cape Cod/Churchill Associates

Camp Wingate*Kirkland

 Colonial House Inn

ERT Architects

Horgan Insurance Agency, Inc.

The House Company

Hyannis Animal Hospital, Inc.

Jack's Outback II

John A. Grant, Esq.

Mid Cape Nurseries

Morris, O'Conner & Blute Funeral Home

North Side Nursery School

Old Yarmouth Inn

Quantum Mechanics 

Seniors Helping Seniors of Cape Cod 

Please patronize our business sponsors. When you do, be sure

to thank them for their support of the Yarmouth Port Library.


Yarmouth Port Library

Library Hours

Closed Sunday and Monday
Tuesday 1 - 5 PM
Wednesday 1 - 7 PM
Thursday 1 - 5PM
Friday 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM

  Leslie Altman

Associate Librarian Children's Services:

Lynn Lesperance

Telephone: 508-362-3717
Fax: 508-382-6739
email: [email protected]