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News and Views from the Yarmouth Port Library
Summer 2014

From the Librarian 
Leslie Altman

It is the best of times; it is the worst of times. Beautiful weather, fresh sea breezes, beach vistas, fresh corn and tomatoes coming...but then traffic, crowds, and humidity. We get to enjoy our landscape all year long, and now we have the opportunity to share it with visitors. If we're lucky, we can choose when to cross the bridge to the mainland.


The library is ready for summer.   The Cape Cod section has migrated to a corner of the reading room where we feature local information, as well as books on Cape Cod topics. If you have guests, you might like to pick up a brochure about one of our local Yarmouth Port attractions: the Gorey House, the Winslow Crocker House, Bray Farm. We also feature books on hiking, kayaking and birding on Cape Cod. The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth has prepared brochures on its walking trails and historic houses, as well as a self-guided tour of Yarmouth Port's Captains' Mile.


Speaking of history, June brings History Along 6A, jointly sponsored by the YPL and Sturgis Library in Barnstable, from June 7 to June 14.   The programs include lectures, crafts for children, a garden sale, tours of historic buildings, a working blacksmith demonstration and more, and most events are free.


For your librarian who prefers the cold weather of winter, our air conditioning is a blessing.   If the humidity is getting to you, come share the cool with us and then take out a beach book and head to the shore. We look forward to seeing you often.

  From the Children's Desk
Lynn Lesperance

Happy Summer and Welcome back Everyone! At last things weather-wise are heading in the right direction and I couldn't be happier. It is so wonderful to see all these faces we have been missing for months.


Another thing I am really happy about is our new Lego Club which will begin on June 18th. We requested Lego donations and we got so many that our fledgling club is guaranteed.Boys and girls 5 and older, join us each Wednesday at 5 PM for an hour or so of fun. We will have a different challenge every week if you want to try it - or you can just come in and build your own masterpiece. Either way, we look forward to seeing what you can do. We'll even display them from week to week for everyone to see!   

Parents or caregivers are invited to relax in the Reading Room or hang out and watch what their budding geniuses create. We love younger siblings but due to the small (read: choking hazard) size of these bricks, we ask that only children age 5 and up attend these sessions. Just a reminder, children under age 8 may not be left alone in the library.  


Of course we will have a Summer Reading Program. You can go online to our website in mid-June for a link to the Sign-Up page. As always, you can also call me during the library's hours of operation and ask your questions or you can email me at: [email protected]

Our philosophy is: Whatever is easiest for you.  


Long Pasture will be doing a hands-on Family Program. We had more than 70 people at our spring program and this one promises to be just as entertaining.( Everyone loves Nature, right? ) Watch our website for the date and sign up early!

I'm looking forward to seeing your face!

President's Message
Ann Petrou

Summer is almost here and it is soon to be beach time. This means easy reads to enjoy at the beach. Also I always put away my heavy knitting projects and look for lighter and smaller things to knit. This is the perfect time to begin thinking about what you are going to make for the Library Christmas Stroll knitting sale. That simple hat or pair of mittens is a perfect project when you are sitting under your beach umbrella, listening to the murmur of the waves on the shore. When you finish your item, drop it off at the Yarmouth Port Library and we will store it until the sale.


Also don't forget to pot up those extra plants and flowers for the plant sale and drop off any extra unwanted-but clean-books for the sale before it is too late. July 19th

is just around the corner!!

Annual Book & Plant Sale 
One of our bigger fundraisers of the year

Stock up on reading for the beach!


More than 4,000 hardcover, paperback and tradebooks,

including best sellers, cookbooks, children's books, and teachers' books,

along with CD's, Tapes and DVD's will be available at bargain prices.


July 19th - 9 AM - 2 PM






Plants - named and labeled sun or shade - are needed for the annual Library Plant Sale  

Deliver to the library July 18th or 19th

Need some pots or an extra set of hands? Call Sally Hockenbury @ 508-362-6045

Beautify Yarmouth Port gardens!





Friday July 18th

Afternoon: Carry books out and set up book tables

Saturday July 19th

7:30 AM: Carry books out and set up book tables

8:45 AM - 11:30 AM and 11:30 AM: 2 PM: Cashiers, general helpers

2:00 PM Clean up site

Sunday, July 20th

 Dispose of all leftover books

TO HELP: Sign up at the Library




Looking for a new title or a favorite author?

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

Many 2011-2013 hardcovers, paperbacks and trade fiction at

BARGAIN PRICES - $1.00 - $3.00

Stock up for cold, winter days or your trip South.

Support the Yarmouth Port Library!



Please DONATE your used books to the library for our annual July book sale and our ongoing book sale shelf. Some new titles can also go into our library collection. We accept fiction and nonfiction, children's books, cookbooks, travel guides, etc. We also resell CD's and DVD's. We can not accept textbooks, encyclopedias or videotapes. Please drop off any items in good, clean, resalable condition during regular library hours.

Low Vision Reader 
Leslie Altman

The Yarmouth Port Library now has a low vision reader.  The machine allows magnification of printed materials that are projected onto a screen similar to a desktop computer monitor. The machine is at a desk near the circulation area and is available for patrons to use when the library is open.  Staff is available to assist patrons who want to use the machine.  


It is through the generosity of the family of Louis Lavin that the Library has the machine. The Lavins are all Library patrons and Louis loved our library.  

Book Group News 

The Yarmouth Port Library Book Club will meet June 18 at 3:00 PM in the Reading Room then not again until September 17. Books are chosen by the group and a discussion takes place for about one hour with refreshments. This is a lively group with many varied opinions and reading interests. Join us; newcomers are always welcome.

June Book Group Selection:

Orphan Train

by Christina Baker Kline  


Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance.  Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.   


 September Book Group Selection:

Destiny of the Republic:  A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President

by Candice Millard.


The New York Times bestselling account of James Garfield's rise from poverty to the presidency, his assassination and legacy: Garfield was born into poverty, rose to become a scholar, Civil War hero, congressman, and reluctant president who took on the nation's corrupt political establishment.


Book Event at the YPL 

Check the YPL News & Events page for details.

All events are at the Library except as noted.


Saturday, June 21, 2014, 2:00 PM

Author Jean Fahey,
Make Time for Reading - for parents, grandparents and caregivers.


Jean Ciborowski Fahey, PhD is the co-founder and Education Director of the South Shore Hospital Reading Partnership, a hospital-based early literacy education program for expectant parents and other adults who live and work with young children. She also teaches at Lesley University in Cambridge. During nearly 2 decades at Boston Children's Hospital developmental clinics, she held an appointment as Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and for several years worked as educational advocate with Boston Center for Homeless Families.  


Jean has recently published Make Time for Reading: story guide for parents of babies and young children. It is available here at the library, at other CLAMS libraries and on her web site www.readingfarm.net.

History Along 6A Week  

Architectural Tour with Sarah Jane Porter 

On Wednesday, June 11, there will be 2 Architectural Walking Tours, with Sarah Jane Porter, part of History Along 6A Week.


Ms. Porter has been a Yarmouth resident for over 30 years.  26 years ago, she became a licensed architect, opened her own office, and has been working at it ever since. Quite a few of her projects have been along Route 6A. Among the projects was the recent restoration of the Yarmouth New Church.


There's not a lot of mileage on Route 6A in Yarmouthport. But there is a lot of really rich architecture-one house after another. During the walking tour, a lot of time will be spent in the area where the retail stores are. Those buildings were always used for retail. The way it is now is the way it's always been.


Tours are 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM and are free. Registration at the library is required.

New Library Acquisitions
 New CLAMS Acquisitions

New Yarmouth Port Library Acquisitions:


All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony


The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or, on the    

  Segregation of the Queen (Special   

  Edition, 20th Anniversary), Laurie R. King

Bellweather Rhapsody, Kate Racculia

Black Lake, Johanna Lane

The Blessings, Elise Juska

The Book of You, Claire Kendal

Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of    

  Robert E. Lee, Michael Korda

The Confabulist, Steven Galloway

The Directive, Matthew Quirk

The End of Always, Randi Davenport

Family Life, Akhil Sharma

Fear: A Novel of World War I, Gabriel  


Field of Prey, John Sandford

Folk Art of Cape Cod and the Islands,  

  Jeanne Marie Carley 9/28/2014

Ghost Ship, Clive Cussler

The Hidden Child, Camilla Lackberg

History of the Rain, Niall Williams

James Madison: A Life Reconsidered,

  Lynne Cheney

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary,  

  Fred Kaplan

The Kill Switch: A Tucker Wayne Novel,  

  James Rollins

Knitting Double: Mastering the Two-Color 

  Technique with Over 30 Reversible  

  Projects, Anja Belle

The Lobster Kings, Alexi Zentner

A Man Came Out of a Door in the   

  Mountain, Adrianne Harun

Night Heron, Adam Brookes

On Hinduism, Irina N. Gajjar 9/6/2013

The Orenda, Joseph Boyden

The Painter, Peter Heller

A Poet's Glossary, Edward Hirsch

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,   

  James Joyce

Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot, Ace Atkins

Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten  

  Years, Ron Capps

The Skin Collector, Jeffery Deaver

The Son, Jo Nesbo

Sopas: A Brief History of Portuguese  

  Islanders, the Cape Cod Town of  

  Falmouth, and the Feast of the Holy  

  Ghost, Lewis A. White

Sting of the Drone, Richard A. Clark

The Stranger on the Train, Albie Taylor

Suspicion, Joseph Finder

The True American: Murder and Mercy in  

  Texas, Anand Giridharadas,

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair,

  Joel Dicker

Unlucky 13, James Patterson

The Watcher, A Novel of Crime,

  Charlotte Link

The Whitehall Mandarin, Edward Wilson

  Wolverine Bros. Freight & Storage: A  

  Conway Sax Mystery, Steve Ulfelder,

The Year She Left Us, Kathryn Ma



Child's Pose (Hungary)

The Color of Lies (France)

Generation War (Germany)

A Great Beauty ((taly)


Josh: Against the Grain (Pakistan)

Labor Day


The Monuments Men

Still Mine


Books on CD

Ghost Ship, Clive Cussler

Missing You, Harlen Coben

The Painter, Peter Heller


New Music CD

Emerald: Musical Gems by Celtic Woman


New LP Books:

Cavendon Hall, Barbara Taylor Bradford

Harbor of the Heart, Katherine Spencer

Love and Treasure, Ayelet Waldman

The Reading Circle, Ashton Lee

Runner, Patrick Lee

Stone Cold, C. J. Box

MembershipFormMembership Campaign Meets Goal

As of May 22nd, the Membership Campaign had raised nearly $41,000.00, modestly exceeding the budgetary goal of $40,000.00, according to Les Peat, Chairman of the Membership Committee. "To date, the total number of personal memberships stands at 336, up about 10% from last year," Peat said, "and the base continues to grow, with a higher percentage of the total coming from gifts of $100.00 or less. Those supporting the Library at the $100.00 Patron level increased once again, as did the number of new members, and the number of business memberships also increased. All of this bodes well for the future of this unique public/private institution."


Because of technical problems of extracting data from our membership records, we are not publishing a supplementary list of members subscribing since February. Instead we will publish a final report, with a list of all members as of June 30th, in the September Yardarm. 

Business Sponsor Appreciation 
Les Peat

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


Talin Bookbindery

Talin Bookbindery is a hand bookbinding business owned by Pamela Talin-Bryant and James Talin, a brother and sister partnership, since the late 1970s. They are located at 947 Route 6A in Yarmouth Port and may be reached at 508-362-8144 or [email protected]

They specialize in restoration and fine bindings and bind small editions and single books. Some paper mending and paper deacidification is also available. They can work on collectable editions or your favorite cookbook or dictionary. They use the same care and materials whatever the project.


Leather books are restored with imported leathers. For new leather bindings, they have an extensive selection of imported calf and goat. They also have some less expensive domestic leather available. For cloth bindings, they have a large selection of cloths for use in restoration or new bindings. One of their specialties is custom book boxes. Not only do they make boxes for books or paper materials, but also make boxes for presentation coins and other objects.

Yarmouth Port Library Business Sponsors


Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern

Bass River Pediatrics

Buyer Brokers Of Cape Cod/Churchill Associates

 Colonial House Inn

The House Company 

Jack's Outback II

John A. Grant, Esq.

Mid Cape Nurseries

North Side Nursery School
Old Yarmouth Inn
Quantum Mechanics

Royal II Restaurant & Grill 

Seaside Gas Service, Inc.  

Talin Bookbindery    


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: 508-362-6739
email: [email protected]