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 The Yardarm
News and Views from the Yarmouth Port Library
Season 2014


In early August, a new face appeared behind the Circulation Desk. When Leslie Altman recently approached the Trustees about reducing her hours, the Trustees were lucky enough to find Tiffany Turner, who wanted to supplement her part-time position as Librarian at the West Dennis Library.


With her husband in the U.S. Air Force, Tiffany and their two young children have moved around, to Colorado, Arkansas, and most recently to Seville, Spain. They now make Cape Cod their permanent home. She worked in libraries in Colorado Springs and Little Rock, and while in Spain, studied for a library degree from San Jose State University. At West Dennis, she found that she enjoyed the atmosphere of a small library and the personal contact with patrons, and was struck by the similarity of the Yarmouth Port Library. By a small miracle, the schedule of the two libraries dovetailed and made a job-sharing arrangement possible.


The Trustees and two Librarians have worked out a schedule wherein both Librarians will job-share Leslie's position, in an approximate 60/40 split (Tiffany/Leslie). Tiffany will be at the Library Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and every other Saturday. She looks forward to getting to know our patrons, so please try to stop in and meet her soon.

Remembering Elaine Liatsos 
Ann Petrou
The Yarmouth Port Library lost a great friend and volunteer with the passing of Elaine
Liatsos this spring. Elaine made the move from the Friends of the Library to a Corporator and a Trustee. She gave tirelessly of herself helping the Library in its drive for independence and survival. Whether it was addressing envelopes in the initial fundraising efforts, planning and organizing the spaghetti supper at Jack's Outback or making sure the membership receive the Yardarm before we went electronic, we always knew we could count on her to get the job done in an organized and timely fashion. And she always did the job with grace and a smile. She will be greatly missed here at the Library.
From the Librarians
Leslie Altman & Tiffany Turner
Summer has flown by, as usual, except at the Airport Rotary, where time frequently
stands still. Summer visitors have kept us busy at the library, but never too busy to stop to find out about our patrons and their favorite books, as well as their gardens and their summer guests. Tiffany Turner and I have been working together since mid-August. I am delighted to have a new colleague to share the responsibilities of the job, including writing this column for the newsletter. Make sure you introduce yourself to Tiffany when you come in.

In May the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust gave the YPL a collection of books written or illustrated by Mr. Gorey. These are catalogued and available for you to check out. Also, the friends and family of Haynes Mahoney donated funds to purchase books in his memory. By the wishes of his family, these books will all be connected with maritime history and seafaring. In other news: because of space constraints, when we add new items to the collection, we have to withdraw books that have not circulated in several years. We now offer some of these books free to patrons from a basket in the Reading Room.

Finally, we are looking for library volunteers. If you can commit to a two-hour shift during the times the library is open, we need your help! Please come in and fill out an application. You'll never find a more pleasant situation, and we speak from experience.
From the Children's Room 
Lynn Lesperance

Wow, that was a fast summer! Hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Let's not dwell on its passing though.

Isabelle and William
First, let's do a recap of summer news from the Children's
Room: Our fledgling Lego Quest Club was a resounding success with more than 20 participants some weeks! Everyone had a great time and the wonders they created were amazing. It was fun for us to see our budding architects come back during the week with their families in tow to show off their work. If you missed it this summer do

not despair. We will be hosting a monthly Lego Club for ages 5 and up on the first Wednesday of each month from 4 to 5 PM beginning on October 1st. Come on in and get your build on!


Next, a big thank you to the naturalists of the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary for presenting two very popular, hands-on programs for kids and families this summer. Those who attended had a grand time, and learned something in the process. I think everyone went away from these programs with a new understanding of the seaside life surrounding us (especially horseshoe crabs!) Can't ask for better than that.
Congratulations to the two top readers of the summer: Bella Porter and Aaron Howard. Not only did they read up a storm, they took the time to report their reading minutes. Nice job, you two!


Lapsit Storytime will resume Fridays at 10:30 on September 12th. This program which is geared toward children under 3 (though older siblings are always welcome) includes songs and activities as well as age-appropriate stories. Each session lasts 20 to 30 minutes with time for play and socialization immediately afterward. Join us!


And with that - onward - to a new and invigorating Fall season Hope to see you here soon.  

The President Speaks 
Ann Petrou

We have an addition to our staff. Leslie Altman requested a reduction in hours and we were lucky to find Tiffany Turner to help us serve the community. If you've not been by, please stop in to say "hi" and welcome Tiffany to our village.


The Library had a very successful plant and book sale in July in spite of the change of date due to the availability of tents from the sheriff's department. A huge thanks to them; they save us an expense that would greatly cut into the monies that we need. Also thanks so much to the volunteers that made the day possible including campers from Camp Wingate-Kirkland and Scouts and their parents from Troop 50. A lot goes into running the sale. It starts in September when we begin accepting books for the sale and continues in the spring when gardeners thin and pot plants for the sale.


All of the repairs have been made to the building since the "accident" in May when a truck tore wires from the building. Thanks to the Building and Grounds Committee we have a new flagpole and the bricks have been repaired.


It takes many volunteers to keep the Library functioning-from the people you see weekly at the circulation desk to those working behind the scenes. Consider getting involved in your community and helping the Library. Leave your name and email at the desk and someone will contact you. We always need bakers, wait staff and clean-up personnel for the spaghetti supper as well as bakers and knitters to make small items to sell at the Christmas Stroll. Before you know it, July 2015 will be here and we will be again selling books and plants. We thank all that do step up and help. We could not do it without you.

Save the Date ...
Spaghetti Supper at Jack's Outback


Sunday, October 19th

Sittings are at 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Members: $12.00 - Non-members: $14.00

Tickets available at the Library


Bakers, waiters and cleanup crew needed. 

Contact the Library  to volunteer your services.



Book Group News 

The YPL Book Group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 PM. in the Reading Room of the YPL. At each meeting we discuss a book chosen by the group. We also serve light refreshments provided by members.

For September 17 we are venturing into nonfiction for the first time. Our book is Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. For October we are reading The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood.
Newcomers are always welcome!

September Selection

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

JamesAbram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned reformist congressman. As president, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn't kill Garfield. What happened next isa powerful story of a nation in turmoil.
October Selection

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood
On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamor of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a secure marriage
or to follow the man she loves. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. The surprising connection between these two women will change Claire's life in unexpected and extraordinary ways.

Events at YPL
Check the  YPL News & Events page for details.

All events are at the Library except as noted.   


Leslie Meier, author of The French Pastry Murder
Friday, October 3rd - 4:00 PM

Leslie Meier, best-selling author of the Lucy Stone mysteries, will talk and sign books at the YPL on Friday, October 3, at 4:00 p.m. A resident of Harwich, Meier will speak about the newest of her cozy mysteries, The French Pastry Murder, to be released on September 30. Her beloved detective Lucy Stone is saying "Au revoir!" to Tinker's Cove, Maine, and "Bonjour!" to Paris, in order to take in the sights and learn how to bake authentic French pastries. But her holiday is cut short when Lucy discovers the chef in a pool of blood on the second day of class. Join us for the kick-off of Leslie Meier's national book tour. 


Please call the library at 508-362-3717 to reserve a space, as seating is limited. Refreshments will be served,  

Book/Plant/Bulb Sales

Thanks to your book and plant donations, purchases, and support, we profited $3,300 for the sale. The dedicated efforts of the "plant ladies" to provide just the right plants to fill in your flowerbeds earned $879.


The Yarmouth Library Association would like to thank our community volunteers who every year make this event such a success. Thanks also to Station Ave. Stop & Shop and Rte. 28 Shaw's Supermarket for their donations of food; the campers and staff of Camp Wingate/Kirkland and Boy Scout Troop 50 of Yarmouth Port for help with the book-toting; and the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office for the tent loan and set-up. The sales are among our major fundraisers, and are also an opportunity for those in the community to show their support for our village library. We are grateful.


Additionally, we appreciate all of you who participated in our recent bulb sale. We have been told that your bulbs will be delivered in mid-October.

New Acquisitions


Looking for a new title or a favorite author?

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

Hardcover, paperback and trade fiction at

BARGAIN PRICES - $1.00 - $3.00

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



DONATE your used books to the library for our next 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.

Les Peat
We are once again pleased to announce that the 2014 Membership Campaign exceeded our goal of $40,000 (net of printing and mailing expense) by a modest amount. Our thanks to all who contributed to the total, whether you have been a member from the beginning or are one of the 79 members who joined this year for the first time, and regardless of the level at which you are participating.

Membership contributions are of vital importance to the Library's financial health, supplying more than 25% of our annual operating funds - we literally could not do it without you, and we are deeply grateful for your support.

You will find a listing of all 2014 Members here

In compiling the list, we try our best to be 100% accurate, but it seems inevitable that some errors will creep in. If your name has been omitted, misspelled, or listed in the wrong category, please let us know by calling Membership Committee chairman Les Peat at (508) 362-7660 or e-mailing him at [email protected] We will publish a correction in the next issue of the Yardarm.
Business Sponsor Appreciation

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.


The Old Yarmouth Inn offers classic cuisine for the next generation in a unique and timeless setting - offering the best in fresh local fish, shellfish, steak and pasta. Whether you're looking for a casual dining experience in their cozy wood paneled tavern or a view of the gardens from the dining room, once you have experienced The Old Yarmouth Inn's delightful menu, warm, friendly staff and award winning wine selection you will know why Old Yarmouth Inn has become one of the most popular dining and wedding reception destinations on Cape Cod. The Inn is located at 223 Route 6A in Yarmouth Port.  Their website may be found at oldyarmouthinn.com.  For reservations, call 508-362-9962.





Yarmouth Port Library Business Sponsors


Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern

Bass River Pediatric Associates

Buyer Brokers Of Cape Cod/Churchill Associates

 Colonial House Inn

Jack's Outback II

John A. Grant, Esq.
The House Company

Mid Cape Nurseries

 Morris, O'Conner & Blute Funeral Home 

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
Tiffany Turner

Associate Librarian Children's Services:

Lynn Lesperance

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