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 The Yardarm
News and Views from the Yarmouth Port Library
Fall 2015
Hail and Farewell
Margaret Kistinger
Margaret Kistinger of Harwich has been appointed Director of the Yarmouth Port Library. She replaces Librarian Leslie Altman, who is leaving the position.

Ms. Kistinger is a magna cum laude graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College and holds an M.L.S. from Long Island University. Most recently she had been Assistant Director of the Snow Library in Orleans; previously she had been a reference and information services librarian at the New Milford Public Library in New Milford, Connecticut, and Director of the Pawling Free Library in Pawling, New York.

"The Trustees of Yarmouth Port Library have given me this wonderful opportunity to serve the needs of Yarmouth Port patrons and community. The staff and a host of volunteers work tirelessly to maintain a welcoming environment for all library users and I am delighted to be here."
Margaret Kistinger

Margaret joined the Library staff on Tuesday, August 18th. If you haven't yet met h er, please stop by to welcome her to the Library and to the Yarmouth Port community.

Leslie Altman

Looks like this is my last contribution to the Yardarm. As you now know, I am retiring as of September 1st in order to have more time with my family. I have so enjoyed my nearly three years as your Librarian. My favorite part of the job has been interacting with patrons, and I will miss you all. I won't be far away, however: I am only a few doors east on Route 6A, and I hope to see you all in the neighborhood. I will also be available as a substitute if the need arises, so occasionally, you may see me back behind the circulation desk. I know you will warmly welcome Margaret Kistinger, our new Director. You can read more about her elsewhere in the Yardarm.

In other news, the program committee has been planning a full lineup of programs for you in the fall, including art, music, science and more. The YPL is a community resource, and we hope you will come in for more than books and DVDs. I will continue to be a member of the YPL book group, which meets on the third Thursday of each month at 3:00 pm. Newcomers to the group are always welcome. For our September 17th meeting we are talking about The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. At that meeting we will also make decisions about the next few books. Join us!

Just a reminder: right near the new books is posted a list of books that have been ordered for the next month. Likewise, a list of new DVDs is posted near that section.  Please check out the new items; many have waiting lists, but if you put your name in  early, you will be rewarded, as Yarmouth Port books and DVDs go to our patrons first. As always, if you have a suggestion for purchase, let us know.
The Children's Corner
Lynn Lesperance
How come summer always goes so much faster than winter around here? It was so much fun to see all of our regulars and the summer visitors coming in wreathed in smiles - and so nice to have long, warm, sunny days. We enjoyed our visits from Trevor the Juggler and Marcus the Magician. But let's not dwell on what is past. Instead, let's look to what lies ahead:

Fall is a delightful season on the Cape and September is just about my favorite month here. The temperatures are still comfortable, the roads and beaches are less crowded and there are no fees for parking at most beaches!

Fall also means it's time for Lapsit Storytime once again. We will be starting on Friday, September 11 th at 10:30 AM. This group is for babies and toddlers and involves stories, songs, and finger plays with social time immediately following each session. We need increased attendance numbers in order to keep this program going so, please, do join us.

Beginning on September 4 th, we will once again present Generations!, a music and movement program bringing young children and older adults together. Generations! is led by World Musician, Denya LeVine, and happens on the first Friday of the month at 10:30 AM down the street at the Congregational Church Hall. Everyone is invited - and welcome!
From the President
Ann Petrou
I am pleased to announce that we have a new Library Director, Margaret Kistinger. I am sure many of you have already met Margaret but if you have not, please come in and say hello. We will certainly miss Leslie Altman but she assures me she will not abandon us and will still be coming in to help us out in any way she can. We enjoyed Leslie's time with us and we wish her well as she ventures further into retirement. I know she will have no problem filling in her time!

Believe it or not, the YPL is planning ahead to the holiday season and our third annual sale of beautiful hand knit hats, mittens and other items. I know some of our talented knitters have already begun their projects and those of you who have not - time is wasting!!

The summer has been busy with a successful book and plant sale behind us. That is most definitely a group effort and my thanks go out to all of the members of our dedicated Library community who make this event the huge success it is every year. We depend on this sale because it is our biggest fund raiser. I know we always emphasize the "book" part of the sale but plants are a huge seller also. Many thanks to the dedicated plant ladies including Mary Dee and Mary Ellen Annese as well as Judy O'Brien and Sally Hockenbury.

Be on the lookout for the beginning of our program season. The committee has been working on some great ideas for all ages. With few exceptions, the programs are free of charge with free will donations graciously accepted.

Be sure to check out the emails from the Library - there is always something going on!
Low Vision Reader

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.
Save the Dates
Members Appreciation Reception
Monday, September 28th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
The Trustees and Corporators of Yarmouth Port Library will soon be mailing out invitations to this year's Member Reception, to be held at the Library on Monday, September 28 th from 4-6 . Join other Library members and your Library Board in greeting Margaret Kistinger, our new Director.  As in the past, delicious wine and delectable hors d'hoeuvres will be offered in our annual thank you to all who make it possible to continue running our Library.

Annual Spaghetti Supper at Jack's Outback
Sunday, October 4th
Sittings at 5:00 and 6:30

Tickets on sale at the library after Labor Day
Members $12  Non-members $14
Annual Book and Plant Sale
Susan Bonnell
The annual book and plant sale was a wonderful success with receipts of $3,016. Thank you all who donated books and volunteered your time and effort. Once again we also thank the campers from Camp Wingate/Kirkland and Boy Scout Troop 50 of Yarmouth Port who helped carry up all those books; Station Avenue Stop & Shop and South Yarmouth Shaw's for food donations; and the Barnstable County Sheriff's Dept. for the tent loan and set-up. It was a great effort by everyone!

Now we start all over again! 

We will begin accepting books in September. We really appreciate donations of clean, saleable books. We accept fiction and nonfiction titles, cookbooks, travel books, children's books, etc. We also resell CDs and DVDs. Donations of 2015 titles may be put into circulation at the library.  We do not accept textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias or any books with any sign of dirt or mold. If you have a large number of books to donate, please call ahead as we have limited space for donations.
Missing Library Portraits
Donald Knaub
During my research at the Yarmouth Port Library on the portraits hanging in the Library, I discovered that two portraits given to the library and acknowledged by the then Library Board of Trustees are currently missing.

Carola Swift donated a portrait of Charles Francis Swift in 1904, a year after his death. Mr. Swift was born in 1825 in Falmouth, lived in Yarmouth, and died in 1903. He was long term editor of the Register newspaper and an author of books on local history.

Melinda Taylor gave a portrait of Isaac Thacher to the library in 1919. Mr. Thacher was born in Yarmouth in 1808 and died in Boston in 1883.He was a prominent merchant in Boston, known for his general benevolence and a trustee of numerous banking institutions.

If you know the whereabouts of either of these portraits, or have other information about them, please notify the Yarmouth Port Library.
Celebrating the Yarmouth Port Library
Library Highlights
In March of 1866, a committee was formed to start a subscription library in the Town of Yarmouth. Their work was the beginning of the Yarmouth Port Library you know today. The evolution of the Library and the library building is an interesting story. We are presenting various aspects of how the Library came to be what it is and some, we think, interesting tidbits you may not be aware of culminating in a celebration of the Library's 150th anniversary in 2016.
The Library Portraits

We hope that you have noticed the portraits of 19th Century community leaders activein the formation of the Yarmouth Port Library that hang in the Library. We have prepared brief biographical sketches of these community leaders for your enjoyment and enlightenment. 

The Library continues to investigate the authorship and documentation of the gifts to the Library of these portraits. If you have any information you think would be of interest on this subject, please contact the Library.
(May 1, 2015 -- June 30, 2015)
*indicates new member
Sustaining Memberships
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Petrou

Patron Memberships
Mrs. William Johnson
Ms. Joyce Kramer
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Meeks
Ms. Ann Pinkham
Ms. Jane Stratton and Mr. Frederick Brown
Dual/Family Memberships
*Mr. Wellington W. Holmes
Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Sledzik

Individual Memberships
Mr. Constantine Antipas
*Mr. John Brown
*Ms. Barbara Clancy
Yarmouth Port Library Business Sponsors


Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern

Bass River Pediatric Associates
Colonial House Inn

 John A. Grant, Esq.

Happy Fish Bakery

Horgan Insurance Agency, Inc.

The House Company

Jack's Outback II

Just Picked Gifts

Royal II Restaurant & Grille

Seaside Gas Service, Inc.

Talin Bookbindary


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

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

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 thank them for their support.

13 Willow Street
Corner of Rte. 6A
Yarmouth Port

165 Willow Street
Next to DJ's at the train tracks

Established in 2011 by Greg Bilezikian, son of Doreen and Chuck Bilezikian, the Just Picked Yarmouth Port store occupies the buildings that were home to his parents' original Christmas Tree Shop. (Without the Bilezikians' extraordinarily generous support of the Library's Preservation Fund in 2009, it is unlikely that we would have survived.) Just Picked Gifts is an exciting, ever changing store where you will find something new every time you visit! With a little something for just about everyone, you'll want to come back and visit again. And again!

Their products consist of a wide variety of things like home d├ęcor, pillows, rugs, lamps, clothing, garden decor, books, kitchen accessories, gourmet food items, great gifts and so much more. Decorate your home or find a great gift for just about any occasion. Many of the products are handmade and many are even created by local artisans on Cape Cod, but all are made with a unique attention to detail and quality in mind.
Come and experience Just Picked's old Cape Cod
setting and see what Just Picked has for you!
The Yarmouth Library Association
As many of you know, the Yarmouth Port Library is not an ordinary town library. Though it is open to everyone and we encourage members and non-members alike to use the library, it is operated by a private non-profit organization, the Yarmouth Library Association. The Association is comprised of a group of corporators and governed by a board of trustees and officers. For the coming fiscal year, the officers, trustees and members of the corporation are the following.
Assistant Treasurer:
Ann Petrou
Jean Paquin
Les Peat
Charles Gale
Susan Bonnell
Carolyn Gale
Dorothy Halmstad
Sean Sheehan
Dinah Wolff
Trenor Godell (Emeritus)

Karen Alexander
George Cappola
Glenna Cappola
Anne Cifelli
Jack Graham
Sally Hockenbury
Margaret Kistinger, ex officio
Donald Knaub
Lynn Lesperance, ex officio
Ralph Menconi
Judith O'Brien
Carol Oliver
Duncan Oliver
Benita Pierce
Stephanie Rodricks
John Shea
Peggy Shea
Pat Tafra
Henry Teuwen
Charyn Tietge
Ruth Weissberger
Ted Weissberger
Events at YPL

Check the YPL News & Events page for details.

All events are at the Library except as noted.  

New Acquisitions

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

  Margaret Kistinger

Associate Librarian Children's Services:

Lynn Lesperance

Telephone: 508-362-3717
Fax: 508-362-6739
email: yarp_mail@clamsnet.org