FALL 2022

T h exY a r d a r m

The Yarmouth Port Library Newsletter 

297 Main Street (Route 6A), Yarmouth Port, MA 02675   

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Yarmouth Port Library...Where you find more than just books for readers young and old.

Welcome fall! Special programs are on the calendar again and the Book Groups and the Knitting Group are gearing up. Be sure to stop in the library and say "hello" and relax in the Reading Room (by the fire when the time comes!) and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea while perusing a good book, newspaper or magazine! And don't forget to check the website for the most up-to-date information.

Lee Peters, Editor

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President's Message


Sunday         Closed     

Monday        Closed    


10 AM — 3 PM


10 AM — 3 PM


10 AM — 6 PM


10 AM — 3 PM


10 AM — Noon

Click here for YPL contact information.


Fall Bulb Sale

The library will receive 50% from every purchase.

Each item purchased includes a full description and instructions for proper planting to assist you in growing a beautiful bulb garden.

(For details see below or go to the website.)


Knitting Group

First & Third Mondays at 9:30 AM. (Does not meet in the summer.)

Resuming Monday, October 3rd.

Knitters of all levels welcome. Bring your own project and join us for camaraderie, advice, and ideas.


Contact: Dinah Wolff 

Phone: 508-362-7660                                                 

Email: dg.wolff@gmail.com       

President's Message

     by Dinah Wolff, President

Profits from June’s Annual Book & Plant Sale have again surpassed those from past years; interestingly, primarily through the efforts of Sally Hockenbury, plant sales have dominated for the second year. 

Conducting the book sale without the shelter of the huge tent formerly loaned to YPL by the Sheriff’s Department has made it challenging to plan ahead for the large sales we had in the past (pre-2019). Weather is always a consideration.

However, fine weather prevailed. That day was sunny (like so many this summer, as we experience a record-breaking drought). Thanks to all the volunteers who helped move books and plants; we especially appreciate the assistance of the Camp Wingate*Kirkland counselors, who energetically transferred many boxes from their cellar storage to the main floor of the library.

Jean O’Toole chaired YPL’s participation in this year’s Hydrangea Festival, ably organizing and scheduling volunteers despite a trip abroad during the last weeks before the July event.

We are grateful to the four Yarmouth Port residents who opened their gardens to benefit the library, and also to those volunteers who sat at these gardens accepting admission fees, a pleasant way to spend two hours. 

We joined in this Cape-wide event for the second year, and did so well that it seems as though this will be an annual YPL fundraiser, if we’re able to line up willing garden owners, who spend extra time making the perfect even better. We so appreciate all of you.


Click here for event details.

Anne Ierardi

“Coming Alive”

Friday, September 9th

at 2 PM.

Anne Ierardi is an award-winning author, painter and minister. Her art has been featured in exhibits across Cape Cod and New England as well as illustrated in a prose poem book written by Nanette Geertz.

Anne says her memoir “Coming Alive” is the story of her quest through coming out, becoming an artist, and entering ordained ministry. 

Books will be available for purchase and author signing.

Call the library at 508-362-3717 to reserve your spot.

Mask wearing is recommended.

Lisa Franco

My Dearest Darling: Letters of Love in Wartime

Friday, October 14 @ 3 PM.

Donald's and Margery's intimate and heartwarming correspondence chronicles their romance, personal sacrifices, hopes, and dreams, and gives a firsthand account of historical events as they unfolded overseas and at home. Franco stumbled upon the lost love letters during a fateful stop at an antique shop on Cape Cod.


Veteran’s Day Concert

Friday, November 11th

at 2 PM.

(The library will be closed for regular operation on Veteran’s Day.)

Northside String Band: The band will commemorate Veterans’ Day with a concert in the library. It’s a pleasure to bring this concert to our patrons to celebrate our veterans. 

Yarmouth Port Christmas Stroll!

 Sunday, December 4th from 1 to 4 PM. 

Plan to visit the library for special holiday treats!

ZOOM Programs

(Click here for links to register and for detailed information.)

The Crisis in Ukraine in Historical Perspective:

A Virtual Talk with Professor Michael Strmiska

Thursday, September 22nd from 5 - 6:30 PM.

The Planet's Health and Yours:

Facing the Invisible Impacts of Climate Change

Tuesday, September 27th at 6 PM.

Administrative Director’s & Children's Librarian Report

  by Carrie Bearse, Administrative Director & Children's Librarian

Thank goodness fall is just around the corner. Thank goodness for cooler weather, diminished traffic, dinner on the weekends without a reservation, and all that fall brings to Cape Cod. September and October are truly my favorite months on the Cape, and the visitors who arrive during this time appreciate the calmness and the fabulous weather, and get to experience the best of the Cape just like we do.

That being said, it was a wonderful summer at YPL, full of children and families in the Thacher Room and many summer friends taking advantage of the cool, quiet library environment. We enjoyed seeing and serving you all.

With the added responsibilities of Administrative Director tacked on to my Children’s Librarian duties, I find that I am spending a bit more time behind my desk instead of behind the circulation desk, which is bittersweet. I miss greeting everyone and catching up on local news and on what you are reading. So, if I am not out front and you have a minute, pop your head around the office corner and say “Hi”. I would be ever so thankful for the chance to see you. As I have said many times, our patrons make this library so very special. You are very much appreciated!

And speaking about what you are reading, thank goodness for Susan Saposnik. Although Susan has been a volunteer longer than I have been at YPL, the opportunity to work with her for two days each week in her new role as Circulation Assistant, has really made me appreciate her even more! I know people who have time to read books, I know people who do a lot of other things and still have time to read books…neither category applies to me. Susan, on the other hand, reads, teaches piano and trumpet, reads, plays the organ and piano at local churches, reads, gardens, reads, plays the French horn in a local orchestra, and READS! She not only reads many, many books but remembers the authors, characters, plots, and what she liked or didn’t like about ALL of the books she has read. She has quickly become the “go to” staff member when a patron needs a recommendation about what to read next and what to read after that…gosh! Thank goodness for Susan!

So welcome fall, welcome the best season on Cape Cod, and always be thankful!

From the Thacher Children’s Room:

All is fun and games and reading in the Children’s Room. Please stop by this fall and plan to stay awhile and enjoy all we have to offer.

We will continue all of our current children’s activities throughout the fall. Please check our website and our monthly happenings newsletter for the most up-to-date information.

YPL is a great place for kids! Hope to see you soon!

For Kids: Fall Activities

Click here for details

Big Stories

First Thursday of month

at 4:30 PM.

Begins again in November.


Thursdays at 11 AM.

No storytime on Sept. 29th.

Afternoon Legos

Thursdays, 3 PM to 5 PM.

(Appropriate for ages 6 and up, only.)

Story Fence:

Behind the library

Fall Reading Picks

YPL Book Group

Led by Leslie Altman, the YPL Book Group meets the third Thursday of the month 

@ 2 PM.

September: Thursday,

September 22nd @ 2 PM. (Note: New date.)

The Midnight Library

    by Matthew Haig

Neighborhood Book Group

Led by Rick Woods, the group meets the second Thursday of the month @ 4 PM.

Please call the library for contact information and further details.

September: Thursday, September 8th @ 4 PM.

The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

  by Walter Isaacson

New Releases & Spotlight Books

Click on the links below to help you select your fall reading list!

New Releases

New Spotlight Books

Fall Bulb Sale

Fall Bulb Sale to benefit YPL

The library will receive 50% from every purchase. Thank you for supporting YPL!


Each item purchased includes a full description and instructions for proper planting to assist you in growing a beautiful bulb garden. These flower bulbs are all top quality, an excellent value, and are guaranteed to grow!


No need to log in. Just begin browsing the selections. Please share this website with friends and relatives both locally and across the country.


(The website also has a direct link)

DELIVERY: Orders will be mailed directly to customers in time for fall planting.

ORDER DEADLINE: October 15th, 2022


Contact Jean O'Toole at 774-212-1580.

Get Involved

Donate, Volunteer, Become a Member

Get involved!

“A public library,

privately financed”

YPL is a privately funded, public library and operates exactly like the other two Yarmouth libraries (South and West).

Library services are funded by your membership contributions and donations.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call the library.

Click here for a list of 2022 Membership Campaign Contributors.

Why do we have a Membership Campaign?

Since June 30, 2009 all but a token amount of our funding has come from private and not governmental sources—as it did for the first 72 years of the library's existence.

We otherwise continue to fulfill our historic mission as a public library, open to all residents of the town and to the broader Cape community as well.

ALL are welcome!

Click here to learn why YPL has to raise funds through a Membership Campaign.

Business Sponsors

Thank you to our very generous 2022 Business Sponsors!

Your support of the Yarmouth Port Library

is greatly appreciated!

Bass River Pediatrics   

Buyer Brokers of Cape Cod/

  Churchill Associates

Down Cape Engineering 

John Grant, Esq.

Horgan Insurance Agency

Jack’s Outback II

Just Picked Gifts

Royal II Restaurant & Grill

Talin Bookbindery

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Did You Know That YPL Has...?

A Notary

Need a Notary: A notary is now available at YPL. Call for an appointment.


Museum Passes      

The library has passes/coupons for many local attractions.


Automatic Renewal!

Items will be renewed automatically as long as there are no holds.


Libby Tutorial 

Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. 

Click here for a YouTube tutorial.


A Book Sale Corner and Book Donations

Guidelines for Donations:

As we have very limited space for receiving and sorting book donations, for now, we are accepting only 2018 to 2022 titles, books about Cape Cod and its history, and children’s books for our ongoing book sale in the “Under Spiral Staircase” corner.

Thanks to generous patrons, we have been able to stock our sale shelves with current titles, and also add popular 2022 titles to our collection, which helps the book budget.

Please watch our website and future Yardarms for changes in our donation policy, and for forthcoming sales.


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