Winter 2021/22
Yarmouth Port Library...Where you find more than
just books for readers young and old.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It is now on to the holidays and winter... and the library has a number of events and programs for both adults and children to keep everyone busy. YPL is the place to be! And as Leslie says in her article "...and we are always glad you came!" Happy Holidays!
Lee Peters, Editor
The sign board says it all — in-person programs are back!
YPL — Your community library…
and we are always glad you came!
by Leslie Altman, Librarian

Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name

And they're always glad you came

That refrain describes the Yarmouth Port Library. We want to know your name so we can greet you when you arrive. The library is celebrating its 158th birthday in 2022. We may not be the oldest building used as a library nor the oldest library established on Cape Cod, but we have been friendly and welcoming for over a century.

We are happy to provide you with news from local and national newspapers; the latest magazines to browse; the best in books, television, video, and recorded music; the chance to search for your ancestors on one of our public computers; opportunities to meet other families to play in the children’s room and listen to story time — or listen to chapter one of a book another patron liked--and much more.

We don’t intend to stop here, however. Once again we are beginning the process of self-evaluation so that we can plan for the future. Some of you may have found a survey enclosed with your items at checkout. Thank you for getting those back to us. These small surveys are the first step in outlining our plans for the next three to five years. If you are interested in being part of the planning process, please let us know, so that as we form a committee or host a discussion, your voice can be heard.

One of my favorite tasks is planning adult programs with the program committee. We have some special events coming up this winter that you may enjoy. Yarmouth Port and Cape Cod are home to many accomplished people, and we are delighted that we will be hosting some unique programs this year. In January, for example, local art historian Mary Woodward will talk about the history of color in painting. Another upcoming event for the Book Group: an author visit by Lauren Wolk. Look for a list of programs elsewhere in The Yardarm. You can also check the website for dates and times.

As you know, we have monthly Knitting Group and Book Group meetings, but we are always open to other groups who might like to meet in the library. If anyone would like to start a group — crafting or memoir writing or photography or something we haven’t thought of — please let us know how we can help you make it happen.

For the benefit of Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center, the Yarmouth Port Library is selling holiday cards by Marieluise Hutchinson, with a print of one of her unique winter landscapes. The cards are donated by the painter herself, who is a long-time patron of the YPL, and all proceeds go to the Outreach Center. Look for them at the library.

Warm wishes to you all for a happy winter ahead, a happy holiday season, and some good books to read or listen to. And not to put too fine a point on it, Cheers!
Winter Reading Picks
A bustling Children’s Room
by Carrie Bearse, Assistant Librarian/Children’s Services

The children’s room is beginning to bustle, again! We have had more families coming into YPL over the summer and early fall, a sure sign that our world is becoming more comfortable and manageable, thank goodness! And honestly, what better place to spend these upcoming chilly afterschool afternoons — as a reminder, the library is open until 6 PM on Thursdays and it is a wonderful and quiet time to visit!

Our children’s room is stocked with a fabulous selection of picture books, juvenile fiction, DVDs, and nonfiction books and more to peak any interest. We also have a great selection of toys to keep everyone entertained! Playmobil (my favorite!), Legos (for little and big kids), a train set, two little ride-ons, a globe for world travelers to explore, and so much more!

We are now holding Storytime inside on Thursdays at 11 AM (with a repeat of Thursday’s program each Friday at 11 AM, too). Storytime is appropriate for ages 2 to 5, and we always sing a few songs and have a take-away craft along with reading some fun books.

Lego Afternoons on Thursdays from 3 to 5 PM for ages 6 and up has been in full swing since the summer. Come in and look at all of the creations on display and use your imagination to build your own!

And on the first Thursday of each month at 5 PM, we have our Big Stories program for creative readers and listeners ages 8 and up. Come join us! We will be reading thought-provoking fiction and nonfiction selections followed by discussion. Registration required. As always, any programming suggestions are most welcome, please call the library or send me an email at [email protected].

I have mentioned this before, but it continues to be an absolute pleasure getting to know all of you — patrons, volunteers, and families. As the staff member who has the pleasure of being here every day the library is open, I am so happy to welcome you to the library each day. I love hearing your stories, helping you select or order books, assisting with the public computers, and just being a part of the fabulous community that is Yarmouth Port Library!

I would be remiss if I did not single out our fabulous volunteers here at YPL for praise and appreciation. This group, young and older, new and long-time (and which now includes the most amazing young reader who shelves books in our children’s section each week — our youngest volunteer at the age of 12!) is simply amazing and I am so very grateful for all they do!

Wishing you all the best during this festive season and the new year! Happy reading!
For Kids: Winter Activities
Click here for details.
Story Time,
Thursdays at 11 AM.
(with a repeat of Thursday’s program each Friday at 11 AM.)
(Ages 2-5)
LEGO Afternoons,
Thursdays, 3 to 5 PM.
Create whatever your imagination inspires!
(Ages 6 & up)
Big Stories Program
First Thursday of each month at 5 PM.
For creative readers and listeners ages 8 and up.
Holiday Shopping
Flower Power

Plan Your Holiday Shopping

Amaryllis and Paper White Bulb Sale

You don’t need to leave your house to shop for these classic holiday bulbs for yourself or to surprise a friend or relative.

Choose from a variety of Amaryllis or a Paper White growing kit. Each kit arrives in a Burlap Gift Bag with everything necessary to plant. Don’t want to plant? Select a Waxed Amaryllis, a perfect gift that comes already boxed. Just place them in a sunny spot and watch them grow!

Ordering Deadline December 15th. BUT….
Place your order by December 1st for guaranteed delivery by Christmas.

For further information contact Jean O’Toole at 774-212-1580 or check the YPL website where you will also find a link to order.