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Geocaching Film Festival at John Jermain


Geocaching International Film Festival
Sunday, November 8, 3:00-4:30 pm
At the John Jermain Memorial Library, 34 West Water Street, Sag Harbor, NY.
See all the finalists in’s 2015 Geocaching International Film Festival
Free Admission • Free Popcorn
These short films provide a great introduction to geocaching, a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. It’s a fun activity for families or individuals who enjoy outdoor activities. Total running time is about one hour.
Registration suggested. Call 631-725-0049 to reserve a seat or for more information.
Or, you can register at, if you are a member:

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The Importance of Color – Saturday October 10th, 10:30 am

gillianIf you’ve ever wondered why you’re drawn to a color, or if you’ve ever wondered why agreeing on colors can be a challenge, please join us in welcoming world-renowned color expert, Gillian Rose, founder of Color Our World tm. Learn about how and why we experience and respond to color from an instinctive perspective. Gillian’s ‘Color Talks’ are fun, lively and inspirational. Come to the Library to meet Gillian on Saturday, October 10th at 10:30 am. Pre-registration required, limit 18 People. Free.butterfly

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I-Ching at the Library

I-Ching Last Friday morning Valerie DiLorenzo presented a beginner’s guide to the method of consulting and interpreting the I-Ching. I-Ching has gained world-wide interest as modern applications and online tools have contributed to its use. Valerie also discussed other metaphysical tools as they compare with I-Ching.

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PICKLEBALL -the Fastest Growing Sport in America

rena Library patrons found out everything they ever wanted to know about PICKLEBALL at last week’s library program with Rena Rosenfeld and Mindy Chermak. Rena is the official Hamptons Ambassador for the USA Pickleball Association. Pickleball has been described as what you get when you mix a smidgen of badminton, a pinch of ping pong and a slice of tennis. renafriends To find out more about Pickleball visit the USA Pickleball Association website:

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Hurricane Season is Here !

Be prepared for weather related emergencies. Find important information on any the following links:

Southampton “Be Prepared” Pocket Guide in English or Spanish — print copies available at the Library.

Prepare the Family

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e-Reader Update

In September, we updated the eReaders that we make available–fully loaded with best-selling books– for patrons to borrow. Our collection now includes two Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablets, two Amazon PaperWhite eReaders, and two Google Nexus 7 Tablets with eReader Apps from Amazon and Barnes and Noble installed. (We also continue to offer a Nook GlowLKindle Fire Hdx 7ight for young adult readers, and another Nook GlowLight with Spanish-language books.)

JJML has been loaning eReaders since the days of the early Amazon Kindle (the one with the keyboard) and Barnes and Noble Nook. We started with one Kindle and one Nook, arbitrarily deciding that the Kindle would hold fiction books and the Nook, nonfiction. Over time, we added and replaced Kindles, but the Kindle/fiction, Nook/nonfiction scheme remained in place (as did our aging Nooks).

A recent review of our statistics, however, showed us that this was no longer an effective plan. Nonfiction always has lower circulation than fiction, but recently the non-fiction eReaders weren’t circulating at all. We determined this was due to the age of the Nooks, which lacked newer, in-demand features of modern eReaders: light weight, touch screens, and self-contained lighting to make them readable in the dark. So, we decided to replace them, and in the process, bring all our books, fiction and non-fiction alike, to all our eReaders.

The Kindle Fire HDx devices are both eReaders, and full Android tablets (although with a heavily modified version of the Android operating system.) The PaperWhites are simply eReaders, with beautifully readable, easy-on-the-eyes black on white touch screens. They have adjustable lighting surrounding the screen that makes them easily readable in dark rooms. Our Nexus tablets are full-on Android tablets which have both the Amazon Kindle and Nook reader apps installed, as well as our full collection of over 100 fiction and 60 non-fiction titles.

Periodically, we add new books to our e-Readers. When we do, all the books are added to all the devices (except the specialty young adult and Spanish Language Nooks). So, if you’ve put a hardcover bestseller on hold, or reserved it from Live-brary (our eBook download service), but would rather read it now than wait for it to come in, you may want to check our eReaders to see if the title is available there. If it is, that means that six more copies are available, and since we don’t send our eReaders out on inter-library loans, chances are you will find one available. The loan period for eReaders is two weeks–same as print books–and they are renewable, one time.

Recently added titles include:


  • The English Spy by Daniel Silva
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
  • Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy Book 2) by Pierce Brown
  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • Make Me by Lee Child
  • The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Purity by Jonathan Franzen
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • X by Sue Grafton


  • American Sniper by Chris Kyle
  • The Art of the Memoir by Mary Karr
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Neshisi Coates
  • The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge, M.D.
  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
  • A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren
  • The Last Love Song by Tracy Daugherty
  • On the Move by Oliver Sacks
  • M Train by Patti Smith (pre-order)
  • The Road to Character by David Brooks

A complete list of all the books on our eReaders can be found by doing a simple search for “Kindle” in our catalog…or you can click here: Kindle Search.

If you’re new to eReaders, the JJML staff will be glad to do a quick run-through on their operation with you when you borrow the device.

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All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner

all fall downAll Fall Down introduces Allison, a blog writer, busy mother, caregiver to her parents, and dissatisfied wife.  She is generally overwhelmed by the hectic turns that her life has taken.  Allison starts to turn toward pain killers to help her get through each day.  The story follows the easy downward spiral that Allison falls into with prescription pills heading toward a dangerous turn.  In recovery, Allison learns to give up her easy sarcasm in order to embrace recovery.  The story provides a glimpse into addiction, and its potential for destruction.  I was captivated by the way that Allison negotiated with herself to justify taking pills.  There was something about the ending that didn’t feel realistic.  Overall the story was well paced, thought provoking and compelling.


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