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Look What’s Possible at the Library

Slideshow: Grat Libraries of the World

Dear Neighbor,
While the building project at 201 Main Street continues its reach for the stars, garnering press and conversation, my colleagues at our interim location are involved in another type of construction, quietly building community. In 2014 we expanded our programming, adding more senior services, free tutoring for local students, and more weekend activities for families. We provided answers to reference questions, lots of tech help, genealogical information, local history material, resources on the Affordable Health Care Act, and all sorts of different answers for those of you who wanted to know if we could recommend a good book—or e-book.

The work we do at John Jermain is part of a tradition of strong public libraries across America.  And when I unlock our door each morning, I do so with thoughts of the courageous staff in Ferguson, Missouri who kept the library open when schools and business closed, and the diverse staff at New York Public Library who serve a city of millions, and the single librarian in my small hometown who taught me to love ideas with a passion that transcended the books on her shelves.

In this season of giving, please support the library that has made a difference in your life, wherever it is.  And if that library is John Jermain, you can make a tax-deductible donation to our Annual Appeal online at  our secure donations page, or by mail to the address below.

I look forward to seeing you soon,

Catherine Creedon, Director

John Jermain Memorial Library
201 Main Street
Sag Harbor, NY  11963

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Author Talk: “More Less. One More. Follow Your Heart. Change Slowly.”

moreless Robbie Vorhaus a world-renowned crisis and communications expert and Sag Harbor resident will be at the library tomorrow to talk about his book “One Less. One More. Follow Your Heart. Change Slowly.”  In his book, Vorhaus outlines a step-by-step strategy for discovering your life’s purpose, doing what you love and successfully moving forward for the abundant fulfillment of your heart’s dreams and desires. Vorhaus, a writer and teacher, has been named one of the top three communications and crisis counselors in the world.  The talk will take place at the library Saturday December 6th at 10:30 a.m. Please register in advance at the front desk, or call 725-0049.

No Access to Online Library Services

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Library Systems Down All Day on Dec. 8

On Monday, December 8, 2014 the library’s main computer system which includes the catalog, the check-in and check-out functions, and access to many of our online resources, such as e-book downloads and reference database access will be unavailable for the entire day while our software receives a major upgrade. We expect to be back online on Tuesday, December 9, at our regular opening time of 10:00 am.

The library WILL be open on December 8. Patrons will still be able to check out and return books and other media at the library. Our public computers will be online and available for use. WiFi in the library will also be working.

Here’s what WILL NOT be available on December 8:

  • Catalog searching
  • Placing holds online
  • Viewing your patron record
  • Paying fines online
  • Creating a temporary library card
  • Access to anything requiring you to enter a barcode including:
    • OverDrvie (ebook and audiobook downloads)
    • Brainfuse (homework help)
    • Databases such as, Career Cruising and others)
    • IndieFlix

We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Please feel free to call us at 631-725-0049 if you have any questions.


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The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances, by Ellen Cooney

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances, by Ellen CooneyThe Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances, was a wonderful audiobook to listen too.  The narrator had just the right tone for the story, calming while Evie discovers her own inner strengths and weaknesses as she encounters each dog in a unique situation.  Not much information is given about the school or Evie, but each dog is given an information sheet with crucial back stories.  The protagonist learns about the dogs, and reveals little snippets about her past history as she ruminates about how best to heal and reach the dogs.  As Evie discovers more about each dog, she writes a thoughtful dictionary on dog words, providing her own discoveries and perspective.  This is an introspective story without much action, but a must if you are intrigued by human the psyche, or just love dogs.

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JJML: Now a Little More Awesome!

Have you read, watched or listened to something AWESOME that you’ve borrowed from the John Jermain Library? If so, please put it in our Awesome Box when you return it. The AwesomeBox is located right on the returns cart next to the main circulation desk at our temporary location at 34 West Water Street.  Your awesome selections will appear on our new Awesome at JJML webpage. where you can also  see the books, movies and CDs other JJML patrons think are awesome. The most recent Awesomebox returns will also appear on our website, and on this blog in the right hand column.

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The Paper Magician, by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Paper MAgician, by Charlie N. HolmbergCeony Twill is disappointed to learn that she will be apprenticed to a paper magician, after graduating at the top of her class, she had hopes of working with metal.  She is surprised to find that her new post pleases her, between the kindness of her mentor and the unexpected properties of paper she is warming to the idea of being a paper magician.  It turns out to be a good thing that she is a fast learner, and has memorized every fold that Magician Emery Thane has taught her.  He is attacked in their home by his ex-wife who practices the dark of the Excisioners, those who work magic in flesh. Magician Emery Thane’s life is in danger, will Ceony’s inexperienced paper magic be enough to save them both?  This is a lovely story about the disappointments in life turning into blessings, but it also includes danger, adventure, and hope.  I highly recommend it.


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