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Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies, By Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies, By Liane Moriarty

Single mom, Jane moves to a small seaside town on a whim with her young son.  She immediately befriends Madeline, when she stops to help injured Madeline out of the road on the first day of school.  Jane’s son is wrongfully accused of bullying and parental cliques start to take sides.  The author deftly weaves a variety of viewpoints alongside developing police interviews that indicate someone is murdered at a dramatic school trivia night.  Terrible personal secrets come to light, parents behave badly, and the suspense builds all the way to the end when we finally discover who is dead.  A quick, fun read that makes it easy to get wrapped into the small details of each of the characters lives.

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Inda Eaton Songwriting Workshop for Kids Ages 9-12

Every Hero has a Story: Ideas to Inspire™ Songwriting Workshop

Inda Eaton

Inda Eaton in performance.

This year’s summer reading club theme provides the inspiration for a 3-session songwriting workshop with musician, performer and educator Inda Eaton. The workshops will explore songwriting, live music performance and the basics of audio recording. Activities include a writing group, recording session and a live music performance. The sessions will culminate with a simple audio recording. For more information on i2i™ and examples of past creative projects, please visit: This workshop is for Ages 9-12, and is limited to 14 participants. While there is no fee, pre-registration is required. Participants must commit to all three sessions: Tuesdays July 14, 21 and 28 from 10:30 to 11:30 am.  For more information or to register, call the Library at 631-725-0049.

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First Geocache Hunt Certificate Awarded

On July 1, I had the pleasure of presenting the Saville family with the first certificate of completion in JJML’s Sag Harbor Historical and Cultural Geocache Hunt. Working together, Maggie, Brian and Pattie Saville were able to find all six hidden caches, and stamp their “passport” with the colorful rubber stamp they found in each cache. Amazingly, they completed the entire hunt in just a little over two hours. We think that may be a record that stands for quite some time. Our congratulations go out to the Saville family, and our invitation to take part in the geocache hunt goes out to everyone reading this and everyone you know. The hunt is open to all (you don’t need a library card, or even have to be a resident of Sag Harbor).

First Geocache Hunt Completion Certificate

Everyone who completes JJML’s geocache hunt receives a certificate exactly like this one.

Geocaching is s great family activity that allows the entire family to share in a fun outdoor adventure. More information about our Geocache Hunt, and geocaching in general can be found in a previous blog post: Geocaching History and Culture Hunt Is Now Live!

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Geocaching History and Culture Hunt Is Now Live!

The long-awaited Sag Harbor Historic and Cultural District Geocache Hunt announced in the May-June issue of our newsletter is now fully operational. Those of you who have stopped by the library hoping to get started on the hunt, can now pick up your “passports” (log sheets) at the library and begin searching. For those of you who don’t know what geocaching is, we’ve included an explanation below.

Important Note
The library’s geocaches are registered on two websites: and (They are different…one is .us one is .com). You must create a free account at one or both of these sites in order to download the coordinates of the geocaches and play our game. Due to some technical issues, our caches are NOT listed on the most popular geocaching website, But both of the sites we use are good. If you are using a Garmin GPS device to search for geocaches, you will be better served by the If you are using a smartphone, supports the greatest number of apps.

Geocaching, and the John Jermain Geocache Hunt Explained

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices [e.g., smartphones]. Participants use an app on their phones to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Our hunt adds an additional twist.

While looking for a way to honor Sag Harbor’s contributions to Southampton Town history during the Town’s 375th anniversary year, a few geocachers on the library staff decided to combine our love of geocaching with a bit of culture and history, and a touch of the Camino de Santiago (Wickipedia:

Here’s what we came up with: six geocaches are hidden around Sag Harbor. Each one relates to a member organization of the Sag Harbor Cultural District, all of which have cultural or historic significance for Sag Harbor and Southampton. (We’re not telling which organizations. It’s part of your job to figure that out.) To join in the hunt, stop into the library and pick up a free “passport.” (This is the part that’s inspired by the Camino de Santiago.) Then go hunt for the geocaches. Each cache contains a unique rubber stamp. Use the stamp on your passport…then go find another cache. When you’ve found all six caches, bring your passport back to the library and you will receive a certificate of completion (another idea borrowed from the Camino).

As mentioned above, all of the geocaches are registered on two geocaching websites: and These sites are treasure-troves of information on how geocaching works. You’ll need to register at one of the websites in order to get access to the information about our geocaches that is stored there, but both registration, and the app for your smartphone that will lead you to the caches, are free. You’ll find a list of geocaching apps that work with various types of smartphones below. If you don’t own a smartphone but want to play, the library has a dedicated GPS navigation device that it will loan to library card holders.

Confused? Help is also available from Eric Cohen or Mireille Stürmann at the library. Call 631-725-0049 or send an email to

Geocaching Apps for Your Smartphone


  • c:geo  (free and highly recommended)
  • GeoCaching Buddy (fee)
  • Columbus


  • GeoCaches (recommended)
  • Geocaching Buddy (fee)

Windows Phone

  • Me Caching Geo
  • OpenBasic

This program is partially funded by a Town of Southampton 375th Anniversary grant.

Town of Southampton, NY 1640-2015, 375th Anniversary

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The Bookseller, by Cynthia Swanson

The Bookseller, by Cynthia SwansonThe Bookseller starts out with the character Kitty, who is a lively independent bookseller with a best friend as her business partner. It is set in the 1960s and Kitty, in her 30’s, is considered an “old maid.” Kitty begins to have vivid, lifelike dreams about an alternate life as Katharyn. It leaves the reader wondering if some magic is happening? Will Kitty be able to trade lives or is there something different at play.  As the novel progresses, we learn more and more about Katharyn, and Kitty begins to experience memory lapses.  Does Kitty actually have a mental illness, is she living a double life that she doesn’t know about?  The prose is lovely to read, the story flows well and keeps the reader entranced with all of these questions about Kitty/Katharyn right up until the resolution.  Don’t miss this gem of a story!

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The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project was a delightful book to read.  The star character, Don Tillman, knows that he doesn’t function the way that  The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsionsupposed normal people do, but he is a successful professor in genetics and happy with his routine.  Don has his schedule worked out to the minute for efficiency, exercise, cleaning, bedtime, and follows a strict meal plan each week.  He is structured and ordered and extremely literal.  When Don decides to find a wife, he approaches the project with logic and research based precision, he forms “The Wife Project” including a stringent questionnaire to avoid mistakes he made in the past.  Rosie blows into Don’s life with chaos, disorder and fun!  Don thinks that she has applied for the “Wife Project” and Rosie is totally unaware of it’s existence.  The relationship that forms between this unlikely pair is pure magic and fun.  I recommend this book, it’s difficult to read with a straight face, you can’t help but crack a smile at the humor in Don’s literal interpretation of the world.

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Long Island Reads: One Island, One Book

parachuteJoin us on Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:30 pm for a discussion of this year’s Long Island Reads selection “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffman.
In addition to a discussion of this mesmerizing book, excerpts from film documentaries on Coney Island and Manhattan’s Lower East Side will be shown. Refreshments will include mini hot dogs, knishes and cream soda.

Pre-registration suggested. Limit 18 Free


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