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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

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The library’s geocaches are registered on two websites:  http://opencaching.us and http://opencaching.com. (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, geocaching.com. 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 opencaching.com. If you are using a smartphone, opencaching.us 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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago).

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: http://opencaching.us and http://opencaching.com. 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 jjlib@johnjermain.org.

Geocaching Apps for Your Smartphone

Android

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

iPhone

  • 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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A Walk Among the Tombstones, by Lawrence Block

I signed up for a project that involves reading a book made into a film.  I chose A Walk Among the Tombstones,  an oldie, but as it turned out a goodie.  I am new to reading the long time author, Lawrence Block but am familiar with his reputation as a popular mystery writer.  This book didn’t disappoint!  Matthew Scudder, detective, ex-cop and recovering alcoholic, was called in to solve the mystery of who kidnapped, killed and tortured a drug wholesaler’s wife.  The investigation involved following the trail of several other gruesome crimes that had similarities to the current crime, making this look like serial abductions and killings.  The plot was well developed, through the twists and turns of this dark mystery.  The writing was easy to follow and quickly paced.  I enjoyed following the character development that the author introduces with Matthew, his girlfriend and some of the side characters.  It was also funny to read about the technology that was current at the time that the book was written.  The book has been around since 1992, so it surely has been read by quite a few, but will be enjoyable for those who haven’t read it yet!


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Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Shortlist Announced

carnegie A shortlist of six titles for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction was announced today. This year’s shortlisted books are: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Nora Webster by Colm Toibin, On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee. The Nonfiction shortlisted titles are: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizbeth Kolbert and Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright. The award was established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year. This year’s winners will be announced in June.

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