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The Geocache Hunt is Back!

John Jermain Historical and Cutlural Distriict Geocache Hunt Flyer

The Sag Harbor Historic and Cultural District Geocache Hunt is now fully operational again. During our move back to 201 Main Street, a couple of our geocaches went AWOL, and with all the work to get settled into our new digs, we didn’t have time to get the program up and running again. But now it it’s back. All six caches are refurbished and ready for you to find. Find all six, and you’ll get a personalized completion certificate. Stop into the library for a special “passport” on which you can record your finds, and an instruction sheet that has all the information you’ll need to get going.

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  You must create a free account at this site in order to download the coordinates of the geocaches and play our game. Due to some technical issues, only two of our six caches are listed on the popular website. But dont’ worry, is fully functional, and the only way to find all our caches.


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.

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. (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.”  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.

As mentioned above, all of the geocaches are registered on the geocaching website: This site is a treasure-trove of information on how geocaching works. You’ll need to register 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 two dedicated GPS navigation devices that it will loan to library card holders.

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

Geocaching Apps for Your Smartphone



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Geocaching International Film Festival at JJML

Join us at the John Jermain Memorial Library on Sunday, November 6, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., for our 2nd annual showing of the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) winning films. This year 16 films were selected for their creativity, production quality, and contribution to the global geocaching community.  A discussion and voting for best film will follow. Popcorn will be served.

Don’t know about geocaching?

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Visit htpp:// to learn more. The film festival and discussion that follow are a great way to find out about about this game, which is suitable for, and actively played by all people of all ages and nationalities.

Here’s a list of the winning films and filmmakers:

  • 5 Lesser-Known Souvenirs | Skimbosh
  • A Cacher’s Worst Nightmare | gasgoose
  • A Life of a ‘Change’ | cth-ulhu & DidaAnastasi
  • Do you know GEOCACHING? | moramora1
  • Geocaching, Orchestrated | Stingrayabbray
  • Geo-Medics! | 4 boys explore
  • It’s not about the numbers | Lifechooser
  • No Hints | DFurt
  • NYC Caching: Muggle Madness! | LinedUpLikeLemmings
  • Spitting the Dummy | Seemyshell
  • That’s Not Trash | DNF Hound
  • The DNF Squad | TheWanglers
  • The FTF-Hunter | treasurehuntergd
  • Traditional’s Experiences | NaxoMenX
  • Trinket or Treasure? | cache4kings
  • When I Geocache | MohnschnitteFortunen

** Geocachers: Watch all 16 films and you’ll be eligible for the GIFF 2016 souvenir **giff_ticket2_2016-fw

Doors open at 2:30 pm.
Film will be followed by open discussion and voting for best film.
Popcorn will be served!
Recommended for all ages.

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We’re Moving!

The Library will be closed from Monday, July 11 to Saturday, July 23, 2016


The move has started – 9:00 A.M., July 11, 2016.

During that time We’ll move back to 201 Main Street. This means that all summer programs are subject to change. For late-breaking news about events and programs and information about our Grand Opening plans look for announcements on:

But There’s No Such Thing As Closed!

Our doors will be shut for a couple of weeks,  but the following services are free to JJML cardholders 24/7:

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Submit your Photos of Sag Harbor 2016 for Exhibit/Collection


Sag Harbor Main St., west side – 2007

In 2007 we celebrated Sag Harbor’s tricentennial. As part of that celebration, photographs of Sag Harbor that were taken that year were submitted for a collection which was displayed in the former Methodist Church. The photos also became part of John Jermain’s collection and can be seen online at

On May 21st of this year Sag Harbor will celebrate its first annual Cultural Heritage Day. (More about that in a future post.) As part of this celebration of Sag Harbor, JJML will be assembling a new archive of photographs of Sag Harbor in 2016. The focus of the exhibit/archive will be “What’s Important to Us About Sag Harbor.” These photos will be displayed on a digital screen at the library on Cultural Heritage Day and beyond, and permanently stored as part of the Library’s digital collection on Flickr, where they will always be available to be viewed by the public.

Anyone who wishes to may submit one or more photographs (no limit) to this exhibit/collection. You do not have to be a professional photographer, all submissions will be accepted for display. There are a few simple guidelines:

  • You can submit only  photos that you have taken yourself.
  • You can submit as many photos as you wish, but no more than two of each subject. (e.g., two of Long Wharf, two of the Whaler’s Church, two of Otter Pond, etc.)
  • Each photo should illustrate something that is important to you about Sag Harbor. Please include a brief description of the photo, and why the subject is important to you.
  • Please do not submit family snapshots. We are looking for pictures of Sag Harbor, the place, not of the people who live here.
  • Only digital files (not prints) will be accepted.
  • Photos may be submitted from April 11 through May 13.
  • By submitting a photo or photos, you grant the John Jermain Memorial Library permission in perpetuity to use and display the image(s) as it sees fit.

Photos may be emailed (starting on April 11) to Photos stored on CD-ROM, DVD, or USB Drive may be dropped off at the library. Please label them as “Cultural Heritage Day Photos,” and leave them at the main circulation desk. We will make every effort, but cannot guarantee, to have the media available to return to you.

This is your chance to have one or more of your photographs displayed to the public and to become part of the library’s permanent digital collection. So, get out there and start shooting.

If you have questions, send an email to

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It’s Germane: 2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,400 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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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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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.