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Congratulations Tom Clavin

Tom’s latest book Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West is currently on the New York Times Bestsellers list. Revisit the wild west through Tom’s lively narrative of Dodge City and its infamous residents. The book is available at the library in print as well as CD audiobook. Dodge City is also accessible as a downloadable ebook or audiobook:

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Want to learn more about diabetes? Check out Southampton Hospital’s monthly educational program – “Living With Diabetes.” The programs take place on the last Wednesday of every month. This month’s program is Wednesday November 30th at noon.

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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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Toxic Waste Day at Sag Harbor Dump – 8/28/10

This Saturday, August 28th, Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Town of Southampton will hold their annual STOP (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) Day at the Sag Harbor Transfer Station on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.

This is the only day of the year when you can bring household hazardous waste to the Sag Harbor transfer station. You can drop off items such as oil-based paints, pesticides, household cleaners, automotive fluids, pool chemicals, photo chemical, and more. Disposal of these items at other times is regulated by both
state and federal law and is strictly prohibited.

For more information about the Town of Southampton’s STOP program. call the town’s recycling office at 283-5210, or visit their website.

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Wm. W. Tooker Book on Display at Sag Historical Society

The book, Indian Place Names on Long Island by William Wallace Tooker, part of JJML’s Sag Harbor History Room collection is currently on loan to the Sag Harbor Historical Society as part of their exhibit My Dear Long Island Home. This exhibit, which runs through June 26, 2010, brings together a selection of artists, writers poets and others who at one time called Sag Harbor home. The work of these artists reflects the times in which they lived and especially their love of Sag Harbor. The exhibit can be viewed at the Historical Society’s Annie Cooper Boyd house on Main Street, across the street and a few houses north of the John Jermain Memorial Library.

In addition to Tooker, the exhibit includes works by and information about Ellen Arnott Bates, author of High-Up-House and a talented musician; Reverend Edward Hopper, author of the hymn Jesus, Savior Pilot Me, and several books including The Dutch Pilgrim and One Wife Too Many; Hubbard Latham Fordham, an artist known especially for his portraits several of which are in the collection of the Whalers’ Museum; Prentice Mulford, philosopher and author of the book of essays, The White Cross Library;  and Annie Cooper Boyd,  whose diaries, paintings and watercolors of  Sag Harbor and environs have been documented in the recently released book Anchor to Windward.

Also on display is Early Sag Harbor Printers and their Imprints on loan form the private collection of Library Director Catherine Creedon, as well as Flag on the Mill, and Prairie Days by Mary Breck Sleight, Prose Pieces and Poems by Mary L’Hommedieu Gardiner and Verses by Frances Hunt Palmer from the private collection of Dorothy Zaykowski. Another special addition are two rare miniatures. One is from the collection of Joy Lewis portraying William Huntting Cooper, the father of Annie Cooper Boyd as a young man, by Hubbard Latham Fordham. The second is from the hand of Orlando Hand Bears, on loan from Mildred Dickinson, a descendant of the artist. The subject of this one is Miranda Gibbs Bears, the artist’s mother.

The John Jermain Memorial Library is pleased to have been able to contribute to this exhibit chronicling Sag Harbor’s long history as home to artists, writers and musicians which continues to this day.

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Catherine Creedon: Person of the Year

Library Director Catherine CreedonJJML is proud that Library Director Catherine Creedon has been selected by The Sag Harbor Express as its “Person of the Year” for 2009. The selection was mad by The Expresss’ editorial board.

While Catherine’s been our person of the “year” since she started working here back in 2007, it is a nice confirmation of our respect for, belief in and fondness of Catherine to have her recognized as such by an external, unbiased entity.

Here are some of the things the paper reported in its the front-page article about Catherine  that contributed to making her their choice:

[Former Board President Christiane] Neuville [said,] “She is an unusual person because when you first see and meet her you do not grasp all that she can accomplish. When I see what she is able to do, especially now, with everything that has been going on, she is a true leader.”

Neuville added she believes Creedon was instrumental in the successful passage of a $10 million referendum this summer.

Neuville said it was not only Creedon’s dedication to the project, but how she presents ideas and listens to people that was her greatest asset leading up to the referendum. “She has a very non-threatening way about her – people listen to her,” said Neuville. “She never raises her voice, but speaks with real strength.”

Diane Gaites, the most recent [Board] president who stepped down from the trustees this year after 15 years on the board..said…it was Creedon who made the board see they all had the same goals for the library despite their differing views on how it should be carried out.

“I think she had a great way of making sure we did things together, through consensus,” said Gaites. “Eventually, she made us realize we had the same interests at heart. We became more cohesive.”

I think — which she doesn’t appreciate about herself — that Cathy has a natural gift to connect groups of people,” said [JJML’s Technology Coordinator Eric] Cohen. “You always know she is speaking from the heart.”Cohen added that Creedon “worked her butt off” to get the referendum passed, going to groups more than once and keeping her office door open for anyone who had questions about the expansion plan – a trait she continues post referendum as the library gears up for the village’s review of their project.

“She never patronizes people and always takes concerns to heart,” said Cohen. “I think people saw that we were taking a responsible approach to the project and really listening to what they had to say. The full board deserves a lot of credit for this as well.”

Gaites noted Creedon has accomplished far more than a successful referendum, implementing a slew of new programs and rearranging the current space at JJML to make it more efficient.

“She looked at the space differently,” said Gaits. “She has been able to physically fit more in and in a very innovative way.”

“Her vision is larger than just books,” said Gail Slevin, a member of the Friends of the John Jermain Memorial Library. “With extraordinary limitations – a leaking roof, no heat, she made physical changes like moving the reference department downstairs from the third floor where it was so inaccessible. She carved out places here and there, she cleaned. The overall effect has been wonderful.”

Circulation at JJML, in Creedon’s tenure, is up almost 20 percent.

“For a long time before Cathy, we kind of felt like the library was not going anywhere, not serving the needs of the community as well as we thought it could,” said Cohen. “She brought an ethic of wanting to serve the community to the fullest.”

The Trustees and staff of the John Jermain Memorial Library are thrilled that Catherine has been awarded this honor.

You can read the full article online at The Sag Harbor Express’ website.

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From the Roof

The view from the rooftop (the flat roof on which the dome sits) of the John Jermain Memorial Library is gorgeous looking north or west (nice sunsets too). While we don’t get up there very often (it requires climbing a possibly 100-year old ladder, and passsing through a very confining, but thankfully short vertical passageway, at the end of which you have to hoist yourself up using your arms), whenever there’s an excuse many of us enjoy the opportunity to survey the Village from on high. During the recent survey of the building’s condition, preparatory to beginning construction, I was offered the chance to document the work in photographs, and while I was up there, I took a few shots of the surrounding area. Granted, it was a rather dismal gray day, but in spite of the weather, the photos manage to reveal what truly lovely community our library surveys.

Looking west, we were surprised to find that we were able to catch a glimpse of the Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter Veteran’s Memorial Bridge.

— Eric Cohen