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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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Today is National Train Your Brain Day

national-train-your-brain-day-october-13-1-e1474571057879 Come to the library to train your brain and have fun. There are hundreds of ways to improve your cognitive skills – reading, word puzzles, games, learning a new skill or language – to name just a few. The library is your personal resource of endless opportunities to train your brain.

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Bay Street Theater Panel Discussion of Lyme and tick-borne diseases

Learn about the latest advances in the treatment of Lyme and tick-borne diseases at this free event at Bay Street Theater Saturday, August 20th, 1pm – 3 pm.

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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 not too late to sign up….

automobile Tomorrow’s AARP Driver’s Safety Program still has seats available. This program, the nation’s first and largest driver’s safety course is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older, although all are invited to attend. The fee of $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members must be paid in cash or by check made out to AARP. Register today at the Main Desk or call 725-0049. Saturday – January 16th 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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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: