john jermain memorial
FROM THE DIRECTOR
A few years ago the American Library Association launched a marketing campaign with the tagline “Libraries Transform.” I wrote about it at the time, exploring the idea that libraries are uniquely positioned to transform the citizens they serve through safe and equal access to a range of ideas and viewpoints, in a variety of formats.
I still believe that libraries transform communities, but this year in response to the new COVID-19 world, we had to transform ourselves first. Like libraries across the country, JJML has rearranged shelves and workstations, implemented new cleaning protocols, and provided the staff with PPE. At the same time, we’ve developed new models for remote programming and digital services, and updated our in-building services to comply with state mandates.
For this newsletter, after almost a year of digital communications, we've chosen to highlight everything we are doing with a return to print. After all the Zoom and email, we'd like to send you this personal invitation to come back to the building to discover what’s new and what has remained unchanged.
You may notice one difference right away: Our fall newsletter usually includes information on the annual budget vote. However this year, acknowledging the difficulties that many of us have faced, the Board of Trustees is not asking the community for a tax-funded increase. It’s one of many ways we hope to “give back” during our 110th year of service to Sag Harbor.
You can join our anniversary celebration by participating in our “Great Give Back” Havens Beach clean-up event (page 3) or any of the other programs described here. We hope to see you soon—and if you’re not yet ready to come back in, let us know. We’re continuing to expand digital offerings and services. Wherever you find yourself, we’ll meet you there.
Sag Harbor history digital Collection pg 2
Now online for the library's 110th anniversary!
Children's News pg 3
News and events for parents with young children.
Zoom with us pg 4
Join an online library program easily with these tips.
Teen News pg 6
Teen news, events, new books, and an art contest!
Adult Programs pg 7
Online events, & our new English/Spanish social worker.
A list of resources for children, teens, and parents to help you succeed this school year.
We are continuing to update our hours as we expand our services. Please visit our website for updated hours and closings.
Online Events & WiFi Bundles
The library continues to host a varied selection of online events for all ages— check johnjermain.org/calendar regularly for new events.
New to Zoom? Check out "Zoom with Us" on page 4 for help & tips.
Need WiFi and a laptop? You can now borrow a Chromebook & WiFi hotspot bundle from the library for 3 days at a time— call or email us to reserve one today!
Outdoor WiFi: The library has extended the WiFi signal to our outdoor plaza for your use. Weather permitting, patrons can bring their laptops and use our outdoor tables at safe social distances. We even have umbrellas!
Sag harbor History Digital
Collections with NY heritage
Just in time for JJML's 110th birthday and National Archives Month, Sag Harbor history is now digital! Jump into Sag Harbor’s past on New York Heritage, the research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone else interested in The Empire State’s history. Search and browse through photographs, postcards, and more, all of which are continually being added from our archives. In celebration of the library turning 110 on October 10th, check out our virtual exhibit featuring historic photos of JJML.
To visit the online collection, visit: nyheritage.org/contributors/john-jermain-memorial-library
"We Are The Library" project
Do you want to be a part of the library's birthday celebration? Let everyone know how much you love your library! Send us a short video of yourself saying "We are the library" to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add it to a large compilation video of the community in honor of John Jermain's 110th anniversary! This video will live in our archives and on our social media pages as a celebration of the vibrant community that makes up John Jermain Library.
Get creative if you like— do a group shot with your friends and family, hold a poster or your favorite book— whatever you think best expresses your love and enthusiasm for the library. We can't wait to see your entries and to celebrate with you all.
Until further notice, as per NYS executive order, library board meetings are online. Please email email@example.com for the meeting link to participate.
Wednesday, October 21, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, November 18, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, December 16, 5:30 pm
Monday, October 12
Wednesday, November 11
Wednesday, November 25
Thursday, November 26
Thursday, December 24
Friday, December 25
Closed, Columbus Day
Closed, Veterans Day
Close at 5:00 pm
Closed, Christmas Eve
Closed, Christmas Day
Take & Makes
Take & makes are craft and activity kits you can get from the library, for free, that you can enjoy at home! Simply call the library at (631)725-0049 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request it for Plaza Pick-Up. Browse available kits at johnjermain.org/activity-kits.
Beaded Necklace Kit
Kids will get one beaded chain necklace and some beads to create a necklace they can wear anytime!
Kids will get a stack of colorful origami paper with a step-by-step list of projects they can use to help them create a paper masterpiece.
Scratch Art Kit
Kids will get two rainbow magic scratch sheets and one wooden stylus. Reveal the bright colors and patterns beneath the matte coating with just a simple scratch!
Parent & School Support
Social Work Intern RR
Thursdays, 5:30-8:00 pm, Starting September 17
The library has a Spanish & English speaking social work intern! Check out page 7 for details.
The library has learning databases and live, online tutoring resources available to you— all you need is your library card! Check out page 5 of this newsletter for more information.
The Great Give back
Saturday, October 17, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm RR
The Great Give Back (GGB) was created a few years ago by the Suffolk County Public Directors Association and the Suffolk County Library System in conjunction with Nassau County libraries. Last year, John Jermain Library participated in the GGB for the first time by collecting new or gently used costumes for the upcoming holiday season. We collected boxes filled with donations from our wonderful community and donated them to the local food pantry. Although things are a bit different this year, we are planning to participate once again with a socially distanced beach cleanup! We are asking patrons who would like to participate to register in advance and meet us at Havens Beach that Saturday. Details of the event are still in the works, so keep an eye out on our website for more details and the registration link!
Ask A Librarian
Are you looking for help with your reluctant reader? Do you need information on how to support your child as they learn from home? We're here to help! Please see page 5 for a list of the library's educational support collections and databases, and feel free to email us at email@example.com for any reference help or book recommendations.
Check our calendar at johnjermain.org/calendar for more events throughout 2020! Registration and links to join live events are all available on the calendar, or by joining our weekly email list. Please note that only adults who have children with them during a program can join online Children's programs.
Weekly on Thursdays, 10:45-11:30 am | Birth-4 yrs
Baby Beats is back every week online via Zoom! Children and caregivers will have fun groovin’ with Kate Hirschman from the comfort of your own home or outside! She incorporates music from all genres of rock, pop, oldies and Motown while kids get to dance and sing along. Details of the event, including how to join, are on our website calendar.
Parent/Caregiver Workshops RR
In the midst of these challenging times, the library is striving to do our best to support families. Many parents and/or caregivers have opted to keep their children home for the upcoming school year and we understand how overwhelming that can be. Each month we will be offering at least one workshop specifically designed for caregivers to support them in these matters. The topics will be diverse and in support of families, education, self-care and more! Our first parent workshop “Raising Resilient Children” will take place on Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Please visit our website calendar to register, and keep an eye out for more parent and caregiver events.
Zoom With Us
Setting Up Zoom
If you are a first time user, get ready at least 10 minutes before your first event. You may be asked to download and install Zoom Client on your computer, or create a Zoom account. If you'd like, you can do these in advance by visiting www.zoom.us. For a zoom account, all you need is your name, an email you check, and a good password.
Attending A Program
1. If registration is required, register! To register, visit our online calendar at johnjermain.org/calendar and click on your event. Then, follow the prompts to register, and the links to join will be sent straight to your email. Events in this newsletter that have RR next to the title require registration.
2. Be prompt! About 5-10 minutes before the program, sit down with your device and click the link to join. You will enter a Waiting Room, and when the event starts a library employee will let you into the program. Please note that if you try to join 15 minutes late or more, you may not be admitted to the program.
3. You'll be muted at first. When everyone joins, their camera should be off and mics will be muted. Unless invited to unmute by the host, it is best Zoom 'etiquette' to use the Chat function to ask questions (usually linked at the bottom of your screen, or if on a smartphone, tap your screen to get more options).
4. Confused about what to do? It's OK! At the beginning of each program, a library employee will greet everyone and give a quick intro to the program, and go over any Zoom controls you may need to participate, such as how to mute and unmute, use the chat function, and more. Eventually, as you join us for more programs, this will become old news to you!
5. Enjoy yourself! We look forward to seeing you in our many online programs. For any questions or help regarding Zoom, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org— we're happy to help.
1. For most programs, you can call in for "Audio Only." Many of our programs are available with a call-in option, meaning you don't need a computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate. If a meeting has a call in option, use your cell phone or landline to call this number: 1 (646) 558-8656. When prompted, enter the meeting ID and/or password as seen in the online event listing. Then you can listen to the program from your phone. It's almost like a radio program!
2. You don't need a fancy computer to join online. You don't even need a camera unless you want us to see you. To join with video, all you need is a reliable device, like a laptop, desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone, with good internet or cell phone service.
3. There are rules for your safety. Attendees who violate our Patron Behavior Policy (PBP) will be expelled from meetings for the safety of all patrons. For children's events, only those who are attending with children are permitted to attend. Visit johnjermain.org/about/policies to read the PBP.
JJML offers a variety of programs to meet the educational and entertainment needs of our community. In line with our mission, these programs—and our collections—represent a broad range of ideas and opinions reflecting the diversity of the community. Children, teens and adults of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome at JJML in accordance with our Patron Behavior Policy (www.johnjermain.org/about/policies). The library reserves the right to remove any patron from a program (in-person or virtual) if they are behaving inappropriately and are in violation of our Patron Behavior Policy.
Opting into an online library program assumes your acceptance of the risks in using Zoom or another platform, and that you hold the library harmless for any security or privacy breach due to the use of these platforms.
Use your library card to access free educational databases and tools to help you and your children to succeed this year, and every year.
A new collection of books to support homeschooling families. This collection will be displayed in the lower level floor of the library and are available for check-out. These brand new books are still arriving— once we have received them all, a list of titles will be available on our website for your browsing convenience.
Live Math Tutoring RR
Weekly on Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm
A professional tutor will be live on Zoom to help students with their schoolwork for their Middle School Math and High School Regents courses. Students are instructed to have a calculator and any material or homework that they need help with. Advanced registration is required for each week.
Test Prep Kits
Preparing to take the SAT or ACT? Check out a Test Prep Kit from the library. Each kit contains a study guide, flashcards, and practice exams. Just return the kit during Plaza Pick-Up hours when you are finished (they don't quite fit in our book drop)! Find more test study materials on Brainfuse.
Thursdays starting September 24, 7:00 pm
Teen Writing is back for it’s 12th year! Teens in grades 8-12 are encouraged to join us each week for a virtual meeting of this supportive and fun creative writing group. Learn more about creative writing with crafting personal essays, free writing, poetry, crafting a story, and character development. These workshops are underwritten by generous donations from the friends of Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner, a long-time advocate of youth literacy programs. Visit our website for information on how to join us online.
Free live tutoring for a variety of subjects (including math, science, reading, writing, social studies, and more) from 10:00 am - 11:00 pm EST.
Writing Help: Students and adults can upload a term paper, college essay, resume, cover letter, or other writing for proof reading and feedback from a writing tutor.
Playaways are preloaded audiobooks that give patrons the portability and freedom to listen to stories anytime and anywhere. All you need are headphones and you can start listening! The library will supply the rechargeable battery for the device, but please be sure not to throw it away!
Pre-K to 12th grade
Choose from a variety of languages and access it anywhere, at anytime, by using your library card. Please visit johnjermain.org/kids/fun-and-learning for the database link and more information.
Talk to us!
or call us at (631) 725-0049 ext. 235
Teen Fall Art Contest
Redesign the cover of your favorite book! You can use any medium; paint, pencil, digital, etc. Submit via email by Friday, December 18th. The winner will win a $25 Michael's gift card. For more information, please email email@example.com.
High School students can earn community service by reading and completing a book review. Each book review earns the student 1 hour of community service. Visit the Teens “Books & Reading” tab on our website to submit your review online.
Teen Advisory Group
It's back! We'll begin meeting online once a month at 4:00 pm starting October 9th to discuss teen programming, YA books, and all things related to teen services. Bonus? You'll get one hour of community service for attending! Please register online.
Take & Makes
Craft and activity kits you can get from the library, for free, that you can enjoy at home! Simply call the library at (631)725-0049 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request it for Plaza Pick-Up. Browse the kits at johnjermain.org/activity-kits.
Coloring Sheet Kit
Teens will get a packet of 10 coloring sheets with varying levels of intricacy. All you need is colored pencils! In October we will have a special “Spooky” edition.
Bad Art Kit
Get a bag of random art supplies, use any supplies from your home, and make the “worst” piece of art you can imagine! This could be a sculpture, painting, mobile, etc. Then, take a photo and send it to email@example.com and we will post the photo on our Teen Instagram page @JJMLteens.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn
by Melissa Bashardoust
Soraya, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch, has lived eighteen years in the shadows. But as her twin brother's wedding approaches, she faces choices with unimaginable consequences.
New Teen Fiction
This school year looks different, but the library is here to support you! The Teen Department has new Test Prep Kits, live tutoring with Brainfuse, live math tutoring, language learning help, creative writing workshops, and more! Check out all the library's educational support on page 5.
Bi-weekly on Fridays, 5:00-6:00 pm | Grades 6-12
We are continuing our live trivia every other Friday through the Fall! Check out johnjermain.org/calendar to join. For past trivia you might have missed, just visit the Teen "Overview" section of the website and scroll down for a list of quizzes!
Thursdays starting September 24, 7:00 pm | Grades 8-12
Join us each week for a virtual meeting of this supportive and fun creative writing group, funded by generous donations from the friends of Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner, a long-time advocate of youth literacy programs. Learn more on page 5.
Splinters of Scarlet
by Emily Bain Murphy
In nineteenth-century Copenhagen, an orphaned seamstress goes to work for a retired ballerina and uses her magic to investigate her father's mysterious death while working for the same family years ago.
Teens Grades 6-12
This is My America
by Kim Johnson
While writing letters to Innocence X, a justice-seeking project, asking them to help her father, an innocent black man on death row, teenaged Tracy takes on another case when her brother is accused of killing his white girlfriend.
by Glennon Doyle
Tai Chi & Qi Gong for Health RR
Thursdays, September 24 - October 29, 3:00-3:40 pm
Judith Budd-Walsh will guide you through the ancient practice of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. This holistic system of coordinated body posture, movement, and breathing helps promote health and balance. Moves can be performed sitting or standing. Please register through our online calendar.
Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:00-10:20 am
Once a week take 20 minutes to sit still and practice the kind of deep breathing that fosters calm well-being and can improve our health and our outlook. Please visit our online calendar to get the Zoom link.
One-on-One Medicare Counseling RR
Wednesday, October 7, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sign up for a 30-minute phone appointment to speak with a Suffolk County RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) member from HIICAP (Health Insurance Information, Counseling & Assistance Program) to answer questions and provide information regarding Medicare health insurance and benefits, Medicare Savings Programs, and EPIC. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment, include your name, phone number and 2 preferred times. You'll receive an email confirmation about availability, and a phone call from the counselor at your appointed time.
Save Long Island Sea Turtles RR
Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm
For adults, teens, & families with older children. Do you frequently walk the beaches in the fall? The New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC) needs your help! Learn what cold stunned sea turtles look like and how you can help save a life by becoming part of our Cold Stunned Sea Turtle Emergency Response Team to help rescue these endangered animals. Please register online.
Tuesdays, October 13, November 10, 1:00 - 1:45 pm
Join us via Zoom to practice meditation and learn about the Buddhist approach to training the mind. Instructed by Neil Toyota, presented in collaboration with the Kadampa Meditation Center of the Hamptons. Please register online.
Media Ethics RR
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm
This session will consider the ethical issues journalists face as they strive to be accurate, fair and clear. Utilizing real-life case studies, participants grapple with issues journalists may encounter, including privacy, anonymous sources and the pressure to be first. Please register through our online calendar.
by Yaa Gyasi
The Guest List
by Lucy Foley
by James Nestor
All The Devils Are Here
by Louise Penny
Check our calendar at johnjermain.org/calendar for more events throughout 2020! Registration and links to join online events are all available on the calendar, or by joining our weekly email list.
New! Social Work Intern
Thursdays starting September 17, 5:30-8:00 pm
Bilingual, English & Spanish
Do you need information, help, or resources for yourself or your family? Michelle can help you fill out applications, set up appointments, advocate for yourself or your child, and provide referrals to other helpful agencies. Schedule a free and confidential meeting today! Please call 631-725-0049 ex 0 to make an appointment.
Pasante de Trabajo Social
Los jueves empezando el 17 de Septiembre, 5:30-8:00 pm
¿Usted necesita información, ayuda o acceso a recursos?
Michelle puede ayudarle llenar aplicaciones, hacer citas, abogar por usted mismo o su hijo(a), y darle referencias a otras agencias que le pueden ayudar. Ella habla español. Llama al 631-725-0049 extensión 0 para hacer una cita gratis y confidencial de 30 minutos en persona.
The Eighth Detective
by Alex Pavesi
Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents
by Isabel Wilkerson
Ultimate Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals...
by Jamie Oliver
Board of Trustees
Susan Edwards, President
William E. McCoy
Gloria Primm Brown
Editor: Arielle Hessler, email@example.com
Introducing… activity kits!
The library is happy to provide activity kits that you can reserve and pick-up in addition to your books— take ’em, and make ’em! We have kits for children, teens, and adults that suit a variety of interests. We'll keep updating these kits and adding new things for you to do throughout 2020. Let us know if there's something fun you think we can add!
Visit here: www.johnjermain.org/activity-kits
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Library hours are regularly reviewed and updated as we look to expand our hours and services. Below are our current hours at time of printing.
Plaza Pick-Up: Tues-Fri 10:30-5:30; Mon & Sat 10:00-3:00
Grab & Go Appts: Tues-Fri 10:30-12:30 and 3:30-5:30
Take & Makes