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Love the library? Want to get involved?
Merrill Memorial Library’s Board of Trustees is seeking new members. Trustees are volunteers who work with the Library Director and town leadership to provide strategic oversight for the library. The Board meets once a month and performs various other tasks as needed. Trustees serve for a three-year term, and can be re-elected for an additional two-terms.
The Trustees and staff of the Merrill Memorial Library are committed to providing a broad range of information, services, and opportunities to the entire community in an environment that is welcoming, stimulating, respectful and supportive. All Yarmouth residents are welcome to apply. Candidates with particular expertise relating to finance and investing, or the care and maintenance of historic buildings are encouraged.
If you would like to support the library’s mission by serving as a Trustee, please send your resume or CV and a letter describing your interest and any particular skills, experience or perspectives you would bring to the position to email@example.com by Friday, April 7, 2023.
Now Hiring! Full-Time Youth Services Librarian
Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth is seeking a Youth Services Librarian. This is a full-time 37.5 hr/wk position with full benefits. The Youth Services Librarian works one evening a week and one Saturday per month.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience connecting children of all ages and abilities with literature, library resources, multiple technology formats and various types of programming. The ability to think creatively on your feet, work collaboratively with staff and volunteers and maintain a professional demeanor while juggling multiple projects is a must. This individual is responsible for collection development and programming for juvenile and young adult patrons, and covers in the absence of the Children’s Librarian. The Youth Services Librarian also works throughout the entire Library including adult reference and circulation.
A bachelor’s degree in Library Science or related field is required, as is experience in a fast-paced automated Library. An MLS is preferred. The starting salary for this position is approx $25/hr.
Merrill Memorial Library is situated on Main Street in historic Yarmouth Village. MML serves a local and enthusiastic population of 8900.
Interested candidates can send a single PDF attachment that includes:
*a current resume
*an introductory letter detailing your experience and interests
*contact information for three professional references
To: Heidi Grimm, Library Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
The First, and Sometimes the Last…
Do you have a favorite first line of a book? Many of us know “Call me Ishmael” from Melville’s Moby Dick. Great first lines help pull a reader into a story. With millions of books published every year, how do the books you read land in your hands? Do you only read from the best sellers list? Maybe you rely on your neighbors’ recommendations; or maybe the local librarian or book store employee. How often do you try to find your “own” next great read?
I took classes with a great creative writer professor during my undergrad days. She laid out some simple structures for writing; “show, don’t tell,” and “grab them with a great first line”. Since then, I use the first sentence as a guide when choosing a book. Sometimes the first sentence is the last sentence I read in a book. Other times, great times, I finish the book to find a great last line.
As I started thinking on this, I wondered, what are some great first lines of a book that you still remember? Could you name the title of a book based on its first line? Maybe you need the first and last line. For fun, I’ll be posting to the Library’s Facebook the first and last lines of random books. Specifically, random books from the adult fiction section of Merrill Memorial Library. Some of the books may come from the New Fiction display, some may come from the bottom shelf in the Adult Fiction room. Follow along once a week and see if you can figure out the title of the book from the first and last lines. Maybe you will find your next great read.
Can’t find it in the catalog?
Are you searching for a book that you are unable to find? Perhaps the book is brand new, and none of the libraries have a copy of it yet. You can still request it.
Fill out this form with as much information about the book as you know, include your name, card number, and your email address or phone number, and we will consider purchasing it for the library. You will be the first to borrow it if we do.
COVID Task Force
The Yarmouth Community Coronavirus Task Force is still ready with information and resources.
Need groceries, information, resources, or a person to talk to? Call 207-846-4763 (the library’s phone number). All calls will be returned within 24 hrs. Visit the group on Facebook.
Finally, New Music from Peter Gabriel
Talk to me long enough and you will learn that my absolute favorite musician is Peter Gabriel. He can be a difficult artist to be a fan of since he releases such little new music these days. In fact, he hasn’t had a proper album release since 2002 with the release of Up. Much like George R.R. Martin, it seems like every year there is a rumor that this is the year we will get the new album.
2023 is the year I/O will actually happen for real it seems, and even though I adore his music, I have mixed feelings. I may have overstated that he hasn’t released new music in 20 years. There have been new albums of covers, and greatest hits, and music, written for films, but none have had the quality of his main body of work. Admittedly, I’ve been quite disappointed with these releases so with a true album being finally released I’m feeling anxious to hear if a new studio album has the quality I know and love, or if, like many other rockers of his era, his creative genius has merely peaked and I’m left holding him to an unrealistic standard.
In this era of the music industry, Peter Gabriel has also decided to experiment with how this next album will be released and once again I find myself having mixed feelings. He will be releasing one track each month on the full moon. No longer bound to the need to release a physical product, he can easily accomplish this by making a new song available on streaming platforms each month. I support the artistic vision here, but I grew up loving whole albums as a work of art, so it does feel a little bit of a let down that I’ll be getting the music piecemeal and will be robbed of the experience of delving into the music in my preferred fashion.
So far he has released two tracks, and unexpectedly, he seems to be releasing two different versions of each track: a bright side mix, and a dark side mix. Analyzing why one is dark and the other is bright has been quite intriguing. In general, the music has been of a better quality than what has been released in the past two decades–so that is a relief. I do have some nitpicky quibbles, but I think it probably stems from my irritation that I have to wait a month in between tracks. Having waited so long for new music from him it is hard not to be overly critical.
Any other Peter Gabriel fans out there? If you haven’t heard either of these new tracks off of I/O, Peter Gabriel has made them readily available on YouTube. I’d love to hear anyone else’s reactions to his latest project, or, similarly, if you have thoughts on your reaction to a long awaited release from one of your favorite artists.