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The Yarmouth Town Libraries welcome children of all ages and their caregivers to enjoy many opportunities of family literacy, S.T.E.A.M. connections, entertainment and enrichment. We choose materials for our collections that reflect the diversity and multiple interests in our community. We can loan you magazines, movies, books and music, educational games, puzzles and more.

We encourage natural curiosity and the love of lifelong learning.

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for December

The Little Toymaker   by Cat Min    In a shop that stands alone atop a steep slope, the Little Toymaker--depicted as a child--makes toys, but these are magical and made especially for older people. The story centers on a white woman ("Imagine your grandmother," says the narrator to readers), who climbs to the shop with the help of hiking poles. The toymaker transforms her favorite childhood toy, an old tin box, to renew its magic. First, the box produces an origami bird, then lovely music, and then a colorful cascade of jewels, but nothing connects for the woman. As he works, the Little Toymaker invites her to talk, listening to the woman's stories of her youth and finding inspiration. After he creates the perfect toy for her, she is energized and journeys home joyfully, the walking aids no longer needed. By illustrating the toymaker as a child, Min delivers an understated, effective message about appreciating the lives and experiences of older people and the value they can share with the young.  J PIC Min Reading Age: 3 -7 years old
The Little Toymaker
   by Cat Min  

 In a shop that stands alone atop a steep slope, the Little Toymaker–depicted as a child–makes toys, but these are magical and made especially for older people. The story centers on a white woman (“Imagine your grandmother,” says the narrator to readers), who climbs to the shop with the help of hiking poles. The toymaker transforms her favorite childhood toy, an old tin box, to renew its magic. First, the box produces an origami bird, then lovely music, and then a colorful cascade of jewels, but nothing connects for the woman. As he works, the Little Toymaker invites her to talk, listening to the woman’s stories of her youth and finding inspiration. After he creates the perfect toy for her, she is energized and journeys home joyfully, the walking aids no longer needed. By illustrating the toymaker as a child, Min delivers an understated, effective message about appreciating the lives and experiences of older people and the value they can share with the young. 

J PIC Min
Reading Age: 3 -7 years old
The girls I've been   by Tess Sharpe   Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape. For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems: #1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris. #2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because: #3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it. The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…  YA FICTION Sharpe Reading Age: 14+
The girls I’ve been
   by Tess Sharpe  

Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape. For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems: #1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris. #2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because: #3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it. The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage… 

YA FICTION Sharpe
Reading Age: 14+

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