The American West on The Point

This morning on WCAI we talked books about the American West. Clearly we could do an entire year of books about the American West! So many books, so little time, as they say. Author Peter Abrahams joined us and Kathryn Eident sat in for Mindy Todd. If you missed the show, you can listen online anytime!

Kathryn’s Pick

The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Peter’s Picks

Chet and Bernie mystery series by Spencer Quinn (aka Peter Abrahams!)

The Journals of Lewis and Clark edited by Bernard DeVoto

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Money and the Power: the making of Las Vegas and its hold on America by Sally Denton and Roger Morris

My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown

Print the Legend: the life and times of John Ford by Scott Eyman


Jill’s Picks

The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

When Women Were Birds: fifty-four variations on voice by Terry Tempest Williams

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the technological wild west by Rebecca Solnit

My Faraway One: selected letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz

Sorrow of the Earth: Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull and the Tragedy of Show Business by Éric Vuillard

The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

When Esther Morris Headed West, Women, Wyoming, and the Right to Vote by Connie Nordhielm Wooldrige, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Where I Was From by Joan Didion

“John Wayne: a love song” in Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

No time for, but you should really read! The Meadow by James Glavin, West by Carys Davies, and Cowboys Are My Weakness: stories by Pam Houston.

Listener Picks

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Recommended by Steve Junker before we went on the air!)

Old Jules by Mari Sandoz

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

This House of Sky by Ivan Doig

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig


Our Book Bike Has Arrived!

You may recall, back in March, we won a book bike at the Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia. We have been patiently waiting since March for our specially made for us book bike to arrive. And now it has! You can stop by the main library and see it in person if you would like, and before you know it, we expect it will be appearing at events around town! Watch our social media for more updates! #LibrariansOnARoll



Scary Stories for Halloween as Heard on The Point

If you missed today’s Halloween scary story edition of the book show on THE POINT, have no fear … you can listen online! And if you enjoyed Dan Tritle’s choice of spooky sounds, you too can have spooky sounds by checking out Martha Stewart’s CD Spooky Scary Sounds for Halloween!

Mindy’s Pick

Communion: a true story by Whitley Streiber


Mary Fran’s Picks

The Shining by Stephen King

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The Taker of Morrows by Stephen Sayers

Scream and Scream Again presented by R. L. Stine

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

Quicksand by Malin Giolito

Not Enough Time For:

The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands by Barbara Sillery

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson



Jill’s Picks

Collected Stories by Roald Dahl. Particularly “Taste”, “Lamb to the Slaughter”, and “Pig”.

The So Blue Marble by Dorothy B. Hughes

American Fantastic Tales: terror and the uncanny from Poe to the Pulps, edited by Peter Straub

American Fantastic Tales: terror and the uncanny from the 1940s to now, edited by Peter Straub. And Dan Tritle’s favorite story from this collection is “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” by Harlan Ellison.

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft edited with a foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger, and it includes the character Cthulhu, who made his first appearance in “The Call of Cthulhu” … also a favorite of Dan Tritle!

Scream: chilling adventures in the science of fear by Margee Kerr

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” the authorized graphic adaptation by Miles Hyman

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton (and you can pair this with Edith Wharton A to Z, in which there are many mentions of her ghost stories.)

Listener Picks

“The Colour out of Space” a story by H. P. Lovecraft, which can be found in The Classic Horror Stories by H. P. Lovecraft, Necronomicon: the best weird tales of H. P. Lovecraft, and Tales by H. P. Lovecraft. And, of course, The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, if you want all the annotations.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A Rose for Emily … a story in Collected Stories by William Faulkner

Lanny McDowell – exhibiting “Flights” at FPL

My creative energy, paintings and avian photographs, expresses my awe and respect for powerful natural cycles:  in my paintings, the patterns of wind and water that drive waves to our shores, that guide clouds across the sky; in my photographs, it’s the wondrous life cycles of the birds that share the planet with us and inspire us.”

Lanny McDowell – exhibiting “Flights”, a collection of paintings and photographs at the Falmouth Public Library Art Walk

October 2nd – 30th, 2018


There is much precedent of artistic talent in Lanny’s family, including his mother’s great sculpture and his father’s designs for both traditional colonial and innovative modern homes; and there are the fine landscape oils of Nelson Augustus Moore (1824 – 1902) and his son, Edwin (1858 – 1928).

Lanny grew up outside the small town of Kent, in the northwest corner of Connecticut, attended Hotchkiss School, and earned a BA in Art History at Yale. He moved to Martha’s Vineyard full-time in 1970 and lived on Tisbury Great Pond in the first house he built. After about a dozen years back in Kent, he resumed the Island life in West Tisbury for over a decade; and now in his home near the head of Lake Tashmoo in Vineyard Haven.

Mr. McDowell has been very fortunate to have travelled to destinations scattered about the globe and is an avid birder. His photographs of birds appear frequently at the Facebook group called Martha’s Vineyard Bird Alert, and in newspapers, periodicals, nonprofits’ publications and videos; and he is very happy that they adorn people’s homes from here to Miami to Scottsdale to Oahu. His fine art paintings have been shown in a number of Vineyard galleries.


“I believe in paying attention to the marvels that surround us.  My creative energy, paintings and avian photographs, expresses my awe and respect for powerful natural cycles:  in my paintings, the patterns of wind and water that drive waves to our shores, that guide clouds across the sky; in my photographs, it’s the wondrous life cycles of the birds that share the planet with us and inspire us.”


Food Glorious Food on The Point with Mindy Todd

This morning on The Point our book topic was food. Here are our picks.


Kellie’s Picks

Dinner in an Instant by Melissa Clark
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher
Jill’s Picks
The Popcorn Astronauts and Other Biteable Rhymes by Deborah Ruddell, illustrated by Joan Rankin

Scrambled Eggs Super! by Dr. Seuss

Adventures in Slow Cooking by Sarah DiGregorio

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey “The Doughnuts” chapter

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book with a foreword by M. F. K. Fisher

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder & Christmas Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, which includes the character Thurston, the cook

Stories From the Kitchen edited by Diana Secker Tesdell

Cod by Mark Kurlansky

Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue: a novel of pastry, guilt, and music by Mark Kurlansky

Voracious: a hungry reader cooks her way through great books by Cara Nicoletti

The Food Activist Handbook by Ali Berlow

Not Enough Time For

Much Depends on Dinner by Margaret Visser

The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

Cake by Maira Kalman with recipes by Barbara Scott-Goodman

The Kitchen Book/The Cook Book by Nicolas Freeling

Blood, Bones & Butter: the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef by Gabrielle Hamilton


Listener Picks

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

On Rue Tatin: living and cooking in a French town by SusanHerrmann

La Cucina: a novel of rapture by Lily Prior

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Guns, Germs and Steel: the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond

Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perelman

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl

Babette’s Feast, which is both a film and a short story by Isak Dinesen

Farewell to Kasia Piasecka

Today is a sad day for the reference department and for the patrons of the Falmouth Public Library, as we say farewell to our reference librarian, Kasia Piasecka. Kasia arrived in February 2015 and we were lucky to have her commute from Providence, Rhode Island as long as she did! (Happily she really enjoys podcasts, which helped when the bridge was backed up!) We are full of joy that she has found a position with the Providence Community Library, and wish her all the best in her new position.

For those of you that never make it down to the Reference Department, let me tell you a little bit about what Kasia has done during her time at FPL. One of her biggests efforts was to reconfigure and reinvigorate our Teen Room. She put a big emphasis on manga and graphic novels, rearranged all of the furniture (more than once!) and made an effort to welcome everyone into the room. Most recently Kasia has been scheduling all of our remarkable programs for both teens and adults. Those of you who know her best are probably those of you who have experienced her incredible patience and skill teaching you how to use e-books on whatever device you might own. To give you an idea of how much patrons appreciated Kasia’s help … she was once given a homemade pie after helping someone!

Kasia also expanded the horizons of the reference department itself, introducing us to new ways of communicating with our patrons, improving our graphics in general, and most of the time being the voice of our Facebook page. Whenever we got stuck with a web page issue, Kasia could almost always find a solution to the problem. She was one of our biggest contributors to our staff picks shelf, and you will still be able to find her picks there for some time to come.

Do stop by and say farewell to Kasia today. We will be celebrating her success, and lamenting our loss in the reference department all day with treats.

And should you know of a reference librarian who is looking for a great job in a great library, we’re looking for a Kasia replacement! (Although we are pretty sure she is not replaceable!)



Pirates on the Point with Amy Vince & Peter Abrahams

Today’s book show on The Point was all about pirates. Amy Vince sat in for Mindy Todd to talk books with Peter Abrahams and Jill Erickson. Below you will find the books we had a chance to talk about, and a few extras that we did not have a chance to talk about. If you have a favorite book about pirates, let us know and we will add it to our list. Miss the show? Don’t worry, you can listen tonight at 7:00 PM on WCAI or listen online!


Peter’s Picks

The Republic of Pirates: being the true and surprising story of the Caribbean pirates and the man who brought them down by Colin Woodard

Under the Black Flag: the romance and the reality of life among the pirates by David Condingly

The Whydah: a pirate ship feared, wrecked, and found by Martin W. Sandler

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: the forgotten war that changed American history by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager

The Pirates of Somalia: inside their hidden world by Jay Bahadur

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O’Brian

No time for:

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Delusion by Peter Abrahams


Jill’s Picks

Books of the Sea: an introduction to nautical literature by Charles Lee Lewis

Wondrous Strange: the Wyeth tradition: Howard Pyle, N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth

The Pirates of the New England Coast 1630 – 1730 by George Francis Dow and John Henry Edmonds

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller

Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar

Seafaring Women by Linda Grant De Pauw

The Golden Age of Piracy: the rise, fall, and enduring popularity of pirates edited by David Head

The Desert and the Sea: 977 days captive on the Somali pirate coast by Michael Scott Moore

No time for picture books:

The Ballad of the Pirate Queens by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Shannon

Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently & Hlene Oxenbury

Swap by Steve Light


Listener Pick

Ireland’s Pirate Queen: the true story of Grace O’Malley, 1530 – 1603 by Anne Chambers


Friday Reads: Cape Cod Telephone Directory, July 1977

“Friday Reads” is a weekly blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work.  Topics may be new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read.  Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things.  Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too.  No matter the source, good reads are featured here. 

Today’s blog is written by Jill Erickson, head of reference and adult services

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Why are we featuring a telephone directory for Friday Reads?!? Because we were recently given a copy of the July 1977 New England Telephone Cape Cod with Orleans Area Yellow Pages. What did we do with this gift? We were delighted to add it to our Reference Local History collection in the reference room. As it happens, a surprising number of people show up at the reference desk looking for addresses of people who at one time lived in Falmouth. Our collection of telephone books previously began in 1986, so this is a lovely addition.

There are some other resources for addresses. Our collection includes two Resident and Business Directory of Bourne, Falmouth and Sandwich Massachusetts: containing a complete resident, street and business directory, town officers, schools, societies, churches, post-offices. One from 1900 and one from 1903. In addition we have a number of “blue books” which begin in 1908. The official title of the 1908 edition reads: The South Shore Blue Book: containing lists of the summer residents of the principal resorts along the South Shore from Hull to Plymouth and Sagamore, Shores of Buzzards Bay, including the Falmouths, Woods Hole, Marion, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, Salter’s Point, Quisset, etc. In these volumes one learns not only where people were living in Falmouth, but where their winter home was as well! For Woods Hole it also tells the reader that Woods Hole can be “Reached by trains of New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. 72 miles from Boston. Time 2 hours, 31 minutes. Fare, $1.45; 10 rides $12.75.”

So before you throw out your pre-1986 phone books … think about giving them to us!

Friday Reads: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons, Part Three!

Our third community book experiment is underway! First we put out Cape Cod Notebook: an alternative guidebook to the beaches of Cape Cod by Betsy Medvedovsky to get people to write about their favorite beach, then we added 50 Ways To Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life: practical lessons in pencil and paper by Irene Smit & Astrid Van Der Hulst to let people draw in one of our books. Book three of our summer program books event is 104 Things to Photograph! This book includes 104 prompts to inspire photographers. We have added a few photos of our own to get you started! Join us by checking out the book, taking a photo, printing it out, and adding it to our book which is our latest community art project.

We’re not sure where we first read about this photography book, but here is what the publisher says:

“Featuring prompts under each of 104 display slots, this guided photo album will help photographers reach new heights of creativity as they seek out subjects ranging from the everyday to the unusual. Shutterbugs will treasure this keepsake as an open invitation to see the world with fresh eyes as well as a fantastic place to capture the results.”

We hope that we get enough Falmouth photographers to check this out and add a photo that the book ends up in our Reference Local History collection!

Books to Inspire Travel on The Point with Mindy Todd

This weeks book show on WCAI was pre-recorded, and if you listened in the morning (during the pledge drive) you would have heard a shortened version of the show, but the evening version will be the full show. You can also, as always, listen online! Our topic was books having to do with travel. Because the show was not live, we also could not take any of your calls or read any of your e-mails. However, if you have a favorite travel book that you would like to add to our list, just send us a comment via this post.

We were delighted that Kellie Porter, a librarian at the Woods Hole Library, joined us for the very first time! We definitely hope she returns for another show in the near future. Looking forward to our August show, we’ll be talking books about pirates with author Peter Abrahams. Every month the book show is broadcast on the last Wednesday of the month, and if you happen to have missed a show, you can listen to them all online at the WCAI web page.

Kellie’s Picks

Time Out in Palestine by Glynnis Fawkes

The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide by Jim Bell

My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

The Odyssey of Homer translated by Emily Wilson

Around the World in 50 Ways by Lonely Planet Kids

The Solo Travel Handbook by Lonely Planet

The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane


Jill’s Picks

The Novel Cure: from abandonment to zestlessness: 751 books to
cure what ails you by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin. “The Ten
Best Novels to Read on a Train” page 67. “The Ten Best Novels to
Read in a Hammock” page 375.

Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras & Ella Morton. Interested in the Atlas Obscura web page? Here is the link!

Unfathomable City: a New Orleans Atlas by Rebecca Solnit and
Rebecca Snedeker. You might also be interested in Nonstop Metropolis: a New York City Atlas and  Infinite City: a San Francisco Atlas.

The Old Ways: a journey on foot by Robert Macfarlane

Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

Le Road Trip: a traveler’s journal of love and France by Vivian Swift

Gardens of Awe and Folly: a traveler’s journal on the meaning of life
and gardening by Vivian Swift

Explorers’ Sketchbooks: the art of discovery & adventure by Huw Lewis-Jones & Kari Herbert with a foreword by Robert MacFarlane

The Best Women’s Travel Writing, Volume 11, published in 2017, edited by Lavinia

Travel Books to Share with Children

The Penny Whistle Traveling With Kids Book by Meredith Brokaw
and Annie Gilbar, illustrated by Jill Weber

Storybook Travels: from Eloise’s New York to Harry Potter’s London,
visits to 30 of the best-loved landmarks in children’s literature by
Colleen Dunn Bates and Susan LaTempa

All Aboard: a traveling alphabet by Bill Mayer

No time for this, but GRANTA: the magazine of new writing did a great travel issue. It is the “Journeys” issue number 138, Winter 2017. It includes many meditations on the question “Is Travel Writing Dead?” and Falmouth Public Library subscribes so you can request this issue via CLAMS!