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!


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

Some of you may recall that we recently started circulating a book about Cape Cod beaches, in which we asked you to participate in the writing of the book. You can read all about that in a previous blog. In our Friday Reads today we are again offering you an opportunity to help create a book! Yes, another book has arrived in which we did not get exactly what we were expecting. We thought we were purchasing a book about drawing, but what we did NOT know was that the book had lots of empty pages in order for you to practice your drawing. Thus another book has arrived in which we hope you will help us create artwork to fill up the pages.

As we have written in the front of this book:

“This drawing book belongs to all of us! This isn’t your typical library book about drawing! Why? Because we are inviting you to draw in it. Try your hand at drawing right here, right now while the inspiration and space are in front of you. We’d love to see what you come up with. Since this book is for all of us, we thank you in advance for keeping it family-friendly.”

So by all means check out our copy of 50 Ways To Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life: practical lessons in pencil and paper by Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst and draw us a picture!

Cape & Island Reads on The Point with Mindy Todd

Mindy Todd, Mary Fran Buckley of Eight Cousins Books, and Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services at Falmouth Public Library had a fun time this morning talking about books having to do with Cape Cod and the Islands. Thanks to all of our listeners who called in or e-mailed us as well! Here is today’s list! And if you missed the show, you can listen online anytime!

Mindy’s Pick

A Little Taste of Cape Cod by Annie B. Copps

Mary Fran’s Picks

Cape Cod and the Islands: where beauty and history meet by Kathryn Kleeklamp. And here is the blog entry about Moby-Dick and a quote about cranberries.
Bound and The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning (And Sally Gunning DID write a bunch of mysteries … here is the list.)
Riptide by Frances Ward Weller
The Nature of Cape Cod  by Beth Schwarzman
Jill’s Picks
And This is Cape Cod! by Eleanor Early (You can read the article from the Falmouth Enterpise in the digital edition, just search “One Cape Cod Book” which was the title of the article. The article is from the July 9, 1936 paper.
The Disappearing Island by Corinne Demas, illustrated by Ted Lewin
Gorey’s Worlds by Erin Monroe
The Cocktail Hour Garden by C.L. Fornari
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 edited by Karen V. Kukil (You can read her poem “Mussel Hunter at Rock Harbor” online here.
A Scandal in Scarlet: a Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany (Coming in Nov. 2018)
The Bostonians by Henry James
Listener Picks
The News from the End of the World by Emily Jeanne Miller
Mysteries by Cynthia Riggs
Jane’s Island by Marjorie Hill Alee
C is for Cape Cod: exploring the Cape from A to Z  by Christine Laurie and Steve Heaslip
*Author Howard Mitcham also drew the illustrations in this book.  It was republished in paperback and hardcover in June, 2018 with a new introduction by famed chef and travel/food writer Anthony Bourdain, written shortly before he died.

We’re Counting the Days until the 2018 Friends of FPL Book Sale!

It is hard to believe, but the 2018 Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Annual Summer Book Sale begins NEXT WEEK! That’s right … on your mark, get ready, go!

Thursday, June 28th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Friday, June 29th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Saturday, June 30th, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, July 1st, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Half Price Day)

Monday, July 2nd, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Half Price Day)

Tuesday, July 3rd, 10:00 AM to Noon (TEN books for $1.00)

So get your most comfortable shoes on and bring along your biggest bag to fill with book treasures! Don’t forget to tell your friends and relatives about this upcoming summer day of book buying. Also keep your fingers and toes crossed that ALL thunderstorms head off Cape during the book sale. In case you haven’t been to the sale for awhile you should know that the Friends of FPL can now accept credit cards as well as cash.

E-book Changes Coming Soon!

On July 1st, eBooks through Axis360 Will No Longer Be Available as a New Statewide OverDrive Service is Rolled Out

Very soon the Commonwealth eBook Collection (CeC) service available through CLAMS will be changing in an exciting way. On July 1, 2018, as part of this change, the Axis360 eBook service will no longer be offered to CLAMS patrons. The BiblioBoard eBook service will also end.

The OverDrive eBooK and eAudioBook service, currently offering over 26,000 items for borrowing by Falmouth Public Library patrons through CLAMS, will become a new statewide OverDrive service, combining the current collections of several Massachusetts library networks, and additional titles available from a new statewide collection.  At least 90% of currently available Axis 360 items will be in the new OverDrive service. This new ebook service makes statewide sharing of digital library materials truly possible, as has been possible for decades for physical library materials.

To learn more about the OverDrive service , please join Kasia Piasecka, FPL Reference Librarian, on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 10-11 for a training session on using OverDrive More information

Axis360 Users:  Your holds or borrowed items from Commonwealth eBook Collections will disappear from your device on July 1, 2018.  Please use the CLAMS OverDrive  service:clamsnet.overdrive.com

Friday Reads: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

This is the story of a book not being what we expected the book to be! When we ordered a copy of Cape Cod Notebook: an alternative guidebook to the beaches of Cape Cod by Betsy Medvedovsky, I suppose we were anticipating something in the vein of Robert Finch’s A Cape Cod Notebook, only focusing on beaches. How wrong we were! It turned out that the alternative guidebook was sort of a Cape Cod beach journal, where the person reading the book was also writing it! There was a list of beaches on the Cape, with some basic information on each one, and then a blank page for the beach goer to fill in with his or her own reflections on the beach. So the conundrum was, what does a public library do with a book that is essentially blank pages? We noticed that we weren’t the only Cape library that had ordered it, and some had already withdrawn it when they saw what it was. Others put big stickers in the front saying that this was a library book, and thus you were not to write in it. We decided to take a different approach, and turn it into a writing project.

So … we added a note that you see when you open the book which reads:


“This book is unique.
Because we are inviting
YOU to help write in it.
Please share your beach day with
everyone. Tell us about the view …
the sand … the waves …
Was the bird watching good? How about
sharks, boats, surfers, crowds?
Thank you for your thoughtful
comments. They just might inspire
someone to discover a new
favorite Cape Cod beach!”

And then we sent the book out into the world. It just returned to us briefly, so that we could check on our experiment, and it is working!! Here is one reader’s thoughts on Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth:

“One of our favorite spots when we visit our family in Falmouth. Grandkids love the long expanse of shallow water. Surf on windy days can be great fun! Kite boarders provide excitement too. Shells & rocks abound, and the sand is soft & perfect for building castles and digging deep holes. We love it!”

So if you check out this book, be sure to write in it! And when it is full, we plan to add it to our Local History Collection in the Reference Room.