Summer Reading on The Point with Mindy Todd

Today’s show was pre-recorded, so if you have some great suggestions for summer reading just let us know, and we’ll add them to this list. It was a joy to have Mary Fran Buckley, co-owner of Eight Cousins Bookshop, join us for this show, and we look forward to having her return. You can read the summer reading article from the Falmouth Enterprise here.

Mary Fran’s Picks

The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher

A Town Like Alice by Neville Schute

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon

Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

In the Garden of Beasts:love, terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson


Jill’s Picks

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry by Stephen Brown and Georgiana Uhlyarik. The autobiography of Virgil Thomson first introduced me to the Stettheimer sisters. Head to page 308 in the Library of America volume The State of Music & other writings for a great introduction to these astonishing sisters. The autobiography itself is a great read. As Thomson writes: “The sisters were three — Ettie, Florine, and Carrie — all of uncertain age; and they lived with their invalid mother in the most ornate apartment house I have ever seen — a florid Gothic structure called Alwyn Court, at Fifty-eighth Street and Seventh Avenue.”

The House at Lobster Cove by Jane Goodrich. Background on this novel courtesy of Fine Books & Collections Magazine.

Cape Cod Notebook: an alternative guidebook to the beaches of Cape Cod by Betsy Medvedovsky

A Cape Cod Notebook by Robert Finch

A Cape Cod Notebook 2 by Robert Finch

The Pisces by Melissa Broder. List of ten mermaid books perfect for the beach by Matt Staggs.

Collected Millar: the master at her zenith by Margaret Millar. (Includes her novel Beast in View.) While you are waiting for a CLAMS library to order the Collected Millar, try Women Crime Writers: four suspense novels of the 1950s which also includes Beast in View!

Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane

Widow’s Wreath by Cynthia Riggs

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

Look at the photo on this page closely, and you’ll find some books that we didn’t have time for! It does seem that I always bring more books than we need out of an abundant fear of dead radio air!


Dreams and Dreaming on The Point

Below you’ll find the book list for today’s book show with Mindy Todd, Peter Abrahams and Jill Erickson. Miss the show? You can listen to the entire show online. Here are the links to the two videos that Peter mentioned:
Peter’s Picks
The Mind at Night by Andrea Rock
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
1984  by George Orwell
Misery by Stephen King
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Not Enough Time For …
A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn (includes a dog dream, Peter told me after the show)
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Jill’s Picks
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
“Dreams” by Mark Strand in his Collected Poems
This is Dali by Catherine Ingram with illustrations by Andrew Rae
The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
From the Forest: a search for the hidden roots of our fairy tales by Sara Maitland (Includes chapter “The Dreams of Sleeping Beauty”)
Lucid Dreaming: a concise guide to awakening in your dreams and in your life by Stephen LaBerge (includes CD on guided dream practices)
Not Enough Time For …
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (but here is a great article on dreams in the novel.)
Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson (If she had only listened to her dream, she would have avoided Lovelace entirely!)
Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep by Michael McGirr (In which you learn, among many other things, that “experts have counted two hundred or more reference to sleep in the work of William Shakespeare” and that the word for fear of dreams is oneirophobia.

We Won a Book Bike!

While at the recent Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia, Jennifer Woodward, Assistant Director, won a social media raffle for a Book Bike for the library. We just had to tweet the phrase #LibrariansOnARoll, and post a photo of the book bike. We did that! And much to our amazement, we just got word that the Falmouth Public Library was the winner of the raffle!

We also attended a workshop at the Public Library Association Conference about how other public libraries are using their book bikes. We were particularly excited by what the Berkeley Public Library was doing with their book bike. They call it the Library on Wheels and not only check out materials, but also have a mobile hotspot where people can connect to their wireless connection.

Our new bicycle is a specially designed cargo bike, sort of a backwards tricycle, and is being custom built for the library. The staff is very excited about possibilities for getting out of the library this summer. We hope to have it by early July. Until July, we’ll be brainstorming ideas for using the bike. Look for us a Surf Drive Beach and Falmouth Commodores games and we hope many other places this summer! We’ll keep you posted, and would love to hear where you might want to see the library bicycle.

Dive Into the Ocean with Us!

Ready to read some great novels about the ocean? Novels that will take you from April right into beach season? Then join the Books on the Half Shell book group at the library for six great reads. You even get your choice of morning or night sessions. We meet at 7:00 PM on the third Wednesday of the month and at 10:00 AM the Thursday morning after. Books are available to check out at the Reference Desk. This series of book discussions includes:

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticant

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

The Lightkeeper’s Wife by Sarah Anne Johnson

Our first discussion will be on April 18th at 7:00 PM or April 19th at 10:00 AM. Take your pick!


2018 Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Book Sale

It has been a long winter, in fact it seems that spring has already been a long winter! However, we have something for everyone to look forward to … the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Annual Summer Book Sale! That’s right, the dates and times have been posted, and here they are …

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

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

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

So mark your calendars, tell your friends and relatives, and start dreaming of a summer day of book buying!

Top Ten Books, Part Two, on The Point

Today we did part two of our top ten favorite books.  Bob Waxler, recently retired English professor from U. Mass, Dartmouth, joined Mindy and me for the monthly book show on WCAI’s  The Point. Our topic was the second half of our top ten favorite books. As it happened, it was also pledge week at WCAI, which may account for our not having any callers today. However, if you missed the show, you can always listen to it online, in fact even if you DID listen to the show this morning, you will have missed the very end which we had to record after we were off the air. You can always listen online! To read about our first top five books head over to this blog entry.

Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services


Bob’s Picks

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Frankenstein, or, The modern prometheus by Mary Shelley

Night by Elie Wiesel

Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin


Jill’s Picks

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, pictures by Garth Williams

Martha Quest by Doris Lessing

A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf  (or read ALL of her diaries!)

Finding Time Again by Marcel Proust. Not currently available in CLAMS, but feel free to read any Proust. Or you could try reading about people reading Proust as seen in the New York Times.

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, drawings by Robert Lawson

And if you want to know other people’s top ten books, try My Ideal Bookshelf with art by Jane Mount and edited by Thessaly La Force. Fascinating lists in part because all sorts of people suggested titles, typeface designers, architects, musicians, filmmakers, athletes, chefs, as well as writers.


Listener Pick

We got an e-mail from a listener after we were off the air. He writes: “I respectfully wish to add a few plays to the must read books mentioned in today’s Point, perhaps Shakespeare’s Othello — and certainly one or two from George Bernard Shaw, perhaps drawn from Pygmalion, Major Barbara, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. All remain extremely relevant with issues that still speak to us, and the Shaw plays are all exceptional and entertaining reads.



Poster Exhibit Celebrating International Women’s Day

Organizations in many countries use posters as a way to communicate ideas and messages with their audience. They are posted on walls, fences, and poles all over a city. Unions sometimes hang posters in work places to warn of dangers, educate about benefits or inspire action. Posters often rely on creative art to communicate the idea. Posters are also an art form that is easily accessible to people.

International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8.

Each year, around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is now celebrated on March 8th. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout the month of March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

1909: The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.

1910: The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women’s Day, international in character, to honor the movement for women’s rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament.

1911: As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women’s Day was marked for the first time (March 19) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women’s rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.

1913-1914: International Women’s Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around March 8th of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists.

1917: Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for ‘Bread and Peace’ on the last Sunday in February which fell on March 8 on the Gregorian calendar. Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.

1945: The Charter of the United Nations was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men.

Posters celebrating International Women’s Day are currently on display in the Falmouth Public Library through March 27th. This collection of posters are from a greater collection of more than 7,100 of Stephen Lewis. He is a long-time activist in the labor movement, and the former Treasurer of his union. Stephen has exhibited at a number of public libraries in Massachusetts, Boston City Hall, and two of the state Heritage parks. He has presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Public History, and on some cable television programs. The posters were contributed by friends, collected at conferences, through visits to some of the organizations, and from connections made through the internet.

This project is supported in part by grants from the Mashpee and Falmouth Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and by Laborer’s Local 1249.

Top Ten Titles on The Point with Mindy Todd

Today we had the pleasure of having Bob Waxler, recently retired English professor from U. Mass, Dartmouth, join Mindy and me for the monthly book show on WCAI’s  The Point. The topic was our top ten favorite books, which was indeed a challenge for both Bob and I. Our lists kept shifting until the last moment when we were finally forced into making choices knowing we were going to be live on the air the next morning. As Robert Pinsky says in The Top Ten:  we were really talking about the “Ten works of fiction that have been great for me.” Below you will find the list of our top five books, because we ran out of time. However,  Bob has agreed to return to Woods Hole for the March show, and do the second half of our lists! Of course, if you listened this morning, you know that our lists are very fluid, and it is possible they will have morphed by March 28th. I’ve also posted all of the listener picks, which will give you enough great reading to take you right through the spring. Miss the show? You can always listen online!

Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services


Bob’s Picks

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Stranger by Albert Camus


Jill’s Picks

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Lolly Willowes; or the Loving Huntsman by Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Making of Americans: being a history of a family’s progress by Gertrude Stein (If you’re interested in reading about the link between Gertrude Stein and Goodnight Moon, head over to In the Great Green Room.)

Time Will Darken It by William Maxwell (Not only is this a great novel, it also has a great section on house guests, which everyone who lives on Cape Cod should read before the summer hits.)

High Rising by Angela Thirkell (You can read Verlyn Klinkenborg’s New York Times article about this series here.)

Books About Great Books

The Top Ten: writers pick their favorite books edited by J. Peder Zane

Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books edited by Leah Price

Listener Picks

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Sula by Toni Morrison (and as Bob said, anything written by Toni Morrison)

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Herzog by Saul Bellow



Ship’s Log Project

We are looking for volunteers with an interest in history and a willingness to learn about whaling ships. The library has the digital files of 48 handwritten ship logbooks that are part of the Falmouth Historical Society’s collection. The logs date back from 1806 to 1879. “We are ready to embark on an exciting project to transcribe these documents so they can be made available on the library website,” says library Director, Linda Collins. She has been working on one to see what the experience will be like for volunteers. “It is a challenge at first, but you do get to know the handwriting and become familiar with the language of sailing and whaling. The more you work with the document, the easier it gets.” The logs are as short as 8 pages and as long as 392, with most being between 100 and 200 pages. Volunteers will be given a thumb drive with their ship’s log and a document describing the process. Occasional meetings of the volunteers will be scheduled to share tips and encouragement. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting project, please contact Linda Collins at

Books about Trees on The Point with Mindy Todd

This morning Mindy and Jill were joined by Dennis Minsky, naturalist and a big reader! It is always fun for us when Dennis is able to find time to drive from Provincetown to Woods Hole to join us. We have previously talked with Dennis about nature books, maritime books, whaling books, and bird books. When we are done with the show, our books to read list is always longer than it was before we began, and we hope yours are as well! Dennis and I had both brought so many titles that we didn’t have time for, that we are making an extra long list today of both books we mentioned and books that we did not have time to mention, but are terrific. Miss the show? You can listen online!

I want to particularly thank our caller who suggested I read Trees in a Winter Landscape by Alice Smith, and to let her know that I was able to request a copy of  the book from off Cape, so I should be seeing a copy soon! (And thus she won’t have to drive to Falmouth to deliver me a copy, but thanks so much for the offer!)

After we went off the air, I got an e-mail from a listener who wrote:

“I kicked myself for not remembering my decades old theory that looking at the sunset through winter trees was the inspiration for church stained glass.”  What a grand theory!

Dennis’s Picks

Lost” a poem by David Wagoner

The Hidden Life of Trees:  what they feel, how they communicate:  discoveries from a secret world  by Peter Wohlleben

Thoreau and the Language of Trees by Richard Higgins

Essays:  a fully annotated edition by Henry David Thoreau, specifically the essays: “Wild Apples,”  “Walking,”  “Autumnal Tints” and “The Succession of Forest Trees”

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Barkskins, a novel by Annie Proulx

American Canopy:  trees, forests, and the making of a nation by Erick Rutkow

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Cape Cod Shore Whaling:  America’s first whalemen by John Braginton-Smith and Duncan Oliver

Not Enough Time For:

Remarkable Trees Of The World  by Thomas Parkenham

Trees, Woodlands, and Western Civilization by Richard Hayman

A Natural History Of Trees by Donald Culross Peattie


Jill’s Picks

Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams (and you can find lots more W.C. Williams in his Collected Poems!)

The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona Stafford

From the Forest: a search for the hidden roots of our fairy tales by Sara Maitland

Nature Writings by John Muir (Particularly his essay The American Forests.)

Trees by W. S. Merwin (and lots more tree poems can be found in Collected Poems, 1952-1993.) You also need to watch Even Though the Whole World is Burning, a documentary on W. S. Merwin and the trees he is trying to save.

The Tree by John Fowles

Novels in which trees play a role:

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (and notice the tree on the book jacket!)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

East of Eden by John Steinbeck (as suggested by Brian Engles)

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (as suggested by Brian Engles)

And, of course, Shakespeare!

Not enough time for:

The Book of Trees: visualizing branches of knowledge by Manuel Lima

Arboreal: a collection of new woodland writing edited by Adrian Cooper (Includes essays, photos, and stories by, among others Andy Goldworthy, Ali Smith, Philip Hoare, and Germaine Greer.)

Oak: the frame of civilization by William Bryant Logan

Be in a Treehouse by Pete Nelson (Includes the Hidden Hollow Treehouse at the Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich)

The Songs of Trees: stories from nature’s great connectors by David George Haskell

Maple on Tap: making  your own maple syrup by Rich Finzer

Picture Books

Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky with photographs by Christopher G. Knight

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Poetrees by Douglas Florian

The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry


Patron Suggestions

American Canopy: trees, forests and the making of a nation by Eric Rutlow

Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wolfe

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wolfe

Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Trees in a Winter Landscape by Alice Smith