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 lcollins@clamsnet.org

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books to Make You Laugh on The Point

This morning on The Point with Mindy Todd we discussed books that make us laugh. Joining Mindy were Jill Erickson, Head of Reference and Adult Services at FPL and Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich. We hope you’ll now be able to start your new year with a chuckle! Below are our lists, as well as listener picks.

Mindy’s Picks

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: understanding philosophy through jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: understanding political doublespeak through philosophy and jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein

Craig Kingsbury Talkin’ by Kristen Kingsbury Henshaw

 

Vicky’s Picks

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

One Man’s Meat by E. B. White

Theft by Finding Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

The Inevitable Guest by Marcia Monbleau

Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance by Bill McKibben

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman

Empire Falls, Nobody’s Fool, Everybody’s Fool and The Straight Man by Richard Russo

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Tao of Martha: my year of living; or, why I’m never getting all that glitter off of the dog by Jen Lancaster

Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding

Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

 

Jill’s Picks

The Complete Peanuts 1950 – 1952 by Charles M. Schulz

The Complete Peanuts 1963 – 1964 by Charles M. Schulz

The Awdrey-Gore Legacy by Edward Gorey (Also available in the Gorey collection Amphigorey Also.)

Home Cooking: a writer in the kitchen by Laurie Colwin

Lunatics by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Joy in the Morning by P. G. Wodehouse

Vacationland: true stories from painful beaches by John Hodgman

The 50 Funniest American Writers edited by Andy Borowitz

Listener Picks

How Not to Do Things by Susan Blood

Himself  by Jess Kidd

I’m a Stranger Here Myself and A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Holiday Books on the Point

Today’s show was pre-recorded, due to the WCAI pledge drive, which means that the morning show was abbreviated, but the 7:00 PM show will be the complete show.  So if you see books on this list that you didn’t actually hear about when you were listening, that would be the reason! You can also listen online at WCAI. Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb’s Bookshop joined Mindy Todd and Jill Erickson to talk about books to give and books that inspire you to make, bake, and decorate for the holidays.

Here is the Harry Potter quotation, read on the show, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling:

“Sir — Professor Dumbledore? Can I ask you something?”

“Obviously, you’ve just done so,” Dumbledore smiled. “You may ask me one more thing, however,”

“What do you see when you look in the mirror?”

I? I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks.”

Harry stared.

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”

And here is a link to the poem Ode to My Socks by Pablo Neruda.

And here is the recipe for snow filling for cake, as written in the Girls Friendly Cook Book:

“Scrape 1 apple in a large bowl, add 1 cup sugar; pour over the unbeaten whites of 2 eggs; then beat about twenty minutes. At first it looks brown, but when done it will be like snow. This may be used for cake or for coffee jelly.”

 

Vicky’s Picks

Beautiful Gift Books

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 

Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza

The Message of the Birds by Kate Westerlund (picture book with the true Christmas story)

Gratitude: A Book of Inspirational Thoughts & Quotes by Susan Branch

For the History Buff

The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism  by John U. Bacon.  Boston Red Cross and the Massachusetts Public Safety Committee provided immediately after the Halifax Explosion of 1917

The Mayflower: The Families, The Voyage, and the Founding of America by Rebecca Fraser.  Winslow family

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

For the Nature Lover

The Outer Beach: A Thousand Mile Walk on Cape Cod’s Atlantic Shore by Robert Finch.

365 Cape Cod Ponds Day by Day by Susan Anarino

Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti

For the Adventurous

Ruthless River: Love & Survival by Raft on the Amazon’s Relentless Madre de Dios by Holly Fitzgerald

For the Cook

The Lost Kitchen: Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, Maine by Erin French

America the Cookbook: A Culinary Road Trip Through the 50 States by Gabrielle Langholtz

For the Music Lover

The Greatest Album Covers of All Time by Barry Miles, Grant Scott and Johnny Morgan

For the Sports Lover

Count the Rings: Inside Boston’s Wicked Awesome Reign as the City of Champions from 2001 to 2017, Ten Titles, Four Teams: Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics by Bob Halloran

For the Boater

Unsinkable: The History of Boston Whaler by Matthew Plunkett

Books to Inspire

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

God: 48 Famous and Fascinating Minds Talk about God compiled by Jennifer Berne

The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 Minutes a Day to Less Stress, More Peace by Patrizia Collard

Just for Fun

Shakespeare Box Set (Running Press Miniature Books)

Novels

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. National Book Award for Fiction 2017

For Children

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (Ages 10+)

Max and Charlie Help a Hero: Never Too Young to Give Back by Kim Rodriques and K. M. Ginter (ages 6 and up)

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (Ages 9-12) – A Christmas story

Harry Potter Pensieve Memory Seta journal for any Harry Potter fan!

Picture Books for Children

The Mermaid by Jan Brett

 

Jill’s Picks

Bookshops: a reader’s history by Jorge Carrión

A Very Merry Paper Christmas

Unpacking My Library: artists and their books edited by Jo Steffens and Matthias Neumann

The New Christmas Tree by Carrie Brown

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes (The image on this page is from this book.)

Christmas for Greta and Gracie by Yasmeen Ismail

Novel Destinations: a travel guide to literary landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Hemingway’s Key West by Shannon McKenna Schmidt & Joni Rendon

The Usual Santas: a collection of Soho Crime Christmas capers

The Girls Friendly Cook Book

The Cape Cod Cook Book by Suzanne Cary Gruver

A Family Christmas selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy

 

Patron Suggestion:

The Work of Christmas: the twelve days of Christmas with Howard Thurman by Bruce Epperly