Pants on Fire

* Thank you to FCTV for filming our event. You can watch full coverage of the event below or on Youtube. *

Join us on Wednesday, March 1st  from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room for a discussion about fake news, what it is and how to recognize it, and maybe even a little history of fake news. Joining us will be Allison Butler, U. Mass, Amherst professor and steering committee of Mass Media Literacy, and Sean Corcoran, news director and senior reporter at WCAI in Woods Hole. They will be addressing your concerns through your questions and dialogue.

This program was suggested to us by a library patron who was confused about how best one can identify fake news. We’ll do the best we can to help you understand what it is and how not to spread it around. Please give us a call or send us an e-mail if you would like to attend, so we have an idea of how many chairs to put out! You can contact us at 508-457-2555, ext. 6 or e-mail us at

Money Books on The Point

Mindy Todd and I were delighted to have author Jacquelyn Mitchard join us on WCAI this morning to talk about books having to do with money. Thanks for all our listener suggestions as well!


Jackie’s Picks

Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramonda Ausubel

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J. D. Vance

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Negroland: a memoir by Margo Jefferson

Minimalism: how to de-clutter, de-stress and simplify your life with simple living by Simeon Lindstrom

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (also suggested by listener)


Jill’s Picks

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis by Lydia Davis Try Finances, Money, For Sixty Cents. There is also a story called Cape Cod Diary.

Shapinsky’s Karma, Boggs’s Bills, and other true-life tales by Lawrence Weschler

Wampum and the origins of American Money by Marc Shell

Payback: debt and the shadow side of wealth by Margaret Atwood

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, translated by Lydia Davis

The Diary of Virginia Woolf by Virginia Woolf, edited by Anne Olivier Bell

Daniel Deronda by George Eliot

Mind Over Money: the psychology of money and how to use it better by Claudia Hammond

Origami with Dollar Bills & Paper Airplanes with Dollar Bills by Duy Nguyen

Plotto: the master book of all plots by William Wallace Cook


Listener Suggestions

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Father Struck it Rich by Evalyn Walsh McLean. Available in the Internet Archive!

Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. The first book in the series is The Deep Blue Good-By.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre. Available online.

Mindfulness, Gratefulness, and Happiness Books on The Point

On today’s book show Mindy Todd, Jill Erickson, and Eric Linder of Yellow Umbrella Books in Chatham encouraged everyone to start the new year reading about and maybe even trying to practice a bit of mindfulness, gratefulness, and happiness. Below is our list of picks and listener picks as well, including a bonus list of books that didn’t make the air, but might interest you. Thanks for listening, and thanks for calling in with your suggestions. Happy New Year! And should you have missed the show on WCAI, you can listen online!


Mindy’s Pick

E. B. White on Dogs edited by Martha White


Eric’s Picks

Listening Below the Noise: a meditation on the practice of silence by Anne D. LeClaire

Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Chet & Bernie mysteries by Peter Abrahams

“The First Time Percy Came Back” in  Dog Songs: thirty-five dog songs and one essay by Mary Oliver

“The Snakes of September” and “Touch Me” in The Wild Braid: a poet reflects on a century in the garden by Stanley  Kunitz

The Outermost House: a year of life on the great beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston


Jill’s Picks

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, drawings by Robert Lawson. Read more of the backstory of The Story of Ferdinand at Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac.

An excerpt from War and Peace by  Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: an approach to life in fullness by Brother David Steindl-Rast

99 Blessings: an invitation to life by Brother David Steindl-Rast. You might also want to take a look at his web page and his TED talk.

Wherever You Go There You Are: mindfulness meditation in everyday life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

All the Odes by Pablo Neruda, particularly Ode to Happiness and Ode to the Tomato

The Power of Off: the mindful way to stay sane in a virtual world by Nancy Colier

52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal


Titles For Which There Was No Time Left!

Five little books all by Thich Nhat Hanh, part of a Mindfulness Essentials collection published by Parallax Press:

How to Sit
How to Walk
How to Love
How to Eat
How to Relax

Dancing with Joy: 99 poems edited by Roger Housden

The Book of Joy: lasting happiness in a changing world by His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams

The Lost Art of Reading: why books matter in a distracted time by David L. Ulin

Growing Up Mindful: essential practices to help children, teens, and families find balance, calm, and resilience by Christopher Willard

America the Anxious: how our pursuit of happiness is creating a nation of nervous wrecks by Ruth Whippman

10% Happier: how I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works by Dan Harris


Listener Picks

How to Meditate by Eknath Easwaren

Last of the Saddle Tramps by Mesannie Wilkins with Mina Titus Sawyer

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a year of food life by Barbara Kingsolver

The Fisherman and His Wife: a brand new version by Rosemary Wells (e-mailed to us after we went off the air)


North by Northwest

The North Falmouth Branch of the Falmouth Public Library is to be open five days a week!

Beginning on Tuesday, January 3rd the North Falmouth Branch of the Falmouth Public Library, with the help of staff from the West Falmouth Library, will be open five days a week, Monday through Friday for six months.  West Falmouth Library has begun an extensive remodel of their historic 575 West Falmouth Highway building.  It closed on December 12th  and plans are to reopen in June, 2017.  West Falmouth Library is an independent non-profit library corporation and not part of the Falmouth Public Library, but both are members of the regional CLAMS (Cape and Islands Libraries Automated Materials Sharing) library network.  To keep library services readily available for patrons of the West Falmouth Library, the two libraries have agreed to pool their resources.  The North Branch will add Tuesdays and Thursdays to their usual Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule with the additional hours being staffed by West Falmouth Library personnel.  Laurie McNee, North Falmouth Branch Librarian said, “I have met with the West Falmouth staff and am very excited that we can work together to serve the patrons of both villages and all of Falmouth!”

The new hours for the North Falmouth branch beginning January 3rd will be Mondays and Fridays 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and Wednesdays 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The branch is located at 6 Chester Street, North Falmouth, at the intersection of County Road.

Winter Reads

This morning on WCAI’s The Point host Mindy Todd talked books with Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services at Falmouth Public Library and Jennifer Gaines, librarian at the Woods Hole Library. If you missed it you can listen online. Here is the reading list from the show this morning:


Mindy’s Pick
The Nature of Cape Cod by Beth Schwarzman


Jennifer’s Picks

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

Snow by Orhan Pamuk

White Shaman by C. W. Nicol

A Guide to Nature in Winter by Donald Stokes

A Field Guide to Animal Tracks by Olaus J. Murie and Mark Elbroch

Tracking and the Art of Seeing by Paul Rezendes

Winter World by Bernd Heinrich

Bark, a field guide to the trees of the Northeast by Michael Wojtech

Brave Irene by William Steig

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Fox’s Dream by Keizaburō Tejima

Pioneer Girl: the annotated autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian


Jill’s Picks

“First Snow” an essay by J. B. Priestley which can be found in both Apes and Angels and Essays of Five Decades.

Midsummer Snowballs by Andy Goldsworthy

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Snow” by Mary Ruefle in The Most of It

More Home Cooking: a writer returns to the kitchen by Laurie Colwin (includes Hot Lemonade recipe)

Roast Figs Sugar Snow: winter food to warm the soul by Diana Henry

The Snowflake Man: a biography of Wilson A. Bentley by Duncan C. Blanchard

Home Made Winter by Yvette Van Boven

Winter: Five Windows on the Season by Adam Gopnik

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

The Story of Inkdrop and Snowflake & The Story of Snowflake and Inkdrop by Alessandro Gatti and Pierdomenico Baccalario, illustrated by Simona Mulazzani

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Oranges” by Ronald Wallace

The Great British Bake Off Christmas by Lizzie Kamenetzky

Veterans Day 2016

We will be closed on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day. Below are the details for the Veterans Day Ceremony that begins at 11:00 AM at the Memorial Walk on the library lawn.





















Politics on the Point

This morning’s book show on WCAI was a bit different than our usual book show, not least of all because it began with Mindy interviewing a Nantucket candidate for sheriff! On top of that, our guest book talker, Rosie Gray a political reporter for BuzzFeed News (as well as a Falmouth Academy graduate!) was on the road, not in the studio with us. Added to that confusion, we had not one call or e-mail this morning from our wonderful listeners! Feel free to add your comments to this post, with books on politics that you recommend.


Rosie’s Picks

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

The Boys on the Bus by Timothy Crouse

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail by Hunter S. Thompson

David Foster Wallace’s essay Up Simba, which you can find in his book Consider the Lobster and other essays

Barack Obama: the story by David Maraniss


Mindy’s Picks

Run: your personal guide to winning public office by Marian Walsh

Counselor: a life at the edge of history by Ted Sorensen

Bobby Kennedy: the making of a liberal icon by Larry Tye

The Negotiator: a memoir by George Mitchell

What You Should Know About Politics But Don’t by Jessamyn Conrad

Presidential Campaigns by Paul F. Boller, Jr.

Campaigns: a century of presidential races from the photo archives of The New York Times

Molly for Mayor by Judy Delton

Kennedy Through the Lens by Martin W. Sandler

Lincoln Through the Lens by Martin W. Sandler

Lincoln Tells a Joke: how laughter saved the president (and the country) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer, illustrated by Stacy Innerst


Jill’s Picks

Bringing Home the Dharma: awakening right where you are by Jack Kornfield (chapter five is on politics)

Healing the Heart of Democracy: the courage to create a politics worthy of the human spirit by Parker J. Palmer

Becoming Wise: an inquiry into the mystery and art of living by Krista Tippett

And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman

Whistlestop: my favorite stories from presidential campaign history by John Dickerson

America’s Founding Food: the story of New England Cooking by Keith Stavely & Kathleen Fitzgerald

VOTE! by Eileen Christelow

President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

The Art of the Possible: an everyday guide to politics by Edward Keenan, Art by Julie McLaughlin

Michael Blair Brodhead’s Photographs Featured for our October Artwalk

The Library is happy to host the photographic work of Falmouth resident, Michael Blair Brodhead.

Michael got his first camera in 1980 and quickly realized he was not getting the results he wanted from the photo lab. He bought a second-hand enlarger and for the next twenty years worked in his own darkroom to produce black and white photographs. “I still feel there is just something about a good black and white print, timeless.”

Resisting at first, he finally got his hands on a digital camera and more importantly, a copy  of Photoshop. In his own words he had gone from a “film snob to embracing most of what’s digital.”  These days he shoots in RAW format which captures most of the information. He then uses the Photomatix software to enhance the final photograph.

Brodhead’s work is fanciful, almost ethereal and represents how he sees things a little bit differently. The show includes a few multiple prints of the same shot making one think of a strive for perfection but then valuing all the results equally. Michael’s work includes locations from Plymouth to Provincetown but with a number from Falmouth. The photographs will be on display in the Main Reading room throughout the month of October.

Linda Collins
Assistant Director



Cats & Dogs on The Point

This morning Peter Abrahams joined Mindy Todd & Jill Erickson to talk about books about cats and dogs on WCAI. Thanks for the many, many suggestions you made during the show! We now have a plethora of cat and dog books on our reading lists, and we think that Peter might have come to better understand cats. Here are the titles mentioned on air.


Mindy’s Pick

E. B. White on Dogs edited by Martha White

Peter’s Picks

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Cat by B. Kliban

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Carbonel: the King of the Cats by Barbara Sleigh

“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe in Murder Short & Sweet edited by Paul D. Staudohar

Cat Wars: the devastating consequences of a cuddly killer by Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella

A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter


Jill’s Picks

The Animals’ Who’s Who by Ruthven Tremain

Pets on the Couch by Nicholas Dodman

Flush: a biography by Virginia Woolf

Shaggy Muses by Maureen Adams

Dog Songs: Poems by Mary Oliver

The Rose Garden: short stories by Maeve Brennan

Following Atticus by Tom Ryan

The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs foreward by Malcolm Gladwell

The Big New Yorker Book of Cats foreward by Anthony Lane


Listener Suggestions

The Cat Who … mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun

Cats of Martha’s Vineyard: 101 island tales by Lynn Christoffers

The Trainable Cat by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis

A Man and His Dog” short story by Thomas Mann

The Fur Person by May Sarton

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home by Sue Halpern

Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories by Cheryl & Jeffrey Katz

The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

Dogist: photographic encounters with 1,000 dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman

Anna Karenina, Levin’s dog Laska



“Here’s to Dear Old Falmouth”

Head of Technical Services, Kim DeWall, gives an update on the yearbooks project!


Here’s to Dear Old Falmouth: Good News for Falmouth Public School Alumni

Because of the overwhelmingly positive response to the Library’s Digital Archives, which hosts editions of the Falmouth Enterprise and the Town of Falmouth Annual Reports; we are quite excited to announce that our print collection of Falmouth Public School Yearbooks will also be digitized and hosted thanks to the Library for the Commonwealth program, a partnership between the Boston Public Library and the Digital Commonwealth.  This free program, open to Massachusetts-based libraries, is a great opportunity for the Library to expand our digital services by creating greater access to our local collections.

The collection dates back to the 1931 edition of the Lawrencian, named after Lawrence High School, and continues on to present editions of Falmouth High School’s the Clipper Compact.  The collection also includes several editions of The Broadcaster, the yearbook of the Henry W. Hall School.  The collection is now at the Boston Public Library and will undergo the digitization process this fall. We do have some duplicate copies of yearbooks, so check in with us if you happen to be looking for a yearbook while they are being digitized, as we might still have a duplicate copy in the Reference Room.

So, here’s to dear old Falmouth, here’s strength to you!