We will be open TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 25th from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. We will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 26th. Reopening with our regular hours of 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Friday, November 27th.

While you are doing your errands and cleaning the house tomorrow morning, listen to THE POINT on WCAI, 90.1 FM at 9:00 AM. Mindy Todd and Jill Erickson (Head of Reference & Adult Services) on WCAI with their book suggestions!  This month we will be joined by Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich, and we will be discussing great books to give. You can call in with your book suggestions at 866-999-4626 or e-mail Repeated at 7:00 PM or listen online at

Happy Thanksgiving to One and All!

Long Pond Water Treatment Plant Tour

One of our staff members, Maren Plueddemann, recently took a tour of the Long Pond Water Treatment Plant. I thought it was so interesting, I asked if she would tell us what she saw, and if we could post some of her photos. Here is her report with photographs over on our Flickr page.

“On Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, Water Superintendent, Steve Rafferty, conducted a tour of the Long Pond water treatment plant for a group of attendees of the Falmouth Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy, a 9 week course of presentations by Town Departments is facilitated by Rep. David Viera.

In early November the raw water intake pipes will be directionally drilled into Long Pond.  The Water Department is scheduled to have this facility operational in Spring of 2017.”

Maritime, Marine Life & Mermaids on The Point!

This morning on The Point on WCAI we talked about all kinds of maritime books. We once again had the great pleasure of having Dennis Minsky join us this morning, and I know my reading list once again got a lot longer listening to him! 

Miss the show? It will be rebroadcast tonight at 7 PM on 90.1 FM WCAI or listen online at

Some links about selkies:

The Secret of Roan Irish (1994) Directed by John Sayles

The Ballad of the White Seal Maid” music by Lui Collins & lyrics by Jane Yolan

If YOU have a favorite book about selkies, let me know at

Dennis’ Picks

Once Removed: poems by Elizabeth Bradford

The Gray Curtain: the impact of seals, sharks & commercial fishing on the Northeast Coast by Peter Trull

Nautical Twilight: the story of a Cape Cod fishing family by J. J. Dutra

The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

Cod: a biography of the fish that changed the worldby Mark Kurlansky

Consider the Eel by Richard Schweid

The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare

The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson

Jill’s Picks

Dream Work by Mary Oliver (poems read on air Clamming & Starfish)

The Selkie Girl retold by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Warwick Hutton

The People of the Sea: a journey in search of the seal legend by David Thomson with an introduction by Seamus Heaney

Weeki Wachee: city of mermaids, a history of one of Florida’s oldest roadside attractions Text by Lu Vickers / Story research and photograph compilation by Sara Dionne

The Cape Cod Cook Book by Suzanne Cary Gruver

North: the new Nordic cuisine of Iceland by Gunnar Karl Gíslason & Jody Eddy

An Exaltation of Larks: the ultimate edition by James Lipton. You can always find the non-ultimate edition at the Reference Desk!

A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife: marine mammals, seabirds, fish, and other sea life by Noble S. Proctor and Patrick J. Lynch, illustrated by Patrick J. Lynch

Cape Cod Magazine

“Where Scientists Study Sea Life: Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole Scene of Most Unusual Research” by William F. Furbush January 15, 1928, p. 13

“On Eating Whale Meat” by David MacGregor Cheny June 15, 1926, p. 11

“Sleuthing Slippery Mackerel at Woods Hole: scientists hope to locate winter resort of these most exclusive fishes” by Katharine Crosby August 1, 1926, p. 15

“What We Eat on Cape Cod” by Amy L. Handy July 15, 1926, p. 9

Listener Picks

The Hungry Ocean: a swordboat captain’s journey by Linda Greenlaw

Good books for kids:

Burt Dow Deep-Water Man by Robert McCloskey

Down, Down, Down: a journey to the bottom of the sea book by Steve Jenkins

The Deep by Claire Nouvian

Friday Reads: While I Was Gone

It isn’t often, as you can imagine, that everyone ends up in tears in our book group! Maybe it is because I had pneumonia in September or because my mother died ten years ago this month, but, gosh, this novel absolutely made me cry and wonder and imagine what family secrets do to a family. Our FPL Fiction Book Group meets twice each month, once on the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 PM and then we meet again on Thursday morning at 10 AM, for those that prefer a morning session. There is always some difference in the reaction and different conversations, but THIS month the one constant was that everyone had LOTS to say about this novel! The basic premise is of a woman who has suffered a trauma in her early twenties, and how that comes back to haunt her after she has married a minister and now has three grown daughters, who have all moved out of the house. There are issues of faith, of family, of secrets, and certainly of loss. In fact there was so much to talk about in this novel, we didn’t have nearly enough time! I’ll be writing up a staff pick for this one very soon, and in the meantime, give yourself this as a late autumn gift to read. It does, indeed, begin right around Halloween!! As it says on the paperback cover: “Riveting … (it celebrates) what is impulsive in human nature.”

I marked my personal copy up from beginning to end! Here is one of my favorite passages:

“But here’s what I thought: that if I had a crush, it was on an earlier Eli, one who didn’t exist anymore, and the real Eli was just a vehicle for it. Or, perhaps even more complicated, that the crush—if you could call something so psychologically distorted by such a playful name—was on myself. The middle-aged Eli contained for me, of course, his youthful self, yes, But he contained me also. The self that had known him then, Myself-when-young. And that was what made him attractive to me. You read or hear every now and then of a romance staarting up between middle-aged or even elderly people who knew each other years earlier. People who throw over long-established, comfortable marriages or sensible lives for the chance to love again in a particular way—a way that connects them with who they used to be, with how it felt to be that person. And now, with Eli’s arrival in my life, I could understand the potency of that connection. The self-intoxication you pass off to yourself as intoxication with someone else.” (page 138-139)

Banned Books Week on The Point

Today’s book show on The Point was a discussion on banned and censored books, as we celebrated Banned Books Week. Mindy was away today, so Sean Corcoran joined us as host, along with Peter Abrahams, and Jill Erickson. Below is the list of the titles we discussed, and if you missed the show you can always listen online at WCAI! And here is a link to the Maya Angelou poem Those Who Ban Books

Peter’s Picks

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Jill’s Picks

Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read by Robert P. Doyle

Obscene in the Extreme: the burning and banning of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath by Rick Wartzman

120 Banned Books: censorship histories of world literature

Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell

A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: from Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq by Fernando Báez

Fahrenheit 451, 60th Anniversary Edition by Ray Bradbury with a new introduction by Neil Gaiman

Note from one of our listeners, which we didn’t have time to read on air:

“Thank you for taking up this topic that touches us all more often than one might suppose! As a former librarian and a bookseller, I have found some parents anxious about the content of some books. And grandparents are ten times as anxious! And sometimes I felt a parent would feel deeply uncomfortable with the values put across in the book or series. For these matters, I developed two prescriptions: first, books are like hotpads. They let readers pick up hot topics without getting burned. Second, read the book as a chance to discuss the values with your child. Ask them what they think of the choices a character makes, or if they’ve ever been in a similar situation, or seen it happen. Finally, after years of making hourly choices about what books to stock and which titles to recommend to whom, I realized that tastes and needs are so varied that parents and grandparents need worry little. When it comes to books, kids only pick up what they can carry. Carol”

Need More E-books? We’ve got three new options!

We have been reluctant to share this information about three new options for e-books and audio e-books, because they were not quite ready for prime time. However, with some new tweaks, it seems like this collection, know as the Commonwealth eBook Collections, have just recently taken a big step forward. Thus, we decided it was time to share the news, so that all of you who can’t get enough titles on the CLAMS consortium e-book & e-audio books, known as Overdrive, can give these three new options a try.

The first option is called Axis 360, which features bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction titles. They have just updated their app as well, so that it is easier to use than ever, or you can use it on a standard desk top computer. There are four categories featured, just added, new releases, most popular, and hidden gems. You can browse by subject, and you can also limit to titles that are available now or just e-books or just audio books. The lending model for this is one book, one user, just as it is with Overdrive. You get a two week default loan, but you can change that from 1 day to three weeks. There is also a three book limit per user.

The second option is called BiblioBoard. This is a growing collection of public domain, licensed and library-contributed content. The lending model is unlimited simultaneous use, which is what we wish every digital e-book collection was! The items are always available, so you never have to put a reserve on anything. They are just undergoing a complete transformation, which you can try out now, or wait until it goes live on September 15th. One of the really great features of this collection is that they have a huge selection of the Dummies titles. If you are looking for Hinduism, basketball, vegetable gardening, or twitter, they are now all collected in this one fabulous resource. They also are making an effort to feature Massachusetts authors, and they are partnering with Library Journal to feature indie authors.

Finally, the third option is EBL (e-book library) which is a large collection of mostly non-fiction, academically oriented titles. The biggest difference is that EBL limits books to a one day loan. Thus if you haven’t gotten the info needed in one day, you will have to check it out for a second day.  As of this moment, our direct Falmouth Public Library link is not working, thus you will need to tell it what library you use before you can enter the collection. There are many, many options in this group of books from cookbooks to fine art to science, but remember, you only get a one day loan.

So give these new collections a try, and tell us what you think!

Tonight on CNN “Murder on Cape Cod: Who Shot Shirley Reine”

We have gotten word, once again, tonight this show will air on CNN. CNN’s Randi Kaye investigates a Cape Cod killing. ”CNN Special Report: Murder on the Cape: Who Shot Shirley Reine?” airs tonight, September 2nd at 9:00 PM.

Want to know more about the case? Try reading The Year We Disappeared: a father-daughter memoir by Cylin and John Busby or When Evil Rules by Michele McPhee.

Watch the closing credits closely, as the Reference Department of the Falmouth Pubic Library did a great deal of research for this show, scanning numerous newspaper articles from the Falmouth Enterprise and the Cape Cod Times, as well as using our local history collection to fill in some details for the producers. In addition, Cape Cod Times reporter, George Brennan, was interviewed for this special report.

Cape Cod & the Islands Reading on The Point with Mindy Todd

This morning we had lots of great book suggestions from our listeners! Thanks so much to all of you who called in with your Cape Cod & the Islands book suggestions. Below you will find all the books mentioned on air this morning. A heads up that first time novelists Ellen Herrick, Sarah Anne Johnson, and Jennifer Tseng will be appearing at the Falmouth Public Library on Saturday, September 19th from 10 AM—Noon, and Eight Cousins Books will be selling books. If you missed the show this morning, you can listen tonight at 7 PM or listen online.

Mindy’s Pick

Craig Kingsbury Talkin’: the salty model for Quint speaks out by Kristen Kingsbury Henshaw

Vicky’s Picks

Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning

The Keeper by John G. Ives

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

The House on Oyster Creek by Heidi Jon Schmidt

Death at Woods Hole by Frances McNamara

A Wind to Shake the World: the story of the 1938 hurricane by Everett S. Allen

Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war by Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Heart of the Sea: the tragedy of the whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

Cape Cod Chef’s Table by John Carafoli

Morning Glory’s Farm Food: stories from the fields, recipes from the kitchen by Gabrielle Redner

New England Open House Cookbook by Sarah Leah Chase

Truro Bear and Other Adventures: poems and essays by Mary Oliver

And one more she really wanted to talk about: The Last September by Nina DeGremont

Jill’s Picks

The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken

The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick

The Lightkeeper’s Wife by Sarah Anne Johnson

Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng

Alongshore by John R. Stilgoe

Our World with photographs by Molly Malone Cook and text by Mary Oliver. I first heard about this title via Maria Popova wrote a beautiful essay about the book.

The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook: a year of cooking on Martha’s Vineyard by Chris Fischer with Catherine Young

Autumn: from the heart of the home by Susan Branch (newly republished by Spring Street Publishing on the Vineyard)

Listener Picks

Riptide by Frances Ward Weller

I Wonder If I’ll See a Whale by Frances Ward Weller

Around Cape Cod With Cap’n Goody by Paul Giambarba

The Inevitable Guest: a survival guide to being company & having company on Cape Cod by Marcia J. Monbleau

The Boat House Café by Linda Cardillo

The Old Cape House and The Old Cape Teapot both by Barbara Eppich Struna

Moon Tideby Dawn Clifton Tripp

Phoebe Atwood Taylor’s Asey Mayo mysteries

My Pamet: Cape Cod Chronicle by Tom Kane

Cranberry Cooking for All Seasons by Nancy Cappelloni

Catster & Dogster and Other Magazine Tales

I have a plethora of magazine updates for you today. The summer is the time of year when we add new magazines, and take stock of what magazines have gone digital in the past year or have simply ceased to publish or had a name change. On the digital side MacWorld ceased as a paper publication and is now digital only. We are working on options to make this available to our patrons in the future. The magazine Natural Health and Antiques Roadshow Insider both ceased publication entirely.

Some magazines just change titles. Cat Fancy is now called Catster and Dog Fancy is now called Dogster. No doubt for all the hipsters that now post their cat and dog videos on YouTube! In the first issue of Catster we are told: “It’s an exciting time for us as we continue to reimagine ourselves.” And over at Dogster they write: “Our mission is to help you become even better pet parents and, at the same time, share, inspire, and entertain you with all things dog.”

Crafts Report, as of March 2015, is now named Handmade Business. This caused me to take a closer look at Handmade Business, and I was really intrigued by the article “Along Came a Spider: the growth of online photo theft.” As they write: “With the increasing amount of photos online comes the increasing amount of photos being stolen for other purposes. The billions of photos on the Web have become like a goldmine for some people.” There was also a great article about Marianne Wakerlin’s Vermont company Solmate Socks whose slogan is “life’s too short for matching socks.” You can check out the socks themselves at

I have also rediscovered that Current History is not published in June, July, or August! Current History publishes nine times per year. Each month’s issue focuses on a single region or topic–including annual issues on China and East Asia, Russia and Eurasia, the Middle East, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. This is a particularly terrific resource for our winter Great Decisions group. World Affairs has decided to take that journal back to its traditional quarterly schedule.

What have you got to look forward to in the coming months? Coming your way soon will be CNET Magazine, Daily Word, Design New England, Dr. Oz, Modern Farmer, and New England Home. Not to mention the new annual publication called Falmouth Magazine!

And don’t forget the biggest secret of the library … below every new magazine, if you lift the shelf, you will find the past issues which you can check out!

Cerise Bynoe & The Charlie Jameison Trio at the Falmouth Public Library!

Join Cerise Bynoe & The Charlie Jameison Trio, on THIS Tuesday, August 11th at 7:00 PM. Cerise is a well-known local jazz performer who has performed several times with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly at venues all over the Cape including, The Cultural Center, The Cotuit Center for the Arts, and The Wellfleet Preservation Hall. She recently was featured in a Boston Globe, in which she was quoted as saying: “It’s one of the most wonderful things, to know you’ve got the audience in the palm of your hand and they have you too.” The show will feature jazz, latin, and blues. This concert is free to the public thanks to the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library. For further information call 508-457-2555 ext. 6 or e-mail us at