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

Science Fiction on The Point with Mindy Todd

We had such a fun time this morning talking about Science Fiction books on The Point with Mindy Todd. Joining us once again, was Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb’s Bookshop located in East Sandwich. I am quite sure we could easily spend a year talking about nothing but Science Fiction, as it is such a rich and varied genre. If you missed the show you can listen online at By the way, I was remiss in not letting everyone know that we have a Science Fiction Book Club that meets at the library. Their next meeting will be at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 31st when they will be discussing Lexicon by Max Barry.

Jill’s Picks

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

“All Summer In A Day” short story by Ray Bradbury, collected in The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology This story can also be found in Twice 22, which includes two story collections The Golden Apples of the Sun and A Medicine for Melancholy.

What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton

In Other Worlds: SF and the human imagination by Margaret Atwood

“Science Fiction” essay by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. included in Wampeters Foma & Granfalloons (Opinions) and Library of America’s Novels & Stories 1950-1962 by Kurt Vonnegut.

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Brave New Words: the Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction edited by Jeff Prucher

Vicky’s Picks

Pilgrimage: the book of the people and The People: no different flesh by Zenna Henderson. Nice article about Zenna Henderson written by Jo Walton.

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Bees by Laline Paull

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Listener Picks

The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson

Wool by Hugh Howey (part of the Silo Series)

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Larry Niven novels, Ringworld Series is part of the Tales of Known Space

The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Stranger in a Strange Land and the Future History series by Robert Heinlein

Ender’s Game series by Orson Scott Card

Main Library CLOSED on Street Fair Day, East & North Branches OPEN

Wednesday, July 8th, is the annual Falmouth Village Association Professional Arts and Crafts Street Festival which runs from 10 AM to 6 PM. The main library will be CLOSED, as there is absolutely no parking available that day.

The BRANCH hours will be as follows:

EAST Branch will be open 9 AM to 1 PM.

NORTH Branch will be open 10 AM to 2 PM.

Here’s the Falmouth Village Association’s “5 Great Things About This Year’s Street Fair”:

1. All Items are hand made in the USA – There are no franchises, mass produced items or imported wares at the fair. Every item is crafted state side with love and the consumer in mind.

2. Peak Shopping Conditions – The weather is predicted to be beautiful the day of the fair; sunny skies and in the low 70’s. Nothing makes shopping more enjoyable than being able to do it al fresco!

3. Ride in Style – Park at either the Lawrence School or Morse Pond School and be shuttled right to Main Street aboard a school bus! No need to worry about parking, Falmouth Village Association has you covered!

4. Christmas in July – Could you imagine slashing your Christmas “to buy” list in half by July 9th? It’s totally possible at this year’s arts and crafts fair. There will be more than 200 vendors selling every type of handmade ware you could imagine from clothing and jewelry to housewares and edible treats. You can find something for everyone at this open air one stop shop.

5. DOUBLE SHOPPING – This is by far the most incredible part of the day – all of the Main Street shops will be open during and after the fair! Stop in at your favorite Falmouth Village shops as you’re perusing and shopping the vendor booths. The arts and crafts fair truly has it all!

Summer Reads on The Point with Mindy Todd

Great fun this morning with Mindy Todd and Vicky Titcomb on The Point with Mindy Todd, as we discussed great books for summer from novels to food to gardening. Below are the books we mentioned, as well as books mentioned by our listeners. Have you got a favorite summer read? Let us know! You can e-mail and I’ll add your suggestion to our list. Miss the show? You can listen online!

Mindy’s Picks

The Italian Wife by Ann Hood

Woof: a Bowser and Birdie novel by Spencer Quinn

What the Dog Knows: the science and wonder of working dogs by Cat Warren

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova

Jill’s Picks

The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein. You can see photographs of Gertrude Stein (one of which is attached to this blog) and read about her time at MBL here, and you can read John Ashbery’s article about Gertrude Stein here.

Resorting to Murder: holiday mysteries edited by Martin Edwards (part of the British Library Crime Classics)

The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude (part of the British Library Crime Classics)

Seaside Dreams by Melissa Foster (series is Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers) Set in Wellfleet.

Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng

Big Gay Ice Cream: saucy stories & frozen treats: going all the way with ice cream by Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint with Rebecca Flint Marx

The Backyard Bartender: 55 cool summer cocktails by Nicole Aloni

Vacation: we’re going to the ocean Poems by David L. Harrison, illustrations by Rob Shepperson

The Wild Braid: a poet reflects on a century in the garden by Stanley Kunitz with Genine Lentine

The Writer’s Garden: how gardens inspired our best-loved authors by Jackie Bennett, photography by Richard Hanson

Lost in Translation: an illustrated compendium of untranslatable words from around the world by Ella Frances Sanders

Vicky’s Picks

The Martian by Andy Weir

Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree by Greg Iles

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton

The Rocks by Peter Nichols

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Still Life by Louise Penny

New England Open House Cookbook: 300 recipes inspired by the bounty of New England by Sarah Leah Chase

In Cod We Trust: from sea to shore, the celebrated cuisine of coastal Massachusetts by Heather Atwood

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

The Forget Me Not Summer by Leila Howland

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Listener Picks

Above Us Only Sky by Michele Young-Stone

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Poems from the Pond: 107 years of words and wisdom, the writing of Peggy Freydburg edited by Laurie David