Library’s Historical Documents are Digitized

The preservation of the Falmouth Public Library’s historical documents is now complete.

Through a grant by the Falmouth Community Preservation Fund in 2010 , the Library was enabled to rebind documents and records dating back to 1792.

Recently, the collection was digitized by the Digital Commonwealth, a non-profit collaborative organization that helps Massachusetts libraries create, manage, and disseminate  cultural heritage materials.

The collection may be viewed in full on the Internet Archives.

Tom Turkington’s Before I Forget: A Boyhood of Little Drama

It is always a pleasure to catalog the works of local authors, and Tom Turkington’s Before I Forget: A Boyhood of Little Drama is no exception.  Recently interviewed by Ken Gartner for The Enterprise, Mr. Turkington points out that his book is not simply about growing up in Falmouth; he does, after all, portray life in mid-20th century America, a time in history when families watched television together and  kids ran around freely and played throughout the neighborhood until the dinner bell rang.  Indeed, Before I Forget portrays a time when the pace of life seemed to pass so much slower—perhaps even for noted local runners such as Turkington and Gartner!

However, for those who are interested in local history, Turkington’s chronicles reference many of the unique characteristics of bygone Falmouth: the Fire Station whistle and the raft at Surf Drive Beach, to name just two.  In fact, for those who did grow up in Falmouth years ago, reading Before I Forget will certainly be a nostalgic walk down Memory Lane, as well as Scranton Avenue and Mill Road.  To be sure, whether remembering such teachers as Miss Mullen with her red hair and purple outfits on the Village School playground or reminiscing about Mr. Kalperis (also known as “Kalpy”) and the Lawrence High School track team; Turkington’s memoir not only depicts what it was like growing up during the fifties and sixties, but it also offers a rare glimpse into what it was like growing up in Falmouth, glimpses that may not be included in local history books and therefore often do run the risk of being forgotten.

Best of 2016: NEW Fiction at FPL*

FICTION Hawkins The Girl on the Train
FICTION Child Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel
FICTION Baldacci The Guilty
FICTION Connolly A Song of Shadows: A Charlie Parker Thriller
FICTION Lowell Perfect Touch: A Novel
FICTION McLain Circling the Sun: A Novel
FICTION Sparks See Me
FICTION Steel Undercover : A Novel
FICTION Gerritsen Playing with Fire: A Novel
FICTION Atkins The Redeemers
MYSTERY Maron Long Upon the Land
MYSTERY Connelly The Crossing: A Novel
MYSTERY Parker Robert B. Parker’s the Devil Wins: A Jesse Stone Novel
MYSTERY James You are Dead
MYSTERY Penny The Nature of the Beast
MYSTERY Kellerman Breakdown: An Alex Delaware Novel
MYSTERY Cleeves Harbour Street
MYSTERY Evanovich The Scam: A Fox and O’Hare Novel
MYSTERY Evanovich Tricky Twenty-two: A Stephanie Plum Novel
MYSTERY Olson Hidden
SCI FI Cline Armada: A Novel
SCI FI Chu Time Salvager
SCI FI Jemisin The Fifth Season
SCI FI Martin A Game of Thrones
SCI FI Scalzi The End of All Things
SCI FI Martin A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
SCI FI Corey Nemesis Games
SCI FI Higgins Lightless
SCI FI Sandford Saturn Run
SCI FI Abercrombie Half a War
LP FICTION Baldacci Memory Man
LP FICTION Coben The Stranger
LP FICTION Blume In the Unlikely Event
LP FICTION Hawkins The Girl on the Train
LP FICTION Hilderbrand The Rumor: A Novel
LP FICTION Patterson 14th Deadly Sin
LP FICTION Thayer The Guest Cottage
LP FICTION Connelly The Crossing: A Novel
LP FICTION Moyes The Ship of Brides
LP FICTION Clark The Melody Lingers On

*Based upon titles checked out.

NEW Titles on the Social Sciences: Groups of People, Social Processes, and Culture and Institutions

Check out these titles recently added to the NEW section:

On Social Processes [303’s]

303.48 BIN  Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost its Mind and Found its Soul, by Clara Bingham.

Woven together from one hundred original interviews, Witness to the Revolution provides a firsthand narrative of that period of upheaval in the words of those closest to the action–the activists, organizers, radicals, and resisters…

On Groups of People [305’s]

305.42 WHA  What I Told My Daughter, edited by Nina Tassler.

Tassler has brought together a powerful, diverse group of women—from Madeleine Albright to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Dr. Susan Love to Whoopi Goldberg—to reflect on the best advice and counsel they have given their daughters either by example, throughout their lives, or in character-building…

305.896 FIR  The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward.

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time.

On Culture & Institutions [306’s]

306.0948 PAR  The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life, by Ani Partanen.

Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships—parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens.

306.768 STR  Transgender History, by Susan Stryker.

Covering American transgender history from the mid-twentieth century to today, Transgender History takes a chronological approach to the subject of transgender history, with each chapter covering major movements, writings, and events.


Local Traditions: From Thanksgiving Day Games to School Yearbooks

Of all the local Thanksgiving traditions celebrated in Falmouth, many townspeople look forward to heading over to Guv Fuller Field on Thanksgiving morning to help cheer on the Clippers as they battle to “bring home a victory to Falmouth High.” Indeed, for many Lawrence High and Falmouth High alumni, the Thanksgiving Day Football Game holds a special place in their hearts for it not only represents the long standing rivalry between Falmouth and Barnstable High Schools (dating back to 1895), but “the game” is also traditionally known as an annual event at which to meet and catch up with former classmates.  It is a time when classmates can reunite and reminisce about the good old days at “dear old Falmouth.”

That is why this Thanksgiving season the Library is especially happy to announce the recent accession of the Falmouth Public School Digital Yearbook Collection.  With some editions dating as far back as 1915, the Collection includes the Lawrencian, the Clipper Compact, and a few editions of The Voice of the L.H.S. and The Broadcaster, the Falmouth Junior High School’s yearbook.

The actual digitization project was federally funded by the Library Services and Technology Act Grant through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and is administered by the Boston Public Library and hosted by the Internet Archive.

So whether you’re remembering the good old days or doing research, the digitized yearbooks are a great addition to our Digital Archives and serve as a perfect example of the Library’s commitment to provide collections that are accessible and responsive to community needs and interests, especially local collections.*

Good Luck Clippers! Here’s strength to you! And here’s to your performance throughout the 2016 season!


*Print editions of the yearbooks are also available and will be back in the library after the full digitization process is complete by the end of November.

From Pope Francis to Mother Teresa and From Siddhartha to Thich Nhat Hanh: New Books on Religion

Now on the NEW Shelf!

Check out these titles on Religion found in the 200’s:

The Name of God is Mercy / Pope Francis in Conversation with Andrea Tornielli.

241.4 FRA

In his first book published as Pope, and in conjunction with the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis invites all humanity to an intimate and personal dialogue on the subject closest to his heart–mercy– which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy.


A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve / Mother Teresa.
248.48 TER
Published to coincide with Pope Francis’s Year of Mercy and the Vatican’s canonization of Mother Teresa, this new book of unpublished material by a humble yet remarkable woman of faith whose influence is felt as deeply today as it was when she was alive, offers Mother Teresa’s profound yet accessible wisdom on how we can show mercy and compassion in our day-to-day lives.


Siddhartha’s Brain: Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment / James Kingsland.
294.3 KIN
Kingsland expertly weaves the story and teachings of the Buddha with clinical and scientific research in a highly readable examination of the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. The author applies Buddhism and science to illustrate how humans’ complex “neural machinery” hardwires us for suffering. With chapters devoted to the discussion of depression, chronic pain, and addiction, he employs case studies to highlight the effectiveness of various mindfulness-based therapies, although he doesn’t shy away from presenting the challenges to and limitations of those investigations.


Thich Nhat Hanh’s How to Series  
294.34 NHA
A new series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduces beginners to, and reminds seasoned practitioners of, the essentials of mindfulness practice.  A teacher, author, poet, and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh has written over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children’s stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts.

Whether You’re Anxious or Mindful, a Gardener or a Carpenter; These Titles May be Just for You…

…and they all start with Dewey Call Numbers in the 150′s and are located in our NEW Non Fiction section!

Check out these titles on psychology:

152.46 BOY  The Four Gifts of Anxiety : Embrace the Power of Your Anxiety and Transform Your Life, by Sherianna Boyle, MEd, CAGS.

Unlock anxiety’s powerful gifts!

It’s time to break free from the tight grip of anxiety and live the life you’ve always wanted. The Four Gifts of Anxiety shows you how to tap into the power of your anxiety and reveal its gifts of resiliency, hope, empathy, and purpose. Filled with exercises, meditations, and reflection prompts, this book teaches you how to access these positive attributes…

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­153.35 GRA   Originals : How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Grant Adam.

The television show “Seinfeld” was a flop with its pilot episode. It didn’t conform to the standard family situation comedy that provided some meaningful message. It was a show about nothing. That nothing turned into a ratings success.  Grant…describes successful and unsuccessful unconventional behavior in entrepreneurial, scientific, and other ventures. He cites failures such as Segway and successes such as Disney, Apple, Skype,…the Central Intelligence Agency, Martin Luther King Jr., baseball players who steal bases, and Polaroid. [Showing that successful] innovators often take a new rather than a familiar perspective.

155.4 GOP  The Gardener and the Carpenter : What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children, by Alison Gopnik.

In The Gardener and the Carpenter, the pioneering developmental psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik argues that the familiar twenty-first-century picture of parents and children is profoundly wrong…

Drawing on the study of human evolution and her own cutting-edge scientific research into how children learn, Gopnik shows that although caring for children is profoundly important, it is not a matter of shaping them to turn out a particular way. Children are designed to be messy and unpredictable, playful and imaginative, and to be very different both from their parents and from each other. The variability and flexibility of childhood lets them innovate, create, and survive in an unpredictable world.

158.1 TIP  Becoming Wise : An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, by Krista Tippett.

Tippett, recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the host of the acclaimed NPR radio show “On Being”…, is used to taking on the big questions and discussing them with some of the most influential voices in religion, philosophy, and science. This book focuses on turning elements of various spiritual traditions…into actions.

158.12 WIL   Growing Up Mindful : Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience, by Christopher Willard, PsyD.

Introducing mindfulness into the lives of our children and teenagers is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer. Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence, boosts happiness, increases curiosity and engagement, reduces anxiety and depression, soothes the pain of trauma, and helps kids (and adults) focus, learn, and make better choices. If that weren’t enough, research now shows that mindfulness significantly enhances what psychologists call “flourishing”–the opposite of depression and avoidance…Growing Up Mindful helps parents, educators, and counselors learn how to embody and share the skills of mindfulness that will empower our children with resilience throughout their lives.

*This posting is part of a Catablogging@FPL series on Melvil Dewey’s classification system and features new titles that represent the ten main classes of the Dewey Schedule.  Follow along!

What do Ghosts from Boston, Apricot Cocktails, and the Act of Wandering have in Common?

Why they’re all topics found in books shelved in the 100’s!  If you like philosophy, parapsychology and occultism, or psychology, then the 100 section in the stacks is for you.

Check out these NEW titles:

[128 PHI]  Unforbidden Pleasures by Adam Phillips.

Phillips [uses] Oscar Wilde as a springboard for a deep dive into the meanings and importance of the unforbidden, from the fall of our “first parents,” Adam and Eve, to the work of the great psychoanalytic thinkers.


[133.1 BAL]  Ghosts of Boston : Haunts of the Hub by Sam Baltrusis.

It should come as no surprise that one of the nation’s oldest cities brims with spirits of those who lived and died in its hundreds of years of tumultuous history. Boston, Massachusetts, boasts countless stories of the supernatural.


[ 133.32424 CRI]  The Creative Tarot : A Modern Guide to an Inspired Life by Jessa Crispin.

A hip, accessible, and practical guide for artists and creative people looking to tarot for guidance and inspiration in the tradition of “The Secret Language of Birthdays” and “Steal Like an Artist”.


[142.78 BAK]  At the Existentialist Café : Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others by Sarah Bakewell.

Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher…


[153.35 SMI] The Wander Society by Keri Smith.

…A guide to the Wander Society, a secretive group that holds up the act of wandering, or unplanned exploring, as a way of life. You’ll learn about the group’s mysterious origins, meet fellow wanderers through time, discover how wandering feeds the creative mind, and learn how to best practice the art of wandering, should you choose to accept the mission.



*This posting is part of a Catablogging@FPL series on Melvil Dewey’s classification system and features new titles that represent the ten main classes of the Dewey Schedule.  Follow along!


Catablogging@FPL: New Bibliographies and Titles on Libraries, Reading, and Journalism

A few of the most recent titles to arrive upon the NEW shelf continue to represent Generalities, the first section of the Dewey schedule.* These titles have call numbers that start with zero, and include such topics as bibliographies; Library and Information Services; Reading; and News, Journalism, and Publishing.

Check out the following:

Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens [YA 016.3067 CAR]

The Bad-ass Librarians of Timbuktu : And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts [025.82 HAM]

The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People [028.9 BOO]

The Defender:  How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America: From the Age of the Pullman Porters to the Age of Obama  [071.73 MIC]


*This posting is part of a series on Melvil Dewey’s classification system and features new titles that represent the ten main classes of the Dewey Schedule.  Follow along!

Catablogging: New Titles on Knowledge and Computer Science

As our recent blog entry on Melvil Dewey’s classification system suggests, follow along as our catalogers send recently purchased titles to the NEW sections of the adult collection and the Children’s Room.  The featured titles will represent the ten main classes of the Dewey schedule.

Generalities, the first section of the Dewey schedule, have call numbers that start with a zero and include subjects like computer science and knowledge.

Check out these new titles in the adult collection:

The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data [Call #:001 LYN]

Apple Watch and iPhone Fitness Tips and Tricks [Call #: 004.1675 iPhone RIC]

Excel 2016 for Dummies [Call #: 005.369 Excel HAR]

…or these new titles in the Children’s Room:

Learn to Program with Minecraft : Transform Your World with the Power of Python [Call #: J 005.13 Ric]

Help Your Kids with Computer Coding [Call #: J 005.133 Vorderman]