Haunted Hearths Ghost Tour

Join us for our annual Haunted Hearths Ghost Tour with paranormal investigator Ken DeCosta on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 pm. Discover haunted inns, churches, and homes with a haunted history in Falmouth.

About RISEUP Paranormal

 The RISEUP Paranormal Society is a Rhode Island- based volunteer organization with affiliates in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine that specializes in the investigation and assessment of paranormal claims within the realms of Hauntings, UFO experiences, and Cryptozoology. 

For more information about RISEUP Paranormal, please visit their website.

Mark Your Calendar:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:00-7:30 pm

The tour will depart from 300 Main Street, Falmouth.

Registration required. Please register by contacting the Reference Department: 508-457-2555 x7.

Free admission

The is a walking ghost tour and is recommended for older teens and adults and is generously sponsored by the Falmouth Public Library Board of Trustees. Admission is free. Registration is required due to limited spaces.

*The route is wheelchair-accessible.

**Please bring a flashlight or two to share if possible.

Experience Rory Raven

Join us for an evening with mentalist and mindbender Rory Raven on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 PM at the Falmouth Public Library. Rory will read your mind, bend spoons, and leave you talking about it for the rest of your life. This master mentalist has mystified and entertained audiences throughout the Northeast and as far away as Istanbul. With humor, wit, and amazement, this show is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Who is Rory Raven?

A life-long interest in all things psychic and paranormal led Rory to pursue a career as a mentalist and mindbender. His goal is to reproduce the kind of effects parapsychologists have been researching for years – only he wants to do them live and onstage. Rory’s work has brought him to a number of wonderful places over the years. From Salem to Manhattan to Istanbul – he has performed for bar patrons, educational groups, nightclub crowds, champion bridge players, and even a coven of witches! In addition, Rory writes books! He has written Haunted Providence: strange tales from the smallest state and The Dorr War: treason, rebellion, and the fight for reform in Rhode Island.

For more information about Rory, visit his website.

Mark Your Calendar:

Wednesday, September 26, 7:00-8:00 pm

Hermann Meeting Room

Doors open at 6:45 pm/Show at 7:00 pm

Free admission

This show is recommended for older teens and adults and is generously sponsored by the Falmouth Public Library Board of Trustees. Admission is free. No registration is required. Doors open at 6:45 PM in the Hermann Meeting Room at the Main Library.

2018 Hugo Awards

The Hugo Awards 2018 for best science fiction have been announced! Check out this year’s winners, which include many books by women of color, including N.K. Jemisin, the first author to win Best Novel three (!) times in a row for the Broken Earth trilogy. You can view the complete list of the finalists and winners online.

Best Novel

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin 

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.


Best Novella

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.


Best Related Work

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin

No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula’s blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it.


Best Graphic Story

Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda

Maika Halfwolf is on the run from a coalition of forces determined to control or destroy the powerful Monstrum that lives beneath her skin. But Maika still has a mission of her own: to discover the secrets of her late mother, Moriko.



Beat the Heat at the Library!

It’s another Cape scorcher, and you really need somewhere cool to go. Why don’t you head over to your local library?

Here are five cool things you can do at your library to beat the heat.

  1. Pick a quiet corner and read. All branches have daily newspapers and magazines as well as plenty of books to while away the hours.
  2. Watch movies. Bring in a laptop or tablet and use the library’s free Wi-Fi to access movies on Overdrive or check out a DVD and watch it on your computer or one of ours.
  3. Research your roots. Did you know we have genealogy databases for researching your family tree? HeritageQuest can be accessed from your home computer, but a few like Ancestry.com must be accessed at the library. Drop by on Tuesday afternoons between 2-4 in the Reference Room to ask a genealogy question and get help from the experts from the Falmouth Genealogical Society.
  4. Learn something new. The library has so many interesting and informative programs. You can join a book club, learn how to download free ebooks, or make a puzzle. To learn a new skill online; bring your headphones and access Lynda.com for free.

Whatever you choose to do, it will be in blissful air-conditioned comfort!

Hot Weather Tips

Summer months bring fun, sun, and heat! Sometimes, the heat can become dangerous, especially for children, pets, people who work outside, and people with certain health conditions. Staying safe in high heat is important. Check out these tips to stay safe.

  • Drink plenty of cool water! Stay hydrated.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing that will keep you cool. Wear sunscreen and a hat for protection.
  • Check on neighbors who might be vulnerable to the heat, especially those without air conditioning.
  • Never leave children or pets in a car—not even for one minute. Temperatures inside a car can quickly skyrocket to deadly levels.
  • If you work or play outside, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool off in the shade.
  • Don’t forget the pets! Keep pets indoors if possible. If kept outside, give them plenty of water and shade to rest in.
  • Symptoms of heat-related illness include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention.

Read it First!

Film Adaptations Headed to Theaters Near You

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times—the book was better! There’s nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don’t know your beloved series is coming out as a movie, or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The library is here to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theaters and give you the chance to read before you view. This month, there are 7 books to movies, so set aside plenty of time to read and watch your way through August!

Coming This August

Crazy Rich AsiansReserve a copy

American Rachel Wu is excited to join her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, on his summer trip back to Singapore to see his family. Once there, she is surprised to find out that not only is his family exceedingly rich, but he is the country’s most sought-after bachelor. Instead of a relaxing vacation, Rachel finds herself navigating the ins and outs of upper-crust Singapore society and Nick’s suspicious family. This is the first in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy by Kevin Kwan.

Meg: a novel of deep terrorReserve your copy

In 1956, Jonas Taylor was conducting a deep sea dive in the Mariana Trench on a top-secret mission for the Navy when he watched his colleague be eaten by a shark. Not just any shark, a megalodon, the largest shark species ever known and one thought to be extinct since the time of the dinosaurs. When he escaped to the surface, no one believed him. Now, Jonas is approached with an offer to revisit the Mariana Trench again, and prove that this threat is still out there. But he finds the situation worse than before and now these ancient creatures are returning to wreak havoc on mankind.

PapillonReserve your copy

The (possibly) true story of Henri Charrière, a man who escaped the penal colony of French Guiana after enduring innumerable hardships. This tale has everything; forced labor, daring open water escapes, treacherous quicksand, cannibalism and, possibly, a grain of truth in it all. Many contend that, although Charrière did indeed spend time in French Guiana, much of his account is greatly exaggerated. Either way, it makes for a riveting story.

The Miseducation of Cameron PostReserve your copy

After her parents are killed in a car crash, Cameron is sent to live with her conservative aunt and grandmother in Montana. Though she desperately tries to suppress her burgeoning sexuality and remain invisible in this traditional community, she finds beautiful Coley Taylor impossible to ignore. When Cameron and Coley strike up a relationship, her aunt sends her away to God’s Promise, a gay re-education camp. There, Cameron must defy the camp counselors and her loved ones in order to remain true to herself.

Juliet, NakedReserve your copy

The story of a boy, a girl, and a reclusive singer. When Duncan’s girlfriend, Annie, dares to publicly criticize the latest album of Duncan’s absolute favorite singer, Tucker Crowe, she unleashes a chain of events that will change all of their lives.

The WifeReserve your copy

On a flight to Helsinki to support her husband as he receives a distinguished international literary award, Joan Castleman realizes her marriage is over. Having spent 40 years nurturing his career, Joan’s desire to pursue her own writing, and her own life, becomes undeniable. As she spends the plane trip remembering their life together, the true extent of her sacrifices becomes all the more apparent.

The Little StrangerReserve your copy

Hundreds Hall, which has housed the Ayres family for over two hundred years, has seen better days. When Faraday, the local country doctor, visits to tend to the Ayreses maid, he befriends the family and tries to help them out of their financial straits. But the Ayreses cannot part with their old ways and soon strange and inexplicable events begin to haunt the family. Are they going mad or is Hundreds Hall reacting to their changing circumstances?


Summer is for Reading

It’s okay to slow down

It’s healthy to forget the fact that you carry around the daily news, your mailbox, telephone, grocery list, workplace cubicle, and social life all in the small space of your pocket. Is your battery low? Oh, who cares! This summer, let’s unite under the mindset that it’s okay to throw off the weight of those unread texts and push notifications.

Reading cures what ails you

Reading is a tried and true way to forget the freneticism of life in 2018. As you navigate through summer, stop to smell the sunscreen, campfire embers, fresh soil, and fresh-cut grass. Feel free to amble. Take time to dawdle. Let the atrophy of boredom wash your harried mind clean of its worries.

Book Lists by FPL librarians are magical

Find a fantastically good time inside the pages of a book. Our librarians have been busy compiling lists that house your next great read. This summer, venture into nature to reunite or get acquainted with a time before gigabits and scrolling. Take one of these books with you, and you’ll find that it’s true: sometimes, it’s okay to slow down.

Click here to see our lists!

Fun Summer Reads

July new releases are on the fun side of fiction. These reads would be great by a pool, at the lake, in a hammock, on a plane or at your favorite air-conditioned coffee shop. Wherever you’re hanging out this summer, take a good book!

1. Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaelle Giordano


At 38, Paris native Camille feels like happiness has eluded here even though she has a good job, a loving husband and a wonderful son. She searches for the path to joy and finds Claude, a routinologist, who offers unique advice. Camille embarks on a journey full of surprising escapades, creative capers and deep meaning.

A charming, feel-good and universal story of one woman’s journey from boredom and dissatisfaction to happiness and fulfilment–for fans of Hector and The Search for Happiness and Eat, Pray, Love.

“…Funny, sweet, and not without a few important happy-life tips.” —Good Housekeeping

2. When We Found Home by Susan Mallery


It is difficult to savor life with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about. Callie Smith is confused when she discovers she has a brother and a sister. Her brother Malcolm grew up with affection, wealth and privilege. Her sister Keira is a streetwise 12-year-old. While Callie doesn’t love being alone, it’s safe. Warily she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping for a whole new life.

Starting over is messy. Callie and Keira bond, but aren’t with their posh new lifestyle. Malcolm feels like the odd man out in his own home. He turned a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, but he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love.

In this emotional, funny and heartfelt story, Susan Mallery masterfully explores the definition of a modern family—blended by surprise, not by choice—and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.

3. The Lido by Libby Page


Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing. The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she’s swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure. It was at the lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; fell in love with her husband, George; and found community during her marriage and since George’s death.

Twentysomething Kate Matthews feels desperately alone as a new Brixton resident. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. When she’s assigned to write about the lido’s closing Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on Rosemary. Their friendship blossoms as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate.

“A delicious debut about the endearing friendship between two women who join forces to save the town pool. Refreshing, funny and heartwarming, The Lido is must read.”—Laura Dave, national bestselling author of Eight Hundred Grapes and Hello, Sunshine

There’s No Better Time

There’s no better time to learn how to borrow and download ebooks from Overdrive. We’re excited to announce that we will be holding how-to sessions throughout the month of August for anyone who is interested in learning how to borrow and download ebooks from Overdrive using their library card. CLAMS has just launched a Pilot Program together with four Massachusetts Library Networks that allows you to choose from over 100,000 ebooks with your CLAMS library card. We would love to show you how to get started. No registration is required.


Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August, 1-2 PM (August 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29), Bay Meeting Room, Main Library

What you will need:
– CLAMS library card number and PIN
– Your preferred reading device (iPad, Kindle Fire, etc)

What you may need:
– Apple ID and password
– Amazon account information (email and password)

We’re expanding!

The Library Networks are joining together to bring you more books. The new eBook project is being led by the Automated Resource Sharing Networks. As a network joins, their eBooks become available to loan to residents outside their own network.

Now, for a limited time, you have the ability to browse and borrow from neighboring CW MARSMinuteman Library NetworkOld Colony Library Network and SAILS Library Network

The new eBook project takes that progress to next level.  It is the latest example of libraries and library organizations working together to share resources and increase access for patrons. . Other than the membership fees public libraries already pay to be in an automated network, there is no additional cost to the public library. With federal IMLS funding and state funding, the MBLC is paying the OverDrive platform fee; MLS is assisting school libraries and libraries that are not members in one of the networks; networks will continue to purchase eBooks and eAudiobooks for their own network that can now be shared across networks. Once all networks join, there will be 345 participating public libraries with an estimated shared collection of over 350,000.

Residents can learn more about the new eBook pilot on mass.gov/libraries.

You may need a new app

To begin accessing books, download OverDrive’s Libby App. It will give you the easiest access to the expanded eBook collection. If you are blind or visually impaired, the OverDrive app will better serve you. To download, use the app store on your device, or visit the Overdrive website. This cooperative effort is funded by the Automated Resource Sharing Networks, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners —made possible in part with Institute of Museum and Library Services funding—, the Massachusetts Library System, and local libraries.

Summer Reads eBook Edition

These three outstanding writers make a stand with deeply passionate narratives that will leave you aching for more. Here are three fantastic e-books you should add to your shelf. We’re excited to teach many eBook classes this August. If you are just beginning to get excited about ebooks, we invite you to learn more and attend a class. Visit our post to learn more!

1. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger


Welcome to Greenwich, Connecticut, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor. Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton does not do the suburbs. After leaving Miranda Priestly, she’s been working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.

“A cameo from the imperious and memorable Runway fashion mag boss Miranda Priestly adds extra spice to this page-turning beach read. It’s a treat for Weisberger’s fans. ” — Publisher’s Weekly


2. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage


Afflicted with a chronic debilitating condition, Suzette Jensen knew having children would wreak havoc on her already fragile body. Nevertheless, she brought Hanna into the world, pleased and proud to start a family with her husband Alex. Estranged from her own mother, Suzette is determined to raise her beautiful daughter with the love, care, and support she was denied.

One of Entertainment Weekly‘s Must-Read Books for July
“A wholly original and terrifically creepy story.” —Refinery29
One of PopSugar’s “25 Must-Read Books That Will Make July Fly By!”
A Barnes and Noble Blog Best Thriller for July!
One of the “Biggest Thrillers of the Summer” —SheReads
“Summer 2018 Must-Read” —Bookish
“Best Summer Reads for 2018” —Publishers Weekly
“One of 11 Crime Novels You Should Read in July” —Crime Reads
“A twisty, delirious read” —EntertainmentWeekly.com
“New & Noteworthy” —USA Today
“A deliciously creepy read.” —New York Post


3. Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich


By the celebrated author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better.

“Claiming to be “old enough to die,” feminist scholar Ehrenreich (Living with a Wild God) takes on the task of investigating America’s peculiar approach to aging, health, and wellness. She comes down hard on what she describes as “medicalized life”: the unending series of doctor’s visits, fads in wellness, and preventative-care screenings that can dominate the life of an aging person. Ehrenreich’s core philosophy holds that aging people have the right to determine their quality of life and may choose to forgo painful and generally ineffective treatments. .”—Publisher’s Weekly

Welcome C.J. Verburg!

The Falmouth Public Library is pleased to welcome CJ Verburg to the Main Library (300 Main Street, Falmouth) on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a conversation with author CJ Verburg and Jill Erickson, Head of Reference and Information Services at the Falmouth Public Library. At work on a new novella, CJ Verburg is an award-winning playwright and theatre director and the author of bestsellers in international literature and science, including (Ourselves Among OthersEdward Gorey on Stage), a memoir, and two mystery series.

A storyteller ever since she could talk, CJ Verburg spent the 1990’s collaborating on theatre projects with her Yarmouth Port neighbor, the late artist and writer Edward Gorey. Their friendship inspired her multimedia memoir Edward Gorey On Stage and her award-winning play Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians. Her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery series, starting with the novels Croaked and Zapped, spun off from one of their “idées du jour” over lunch. A former editor and freelance writer for major publishers on both coasts, Verburg moved to San Francisco after Gorey’s death. She runs the Indie Publishers’ Working Group at the Mechanics’ Institute Library and is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Readers International. She has recently finished writing Gaudí Knight, a sequel to Silent Night Violent Night and Another Number for the Road in her international Cory Goodwin mystery series, which stars the Boston journalist daughter of New York private eye Archie Goodwin. She’s now working on an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery novella, The Toastrack Enigma.

No registration is required. Book purchases and signings courtesy of Eight Cousins Bookstore will follow the event. The following books will be available for sale:

Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery
Zapped: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery
Edward Gorey On Stage: Playwright, Director, Designer, Performer: a Multimedia Memoir

CJ Verburg: A friend and neighbor of the late artist Edward Gorey, Verburg produced and assistant-directed most of his twenty-odd original plays and “entertainments” on Cape Cod. Edward Gorey On Stage is her multimedia memoir about their theatrical escapades, including rare drawings, photos, film clips, and music. Her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery series (starting withCroaked and Zapped) originated as one of their frequent idées du jour over lunch. When Gorey died before they could pursue it, she gave one of his unused acronymic pseudonyms to the books’ reluctant sleuth.

Verburg’s Cory Goodwin mysteries had two inspirations: her admiration for the late writer Rex Stout, and her publishing career in San Francisco and Boston. The series’ narrator is the journalist daughter of Stout’s detective Archie Goodwin. Silent Night Violent Night plunges Cory into the noir side of publishing at a college friend’s posh holiday party. In Another Number for the Road, she heads for France to cover an upscale goodwill exchange and becomes entangled with a rock star she interviewed at a protest march twenty years ago. For more information about CJ, please visit her website. She lives in San Francisco. Follow her on Twitter @CJVerburg