Friends Book Sale

We’re happy to announce that the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library will be having their annual Book Sale this July between July 1-6! Most books are under $2 and you are sure to find something special for yourself or a loved one. The book sale will be held on the library lawn in front of the Main Library.

Book Sale Schedule

The sale starts on Saturday, July 1 and runs until Thursday, July 6, 2017.

Saturday, July 1: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 2: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, July 3: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, July 4: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, July 5: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, July 6: 10:00 am – Noon

For more information about the Friends, visit their page.

Books on the Point: Libraries & Librarians

 

 

 

 

 

Mindy Todd, host of WCAI’s The Point, and Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services at the library, were on WCAI this morning with their book suggestions. The program was broadcast live at the WGBH Boston Public Library Studio. Andrew Maloney, Reader’s Services Librarian at the Boston Public Library, joined them for a great book discussion on libraries and librarians. Miss the show? You can listen online at capeandislands.org!

Thursday update:

Thanks for all the great comments about yesterday’s show! We loved this one so much, which was posted on the WCAI Facebook page by Jeanne Harper, that we’re going to add it here as well:

Great book ideas. Couldn’t catch the whole show so I have an addition you may not have talked about. Lirael (who becomes a librarian in a place where librarians sometimes need to wear swords depending on what section they are working in) by Garth Nix. It is the second in the Old Kingdom trilogy fantasy series (there are more than three now). Here is a quote: “Please,” said Lirael…”I think I would like to work in this Library.”
“The Library,” repeated Sanar, looking troubled. “That can be dangerous to a girl of fourteen. Or a woman of forty, for that matter.”
― Garth Nix, Lirael

We will definitely remember Sanar’s line!! I can’t wait to start reading, but I bet Andrew has already devoured these!

Andrew’s Picks

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

The Rover by Mel Odom

The World’s Strongest Librarian: a memoir of Tourette’s, faith, strength, and the power of family by Josh Hanagarne

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: and their race to save the world’s most precious manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

 

Jill’s Picks

Houghton Library at 75: a celebration of its collections

This is What a Librarian Looks Like: a celebration of libraries, communities, and access to information by Kyle Cassidy

The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the story of a forgotten era by Elizabeth Dowling TaylorT

The Giant’s House  by Elizabeth McCracken

You Could Look It Up: the reference shelf from ancient babylon to wikipedia by Jack Lynch

The Card Catalog: books, cards, and literary treasures by The Library of Congress; forward by Carla Hayden

The Goldbug Variations by Richard Powers

 

Listener’s Picks

Summer by Edith Wharton

The Lost Book of the Grail, or, a visitor’s guide to Barchester Cathedral by Charlie Lovett

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link (specifically the story “Magic for Beginners”)

Do or Die by Jen McKinley

 

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2017 Books & Authors Festival

The Falmouth Public Library and Eight Cousins Bookstore are proud to present the second annual Books & Authors Festival. The Festival will be held between July 13 – August 29. Celebrate the wonderful community of local authors on the Cape, meet bestselling authors, including Anita Diamant, and hear from recognized debut author Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, plus many more.

All of our events are free and made possible by the Board of Trustees at the Falmouth Public Library. In addition, all events will be held in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room at the Main Library. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase and signings will follow.

No registration is required. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to start time.

Books & Authors Newsletter

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2017 Event Schedule

Download 2017 Festival Brochure

Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 5:00pm
The Outer Cape with Patrick Dacey
Reading & Signing

Robert and Irene Kelly were a golden couple of the late ‘70s—she an artist, he a businessman, each possessed by dynamism and vibrancy. But with two young boys to care for, Irene finds herself confined by the very things she’d dreamed of having. And Robert, pressured by Irene’s demands and haunted by the possibility of failure, risks the family business to pursue a fail-safe real estate opportunity.

Twenty years later, their now-grown sons, Nathan and Andrew, are drawn back to confront a fateful diagnosis. As they revisit the Cape Cod of their childhood, the ghosts of the past threaten to upend the tenuous peace of the present.

In The Outer Cape, Patrick Dacey delivers a story of four people grappling with the shadow of infinite possibility, a book in which chasing the American dream and struggling to survive are one and the same.


Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 11:00 am
Fiction Writer’s Panel with Ellen Herrick (The Forbidden Garden) & Anne LeClair (The Halo Effect), Kathy Aspden, (Baklava, Biscotti and an Irishman), & Holly Hodder Eger (Split Rock)
Reading & Signing

The Kirkland Hall estate in England is a vast property (a mini Downton Abbey) with one black mark upon its grounds. The Shakespeare garden is cursed, and any family member who tries to improve its bleak state is harmed in some way. The lord of the estate, Graham Kirkland, hears of Sorrel’s magic-touch gardening skills and lures her from her New England home to restore the garden. Since she is no relation to the family, he assumes she will not be affected by the curse. But -Graham’s brother-in-law, the broody Andrew, is thrown into the mix. He’s at a turning point in his life and is staying at Kirkland Hall to evaluate his future options. As Sorrel works wonders in the garden, the tender bud of a romance begins. As the curse is researched, secrets of the family’s past emerge.

In this tour de force, a father, shaken by tragedy, tries to avenge his daughter’s murder–and restore his family’s shattered life. It was supposed to be a typical October evening for renowned portrait artist Will Light. Over dinner of lamb tagine, his wife, Sophie, would share news about chorus rehearsals for the upcoming holiday concert, and their teenage daughter, Lucy, would chatter about French club and field hockey. Only Lucy never came home. Her body was found, days later, in the woods. With shocking events that reverberate for a lifetime, all are drawn closer to unraveling the mystery as their paths collide in a series of inextricably linked, dark, dangerous moments that could lead to their undoing…or to their redemption.

Artfully weaving together three lives, three coasts and three generations, Kathy Aspden’s breathtaking debut, Baklava, Biscotti, and an Irishman is a dazzling pastiche of love, deception, acceptance and forgiveness. When the choices that Teressa, Danny and Gregory make intersect with circumstances out of their control, they must straddle the fine line between what is right and what is unimaginable to live without – each asking What would I do for the sake of a child? It is a deeply moving story about the dynamics of love and loss, and what it takes to survive both.

After inheriting a house on Martha’s Vineyard and finding herself alone there with three young children, Annie Tucker must confront her past when an unresolved love tests whether she has the courage to resist the pull of seduction and reclaim her true self. Both poignant and funny, this story is about forgiveness, acceptance, and the power of love and family.


 

 

Monday, July 17, 2017 | 3:30pm
The Outer Beach: a thousand-mile walk on Cape Cod’s atlantic shore with Robert Finch
Interviewed by a special guest (to be announced)

Those who have encountered Cape Cod—or merely dipped into an account of its rich history—know that it is a singular place. Robert Finch writes of its beaches: “No other place I know sears the heart with such a constant juxtaposition of pleasure and pain, of beauty being born and destroyed in the same moment.” And nowhere within its borders is this truth more vivid and dramatic than along the forty miles of Atlantic coast—what Finch has always known as the Outer Beach. The essays here represent nearly fifty years and a cumulative thousand miles of walking along the storied edge of the Cape’s legendary arm.

Finch considers evidence of nature’s fury: shipwrecks, beached whales, towering natural edifices, ferocious seaside blizzards. Throughout these essays, Finch pays tribute to the Outer Beach’s impressive literary legacy, meditates on its often-tragic history, and explores the strange, mutable nature of time near the ocean. But lurking behind every experience and observation—both pivotal and quotidian—is the essential question that the beach beckons every one of its pilgrims to confront: How do we accept our brief existence here, caught between overwhelming beauty and merciless indifference?


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 | 6:30pm
In Conversation with B.A. Shapiro (The Muralist)
Interviewed by Mary Fran Buckley, Eight Cousins Bookstore

When Alizée Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who, while working at Christie’s auction house, uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?


Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 3:30pm
Meet the Authors: Meaghan Brothers (Weird Girl and What’s His Name) and Cristina Moracho (A Good Idea)
Reading & Signing
Recommended for ages 14 +

In the podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything–sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came out to her years ago, and she’s shared with him her “sacred texts”–the acting books her mother left behind after she walked out of Lula’s life. But then Lula discovers that Rory–her Rory, who maybe she’s secretly had feelings for–has not only tried out for the Hawthorne football team without telling her, but has also been having an affair with his middle-aged divorcee boss. With their friendship disrupted, Lula begins to question her identity and her own sexual orientation, and she runs away in the middle of the night on a journey to find her mother, who she hopes will have all the answers.

Can the right kind of boy get away with killing the wrong kind of girl? Fin and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates. Then Betty disappears. Her ex-boyfriend Calder admits to drowning her, but his confession is thrown out, and soon the entire town believes he was coerced and Betty has simply run away. Fin knows the truth, and she returns to Williston for one final summer, determined to get justice for her friend, even if it means putting her loved ones-and herself-at risk.


Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 6:00pm
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (The Fact of a Body: A Murder & A Memoir) in conversation with Leah Carroll (Down City: a Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder )

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes — the moment she hears him speak of his crimes — she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood.

Like James Ellroy’s, My Dark Places, Down City is a gripping narrative built of memory and reportage, and Leah Carroll’s portrait of Rhode Island is sure to take a place next Mary Karr’s portrayal of her childhood in East Texas and David Simon’s gritty Baltimore. Leah Carroll’s mother, a gifted amateur photographer, was murdered by two drug dealers with Mafia connections when Leah was four years old. Her father, a charming alcoholic who hurtled between depression and mania, was dead by the time she was eighteen. Why did her mother have to die? Why did the man who killed her receive such a light sentence? What darkness did Leah inherit from her parents? Leah was left to put together her own future and, now in her memoir, she explores the mystery of her parents’ lives, through interviews, photos, and police records.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 6:30pm
Stealing Rembrandts: the untold stories of notorious art heists with Anthony Amore
Presentation by the author

Art theft is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, exceeding $6 billion dollars in losses to galleries and art collectors annually. In Stealing Rembrandts, authors Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major art heists of the Dutch Master in the last century. Through thefts around the world–from Stockholm to Boston, Worcester to Ohio–the authors track daring entries into and escapes from the world’s most renowned museums, and robbers who coolly walk off with multimillion dollar paintings. Stealing Rembrandts is a dramatic and brilliant account that lets you peek into the alluring and little-known criminal art world.


 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 | 6:30pm

In Conversation with Anita Diamant (The Boston Girl)
Interviewed by Mary Fran Buckley, Eight Cousins Bookstore

Anita Diamant is the author of twelve books.

Her first novel, New York Times bestseller, The Red Tent, has been published in more than 25 countries. Winner of the 2001 Booksense Book of the Year Award, it was adapted into a two-part miniseries by Lifetime TV.

Anita Diamant’s other bestselling novels include Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, Day after Night, and The Boston Girl.

Diamant has also written six non-fiction guides to contemporary Jewish life, the first of which, The New Jewish Wedding, has recently been revised and updated as The Jewish Wedding Now. Her other guidebooks include The Jewish Baby Book, Living a Jewish Life, Choosing a Jewish Life, How to Raise a Jewish Child and Saying Kaddish. A collection of her essays, Pitching My Tent, is drawn from twenty years worth of newspaper and magazine columns. An award-winning journalist, her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Real Simple, Parenting Magazine, Hadassah, Reform Judaism, Boston Magazine and Yankee Magazine.

Anita Diamant is the founding president of Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikveh, a 21st century reinvention of the ritual bath as a place for exploring ancient traditions and enriching contemporary Jewish life.

Anita Diamant grew up in Newark, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in comparative literature and holds a Master’s degree in English from Binghamton University. She resides in the Boston area with her husband, Jim Ball.


Saturday, July 29, 2017 | 3:30pm

Cape Cod and the Islands: where beauty and history meet with Kathryn Kleekamp
Presentation by the author 

Cape Cod and its neighboring islands, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, possess extraordinary beauty. Magnificent ocean vistas, spectacular sand dunes, quiet marshes, and historic seaside villages bring people back year after year. Featuring more than 50 of Kathryn Kleekamp’s original oil paintings depicting land and seascapes along with rare historic photographs, this edition includes more than 20 new images and a chapter on current conservation efforts directed at preserving the area’s natural resources. Images and text capture the fundamental nature of this remarkable place: the heartbeat of those who farmed the land, fished the seas, captained the great schooners, or waited at home for a loved one’s return. For the inquiring visitor these remarkable stories of courage and enterprise provide background for thoughtful reflection. Traditional Cape and Island recipes are included as another link to the past.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | 6:00pm
Eden with Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
Reading & Signing 

Becca Meister Fitzpatrick – wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community – is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition. That is until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter’s boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: She has a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship, will react. Eden is the account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century-old history of Becca’s family – her parents beginnings and ascent into affluence, and her mother’s own secret struggles in the grand home her father named Eden.

 


Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | 6:00pm
Sears Point: a novel of Cape Cod with Jim Coogan
Reading & Signing 

Set in Brewster on Cape Cod, the story features the life and challenges of Washington Foster Sears. Born in the early years of the 20th century, Washy Sears lives a century in the town of his birth and experiences the transition of his community from the traditional rural village life so well portrayed in the novels of Joseph Crosby Lincoln to the realities and demands of today’s world. Author Jim Coogan has created a series of interesting characters who share Washy’s life’s journey though such events as the days of Prohibition, the Great Depression, World War II and beyond into the post-war years where rapid growth changed not only the economy of Cape Cod, but also the political and social norms of the peninsula. More than just a history of a single town, Washy Sears’ life can be viewed as a mirror as to what happened not only to Brewster, but to all of Cape Cod over the last century.

 

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LGBTQAI Events in June

2017 Rainbow Reel Film Series

The Falmouth Public Library is proud to announce a selection of films celebrating LGBTQAI lives in June. Two of the films go back in time –  the life of real transgender pioneer Lili Wegener in 1920s Denmark (The Danish Girl) will be shown on Monday, June 26 and the six-time Oscar-nominated story of lesbian lovers in 1950s Manhattan (Carol) will be shown on Thursday, June 29. Join us for a third laugh-out-loud flick starring Robin Williams and Gene Hackman (The Birdcage) to start off the series on Friday, June 23 and on Wednesday, June 28, enjoy a breathtaking romance starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain).

Thank You for Coming Out

On Tuesday evening, June 27 at 7:00 pm, join us for our very first all ages storytelling event. We invite you to share your coming out story with us. The library is a safe space and a space where stories can grow and thrive. Read a diary entry, recite your own poem or of a poet’s you admire, sing a song, or just tell your story. Special guests include local writer, poet, and naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield.
Each presenter can sign up at the door beginning at 6:30 pm and will be given a five minute time slot to tell their story. Just bring yourself and a mic will be provided. Refreshments served. All ages welcome! All events are free and will be held in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room at the Main Library.

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Event Schedule

Friday, June 23, 2:30 pm: The Birdcage (1996): A young man whose father is gay and living with his lover above his father’s gay nightclub. The young man plans to marry a girl whose father is a Senator, old school, anti-gay and anti-Semitic. The girl’s parents decide to meet their future son-in-law’s “parents.” They are invited to dinner at the father’s “sanitized” digs. The father’s lover resent being hidden from view. He plots a disguise as a female.

Monday, June 26, 2:30 pm: The Danish Girl (2015): Gerda Wegener, a Danish artist, decides to use her husband Einar as her model for a painting of a young woman. Soon after, the popularity of the painting brings attention to the couple, and they decide to reveal the model “Lili” to the public by having Einar dress up as a woman. Yet, Einar soon discovers that he doesn’t mind being seen as a woman and finally admits to himself that he has always seen himself this way.

Tuesday, June 27, 6:30/7 – 8:00 pm: Thank You For Coming Out: Join us for a unique storytelling gathering and share your coming out story with us. Treats and refreshments will be served. All ages welcome. Sign up begins at 6:30 pm (15 slots available).

Wednesday, June 28, 2:30 pm: Brokeback Mountain (2005):Wyoming 1963, two young men are thrust together as ranch hands in the desolate landscape of the Rocky Mountains. This separation from modern amenities and people causes a bond to form between these two men, which at first neither is quite comfortable with.

Thursday, June 29, 2:30 pm: Carol (2015): New York in the 1950s is buzzing with the hottest styles and even hotter women. When a curious clerk at a department store meets a woman who’s both older and married, she snaps a picture when the beautiful lady isn’t looking. After this, her world is completely turned around. The two women are soon engulfed in a fiery romance that threatens to consume anything and everything that they’ve ever known.

 

Learn with Lynda.com

Anyone with a Falmouth Public Library card can log on and start learning from Lynda.com, a vast collection of online software training in 3D, animation, audio, business, design, developer, home computer, photography, video, web + interactive, Adobe, Microsoft, Apple, and more!

Get started here — all you need is your library card!

“lynda.com excels at helping busy professionals keep their software skills razor sharp.” —Jill Duffy, PCMag.com

“Amazing library of more than 3,000 online learning courses. Deep training for advanced software, particularly Adobe products. Well-structured site. Excellent video and audio quality. Well-vetted instructors.” — PCMag.com

Popular Courses

Interested in learning how to use your iPad or iPhone to take pictures? Search for the iOS 10: iPhone and iPad Essential Training class and find the Shooting Photos and Video, and Managing Your Photo Library chapter.

Are you thinking about investing your money? Starting to weigh the risks and benefits? This class on Learning to Manage Personal Investments is a good first step before you get started.

If you have just signed up for your first gmail email address, this course will show you how to navigate your new inbox. Search for Gmail Essential Training.

If you need any help with these courses or finding other courses, just ask a librarian or visit the Reference Desk the next time you’re in the library. We’re always here to help.

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Hope you can join us for our Friday afternoon films in May and our Rainbow Reel Film Series in celebration of LGBT Pride Month this June! Free movies and free popcorn for all.

DateTimeMovie
Thursday, September 72:30pmThe Sense of an Ending (2017)
Thursday, September 142:30pmArrival (2016)
Thursday, September 212:30pmThe Martian (2015)
Thursday, September 282:30pmSilence (2016)
Thursday, October 192:30pmLive by Night (2016)
Thursday, October 262:30pmMy Cousin Rachel (2017)
Thursday, November 22:30pmThe Girl on the Train (2016)
Thursday, November 92:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 72:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 142:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 212:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 282:30pmTBA

Entrepreneur & Small Business Workshop Series

We’re excited to welcome staff and volunteers from the Small Business Administration, SEED, SCORE, as well as multi-award winning author and entrepreneur Charlene Smith for four informative presentations for new entrepreneurs and small business owners this May and June. All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged.


 Start Your Own Business

Thursday, May 11 | 4:00 pm | Hermann Meeting Room

Learn about the many resources available to help you begin your business startup. Find information, advisors, assistance, as well as financial sources, to further your business ideas. Presented by the Small Business Administration.

Steps to Starting a Business

Thursday, June 1 | 4:00 pm | Hermann Meeting Room

Are you planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one? In this workshop, you will learn to: Develop your business ideas and planning; Consider your legal structure; Discuss choosing a name and entity; Learn how to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits and insurance. Leave the session with an A-to-Z overview of specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly. Presented by the Small Business Administration and SCORE.

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Business Writing with Charlene Smith

Tuesday, June 13 | 5:00 – 7:30pm | Hermann Meeting Room

Join us for an interactive business writing session with Charlene Smith during our Entrepreneur & Small Business Workshop Series!
  • Innovative business cards
  • Basics of best business writing
  • Getting the job. Writing a persuasive business letter.
  • Using social media to grow your business.
  • Writing catalogs, brochures, copy writing for advertising.
  • Daring to approach journalists.

Presenter: Charlene Smith

Supplies needed: Please bring a laptop if able. Notebook paper and writing utensils will be provided for participants to use during the workshop. Floor outlets are also available for participants to charge their laptops or tablets.

Grow Your Business

Thursday, June 22 | 4:00 pm | Hermann Meeting Room

If you are looking to borrow money or raise capital to start or grow your business, attend this workshop. Gain insight on requirements to approach a lender or investor and be able to speak candidly and openly to funders. This workshop will give you the perspective of leading bankers, alternative financers, investors, and industry experts on sources and requirements for funding. Presented by the Small Business Administration.

Meet Our Speakers:

Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Its 320+ chapters hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.

SEED (South Eastern Economic Development) is a regional nonprofit economic development corporation, SEED Corporation focuses on job creation by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED makes loans ranging from a $1,000 Micro Loan to a $5.5 million SBA 504 Loan and also administers a small business technical assistance program.

Charlene Smith is a multi-award winning writer, editor, lecturer, and management consultant. An authorized biographer for Nelson Mandela she teaches writing in the USA, UK and South Africa. She has been profiled twice by Time magazine and every major news network in the world including CNN, CBS 60 Minutes, BBC, Le Monde, and many others. She has a Masters of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Arts (Advanced Narrative Non-Fiction) and lives in Massachusetts. A keen photographer she loves art, photography, cooking, and gardening.

 

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Choose Privacy Week: May 1-7, 2017

Start learning how you can protect yourself this May during Choose Privacy Week at the library. Better Business Bureau and the Library Freedom Project will visit and present on various topics, including controlling your privacy online and protecting yourself against scams. Both programs are free and open to the public.

How can I learn about privacy?

 

 

Scams, Fraud, & Identity Theft

Thursday, May 4 | 4:00 pm | Hermann Meeting Room

Amy Schram from The Better Business Bureau’s Scams & Fraud program and Robin Putman from the MA Office of Consumer Affairs will cover the most common scams circulating the community, the major Red Flags to watch out for, and the precautionary steps we can take to protect ourselves from falling victim. A question and answer session will follow.

Protecting Your Privacy Online

This program has been canceled. It will be held in May 2018. 

Alison Macrina of the Library Freedom Project will be teaching the basics of keeping your online data as safe as possible. Learn about some of the threats to privacy that exist in the online sphere, as well as tips and tools that can help — password management, safer browsing, blocking web trackers, encrypted texting, and general strategies for safer online behavior. This is an increasingly important discussion in our modern, ever-evolving society.

Meet Our Speakers:

Amy Schram has been with Better Business Bureau since 2011 and is responsible for educating the public at large and fostering the business to consumer relationship. Prior to joining BBB Amy was traveling throughout New England serving as a Motivational Speaker for Monster’s Making It Count Programs. She has previously performed in the Entertainment Department of the Walt Disney World Company and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emerson College.

Robin Putman currently works for the MA Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation serving as it’s Research and Special Projects Manager. In her role within Consumer Affairs, Robin conducts extensive outreach in dozens of communities throughout the Commonwealth, planning, coordinating, scheduling, and participating in a wide variety of events to provide consumers with information, education, and resources.

Alison Macrina is a librarian, internet activist, the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, and a core contributor to The Tor Project. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing marketplace trust, consisting of 112 independently incorporated local BBB organizations in the United States and Canada, coordinated under the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) in Arlington, Virginia.

The Library Freedom Project is a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to address the problems of surveillance by making real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries. By teaching about surveillance threats, privacy rights and responsibilities, and digital tools to stop surveillance, the Project hopes to create a privacy-centric paradigm shift in libraries and the communities they serve.

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Celebrate Poetry this Month

This April, we are celebrating the poet W.S. Merwin with three special programs. We hope you can join us!

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Fri, April 7 | 1:00 pm | Trustees Meeting Room | Open to the public

Choose two poems by W.S. Merwin, make twelve copies, and join our poetry discussion group with Alice Kociemba this Friday, April 7.

Sat, April 8 | 2:00 pm | Hermann Meeting Room | Open to the public

Learn more about W.S. Merwin and join us for a screening of Even Though the Whole World is Burning this Saturday, April 8 at 2:00pm. Poet Elizabeth Bradfield will give a talk on Merwin’s poetry following the screening.

Sat, April 22 | 10:00 am – 1:00 pm | Hermann Meeting Room

Join Alice Kociemba for a writing workshop on nature poetry inspired by W.S. Merwin’s Garden Time on Saturday, April 22. Please register by emailing Alice: calliopepoetrycommunity at gmail.com

Facilitator:

Alice Kociemba is the author of the chapbook Death of Teaticket Hardware, the title poem of which won an International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review.  She is a member of Jamaica Pond Poets, a weekly collaborative workshop, and is the founding director of Calliope Poetry for Community. She facilitates a monthly Poetry Discussion Group at the library, an outgrowth of “Falmouth Reads Together,” the Favorite Poems Project.

Guest Speaker:

Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of Interpretive Work (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2008), which won the Audre Lorde Award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Bradfield’s poetry has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Field, The Believer, Orion, and elsewhere. Anthologies such as This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on Teaching, Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry, and others have included her work.

 

 

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Acrylic Landscapes with Jennifer Burkin

The workshop is now over. Thanks for coming!

Join us for a special workshop for adults with local artist, Jennifer Burkin. Create a gorgeous acrylic landscape on canvas. Beginners welcome. Please sign up using the form below or give us a call at the Reference Desk. We expect this event to fill quickly.

We also have a class available for teens in grades 6-12. Please register a teen for Get Your Paint On with Jennifer here. 


Jennifer Burkin is both an artist and art educator. Jennifer has a Master’s degree in elementary art education from Tufts University in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Additionally she has a Graduate Certificate from Harvard University in Museum Studies. She grew up in Brookline, MA and now lives on Martha’s Vineyard where she continues to make art, sell her artwork, and teach art.

Jennifer paints with acrylics and adds in handmade papers, found objects, etc, turning many paintings into mixed media pieces. Her subjects are largely domestic, many pieces are in fact of her own dog. Other images of domesticity are kitchen utensils and children’s and women’s clothing. She frequently paints and collages images of birds as well.


More Information:

Date: Wednesday, April 19

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Room: Bay Meeting Room

Program Registration Form

    If your plans change, please contact us so we can make room for others. Please give us a call at (508) 457-2555 ext. 6 if you have any questions.
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