FYI: Wednesday, July 11

Due to the Falmouth Village Association’s annual Street Fair Day, the Main Library will be closed all day on Wednesday, July 11. Our branch libraries (East Falmouth and North Falmouth) will honor their normal hours.

Parking Information: 

Parking will be very limited in downtown Falmouth and no parking will be allowed on Main Street on Wednesday, July 11 between the hours of 3 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Falmouth Village Association’s Street Fair: 

Street Fair Day is an annual event. For more information, please visit their website.

High Water Use Alert


*As of July 2, 2018 4:31 PM

High water use is affecting water pressure in certain locations. You can help!

We are asking all water system users to avoid wasting water during the heat wave. July 4th weekend we have many visitors and there is a very high demand on the water system. If you must irrigate or water your lawn or garden we ask that you do it at night and follow the odd/even rule. Irrigate on alternating days with those on the odd number side of the street irrigating on odd numbered days and those on the even numbered side irrigating on even numbered days.

For more emergency alerts, please visit the Town website. 

Take the Library with You on Vacation!

Thinking about that dream trip to New Zealand, or just heading out to Provincetown for a soak? No matter where you might be going, Falmouth Public Library is your best traveling companion.

Let’s start with the basics. You need a map and a plan. You could begin with classic travel guides from experts like Rick Steves, the folks at Lonely Planet, or Fodor’s. Did you know that we have many of these in ebook format too? Just download and go! If you’d like a virtual visit to help you figure out where you’d like to go, check out our DVD travel collection. Interested in discovering more about your destination? Dig deep with our subscription to Consumer Reports and find guides on buying hotel rooms and travel and vacation.

If you’re traveling to a foreign country, it’s a good idea to learn at least a few common phrases in the language spoken there. We’ve got options for you! Mango is an online language-learning resource covering 72 languages (including Pirate) which is available 24/7 so you can study wherever and whenever you want to. The library also has a great selection of language-learning resources on CD, as well as dictionaries and language books.

Is photography one of your travel hobbies? Learn from the photography experts before you go! The Lynda Library has many travel photography classes just for you.

Just don’t forget to renew your passport…

No matter where you end up traveling this summer, your library card can take you to places you never imagined.

Summer Eats at the Library

Through a partnership with Project Bread, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Cape Cod YMCA, the Falmouth Public Library is excited to offer free lunches for ages 0-18 between July 9 – August 22, 2018 at the East Falmouth Library. Directions


No registration is required for reserving lunches or attending events.


*Parking is limited at the East Falmouth Library. Please plan accordingly.


2018 Event Schedule

In addition to free lunch, youth are invited for free entertainment on Mondays starting at noon (July 9, 16, 23, 30 & August 6, 13, 20). Plus, children can join Donna for a special storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

*On July 30, the Coastal Explorer Van will be parked and available for visiting between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Monday, July 9: Crooked Coast Band

Monday, July 16: Pitter Patter Puppets

Monday, July 23: A visit with Bella from Serenity Farm

Monday, July 30: A visit with the Coastal Explorer Van

Monday, August 6: Big Ryan

Monday, August 13: Art workshop with Susan Beardsley

Monday, August 20: Learn the ukulele with Julie Stepanek

For more information about the Summer Eats program, read this article published in the Falmouth Enterprise.

Project Bread

With the help of our community partners and policy makers, Project Bread promotes the summer meals program, Summer Eats, to serve free meals to kids and teens while school meals are on summer vacation.

  • The Summer Food Service Program, known as Summer Eats in Massachusetts, is a vital resource for the more than 400,000 children across the state who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals during the school year.
  • The meals and program provided at Summer Eats sites helps to ensure that children have continued access to nutritious food during the summer months and can return to school healthy and ready to learn.
  • Summer hunger can lead to learning loss & weight gain, putting low income youth at a disadvantage when they return to school in the fall.

Find more Summer Eats sites:


Text: “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877

Call: 1-800-645-8333 (Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline)

Download: “SummerEats” App for iPhone and Android

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

Summer Food Service Program

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, or email.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

fax: (202) 690-7442

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA February 2016

MA ESE March 2018

Friday Reads: “Snowblind” by Ragnar Jónasson

Our Fact & Fiction book group at the East Falmouth Library embarked on a literary journey to Iceland recently.  Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson was the first stop.  This mystery is a police procedural that is the debut for the Dark Iceland series.  The setting is Siglufjordur, an isolated fishing village that is about 25 miles from the Arctic Circle.  The village is accessible by an 800 meter tunnel that can get blocked by snow in the winter.  Despite reading about the geographical hardship of the area, I was intrigued.

The next stop was a step back to the 19th Century in Iceland in the book Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.  This is an historical fiction and murder mystery. Agnes Magnusdottir is accused of killing her master and is awaiting execution.  Historically, this was the last execution in Iceland.  The initial reaction from the members of the Fact & Fiction book group was one of apprehension.  Did we really want to read this dark episode in the history of Iceland?  Our conclusion was that the writing was so engaging that we were pulled right into the drama of life during a cold bleak time.  The author opens with a quote from the Laxdaela Saga: “I was worst to the one I loved best”.  This saga that involves a love triangle is said to be one of the most romantic of the Icelandic sagas. In addition to being introduced to a new saga, there was vocabulary to learn.  It seemed like most of the action in the story took place in the badstofa, which is a sleeping area with built-in beds where everyone that was working the land slept together.  In this literary work, the stage was set with precision and the characters appeared life-like.

The Fact & Fiction book group has moved on to new endeavors, but The Man who Stole Himself: the slave odyssey of Hans Jonathan by Gisli Palsson is on my reading list.

From the summary:

“The island nation of Iceland is known for many things–majestic landscapes, volcanic eruptions, distinctive seafood–but racial diversity is not one of them. So the little-known story of Hans Jonathan, a free black man who lived and raised a family in early nineteenth-century Iceland, is improbable and compelling, the stuff of novels…”

As you can see, I enjoy books with interesting settings and historical significance.

Meg Borden
East Falmouth Branch Librarian

2018 Summer Fun for Teens

Summer is here and skies are blue, and we have a lot of free fun activities for grades 6-12 this July and August.

Event Schedule

Teen Summer Programs Brochure

How do I sign up?

You have three options!
1. Email us at
2. Call the Reference dept. at 508-457-2555 x7
3. Text “askfpl,” plus your name, grade, and activity to 66746

How do I get my summer reading books?

Check out our summer reading lists page to view all of the lists for local schools. We now have summer reading books available in our YA Room for Lawrence and Falmouth High School students. If you can’t find a book, just ask a Reference Librarian for help!

Welcome Elizabeth Berg!

The Falmouth Public Library is pleased to welcome best-selling author Elizabeth Berg to the Main Library on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Her latest, THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV, is a charming tale about an unlikely friendship that develops among three people, all of whom have lost the one they love most. Elizabeth Berg will be reading from and discussing her books, Make Someone Happy: Collected Postings and Still Happy. Book purchases and signings courtesy of Eight Cousins Bookstore will follow the event.

This event is first-come, first-serve. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Please arrive at or after 11 a.m. to reserve your seat. The event will be held in the Hermann Meeting Room.

This event is generously funded by the Falmouth Public Library Board of Trustees.

Elizabeth Berg: Elizabeth Berg is the best-selling author of more than 30 books, including novels, 2 short story collections, 2 compilations of Facebook compilations, a manual on writing, ESCAPING INTO THE OPEN, and a stage adaptation of her THE PULL OF THE MOON. Her books have been translated into 37 languages and 3 were turned into television movies. OPEN HOUSE was an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection and she also appeared on the show with TALK BEFORE SLEEP. She received the New England Booksellers Association award for her body of work, The American Library Association’s Book of the Year, and was nominated for an ABBY, an award for bookseller’s favorite books. Elizabeth has been honored by both the Boston and Chicago Public Libraries and is a popular and entertaining public speaker.

Elizabeth was born on December 2, 1948 in St. Paul, Minnesota. When she was 3, her father re-enlisted in the Army and she grew up on bases from Texas to Germany, sometimes attending as many as three schools a year. Following her return to the U.S., she worked as a receptionist in a law firm, as a waitress, as an actor in an improvisational theater group and was the lead singer in a rock band. She later attended the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine’s University, where she earned a nursing degree. Her ten years as a registered nurse was her “school” for writing – taking care of patients taught her a great deal about human nature, about hope and fear and love and loss regret and triumph, and especially about relationships, often the focus of her work.

Elizabeth lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her partner Bill, her dog, Gabby, and her cat, Gracie.

Follow her on her website and on Facebook @bergbooks 

Make Someone Happy

Make Someone Happy: Collected Postings will be available for purchase by the author at the time of the event.

This is a collection of Elizabeth Berg’s most-loved Facebook posts. She was asked by many to put these short essays into book form, to create, as one reader said, something to “take to the beach, or bed, or on an airplane.” Elizabeth and her friend, the book’s designer Phyllis Florin, happily complied, and they hope that their offering will be as welcome as flowers in a mailbox.

Still Happy

Still Happy will be available for purchase by the author at the time of the event.

Still Happy is Elizabeth’s second collection of Facebook posts. Her first, Make Someone Happy, did indeed make many people happy, and so, due to popular demand, she has put together a second volume, which includes “The Book of Homer,” a tribute to her beloved dog who recently died. Still Happy exemplifies Berg’s gift, as the Boston Globe said, “in her ability to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the remarkable in the everyday.”

One Big Home Screening

The Falmouth Public Library is pleased to host a film screening of One Big Home, directed by Thomas Bena and produced and edited by James Holland.

Filmed over the course of 12 years on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, One Big Home highlights the power of local organizing to promote conservation and to preserve a community’s historic sense of place. We hope you can join us for this groundbreaking work on Friday, June 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the Hermann Meeting Room.

More information: 

Trophy homes, mega mansions, and development threaten the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard. When a 15,000-square-foot compound is built beside a fragile pond, a carpenter takes off his tool belt and picks up a camera. Bumping up against tired cliches, angry homeowners, and builders who would rather look the other way, he forms an unlikely band of concerned locals -everyone from Hollywood filmmakers to the town custodian-and helps to pass a new bylaw to limit house size.

“A passionate and self-discerning film…I loved it. It made me cry. ”
— D.A. Pennebaker, director, Don’t Look Back, The War Room

“Everyone needs to see this film.”
— Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize winning author

“ONE BIG HOME is a remarkably moderate, grown up piece of work which really stands out in the current climate and will give US cinemagoers something refreshingly different to engage with.”
— Jennier Kermode, Eye For Film (UK)

Thomas Bena: Thomas earned a degree in marketing from UMass Amherst in 1989, but working in the business world wasn’t for him, so after nine short months he grabbed a backpack and a surfboard and headed to Australia to “find himself.” Almost a decade later, he discovered Martha’s Vineyard. In 2001, he founded the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival (now in its seventeenth season). His film directing, editing, and producing credits include Casa del Soul, a short surfing film, Jumpstart My Vega, a travelogue/surf film, and Capawock, a short film starring Wampanoag medicine man Luther Madison. One Big Home, which took twelve years to make, is his first feature-length documentary film.

Welcome Sarah DiGregorio!

The Falmouth Public Library is pleased to welcome Sarah DiGregorio on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a culinary adventure with James Beard-nominated food writer, Sarah DiGregorio. Her new book features 120 slow-cooker recipes for people who love food. Sarah DiGregorio has reinvented slow cooking for a generation that cooks for fun and flavor.

All are welcome to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

Registration has closed for [tasting] samples. There may be sample spaces available at the time of the event. 

Book purchases and signings courtesy of Eight Cousins Bookstore will follow the event.

Sarah DiGregorio: Sarah DiGregorio is a James Beard-nominated freelance food writer, editor, and recipe developer, and has been working in food media for 14 years. She has been a staff food editor at Food & Wine, Parade, and Food Network Magazine. Most recently, she ran the food section at Buzzfeed. As a freelancer, she has contributed to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Gastronomica. She lives in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter @sarahdigregorio

Adventures in Slow-Cooking

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“The James Beard-nominated food writer revamps the slow cooker for the modern home cook, providing ingenious ideas and more than 100 delicious recipes for maximizing this favorite time-saving kitchen appliance and making it easier than ever to use. Sarah DiGregorio shares the nostalgia most of us feel when it comes to slow cookers. Her first memory of slow-cooker cooking is her grandmother’s pot roast. While these handy devices have been time savers for incredibly busy lives, traditional slow cooker food is sometimes underwhelming. Now, Sarah, an experienced food professional, has reinvented slow cooking for a generation that cooks for fun and flavor, taking a fresh approach to reclaim this versatile tool without sacrificing quality or taste. For Sarah, it’s not just about getting dinner on the table–it’s about using a slow cooker to make fabulous dinners like herb oil poached shrimp or the most perfect sticky toffee pudding for dessert. It’s about rethinking how to use this magic appliance–such as throwing a biryani dinner party with the slow cooker at the center of the table. Showcasing a beautiful, engaging design, inviting color photographs, and 105 original, innovative recipes thoroughly tested in a variety of brands of slow cookers, Adventures in Slow Cooking provides a repertoire of delicious food for any time of day.”

“An exciting and refreshingly unbiased guide to slow cooking… even die-hard fans of these appliances will learn something new.”  – Library Journal

“Let go of your preconceived ideas about slow-cooking and let this book be a guide as you seek to answer that central question, the only one that matters: What can this tool do?” – Grant Achatz

Full of the fiendishly delicious meats you might expect… it’s also brimming with smart tips, common sense, and real ingenuity. After seeing Sarah DiGregorio’s genius methods for cooking eggplant, beets, and caramelized onions in a slow cooker, I may never go back.” – Amy Thielen

This book breathes new life into the slow cooker, transforming its focus from convenience tool to flavor enhancer and beyond. Sarah DiGregorio’s inspiring new recipes prove that this seemingly vintage appliance certainly does have a place in the modern kitchen.” – Molly Yeh

“For her extraordinary debut book, Sarah DiGregorio’s meticulously tested recipes for the slow cooker push beyond the boundaries of convention and into new realms of culinary joy.” – Dana Cowin

“From cooking traditional Swedish food to African dishes, I’ve always been deeply inspired by slow cooking. Sarah DiGregorio’s recipes make it fun and delicious. Good food just takes time.” – Marcus Samuelsson

“The recipes are spot-on… but just as exciting are her expert tips about the equipment itself. It’s clear that DiGregorio has spent a lot of time with her slow cooker and she has endless knowledge for slow-cooking newbies and veterans alike.” – Food and Wine