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

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“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

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

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Sign Up: April Vacation Week @ the Library

Tweens and teens are invited to register for activities during April’s vacation week at the Reference Desk or online using the form below. Registration has now started and we’re expecting activities to fill up quickly. We’re looking forward to having you!

Events will be canceled or rescheduled if less than 5 participants are confirmed for each activity *not including the movie on Tuesday, April 18. 

Modding Magic: Code with Minecraft  | Fri, April 14 @ 3:00-5:00pm | Grades 3 – 8 | Registration required

Calling all crafters! Thi Sarkis from the RI Computer Museum will offer this fun 2-hour workshop for grades 3-8 who are interested in gaming, minecraft, coding, and learning something new. Come learn how to summon lightning bolts with a bow and arrow or build giant rainbows in the minecraft world with code. Spawn-farm wild animals or monsters instantly and have fun “modding” your world. This workshop introduces coding concepts by showing kids & teens how to build or change the game using code based on the javascript programming language. All levels welcome and no experience is required.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) | Tues, April 18 @ 1:00pm | grades 5-12 | No registration required

In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Get Your Paint On | Wed, April 19 @ 2:00-4:00 pm | grades 5-12 | Registration required

Choose a landscape photo that you’ve taken and re-create it on canvas. Local artist, Jennifer Burkin, will teach you how to create beautiful landscapes using acrylic painting techniques during this fun workshop for all skill levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a Mini-Comic with Marika | April 21 and 22 @ 2:00-3:30 pm | grades 5-12 | Registration required

Perhaps you’ve heard of her: Marika McCoola’s Baba Yaga’s Assistant was a 2016 Massachusetts Book Award Honor Book and on the New York Times bestseller list for 11 straight weeks. She’s a first-time visitor to Falmouth and will be teaching a two-day graphic novel workshop at the library. During this workshop, you’ll do group exercises each day and develop your very own, independent, multiple-page mini-comic.

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New Books are Blooming

Springtime is here and these new books are blooming with hilarious and human tales about life. What do you get when Elvis, Lucy, Vance, Nelson and Nadia share their stories? Books to add to your ‘must read’ list.

1. Rabbit Cake by Annie Hartnett

Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn’t yet know–like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother’s silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother’s death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.

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2. The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong?

 

 

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3. News From the End of the World by Emily Jeanne Miller

“A novel about the lovable but dysfunctional Lake family of Cape Cod and the four fraught days that will make or break them…Vance Lake is broke, jobless, and recently dumped. He takes refuge at his twin brother Craig’s house on Cape Cod and unwittingly finds himself smack in the middle of a crisis that would test the bonds of even the most cohesive family, let alone the Lakes. Craig seethes, angry and mournful at equal turns. His exasperated wife, Gina, is on the brink of an affair. At the center of it all is seventeen-year-old Amanda: adored niece who can do no wrong to Vance, surly stepdaughter to Gina, and stubborn, rebellious daughter to Craig. She’s also pregnant. Told in alternating points of view by each member of this colorful New England clan and infused with the quiet charm of the Cape in the off-season, The News from the End of the World follows one family into a crucible of pent-up resentments, old and new secrets, and memories long buried. Only by coming to terms with their pasts, both as individuals and together, do they stand a chance of emerging intact”– Provided by publisher.

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4. Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler


An epic novel of intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp–from the bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs

 

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5. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

“From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, a love story that unfolds in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, twoyoung people meet–sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors–doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Exit West is an epic compressed into a slender page-turner–both completely of our time and for all time, Mohsin Hamid’s most ambitious and electrifying novel yet”– Provided by publisher.

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Demystifying College Admissions

Please join us for a special presentation for college-bound teens and their families with Terry Greene Clark, author of Demystifying College Admissions.

Join Terry for an inside look at the college admissions process. Learn about the college application, the redesigned SAT, college athletics, financial aid and more! Terry will share some of her own experiences – having sent three of her four children off to college in the last six years.

Copies of Terry’s book will be available for sale at the time of the event. You can also request the book via our library catalog.

Registration is strongly encouraged as seats are limited.

More Information:

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Room: Bay Meeting Room

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Black Literature Matters

On Saturday, March 4,  Sara Hines (co-owner of Eight Cousins) and I hosted “Black Literature Matters: A Book Talk”. The event was a huge success and our thanks go out to everyone who braved the cold to hear about these important titles. As a part of a larger series entitled, “Books Build Conversations,” we focused on #ownvoices books. #OwnVoices is a hashtag coined in 2015 in order to highlight stories written by authors from marginalized communities featuring protagonists who are also a part of those same communities. For our purposes, we chose books by black authors with black protagonists.

A few days ago, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center released a graph on their blog chronicling the rise and fall of children’s books with black protagonists both by non-black authors and #ownvoices authors.

This graph would have been perfect to include in our talk. As the author of the blog points out, authenticity matters: books about black characters written by non-black authors, while well-intentioned, may fall into the problematic tropes and reinforce stereotypes and negative ideologies. Also, as the author of the blog states, black authors and illustrators need to be “given the same opportunities to tell their own stories”.

In order to give attendees the opportunity to really connect with each title, Sara and I limited our scope by each selecting one book from four categories: picture book, middle grade, teen/young adult, and non-fiction. We committed to reading each other’s selections to ensure an in-depth conversation. During the talk, we shared background on the #ownvoices hashtag, the need for diverse representation in children’s literature, and described how books serve as windows or mirrors depending on the reader. In addition, we dialogued about each of our eight selections, discussing the stories and our thoughts about them.

Each attendee was given a pamphlet that included all of the books highlighted during the talk, as well as additional recommended #ownvoices titles. You can view and print the pamphlet below and if you click on the booklist link, you will find a list with additional titles that feature black protagonist by authors/illustrators that may or may not be #ownvoices. All books are available within the CLAMS system. Both the pamphlet and the list are free and may be reproduced. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Sara (sara@eightcousins.com) or I (sseales@falmouthpubliclibrary.org) directly.

–Stephanie Seales
Falmouth Public Library Children’s Room

Click here to view the handout

Click here for the booklist

 

Mindful Movement with Deborah Kinghorn

*This program has been postponed by the presenter. It has been rescheduled for Friday, May 5. If you had already signed up for the original March 31 date, you do not need to sign up again. We look forward to having you!*

How do people of a certain age, their bodies stiff and creaky, suddenly feel a spring in their step and an urge to dance when they hear the music of their youth? Join Deborah Kinghorn, a professor of theater and dance at the University of New Hampshire, as she explains how the answer can be found in the body’s natural energy sources.

We would love to have you for our interactive class. Please sign up below or give us a call at the Reference Desk.


Deborah Kinghorn is a Master Teacher of Lessac Kinesensic Voice and Body Training and currently serves on the Master Teacher Council of the Lessac Training and Research Institute, where she regularly teaches and conducts research at the Lessac Summer Intensive Workshop. She received the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award in 1995, the Lessac Institute Leadership Award in 2009, the UNH Teaching Excellence Award for 2011-12, and in 2013 was a Fulbright Scholar in the Acting, Media and Culture Post-Masters Program at the University of Rijeka in Croatia.


More Information:

Date: Friday, May 5

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

Room: Hermann Meeting Room

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