Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 13

Take a break from the holiday season at the library “paw-ty” together with Falmouth’s Companion Animal Program on Tuesday, December 13 beginning at 4:00pm.

We will have happy, soft, and sweet guests who will be visiting the library to help relieve stress. No, not teddy bears —but trained therapy dogs. Trained and experienced therapy dogs to be exact. These furry canines will be available to pet, hug, and cuddle while you take a break from the busy and stressful holiday season. Stop by the library midway through your Main Street shopping spree or grab a bite-sized snack to eat before you head home for dinner. You’ll be glad that you did!

All ages are invited to join us in the Hermann Room for dog and human-friendly treats and refreshments while supplies last.

More information:

Tuesday, December 13, 4:00-5:00pm, Hermann Room

CAP is an all-volunteer organization of pet owners, who visit, with their pets, at nursing & care facilities, programs serving children and adults with disabilities, the college, a hospital, libraries and schools on Cape Cod from the Canal to Provincetown. CAP is non-profit and self-sustaining with no paid employees.

Register: Tech Classes

If you are nervous about using your new phone or tablet, we have great news for you. We recently announced a new schedule of classes at the library with award-winning teacher, Lori Cooney.

We invite you to take an Explore class to become familiar with your new device, learn about its native applications, and become comfortable with changing basic settings. You can expect to learn things like how to turn on, put to sleep, silence and shut off your device safely, how to make calls and compose text messages, as well as how to set up and check your email.

Once you take an Explore class, you can move on to the Master class where you’ll learn more about your phone and tablet and be able to use all of its features successfully.

Requirements: Please bring your fully-charged device with you to class. If you are taking an iPhone or iPad class, you will need to have the latest iOS update installed. How to update your iOS [instructions]

We hope you can join us for one class or more at the library. All classes are free and open to the public.

Our classes are now over. Thanks for coming!




Friday Reads: Ada Blackjack

What a rollicking time we had today in the Narrative Nonfiction Book Club.  The laughter probably rolled all the way down the library hall.  No, we weren’t discussing a Bill Bryson or a Sarah Vowell book, we were waist-deep in Ada Blackjack:  a true story of survival in the arctic by Jennifer Niven, published in 2003.

I don’t mean to mislead you.  This wonderfully written account of a tragic expedition to Wrangel Island, north of Siberia in the early 1920s, did not contain a shred of humor.  It was about the ability of a woman with little preparation and skill to overcome her fears and deficiencies and survive alone in the arctic and how that experience affected the rest of her life.

So, why were we laughing?  I suppose it was because we were all sharing our personal reactions to what we read.  We contemplated how we identified with Ada, the Eskimo woman … (She was referred to as Eskimo in the book, rather than Inuit, because that was the term used then, as the author explained.) … and how we would have dealt with a diet of raw seal blubber and the threat of polar bears.  The issues of gender, maturity, romanticism and charlatanism came up as well, and they all got us questioning our own knowledge, values and abilities to cope under extreme pressure.  In revealing ourselves and our shortcomings, we couldn’t help but laugh heartily and rib each other a bit.

Yes, we were laughing.  No, dying in the arctic is not a laughing matter.  I feel, however, that a discussion of any book that delves deep into the story and deep into the reader is a good discussion and laughing is a good thing.  We kept the door open today so the laughter could roll down the hallway. We’ll keep it open on September 1 too, when we discuss Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich.  If you’d like to join us, pick up a copy of the book at the reference desk.  This one is supposed to be amusing.

Cape Cod Sax Quartet

The Cape Cod Sax will perform an entertaining show for all ages at the library on Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30-7:30pm. The Cape Cod Sax Quartet consists of some of Cape Cod’s well-known saxophonists, who play in a variety of groups throughout Cape Cod, including Stage Door Canteen, Steve Morgan and the Kingfish, Funktapuss, The Cape Cod Jazz Quintet, and the Chandler Travis Philharmonic.

Please join us for an evening of jazz, classical, ragtime, rock, and popular music from a talented ensemble, including members Maurice Soque, Berke McKelvey, Ryder Corey, and Nicholas Suchecki. Throughout the show, audience members will learn about the saxophone, including its roles in different musical settings, the various parts of the instrument, and the more unusual types of saxophones, including the 6 feet and 4 inches tall, 45 pound contrabass sax.

This event is offered to the public free of charge and is open to all ages. It is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. For more information and to register, please contact the Falmouth Public Library by phone: 508-457-2555, email:, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit us in person at the Reference Desk.

Teen Theatre Camp: Register Today!

Get your act together!


Dates: Tuesday, August 23, Wednesday, August 24, Thursday, August 25, & Friday, August 26 (1:30-4pm each day)

Victoria Santos will lead a free camp open to all teens who are interested in acting, building their confidence, and having fun. Teens will have the chance to write, rehearse, and stage their very own productions with guidance from the instructor and their peers. The staged production will be presented on Friday, August 26 at 1:30pm to parents, relatives, and friends in the Hermann Meeting Room.

Victoria Santos:

Victoria Santos is a Staff Assistant at the Lawrence School and wears many hats ranging from MCAS and PARCC testing coordinator to directing the school play. She is the President of the Falmouth Theatre Guild’s Board of Directors and has performed in several Guild shows including the 2014 show, “The Wizard of Oz”.  She has also directed the Guild’s Arts Alive performances for the past ten years.

No experience is required, but registration is required due to limited seats. Teens are required to attend all three workshops and final performance on the 26th.

Contact us using the form below if you would like more information or to register. Once you sign up, we will contact you to confirm your attendance and provide you with additional information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please register:

This Summer: Teen Book Clubs Spectacular

Teen readers on the cape this summer are in for a special treat as there will be many book clubs at the Falmouth Public Library’s Main Library to partake in this July and August.

Readers ages 14 and up are invited to register online and participate in the Teen Summer Read-a-Thon which began on July 11 and runs through Monday, August 15.


  • The book club is recommended for ages 14-17, but anyone between the ages 0f 12-18 is welcome to participate.
  • Whether you are planning to attend one book club or all six, please read one of the books by the participating author(s). When you register, you will be able to select a book, or you can order one from another library if your chosen book is not available at our library.
  • If you can’t attend the whole club, that’s okay! Be sure to arrive a half hour after the club start time to be able to virtually meet the author. Arrive on time to enjoy snacks and a fun discussion with your peers.


Held every Monday between July 11 – August 15, the book club times vary, so please be sure to take note.

July 11: We met Kendare Blake. Thanks for coming!

July 18: We met Andrew Smith. Thanks for coming!

July 25: Fonda Lee – Canceled!

August 1: Meet YA author Jeff Garvin, 3:30-4:30pm, Bay Room

August 8: Meet YA author Tommy Wallach, 3:30-4:30pm, Bay Room

August 15: Meet YA author A.S. King, 3:30-4:30pm, Bay Room

About the Authors

Andrew Smith @marburyjack

Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Grasshopper Jungle (2015 Michael L. Printz Honor, 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Carnegie Medal Longlist) and Winger. He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. The Alex Crow, a starred novel by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist, is his ninth novel. He lives in Southern California.

Fonda Lee @fondajlee

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. She is the author of Zeroboxer (Flux/Llewellyn, April 2015) and the forthcoming EXO (Scholastic, January 2017).

Enamored with science fiction and fantasy from an early age, Fonda wrote her first novel, about a dragon on a quest for a magic pendant, in fifth grade during the long bus ride to and from school each day. Many years later, she cast her high school classmates as characters in her second novel, a pulpy superhero saga co-written with a friend by passing a graphing calculator back and forth during biology class. Fortunately, both of these experiments are lost to the world forever.

Fonda is a long-time, avid martial artist in karate and kung fu. She goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception, and Minority Report). She loves a good eggs benedict. A corporate strategist by training, Fonda advised and worked for a number of Fortune 500 firms before taking the career swerve into becoming an author.

Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, Fonda has lived in Toronto, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Portland, Oregon—the city she and her family now call home.

Jeff Garvin 

Jeff Garvin grew up in Orange County, California, the son of a banker and a magician. He started acting in high school, and enjoyed a fifteen-year career including guest-starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City, as well as several independent features.

While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for guitar performance and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in Film. As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States. When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction.

His debut novel, Symptoms of Being Human, tells the story of Riley, a 16-year-old gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley’s anonymity.

Jeff lives in Southern California with his music teacher wife, their menagerie, and a respectable collection of books and guitars.

Tommy Wallach @tommywallach

Tommy is a Brooklyn-based writer and musician. My debut novel, “We All Looked Up,” and is a NYTimes Bestseller. His second novel, “Thanks for the Trouble,” is out now and is making waves.

A.S. King  @as_king

A. S. (Amy Sarig) King is an award-winning author of both YA and adult fiction. She was born on March 10, 1970, in Reading, PA., and obtained a degree in traditional photography from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

King wrote her first novel in 1994, but it took her 15 years and more than seven novels to finally get published. Since then, her books have garnered many accolades. Ask the Passengers won the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, an Edgar Award Nominee, a Junior Library Guild selection and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. Her first YA novel, The Dust of 100 Dogs, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a Cybil Award finalist.

Her other titles include: I Crawl Through it, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, Reality Boy, and Everybody Sees the Ants. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous collections and anthologies, including: Monica Never Shuts up, One Death, Nine stories, Losing It, Break These Rules, and Dear Bully.

2016 Death & Dessert

We’re excited to announce this summer’s guests for our annual Mystery Writers event. Close friends and partners in crime and suspense fiction, Hank Phillippi Ryan and Hallie Ephron, will delight and surprise you during an intimate conversation on Tuesday, July 19 beginning at 6:30pm in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room.

Dessert, book purchases, and book signings will follow at 7:30pm until 8:00pm. In addition, copies of the authors’ newest works will be available for purchase.


Hallie Ephron, author of Night Night, Sleep Tight

New York Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron grew up in a family of writers and a household filled with books. Her parents were Henry and Phoebe Ephron who wrote screenplays for classic movies like Carousel and Daddy Long Legs. An Edgar Award finalist and a three-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, Hallie grew up in Beverly Hills where her new suspense novel, Night Night, Sleep Tight, is set. The story is inspired by Hallie’s experiences growing up there in a Hollywood family, and by an infamous Hollywood murder.


Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of What You See

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate, winning 33 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors.  The bestselling author of eight mysteries, Ryan’s also an award-winner in her second profession—now with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her newest book, What You See, is an Agatha and Anthony nominee and Library Journal Best of 2015.


This event is offered to the public free of charge through the generous support of the Falmouth Public Library Trustees. For more information, please contact us by phone: 508-457-2555, email:, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit us in person at the Reference Desk.

More books by Hank Phillippi Ryan

More books by Hallie Ephron

Author Hank Phillippi Ryan’s official website

Author Hallie Ephron’s official website



Friday Reads: Guideposts magazine in LARGE PRINT


We know that many Falmouth patrons prefer large print format for their books because it is much easier on the eyes than regular print.   So we are dismayed that very few magazines are also published in this format.  We’ve had the classic, Reader’s Digest in large print and for a while now and we have been looking for other suitable titles to add.  Well, we are very pleased to announce that we finally found one:  Guideposts.

Guideposts is a small, monthly magazine published by a nonprofit organization, (also called guideposts) which was founded in 1945 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and his wife.  Their website ( states, “Guideposts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hope, encouragement, and inspiration to millions of people across America and the world. Through uplifting magazines, books, websites, a prayer network, and outreach programs, Guideposts helps people deepen their faith and inspires them to reach their true potential.”  They describe their magazine as having “stories that show the power of prayer and God’s work in our daily lives. These captivating stories will inspire you to put your faith into action and overcome your problems, achieve your potential, and help others.”

Our first issue arrived this week and you can find it in the periodicals room, filed alphabetically by its title, between Granta (a literary magazine) and Guitar World.  As you can see, we have a variety of magazines that we hope will suit many tastes.   Past issues can be checked out – just lift the shelf to find them.

Beyond the Dream Summer Lecture Series

This summer, the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library will host a series of talks on the topic of race relations and racial justice called Beyond the Dream: Falmouth Talks Race. Their first talk will be held on Friday, July 22 from 7-8pm in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room. The summer series will include lectures as well as open discussion facilitated by experts in the field.

The first in the series will be Jill Gordon, Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy at Colby College, who will present “African-Americans and the Economy: Historical Influences and Present Realities”.  Ms. Gordon will begin with an exploration of slavery as a system of production that fueled early wealth and the industrial revolution, touching on banking practices, social mobility, violence, and the Civil Rights era and continuing to the present day issues of environmental racism, drug policy, and mass incarceration, all seen through the lens of the economy.

The Beyond the Dream: Falmouth Talks Race series is a program coordinated by the Falmouth Public Library’s Board of Trustees. More information about their upcoming talks, including the next talk on Friday, August 12, will be released soon.

Meet Author Eric Jay Dolin on Tuesday Evening

We hope you can join us for a special presentation with nationally recognized, bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin on Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm. A local author, as well as a bestselling one, Eric Jay Dolin will be speaking on his newest non-fiction work, Brilliant Beacons.

In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels.

The presentation will be held in the Hermann Meeting Room, is suitable for all ages and is offered to the public free of charge through the generous support of the Falmouth Public Library Trustees. Seats are expected to fill up quickly, so please arrive by 6:45pm to reserve your seat(s). For more information,  please contact the Falmouth Public Library at (508) 457-2555,, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit the Info Desk.

Brilliant Beacons

It’s not too late to pick up Brilliant Beacons from a library on the cape, but hurry! Copies are being checked out quickly.