Tips for New Teen Babysitters: Part I

We are excited to welcome a new group of enthusiastic future babysitters to the library this Saturday for another intensive 4-H babysitting training in partnership with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. The Friends of the Falmouth Public Library support the wonderful program that allows teens to learn babysitting skills in a fun & safe environment. Teens will learn about child safety, first aid & emergencies, feeding & nutrition, discipline, stages of development, entertainment, and the business of babysitting.

For our new babysitters who are starting to look for more experience & employment, we compiled a few helpful tips to help start them off. Here’s Part I of our short blog series for new teen babysitters. Look for Part II on our blog next week.

Gather References

Think of someone (who is not a family member or friend) who knows you outside of your home, be it a school counselor, teacher, mentor, or an adult you know from an extracurricular activity. This should be someone who knows you well or has seen you practicing being responsible, reliable, or trustworthy. Put yourself in the shoes of a parent or caregiver who might be hiring you for a babysitting job. What would they be looking for? Write down a few traits & skills that come to mind, and then think of someone in your life that can vouch for those traits & skills.

If you don’t feel like you have anyone in your life that can vouch for you, don’t worry. References are important, but you can also share your school report card or find some other evidence of your strengths. Whoever interviews you for your new job just wants to get to know you. Think of a way that shows them who you are. This might be a test of your creativity, but if you don’t have at least one reference, you will need to think creatively.

Google Yourself

It’s always a good idea to google yourself about every other month to see what information is out there pertaining to you. As you’re beginning to look for a job, this is a good time to think about your public image. Is there anything floating around on internetland that you’d rather not be public? Try these google searches to see if you find anything too revealing:

your name _____ AND the town you live in _______

your name ______ AND the name of your school _________

your name ______ AND the town where your school is located _______

your name _______AND “Facebook” (if you use Facebook)

your name _______AND the name of another social media tool you use (ie Instagram, etc)

*In the case that you do find something that a) you’d rather it be private or b) wouldn’t be good news to your future employer, you can delete it (whether it’s a social media post or picture) or hide it by logging into your social media account and adjusting the privacy settings. Remember, it’s always a good idea to think before you act, especially online where your privacy is at greater risk of being threatened.

Have questions? Kasia is happy to help answer them! Feel free to email her at falteens at gmail dot com or contact the library by phone (508-457-2555) or text (text “askfpl” to 66746). 

Free Folk Concert for All Ages on December 18

After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson–otherwise known as the folk duo Hungrytown–have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting.  Hungrytown’s music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel’s hit series, Portlandia. Lyricist Rebecca Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK).

They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; and Further West in 2015. The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe and New Zealand.

Click here to listen to their songs online & watch them perform on their website.

All are welcome. Please arrive early to reserve your seat(s) in the Hermann Meeting Room. Doors open at 2:30pm, show begins promptly at 3pm.  Hungrytown’s CD’s and merchandise will be available for purchase after the show.

For more information, please call us at (508) 457-2555, email us at info at falmouthpubliclibrary dot org, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit us in-person at the Info Desk at the Main Library.

Babysitting Class this December for Teens

The next free babysitting class with 4-H Instructor, Mary Nielsen, will be held next month in the Teen Room on Saturday, December 12. An all-day course for ages 11-18, it will teach and review child safety, first aid & emergencies, feeding & nutrition, discipline, stages of development, entertainment, and the business of babysitting. This fun class is widely anticipated and will fill up quickly. Please register by contacting the Reference Department by phone 508-457-2555 x6.

Requirements:

Proof of age at time of class

Registration is required

Lunch/snacks/drinks



Supplies provided:


4-H Babysitting Manual

Certificates & ID cards awarded at completion

Date & time:

Saturday, December 12 from 9:30am-4:45pm

Teen Room at the Main Library

First Fiction Event with Ellen Herrick, Sarah Anne Johnson & Jennifer Tseng on Saturday

First novelists Ellen Herrick (The Sparrow Sisters), Jennifer Tseng (Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness) and Sarah Anne Johnson (The Lightkeeper’s Wife) join us to discuss their novels this Saturday, September 19 from 10AM – Noon. We hope you can join us for this terrific event with three remarkable writers, each with their own impressive debut.

THE SPARROW SISTERS by Ellen Herrick

Patience is the town healer and when a new doctor settles into Granite Point he brings with him a mystery so compelling that Patience is drawn to love him, even as she struggles to mend him. But when Patience Sparrow’s herbs and tinctures are believed to be implicated in a local tragedy, Granite Point is consumed by a long-buried fear—and its three hundred year old history resurfaces as a modern day witch-hunt threatens.

MAYUMI & THE SEA OF HAPPINESS by Jennifer Tseng

Forty-one years old, disenchanted wife and dutiful mother, Mayumi’s work as a librarian on a small island off the coast of New England feeds her passion for reading and provides her with many occasions for wry observations on human nature, but it does little to remedy the mundanity of her days. That is, until the day she issues a library card to a shy seventeen-year-old boy and swiftly succumbs to a sexual obsession that subverts the way she sees the library, her family, the island she lives on, and ultimately herself.

THE LIGHTKEEPER’S WIFE by Sarah Anne Johnson

In 19th century Cape Cod, Hannah Snow shouldn’t even be in the water. Her husband, John, would be furious–it’s his job to tend to Dangerfield Light. It’s certainly not women’s work, and his quick trips out of town don’t give her permission to rush toward the tattered ships. But she does, and though she can’t save everyone, William “Billy” Pike, is someone she can. He’s recuperating in her care when John’s horse is found abandoned. Hannah invites Billy to stay as a hired hand–but soon discovers that he is not at all whom she thought he was. When everything holding her together falls apart, can Hannah learn how to save herself?

Teen Theatre Camp Starts Tomorrow

Get your act together and sign up for our extraordinary acting and play writing camp for ages 12-18.

Victoria Santos will lead a free 10-hour workshop 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. No experience is required.

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.

Registration is required and participants are required to attend all four workshops (final performance on Friday, August 28 at 1:30PM).  For more information and to register, please contact the Falmouth Public Library at (508) 457-2555, falteens@gmail.com, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit the Reference Desk.

Dates: Tuesday, August 25, Wednesday, August 26, Thursday, August 27, & Friday, August 28, 2015

Time: 1:30-4:00PM

Location: Hermann Foundation Meeting Room

Get Your Act On Starting this Tuesday During Our Theatre Camp

We are happy to announce that our teen theatre workshops are back this summer, and we still have a few spots available!

Victoria Santos from the Lawrence School is back and ready to teach acting and help you build your confidence and most importantly, to have fun. She will lead a free 10-hour workshop open to all teens, ages 12-18, who are interested in acting, directing, and/or playwriting. Teens will have the chance to write, rehearse, and stage their very own productions with guidance from Victoria and their peers. Teens will hold their productions on Friday, August 28, the last day of the workshop beginning at 1:30PM. Absolutely no experience is required!

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.

Please register as soon as possible if you are interested. We look forward to have you at our mini-theatre camp next week!

If you are interested in hearing about more great programs for ages 12-18 at the library, to subscribe to our TEEN SCENE e-newsletter. 

Join us on Saturday for iPhotography 101 for Adults

Join us for a hands-on beginner’s workshop with recognized photographer and award winning teacher, Lori Cooney, to learn how to use your smartphone or tablet to take great pictures on Saturday, August 15 from 10:00-11:30am. You can expect to learn the ins and outs of iPhotography, including how to customize and style your photos and how to manipulate the best photo apps out there to make your work stand out.

Lori Cooney is an award winning iPhoneographer and will share her expertise with participants in this workshop. She is a Project Coordinator & Instructional Design Specialist at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In addition, she is a Christa McAuliffe Teacher and has earned several teaching awards, including the WPI Technology Humanist Award and the MassCUE Pathfinder award.

Registration is strongly encouraged and participants are encouraged to bring their smartphone or tablet.

Lori’s (@capecodphotographer) work can be seen on instagram: https://instagram.com/capecodphotographer

This workshop is free to the public thanks to the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library.

For more information and to register, please contact us by phone at (508) 457-2555, info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit the Reference Desk. We hope to see you there!

Shelf Talk with Hank Phillippi Ryan

Welcome to Shelf Talk! Each month, we will ask an author six questions about what they like to read. We just recently interviewed author, Linda Barnes, and we already have a brand new interview with Hank Phillippi Ryan for our readers. Both Linda and Hank will be joining us at the library on Wednesday evening for a special event with authors, Susan Oleksiw and Kate Flora.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 33 EMMY, 13 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism. A bestselling author of seven mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, the Anthony, Daphne, Macavity, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Her 2013 novel, The Wrong Girl, won both the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and the Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller. Her newest hardcover, Truth Be Told, is the Agatha Award winner for Best Contemporary Novel and an Anthony Award nominee for Best Novel. Truth Be Told is also a Library Journal BEST BOOK OF 2014, with starred reviews from Booklist and from Library Journal, which raves, “Drop everything and binge read!” She also won a second Agatha Award in 2015 for Best Nonfiction, as editor of Writes of Passage, an anthology of essays by mystery authors. Ryan’s next novel, What You See, will debut in Fall 2015.  She’s a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.

Visit her online at HankPhillippiRyan.com, on Twitter @HankPRyan and Facebook.

Kasia: When and where do you like to read?

Hank: I’m often traveling for a book tour, and I love reading on airplanes! Book-books, not e-books. I dive into the pages as everyone is getting settled, and sometimes I don’t even realize the plane has taken off! It’s so peaceful and private. I love to read in hotel rooms, late at night, and when I’m home—sometimes I wake up early in the morning and just reach for a book on the nightstand. “I’m reading to wake up,” I say.

Oh! My husband and I read together–floating in our pool! We have wonderful blow-up floats, and we each get a book, clamber on to the floats, and then let the breeze and the current take us away as we read. It’s bliss!


Kasia: What were your favorite books as a child?

Hank: All the Edward Eager books, absolutely–(I still give them to every kid who comes to our house)–Half Magic, and The Time Garden. And, Knight’s Castle. Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames and Trixie Belden. There was a series with Donna Parker, which I still think about today. Black Beauty. All the Sherlock Holmes stories, I read every one! Diamond in the Window, and A Wrinkle in Time, and The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet.


Kasia: What books had the greatest impact on you?

Hank: Look Homeward Angel, for the poetry and care of the writing. Custom of the Country, for Edith Wharton’s biting observation of her contemporaries, and the dialogue.  Stephen King’s The Stand, for its amazing storytelling, and the use of different voices. Nelson DeMille’s Charm School (with Frederick Forsyth’s Day of the Jackal) the epitome of the thriller. Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Any of Sue Grafton’s books–she’s the master. And Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Oh, gosh. Somebody stop me.


Kasia: Would you like to name a few writers out there you think deserve greater readership?

Hank: Peter Abrahams/Spencer Quinn. As Abrahams, his psychological thrillers are unmatched–brave and brilliant. As Spencer Quinn, his Chet and Bernie mysteries–with the pov [point-of-view] of a dog–are hilarious and touching. He should be a huge (huger?) star.  Linwood Barclay, from Canada, wrote a thriller, Trust Your Eyes ,which is one of the best ever. Lisa Unger, with her amazing psychological suspense. She’s terrific. And Gregg Hurwitz–smart, fast-paced, always surprising.


Kasia: What was the last book you recommended?

Hank: Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk. It is ridiculously good.


Kasia: What do you plan to read next?

Hank: Missoula by Jon Krakauer.

Shelf Talk with Linda Barnes

Welcome to Shelf Talk! Each month, we will ask an author six questions about what they like to read.

Featured this month is Linda Barnes, one of the authors who will be joining us for our Death & Desserts event next week on Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30pm. Our other authors include Hank Phillippi Ryan, Susan Oleksiw, and Kate Flora. Don’t miss this exciting event!

Linda Barnes has written 17 mystery novels: 12 novels feature her 6’1” redheaded Boston private eye Carlotta Carlyle, 4 feature actor, detective, and amateur sleuth Michael Spraggue and her most recent is a stand alone titled The Perfect Ghost. Barnes’s celebrated Carlotta Carlyle series first appeared in 1985 with the award-winning short story “Lucky Penny”.

Kasia: When and where do you like to read?

Linda: Everywhere, and all the time. I read while eating breakfast. As a child, I once injured myself by walking into a tree while reading while walking to school.


Kasia: What were your favorite books as a child?

Linda: The Maida books (an English children’s series), biographies, and Sherlock Holmes stories.


Kasia: What books had the greatest impact on you?

Linda: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Rebecca, Franny and Zooey, MacBeth, and Nostromo.


Kasia: Would you like to name a few writers out there you think deserve greater readership?

Linda: Laurie R. King for one!


Kasia: What was the last book you recommended?

Linda: An Unusual Job for a Woman by P.D. James


Kasia: What do you plan to read next?

Linda: I’m rereading all of my P.D. James books as a tribute and memorial after her recent death.

Meet Doug Most & Neil Swidey at our Annual Breakfast with the Authors Event This Saturday!

Join us for our highly anticipated free summer event this Saturday, June 27, from 10:00am – noon, as we welcome recognized Massachusetts authors, Doug Most and Neil Swidey, to the library!

Each summer, Breakfast with the Authors brings together authors for an exciting panel discussion and book reading & signing. The program will begin with a light breakfast between 10:00am-10:30am, with the panel discussion starting at 10:30am. Copies of Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness and The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America’s First Subway will be available for purchase from Eight Cousins Bookstore and signings will take place at the conclusion of the discussion at 11:30am. Doug Most and Neil Swidey will be available for book signings and questions from 11:30am-noon.

Doug Most & Neil Swidey are both acclaimed and nationally recognized authors and journalists. Doug Most has written for Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World and Parents and his stories have appeared in Best American Crime Writing and Best American Sports Writing. Doug Most’s The Race Underground is soon to be a PBS documentary and has received rave reviews from the New York Times, the Economist, and Kirkus Reviews. Neil Swidey’s work has been featured in The Best American Science Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, The Best American Crime Reporting, and The Best American Political Writing. He’s been a three-time winner of the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, a four-time winner of the National Headliner Award, and a finalist for the National Magazine Award. The Wall Street Journal called Trapped Under the Sea: “A harrowing account of one of the largest engineering projects in U.S. history…” and the New York Times named it an “impressively reported account.”

Reference Librarian, Faith Lee, and her book group read and reviewed Trapped Under the Sea last October– Check it out here.

For more information and to register, please contact us at (508) 457-2555, info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit the Reference Desk.

You can find out more about Doug Most, Neil Swidey, and their selected works by visiting www.trappedunderthesea.com and www.dougmost.com.