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: info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org, 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 (guideposts.org) 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, info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org, 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.

Programs for Kids & Teens During April School Vacation Week

If you’re between the ages of 9-18, we have two fantastic programs happening during school vacation week this year!

If you’re interested in signing up, please contact the library. We would love to have you join us.

Monster Dolls with local artist and librarian, Jennifer Burkin, on Wednesday, April 20 from 2-4pm in the Bay Meeting Room

Make a monster doll during our beginner-friendly maker studio class. Monster dolls resemble the popular “ugly dolls” and they are easy to make! This sewing workshop is open to ages 9-14. Space is limited, so please sign up soon.

Creative Writing Mini-Camp with local writer, Kathryn Kulpa, on Tuesday & Thursday, April 19 & 21 from 2-4pm in the Hermann Meeting Room

Teens ages 14-18 are invited to join Kathryn for two sessions where they will use their imagination to compose short flash fiction pieces. This will be a fun workshop for writers of all abilities and interests.

If you have ideas for programs, classes, events, or workshops, please let us know. We would love to hear from you and make your library dreams come true.

New Teen Book Club Starts this Saturday

You’re invited to our very first graphic novel and comic book club for grades 7+ this Saturday. We’ll be snacking on pizza and talking about things we loved and didn’t love so much about Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. You’ll also have the chance to vote on which book we read & discuss next.

Here’s a brief summary of this super cool book (which is appropriate for grades 7-12):

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

More information:

Meet us: in the Young Adult Room at the Main Library (300 Main Street)

Time: 2:00-3:00pm (come early if you want a slice of pizza!)

Dates: Saturday, March 26 (future hangouts will be determined on Saturday)

Copies of NIMONA are still available at the Info Desk at the Main Library

Explore Your iPad with Lori on Saturday, January 30

When you think of the word “iPad,” what comes to mind? You’re not alone if you’re fascinated by this lightweight, wireless device that can connect magically to the internet, but are also left wondering: “What else can I do with it”? “What else could I be doing with it?”

You can find out about all the ways you can use an iPad during our free class in next weekend. You might remember seeing Lori Cooney in the library a few months ago when she taught an introduction to iPhotography for adults, or when she was here a few weeks ago teaching an introduction to the iPad. She will back to teach this class, a much-asked for beginner’s workshop for iPad users who are interested in using diverse apps, on January 30 from 2:30-4:00PM. Lori and a library staff member will be available after the class to take individual questions. Registration is required, so please sign up as soon as you can.

If you can’t make it to our class, we have plentiful resources here at the library, and even a free subscription to Lynda.com, the behemoth resource of online courses. To access Lynda.com, visit our homepage, click on “Library Databases,” and then find Lynda.com. After you sign up for a free account, you can search for a topic you’d like to know more about, such as iPad or iPhone. Library staff members are also always here to help you for no charge. Bring your device and we will help you with the rest!

We look forward to seeing you at the library soon!

The Beginner’s Guide to Using an iPad

When you think of the word “iPad,” what comes to mind? You’re not alone if you’re fascinated by this lightweight, wireless device that can connect magically to the internet, but are also left wondering: “what else can I do with it”? “What else could I be doing with it?”

You can find out about all the ways you can use an iPad during our free class in January, including which apps to use for which activities, how to navigate the versatile iPad screen, how to access & experiment with diverse apps in the Apple Store, how to use the iPad camera, and much, much more. You might remember seeing Lori Cooney in the library a few months ago when she taught an introduction to iPhotography for adults. She will back to teach this class, a much-asked for beginner’s workshop for iPad users, on January 9 from 3:30-4:30PM in the Hermann Room (registration is encouraged).

If you can’t make it to our class, we have plentiful resources here at the library, and even a free subscription to Lynda.com, the behemoth resource of online courses. And, if you make your way to the library, please feel free to ask a Reference Librarian for help, too. Many of us are familiar with new & emerging technologies, not just limited to the iPad, and are always happy to help anyone who needs assistance.

New Books:

iPad with iOS 8 for Seniors : Learn to Work with the iPad with iOS 8
Teach Yourself Visually iPad


Exploring iPad for Dummies
iPad 2: The Missing Manual
iPad for Dummies
How to Do Everything iPad
Get Started with Lynda.com From Home

First, visit our website: www.falmouthpubliclibrary.org and click on “Library Databases.” Scroll down until you see Lynda.com. Once you’ve created an account and are logged in, you can click on any of these online courses or search for “iPad” in the search bar to see which classes are available.

Here are a few of our favorites, which are especially helpful to beginners:

iPad Tips or Tricks

iPhone & iPad: Essential Training