2019 Town Wide Read … THE LITTLE PRINCE



Falmouth Reads Together, a library sponsored community committee, has chosen for 2019 a book that can be read, enjoyed and shared by young and old: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.  The book is fewer than 90 pages! This brief, but extraordinary work explores the importance of friendship, love, and the quest for truth. Written in 1943, Saint-Exupery was serving as a French air force pilot. He died prematurely in a 1944 airplane accident, leaving this work as a legacy for the world. The library has scheduled a number of events including a complete read-aloud of the book in both English and French. All are welcome to attend.


Thurs, Jan 16th @ 7:00 pm – Library Fiction Book Club to discuss the Little Prince

Fri, Feb 8th @ 2:00  – Screening of the 1974 Little Prince film directed by Stanley Donen

Fri, Feb 22 @ 2:00 – Screening of the 2016 Little Prince film directed by Mark Osborne

Sat, March 2nd @ 2:00 pm – A discussion of the Little Prince as literature by David Buskey

Sat., March 16th @ 11:00 am – Come and enjoy a complete reading of the book in both French and English. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.


Please join us for any or all of these events which will be held in the Hermann Meeting Room! There will also be a book discussion group held at the East Falmouth Branch Library on Tuesday, February 12th at 10:00 am.

Haunted Hearths Ghost Tour

Join us for our annual Haunted Hearths Ghost Tour with paranormal investigator Ken DeCosta on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 pm. Discover haunted inns, churches, and homes with a haunted history in Falmouth.

About RISEUP Paranormal

 The RISEUP Paranormal Society is a Rhode Island- based volunteer organization with affiliates in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine that specializes in the investigation and assessment of paranormal claims within the realms of Hauntings, UFO experiences, and Cryptozoology. 

For more information about RISEUP Paranormal, please visit their website.

Mark Your Calendar:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:00-7:30 pm

The tour will depart from 300 Main Street, Falmouth.

Registration required. Please register by contacting the Reference Department: 508-457-2555 x7.

Free admission

The is a walking ghost tour and is recommended for older teens and adults and is generously sponsored by the Falmouth Public Library Board of Trustees. Admission is free. Registration is required due to limited spaces.

*The route is wheelchair-accessible.

**Please bring a flashlight or two to share if possible.

Experience Rory Raven

Join us for an evening with mentalist and mindbender Rory Raven on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 PM at the Falmouth Public Library. Rory will read your mind, bend spoons, and leave you talking about it for the rest of your life. This master mentalist has mystified and entertained audiences throughout the Northeast and as far away as Istanbul. With humor, wit, and amazement, this show is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Who is Rory Raven?

A life-long interest in all things psychic and paranormal led Rory to pursue a career as a mentalist and mindbender. His goal is to reproduce the kind of effects parapsychologists have been researching for years – only he wants to do them live and onstage. Rory’s work has brought him to a number of wonderful places over the years. From Salem to Manhattan to Istanbul – he has performed for bar patrons, educational groups, nightclub crowds, champion bridge players, and even a coven of witches! In addition, Rory writes books! He has written Haunted Providence: strange tales from the smallest state and The Dorr War: treason, rebellion, and the fight for reform in Rhode Island.

For more information about Rory, visit his website.

Mark Your Calendar:

Wednesday, September 26, 7:00-8:00 pm

Hermann Meeting Room

Doors open at 6:45 pm/Show at 7:00 pm

Free admission

This show is recommended for older teens and adults and is generously sponsored by the Falmouth Public Library Board of Trustees. Admission is free. No registration is required. Doors open at 6:45 PM in the Hermann Meeting Room at the Main Library.

Welcome C.J. Verburg!

The Falmouth Public Library is pleased to welcome CJ Verburg to the Main Library (300 Main Street, Falmouth) on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a conversation with author CJ Verburg and Jill Erickson, Head of Reference and Information Services at the Falmouth Public Library. At work on a new novella, CJ Verburg is an award-winning playwright and theatre director and the author of bestsellers in international literature and science, including (Ourselves Among OthersEdward Gorey on Stage), a memoir, and two mystery series.

A storyteller ever since she could talk, CJ Verburg spent the 1990’s collaborating on theatre projects with her Yarmouth Port neighbor, the late artist and writer Edward Gorey. Their friendship inspired her multimedia memoir Edward Gorey On Stage and her award-winning play Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians. Her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery series, starting with the novels Croaked and Zapped, spun off from one of their “idées du jour” over lunch. A former editor and freelance writer for major publishers on both coasts, Verburg moved to San Francisco after Gorey’s death. She runs the Indie Publishers’ Working Group at the Mechanics’ Institute Library and is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Readers International. She has recently finished writing Gaudí Knight, a sequel to Silent Night Violent Night and Another Number for the Road in her international Cory Goodwin mystery series, which stars the Boston journalist daughter of New York private eye Archie Goodwin. She’s now working on an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod mystery novella, The Toastrack Enigma.

No registration is required. Book purchases and signings courtesy of Eight Cousins Bookstore will follow the event. The following books will be available for sale:

Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery
Zapped: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery
Edward Gorey On Stage: Playwright, Director, Designer, Performer: a Multimedia Memoir

CJ Verburg: A friend and neighbor of the late artist Edward Gorey, Verburg produced and assistant-directed most of his twenty-odd original plays and “entertainments” on Cape Cod. Edward Gorey On Stage is her multimedia memoir about their theatrical escapades, including rare drawings, photos, film clips, and music. Her Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery series (starting withCroaked and Zapped) originated as one of their frequent idées du jour over lunch. When Gorey died before they could pursue it, she gave one of his unused acronymic pseudonyms to the books’ reluctant sleuth.

Verburg’s Cory Goodwin mysteries had two inspirations: her admiration for the late writer Rex Stout, and her publishing career in San Francisco and Boston. The series’ narrator is the journalist daughter of Stout’s detective Archie Goodwin. Silent Night Violent Night plunges Cory into the noir side of publishing at a college friend’s posh holiday party. In Another Number for the Road, she heads for France to cover an upscale goodwill exchange and becomes entangled with a rock star she interviewed at a protest march twenty years ago. For more information about CJ, please visit her website. She lives in San Francisco. Follow her on Twitter @CJVerburg

Friday Reads: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons, Part Two!

Some of you may recall that we recently started circulating a book about Cape Cod beaches, in which we asked you to participate in the writing of the book. You can read all about that in a previous blog. In our Friday Reads today we are again offering you an opportunity to help create a book! Yes, another book has arrived in which we did not get exactly what we were expecting. We thought we were purchasing a book about drawing, but what we did NOT know was that the book had lots of empty pages in order for you to practice your drawing. Thus another book has arrived in which we hope you will help us create artwork to fill up the pages.

As we have written in the front of this book:

“This drawing book belongs to all of us! This isn’t your typical library book about drawing! Why? Because we are inviting you to draw in it. Try your hand at drawing right here, right now while the inspiration and space are in front of you. We’d love to see what you come up with. Since this book is for all of us, we thank you in advance for keeping it family-friendly.”

So by all means check out our copy of 50 Ways To Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life: practical lessons in pencil and paper by Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst and draw us a picture!

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:

Visit: www.meals4kids.org

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

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 info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org
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