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

Information for Landlords & Tenants

Suzanne Hoey from the Barnstable Law Library visited us in April for two free workshops for landlords and tenants. We have made the materials and resources from her presentations available to you here. If you would like to get in touch with Suzanne directly, please contact the Barnstable Law Library. 


Helpful Information for Tenants

[link to Suzanne’s Powerpoint Presentation for Renters/Tenants]

Barnstable County Registry of Deeds 

If you are interested in renting a property, it’s a good idea to obtain the landlord’s full name and address and check the Barnstable County Registry of Deeds to verify they are the owner of the property.

[link to pdf] Legal Rights: Tactics in Discrimination (excerpt; 2017 edition)


All Court Forms

Eviction Defense Forms

Self-Help Forms

Massachusetts Law about Landlord and Tenant

Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access 

Search for the landlord’s last name and first initial by looking in the Housing Court department’s court records.

Tenant’s Rights in Massachusetts: Private Housing

Read the entirety of Legal Tactics: Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts, 2017 online. This handbook provides practical information about tenants’ rights in private housing—housing that is owned by an individual or a privately-owned company.

Helpful Information for Landlords

[link to Suzanne’s Powerpoint Presentation for Landlords]

[link to pdf] Attorney General’s Guide to Landlord/Tenant Rights

This document outlines not only rental agreement considerations, but also tenancy, payment agreements, eviction, habitable living conditions, and housing discrimination. It is important for both landlords and tenants to understand the laws and regulations that govern these areas and what they might mean for their particular living arrangement.

[link to pdfHousing Providers Rights and Responsibilities Under Federal and Massachusetts State Fair Housing Law, Mass. Housing, Jan. 2011

Explains fair housing / discrimination law to landlords, including: how to market your apartment legally, communication with prospective tenants, dealing with families and children, explanation of disabilities and the rights of the disabled, and more.

Massachusetts Discrimination Law 

Massachusetts Law about Landlord and Tenant

Massachusetts Trial Court Electronic Case Access 

Search for the tenant’s last name and first initial by looking in the Housing Court department’s court records.

Tenant’s Rights in Massachusetts: Private Housing

Read the entirety of Legal Tactics: Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts, 2017 online. This handbook provides practical information about tenants’ rights in private housing—housing that is owned by an individual or a privately-owned company.

Choose Privacy Week: May 1-7, 2018

Start learning how you can protect yourself from scammers and identity thieves at the Falmouth Public Library next week during Choose Privacy Week. Choose Privacy Week is the American Library Association’s annual, week-long event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole.

Scams, Fraud, & Identity Theft

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 1:00 pm | Hermann Room

Learn how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud and learn how you can protect yourself and your family. Find out what common scams you should be watching out for  and the precautionary steps you can take to protect yourself from falling victim. Bring your questions and concerns.

Skimming: What You Need to Know

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 3:30 pm | Hermann Room

What is skimming? Learn about this deceptive scam from the experts.

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.

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.

How else can I learn about privacy?

Program Registration Form

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  • Elise Bean is retired counsel to U.S. Senator Carl Levin, D-Michigan. Her book, "Financial Exposure: Carl Levin's Senate investigations into finance and tax abuse," offers readers a rare, insider's portrait of the world of U. S. Congressional oversight. Books will be available for sale at the talk, courtesy of Eight Cousins Books.
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Reduce Your Toxic Exposure

The Falmouth Public Library is very pleased to host a traveling educational exhibit about how to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals.  Titled, Let’s Talk Prevention:  Reducing Toxic Exposure, the exhibit features a booklet citing scientific evidence linking exposure and effect for many common chemicals, as well as brochures, available in several languages, describing basic steps you can take to reduce problematic exposures and choose safer alternatives to toxic products.

The exhibit was created by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC), our commonwealth’s leading breast cancer prevention non-profit, which is dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy.  The aim of Let’s Talk Prevention is “to facilitate discussions between health professionals and patients about environmental exposures and chemicals of concern.”

The exhibit is up now through late May in the Katharine Lee Bates Lobby.  Please stop by, take copies of the brochures and sign up for MBCC newsletter.   For more information about reducing your exposure, visit mbcc.org and click on the Let’s Talk Prevention tab.

Information about the exhibit is an abridged version of the Press Release supplied by Julia Withers, Program and Community Outreach Consultant, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.  If you would like host the exhibit, email Julia Withers at mbcc.juliawithers@gmail.com with the subject line:  Let’s Talk Prevention Tour.

Friday Reads: How to Window Box

“Friday Reads” is a weekly (almost) blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work.    Topics may be new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read.  Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things.  Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too.  No matter the source, good reads are featured here.  

This week’s blog is written by Reference Librarian, Donna Burgess, who loves to garden.

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How to Window Box: small-space plants to grow indoors or out by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit

This delightful book has 16 chapters, each devoted to a different topic ranging from Sunny Succulents to Edible Petals, Salad Bar, Herb Garden and even a Detox Box!  Whether you are planning on an indoor or outdoor box, this little gem has ideas for you.

The combinations of plants and color schemes are delightful including my favorite combination, orange and purple.

Each section has a “plant with personality” hint such as painting your box an aubergine color to make the citrus colored plants “pop!”

Clear instructions with plenty of demonstrated techniques are often followed by a TIP. Individual photos of each plant include both the Latin name and the common one.

If you missed the fall planting time for Spring bulbs, no worries, the authors suggest planting your box with Nursery purchased plants.

A catchy little inset: When in Rome explains that “window-box gardening may seem like a new idea the trend has been flourishing since ancient Rome. Back then, sills overflowed with medicinal herbs and ornamental flowers so much so that the philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote, “Every day the eyes might feast on this copy of a garden, as though it were a work of nature.”

The Beach dune chapter seems very appropriate for Cape Cod window boxes. Inspired by the urban meadow High Line in New York, the suggested plants include fairy lily, blue fescue, purple fountain grass, interspersed with small stones or bark mulch you can create dramatic colors and irresistible textures.

Another hint: Create small vase holders in your box to add color while waiting for your plants to bloom.  See page 126 for detailed instructions.

How to Window Box is in high-demand now, so put your name on the wait list.  When it does come back to rest on our shelves, it will be in the NEW nonfiction area with call #635.9678.




Welcome Melinda!

Katharine Lee Bates’s “America the Beautiful” resonates for many as the most patriotic and beloved American anthem. But poet, scholar, social activist, and Wellesley College professor, Katharine Lee Bates also loved to travel, thanks to her childhood in Falmouth. Her journeys from Cape Cod, to Wellesley, Oxford, Chicago, Colorado, Spain and Egypt, played big roles in influencing her writing of “America the Beautiful.”

Join us for a talk with author Melinda Ponder as she speaks about her new book “Katharine Lee Bates: from sea to shining sea” and Katharine Lee Bates on her travels on Saturday, April 7 at 3:00 pm.

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Event Information:

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time: 3:00 -4:00 pm

Location: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Hermann Meeting Room

No registration needed. Register on our registration page to receive a reminder email.

Melinda Ponder is also the author of Hawthorne and Women: Engendering and Expanding the Hawthorne Tradition and Hawthorne’s Early Narrative Art. Melinda Ponder first became intrigued with Katharine Lee Bates’ story when she attended Wellesley College and studied English— in the same English Department that Katharine Lee Bates established at the school decades earlier. She continued her academic career as a published literary critic with an M.A. in American Studies and a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Boston College. Currently, she is a Professor Emerita of English at Pine Manor College. Her essays and articles on Nathaniel Hawthorne and other American and British authors have appeared in Genre, The Chicago Tribune, The Essex Institute Historical Collections, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review. Having grown up in Indiana, she now lives in Cambridge, MA.


“How I loved this splendid biography! Melinda Ponder brings Katharine Lee Bates to life as never before. And what a fascinating, remarkable woman she was—so much more important in the history and literature of our country than I had realized.”
~Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize historian

“Finally, a full portrait of the wise and witty woman who wrote the words that best express our love for America. Melinda Ponder’s rich narrative is a timely reminder that intellect, integrity, and a rigorous respect for truth are the real pillars of patriotism.”
~Lynn Sherr, former ABC News correspondent and author of America the Beautiful: The Stirring True Story Behind America’s Favorite Song

“Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea unfolds at long last the impressive life story and strikingly variegated career of the author of America’s unofficial national anthem. A limit-bumping thinker ahead of her time, sometimes even at odds with it, Katharine Lee Bates also had a remarkable gift for reaching the broader American public.”
~Lawrence Buell, Harvard University, author of New England Literary Culture and The Dream of the Great American Novel

“…[A] carefully researched and thoroughly entrancing life tale of a brilliant and accomplished woman whose many achievements have too long been eclipsed by the enduring success of America the Beautiful. … Ponder wisely sets this triumph in the context of a full and richly lived life.”
~Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

“Melinda Ponder’s … beautifully written biography presents Katharine Lee Bates as, in her time, a “New Woman.” Readers will find that this life story of a beloved poet, patriot, and social reformer has much to say about our own time.”
~Barbara Kanellopoulos, The Falmouth Enterprise

“Congratulations to Melinda Ponder for telling the story of a poet who was also a true American hero…. is book is a stirring tribute to a brilliant and deeply patriotic American whose message we need to hear today.”
​~Stephen Kinzer, historian and author, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire

Join us for Joy of Learning!

The Friends of the Falmouth Public Library have just announced the Joy of Learning Spring 2018 class schedule. Please use our online form below to enroll or you may enroll in person at the Main Library’s Reference Desk.

Icebergs and Their Drift into the Atlantic Ocean

Two Sessions: Tuesdays, April 17 & 24, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

This talk will discuss the size and shape of icebergs and their origins, with emphasis on the West Greenland icebergs which drift into the Atlantic shipping lanes. It includes the International iceberg patrol of the U.S. Coast Guard. Attempts to destroy bergs are shown.

Instructor Bio:
Robertson Dinsmore retired from the Coast Guard in 1971. He was Director of Operations and occasional captain of the research ships Atlantis II and Oceanus, retiring again in 2001. He served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation and is currently the director of the U.S. Lighthouse Museum.

Exotic Campaigns: The Struggle for the Kaiser’s African Colonies in the First World War

Three Sessions: Wednesdays, April 11, 18, & 25, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

For a number of reasons, the conquest of Germany’s African colonies was a vital component of the Allies’ grand strategy. This course will cover the fighting in these little-known theatres of the First World War. It will also introduce some colorful leaders, Germany’s only undefeated WWI general, the longest naval engagement in history, and the amazing flight of the Zeppelin I.59.

Instructor Bio:
Michael McNaught earned BA and MA degrees in history at Oxford University where he specialized in Military History and the Theory of War. An independent school teacher and administrator for 44 years, he has lectured extensively at Falmouth Academy, the Falmouth Historical Society, and the Joy of Learning program since moving to Falmouth in 2004.

Does the U.S. Still Need a Navy?

Three Sessions: Thursdays, April 19 & 26; Friday, May 4, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

An exploration of the role of the Navy in facing today’s security threats.

Instructor Bio:
Michael T. Corgan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, Adjunct Faculty at the University of Iceland, and Associate Faculty at the University of Lapland

The Portuguese in Falmouth (updated and revised)

Four Sessions: April 6, 13, 20, & 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Session I: Portugal: the Azores and First Wave

Session II: Immigrants and Outcasts: Second Wave

Session III: Immigration, Restriction, and Assimilation

Session IV: The Third Wave to Present Day

Instructor Bio:
Lewis A. White worked at M.I.T’s Synchronic Lab and NASA’s Electronic Research Center. He completed graduate work at Worcester Polytech where he taught computer technology, as well as at Hesser College.

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Welcome Dr. Budson!

As you age, you may find yourself worrying about your memory. Where did I put those car keys? What time was my appointment? What was her name again? With more than 41 million Americans over the age of 65 in the United States, the question becomes how much (or, perhaps, what type) of memory loss is to be expected as one gets older and what should trigger a visit to the doctor. Dr. Budson’s new book, co-written with Maureen K. O’Connor addresses these key concerns and more. Join us for a talk with Dr. Budson on Saturday, March 10, 2018, as he discusses his research and his new book, Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not, and What to Do About it.

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Event Information:

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Time: 1:30 -2:30 pm

Location: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Hermann Meeting Room

No registration needed. Register on our registration page to receive a reminder email.

Andrew E. Budson, MD, majored in chemistry and philosophy at Haverford College before receiving his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Budson is Professor of Neurology at Boston University, Lecturer in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System. His career combines education, research, and clinical care to help those with memory disorders.

Maureen K. O’Connor, PsyD, was educated at Ithaca College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. O’Connor is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Boston University, Director of Neuropsychology at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Member at Large of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Her award-winning research, education, and clinical care focuses on patients with memory disorders.


“Memory concerns are common and addressing them in practical terms is rare. Andrew Budson and Maureen O’Connor take on this challenge in Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory, providing understandable real-world advice about how to know if memory is normal or abnormal and how to understand what memory impairment means. The advice is practical, comprehensible, and valuable – don’t forget this book.” — Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, NV


“This book provides a comprehensive review of how the brain stores memories, the causes of memory disorders and how these disorders should be evaluated, treated and managed. This book is so clearly written that it provides valuable information and practical advice for people with memory disorders, their families and health-care professionals.” — Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, Department of Neurology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

“The book combines scientific data from the research literature, clinical knowledge, and their extensive experience to offer a helpful, practical guide to managing concerns that older people may have when their memories start to falter.” — Martin L. Albert, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA


“This thoughtful book offers insight into how the mind works and provides answers to fears about ‘losing our memory’. Through a series of vignettes, the authors help sort fact from fiction and, by the end of the book, the reader will be comforted to learn that being unable to find the keys for the tenth time in a week is likely the result of an overtaxed mind rather than something more serious. In this world of media bombardment and multitasking, here is a book that provides just the reassurance we need. A ‘must read’ for everyone over the age of 40. Just don’t forget to buy it!” — Cecilia McVey, RN, MHA, Certified in Nursing Administration, Boston, MA


“An informative and accessible discussion of memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other mental-health concerns. This primer will be useful to middle-aged and elderly readers, caregivers, family members, healthcare professionals, and others striving to understand the aging brain or find concrete ways to enhance brain health.” – —Publishers Weekly


“Understanding how memory works, and how well it works, is key to understanding yourself. For this this reason, Seven Steps To Managing Your Memory is recommended reading for everyone.” — The Electric Review


“Overall, I would highly recommend the book as a valuable resource for patients and families. I found it to be clear, accessible, generally accurate reading. I will gladly recommend the book to my patients and their families, and I would encourage other neurologists to do the same.” — Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology

2-Day Crochet

We are very pleased to welcome back Falmouth crochet instructor, Kali Smith.  Kali will lead two 2-day workshops where she will instruct crocheters on how to make a basket using bulky yarn and the magic circle technique.  All materials will be supplied, thanks to the generosity of the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library.   Finished baskets will be approximately 7” tall and 9” in diameter and will be perfect for storing your yarn.

Participants will be expected to work on the basket at home between meetings and must already know how to:

  • crochet in the round
  • single crochet
  • chain stitch
  • slip stitch

The 2-day workshop will be offered twice, at the following dates and times:

Saturday mornings:  March 3 and March 10 from 9:30 – 11:00 AM

Wednesday nights:  March 28 and April 4 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM

All meetings will take place at the Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main St. Falmouth, in the Trustees Room.

You may register for either the Saturday workshop or the Wednesday workshop.  To register, please contact the reference department at 508-457-2555 x 6 or stop by the reference desk where you can see a sample basket. You can also register online at falmouthpubliclibrary.org/register.

Technology Class Schedule

March 2018

Draw and Paint with ArtRage on Your Tablet 
Saturday, March 24 , 2:00-3:30 pm
Bay Meeting Room

Instructor: Lori Cooney
Audience: Teens, Adults
Level: Beginner

Are you interested in digital drawing and painting using your tablet? Join technology expert Lori Cooney for a tutorial on ArtRage, a powerful tool available for iOS and Android. ArtRage is a realistic painting and drawing app that includes a full range of easy to use drawing tools like the oil brush, inking pen and glitter. All the tools act like real paint, pencil or chalk, and interact in different ways with each other and the canvas texture.

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Ask a Librarian: Library e-books for Beginners
Monday, March 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Bay Room

Instructor: Kasia Piasecka
Audience: Adults
Level: Beginner

Are you curious about how to download and read free e-books and e-audios from the CLAMS Overdrive Catalog on your computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet? Learn about free apps like Overdrive, Libby, by Overdrive, Biblioboard, and Axis 360 from one of our Reference Librarians. Bring your preferred reading device with you (iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Kindle Fire, etc) with you if you’d like and we will help you get started!

10:00-10:30: Library e-book collections and Overdrive tutorial

10:30 – 11:00: One-on-one assistance

Need help from home? Try visiting the library’s e-books page. If you need further assistance, consult the Overdrive Help website.

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Lori Cooney 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.

Kasia Piasecka is a Reference Librarian at the Falmouth Public Library. She enjoys reading ebooks, iPhotography, and learning about new technology.