Demystifying College Admissions

Please join us for a special presentation for college-bound teens and their families with Terry Greene Clark, author of Demystifying College Admissions.

Join Terry for an inside look at the college admissions process. Learn about the college application, the redesigned SAT, college athletics, financial aid and more! Terry will share some of her own experiences – having sent three of her four children off to college in the last six years.

Copies of Terry’s book will be available for sale at the time of the event. You can also request the book via our library catalog.

Registration is strongly encouraged as seats are limited.

More Information:

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Room: Bay Meeting Room

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Black Literature Matters

On Saturday, March 4,  Sara Hines (co-owner of Eight Cousins) and I hosted “Black Literature Matters: A Book Talk”. The event was a huge success and our thanks go out to everyone who braved the cold to hear about these important titles. As a part of a larger series entitled, “Books Build Conversations,” we focused on #ownvoices books. #OwnVoices is a hashtag coined in 2015 in order to highlight stories written by authors from marginalized communities featuring protagonists who are also a part of those same communities. For our purposes, we chose books by black authors with black protagonists.

A few days ago, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center released a graph on their blog chronicling the rise and fall of children’s books with black protagonists both by non-black authors and #ownvoices authors.

This graph would have been perfect to include in our talk. As the author of the blog points out, authenticity matters: books about black characters written by non-black authors, while well-intentioned, may fall into the problematic tropes and reinforce stereotypes and negative ideologies. Also, as the author of the blog states, black authors and illustrators need to be “given the same opportunities to tell their own stories”.

In order to give attendees the opportunity to really connect with each title, Sara and I limited our scope by each selecting one book from four categories: picture book, middle grade, teen/young adult, and non-fiction. We committed to reading each other’s selections to ensure an in-depth conversation. During the talk, we shared background on the #ownvoices hashtag, the need for diverse representation in children’s literature, and described how books serve as windows or mirrors depending on the reader. In addition, we dialogued about each of our eight selections, discussing the stories and our thoughts about them.

Each attendee was given a pamphlet that included all of the books highlighted during the talk, as well as additional recommended #ownvoices titles. You can view and print the pamphlet below and if you click on the booklist link, you will find a list with additional titles that feature black protagonist by authors/illustrators that may or may not be #ownvoices. All books are available within the CLAMS system. Both the pamphlet and the list are free and may be reproduced. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Sara (sara@eightcousins.com) or I (sseales@falmouthpubliclibrary.org) directly.

–Stephanie Seales
Falmouth Public Library Children’s Room

Click here to view the handout

Click here for the booklist

 

Mindful Movement with Deborah Kinghorn

*This program has been postponed by the presenter. It has been rescheduled for Friday, May 5. If you had already signed up for the original March 31 date, you do not need to sign up again. We look forward to having you!*

How do people of a certain age, their bodies stiff and creaky, suddenly feel a spring in their step and an urge to dance when they hear the music of their youth? Join Deborah Kinghorn, a professor of theater and dance at the University of New Hampshire, as she explains how the answer can be found in the body’s natural energy sources.

We would love to have you for our interactive class. Please sign up below or give us a call at the Reference Desk.


Deborah Kinghorn is a Master Teacher of Lessac Kinesensic Voice and Body Training and currently serves on the Master Teacher Council of the Lessac Training and Research Institute, where she regularly teaches and conducts research at the Lessac Summer Intensive Workshop. She received the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award in 1995, the Lessac Institute Leadership Award in 2009, the UNH Teaching Excellence Award for 2011-12, and in 2013 was a Fulbright Scholar in the Acting, Media and Culture Post-Masters Program at the University of Rijeka in Croatia.


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Date: Friday, May 5

Time: 2:30-4:00pm

Room: Hermann Meeting Room

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We Got Him with Elizabeth Searle

We hope you can join us for a special afternoon reading and signing with local author Elizabeth Searle on Saturday, March 25 at 3:00 pm. Ms. Searle will be speaking about and reading from her newest work of fiction, We Got Him

We Got Him

We Got Him is the story of one family’s inherited flaws, harbored guilts, and obsessive desires, whether for a child, a parent, or a second chance to do the elusive right thing. Powerfully worked against the unfolding events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Elizabeth Searle’s taut drama of a young, pregnant stepmother and her troubled stepson is a narrative tour de force, interweaving public and private acts of terror with the redemptive, but ever fragile, forces of love.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Searle is the author of five books of fiction and the librettist of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, which has drawn major media coverage and which was produced in Chicago in 2016 and at the New York Musical Theater Festival in NYC. Her previous books are: Girl Held in Home (New Rivers Press, 2011), Celebrities in Disgrace, a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize; A Four–Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an American Library Association Book Award; and My Body to You, a story collection that won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. A Four–Sided Bed is now in development as a feature film. Her Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera had a sold–out extended run at the New York Musical Festival in NYC in 2015. Elizabeth lives with her husband and son in Arlington, MA.

RESCHEDULED: Tea & Chocolate Tasting

*Our event has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 27 at 3:00-4:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. We have many available spaces left for our tasting, so please sign up below!*

Danielle Beaudette of The Cozy Tea Cart and certified Tea Specialist will offer a lecture and tea tasting at the library on Thursday, March 23 at 3:00pm.  Have you ever wondered which teas pair well with chocolate? Did you know that the production of the cocoa bean and the tea plant are very similar? We would love to have you for our interactive tasting.

Danielle Beaudette is one of the first fifteen in the world to be certified in all levels as a Tea Specialist through the Specialty Tea Institute and has completed over 70 tea seminars at the World Tea Expo.  She has researched and learned first-hand about the production of tea through her Asian tea travels and relationships with Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Japanese, Nepalese, and Taiwanese tea growers. Danielle sources only the finest, high quality, freshly imported teas earning The Cozy Tea Cart the title of “Best of NH” from New Hampshire Magazine. Just as important as the quality of her tea, she promotes excellence in service and pride in educating her customers.

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Pants on Fire

* Thank you to FCTV for filming our event. You can watch full coverage of the event below or on Youtube. *

Join us on Wednesday, March 1st  from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room for a discussion about fake news, what it is and how to recognize it, and maybe even a little history of fake news. Joining us will be Allison Butler, U. Mass, Amherst professor and steering committee of Mass Media Literacy, and Sean Corcoran, news director and senior reporter at WCAI in Woods Hole. They will be addressing your concerns through your questions and dialogue.

This program was suggested to us by a library patron who was confused about how best one can identify fake news. We’ll do the best we can to help you understand what it is and how not to spread it around. Please give us a call or send us an e-mail if you would like to attend, so we have an idea of how many chairs to put out! You can contact us at 508-457-2555, ext. 6 or e-mail us at info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

Tea Tasting on February 19

Tea can be sweet, rich, buttery, and citrusy. It can wake you up and calm you down. Tea has a history that spans the globe and health benefits that will keep you going. It has been cultivated for over 3,000 years and is the second most popular drink in the world. Come spend some time getting to know tea’s delightful flavors and aromas, as well as its fascinating history, how it’s made, where it’s from, and what it can do for you. You’ll learn how to steep tea for best flavor and sample several varieties, such as a delicate white, smooth oolong, refreshing green, & malty black.

We have invited Hillel Bromberg,  a certified tea sommelier and owner of Tea Oasis in Boston, to lead a special loose-leaf tea tasting on Sunday, February 19.

Our tasting is now full. Please give us a call to sign up for our waiting list. We are looking forward to having you!


Details:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

2:30-4:00pm

 

Meet & Mingle (Woof!)

Falmouth’s local Companion Animal Program chapter invites grades 5-12 to come join the fun and meet our most eligible canine bachelors and bachelorettes just in time for Valentine’s Day. Woof! No need to make conversation. You can just sit back and get comfortable with your new friend, while enjoying snacks and refreshments in the Bay Room. Participants will receive holiday-themed goodie bags.

Companion Animal Program (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, self-sustaining, with no paid employees.

Please register by contacting the library by calling 508-457-2555, emailing info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org, or by using the contact form on our website: falmouthpubliclibrary.org/contact. The program may be canceled if no participants register.

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Gardens Around the World

“From Winterthur to Versailles; from the spice gardens of old Ceylon to the topiary of Anna and the King of Siam…a trip around the world”

Need gardening inspiration on these wintry afternoons? Please join us for a slide program as Henry T. Callan navigates our journey through “Gardens Around the World.”

Starting at the gardens of Williamsburg, this international tour will take us to the English gardens at Hampton Court, to those of the Palace of Versailles in France and to the courts of the Alhambra in Spain. Then on to South Africa, to the Taj Mahal in India, to the Botanical Gardens of old Ceylon, the summer gardens of Anna and the King of Siam, and finally to Japan to compare the dry landscape gardens of Buddhism to the lush moss gardens of Kyoto.

Please join us on Saturday January 21 at 1:00 PM for this entertaining and informative program!

Free as this presentation is sponsored by the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library.

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.