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, or by using the contact form on our website: 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.

Friends of FPL Holiday Book Sale!

The Friends of the Falmouth Public Library will again hold their annual Holiday Book Sale during Holidays by the Sea Weekend. For sale will be high-quality used books, suitable for gift giving in categories including children’s book, gardening, cookbooks, recent fiction, history, art, music, and more. Quality DVDs will also be included in the sale. Date and times of the sale are: Saturday, December 3 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, Sunday, December 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, Monday, December 5 from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, and Tuesday, December 6 from 1:30 to 7:30 PM.
All proceeds from the sale benefit the Falmouth Public Library. The sale will take place in the Hermann Room in the main library’s lower level.

Library Mindfulness Program on FCTV

In October, we had an overwhelming response to Dr. Sang H. Kim’s “Mindful Movement and Meditation programs held here at the library. Many people in town were already familiar with him and the unique program he developed to ease stress and improve mindfulness. The last of the three October programs was filmed and edited by volunteer FCTV videographer and Falmouth Public Library patron, Kate Eldred. Kate just told me the approximately one-hour long show went on air this weekend!

So, get out your yoga mat or chair, put on some comfortable clothes and clear your schedule for an hour of mindfulness with gentle exercises and breathing techniques lead by Dr. Kim. What better time to take a break and learn how to de-stress, than now, the beginning of the holiday season. Here are the times this week for the show titled, “Sang Kim at Falmouth Library” on FCTV, channel 13:

Monday, Nov. 21,   7:00 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 22,   8:30 AM
Wednesday, Nov. 23,   12:30 PM
Thursday, Nov. 24,   3:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 25,   3:29 AM (Yes, according to their schedule, AM)
Saturday, Nov. 26,   3:00 PM
Sunday, Nov. 27,    7:04 PM

Visit FCTV for scheduling info beyond this week:…/c…/public-channel-programming-schedule

We have some of the many books Dr. Kim has written, including his latest, “Mindful Movement: mastering your hidden energy.”  Here is a list from our catalog.

You can also visit his website,, to see more videos of him performing his movements or his other website to learn more about mindfulness.

Peace and joy to you this holiday season.

Register: Tech Classes

If you are nervous about using your new phone or tablet, we have great news for you. We recently announced a new schedule of classes at the library with award-winning teacher, Lori Cooney.

We invite you to take an Explore class to become familiar with your new device, learn about its native applications, and become comfortable with changing basic settings. You can expect to learn things like how to turn on, put to sleep, silence and shut off your device safely, how to make calls and compose text messages, as well as how to set up and check your email.

Once you take an Explore class, you can move on to the Master class where you’ll learn more about your phone and tablet and be able to use all of its features successfully.

Requirements: Please bring your fully-charged device with you to class. If you are taking an iPhone or iPad class, you will need to have the latest iOS update installed. How to update your iOS [instructions]

We hope you can join us for one class or more at the library. All classes are free and open to the public.

Our classes are now over. Thanks for coming!




Michael Blair Brodhead’s Photographs Featured for our October Artwalk

The Library is happy to host the photographic work of Falmouth resident, Michael Blair Brodhead.

Michael got his first camera in 1980 and quickly realized he was not getting the results he wanted from the photo lab. He bought a second-hand enlarger and for the next twenty years worked in his own darkroom to produce black and white photographs. “I still feel there is just something about a good black and white print, timeless.”

Resisting at first, he finally got his hands on a digital camera and more importantly, a copy  of Photoshop. In his own words he had gone from a “film snob to embracing most of what’s digital.”  These days he shoots in RAW format which captures most of the information. He then uses the Photomatix software to enhance the final photograph.

Brodhead’s work is fanciful, almost ethereal and represents how he sees things a little bit differently. The show includes a few multiple prints of the same shot making one think of a strive for perfection but then valuing all the results equally. Michael’s work includes locations from Plymouth to Provincetown but with a number from Falmouth. The photographs will be on display in the Main Reading room throughout the month of October.

Linda Collins
Assistant Director



Salt Marsh Ecology

Mark your calendars!  Ian Ives, director of Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, will discuss Salt Marsh Ecology here at the main library on Saturday, October 1 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.  This one-hour talk is appropriate for teens and adults and will be accompanied by slides.

Salt Marshes are some of the most biologically rich communities in the world since they serve as nurseries for many species of fish and shellfish.  With increasing coastal development, many of Cape Cod’s salt marshes have become degraded, something that affects both animals & humans.  Learn more about these rich habitats, the creatures within them and how they protect us from flooding and storm events.

This talk is free, thanks to generous support from the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library.  No registration is necessary.  For further information, contact the reference department at Falmouth Public Library at 508-457-2555x 6 or email

Fall Gardening Talk

Don’t miss our second fall gardening talk!  “Plant Your Best Fall Garden, Then Put It to Bed” is this Wednesday, September 21, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in the Hermann Room.  Master Gardener, Patrice “Pat” Amos will highlight fall plants that work well in our area and then discuss fall gardening clean-up and winter preparation.

Pat is a 30 year resident of Cape Cod and has been a plant and garden fan for most of her life.  After many years of “gardening from the heart”, she decided to explore more about the science of it all, and took the Master Gardeners course in 1998.  Since that time, she has been active with the Master Gardeners assisting with such things as soil testing clinics and staffing the gardens at that the Barnstable Fair Grounds during the week of the fair when it is open to the public for questions and information.

In 1996, Pat started a local work swap style garden club which was active for nearly 15 years.  It was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity for members to share labor, plants, knowledge and friendship.

Recently retired after 21 years as a technician in the telecommunications field, Pat is now happy to be concentrating on many of the garden tasks and projects which had been set aside over the years.

This talk is free, thanks to generous support from the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library.  Registration is not necessary, but if you have questions, feel free to contact the Reference Department at 508-457-2555 x 6 or email

We hope to see you there!

Falmouth Public Library Art Walk

The FPL Art Walk is exhibiting the work of San Lyman, a Woods Hole resident and long time member of the Falmouth Artists Guild. Her show is about diversity. She has painted her share of beaches and boats but has also started painting people doing things.

She is intrigued with people’s stances and how they approach places. And their interaction with each other. Her paintings feature people enjoying art, people in restaurants and in bars. San loves to make changes and has painted some very large canvases exploring color. “I can’t seem to curb my enthusiasm and am far from discreet with color – but there you are.”

Friends who know her work and her will expect to see beaches and boats and the sea or people doing things but now they will see abstract painting too – all painted with love!