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!

Artist Gary Boehk Displays at FPL Art Walk

Local artist, Gary Boehk, has his work on exhibit this month in the Falmouth Public Library Art Walk. Gary has been painting scenes of West Falmouth and the Cape area for many years. He also makes excursions to Provence, France to study and paint. Boehk prefers painting outside because the elements of the environment play a major role in inspiring choices of composition, shapes, and color in his works. He explains that a beautiful landscape is presented by nature in saturated detail, it is up to the artist to make the choices of what to include and what to leave out in the final painting. As the morning or afternoon painting session progresses the dynamics of the scene are changing and the artist must anticipate and finish the painting in the best light, usually a painting takes 3-4 hours.

“Fresh brush strokes and sensitivity to place, color, and light and the harmonious interaction of human and natural elements characterize his plein-air paintings.”


Cape Cod Sax Quartet

The Cape Cod Sax will perform an entertaining show for all ages at the library on Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30-7:30pm. The Cape Cod Sax Quartet consists of some of Cape Cod’s well-known saxophonists, who play in a variety of groups throughout Cape Cod, including Stage Door Canteen, Steve Morgan and the Kingfish, Funktapuss, The Cape Cod Jazz Quintet, and the Chandler Travis Philharmonic.

Please join us for an evening of jazz, classical, ragtime, rock, and popular music from a talented ensemble, including members Maurice Soque, Berke McKelvey, Ryder Corey, and Nicholas Suchecki. Throughout the show, audience members will learn about the saxophone, including its roles in different musical settings, the various parts of the instrument, and the more unusual types of saxophones, including the 6 feet and 4 inches tall, 45 pound contrabass sax.

This event is offered to the public free of charge and is open to all ages. It is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. For more information and to register, please contact the Falmouth Public Library by phone: 508-457-2555, email:, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit us in person at the Reference Desk.

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:, 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



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.

Classical Rocks!

No, Falmouth does not have  Beethoven’s portrait mowed into its fields. But, were you stirred by the Beethoven symphony you just heard on the radio (on Cape Cod’s own 107.5 FM WFCC) and you want to hear it again? Are you getting ready to play a string quartet or learn a choral piece and you want an idea of how it should sound? Will you be attending one of the Cape’s wonderful summer chamber music concerts, but you’d like an audio preview of one or all of the pieces being played? Well then, head over to Falmouth Public Library’s collection of over 600 classical music CDs.

Where are the library’s CDs kept?  The CDs are located in the library’s classical music CD section, near the books. Each classical CD is identified by a pink round sticker.

How to find a CD at Falmouth Public Library

  • Browse the music CD shelves. Every CD in the classical section is identified by a pink sticker along with its call number. Classical music CDs are generally arranged on the shelf by composer.
  • Check the online catalog. You can search for a piece of music using any of these approaches: composer, musical genre, conductor, performer, group, and name of the piece.
    For instance, you can search for Bach or cellist Yo-Yo Ma or the piece, Kol Nidre, or Symphony 5
  • Ask for Help in person at the Reference/Info Desk, by phone (508/457-2555, ext. 6), by email (

What is the borrowing period for CDs?

  • CDs may be borrowed for 14 days. A CD may be renewed if no one has put a hold on it.

Are there other kinds of music CDs at FPL?  YES! Here are the CD music categories at Falmouth Public Library:  country & western, folk, holiday, international, jazz, opera, popular, R&R, and Stage (movie and tv scores, musicals).

FPL Classical CD trivia:

The most often borrowed Classical CDs at FPL are Beethoven sonatas (Pathetique, Moonlight and Appassionata), Beethoven’s 9 Symphonies, and the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello!

At least 637 Classical CDs have been borrowed in the past year.

Steppin’ out. Want to hear a live performance of Cape Cod chamber music?  Here are some options.

MBL Summer Concert featuring Curtis on Tour. This summer’s program includes a new work, “Forged Sanctuaries” composed by Curtis alumnus Jonathan Bailey Holland, written in inspiration of the Cape Cod National Seashore and in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. The commissioning and touring of this work is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ticket order form online.

The Meetinghouse Chamber Music Festival  brings well-known musicians to Cape Cod to present concerts in intimate settings and always in collaboration with Cape Cod musicians. It presents concerts in Orleans and Cotuit during June and July. Here is their schedule. Purchase tickets at the venue.

The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival  presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in July and August, as well as several concerts throughout the rest of the year. Click here to find their summer concert schedule. Tickets may be purchased online.

The Buzzards Bay Musicfest sponsors concerts July 13th – 17th, 2016. Staged in Marion, MA at Tabor Academy’s Fireman Center, the series opens and closes with orchestral concerts, with two chamber music concerts and a jazz performance held in-between.  A highlight of the festival is the Children’s Open Rehearsal, a unique opportunity for young and aspiring musicians.  All concerts are free, but donations are welcome.

Judy Donn
Reference Librarian