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


Meet Author Eric Jay Dolin on Tuesday Evening

We hope you can join us for a special presentation with nationally recognized, bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin on Tuesday evening beginning at 7pm. A local author, as well as a bestselling one, Eric Jay Dolin will be speaking on his newest non-fiction work, Brilliant Beacons.

In a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail, Eric Jay Dolin presents the most comprehensive history of American lighthouses ever written, telling the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels.

The presentation will be held in the Hermann Meeting Room, is suitable for all ages and is offered to the public free of charge through the generous support of the Falmouth Public Library Trustees. Seats are expected to fill up quickly, so please arrive by 6:45pm to reserve your seat(s). For more information,  please contact the Falmouth Public Library at (508) 457-2555,, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit the Info Desk.

Brilliant Beacons

It’s not too late to pick up Brilliant Beacons from a library on the cape, but hurry! Copies are being checked out quickly.

Don’t Miss it!

Salt Marshes of Cape Cod, a Mass Audubon Talk

On Saturday, May 14 at 2PM in the Hermann Room, come listen to Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Sanctuary Director, Ian Ives, talk about Cape Cod’s important salt marshes.

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 and humans. Learn more about these rich habitats, the creatures within them and how they protect us from flooding and storm events.

This is the second of a three-lecture series by Mass Audubon specialists at the library this spring.  All are suitable for teens and adults.  No registration is necessary, but if you would like further information, contact the reference department at 508-457-2555 ext. 6 or email  All lectures are free, thanks to generous support from the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library.

Spring Lecture Series by Mass Audubon

Come celebrate spring with a lecture series by specialists from Mass Audubon at Falmouth Public Library.  The first lecture, held on Saturday, April 9 at 2PM, is ”The Nature of Mass Audubon’s Mid & Upper Cape Sanctuaries”.

These sanctuaries encompass many of Cape Cod’s most critical habitats including barrier beaches, coastal plain ponds, salt marshes, cedar swamps and vernal pools.  They are rich in biodiversity and possess unique histories as well.  Listen to Long Pasture Sanctuary director Ian Ives discuss the unique attributes of these areas and why they are so important.

The May lecture is Salt Marshes of Cape Cod, also with director Ian Ives and the June lecture is Coastal Waterbirds of Cape Cod with birding naturalist Chris Walz.

The series will be held on the second Saturday of each month at 2PM in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room at the Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main St. Falmouth.  The talks are free, thanks to generous support from the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library.  No registration is necessary.  For further information, you may contact the reference department at 508-457-2555 ext. 6

Programs for Kids & Teens During April School Vacation Week

If you’re between the ages of 9-18, we have two fantastic programs happening during school vacation week this year!

If you’re interested in signing up, please contact the library. We would love to have you join us.

Monster Dolls with local artist and librarian, Jennifer Burkin, on Wednesday, April 20 from 2-4pm in the Bay Meeting Room

Make a monster doll during our beginner-friendly maker studio class. Monster dolls resemble the popular “ugly dolls” and they are easy to make! This sewing workshop is open to ages 9-14. Space is limited, so please sign up soon.

Creative Writing Mini-Camp with local writer, Kathryn Kulpa, on Tuesday & Thursday, April 19 & 21 from 2-4pm in the Hermann Meeting Room

Teens ages 14-18 are invited to join Kathryn for two sessions where they will use their imagination to compose short flash fiction pieces. This will be a fun workshop for writers of all abilities and interests.

If you have ideas for programs, classes, events, or workshops, please let us know. We would love to hear from you and make your library dreams come true.

Explore Your iPad with Lori on Saturday, January 30

When you think of the word “iPad,” what comes to mind? You’re not alone if you’re fascinated by this lightweight, wireless device that can connect magically to the internet, but are also left wondering: “What else can I do with it”? “What else could I be doing with it?”

You can find out about all the ways you can use an iPad during our free class in next weekend. You might remember seeing Lori Cooney in the library a few months ago when she taught an introduction to iPhotography for adults, or when she was here a few weeks ago teaching an introduction to the iPad. She will back to teach this class, a much-asked for beginner’s workshop for iPad users who are interested in using diverse apps, on January 30 from 2:30-4:00PM. Lori and a library staff member will be available after the class to take individual questions. Registration is required, so please sign up as soon as you can.

If you can’t make it to our class, we have plentiful resources here at the library, and even a free subscription to, the behemoth resource of online courses. To access, visit our homepage, click on “Library Databases,” and then find After you sign up for a free account, you can search for a topic you’d like to know more about, such as iPad or iPhone. Library staff members are also always here to help you for no charge. Bring your device and we will help you with the rest!

We look forward to seeing you at the library soon!