Curbside Service at East Branch

Starting Monday, October 15, 2018 and lasting through May 15, our intrepid staff at the East Branch will be offering curbside service!  Patrons can have their library materials delivered right to their car.

Just think, is your baby asleep in the car seat …  Do you have a dog in the car you don’t want to leave …  Is it pouring rain, sleet, snow or hail …  Or are you simply in a hurry to get all your errands done?  Now your trip to the East branch can be quick and easy.

Just park in the designated spot and use a cell phone to call from your car – or call from home beforehand and staff will deliver your materials to you.  (No roller skates involved.)  Be sure to have your library card with you, please.  Let us know what you think.

Lanny McDowell – exhibiting “Flights” at FPL

My creative energy, paintings and avian photographs, expresses my awe and respect for powerful natural cycles:  in my paintings, the patterns of wind and water that drive waves to our shores, that guide clouds across the sky; in my photographs, it’s the wondrous life cycles of the birds that share the planet with us and inspire us.”

Lanny McDowell – exhibiting “Flights”, a collection of paintings and photographs at the Falmouth Public Library Art Walk

October 2nd – 30th, 2018


There is much precedent of artistic talent in Lanny’s family, including his mother’s great sculpture and his father’s designs for both traditional colonial and innovative modern homes; and there are the fine landscape oils of Nelson Augustus Moore (1824 – 1902) and his son, Edwin (1858 – 1928).

Lanny grew up outside the small town of Kent, in the northwest corner of Connecticut, attended Hotchkiss School, and earned a BA in Art History at Yale. He moved to Martha’s Vineyard full-time in 1970 and lived on Tisbury Great Pond in the first house he built. After about a dozen years back in Kent, he resumed the Island life in West Tisbury for over a decade; and now in his home near the head of Lake Tashmoo in Vineyard Haven.

Mr. McDowell has been very fortunate to have travelled to destinations scattered about the globe and is an avid birder. His photographs of birds appear frequently at the Facebook group called Martha’s Vineyard Bird Alert, and in newspapers, periodicals, nonprofits’ publications and videos; and he is very happy that they adorn people’s homes from here to Miami to Scottsdale to Oahu. His fine art paintings have been shown in a number of Vineyard galleries.


“I believe in paying attention to the marvels that surround us.  My creative energy, paintings and avian photographs, expresses my awe and respect for powerful natural cycles:  in my paintings, the patterns of wind and water that drive waves to our shores, that guide clouds across the sky; in my photographs, it’s the wondrous life cycles of the birds that share the planet with us and inspire us.”


Farewell to Kasia Piasecka

Today is a sad day for the reference department and for the patrons of the Falmouth Public Library, as we say farewell to our reference librarian, Kasia Piasecka. Kasia arrived in February 2015 and we were lucky to have her commute from Providence, Rhode Island as long as she did! (Happily she really enjoys podcasts, which helped when the bridge was backed up!) We are full of joy that she has found a position with the Providence Community Library, and wish her all the best in her new position.

For those of you that never make it down to the Reference Department, let me tell you a little bit about what Kasia has done during her time at FPL. One of her biggests efforts was to reconfigure and reinvigorate our Teen Room. She put a big emphasis on manga and graphic novels, rearranged all of the furniture (more than once!) and made an effort to welcome everyone into the room. Most recently Kasia has been scheduling all of our remarkable programs for both teens and adults. Those of you who know her best are probably those of you who have experienced her incredible patience and skill teaching you how to use e-books on whatever device you might own. To give you an idea of how much patrons appreciated Kasia’s help … she was once given a homemade pie after helping someone!

Kasia also expanded the horizons of the reference department itself, introducing us to new ways of communicating with our patrons, improving our graphics in general, and most of the time being the voice of our Facebook page. Whenever we got stuck with a web page issue, Kasia could almost always find a solution to the problem. She was one of our biggest contributors to our staff picks shelf, and you will still be able to find her picks there for some time to come.

Do stop by and say farewell to Kasia today. We will be celebrating her success, and lamenting our loss in the reference department all day with treats.

And should you know of a reference librarian who is looking for a great job in a great library, we’re looking for a Kasia replacement! (Although we are pretty sure she is not replaceable!)



Pirates on the Point with Amy Vince & Peter Abrahams

Today’s book show on The Point was all about pirates. Amy Vince sat in for Mindy Todd to talk books with Peter Abrahams and Jill Erickson. Below you will find the books we had a chance to talk about, and a few extras that we did not have a chance to talk about. If you have a favorite book about pirates, let us know and we will add it to our list. Miss the show? Don’t worry, you can listen tonight at 7:00 PM on WCAI or listen online!


Peter’s Picks

The Republic of Pirates: being the true and surprising story of the Caribbean pirates and the man who brought them down by Colin Woodard

Under the Black Flag: the romance and the reality of life among the pirates by David Condingly

The Whydah: a pirate ship feared, wrecked, and found by Martin W. Sandler

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: the forgotten war that changed American history by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager

The Pirates of Somalia: inside their hidden world by Jay Bahadur

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wine-Dark Sea by Patrick O’Brian

No time for:

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Delusion by Peter Abrahams


Jill’s Picks

Books of the Sea: an introduction to nautical literature by Charles Lee Lewis

Wondrous Strange: the Wyeth tradition: Howard Pyle, N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth

The Pirates of the New England Coast 1630 – 1730 by George Francis Dow and John Henry Edmonds

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller

Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar

Seafaring Women by Linda Grant De Pauw

The Golden Age of Piracy: the rise, fall, and enduring popularity of pirates edited by David Head

The Desert and the Sea: 977 days captive on the Somali pirate coast by Michael Scott Moore

No time for picture books:

The Ballad of the Pirate Queens by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Shannon

Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently & Hlene Oxenbury

Swap by Steve Light


Listener Pick

Ireland’s Pirate Queen: the true story of Grace O’Malley, 1530 – 1603 by Anne Chambers


Friday Reads: Cape Cod Telephone Directory, July 1977

“Friday Reads” is a weekly 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. 

Today’s blog is written by Jill Erickson, head of reference and adult services

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Why are we featuring a telephone directory for Friday Reads?!? Because we were recently given a copy of the July 1977 New England Telephone Cape Cod with Orleans Area Yellow Pages. What did we do with this gift? We were delighted to add it to our Reference Local History collection in the reference room. As it happens, a surprising number of people show up at the reference desk looking for addresses of people who at one time lived in Falmouth. Our collection of telephone books previously began in 1986, so this is a lovely addition.

There are some other resources for addresses. Our collection includes two Resident and Business Directory of Bourne, Falmouth and Sandwich Massachusetts: containing a complete resident, street and business directory, town officers, schools, societies, churches, post-offices. One from 1900 and one from 1903. In addition we have a number of “blue books” which begin in 1908. The official title of the 1908 edition reads: The South Shore Blue Book: containing lists of the summer residents of the principal resorts along the South Shore from Hull to Plymouth and Sagamore, Shores of Buzzards Bay, including the Falmouths, Woods Hole, Marion, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, Salter’s Point, Quisset, etc. In these volumes one learns not only where people were living in Falmouth, but where their winter home was as well! For Woods Hole it also tells the reader that Woods Hole can be “Reached by trains of New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. 72 miles from Boston. Time 2 hours, 31 minutes. Fare, $1.45; 10 rides $12.75.”

So before you throw out your pre-1986 phone books … think about giving them to us!

Beat the Heat at the Library!

It’s another Cape scorcher, and you really need somewhere cool to go. Why don’t you head over to your local library?

Here are five cool things you can do at your library to beat the heat.

  1. Pick a quiet corner and read. All branches have daily newspapers and magazines as well as plenty of books to while away the hours.
  2. Watch movies. Bring in a laptop or tablet and use the library’s free Wi-Fi to access movies on Overdrive or check out a DVD and watch it on your computer or one of ours.
  3. Research your roots. Did you know we have genealogy databases for researching your family tree? HeritageQuest can be accessed from your home computer, but a few like must be accessed at the library. Drop by on Tuesday afternoons between 2-4 in the Reference Room to ask a genealogy question and get help from the experts from the Falmouth Genealogical Society.
  4. Learn something new. The library has so many interesting and informative programs. You can join a book club, learn how to download free ebooks, or make a puzzle. To learn a new skill online; bring your headphones and access for free.

Whatever you choose to do, it will be in blissful air-conditioned comfort!

Hot Weather Tips

Summer months bring fun, sun, and heat! Sometimes, the heat can become dangerous, especially for children, pets, people who work outside, and people with certain health conditions. Staying safe in high heat is important. Check out these tips to stay safe.

  • Drink plenty of cool water! Stay hydrated.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing that will keep you cool. Wear sunscreen and a hat for protection.
  • Check on neighbors who might be vulnerable to the heat, especially those without air conditioning.
  • Never leave children or pets in a car—not even for one minute. Temperatures inside a car can quickly skyrocket to deadly levels.
  • If you work or play outside, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool off in the shade.
  • Don’t forget the pets! Keep pets indoors if possible. If kept outside, give them plenty of water and shade to rest in.
  • Symptoms of heat-related illness include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention.

Library’s Historical Documents are Digitized

The preservation of the Falmouth Public Library’s historical documents is now complete.

Through a grant by the Falmouth Community Preservation Fund in 2010 , the Library was enabled to rebind documents and records dating back to 1792.

Recently, the collection was digitized by the Digital Commonwealth, a non-profit collaborative organization that helps Massachusetts libraries create, manage, and disseminate  cultural heritage materials.

The collection may be viewed in full on the Internet Archives.

FYI: Wednesday, July 11

Due to the Falmouth Village Association’s annual Street Fair Day, the Main Library will be closed all day on Wednesday, July 11. Our branch libraries (East Falmouth and North Falmouth) will honor their normal hours.

Parking Information: 

Parking will be very limited in downtown Falmouth and no parking will be allowed on Main Street on Wednesday, July 11 between the hours of 3 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Falmouth Village Association’s Street Fair: 

Street Fair Day is an annual event. For more information, please visit their website.

Dr. Sang H. Kim Returns to Library

Falmouth Public Library invites you to Breathe Your Stress Away Workshop with Dr. Sang H. Kim.  This free workshop will be offered twice, on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 10: 00 AM to noon and Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street.  Those interested may sign up for either the Saturday morning or Tuesday evening session, but not both.

Dr. Kim will focus on simple breathing exercises and a set of mindful movements to help you reduce stress, reinvigorate your energy levels, and improve your sense of focus and balance in daily life.  More specifically, you will have hands-on experience of practicing the deep breathing and stretching exercises that he developed for a federally funded medical research project to reduce chronic stress symptoms.  Most exercises may be adapted to be performed in a wheel chair and by people with back stiffness and other mobility constraints.   All adults and teens are welcome to come try it out.

Dr. Kim will also share some of the science behind the positive effects of deep breathing and mindful movement. After attending the workshop, you will be better equipped to recognize stress signals, modify your breathing patterns and response, and integrate your knowledge to reduce your stress levels and boost your energy.  Additionally, his research team’s results show that regular practice of mindful movement and deep breathing exercise improves chronic stress symptoms at clinically and statistically significant levels.

Dr. Kim has presented his research findings and taught his methods at various settings including the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine, University of Oxford campus, Harvard Medical School’s Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, and self-healing retreats in Hawaii and Asia.

Dr. Kim will have 12 autographed copies of his book, Mindful Movement:  Mastering Your Hidden Energy available for sale for $10.00 at each session.

The workshop is free and open to adults and teens.  Space is limited and preregistration is required.  To register, please call the Reference Dept. at Falmouth Public Library, 508-457-2555 x 7, register online at or stop by the reference desk.

High Water Use Alert


*As of July 2, 2018 4:31 PM

High water use is affecting water pressure in certain locations. You can help!

We are asking all water system users to avoid wasting water during the heat wave. July 4th weekend we have many visitors and there is a very high demand on the water system. If you must irrigate or water your lawn or garden we ask that you do it at night and follow the odd/even rule. Irrigate on alternating days with those on the odd number side of the street irrigating on odd numbered days and those on the even numbered side irrigating on even numbered days.

For more emergency alerts, please visit the Town website.