Libraries: Your Privacy Haven

We Protect Your Privacy

In 1939, the American Library Association added privacy to their professional code of ethics. Today, libraries across the country are charged with protecting “each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.”

We here at the Falmouth Public Library are committed to protecting your privacy by keeping personally identifiable information and your library activities confidential.

The library is different from private industries like social networks and tech companies that get their income from advertising. You are not our product, and we are not here to sell you anything. We are here to enrich lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information.

How do we protect your privacy?

There are many different ways that our library works to create a safe and private environment for you to learn and relax. Read our privacy policy to discover all the ways we are committed to protecting your privacy.

Did you know?

  • Our public computers clear your activity every time you log out.
  • We do not keep a record of your checkout history, beyond operational requirements.
  • We don’t share your information with third-parties unless required by law.

How can I learn more about privacy?

Libraries love learning! If you want to explore how to live a safe and confident online life, we are here to help. Check out our Privacy Toolkit to learn about different privacy and security topics.

To join the national conversation, follow #chooseprivacy on Twitter and stay tuned to our social media accounts from May 1-7 for privacy tips to keep you safe online. If you want to learn more, or have questions about how we protect your privacy here at Falmouth Public Library, ask a librarian at your favorite branch.

Dreams and Dreaming on The Point

Below you’ll find the book list for today’s book show with Mindy Todd, Peter Abrahams and Jill Erickson. Miss the show? You can listen to the entire show online. Here are the links to the two videos that Peter mentioned:
Peter’s Picks
The Mind at Night by Andrea Rock
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming Stephen LaBerge and Howard Rheingold
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
1984  by George Orwell
Misery by Stephen King
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Not Enough Time For …
A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn (includes a dog dream, Peter told me after the show)
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Jill’s Picks
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
“Dreams” by Mark Strand in his Collected Poems
This is Dali by Catherine Ingram with illustrations by Andrew Rae
The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry
From the Forest: a search for the hidden roots of our fairy tales by Sara Maitland (Includes chapter “The Dreams of Sleeping Beauty”)
Lucid Dreaming: a concise guide to awakening in your dreams and in your life by Stephen LaBerge (includes CD on guided dream practices)
Not Enough Time For …
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (but here is a great article on dreams in the novel.)
Clarissa, or the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson (If she had only listened to her dream, she would have avoided Lovelace entirely!)
Snooze: The Lost Art of Sleep by Michael McGirr (In which you learn, among many other things, that “experts have counted two hundred or more reference to sleep in the work of William Shakespeare” and that the word for fear of dreams is oneirophobia.

Welcome Meredith Fuller!

Join us for a talk, reading, and signing with Meredith Fuller, writer, poet, and debut author of Quarry. Copies of the book will be for sale following the event.

Event Information:

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

Location: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Hermann Meeting Room

No registration needed. Sign up on our registration page to receive a reminder email.

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“Old mystery, old magic. Perhaps the oldest spell of all: to dress in the raiment of another—animal, woman, spirit.”

In Quincy, Massachusetts, a young girl of Finnish and Irish descent loses her father under traumatic circumstances and sets out to learn what happened to him. Intuitive, naïve, implacable, Rose learns to read landscapes of the natural world and the human heart. She confronts history and its suppression. But it will take personal risk and imaginative reach to understand that she is part of a much larger story of immigrants to America. With edgy ordinariness, Fuller’s narrative gift describes secrets and tragedies, slowly revealing the riskier mythic underbelly of every good story. Joan Anderson’s illustrations evoke the enspirited worlds of characters ranging across the United States and Finland. Resurrecting a lost 19th century tradition, Quarry is a stunningly illustrated novel for adult readers of our time.

Quarry was awarded a starred Kirkus Review and selected as one of Best Indie Books of 2017.

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Meredith Ann Fuller Meredith is the author of the illustrated novel, Quarry, a Finnish American mystery. Kirkus Reviews named Quarry one of the Best Indie Books of 2017. Meredith’s writing has appeared in The Nation, The American Scholar, Boston Phoenix, Poet Lore, and The Journal of the New Alchemist. In addition to attending workshops at Emerson College, the Provincetown Work Center, and Tinker Mountain, she has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She worked for many years as a psychologist and psychoanalyst in Massachusetts. Meredith and her husband Jim live in Nebraska, where she continues to write poetry and fiction, and contribute articles to Nebraska Rural Living.

Reviews & Interviews:


  • Meredith interviewed by Stuart Chittenden on his Lives podcast

    Nebraska Rural Living

    Meredith is a new writer on the Nebraska Rural Living Blog.

    Online Reviews

    • Quarry, Kirkus Reviews, 15 March, 2017 Issue
      “Though the novel, Quarry, is about human condition, Meredith Fuller has made it Finnish through her research into the political life of the Finnish immigrants, their culture, religion, their use of “Finglish” and especially the importance of Finnish epic poetry, The Kalevala. The sauna plays an important part in the story. Through the characters we are able search answers to questions that many Finns have been unable to even voice; nor have they been able to question religion and politics. Many have kept secrets that they have never revealed, never even dared to talk about. This has been true especially in politics where you have been afraid to mention that you or your relatives had at one time moved to Russia. The subject was taboo. The wonderful revealing illustrations by Joan Anderson are depicted in layers, just like the layers of the events in the novel that keep us in suspense. The Sami culture plays an important part in the epic throughout the novel.”                   Pirkko Karvonen

      “Gracefully and powerfully written and beautifully designed, Meredith Fuller’s Quarry is truly a volume made for lovers of books: a compelling tale complemented by dream-images that don’t so much illustrate the story as bring it to startling life. Everything one could want in a novel.”

                         Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories

      “A bold, risky, and satisfying debut, with a rich cast of characters and wonderful, evocative writing.  This is a joy to read!”

                         Fred Leebron, author of In the Middle of All This

      “Not a Finn herself, Fuller has . . . looked into their stoic eyes and seen the essence of their souls, that rise like steam in a smoke-darkened sauna. Her characters . . . are laid bare, flawed, wordlessly writhing in their humanity.  . . . not the romantic musings of an ethnic nostalgia writer.  No, these characters’ souls are as darkly stained as their workingman’s fingernails . . .”

                        Jim Kurtti, Honorary Consul of Finland, editor of The Finnish American Reporter

      “Joan Anderson’s exquisite photographs, drawings, and paintings both reflect the content and shape the reader’s understanding of Quarry. These evocative images – more than 40 – illuminate the content, yet stand on their own as documents of this gifted artist and spirited designer. Her integrated design of the book makes reading a genuine sensory pleasure.”

      Deborah J. Haynes, author of Book of This Place: The Land, Art, and Spirituality and Spirituality and Growth on the Leadership Path: An Abecedary

Friday Reads: How to Window Box

“Friday Reads” is a weekly (almost) 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.  

This week’s blog is written by Reference Librarian, Donna Burgess, who loves to garden.

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How to Window Box: small-space plants to grow indoors or out by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benoit

This delightful book has 16 chapters, each devoted to a different topic ranging from Sunny Succulents to Edible Petals, Salad Bar, Herb Garden and even a Detox Box!  Whether you are planning on an indoor or outdoor box, this little gem has ideas for you.

The combinations of plants and color schemes are delightful including my favorite combination, orange and purple.

Each section has a “plant with personality” hint such as painting your box an aubergine color to make the citrus colored plants “pop!”

Clear instructions with plenty of demonstrated techniques are often followed by a TIP. Individual photos of each plant include both the Latin name and the common one.

If you missed the fall planting time for Spring bulbs, no worries, the authors suggest planting your box with Nursery purchased plants.

A catchy little inset: When in Rome explains that “window-box gardening may seem like a new idea the trend has been flourishing since ancient Rome. Back then, sills overflowed with medicinal herbs and ornamental flowers so much so that the philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote, “Every day the eyes might feast on this copy of a garden, as though it were a work of nature.”

The Beach dune chapter seems very appropriate for Cape Cod window boxes. Inspired by the urban meadow High Line in New York, the suggested plants include fairy lily, blue fescue, purple fountain grass, interspersed with small stones or bark mulch you can create dramatic colors and irresistible textures.

Another hint: Create small vase holders in your box to add color while waiting for your plants to bloom.  See page 126 for detailed instructions.

How to Window Box is in high-demand now, so put your name on the wait list.  When it does come back to rest on our shelves, it will be in the NEW nonfiction area with call #635.9678.




We Won a Book Bike!

While at the recent Public Library Association Conference in Philadelphia, Jennifer Woodward, Assistant Director, won a social media raffle for a Book Bike for the library. We just had to tweet the phrase #LibrariansOnARoll, and post a photo of the book bike. We did that! And much to our amazement, we just got word that the Falmouth Public Library was the winner of the raffle!

We also attended a workshop at the Public Library Association Conference about how other public libraries are using their book bikes. We were particularly excited by what the Berkeley Public Library was doing with their book bike. They call it the Library on Wheels and not only check out materials, but also have a mobile hotspot where people can connect to their wireless connection.

Our new bicycle is a specially designed cargo bike, sort of a backwards tricycle, and is being custom built for the library. The staff is very excited about possibilities for getting out of the library this summer. We hope to have it by early July. Until July, we’ll be brainstorming ideas for using the bike. Look for us a Surf Drive Beach and Falmouth Commodores games and we hope many other places this summer! We’ll keep you posted, and would love to hear where you might want to see the library bicycle.

2018 Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Book Sale

It has been a long winter, in fact it seems that spring has already been a long winter! However, we have something for everyone to look forward to … the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Annual Summer Book Sale! That’s right, the dates and times have been posted, and here they are …

Thursday, June 28th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Friday, June 29th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Saturday, June 30th, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, July 1st, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Monday, July 2nd, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Half Price Day)

Tuesday, July 3rd, 10:00 AM to Noon (FIVE books for $1.00)

So mark your calendars, tell your friends and relatives, and start dreaming of a summer day of book buying!

Top Ten Books, Part Two, on The Point

Today we did part two of our top ten favorite books.  Bob Waxler, recently retired English professor from U. Mass, Dartmouth, joined Mindy and me for the monthly book show on WCAI’s  The Point. Our topic was the second half of our top ten favorite books. As it happened, it was also pledge week at WCAI, which may account for our not having any callers today. However, if you missed the show, you can always listen to it online, in fact even if you DID listen to the show this morning, you will have missed the very end which we had to record after we were off the air. You can always listen online! To read about our first top five books head over to this blog entry.

Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services


Bob’s Picks

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Frankenstein, or, The modern prometheus by Mary Shelley

Night by Elie Wiesel

Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin


Jill’s Picks

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, pictures by Garth Williams

Martha Quest by Doris Lessing

A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf  (or read ALL of her diaries!)

Finding Time Again by Marcel Proust. Not currently available in CLAMS, but feel free to read any Proust. Or you could try reading about people reading Proust as seen in the New York Times.

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, drawings by Robert Lawson

And if you want to know other people’s top ten books, try My Ideal Bookshelf with art by Jane Mount and edited by Thessaly La Force. Fascinating lists in part because all sorts of people suggested titles, typeface designers, architects, musicians, filmmakers, athletes, chefs, as well as writers.


Listener Pick

We got an e-mail from a listener after we were off the air. He writes: “I respectfully wish to add a few plays to the must read books mentioned in today’s Point, perhaps Shakespeare’s Othello — and certainly one or two from George Bernard Shaw, perhaps drawn from Pygmalion, Major Barbara, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. All remain extremely relevant with issues that still speak to us, and the Shaw plays are all exceptional and entertaining reads.



Town Election Update

Friday, March 23, 2018 is the last day to obtain nomination papers to run for election in the Falmouth Annual Town Election.  Civic engagement runs deep in Falmouth.  It is our opportunity to truly be self-governing. The more community members that become involved only enhances our lifestyle when people making decisions are a reflection of our residents.


Town Moderator (elect one)                                    for three years
Selectman (elect one)                                                for three years
Trustee of the Public Library (elect three)            for three years
Planning Board (elect two)                                       for three years
School Committee (elect three)                               for three years
Falmouth Housing Authority (elect one)               for five years

Town wide offices are required to collect 50 signatures from registered voters of the Town of Falmouth.

***Last day to return nomination papers to Town Hall is Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Elect nine in each Precinct                                         for three years
Elect two in Precinct Seven                                        for two years
Elect one in Precinct Seven                                        for one year
Elect one in Precinct Nine                                          for two years

Town Meeting Members are required to collect 10 signatures from registered voters in the Precinct they are registered to vote.

Please contact the Town Clerk for additional information:
Town Clerk
59 Town Hall Square
Main Floor in Town Hall
Falmouth, MA 02540
Phone: 508-495-7360

Poster Exhibit Celebrating International Women’s Day

Organizations in many countries use posters as a way to communicate ideas and messages with their audience. They are posted on walls, fences, and poles all over a city. Unions sometimes hang posters in work places to warn of dangers, educate about benefits or inspire action. Posters often rely on creative art to communicate the idea. Posters are also an art form that is easily accessible to people.

International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8.

Each year, around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is now celebrated on March 8th. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout the month of March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

1909: The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.

1910: The Socialist International, meeting in Copenhagen, established a Women’s Day, international in character, to honor the movement for women’s rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. The proposal was greeted with unanimous approval by the conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, which included the first three women elected to the Finnish Parliament.

1911: As a result of the Copenhagen initiative, International Women’s Day was marked for the first time (March 19) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded women’s rights to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.

1913-1914: International Women’s Day also became a mechanism for protesting World War I. As part of the peace movement, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February. Elsewhere in Europe, on or around March 8th of the following year, women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with other activists.

1917: Against the backdrop of the war, women in Russia again chose to protest and strike for ‘Bread and Peace’ on the last Sunday in February which fell on March 8 on the Gregorian calendar. Four days later, the Czar abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote.

1945: The Charter of the United Nations was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men.

Posters celebrating International Women’s Day are currently on display in the Falmouth Public Library through March 27th. This collection of posters are from a greater collection of more than 7,100 of Stephen Lewis. He is a long-time activist in the labor movement, and the former Treasurer of his union. Stephen has exhibited at a number of public libraries in Massachusetts, Boston City Hall, and two of the state Heritage parks. He has presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Public History, and on some cable television programs. The posters were contributed by friends, collected at conferences, through visits to some of the organizations, and from connections made through the internet.

This project is supported in part by grants from the Mashpee and Falmouth Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and by Laborer’s Local 1249.

Top Ten Titles on The Point with Mindy Todd

Today we had the pleasure of having Bob Waxler, recently retired English professor from U. Mass, Dartmouth, join Mindy and me for the monthly book show on WCAI’s  The Point. The topic was our top ten favorite books, which was indeed a challenge for both Bob and I. Our lists kept shifting until the last moment when we were finally forced into making choices knowing we were going to be live on the air the next morning. As Robert Pinsky says in The Top Ten:  we were really talking about the “Ten works of fiction that have been great for me.” Below you will find the list of our top five books, because we ran out of time. However,  Bob has agreed to return to Woods Hole for the March show, and do the second half of our lists! Of course, if you listened this morning, you know that our lists are very fluid, and it is possible they will have morphed by March 28th. I’ve also posted all of the listener picks, which will give you enough great reading to take you right through the spring. Miss the show? You can always listen online!

Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services


Bob’s Picks

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The Stranger by Albert Camus


Jill’s Picks

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Lolly Willowes; or the Loving Huntsman by Sylvia Townsend Warner

The Making of Americans: being a history of a family’s progress by Gertrude Stein (If you’re interested in reading about the link between Gertrude Stein and Goodnight Moon, head over to In the Great Green Room.)

Time Will Darken It by William Maxwell (Not only is this a great novel, it also has a great section on house guests, which everyone who lives on Cape Cod should read before the summer hits.)

High Rising by Angela Thirkell (You can read Verlyn Klinkenborg’s New York Times article about this series here.)

Books About Great Books

The Top Ten: writers pick their favorite books edited by J. Peder Zane

Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books edited by Leah Price

Listener Picks

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Sula by Toni Morrison (and as Bob said, anything written by Toni Morrison)

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Herzog by Saul Bellow