Take the Library with You on Vacation!

Thinking about that dream trip to New Zealand, or just heading out to Provincetown for a soak? No matter where you might be going, Falmouth Public Library is your best traveling companion.

Let’s start with the basics. You need a map and a plan. You could begin with classic travel guides from experts like Rick Steves, the folks at Lonely Planet, or Fodor’s. Did you know that we have many of these in ebook format too? Just download and go! If you’d like a virtual visit to help you figure out where you’d like to go, check out our DVD travel collection. Interested in discovering more about your destination? Dig deep with our subscription to Consumer Reports and find guides on buying hotel rooms and travel and vacation.

If you’re traveling to a foreign country, it’s a good idea to learn at least a few common phrases in the language spoken there. We’ve got options for you! Mango is an online language-learning resource covering 72 languages (including Pirate) which is available 24/7 so you can study wherever and whenever you want to. The library also has a great selection of language-learning resources on CD, as well as dictionaries and language books.

Is photography one of your travel hobbies? Learn from the photography experts before you go! The Lynda Library has many travel photography classes just for you.

Just don’t forget to renew your passport…

No matter where you end up traveling this summer, your library card can take you to places you never imagined.

Cape & Island Reads on The Point with Mindy Todd

Mindy Todd, Mary Fran Buckley of Eight Cousins Books, and Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services at Falmouth Public Library had a fun time this morning talking about books having to do with Cape Cod and the Islands. Thanks to all of our listeners who called in or e-mailed us as well! Here is today’s list! And if you missed the show, you can listen online anytime!

Mindy’s Pick

A Little Taste of Cape Cod by Annie B. Copps

Mary Fran’s Picks

Cape Cod and the Islands: where beauty and history meet by Kathryn Kleeklamp. And here is the blog entry about Moby-Dick and a quote about cranberries.
Bound and The Widow’s War by Sally Gunning (And Sally Gunning DID write a bunch of mysteries … here is the list.)
Riptide by Frances Ward Weller
The Nature of Cape Cod  by Beth Schwarzman
Jill’s Picks
And This is Cape Cod! by Eleanor Early (You can read the article from the Falmouth Enterpise in the digital edition, just search “One Cape Cod Book” which was the title of the article. The article is from the July 9, 1936 paper.
The Disappearing Island by Corinne Demas, illustrated by Ted Lewin
Gorey’s Worlds by Erin Monroe
The Cocktail Hour Garden by C.L. Fornari
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 edited by Karen V. Kukil (You can read her poem “Mussel Hunter at Rock Harbor” online here.
A Scandal in Scarlet: a Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany (Coming in Nov. 2018)
The Bostonians by Henry James
Listener Picks
The News from the End of the World by Emily Jeanne Miller
Mysteries by Cynthia Riggs
Jane’s Island by Marjorie Hill Alee
C is for Cape Cod: exploring the Cape from A to Z  by Christine Laurie and Steve Heaslip
*Author Howard Mitcham also drew the illustrations in this book.  It was republished in paperback and hardcover in June, 2018 with a new introduction by famed chef and travel/food writer Anthony Bourdain, written shortly before he died.

We’re Counting the Days until the 2018 Friends of FPL Book Sale!

It is hard to believe, but the 2018 Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Annual Summer Book Sale begins NEXT WEEK! That’s right … on your mark, get ready, go!

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 (Half Price Day)

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

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

So get your most comfortable shoes on and bring along your biggest bag to fill with book treasures! Don’t forget to tell your friends and relatives about this upcoming summer day of book buying. Also keep your fingers and toes crossed that ALL thunderstorms head off Cape during the book sale. In case you haven’t been to the sale for awhile you should know that the Friends of FPL can now accept credit cards as well as cash.

E-book Changes Coming Soon!

On July 1st, eBooks through Axis360 Will No Longer Be Available as a New Statewide OverDrive Service is Rolled Out

Very soon the Commonwealth eBook Collection (CeC) service available through CLAMS will be changing in an exciting way. On July 1, 2018, as part of this change, the Axis360 eBook service will no longer be offered to CLAMS patrons. The BiblioBoard eBook service will also end.

The OverDrive eBooK and eAudioBook service, currently offering over 26,000 items for borrowing by Falmouth Public Library patrons through CLAMS, will become a new statewide OverDrive service, combining the current collections of several Massachusetts library networks, and additional titles available from a new statewide collection.  At least 90% of currently available Axis 360 items will be in the new OverDrive service. This new ebook service makes statewide sharing of digital library materials truly possible, as has been possible for decades for physical library materials.

To learn more about the OverDrive service , please join Kasia Piasecka, FPL Reference Librarian, on Monday, June 25, 2018 from 10-11 for a training session on using OverDrive More information

Axis360 Users:  Your holds or borrowed items from Commonwealth eBook Collections will disappear from your device on July 1, 2018.  Please use the CLAMS OverDrive  service:clamsnet.overdrive.com

Friday Reads: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

This is the story of a book not being what we expected the book to be! When we ordered a copy of Cape Cod Notebook: an alternative guidebook to the beaches of Cape Cod by Betsy Medvedovsky, I suppose we were anticipating something in the vein of Robert Finch’s A Cape Cod Notebook, only focusing on beaches. How wrong we were! It turned out that the alternative guidebook was sort of a Cape Cod beach journal, where the person reading the book was also writing it! There was a list of beaches on the Cape, with some basic information on each one, and then a blank page for the beach goer to fill in with his or her own reflections on the beach. So the conundrum was, what does a public library do with a book that is essentially blank pages? We noticed that we weren’t the only Cape library that had ordered it, and some had already withdrawn it when they saw what it was. Others put big stickers in the front saying that this was a library book, and thus you were not to write in it. We decided to take a different approach, and turn it into a writing project.

So … we added a note that you see when you open the book which reads:


“This book is unique.
Because we are inviting
YOU to help write in it.
Please share your beach day with
everyone. Tell us about the view …
the sand … the waves …
Was the bird watching good? How about
sharks, boats, surfers, crowds?
Thank you for your thoughtful
comments. They just might inspire
someone to discover a new
favorite Cape Cod beach!”

And then we sent the book out into the world. It just returned to us briefly, so that we could check on our experiment, and it is working!! Here is one reader’s thoughts on Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth:

“One of our favorite spots when we visit our family in Falmouth. Grandkids love the long expanse of shallow water. Surf on windy days can be great fun! Kite boarders provide excitement too. Shells & rocks abound, and the sand is soft & perfect for building castles and digging deep holes. We love it!”

So if you check out this book, be sure to write in it! And when it is full, we plan to add it to our Local History Collection in the Reference Room.

Summer Reading on The Point with Mindy Todd

Today’s show was pre-recorded, so if you have some great suggestions for summer reading just let us know, and we’ll add them to this list. It was a joy to have Mary Fran Buckley, co-owner of Eight Cousins Bookshop, join us for this show, and we look forward to having her return. You can read the summer reading article from the Falmouth Enterprise here.

Mary Fran’s Picks

The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher

A Town Like Alice by Neville Schute

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon

Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

In the Garden of Beasts:love, terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson


Jill’s Picks

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry by Stephen Brown and Georgiana Uhlyarik. The autobiography of Virgil Thomson first introduced me to the Stettheimer sisters. Head to page 308 in the Library of America volume The State of Music & other writings for a great introduction to these astonishing sisters. The autobiography itself is a great read. As Thomson writes: “The sisters were three — Ettie, Florine, and Carrie — all of uncertain age; and they lived with their invalid mother in the most ornate apartment house I have ever seen — a florid Gothic structure called Alwyn Court, at Fifty-eighth Street and Seventh Avenue.”

The House at Lobster Cove by Jane Goodrich. Background on this novel courtesy of Fine Books & Collections Magazine.

Cape Cod Notebook: an alternative guidebook to the beaches of Cape Cod by Betsy Medvedovsky

A Cape Cod Notebook by Robert Finch

A Cape Cod Notebook 2 by Robert Finch

The Pisces by Melissa Broder. List of ten mermaid books perfect for the beach by Matt Staggs.

Collected Millar: the master at her zenith by Margaret Millar. (Includes her novel Beast in View.) While you are waiting for a CLAMS library to order the Collected Millar, try Women Crime Writers: four suspense novels of the 1950s which also includes Beast in View!

Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane

Widow’s Wreath by Cynthia Riggs

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

Look at the photo on this page closely, and you’ll find some books that we didn’t have time for! It does seem that I always bring more books than we need out of an abundant fear of dead radio air!


Smythe Scholarship Applications are here!

Good news Falmouth students and parents!  The Herbert Henry Smythe Scholarship applications have arrived!

Here are some important excerpts from the cover of the application:  “The committee typically awards more than thirty scholarships.  The application deadline is FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 at 3:00 PM. ( … ) Decisions will be announced by June 30, 2018.  (… ) Mr. Smythe’s will stipulates that the money may be used for ‘boys or girls in Falmouth, Massachusetts.’  A maximum age of 24 years as of January 1, 2018 will apply.  Only applicants who are themselves voting residents of Falmouth (or whose parents are) are eligible for the grants.  Applications cannot be considered from families who have second homes in Falmouth. ( … )  The trust agreement states that ‘character be given equal consideration with scholarship,’ and evidence of both personal characteristics and school success is asked for on the application forms.  Financial need is a secondary factor in determining recipients.  ( …) The committee will continue its practice of limiting scholarships to one per family.  If two children from the same family apply, the committee will decide which seems most deserving of the scholarship”

Applications are available a the reference desk.  Stop by to get your copy.  Good luck!

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.