Friday Reads: Knitting Magazines


Did you know the library has over 250 magazine titles for adults?  We have additional collections for young adults and children too.  Adult magazines range widely across topics, from literary reviews to cooking.  You can feed your mind, feed your body and so much more.   If you like music, poetry, cycling, sailing, quilting, coin collecting, traveling, fashion or learning about medical topics, politics, religion, foreign affairs, science, social issues and celebrities, we’ve got you covered.  I’m sure I’ve left out several things, but you get the point.

Fall is here and with trying to keep the heat off at home as long as possible, my passion for knitting has kicked into high gear.  One way I feed my passion is by devouring knitting books and magazines during my lunch hour.   We have four magazines for knitters and today’s blog will give you a taste of each one.

Interweave Knits  The current issue, Fall 2016, is their 20th anniversary edition.  With notes from almost all of the editors over the years, reading this issue describes the magazine’s history and how their mission has changed as knitters have changed their approach to the craft over the past 20 years.  Interweave Knits is popular in knitting circles for its focus on a large number of appealing projects, from small to large, and for all members of the family.  It also includes interesting articles about yarns and designers, as well as clearly written and illustrated descriptions of techniques.  The numerous advertisements serve to inspire as well!

Creative Knitting  At 37 years old, Creative Knitting bills itself as “the first all-knitting magazine”. With the tagline, “Knits with a timeless twist,” you can expect that the projects are tried and true classics blended with current styles.  They pride themselves on clear instructions for projects for casual home knitters, including clothing, accessories and home décor.   The winter, 2016 issue focuses on cables, with several articles on techniques and uses for cables and, of course, patterns featuring cables.  The patterns range from having only simple cable panels to being completely covered with cables.  Knitters of all levels of cabling abilities should find something of interest in this issue.

Vogue Knitting  If you are looking for patterns that are more avant-garde than the magazines described above, then flip through the selections here.  The clearly written patterns are mainly geared toward fashion-conscious women, but they do include a few for men and a little home décor.   The fall, 2016 issue features “Modern Fair Isle” knitting, “No Wool, No Vikings, the fleece that launched 1,000 ships,” and “The Iconic Baby Surprise Jacket.”   There are also articles on the colors and stitches of the season, and designers.  The photos of yarns and models wearing projects are eye-catching.

Piecework “The purpose of this magazine is to promote historical and ethnic handwork by providing articles on history, techniques, and individual items and people, and then offering a few projects based on the article using techniques such as needlework, knitting, quilting, crocheting, beading, drawn thread and other crafts.  Entire issues may be devoted to a single theme. ( … )  The projects all have clear instructions and are well designed, although none are for the novice or timid crafters.  This is not a magazine that will teach a technique in simple terms; if readers are at all shy about picking up new techniques, then some of the projects may be beyond them.  (…)  The magazine is beautiful and inspiring and is devoted to the history and current state of common and ethnic handicraft arts.”  (Magazines for Libraries, 2014)

If you are looking for a little inspiration for your knitting this fall, why don’t you curl up in one of our easy chairs by a sunny window and flip through these knitting magazines.  I challenge you not to add a few projects to your “to knit” list.

Faith Lee

A reference librarian who is currently getting her Irish sweater in a twist.

Congratulations, Maureen!


One of our regular patrons came in to the reference department for a visit recently.  She had something special to show us.  As she pulled a flat rectangular object out of her tote bag and proceeded to carefully remove the plastic bag that protected it from the torrential rain, I was silently making guesses as to what this item, that was clearly very important to her, could be.  Actually, I had a pretty good idea when I saw her beaming face as she walked in, and I was right.  It was her diploma!  From Bridgewater State University.  Maureen came to the reference department for at least the last two years on a regular basis to use the public computers to do her research and writing for all of her classes.

Not only did she learn what was taught in her classes, but from all of us in the reference staff, she learned how to use a computer, find the best materials for her research, write a bibliography and more!   She never failed to express how much being in the library helped her to make it through her social sciences program.  As a commuter student, she relied more on her local library than the university library for support because, well, it was home and she knew we’d help her with whatever she needed.  We all enjoyed keeping abreast of her progress and loved hearing about all those A’s she earned!

So, Maureen, thank you for letting us be a part of this milestone in your life and congratulations on your Bachelor of Science from Bridgewater University!  We know you worked hard for it.  We look forward to your next milestones.  Keep us posted!

This is truly one of the most gratifying aspects of being a reference librarian.


Faith Lee


Photo: Maureen holding her diploma and me.

Cats & Dogs on The Point

This morning Peter Abrahams joined Mindy Todd & Jill Erickson to talk about books about cats and dogs on WCAI. Thanks for the many, many suggestions you made during the show! We now have a plethora of cat and dog books on our reading lists, and we think that Peter might have come to better understand cats. Here are the titles mentioned on air.


Mindy’s Pick

E. B. White on Dogs edited by Martha White

Peter’s Picks

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Cat by B. Kliban

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Carbonel: the King of the Cats by Barbara Sleigh

“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe in Murder Short & Sweet edited by Paul D. Staudohar

Cat Wars: the devastating consequences of a cuddly killer by Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella

A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter


Jill’s Picks

The Animals’ Who’s Who by Ruthven Tremain

Pets on the Couch by Nicholas Dodman

Flush: a biography by Virginia Woolf

Shaggy Muses by Maureen Adams

Dog Songs: Poems by Mary Oliver

The Rose Garden: short stories by Maeve Brennan

Following Atticus by Tom Ryan

The Big New Yorker Book of Dogs foreward by Malcolm Gladwell

The Big New Yorker Book of Cats foreward by Anthony Lane


Listener Suggestions

The Cat Who … mystery series by Lilian Jackson Braun

Cats of Martha’s Vineyard: 101 island tales by Lynn Christoffers

The Trainable Cat by John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis

A Man and His Dog” short story by Thomas Mann

The Fur Person by May Sarton

A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home by Sue Halpern

Dirty Wow Wow and Other Love Stories by Cheryl & Jeffrey Katz

The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

Dogist: photographic encounters with 1,000 dogs by Elias Weiss Friedman

Anna Karenina, Levin’s dog Laska



Today is National Voter Registration Day

Today, September 27, 2016, volunteers all around the country are hitting the streets, holding events and storming social media urging unregistered citizens to register to vote.   Don’t miss your opportunity to take part in the history-making presidential election on November 8th, be sure you are registered too.

Who can register? Citizens of the United States who are 16 or older, who are not in jail for a felony.  (Note:  16 year-olds can pre-register, but you have to be 18 to vote).

I’ve already registered once; do I have to do it again?  If you have moved, even just across the street, or if you have changed your name, you have to update your voter registration.

When do I register for the Presidential election?  You must be registered to vote by October 19th.

How do I register to vote?

In-person:  go to the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall.  Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

By-Mail: pick up a registration form – we have some here at the main library, at the east branch and the north branch and mail it in to Town Hall.  It must be postmarked by October 19th.

Online: You must have a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID to use this service.  Go to the Massachusetts state website at:


Early Voting:  You may vote early for any reason.  Avoid the long lines on election day and vote at the Old Water Department at Town Hall during the following times:

Mon., Oct. 24:          8:00 – 4:30
Tue., Oct. 25:             8:00 – 4:30
Wed., Oct. 26:          8:00 – 8:00
Thur., Oct. 27:           8:00 – 8:00
Fri., Oct. 28:               8:00 – 4:30
Sat., Oct. 29:             8:00 – 4:00
Mon., Oct. 31:           8:00 – 4:30
Tue., Nov. 1:              8:00 – 4:30
Wed., Nov. 2:            8:00  – 8:00
Thur., Nov. 3:            8:00  – 8:00


November 8:  Election Day.  Polls open 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.


Vote and let your voice be heard.

“Here’s to Dear Old Falmouth”

Head of Technical Services, Kim DeWall, gives an update on the yearbooks project!


Here’s to Dear Old Falmouth: Good News for Falmouth Public School Alumni

Because of the overwhelmingly positive response to the Library’s Digital Archives, which hosts editions of the Falmouth Enterprise and the Town of Falmouth Annual Reports; we are quite excited to announce that our print collection of Falmouth Public School Yearbooks will also be digitized and hosted thanks to the Library for the Commonwealth program, a partnership between the Boston Public Library and the Digital Commonwealth.  This free program, open to Massachusetts-based libraries, is a great opportunity for the Library to expand our digital services by creating greater access to our local collections.

The collection dates back to the 1931 edition of the Lawrencian, named after Lawrence High School, and continues on to present editions of Falmouth High School’s the Clipper Compact.  The collection also includes several editions of The Broadcaster, the yearbook of the Henry W. Hall School.  The collection is now at the Boston Public Library and will undergo the digitization process this fall. We do have some duplicate copies of yearbooks, so check in with us if you happen to be looking for a yearbook while they are being digitized, as we might still have a duplicate copy in the Reference Room.

So, here’s to dear old Falmouth, here’s strength to you!

Mindful Movement & Meditation is FULL, but …

We are delighted that the three workshops scheduled with Dr. Sang H. Kim in October on mindful movement and meditation are full, however, we know that many of you that wished to attend are now on a waiting list.  So, we wanted to give you some other ways to connect with Dr. Kim. One of the ways is to check out one of his books, either Power Breathing or Mindful Movement. Another option is to go to his web page, One Mind One Breath, which is packed full of advice on mindful movement and meditation, including videos and instructions!

Friday Reads: “Sex on the Moon”

The September meeting of the Narrative Nonfiction Book Club was another well attended event.  We discussed Ben Mezrich’s Sex on the Moon: the amazing story behind the most audacious heist in history.  Moon rocks and a meteor thought to be from mars were stolen from the Johnson Space Center in Houston by Thad Roberts, and two female accomplices, all young NASA interns hoping to become astronauts.  When they tried to peddle the rocks over the Internet, one suspicious mineral collector in Antwerp contacted the FBI and the criminals were caught red handed.

During our discussion we shared our thoughts on how Thad’s Mormon upbringing and banishment from his home around age 21 influenced the rest of his life, as well as how he re-invented himself when he entered the prestigious NASA internship program.   When discussing why such a brilliant and hard-working young man would risk his reputation for so little reward (he wanted only $100,000 for the rocks, when they were estimated to be worth $7 – 20 million) we debated about how convinced we were by the author’s argument that Thad Roberts simply wanted to give his girlfriend a piece of the moon.

We found lots to talk about with this book.  If you like your nonfiction really dressed up like a novel with plot, detailed descriptions, sex and suspense, then give this one a try.

Next month starts a new series of books with Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, the standard-bearer for narrative nonfiction.  Pick up a copy at the reference desk and join us on October 6 at 10 AM in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room to share your thoughts.

Friday Reads: West of Sunset

What do you call it when one book leads you to another which leads you to another?

Earlier this year I read A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway’s posthumously published memoir of his early days in Paris when he was a young and starving writer.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how he met up with so many names of the day, such as Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ford Maddox Ford, so I happily put it on the Staff Picks cart, where it is constantly checked out.

That book led me to a fun new novel called The Hemingway Thief by Shaun Harris in which the author imagines that Hemingway secretly orchestrated the famous theft of his briefcase full of all of his writings that he bemoaned in A Moveable Feast.  Written as a hard-boiled who-done-it, The Hemingway Thief is a flight of fancy that entertains while getting you to ponder the actual mystery of that briefcase and what would have happened had it been found.  Would Hemingway be Hemingway?  I’ll be putting this on the Staff Picks cart after it comes off the new books shelf.

Having enjoyed Harris’ creative caper (Aside:  I usually read nonfiction) when I saw another novel based on the real life of a classic writer, I was eager to give it a try.  And wouldn’t you know it … Hemingway makes several short appearances.   West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan explores the final three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life when he was destitute and ill and his wife, suffering from a mental illness, was in a sanatorium.   He tries to salvage his dying career and hang on to his family, while falling in love with a beautiful younger woman and getting swept away by depressive, alcohol-soaked jags.  Somehow, through nuanced writing we can empathize with his devotion to all of the women in his life: his wife Zelda, his teenage daughter Scottie and his mistress, Sheilah in this well-researched novel.  I am also putting this one on the staff picks shelf and I suspect it will be checked out this afternoon.

So, is reading this succession of books the literary version of Internet surfing or more like following clues in a scavenger hunt?  I feel I’m not finished with either Hemingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald, but my latest book could lead me in a new direction altogether with mentions of Humphrey Bogart and its being set in Tinsel town in the 1930s.  Now that was a ripe time and place.  Maybe the novel Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner will be next.  I understand it features a hat from the set of Gone with the Wind for which Fitzgerald was hired to write briefly.  Well, whatever it is, it will have to wait until I am finished with my Narrative Nonfiction Book Club book.  I can’t wander away from nonfiction for too long.

Faith Lee

President Obama’s Summer Reading List

Every summer we are eager to see what summer reading books President Obama might have brought with him to the Vineyard. Way back in 2009 we actually sent the President and his family CLAMS library cards, along with a copy of Cape Cod and the Islands : where beauty and history meet by Kathryn Kleekamp and a history of the Falmouth Public Library.  We never heard back, but every summer we hope that he might actually visit one of the many lovely public libraries on the Vineyard.

His list this year is as follows:

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

We can’t help but notice that one of these titles was mentioned on the book radio show that I do the last Wednesday of every month with Mindy Todd on WCAI!  Local author, Peter Abrahams just last month recommended Barbarian Days: a surfing life by William Finnegan. Do you think the President was listening?!



In Search of Falmouth Yearbooks

The Falmouth Public Library is searching for two volumes of the Lawrencian, the yearbook for the Lawrence High School, to borrow so that we might have a complete set to digitize. The years we are completely missing are 1932 and 1971, but we are also interested in yearbooks from 1931 to 1937. If you have copies of any of these years, we would love to borrow them, so that we might include them in our digitization project of the Falmouth yearbooks. They would be returned to you as soon as we are done with the project. We know our Falmouth Enterprise digital project has been enormously helpful to people, and we think this project will be as well. You can email us at if you have any questions about the project or have a yearbook we might borrow. Many thanks!