Local Traditions: From Thanksgiving Day Games to School Yearbooks

Of all the local Thanksgiving traditions celebrated in Falmouth, many townspeople look forward to heading over to Guv Fuller Field on Thanksgiving morning to help cheer on the Clippers as they battle to “bring home a victory to Falmouth High.” Indeed, for many Lawrence High and Falmouth High alumni, the Thanksgiving Day Football Game holds a special place in their hearts for it not only represents the long standing rivalry between Falmouth and Barnstable High Schools (dating back to 1895), but “the game” is also traditionally known as an annual event at which to meet and catch up with former classmates.  It is a time when classmates can reunite and reminisce about the good old days at “dear old Falmouth.”

That is why this Thanksgiving season the Library is especially happy to announce the recent accession of the Falmouth Public School Digital Yearbook Collection.  With some editions dating as far back as 1915, the Collection includes the Lawrencian, the Clipper Compact, and a few editions of The Voice of the L.H.S. and The Broadcaster, the Falmouth Junior High School’s yearbook.

The actual digitization project was federally funded by the Library Services and Technology Act Grant through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and is administered by the Boston Public Library and hosted by the Internet Archive.

So whether you’re remembering the good old days or doing research, the digitized yearbooks are a great addition to our Digital Archives and serve as a perfect example of the Library’s commitment to provide collections that are accessible and responsive to community needs and interests, especially local collections.*

Good Luck Clippers! Here’s strength to you! And here’s to your performance throughout the 2016 season!


*Print editions of the yearbooks are also available and will be back in the library after the full digitization process is complete by the end of November.

Veterans Day 2016

We will be closed on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day. Below are the details for the Veterans Day Ceremony that begins at 11:00 AM at the Memorial Walk on the library lawn.





















Cancer Resource Center at the Main Library

Do you or someone you know have cancer?  Do you want to find out more about the disease and treatment options?  Do you want financial or emotional support?  There is such a wealth of information online that it can be overwhelming and websites can contradict each other.  It is hard to sift through it all.   Well, there is a place where you can skip all that frustration and get reliable and comprehensive cancer information both in person and on the web — The Cancer Resource Center at the Falmouth Public Library.

The Cancer Resource Center (CRC) was created in 2010 through a partnership of the Falmouth Hospital and the Falmouth Public Library.  Located at the main library, the CRC is a place where patients, their loved ones and anyone looking for cancer information can go to find reliable sources.    Reference librarians are always available to help you find the best materials to answer your questions, whether it be free handouts in the reference room, magazines and newsletters in the reading room, books on our shelves or reliable websites.

If you prefer to find your information online, visit our newly re-organized webpage.  Here you will find links to websites you can trust.  You can search local support groups, clinical trials, help for caregivers, drugs, details about several common types of cancer, and much, much more.  All of these sites have been inspected and selected by a reference librarian for reliability, timeliness and ease of use.  Many of the websites are described by a librarian so you can decide which links to click on to suit your needs.  For example, if you want to know how to pronounce a term you saw in print so you can talk to your doctor about it, read the descriptions of three online cancer term dictionaries and you will see only one of the dictionaries offers pronunciations and phonetic spellings.

To get to our Cancer Resource Center webpage, start at the library homepage, falmouthpubliclibrary.org and click on “eBranch” in the white bar at the top of the pager.  Under the heading “Research & History,” you will see the link to “Cancer Resource Center”.  Once on the CRC webpage, you will see an online form where you can write a question to a reference librarian if you like.  Be sure to scroll past that form to get to the list of helpful websites.

Finding information to help you cope with a cancer diagnosis in yourself or someone you care about can be overwhelming.  If you would like help finding reliable online sources, books, newsletters or pamphlet, please ask any of the reference librarians at the main library and we would be happy to help you.

Yours in health,

Faith Lee
Reference Librarian

To Leslie, On Your Retirement

Dear Leslie,
Wishing you the best in your retirement from the Falmouth Public Library.
This beautiful building at 300 Main Street stands as a testament to all your efforts on the building committee. Your vision and leadership helped create an enduring example of your dedication to librarianship and outreach to the Falmouth community.
We will all miss your terrific sense of humor, your quick grasp of issues, and your patience with both the public and the staff, but especially your strong support of us.
May your future hold only the rosiest of days.
All your staff

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:       https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/


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!