Gardens Around the World

“From Winterthur to Versailles; from the spice gardens of old Ceylon to the topiary of Anna and the King of Siam…a trip around the world”

Need gardening inspiration on these wintry afternoons? Please join us for a slide program as Henry T. Callan navigates our journey through “Gardens Around the World.”

Starting at the gardens of Williamsburg, this international tour will take us to the English gardens at Hampton Court, to those of the Palace of Versailles in France and to the courts of the Alhambra in Spain. Then on to South Africa, to the Taj Mahal in India, to the Botanical Gardens of old Ceylon, the summer gardens of Anna and the King of Siam, and finally to Japan to compare the dry landscape gardens of Buddhism to the lush moss gardens of Kyoto.

Please join us on Saturday January 21 at 1:00 PM for this entertaining and informative program!

Free as this presentation is sponsored by the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library.

Mindfulness, Gratefulness, and Happiness Books on The Point

On today’s book show Mindy Todd, Jill Erickson, and Eric Linder of Yellow Umbrella Books in Chatham encouraged everyone to start the new year reading about and maybe even trying to practice a bit of mindfulness, gratefulness, and happiness. Below is our list of picks and listener picks as well, including a bonus list of books that didn’t make the air, but might interest you. Thanks for listening, and thanks for calling in with your suggestions. Happy New Year! And should you have missed the show on WCAI, you can listen online!

 

Mindy’s Pick

E. B. White on Dogs edited by Martha White

 

Eric’s Picks

Listening Below the Noise: a meditation on the practice of silence by Anne D. LeClaire

Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Chet & Bernie mysteries by Peter Abrahams

“The First Time Percy Came Back” in  Dog Songs: thirty-five dog songs and one essay by Mary Oliver

“The Snakes of September” and “Touch Me” in The Wild Braid: a poet reflects on a century in the garden by Stanley  Kunitz

The Outermost House: a year of life on the great beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston

 

Jill’s Picks

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, drawings by Robert Lawson. Read more of the backstory of The Story of Ferdinand at Anita Silvey’s Children’s Book-A-Day Almanac.

An excerpt from War and Peace by  Leo Tolstoy, translated by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: an approach to life in fullness by Brother David Steindl-Rast

99 Blessings: an invitation to life by Brother David Steindl-Rast. You might also want to take a look at his web page gratefulness.org and his TED talk.

Wherever You Go There You Are: mindfulness meditation in everyday life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

All the Odes by Pablo Neruda, particularly Ode to Happiness and Ode to the Tomato

The Power of Off: the mindful way to stay sane in a virtual world by Nancy Colier

52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal

 

Titles For Which There Was No Time Left!

Five little books all by Thich Nhat Hanh, part of a Mindfulness Essentials collection published by Parallax Press:

How to Sit
How to Walk
How to Love
How to Eat
How to Relax

Dancing with Joy: 99 poems edited by Roger Housden

The Book of Joy: lasting happiness in a changing world by His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams

The Lost Art of Reading: why books matter in a distracted time by David L. Ulin

Growing Up Mindful: essential practices to help children, teens, and families find balance, calm, and resilience by Christopher Willard

America the Anxious: how our pursuit of happiness is creating a nation of nervous wrecks by Ruth Whippman

10% Happier: how I tamed the voice in my head, reduced stress without losing my edge, and found self-help that actually works by Dan Harris

 

Listener Picks

How to Meditate by Eknath Easwaren

Last of the Saddle Tramps by Mesannie Wilkins with Mina Titus Sawyer

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a year of food life by Barbara Kingsolver

The Fisherman and His Wife: a brand new version by Rosemary Wells (e-mailed to us after we went off the air)

 

North by Northwest

The North Falmouth Branch of the Falmouth Public Library is to be open five days a week!

Beginning on Tuesday, January 3rd the North Falmouth Branch of the Falmouth Public Library, with the help of staff from the West Falmouth Library, will be open five days a week, Monday through Friday for six months.  West Falmouth Library has begun an extensive remodel of their historic 575 West Falmouth Highway building.  It closed on December 12th  and plans are to reopen in June, 2017.  West Falmouth Library is an independent non-profit library corporation and not part of the Falmouth Public Library, but both are members of the regional CLAMS (Cape and Islands Libraries Automated Materials Sharing) library network.  To keep library services readily available for patrons of the West Falmouth Library, the two libraries have agreed to pool their resources.  The North Branch will add Tuesdays and Thursdays to their usual Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule with the additional hours being staffed by West Falmouth Library personnel.  Laurie McNee, North Falmouth Branch Librarian said, “I have met with the West Falmouth staff and am very excited that we can work together to serve the patrons of both villages and all of Falmouth!”

The new hours for the North Falmouth branch beginning January 3rd will be Mondays and Fridays 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and Wednesdays 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The branch is located at 6 Chester Street, North Falmouth, at the intersection of County Road.

Friday Reads: Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon

 

“I’m sittin’ in the railway station / Got a ticket for my destination…”

Homeward bound – were you among the many who were homeward bound this Thanksgiving week?

For Paul Simon and many baby boomers the phrase conjures up the 1960s when the duo Simon and Garfunkel were popular folk-rock singers.

Author Peter Ames Carlin takes the reader from the late 1960’s to present day and the release in June 2016 of Simon’s latest album, Stranger to Stranger. Over the past 60 years of Simon’s life we have listened to and memorized many of his lyrics. We were disappointed in the break of the duo Simon and Garfunkel and relieved when they reunited, only to separate again. We have bought many of his albums (which have sold more than a hundred million!) We have heard his political views and championed his sometimes controversial roles in many of the significant events of the last several decades.

In this biography of Simon, Carlin illuminates the on, and off again stage life of this singer/composer. With several pages of photos, you’ll get a glimpse of Simon’s life yesterday and today.

Look for Homeward Bound in the new nonfiction section, Call # 927.8 Simon

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.

 

FALMOUTH VETERANS DAY CEREMONY

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH @11:00 A.M.

FALMOUTH LIBRARY LAWN – 300 MAIN ST.

PLEASE JOIN US IN HONORING ALL THE BRAVE WOMEN AND MEN WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER FRANK K. DUFFY, JR. (ARMY SP5, PERSONNEL SPECIALIST)

LOCAL DIGNITARIES

SECTOR SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND COAST GUARD COLOR GUARD FALMOUTH FIRE RESCUE DEPT. COLOR GUARD

FALMOUTH POLICE DEPT. HONOR GUARD

FALMOUTH SCOUTING COLOR GUARD

BRIAN BORU PIPE BAND

FALMOUTH COMMUNITY CHORUS

FALMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS

SCOUTING ORGANIZATIONS

REFRESHMENTS & LIGHT FARE TO FOLLOW AT THE FALMOUTH ELKS’ LODGE

140 PALMER AVE.

BLOOD DRIVE HONORING ALL VETERANS TO FOLLOW ELKS’ RECEPTION FROM

NOON – 6:00 P.M. AT THE JOHN WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 270 GIFFORD ST. SPONSORED BY THE MARINE LODGE AF & AM.

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, CALL 508-862-5663 OR GO TO WWW.CAPECODHEALTH.ORG/GIVE BLOOD

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.