Catablogging@FPL: Rules for Library Hand

In this fast-paced day and age of getting materials onto the shelves as soon as possible, it may come as a surprise to many that there was a time when such library work not only took great time and effort; but took patience, perseverance, and practice on the part of the catalogers.

Because of a project made possible by the people of Falmouth through the Community Preservation Fund, we had the pleasure of cataloging a collection of the Library’s historical documents.

When the beautifully bound collection arrived, we were charmed by a document entitled, “Rules for Library Hand.” It reminds us that while the aim of our work is ultimately same, the execution is quite different.  Consider, for example, some of the rules that a staff member once wrote out by hand in an effort to learn the proper way to produce handwritten catalog cards:

1. Hold your pen between the first and second fingers.

2. Be careful to make all writing uniform in size, slant, blackness of line, spacing, and form of letters.

3. See that each letter stands upon the line.

4. Be careful to make no unnecessary lines and avoid flourishes.

5. Be careful to cross the t’s squarely and dot the i’s directly over the letter.

Oh, the days of learning to cross t’s and dot i’s! 

In this fast-paced day and age of getting materials onto the shelves, into our catalog, and onto our website as soon as possible, we so enjoy taking the time to appreciate and admire the work of our predecessors; and we are truly inspired to be carrying on the legacy of documenting, describing, and organizing information for our public—with the same care, only a little faster!

Come take a look at the collection, just ask the Reference Staff.

Library Yarns!

Come embellish the Falmouth Public Library with kniffiti (knit graffiti) and other unique yarn creations!  Join our 8-week mission in which we’ll knit, crochet, wrap, weave, braid and whatever else you can think of doing with yarn.  In the final meeting we’ll install our custom creations inside the library for a colorful, whimsical display! 

If you have heard of “yarn bombing,” then you have an idea of what we’ll be doing – covering everyday objects with crazy cozies.  Unlike most yarn bombing projects, we won’t all be making the same thing; rather, each person can create whatever piques his or her interest, large, small, plain or fancy.  This is an opportunity to meet other yarn crafters, brighten up the library and try new stitches, yarns and techniques.  You’ll have the time, space and yarn to explore without the pressure of having to make something perfect.  Yarn will be supplied and an experienced knitter will be on hand to help with knitting questions.  However, lessons are not included.  Bring your own needles, hooks and other tools.  This program is appropriate for teens and adults.

We will meet Saturdays from 10:00 am to Noon, January 9 – February 27, 2016 at the Falmouth Public Library.  During the first seven meetings we will work on our projects and during the final meeting, we will install them in the library for one month.  After the exhibit is taken down, participants may take home their projects.  Registration is requested, but not required.  Please contact the reference department with questions or to sign up:  508-457-2555 ext. 6 or

Photo:  sgeddes

The Beginner’s Guide to Using an iPad

When you think of the word “iPad,” what comes to mind? You’re not alone if you’re fascinated by this lightweight, wireless device that can connect magically to the internet, but are also left wondering: “what else can I do with it”? “What else could I be doing with it?”

You can find out about all the ways you can use an iPad during our free class in January, including which apps to use for which activities, how to navigate the versatile iPad screen, how to access & experiment with diverse apps in the Apple Store, how to use the iPad camera, and much, much more. You might remember seeing Lori Cooney in the library a few months ago when she taught an introduction to iPhotography for adults. She will back to teach this class, a much-asked for beginner’s workshop for iPad users, on January 9 from 3:30-4:30PM in the Hermann Room (registration is encouraged).

If you can’t make it to our class, we have plentiful resources here at the library, and even a free subscription to, the behemoth resource of online courses. And, if you make your way to the library, please feel free to ask a Reference Librarian for help, too. Many of us are familiar with new & emerging technologies, not just limited to the iPad, and are always happy to help anyone who needs assistance.

New Books:

iPad with iOS 8 for Seniors : Learn to Work with the iPad with iOS 8
Teach Yourself Visually iPad


Exploring iPad for Dummies
iPad 2: The Missing Manual
iPad for Dummies
How to Do Everything iPad
Get Started with From Home

First, visit our website: and click on “Library Databases.” Scroll down until you see Once you’ve created an account and are logged in, you can click on any of these online courses or search for “iPad” in the search bar to see which classes are available.

Here are a few of our favorites, which are especially helpful to beginners:

iPad Tips or Tricks

iPhone & iPad: Essential Training

Friday Reads: Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston edited by Keith N. Morgan

The latest volume in the Society of Architectural Historians’ Buildings of the United States series, this tome “analyzes the architecture, landscape and planning patterns of the capital of Massachusetts and forty-one of its surrounding towns.” If you enjoy architecture and/or like the city of Boston, you’ll enjoy browsing through this book.

The city itself has garnered many nicknames over it four hundred years: A City upon a Hill; Cradle of Liberty; Home of the Bean and Cod; the Hub of the Solar System, to name a few.  The buildings have evolved over that time and reflect its varied history.

The organization of the entries begins in Boston and fans out to the north, and then to surrounding suburbs. Each entry is assigned a two-letter code, derived from the neighborhood or community name, The entries are preceded by a brief listing of information- name, date, architect or builder, street location and level of public recognition or protection. All buildings and sites for which entries are provided are generally viewable from a public right of way. Key structures or sites that help explain the character and evolution of architecture and landscape architecture in the Boston region but are either not visible or have been demolished are included in the introduction.

Many of the entries are accompanied by photographs (sadly none in color..)

Take an armchair tour of the city and learn about the fascinating structures that reveal the history and development of Boston. Look for Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston Buildings of Massachuseets: Metropolitan Boston in the Reference Department. Call # REF 720.9744.

P.S. Did you know that one can stand at the corner of Washington and State streets near the Old State House and view 3 centuries of architectural design? From that vantage point you’ll see the Old State House (1712), the Ames Building (1889) and the State Street Bank Building (1966)

Tips for New Teen Babysitters: Part I

We are excited to welcome a new group of enthusiastic future babysitters to the library this Saturday for another intensive 4-H babysitting training in partnership with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. The Friends of the Falmouth Public Library support the wonderful program that allows teens to learn babysitting skills in a fun & safe environment. Teens will learn about child safety, first aid & emergencies, feeding & nutrition, discipline, stages of development, entertainment, and the business of babysitting.

For our new babysitters who are starting to look for more experience & employment, we compiled a few helpful tips to help start them off. Here’s Part I of our short blog series for new teen babysitters. Look for Part II on our blog next week.

Gather References

Think of someone (who is not a family member or friend) who knows you outside of your home, be it a school counselor, teacher, mentor, or an adult you know from an extracurricular activity. This should be someone who knows you well or has seen you practicing being responsible, reliable, or trustworthy. Put yourself in the shoes of a parent or caregiver who might be hiring you for a babysitting job. What would they be looking for? Write down a few traits & skills that come to mind, and then think of someone in your life that can vouch for those traits & skills.

If you don’t feel like you have anyone in your life that can vouch for you, don’t worry. References are important, but you can also share your school report card or find some other evidence of your strengths. Whoever interviews you for your new job just wants to get to know you. Think of a way that shows them who you are. This might be a test of your creativity, but if you don’t have at least one reference, you will need to think creatively.

Google Yourself

It’s always a good idea to google yourself about every other month to see what information is out there pertaining to you. As you’re beginning to look for a job, this is a good time to think about your public image. Is there anything floating around on internetland that you’d rather not be public? Try these google searches to see if you find anything too revealing:

your name _____ AND the town you live in _______

your name ______ AND the name of your school _________

your name ______ AND the town where your school is located _______

your name _______AND “Facebook” (if you use Facebook)

your name _______AND the name of another social media tool you use (ie Instagram, etc)

*In the case that you do find something that a) you’d rather it be private or b) wouldn’t be good news to your future employer, you can delete it (whether it’s a social media post or picture) or hide it by logging into your social media account and adjusting the privacy settings. Remember, it’s always a good idea to think before you act, especially online where your privacy is at greater risk of being threatened.

Have questions? Kasia is happy to help answer them! Feel free to email her at falteens at gmail dot com or contact the library by phone (508-457-2555) or text (text “askfpl” to 66746). 

Holidays by the Sea Weekend!

We are so delighted that the DPW has just today added holiday lights to two of our library trees on Main Street!! Thanks so much to Rocky and his crew! We are equally excited that we will have a library float in the 52nd Annual Falmouth Christmas Parade!! So look for us just a few spots before Santa!

Plus, FCTV has now given us the direct link to 5 things you don’t know about the library, in which Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services, takes three minutes to tell you about some things you may not know about the library.

Even more exciting library news … our WIFI is working again! No matter where you are in the library or on the library lawn, just choose the connection that says “Falmouth Public Library.”

See you at the Parade! (if not sooner)

Holiday Crafts Series

Back by popular demand, we are pleased to offer a new and improved holiday crafts series for teens and adults!

In past years you may recall we had four craft workshops happening simultaneously in the Hermann Room.  Ruth Bleakley offered a paper craft (always a favorite!), Adrienne the librarian worked the paperwhite table and other crafts changed from year to year. 

This time, we are spreading out the fun over three days, with one craft at each session.  The new format will give you more elbow room and you’ll be able to get your creative juices flowing with less hubbub in the background.  Have fun crafting and bring home some holiday cheer! 

All programs are free, thanks to generous support from the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library.

Tuesday, December 8, 6:15 – 8:15 PM

Christmas Charm Jewelry Making Workshop

with Jenny of Shining Sea Boutique

FULL, but ask to join the wait list.

Saturday, December 12, 2-4 PM

Paper Ornaments and Paper Collage Cards

with Lynne of Callaloo Collage

Saturday, December 19, 2-4 PM

Rubber Stamp Gift Tag Workshop

with Naomi of Stampin’ Up!

Make 30 holiday gift tags.

Space is limited, so please register with the reference department:  508-457-2555 ext. 6, or text 66746 and start your question with askfpl.  We’d also love to see you stop by the desk!

Free Folk Concert for All Ages on December 18

After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson–otherwise known as the folk duo Hungrytown–have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting.  Hungrytown’s music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel’s hit series, Portlandia. Lyricist Rebecca Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK).

They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; and Further West in 2015. The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe and New Zealand.

Click here to listen to their songs online & watch them perform on their website.

All are welcome. Please arrive early to reserve your seat(s) in the Hermann Meeting Room. Doors open at 2:30pm, show begins promptly at 3pm.  Hungrytown’s CD’s and merchandise will be available for purchase after the show.

For more information, please call us at (508) 457-2555, email us at info at falmouthpubliclibrary dot org, text “askfpl” to 66746, or visit us in-person at the Info Desk at the Main Library.

Great Books to Give on THE POINT

Book titles from today’s BOOKS TO GIVE show on THE POINT. You can listen online!

Jill’s Picks

Soup for Syria: recipes to celebrate our shared humanity. Collected & Photographed by Barbara Abdeni Massaad

Selected Poems by John Updike, edited by Christopher Carduff with an introduction by Brad Leithauser. Poem read was “Not Cancelled Yet” on page 161. You can read The New Yorker review here.

The Theater of War: what ancient Greek tragedies can teach us today by Bryan Doerries. And if you would like to see what happened on the library lawn when Bryan was here, check out our Flickr page!

The Typewriter Revolution: a typist’s companion for the 21st Century by Richard Polt

Typewriter Art: a modern anthology by Barrie Tullett

The Typewriter: a graphic history of the beloved machine by Janine Vanpool.

The Typewriter (in the 21st century): a film about a machine and the people who love it, use it and repair it. Directed by Christopher Lockett

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

The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch (& A Fine Romance: falling in love with the English countryside)

Dear Santa: children’s Christmas letters and wish lists, 1870 – 1920 Letters selected by Mary Harrell-Sesniak, Commentary by J. Harmon Flagstone

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George

Vicky’s Picks

Adult Fiction

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Felicity by Mary Oliver

100 Years of the Best American Short Stories edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor

Adult Nonfiction

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

Natural World of Winnie the Pooh: A Walk through the forest that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood by Kathryn Aalto – Ashdown Forest in SE England

Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting

The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature – Foreword by Barbara Kingsolver

Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe

Lost Ocean: an Inky Adventure and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

50 Greatest Players in New England Patriots Football History by Robert W. Cohen

50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History by Jerry Rice

Rowdy by Christopher Madsen – story of a Herreshoff yacht – its restoration and history

Children’s Picture Books

Grandma’s House – Alice Melvin

Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-Loving Rubber Ball by Emily Jenkins

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

The best books to give children are often the ones you loved yourself!! 

Listener Picks

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Being Mortal: medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande

Poems from the Pond: 107 years of words and wisdom, the writing of Peggy Freydberg edited by Laurie David

The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters by Fergus Fleming

My Kitchen Year: 136 recipes that saved my life by Ruth Reichl

The Writer’s Desk by Jill Kremenitz; introduction by John Updike (Very sadly, out of print.)

Boys in the Trees: a memoir by Carly Simon

Dog Medicine: how my dog saved me from myself by Julie Barton


We will be open TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 25th from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. We will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 26th. Reopening with our regular hours of 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on Friday, November 27th.

While you are doing your errands and cleaning the house tomorrow morning, listen to THE POINT on WCAI, 90.1 FM at 9:00 AM. Mindy Todd and Jill Erickson (Head of Reference & Adult Services) on WCAI with their book suggestions!  This month we will be joined by Vicky Titcomb of Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich, and we will be discussing great books to give. You can call in with your book suggestions at 866-999-4626 or e-mail Repeated at 7:00 PM or listen online at

Happy Thanksgiving to One and All!