Join the Discussion!

The East Branch of the Falmouth Public Library is very pleased to host a discussion entitled Cancer Survivorship:  Achieving Mind & Body Wellness, lead by Kristine Whaples, MS, RCEP, CDE, CET on Wednesday, March 16, 2-4 PM.  Kristine is a registered clinical exercise physiologist and certified diabetes educator who coordinates the Living Fit for You! Cancer Wellness Program for Falmouth Hospital.

Overall wellness is an essential component of cancer recovery and quality survivorship.  There is a definite relationship between lifestyle and post-cancer therapy survivorship. It has been well-established that through increased exercise, a healthy plant-based diet, and stress management, survivors will benefit from:

• reduced risk of recurrence

• increased survival and longevity

• reduced risk of toxic cancer treatment-related side effects

• management of overwhelming fatigue

• reduced risk of other chronic diseases

• improved quality of life

Our discussion will focus on recommendations for nutrition, exercise and stress reduction. You will gain insight on how to move forward, develop a wellness plan and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Please register by contacting the East Branch at 508-548-6340 or the Reference Department at the Main Library 508-457-2555 x 6 or

The Library is Transformed with Kniffiti!

You have to see it to believe it.  The main library is bedecked with all sorts of colorful and whimsical creations made out of yarn graffiti, or kniffiti as rebel yarn crafters like to say.  Wooden chairs sport crocheted and knitted covers with surprising textures and patterns, a seating area by a bank of windows has become an “aquarium” and Charlotte has spun a new web in the children’s department.  But that isn’t all.  Take a tour of every room on the top floor, the hallway downstairs and the children’s room, and discover for yourself all of the creations, large and small. 

Why did we do it? For fun, to stretch our creative muscles, to experiment with yarns and stitches we wouldn’t ordinarily use, to investigate our terrific collection of yarn crafting books at the library, to build community and bring some color to the library during the cold, gray month of March.  About a dozen ladies met at the library every Saturday morning in January and February to create our projects out of yarn that was donated to the cause by generous local yarn lovers.  We probably received 40 pounds of yarn in our donation box during December, including all types and colors imaginable.  And some were beyond my imagination!  On Saturday February 27 we installed our creations (it took more than two hours) and then after all of our hard work, we celebrated with refreshments under the stained glass dome.  There were cake and drinks for all lucky visitors who happened to arrive in time to partake.  The excitement was palpable.  Quiet library?  Not on Saturday.  We were having way too much fun transforming the library into a hotspot for creativity.  Come on down to see our “Library Yarns” display and tell us what you think.

The installation will be up through March 31st.

Library Historical Images: Library Minutes and Patrons

Here is another example from the Library’s Historical Documents Project, funded through the Community Preservation Fund.

From The Library Minutes and Patrons of 1893, page one, lists the Rules and Regulations of the Falmouth Free Public Library:

Article I: The Library shall be open for the delivery of books on every Wednesday and Saturday, from four to six, and seven to nine o’clock, P.M.

Farther down the list of articles we find Article VIII: No person returning a book to the Library shall be at liberty to retake the same until the next Library day.  All the books when returned shall be delivered to the Librarian, who shall examine and place them upon the shelves before they are again given out, except by special permission of the Librarian.

By the way, we also discovered among the volumes that very first Falmouth Free Public Library cards were issued to S.A. Holton and Grace Holton.

Library Historical Images: List of Library Accessions

In conjunction with the Community Preservation Fund Project, we recently had the opportunity to view some delightful volumes and documents in the Library’s Historical Collection.

In the List of Accessions, as seen above, from April,1891, the first entry (written of course in the Library Hand!) reads: Among My Books by J.R. Lowell. How appropriate!

The following entries for that month include such tomes as Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson as well as Charles Lamb. On a lighter note an added title is John Burroughs’ Fresh Fields, 3rd. ed.

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)