Star Wars Day

The Jedi Council requests the presence of all Padwans, ages 5-105, for a Star Wars Symposium at the Falmouth Public Library! You don’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away, you can experience an event that over 10,000 Star Wars fans in Massachusetts are raving about right here in Falmouth.

Our special guest, Jedi Master Peter Struzzeiro from the Belmont Public Library, will swoop in and answer all of your Star Wars questions, plus we’ll have activities for all ages.  If you love Star Wars, come and geek out with us! May the Force be with you.


When: Saturday, December 16, 2017

Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Where: Hermann Meeting Room, 300 Main Street, Falmouth

Activities for Padwans

Show and Tell Contest: bring your toys, collectibles, and anything Star Wars! A prize goes to the item voted the coolest.

Star Wars Cosplay: Win a prize for the best/most creative outfit.

Star Wars Trivia: Prove your knowledge you must! Show off your Star Wars expertise and win a prize if you know the most.

Star Wars-themed crafts and snacks will be provided.

FYI:

Children under 8 must have a parent or guardian present.

No advance registration required. If you’d like to receive an email reminder, register for the event here.

Windows and Mirrors

Stephanie Seales, a library staff member who works both in the Children’s Room at the Main Library and at the North Branch, (and in her spare time is a book critic in the Young Readers division for Kirkus!) was recently on the radio:

“I was recently privileged to be featured on NPR station WCAI’s The Point for a short segment on children’s books (you’ll find me around the 25:00 minute mark). I shared a few new, quality titles that feature racially and ethnically diverse protagonists. When children and teens read books that serve as both windows & mirrors, they increase their capacity for empathy and expand their worldview. The following titles are the ones I highlighted on The Point and have appeal to a broad audience:

PICTURE BOOKS (roughly ages 3-8)

One Word from Sophia illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail and written by Jim Averbeck

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, illustrated by Rafael López and written by Margarita Engle (sadly, didn’t make it onto the show)

MIDDLE GRADE (roughly ages 8-12)

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

GRAPHIC NOVELS (all ages)

Princeless, written by Jeremy Whitley and illustrated by M. Goodwin & Jules Rivera

Moon Girl and the Devil Dinosaur, Volume I: BFF by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos

Young Adult (roughly ages 14 & up)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (sadly, also didn’t make it onto the show)”

 

Movies & Popcorn

Need a break from the heat? Come by and join us for a matinee movie beginning this month in the Hermann Meeting Room! The Page to Screen Film Series will continue through the end of the year and will held on select Thursdays at 2:30pm.

2017 Showing Soon Schedule

DateTimeMovie
Thursday, September 72:30pmThe Sense of an Ending (2017)
Thursday, September 142:30pmArrival (2016)
Thursday, September 212:30pmThe Martian (2015)
Thursday, September 282:30pmSilence (2016)
Thursday, October 192:30pmLive by Night (2016)
Thursday, October 262:30pmMy Cousin Rachel (2017)
Thursday, November 22:30pmThe Girl on the Train (2016)
Thursday, November 92:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 72:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 142:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 212:30pmTBA
Thursday, December 282:30pmTBA

@ the Library: Summer 2017

@ the Library: Things to Do

Summer is here and skies are blue, and we have a lot of free fun activities for teens and adults this July and August! Check out the Build a Better World program schedule for kids, too.

Kids!

Build a Better World: Programs for Kids!

Teens! (Grades 6-12)

Teen Summer Programs Brochure

View our Teen Brochure above to see the full list of programs we’re offering. Some activities are open to adults as well. Visit the Registration Page to register for our programs. If a program encourages advance registration, you may sign up one month in advance.

Wednesday, August 9: Escape Room: Escape the Wizard’s Tower [more information] Two sessions: 3:00pm or 6:00pm

Saturday, August 12, 3:00pm: iPhotography for Beginners [more information] Open to ages 12 to adult.

Tuesday, August 15, 6:00-7:30pm: Studio Art with Marika McCoola [more information]

Wednesday, August 16, 6:00-7:30pm: Mini-Figures with Marika McCoola [more information]

Thursday, August 17, 3:30-5:00pm: Mixed-Media Creations with Marika McCoola [more information]

Monday, August 21, 3:30-5:00pm: Art Cards with Green Art Workshop [more information] Open to ages 12 to adult.

Tuesday, August 22 – 25, 1:30-4:00pm: Get Your Act On: Theatre Camp [more information]

Movies and Popcorn

The Teen Movie Club is meeting this August. Join us for a PG-13 movie with free popcorn in the Hermann Meeting Room.

Friday, August 4, 2:30pm: Before I Fall [watch trailer] based on the bestselling novel by Lauren Oliver. Reserve the book.

Friday, August 18, 2:30pm: Everything, Everything [watch trailer] based on the bestselling novel by Nicola Yoon. Reserve the book.

Adults!

2017 Books & Authors Festival

Page to Screen Film Series: Thursdays at 2:30pm beginning on July 27

Visit the Registration Page to see a full list of our programs for adults.

iPhotography for Beginners with Lori Cooney [more information]

Art Cards with Green Art Workshop [more information]

 

Teens Meet the Author

Join us for a reading, signing, and Q&A with YA authors Meagan Brothers and Cristina Moracho on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 3:30pm. Meagan will be reading from her newest novel, Weird Girl and What’s His Name about two close friends Lula and Rory. A 2015 Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book, this fresh LGBT YA novel speaks to anyone who has ever felt unwanted and alone, and who struggles to find their place in an isolating world. Cristina Moracho’s new book A Good Idea is about murder, betrayal, and a town with too many secrets.

Registration encouraged. Light refreshments will be provided free of charge.

Meagan Brothers is the author of the young adult novels Supergirl Mixtapes, which was a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination, and Debbie Harry Sings in French, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, won a GLBT Round Table ALA Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. A native Carolinian, Meagan currently lives in New York City. You can find her on Twitter @meaganbrothers

Cristina Moracho is a native New Yorker who received her M.F.A in fiction from Brooklyn College, where the first chapter of Althea & Oliver was awarded the Carole and Irwin Lainoff Award by acclaimed author Jim Shepard. She’s been a fellow at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico, where she did not hear the Taos Hum but did attend a party at a solar-powered radio station. She writes about bad decisions and does all her own research. She lives in Brooklyn, where she works as a freelance writer and editor, is teaching herself to play the guitar and writing her next novel. You can find her on Twitter as @cherielecrivain.

Reviews of Weird Girl and What’s His Name by Meagan Brothers

They are called Weird Girl and What’s His Name Lula because she is from L.A. (an oddity in their small North Carolina town), and Rory because he is a self-described big fat guy who is easily made-fun-of-able. They are also obsessed with The X-Files. And did I mention they are best friends and that Rory is gay? The two are each other’s only friend, in fact, and they tell each other everything. Or so Lula thinks until she discovers that Rory hasn’t told her about his affair with Andy, his 40-something boss. Devastated, Lula runs away from home and toward, she hopes, a long-absent mother who abandoned her when she was 3. Will she find her mother? Will she return home? Will she and Rory reconcile? Answers are found in the book’s two halves: Rory tells the first half and Lula the second. Lula’s half drags, and the book is generally overlong, but the characters are wonderfully likable, the story is smartly written, and what’s this? there’s a possibility for a happy ending? Read and find out.– Booklist

 

Gr 6 Up-Rory and Lulu share an affinity for all things geek: The X-Files, Buffy, and conspiracy theories. When Lulu discovers that underage Rory had an explicit relationship with his divorced boss and hid it from Lulu because of her crush on him, she begins to question her own sexual orientation. After she is rebuffed by her favorite teacher, Lulu decides to hunt down the skeletons in her family’s closet. This buddy/misanthrope novel explores the difficulties in LGBTQ relationships, as well as teen angst in general. While the narrative is uplifting, some readers may have a hard time with the slow burn pace and minimal plot movement. The overuse of The X-Files as a metaphor for character complexity may keep some of the core audience at arm’s length. However, Brothers’s pitch-perfect dialogue and well-polished prose make her an author to watch. VERDICT Recommended for fans of realistic fiction with relationship drama and an LGBTQ focus.-Brian Hoff, Elmwood Park High School, IL, School Library Journal

Reviews of A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

Gr 9 Up-When her parents split right before she started high school, Fin moved with her mom from the coastal Maine town of Williston to New York City. Now that she’s graduated, she’ll spend the summer, as she does every year, back in small-town Maine with her dad. This summer promises to be nothing like the others, however. Betty, Fin’s best friend since childhood, disappeared the previous fall, and Betty’s ex-boyfriend, Calder, confessed to drowning her but was let loose on a technicality. Soon after arriving in Maine, Fin discovers that everyone acts as if Betty never existed. Everyone, that is, except Serena, a teen who is trying to assuage her pain with pills and alcohol. With Serena, Fin finds both a sexual relationship and a partner to avenge Betty’s erasure. Together with Owen, an older local guy, they try to uncover what happened-and make Calder pay for it. While Moracho’s narrative offers elements of a murder mystery and a psychological thriller, it is not an edge-of-the-seat read. The novel’s real strength lies less in a suspenseful plot than in its subtle look into the dark places that minds, particularly those of teenagers on the brink of adulthood, can go and the different factors that can drive them there. VERDICT While this title will appeal to mystery fans, its best audience will be older teens seeking a well-written tale of a summer of downward spirals and small-town characters. -Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ, School Library Journal

Calder Miller confessed to the murder of Betty Flynn. Yet, as a minor without a present lawyer and the son of Williston’s manipulative mayor he walked free. But Finley Blake, Betty’s best friend, is ready to settle the score. Slitting tires, sparking fires, and doggedly interrogating classmates and locals alike, Finley demands nothing short of the truth: why did Calder do it? While her perilous ploys successfully bring Betty, a mercurial force with a long tarnished reputation, to the forefront of Williston’s clouded memory, they also unearth a series of startling secrets. Finley soon finds herself and those she cares most about haunted not only by danger but also boundless uncertainty. Finley’s brooding first-person narrative, precocious and often deluged with drug use, doesn’t always accommodate deep secondary-character development. Still, Moracho’s setting, a sleepy coastal town swathed in superstition and sea, shines. Edgy, atmospheric, and sometimes steamy, this is a thoughtful portrait of grief and an engaging examination of the risks we take for the ones we love. Ideal for mystery enthusiasts and noir newcomers.– Booklist

 

 

Sign Up: April Vacation Week @ the Library

Tweens and teens are invited to register for activities during April’s vacation week at the Reference Desk or online using the form below. Registration has now started and we’re expecting activities to fill up quickly. We’re looking forward to having you!

Events will be canceled or rescheduled if less than 5 participants are confirmed for each activity *not including the movie on Tuesday, April 18. 

Modding Magic: Code with Minecraft  | Fri, April 14 @ 3:00-5:00pm | Grades 3 – 8 | Registration required

Calling all crafters! Thi Sarkis from the RI Computer Museum will offer this fun 2-hour workshop for grades 3-8 who are interested in gaming, minecraft, coding, and learning something new. Come learn how to summon lightning bolts with a bow and arrow or build giant rainbows in the minecraft world with code. Spawn-farm wild animals or monsters instantly and have fun “modding” your world. This workshop introduces coding concepts by showing kids & teens how to build or change the game using code based on the javascript programming language. All levels welcome and no experience is required.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) | Tues, April 18 @ 1:00pm | grades 5-12 | No registration required

In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Get Your Paint On | Wed, April 19 @ 2:00-4:00 pm | grades 5-12 | Registration required

Choose a landscape photo that you’ve taken and re-create it on canvas. Local artist, Jennifer Burkin, will teach you how to create beautiful landscapes using acrylic painting techniques during this fun workshop for all skill levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a Mini-Comic with Marika | April 21 and 22 @ 2:00-3:30 pm | grades 5-12 | Registration required

Perhaps you’ve heard of her: Marika McCoola’s Baba Yaga’s Assistant was a 2016 Massachusetts Book Award Honor Book and on the New York Times bestseller list for 11 straight weeks. She’s a first-time visitor to Falmouth and will be teaching a two-day graphic novel workshop at the library. During this workshop, you’ll do group exercises each day and develop your very own, independent, multiple-page mini-comic.

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Demystifying College Admissions

Please join us for a special presentation for college-bound teens and their families with Terry Greene Clark, author of Demystifying College Admissions.

Join Terry for an inside look at the college admissions process. Learn about the college application, the redesigned SAT, college athletics, financial aid and more! Terry will share some of her own experiences – having sent three of her four children off to college in the last six years.

Copies of Terry’s book will be available for sale at the time of the event. You can also request the book via our library catalog.

Registration is strongly encouraged as seats are limited.

More Information:

Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

Room: Bay Meeting Room

Sign Up for a Teen Program

  • If the event is canceled for any reason, we will contact you by phone.
  • If you would like an email confirmation, please provide your email address.

Meet & Mingle (Woof!)

Falmouth’s local Companion Animal Program chapter invites grades 5-12 to come join the fun and meet our most eligible canine bachelors and bachelorettes just in time for Valentine’s Day. Woof! No need to make conversation. You can just sit back and get comfortable with your new friend, while enjoying snacks and refreshments in the Bay Room. Participants will receive holiday-themed goodie bags.

Companion Animal Program (CAP) is an all-volunteer organization of pet owners, who visit, with their pets, at nursing & care facilities, programs serving children and adults with disabilities, the college, a hospital, libraries and schools on Cape Cod from the Canal to Provincetown. CAP is non-profit, self-sustaining, with no paid employees.

Please register by contacting the library by calling 508-457-2555, emailing info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org, or by using the contact form on our website: falmouthpubliclibrary.org/contact. The program may be canceled if no participants register.

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Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 13

Take a break from the holiday season at the library “paw-ty” together with Falmouth’s Companion Animal Program on Tuesday, December 13 beginning at 4:00pm.

We will have happy, soft, and sweet guests who will be visiting the library to help relieve stress. No, not teddy bears —but trained therapy dogs. Trained and experienced therapy dogs to be exact. These furry canines will be available to pet, hug, and cuddle while you take a break from the busy and stressful holiday season. Stop by the library midway through your Main Street shopping spree or grab a bite-sized snack to eat before you head home for dinner. You’ll be glad that you did!

All ages are invited to join us in the Hermann Room for dog and human-friendly treats and refreshments while supplies last.

More information:

Tuesday, December 13, 4:00-5:00pm, Hermann Room

CAP is an all-volunteer organization of pet owners, who visit, with their pets, at nursing & care facilities, programs serving children and adults with disabilities, the college, a hospital, libraries and schools on Cape Cod from the Canal to Provincetown. CAP is non-profit and self-sustaining with no paid employees.

Teen Theatre Camp: Register Today!

Get your act together!

 

Dates: Tuesday, August 23, Wednesday, August 24, Thursday, August 25, & Friday, August 26 (1:30-4pm each day)

Victoria Santos will lead a free camp open to all teens who are interested in acting, building their confidence, and having fun. Teens will have the chance to write, rehearse, and stage their very own productions with guidance from the instructor and their peers. The staged production will be presented on Friday, August 26 at 1:30pm to parents, relatives, and friends in the Hermann Meeting Room.

Victoria Santos:

Victoria Santos is a Staff Assistant at the Lawrence School and wears many hats ranging from MCAS and PARCC testing coordinator to directing the school play. She is the President of the Falmouth Theatre Guild’s Board of Directors and has performed in several Guild shows including the 2014 show, “The Wizard of Oz”.  She has also directed the Guild’s Arts Alive performances for the past ten years.

No experience is required, but registration is required due to limited seats. Teens are required to attend all three workshops and final performance on the 26th.

Contact us using the form below if you would like more information or to register. Once you sign up, we will contact you to confirm your attendance and provide you with additional information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please register:

  • If the event is canceled for any reason, we will contact you by phone.
  • If you would like an email confirmation, please provide your email address.