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:

This Summer: Teen Book Clubs Spectacular

Teen readers on the cape this summer are in for a special treat as there will be many book clubs at the Falmouth Public Library’s Main Library to partake in this July and August.

Readers ages 14 and up are invited to register online and participate in the Teen Summer Read-a-Thon which began on July 11 and runs through Monday, August 15.

Rules

  • The book club is recommended for ages 14-17, but anyone between the ages 0f 12-18 is welcome to participate.
  • Whether you are planning to attend one book club or all six, please read one of the books by the participating author(s). When you register, you will be able to select a book, or you can order one from another library if your chosen book is not available at our library.
  • If you can’t attend the whole club, that’s okay! Be sure to arrive a half hour after the club start time to be able to virtually meet the author. Arrive on time to enjoy snacks and a fun discussion with your peers.

Schedule

Held every Monday between July 11 – August 15, the book club times vary, so please be sure to take note.

July 11: We met Kendare Blake. Thanks for coming!

July 18: We met Andrew Smith. Thanks for coming!

July 25: Fonda Lee – Canceled!

August 1: Meet YA author Jeff Garvin, 3:30-4:30pm, Bay Room

August 8: Meet YA author Tommy Wallach, 3:30-4:30pm, Bay Room

August 15: Meet YA author A.S. King, 3:30-4:30pm, Bay Room

About the Authors

Andrew Smith @marburyjack

Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Grasshopper Jungle (2015 Michael L. Printz Honor, 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Carnegie Medal Longlist) and Winger. He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. The Alex Crow, a starred novel by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist, is his ninth novel. He lives in Southern California.

Fonda Lee @fondajlee

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. She is the author of Zeroboxer (Flux/Llewellyn, April 2015) and the forthcoming EXO (Scholastic, January 2017).

Enamored with science fiction and fantasy from an early age, Fonda wrote her first novel, about a dragon on a quest for a magic pendant, in fifth grade during the long bus ride to and from school each day. Many years later, she cast her high school classmates as characters in her second novel, a pulpy superhero saga co-written with a friend by passing a graphing calculator back and forth during biology class. Fortunately, both of these experiments are lost to the world forever.

Fonda is a long-time, avid martial artist in karate and kung fu. She goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception, and Minority Report). She loves a good eggs benedict. A corporate strategist by training, Fonda advised and worked for a number of Fortune 500 firms before taking the career swerve into becoming an author.

Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, Fonda has lived in Toronto, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Portland, Oregon—the city she and her family now call home.

Jeff Garvin 

Jeff Garvin grew up in Orange County, California, the son of a banker and a magician. He started acting in high school, and enjoyed a fifteen-year career including guest-starring roles in network television series ranging from The Wonder Years to Roseanne to Caroline and the City, as well as several independent features.

While studying at Chapman University, Jeff won awards for guitar performance and visual storytelling before graduating with a BFA in Film. As the front man of his rock band, 7k, Garvin released three albums and toured the United States. When the band dissolved in 2011, Jeff, who had always written short stories and lyrics, found his passion in full-length fiction.

His debut novel, Symptoms of Being Human, tells the story of Riley, a 16-year-old gender fluid teen who starts an anonymous blog to deal with hostility from classmates and tension at home. But when the blog goes viral, a storm of media attention threatens Riley’s anonymity.

Jeff lives in Southern California with his music teacher wife, their menagerie, and a respectable collection of books and guitars.

Tommy Wallach @tommywallach

Tommy is a Brooklyn-based writer and musician. My debut novel, “We All Looked Up,” and is a NYTimes Bestseller. His second novel, “Thanks for the Trouble,” is out now and is making waves.

A.S. King  @as_king

A. S. (Amy Sarig) King is an award-winning author of both YA and adult fiction. She was born on March 10, 1970, in Reading, PA., and obtained a degree in traditional photography from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

King wrote her first novel in 1994, but it took her 15 years and more than seven novels to finally get published. Since then, her books have garnered many accolades. Ask the Passengers won the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, an Edgar Award Nominee, a Junior Library Guild selection and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick. Her first YA novel, The Dust of 100 Dogs, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and a Cybil Award finalist.

Her other titles include: I Crawl Through it, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, Reality Boy, and Everybody Sees the Ants. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous collections and anthologies, including: Monica Never Shuts up, One Death, Nine stories, Losing It, Break These Rules, and Dear Bully.

Summer Reading for Kids on the Point

Today on The Point, Book Show Edition, Mindy Todd and Jill Erickson, Head of Reference and Adult Services, were joined by Mary E. Cronin to talk about great summer reads for kids. The phones were not working this morning, so feel free to leave us a comment with your suggestions!

Mindy’s Pick

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

Jill’s Picks

Lumberjanes: beware the kitten holy by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis

The View from the Cheap Seats: selected nonfiction by Neil Gaiman. Essay from collection: “What the [Very Bad Swearword] is a Children’s Book, Anyway?”

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell

The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy by Jeanne Birdsall (the 1st of what is now 4 books about the family)

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Ice Cream Summer by Peter Sis

Beach House by Deanna Caswell, illustrated by Amy June Bates

The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

Firefly July selected by Paul Bl. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is challenging all residents of Massachusetts to read four books this summer – and to share their experience with others. Join the conversation and tell them, #WhatsYourFour?

Laura Ford’s blog about summer reading can be found here.

 

Mary’s Picks

Picture Books

Middle Grades

  • DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier… (graphic novel, theater kids)
  • Donna Gephardt’s LILY AND DUNKIN…transgender character, “outsiders”
  • Varian Johnson THE GREAT GREENE HEIST and TO CATCH A CHEAT… main character is Jackson Greene (a smooth operator), a middle school caper reminiscent of Oceans 11 to save the school election from being stolen by the wrong kid.
  • PAX by Sara Pennypacker… an animal story… a boy main character…. Local author.
  • DISTANCE TO HOME, Jenn Barnes… baseball, girl athlete main character, will appeal to fans of CC Baseball League
  • Kekla Magoon’s CAMO GIRL…. Ella is in middle school, is biracial (a black parent and a white parent) and has uneven skin tone, earning her the nickname Camo Girl. A story about about popularity, loyalty, friendship, middle school.
  • Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s FISH IN A TREE… a girl battles with reading difficulties, adopting a trouble-making personality as a smoke screen
  • ONE CRAZY SUMMER by Rita Williams-Garcia…Three African American sisters go to visit the mother who left them, in 1968 Oakland, California…. The beginning of a trilogy.

Young Adult

  • Ellen Wittlinger, LOCAL GIRL SWEPT AWAY, a juicy Provincetown story… a story of 4 friends, one of whom gets swept away in stormy weather…. And a mystery unravels.
  • A. Barson’s CHARLOTTE CUTS IT OUT… two girls who are juniors in a cosmetology arts program enter a competition, and Charlotte makes a bet with her mother, who wants her to give up cosmetology for college.
  • SIMON VS. THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli… Simon struggles to come out to himself and his wonderfully quirky family, approaching a new romance and unraveling the mystery behind some secret messages.

Reading without walls challenge can be found here.

Listener Suggestion

“Regarding books for children, have you talked about Garth Nix’s trilogy –Abhorsen?  The books, Sabriel, Lariel and Abhorsen, go from wonderful to more fabulous, and create a world that I loved to be in.  I read it as an adult, but also have given it to older adults.”

 

New Teen Book Club Starts this Saturday

You’re invited to our very first graphic novel and comic book club for grades 7+ this Saturday. We’ll be snacking on pizza and talking about things we loved and didn’t love so much about Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. You’ll also have the chance to vote on which book we read & discuss next.

Here’s a brief summary of this super cool book (which is appropriate for grades 7-12):

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

More information:

Meet us: in the Young Adult Room at the Main Library (300 Main Street)

Time: 2:00-3:00pm (come early if you want a slice of pizza!)

Dates: Saturday, March 26 (future hangouts will be determined on Saturday)

Copies of NIMONA are still available at the Info Desk at the Main Library

Teen Advisory Board

All students between the ages of 12 and 18 are invited to join the Falmouth Public Library Teen Advisory Board. We are planning summer programs and we want your input! Some of the programs and events we’ve discussed are A Volleyball Tournament at a beach, A Presidential Election debate with students representing the candidates, a Scarefest with spooky readings on the library lawn and a repeat of the Falmouth Commodores program.

Contact Donna Burgess via this blog, by email: dburgess@falmouthpubliclibrary.org or by phone 508-457-2555. Even better come into the library & introduce yourself. I’d love to meet you!