Joy of Learning is back!

Come join us in April for our ever-popular “Joy of Learning” series! Joy of Learning classes have been offered here for many years, in April and October. They are taught by educators and other experts on a volunteer basis, and are free to the public, for adults and high-school age. We will be offering several classes this April. Come learn something new and have fun!

This program was previously organized by the Friends, and is now being administered by the Reference Department. To register, please call the Reference Dept. at Falmouth Public Library, 508-457-2555 x 7, register online at or stop by the reference desk.

To complement our Falmouth Reads Together program, we will be offering classes about The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in both English and French. We will also be offering Buddhism: History, Theory, and Practice, and Philosophy and Film.

The Little Prince – in English
Mondays in April, 10-11 AM (except for Patriots Day April 21)
The discussion will be led in English by Joanne Holcomb, retired English teacher of 35 years and English/language arts department head of over seven years at Falmouth High School. Through shared inquiry, participants will explore ideas, meaning and themes presented in The Little Prince with a focus on Saint-Exupéry’s style, and how that style reveals the social concerns of his day and of today.  Please read chapters 1-7 of the Richard Howe translation (2000) before the first meeting.  Books will be available at the reference desk for participants to pick up.  Registration is required.  

Le Petit Princein French
Wednesdays April 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24, 3-4 PM
Falmouth High School French language teacher, Susan Schmidt, will lead the discussion in the book’s native French language.  The ability to read and speak in French at about a late high school or early college level is necessary to take part in this discussion.   Books and a vocabulary list will be available at the reference desk for participants to pick up.  Please read chapters 1-9 before the first meeting.  Registration is required. 

Buddhism: History, Theory, and Practice
Thursdays April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th from 1-2 PM

This class is taught by James W. Kershner of Cummaquid.  It will cover the history, theory, and practice of Buddhism and will include a slide show based on his recent tour of major sites in the life of the Buddha in India. James is an ordained Buddhist leader, and founder of the Cape Sangha. He first began studying Buddhism and practicing meditation in the 1960s. In 1997 he founded the Cape Sangha, a Buddhist meditation group on Cape Cod. In 2002 he was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh as a member of the Order of Interbeing. He is also a writer, a former newspaper editor and a retired professor at Cape Cod Community College. Registration is requested.

Philosophy and Film
Tuesdays April 2, 9, 16, 23 at 1 PM
This class is taught by Tom Gotsill of West Harwich. Tom is a retired teacher of American literature, philosophy, and humanities.  He is also an active playwright and columnist for The Cape Cod Times.  In this course we will explore some essential ideas in philosophy and ethics, ideas that might help us answer the big questions, such as “What is a good life?” and “How should I live?” We will view two classic American films that illustrate the ideas we explore, Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and High Noon (1952). On weeks 1 & 2, we will have a 90-minute lecture to introduce the upcoming film. On weeks 3 & 4, class will meet for 3 hours to include viewing of the film, and then a discussion. Registration is requested.

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