Zoom talks this April!

We are fortunate to have many exciting Zoom talks in April! Please note that these talks are virtual only, and will not take place in the library (some talks may be recorded, and you can view the recording later by registering). Click the links for details and to register.

From the Library Speakers’ Consortium, we have three great author talks! These talks are funded for us by the Library Support Fund.  Click here for a more detailed list of their upcoming talks! 

Last week was Paula Johnson, author of  “Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us.“-you can view the talk now by clicking here!
Tuesday, April 9th, 1-2 pm, authors of American Mother
Wednesday, April 17th, 7-8 pm, Xochitl Gonzalez, author of Anita de Monte Laughs Last

Also, we have these talks, generously shared by other Massachusetts libraries, and sponsored for us by the Library Board of Trustees

April 16th, 1-2 pm, A Brief History of the Coast Guard with Captain Greg Ketchen (also part of our Falmouth Reads Together series) , click here to register.

April 24th,  7-8 pm, Author of Find More Birds: 111 Surprising Ways to Spot Birds Wherever You Are, click here to register!


Falmouth Osprey Project

Join the Falmouth Osprey Project’s Kevin Friel and Barbara Schneider on Tuesday February 20 at 11am in the Hermann Room for a presentation about the project’s work.

The Falmouth Osprey Project formed in response to the 2021 nesting season, which saw 9 fires and power outages directly linked to the fact that ospreys love to nest on utility poles. Since then volunteer teams have helped build replacement nesting platform sites on nearby non-utility poles so that the birds can nest safely, without the risk of electrocution. The Osprey Project has also worked with Eversource to help identify utility poles that need nest deterrants installed, since ospreys like to return to their nests year after year. The project has been successful enough in Falmouth that other Cape towns with many ospreys have looked to it as a model! Kevin and Barbara will share interesting facts about ospreys and their habits as well as many excellent photos, like the one illustrating this blog post.

This presentation is appropriate for all ages, although small children should be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register.


Pop-Up Art for Kids and Adults

We are happy to welcome back Pop-Up Art School on Tuesday February 6. In the morning, they will hold a program for adults, and in the afternoon, on the Falmouth Public Schools early release day, a creation program for kids 8-12.

For Children Ages 8-12: Make a painted clay yeti luminaria on Tuesday February 6 from 2:00 – 3:30 PM in the Hermann Room.

Pop-Up Art School provides everything you need! This activity is for children aged 8-12 without caregivers. This is a Falmouth Public Schools Early Release Day. Space is limited so registration is required.

Both programs are provided with support from the Board of Library Trustees.


For Adults: Make a needle-felted bird on Tuesday February 6 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM in the Hermann Room.

Pop-Up Art School provides everything you need! This activity is for adults. Space is limited so registration is required.




George Turner’s Scrimshaw Thimble

If you read the Enterprise Library Happenings column, you may have noticed mention of a question we received about a scrimshaw thimble. It turned out that the question was so fun and the thimble so adorable that it was worth turning into a blog post! 

We received an email from a staff member at the Montreal West Public Library who was working on cataloging a collection of thimbles donated to their location. (Check out Thimble Thursdays on their Facebook Page!) They knew that the maker of this thimble was George Turner of Falmouth MA, but had no other information about the artist, and wondered if we could help them. First we checked the Reference books we have on scrimshaw artists (helpfully titled Scrimshaw Artists and More Scrimshaw Artists) but they did not list a George Turner.

I then turned to the digitized historic Falmouth Enterprise to see if I could learn anything about a George Turner, and quickly found a detailed obituary of a prominent citizen, George Henry Turner, who lived from 1858 to 1939. And as a young man he’d spent time at sea on a whaler! He seemed like a very likely candidate for the creator of this thimble, and as a bonus I got to learn more about Falmouth History reading about his life. He was accidentally born in Cotuit, raised on a farm in Hatchville, went to sea young, came back to take over the family farm after his father died, ran multiple businesses including a fish market and a grocery store, and in his retirement years was known for driving around town in a venerable Model T. An all-encompassing Falmouth life!

If you know more about George Henry Turner you’d like to share with us, and especially if you know anything about this thimble, which was added to the collection by purchase in 1989, please be in touch! We can also put you in touch with the librarians at Montreal West who are caring for this little seagull now.

(Click on these newspaper clippings to enlarge them.)

Backyard Birds with Mass Audubon!

We welcomed Chris Walz from Mass Audubon, on  November  15th for a Zoom presentation-you can view the recording here!

We learned to identify the most common feeder birds including those confusing finches and sparrows, and discussed best bird feeding practices and native plants that attract birds.

Chris Walz is the property manager and a naturalist at Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. He has been birding for over 20 years and has taught many birding classes for birders of all backgrounds and abilities.

This event was sponsored by the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library.  

Joy of Learning classes for fall, on Zoom!

(This session was in October 2021, but all four Forgotten Histories lectures can be viewed here on our Youtube page!)

Come join us in October 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, for adults and for and teens at a high school/college learning level.   Come learn something new and have fun!

Due to the pandemic, they will be held on Zoom this fall.   This program is free, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library.

We are offering two classes this October.

The Great Gatsby (limited to 20 participants-register by clicking here)

Mondays, October 4, 18, 25 and November 1, 10-11 AM (doesn’t meet on Columbus Day)

  1. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel, The Great Gatsby, follows Jay Gatsby, a man who orders his life around one desire: to be reunited with Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier. Gatsby’s quest leads him from poverty to wealth and to complications he did not perceive. Published in 1925, The Great Gatsbyis a classic piece of American fiction.

Through shared inquiry, participants will explore the ideas, meaning, and themes presented in The Great Gatsby.

Joanne Holcomb, retired English teacher of 35 years and English/language arts department head for 14 years at Falmouth High School, will lead a 4-session discussion on Zoom. She has taught several literature classes for us at Joy of Learning!

Please read the first two chapters before the first session. As it is a literature discussion class, space is fairly limited, so please register early to ensure that you can attend. There will be library copies available at the reference desk to check out. 

Forgotten Histories: The Unknown Stories of Portuguese and Cape Verdean Immigrants and How They Shaped the Cape (register by clicking here)

Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10-11 AM

This course uses recent research uncovering unknown histories of Portuguese and Cape Verdean immigration to Falmouth and Cape Cod. Classes will focus on immigrants and settlement of the town and Cape in four key historical periods (early mid 1800s; the Industrial Agricultural period 1870-1930; WW II and its aftermath; and the 1960s-1980s). Key themes to be explored the whys and where’s of migration, and stories of conflict and cooperation in the town between Yankee and Portuguese and among different groups of Portuguese speaking settlers. The class will dispel some of the myths of about Falmouth’s Portuguese-speaking communities and offers a chance to understand how this migration fit into broader regional, US and world history. 

Miguel Moniz (PhD Anthropology, Brown University) is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Research in Anthropology at ISCTE/Institúto Universitário de Lisboa in Portugal, and has been the Michael Teague Visiting Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University and the Hélio and Amelia Pedroso Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His work and publications have focused on Portuguese-speaking migration to North America; and have been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the European Research Council (ERC), Portugal’s National Science Foundation (FCT), the Luso American Foundation, and the US National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a Falmouth native and a graduate of Falmouth High School. 

Lew White is a fourth-generation Azorean-American descended from strawberry farmers and founding families of the Fresh Pond Holy Ghost Society. He graduated from Falmouth public schools and Northeastern University in Boston. Now a retired technologist, small businessman, and educator,  he is researching the history of the Portuguese in Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket counties.  He lectures locally, has authored two books (including Sopas – a brief history of Portuguese islanders, the cape Cod town of Falmouth, and the Feast of the Holy Ghost), and an article in Spritsail Magazine.


Attracting Birds, Butterflies, Bees and Other Beneficials

We are delighted to welcome naturalist and landscaper John root for a Zoom presentation on Tuesday evening, May 25th at 7 pm, by the Falmouth Public Library!

John will describe the essential roles played by birds, pollinators, and other beneficial wildlife, and provide guidance on meeting their needs for food, cover, and water. He will discuss a variety of plants that nourish these organisms throughout their lifecycles, and explain some organic methods for establishing wildlife habitat.

John is a landscaper in the Amherst, Ma area, and he has studied botany at a graduate level.  He has given numerous presentations on gardening and nature interpretation at libraries, senior centers and many other venues, and has previously led edible wild plant walks, taught science at a high school, and owned a daycare featuring arts and nature exploration. He is currently an organizer with Western Mass Pollinator Networks, promoting the establishment of pollinator habitat on public and private land.

This event is free and appropriate for adults and teens, and is sponsored by both the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library and the Falmouth Cultural Council.  Registration is required before the event, to receive the link. Please register online at falmouthpubliclibrary.org/events, or contact the reference department at 508-457-2555 x 7.

Missed this event?  You can now watch the recording of it anytime from our YouTube page!  Just click here.

Birds at the Beach: A Look at Shorebirds and Gulls on Cape Cod

We are delighted to welcome Christine Bates from Mass Audubon, on Wednesday afternoon, March 18th at 2 pm, for a Zoom presentation!

Get to know the most common shorebirds that visit and nest on Cape Cod including sandpipers, plovers, and oystercatchers. We will also talk about the gulls that grace our beaches- and parking lots!

Christine Bates is a naturalist, and the Visitor Experiences and Community Outreach Coordinator with Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Prior to working for Wellfleet Bay, Christine was an Interpretive Park Ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore. Christine has a passion for ornithology and is a skilled birder. A native Cape Codder, Christine was born and raised in Orleans. She holds a BA and MS in Environmental Studies. 

This event is free and appropriate for adults and teens, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library.  Registration is required before the event. Please register online by clicking here, or contact the reference department at 508-457-2555 x 7.