Great Decisions 2024

Great Decisions is America’s largest civic discussion program on world affairs.  On Wednesday nights from 7pm-8pm starting on March 6th and ending on June 12th, we will meet bi-weekly to discuss one of eight critical foreign policy challenges facing Americans.  In each bi-weekly session, a volunteer moderator will lead the group in discussing the selected topic in a non-partisan, open environment.  Prior to each session, participants will read the relevant chapter in the Great Decisions Briefing Book and watch the corresponding Master Class, which will be provided to participants for free.  Participants are encouraged to attend all eight sessions but you may choose to attend only certain topics.

Registration is required for each session and will be limited to 20 participants.   Register online using the registration links below or by calling the reference desk at 508-457-2555 x7. 

This program is sponsored by the Library Support Fund.  

Mideast Realignment …… Register Here
Wednesday, March 6th from 7pm-8pm in the Hermann meeting room
The United States and Middle East are at a crossroads.  In spite of a reduced presence in the Middle East, the U.S. still has significant national interests there and the area is a key arena for global power politics. Can the U.S. continue to defend its interests in the Middle East and globally with a lower level of military and political involvement, or should it recommit to a leading role in the region?  By Marc Lynch
Climate Technology and Competition …… Register Here
Wednesday, March 20th from 7pm-8pm in the Hermann meeting room
Will the United States and China, with other powerful countries following suit, approach current and future climate initiatives with an increased commitment to trade protectionism and nationalism, by various measures including trade restrictions? Or could a growing spirit of international accord develop to confront the “common enemy” of climate change?  By Bud Ward
Science Across Borders …… Register Here
Wednesday, April 3rd from 7pm-8pm in the Hermann meeting room
Scientific advances benefit from collaboration between researchers, but what happens when material, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) is controversial and important to a nation’s national security? Is there a middle ground between sharing information and denying access? How can we regulate cooperation?  By Mila Rosenthal
U.S. and China Trade Rivalry …… Register Here
Wednesday, April 17th from 7pm-8pm in the Hermann meeting room
China’s economic rise and its current policies of increasing   the role of the state in the economy have led some U.S. policymakers to seek to deny China access to U.S. technology and investment. This is seen as a necessary corrective to decades of predatory Chinese economic policies. Is this a wise strategy, and how effective can it be?  By Jonathan Chanis
NATO’s Future …… Register Here
Wednesday, May 1st from 7pm-8pm in the Hermann meeting room
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has come under increased scrutiny, not because NATO troops are involved in the conflict, but because of its role in relations between Russia and its neighbors.  Will expanding membership in NATO protect countries, or will it further provoke Russia?  By Sarwar Kashmeri
Understanding Indonesia …… Register Here
Wednesday, May 15th from 7pm-8pm in the Hermann meeting room
Despite its large size, Indonesia remains virtually invisible to most Americans. But as one of the world’s largest democracies, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, and as an economic driver of ASEAN, why does it fly below the radar? What are current issues in U.S.-Indonesian relations, and what role can the country play in Asia?  By Charles Sullivan
High Seas Treaty …… Register Here
Wednesday, May 29th from 7pm-8pm in the Hermann meeting room
Areas of the seas beyond national jurisdiction comprise the high seas, which are facing a degradation of ecosystems due to climate change and the increase in human activities, such as shipping, overfishing, pollution, and deep-sea mining. The recently negotiated High Seas Treaty, also known as the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction treaty, will attempt to address these issues. How difficult will it be to convince nations to participate?  By FPA Editors
Pandemic Preparedness …… Register Here
Wednesday, June 12th from 7pm-8pm in the Hermann meeting room
Looking back at the covid-19 pandemic, there are many lessons to take away in terms of domestic and international policies. Although this pandemic seems to have waned, how can we apply these lessons to future pandemics?  Will countries cooperate, and will a consensus emerge on how to manage global health challenges?  By Carolyn Reynolds

Monthly Author Talk Series Debuting in 2024

Thanks to the Library Support Fund, the Falmouth Public Library has a new series of virtual author talks including bestselling authors coming in 2024. Each month will have at least three live virtual events that you can attend remotely from the comfort of your home – and if you have a time conflict, they are recorded for later to be watched at your leisure.

In January, we’ll be hosting:

Embrace Love in the New Year: A Heartfelt Conversation with Rebecca Serle on Wednesday, January 10th at 8:00 PM EST (Learn more and Register)


Your Retirement: Dream or Disaster? How to Avoid the Hidden Traps in Retirement Planning Advice with Rajiv Nagaich on Tuesday, January 23rd at 2:00 PM EST (Learn more and Register)

The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine: An Author Talk with Dr. Robert Lustig on Tuesday, January 30th at 2:00 PM EST (Learn more and Register)

You can peek ahead to future months (don’t miss Nina Totenburg coming in March!) and library users also have access to earlier recorded author talks (like Joy Harjo, John Irving, and Rick Steeves to watch any time.

Winter School Break Events for Kids

If you are planning activities for children who will be out of school between Christmas and New Year’s, the library has some events for you!

Friday Dec. 22 at 3:00 pm: Family Friendly Friday Film: Elf. We’ll be showing this PG-rated film to an all-ages crowd in the Hermann Room; small children should be accompanied by an adult. The film runs 1 hour 35 minutes. We encourage you to register.

Tuesday Dec. 26, 3:30-5:00 pm: Block Party: Legos in the Library. Don’t bring your own Legos, but come play with ours! Join us in the Hermann Room for free play, drop-in. We do have Duplo for the littlest builders.

Wednesday Dec. 27, 11:00 am: Children’s Singalong with Lori Pilla. We’ll sing traditional children’s songs and folk songs. This event is aimed at children 4-9 but all are welcome. No registration is required; just come by the Children’s Room.

Thursday Dec. 28, 1:30-3:00 pm: Family Game Play in the Children’s Room. Drop by the Children’s Room to play board or card games specially selected for family fun. All ages are welcome but small children should be accompanied by an adult.

Family Friendly Friday Films

Our Friday Film series, with Classics in the fall and New Releases in the spring, has been a big hit! So big we’ve decided to try expanding the series with Family Friendly films for all ages. The films chosen are rated PG, so may not be appropriate for all children (parents get to make the call!) This could be a great opportunity for a grandparent-grandchild film date, or an event for the whole family, although a party of just adults is welcome too – aren’t we all kids at heart sometimes?

On Friday December 22 at 3pm we’ll be showing Elf, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. This day is the last day of school before the winter break, and is a half day for the public schools.

Rating: PG
Run time: 1 h 35 m.

On Friday January 19 we’ll show the 2023 live-action version of The Little Mermaid starring Halle Bailey.

Rating: PG
Run Time: 2 h 15 m.

On Friday February 16 come see the animated 2023 film Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse.

Rating: PG
Run Time: 2 h 20 m.

Zoom Programs Online in December

In December we have two online-only programs happening on Zoom for you to choose from!

Baking Demo and Discussion with Chef Erin Jeanne McDowell
Tuesday December 5 from 7-8pm, online from your home via Zoom

Who doesn’t like a bit of holiday baking? We are so pleased to welcome Chef and Cookbook Author Erin Jeanne McDowell to our virtual stage! Erin will demonstrate how to make one of her favorite recipes and then will have some time to chat with attendees about all of our “burning” questions :). 

Erin Jeanne McDowell‘s first book, The Fearless Baker (2017) was named one of the Best Baking Books of the year by the New York Times. Her second, The Book on Pie, (2020) is a New York Times Bestseller. Her latest, Savory Baking (2022) is about baking beyond sweets – for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between! She hosts the award-winning series Bake it Up a Notch on Food52, where she shares deep-dives into baking methods and troubleshoots common mistakes.

This Zoom program is hosted by the Ashland Public Library, and we at Falmouth are happy to have been invited to partner with them. Please register to get a link to attend the program.

Holiday Romance Book Recommendations with Booklist Reviewer, John Charles
Monday December 11th, 7-8pm, online from your home via Zoom

With the holidays right around the corner, take a minute (or an hour) to relax and find some good holiday romance reads! John Charles will give us his “best of” list of 2023 that will have your TBR pile tipping over and your holidays spent cozying up to a good book (bring your own hot toddy!). No need to bring papyrus and quill, we’ll send out a list after the session.

After working in public libraries for thirty years, John Charles retired and then immediately went to work for the Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale’s independent bookstore. In addition to reviewing for Booklist and Library Journal, John is the co-author of Romance Today: An A to Z Guide to Contemporary American Romance Writers, The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Mystery, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Ultimate Reading List.

This Zoom program is hosted by the Ashland Public Library, and we at Falmouth are happy to have been invited to partner with them. Please register to get a link to attend this Zoom program.

Film Screening: Stewart Udall and the Politics of Beauty

We invite you to join us for a screening of the documentary film Stewart Udall and the Politics of Beauty in the Hermann Room, on  Friday Oct. 13, 2023 at 3:00PM. The screening is free and open to the public. Following the film, documentary filmmaker John de Graaf will answer questions from the audience. We encourage you to REGISTER for this event.

This new 78-minute documentary celebrates the life and legacy of former Interior Secretary
Stewart L. Udall, arguably the most effective environmentalist in American history. He fought
tirelessly for the protection of our planet and its natural beauty and was the first public official to
speak out about global warming.

This beautiful film tells the inspiring story of Secretary Udall as an advocate of social and
environmental justice, international cooperation, the arts, and most of all, the protection of our
shared environment and magnificent natural beauty. The story highlights the bi-partisan success
of this unsung hero’s efforts, and calls on us all to move beyond the polarization of our time and
work together to protect our world’s natural heritage.

Udall pushed legislation through Congress mandating clean air and water, wilderness
preservation, pesticide restrictions, strip-mining reclamation, and the establishment of the Wild
and Scenic Rivers and National Trails systems, while providing greater self-determination for
Native Americans. The film explores the hard choices Udall had to make regarding both the
Vietnam War and plans to dam the Grand Canyon, which he helped ultimately stop.

This ground-breaking film goes beyond Udall’s accomplishments to explore the values that
motivated him, especially his concern for beauty and balance, as expressed in the Navajo
concept of Hózhó.

“Don’t miss this masterpiece!”–Gus Speth, former director, UN Development Program, Dean,
Yale School of Forestry, co-founder, Natural Resources Defense Council

The Lioness of Boston – Virtual Author Talk with Emily Franklin

Join the Falmouth Public Library for a virtual event via Zoom with author Emily Franklin on Tuesday, October 24th at 7pm, as we dive into her novel, The Lioness of Boston. A deeply evocative portrait of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a daring visionary who created an inimitable legacy in American art and transformed the city of Boston itself. The Lioness of Boston is a portrait of what society expected a woman’s life to be, shattered by a courageous soul who rebelled and determined to live on her own terms.

This program will include a passage reading and Q+A with Emily, so share your questions and comments! Registration is required and please submit your questions for the author on the registration form. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  THIS VIRTUAL EVENT IS FULL.

Emily Franklin is the author of more than twenty books including The Lioness of Boston. Her work has been published in the New York TimesThe Boston Globe, and Guernica among other places as well as long-listed for the London Sunday Times Short Story Award, featured on National Public Radio, and named notable by the Association of Jewish Libraries.

This event is partnered with Falmouth Public Library, Chillmark Free Public Library, Brewster Ladies’ Library, Hyannis Public Library, Yarmouth Port Library, and Centerville Public Library. Sponsored by the Falmouth Public Library Board of Trustees.

Monthly Tours of the Main Library

Join us on Fridays, once a month, at 11am, for a tour of the Main Library! Whether you’re a long-time resident of Falmouth who wants learn more about the history of the library, or a newcomer who is interested in learning the full scope of the library’s services, this tour is for you! We’ll talk about art and architecture; the past, present, and future; books and digital books and audiobooks and events and much more.

Please register as we need to keep the group small so we don’t disturb others. (Shh!) Meet under the dome on the upper level of the building.

Tours will occur on Fridays at 11am on (click link to register):

Dungeons and Dragons!

Perhaps you’ve heard of Dungeons and Dragons through shows like Stranger Things or maybe you watch Critical Role or Dimension 20?  Despite the flood of podcasts, videos, streamers, and overall content revolving around Dungeons and Dragons, starting up with your own characters and campaign can be a challenge. The Falmouth Public Library is here to help buff your knowledge and make the challenge rating of Dungeons and Dragons easier to take on!
Join us in the first steps of your Dungeons and Dragons journey! If you’ve ever been curious about trying out this popular tabletop role-playing game or if you want to connect with players and learn more, our upcoming programs for teens and young adults should be right for you.  
Note: September 26th and October 17th are early release days for Falmouth Public Schools.

Intro to Dungeons and Dragons
Tuesday, September 26th, 12pm-1pm
YA Room

On September 26th we’ll be going over the basics for understanding Dungeons and Dragons.  We’ll cover everything from basic rules, what a session zero is, how to approach character creation, and more.  Starting and maintaining a campaign can be daunting, but we’re here to help smooth the bumps in the road and make this monster of a game a bit more approachable.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Character Creation
Tuesday, October 17th, 12pm-1:30pm
YA Room

Follow up with us on October 17th for a program dedicated to creating your very own Dungeons and Dragons character.  Whether it’s your first character or you have any questions about making a character and bringing them to life, we’ll cover the basic topics and dive into anything you might want to know more about.  There are many ways to make and play your character so come by with a blank slate or with character ideas in mind and we’ll help you craft your character sheet!  Snacks and refreshments will be provided!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Friday Films Are Back!

Join us this Fall on selected Friday afternoons at 3pm as we screen classic movies from the 1940’s and 1950’s in the Hermann room!  These movie viewings are free to the public and are supported by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library.

To find out which movies are playing and when, check out movie listings below!  To register to attend, as seating is limited, click on the date you wish to attend and fill out the registration form.  If you have any questions, please contact the Adult Services department at 508-457-2555 x 7 or by emailing




September 8, 2023 at 3pm
Harvey (1950)

“James Stewart stars as the good-natured Elwood P. Dowd, whose constant companion is Harvey, a six-foot tall rabbit that only he can see.  To his sister, Veta Louise, Elwood’s obsession with Harvey has been a thorn in the side of her plans to marry off her daughter.  But when Veta Louise decides to put Elwood in a mental hospital, a hilarious mix-up occurs and she finds herself committed instead.  It’s up to Elwood to straighten out the mess with his kindly philosophy, and his “imaginary” friend.”
Rated: NR; Running Time: 1hr 45mins


September 22, 2023 at 3pm
Sabrina (1954)

“Screen legends Humphrey Bogart and William Holden are the mega-rich Larrabee brothers of Long Island, New York.  Bogie’s all work; Holden’s all playboy.  They have little in common except that they’ve both taken notice of a beautiful, sophisticated young woman, possessing a delightful zest for living, suddenly in their midst – Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild.  Could this really be the daughter of the Larrabee family’s chauffeur, whom both brothers largely ignored as she was growing up?  It is but now, after a stint in Paris, Sabrina has blossomed into a captivatingly glamorous woman of the world and the fuse is lit for some family fireworks as both brothers fall under the spell of Sabrina and her irresistible charms.”
Rated: NR; Running Time: 1hr 52mins


October 6, 2023 at 3pm
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

“On Halloween, newly married drama critic Mortimer Brewster returns home to Brooklyn, where his adorably dotty aunts greet him with love, sweetness … and a grisly surprise: the corpses buried in their cellar. A bugle-playing brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, a crazed criminal who’s a dead ringer for Boris Karloff, and a seriously slippery plastic surgeon are among the outré oddballs populating Arsenic and Old Lace, a diabolical delight that only gets funnier as the body count rises.”
Rated: NR; Running Time: 1hr 58mins


October 20, 2023 at 3pm
Rear Window (1954)

“Professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries, becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors while confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg. When he suspects that a salesman may have murdered his nagging, invalid wife, Jeffries enlists the help of his stunning socialite girlfriend to investigate the suspicious chain of events.”
Rated: PG; Running Time: 1hr 52mins



November 3, 2023 at 3pm
Now, Voyager (1942)

“Boston heiress Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is a neurotic mess, largely because of her domineering mother (Gladys Cooper). But after a stint in a sanatorium where she receives the attention of Dr. Jasquith (Claude Rains), Charlotte comes out of her shell and elects to go on a cruise. Aboard ship she meets Jerry (Paul Henreid) and falls in love, despite his being married. They enjoy a brief tryst in Rio before returning to the States, where Charlotte struggles to forget him and find happiness.”
Rated: TV-G; Running Time: 1hr 57mins


November 17, 2023 at 3pm
12 Angry Men (1957)

“Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.”
Rated: TV-PG; Running Time: 1hr 35mins


December 15, 2023 at 3pm
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

“After a divorced New York mother (Maureen O’Hara) hires a nice old man to play Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn) at Macy’s, she is startled by his claim to be the genuine article. When his sanity is questioned, a lawyer (John Payne) defends him in court by arguing that he’s not mistaken.”
Rated: TV-G; Running Time: 1hr 35mins