Falmouth at Home … at the Beach!

Falmouth at Home is a collection of photographs taken by the Falmouth community that documents how we spend our days while we are staying close to home. Every few weeks we add a new category of photographs. Today we are expanding our footprint a bit by asking for photographs taken at a Falmouth beach. We are so excited about this, we even made a video at the beach!

We welcome Falmouth residents to submit photos via email to fpldigital@falmouthpubliclibrary.org and make your subject “FALMOUTH AT HOME AT THE BEACH”.

Please provide a title and let us know if we may use your name.  Be sure to provide a description about your photo, too! We would love to know which Falmouth beach you were at when you took the photo.

Looking for some historic images of Falmouth beaches? We’ve got two incredible collections of Falmouth postcards, that include LOTS of beach views! You’ll also get to see plenty of classic cars!

Head to our digital archive of the Falmouth ENTERPRISE, and find out all kinds of historic news about our beaches. For example:

“The members of Camp Tautog were entertained last Saturday by Dr. Chas. Miller and family at Old Silver Beach. After a two hours display of fireworks, refreshments of ice cream were served by the ladies. A voting contest was then held to decide on the most popular man in the camp, and Mr. J. Edmunds won.” July 21, 1906, ENTERPRISE

And for some other beach resources, keep an eye on the Falmouth Beach Department updates, and the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce beach page.

So send us your Falmouth beach photograph, and your story about your time on the beach! Be part of Falmouth history.

 

 

 

 

Falmouth At Home

We miss you, our patrons, and decided we would like to try to connect with you in a different way while the building is closed. So, we are introducing two new programs that we hope you will enjoy, and participate in. One involves photographs, and one involves postcards. Please share this with all of your Falmouth friends, neighbors, and family. 
 
The first project is what we are calling “Falmouth at Home” … as a way to document some of what is happening in the town during the pandemic. We are beginning by asking you to send us a photo of your home bookshelves or magazines you are reading or what you are streaming or what podcast you are listening to.  You could even send us a photo of the library books, dvds, or cds that were the last things that you checked out from FPL before we had to close our doors. And, if you would like to tell us the story behind what you are reading or listening to or watching, we’d love to hear it. You can send your photos to fpldigital@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Please make your subject FALMOUTH AT HOME.
 
The second is a Postcard Project. We have been thinking about all of the people who are alone or who don’t have the internet at their homes or who are just bored with staying inside, and decided what we could do is send them postcards! (And maybe they would even send us one back.)
 
Linda Collins, our director, and Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services (and once a month book talker on WCAI, and your author)  participate in something called Postcrossing.  This was part of the inspiration for our project. The library also got a grant that involves historic postcards of Falmouth, which you can read about here. So it seemed like a great idea.
 
We have started with a pile of postcards, stickers, and stamps, and we are  sending out postcards this week. I kicked it off by sending out three postcards last Friday, so check your mailboxes! We just want to say hi, ask you what are you reading or watching or listening to, and wish you well. If you know someone that you think would like a postcard or you would like a postcard, just send us the mailing address to fpldigital@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Please make your subject POSTCARD PROJECT.
 
We look forward to the day that we can reopen the doors of our libraries, and see you in person, but in the meantime we thought sharing postcards and photographs would be a way to stay in touch. Be well. 
 
If you need to talk to someone, we have limited staff in the building Monday – Friday from 9-5. You are welcome to call us during those times. Please call our regular number 508-457-2555.

Falmouth Vulnerability Assessment

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Elise Leduc, Coastal Scientist at Woods Hole Group, gave a public presentation at Falmouth Public Library about the potential effects of flooding on town-owned properties due to climate change and measures the town can take to plan for these catastrophic events. 

The report was prepared for the Town of Falmouth Conservation Department by Woods Hole Group, an international research organization that specializes in climate change strategies.

To view a copy of the slide presentation, click on the title: Town of Falmouth Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning

Two copies of this report and large maps are on display upstairs in the main library. 

Invisible Light by George Taylor

Unlike visible light that reflects off the surface of a flower, x-rays penetrate it, creating a shadow map that allows us to see their rich internal beauty. At times a flower can take on a new identity, it becomes a puff of smoke, or an underwater creature swirling with its partners in an underwater ballet.

Dr. Taylor is a pediatrician radiologist and former Radiologist-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has been making photographs since 1993 and has eclectic interests, including landscapes, travel photography, street portraiture, and digital x-ray photography. An exhibit of his digital x-ray photography will be hanging in the adult collection room throughout  the month of August.

Library’s Historical Documents are Digitized

The preservation of the Falmouth Public Library’s historical documents is now complete.

Through a grant by the Falmouth Community Preservation Fund in 2010 , the Library was enabled to rebind documents and records dating back to 1792.

Recently, the collection was digitized by the Digital Commonwealth, a non-profit collaborative organization that helps Massachusetts libraries create, manage, and disseminate  cultural heritage materials.

The collection may be viewed in full on the Internet Archives.

Chapoquoit: Or, Life at the Beach

“This is a six-minute video about my first photography exhibition being hosted by my local public library.  The exhibit consists of images from Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod.  It is called Chapoquoit: Or, Life at the Beach, which is a play on the title of Thoreau’s book Walden: Or, Life in the Woods.  The exhibit will run the entire month of May 2018. The video briefly describes the evolution in my thinking about photography and shows several of the images and video clips that I’ve captured at Chapoquoit over the past few years.”

~ Monte Ladner

Visit the Main Library this month to see Monte’s wonderful exhibit!