Falmouth Reads Together: June Events

We’ve got three public events scheduled for Falmouth Reads Together in June – two documentary films and a discussion of the book The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. Read on for details and registration links.

Documentary film screening of My Octopus Teacher.

Watch as a filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world. “One of the best nature documentaries I have ever seen. Absolutely beautiful and wonderfully narrated and educational–tremendous with its scientific breakthroughs on these amazing creature’s behavior and intelligence.

  • Friday June 10, 2pm.
  • Location: Hermann Meeting Room. 
  • Duration: one hour; appropriate for most ages. Discussion follows (optional). 
  • Register here.

Book Discussion: The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery.

You’ve probably read the book by now. If not, get in line for a copy. Then join us to discuss! 

  • Friday June 17, 2pm. 
  • Location: Hermann Meeting Room.
  • Duration: one hour; appropriate for adults or teens. 
  • Register here.

Documentary film screening of Octopus: Making Contact


Follow an Alaskan professor as he raises and studies a day octopus in his home, making remarkable discoveries about its extraordinary intelligence, personality and skills. 

  • Friday June 24, 2pm. 
  • Location: Hermann Meeting Room.
  • Duration: one hour; appropriate for most ages. Discussion follows (optional). 
  • Register here.

Falmouth Reads 2022: The Soul of an Octopus

We are happy to announce that The Soul of an Octopus: a Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, by Sy Montgomery, has been chosen as the Falmouth Reads title for 2022.

The Soul of an Octopus is described as a book that “explores the emotional and physical world
of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.”

Sy Montgomery worked as a volunteer at the New England Aquarium in Boston and developed a unique understanding and connection with their resident octopus. After reading this book your feelings about
octopus will be forever changed!

We will encourage children to read Inky’s Great Escape, the fascinating story of Inky, an octopus at the National Aquarium in New Zealand. One night Inky climbed from his tank and slipped through an overflow drainage pipe, escaping back into the ocean!

As we read The Soul of an Octopus and Inky’s Great Escape, we invite the community to borrow library passes to visit the New England Aquarium. Further information about events and activities for Falmouth Reads 2022 will be coming soon.

The octopus in this photo is Ruddy who was a New England Aquarium resident octopus in 2019. Ruddy was particularly photogenic as she like to hang out in the front corner of the tank. We invite anyone visiting the aquarium to submit a digital photo for an online exhibit. While the octopus don’t mind having their photo taken, please do not use the flash; they don’t like that.

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.