West Falmouth Library will offer several events for children and families this month beginning with “A Stroll through the Gardens: Introducing Kids to Common Garden Plants of Spohr Gardens” on Friday, April 18. Local author Elizabeth Saito will show images from her book, “My Spohr Gardens: a Child’s Guide to the Flowering Plants, Trees and Shrubs of a Unique Cape Cod Garden,” beginning at 11 AM. The book follows Spohr Gardens in Falmouth through the seasons, identifying garden plants in the sequence that they bloom. The free, interactive, presentation is geared for children ages 4 and up.
The West Falmouth Library hosts a visit with author Christina Laurie of “C is for Cape Cod” on Tuesday, April 22. Ms. Laurie will read and show images from her recently published alphabet book beginning at 10:30 AM. The book features photographs by Steve Heaslip, and combines verse, informative text and images to introduce children (and adults) to the wonders of Cape Cod. This free event is appropriate for children ages 3 and older as well as adults. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author. A craft related to the book will be available for children following the talk.
A 4-H babysitting course will be presented by Barnstable County 4-H program associate Deena Dries from 10 AM to 4 PM on April 22. Students will learn to become responsible babysitters with sessions covering child safety, first aid and emergencies, feeding and nutrition, stages of child development, discipline, ways to entertain children, and how to manage the business of babysitting. Participants should bring a snack, a bag lunch and a drink. A certificate and ID card will be presented upon successful completion of the course. The $25 fee includes a course manual. The course is for ages 11 and older. To preregister, call 508-548-4709, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the library.
Families with children ages 4 and older are invited on Friday, April 25, at 3 PM to enjoy a recently released PG-rated film that is sure to entertain all ages. Admission is $1 per person. Due to limited seating, seats must be reserved and children must be accompanied by an adult. Per a licensing agreement, the library is not allowed to disclose the title but to find out and to reserve a seat, call the library.
In collaboration with Falmouth Reads Together’s selection of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” and in celebration of April being National Poetry Month, the library will host “Inspired by Frankenstein: Monstrously Good Poems” a free open mic event, open to all ages at 3 PM on Sunday, April 27. This event is a celebration of the pleasure of reading both serious and silly published poems and those written by local poets.
The library is at 575 West Falmouth Highway.