From poetry to the stars and back, there are many interesting events for all ages at Falmouth Public Library this week. Monday, August 12, is the 160th birthday of Falmouth native Katharine Lee Bates. Join us on the library lawn that morning for drop-in poetry activities and poetry book giveaways. Later that day, from 4 to 6 PM at the main library, The Falmouth Historical Society will be hosting a birthday party for K.L. Bates with cake and a singalong. No registration required.

Saturday, August 10

10-10:45 AM, Saturday Stories and Songs. For ages birth to 5, drop in. Contact: Youth Services, 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Children’s Program Room, main library.

Monday, August 12

9:30 AM–5 PM, Quiet Room Open in Bay Room. The Bay Room on the lower level of the library is open today as a quiet study room. Conference calls: Please use the study rooms in the Reference Room on the first floor on a first-come, first-served basis. The cafe area on the lower level is also available. Patrons may also request to use the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, when it is available. Contact: library staff at 508-457-2555 or info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Bay Meeting Room, main library.

10–11 AM, Tales to Tails. Come in and read to a fabulous, friendly, fuzzy dog. These well-trained dogs are from the Companion Animal Program serving Cape Cod, and they always bring their faithful human friends. They are patient listeners (both dogs and humans) and would love to see you. Studies have shown that children who are reluctant or hesitant readers often find success when they read to a completely nonjudgmental listener like a dog. This program is back by popular demand, and experience has taught us that MOST children love reading to a dog, and if they don’t want to read to a dog, they at least want to pat them and talk to them. Also the perfect opportunity to introduce someone who isn’t comfortable with dogs to calm dogs who are trained to be quiet and calm. This is a drop-in program for all ages. Contact: Youth Services, 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Children’s Program Room, main library.

10 AM–noon, Poetry on the Lawn. Today is Falmouth native poet Katharine Lee Bates’ 160th birthday. In her honor, take a stroll on the library lawn and follow the trail of her poem, “America the Beautiful,” which was later made into a familiar patriotic song. You can also help create a community poem; look for the magnetic white board and magnet words. Both activities are suited for readers of all ages. Drop by. In the event of poor weather, activities will move inside. Contact: Reference Department, 508-457-2555, extension 7, or info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Herman Foundation Room, main library.

11:30 AM–1 PM, Summer Eats at East Falmouth Library. It’s Board Game Day at the East Falmouth branch. Enjoy your free meal from the Summer Eats Program, and then come play a wide variety of board games geared toward children and adults of all ages. Through August 21, free meals for children and teens will be provided every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 11:30 AM and 1 PM. The Cape Cod YMCA, Project Bread, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sponsor free lunches for anyone under 18. This program is supported by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact: East Falmouth Library, 508-548-6340 or efal_mail@clamsnet.org. Location: East Falmouth Library.

Tuesday, August 13

10–11 AM, Fact & Fiction Book Club at East Falmouth Library. This month’s book selection: “The Line Tender,” by Kate Allen. Copies of the book will be available at the East Falmouth Library. All are welcome. Contact: East Falmouth Library, 508-548-6340 or efal_mail@clamsnet.org. Location: East Falmouth branch.

11:30 AM–12:30 PM, Looking Up From Our Place in Space. Songs and multicultural stories about how the stars came to be. Contact: East Falmouth Library, 508-548-6340 or efal_mail@clamsnet.org. Location: East Falmouth branch.

11:30 AM–1 PM, Summer Eats at East Falmouth Library. Summer Eats at the East Falmouth Library. From July 1 to August 21st, free meals for kids and teens will be provided every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 11:30 AM and 1 PM The Cape Cod YMCA, Project Bread, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sponsor free lunches for anyone under 18. This program is supported by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact: East Falmouth Library, 508-548-6340 or efal_mail@clamsnet.org. Location: East Falmouth Library.

1–5 PM, Quiet Room Open in Bay Room. The Bay Room on the lower level of the library is open today as a quiet study room. Conference calls: Please use the study rooms in the Reference Room on the first floor on a first-come, first-served basis. The cafe area on the lower level is also available. Patrons may also request to use the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, when it is available. Contact: Library staff, 508-457-2555. Location: Bay Meeting Room, main library.

2–4 PM, Research Your Family History with the Falmouth Genealogical Society. Volunteers from the Falmouth Genealogical Society will be available to help get you started with researching your family history. Drop by any time between 2 and 4 PM. Discover the great resources the library has to offer and learn from local genealogy experts during our weekly help sessions. Contact: Reference Department, 508-457-2555, extension 7, or info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Lemcke Reference Room, main library.

5–8 PM, Chess Club. Players of all skill levels welcome. Contact: Linda Collins, library director, 508-457-2555, extension 2961. Location: Reading Room, main library.

6–8 PM, board of trustees meeting at North Falmouth Library. Please note location and time changes. Linda Collins, library director, 508-457-2555, extension 2961.

7–9 PM, Look Up to the Stars. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with this informative program. Begins with presentation inside, then we will head outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful, hand-crafted telescope. This program is recommended for ages 8 and up, drop in. Sponsored by the trustees of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact: Youth Services, 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, main library.

Wednesday, August 14

11:30 AM– 1 PM, Summer Eats at East Falmouth Library. Amy Wyman from the Coalition for Children will be running fun games and activities every Wednesday for participants in the Summer Eats Program. Work up an appetite, and then grab a free meal here at the library. From July 1 to August 21, free meals for children and teens will be provided every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 11:30 AM and 1 PM. The Cape Cod YMCA, Project Bread, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sponsor free lunches for anyone under 18. This program is supported by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact: East Falmouth Library, 508-548-6340 or efal_mail@clamsnet.org. Location: East Falmouth Library.

1–5 PM, Quiet Room Open in Bay Room. The Bay Room on the lower level of the library is open today as a quiet study room. Conference calls: Please use the study rooms in the Reference Room on the first floor on a first-come, first-served basis. The cafe area on the lower level is also available. Patrons may also request to use the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, when it is available. Contact: Library staff, 508-457-2555. Location: Bay Meeting Room, main library.

Thursday, August 15

9:30 AM–5 PM, Quiet Room Open in Bay Room. The Bay Room on the lower level of the library is open today as a quiet study room. Conference calls: Please use the study rooms in the Reference Room on the first floor on a first-come, first-served basis. The cafe area on the lower level is also available. Patrons may also request to use the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, when it is available. Contact: Library staff, 508-457-2555. Location: Bay Meeting Room, main library.

9:45–10:30 AM, Lapbabies. Enjoy songs, finger-play, stories, and playtime in this class geared toward non-walkers (birth to 15 months) and their caregivers. Sponsored by The Coalition for Children. Contact: The Coalition for Children, 508-548-0150, extension 172. Location: Children’s Program Room, main library.

11 AM–noon, LEGOs in the Library. All ages welcome. Please leave your LEGOs at home. We will provide the LEGOs. Contact: Youth Services, 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Children’s Program Room, main library.

2–4 PM, Found Poetry: Find Your Voice. Join English teacher Chelsea Craig for a fun afternoon of creating poetry. This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For students in grades 6 to8, please register. Contact: Youth Services, 508-457-2555, extension 2920, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Children’s Program Room, main library.

3–4 PM, Pokemon Club. Cards, games and crafts. For ages 4 and up. Drop in. Contact: Youth Services, 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Children’s Program Room, main library.

Friday, August 16

Noon–5 PM, Quiet Room Open in Bay Room. The Bay Room on the lower level of the library is open today as a quiet study room. Conference calls: Please use the study rooms in the Reference Room on the first floor on a first-come, first-served basis. The cafe area on the lower level is also available. Patrons may also request to use the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, when it is available. Contact: Library staff, 508-457-2555. Location: Bay Meeting Room, main library.

3-4 PM, Intergenerational Sing with Dawna Hammers. Young and old gather round, listen to the elders and join in song. For music lovers of all ages, drop in. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact: Youth Services, 508-457-2555, extension 6. Location: Children’s Program Room.

Questions Asked at the Reference Desk

Q. I want to learn about Joseph Fay. How did he make his money? Do you have anything here about him?

A. Joseph Story Fay was an early, if not the first, summer resident in Falmouth and was a great benefactor to the town. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and earned a large sum of money as a cotton broker. In 1850 he passed through Woods Hole in order to catch a boat to New Bedford. He fell in love with the village and soon bought a farm for $5,000. A generous, religious and civic-minded person, he played a profound role in the development of Woods Hole. He is mentioned frequently in “The Book of Falmouth,” edited by Mary Lou Smith, and in “Ring Around the Punchbowl” by George L. Moses. Both of those books are in our local history collections with copies in the adult collection room, which can be checked out, and in the reference room, which stay in the library.

If you have a reference question, email the reference department at info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org, call 508-457-2555, extension 7, or stop by the reference desk. We are happy to help you.

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