While the library buildings are still closed, the library is open for business with the following hours: Main Library, 508-457-2555, info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org; service hours: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 AM to 8:30 PM; outside pickup hours, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 AM to 4 PM; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 AM to 6 PM; East Falmouth Branch, 508-548-6340; service and pickup hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 9 AM to 5 PM; Wednesdays, 9 AM to 1 PM; Thursdays, 1 to 7 PM; North Falmouth Branch, 508-563-2922, service and pickup hours: Mondays and Fridays, 3 to 7 PM; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 AM to 3 PM.

If you would like to check out materials, you can place holds on your own in the online catalog via the link at www.falmouthpubliclibrary.org or contact the library and have a staff member do it for you. You will receive notification when your hold is ready for pickup, usually one to three days later, if it is available. Would you like to receive notification via a text message? Sign up for Shoutbomb, the texting service, by visiting www.info.clamsnet.org.

Music lovers of all ages, we have a treat for you. Sign up for one, two or three exciting Australian music and culture programs featuring the didgeridoo: a 3 PM variety show for all ages, “Didgeridoo Down Under,” a 4 PM workshop for tweens and teens (and even adults), “Aussie Funk Jam,” and a 6:30 PM concert for adults, “Music and More from the Land Down Under.” Details are below.

Next time you are downtown, stop by the children’s room windows in the front of the library for a game of I SPY! I spy with my little eye an ice cream cone. What kind do you think it is? Our crafty staff members have taped up lots of fun pictures to spy.

This week we are requesting a new category of photos from you to help grow the Falmouth at Home collection, and the theme is gardens. Please submit photos to fpldigital@falmouthpubliclibrary.org and make the subject “Falmouth at Home.” Please also provide a title, your name and a description of your photo, if you wish. By submitting your photographs, you allow the Falmouth Public Library to share them with the public in our digital collections and through our social media accounts.

Have you picked up your free copy of the business management book “All Hands on Deck” by local author Peter J. Boni? With his impressive career as a Fortune 500 executive and repositioning organizations that have run aground, we are indeed fortunate to have several copies of his book to give away to anyone interested. They are available during outside pickup hours at the main library, at the pickup area and in the book bike.

Monday, July 27

11 AM to 4 PM Art Start: An art project in a bag every Monday for teens and adults. Pick up a kit outside the main library at the corner of Katharine Lee Bates Road and Library Lane. Sponsored by the Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact the reference department at 508-457-2555, extension 7, or info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

9 AM to 5 PM Craft Kits for the Week at East Falmouth Library: Stop by and pick up a craft kit for kids. There will be a new craft each week. This week is a paper heart fish for ages 3 to 6, painted frames for 6 and up and rain sticks for teens. We are looking forward to seeing you through our window. Contact East Falmouth Library at 508-548-6340.

3 to 7 PM Craft Kits for the Week at North Falmouth Library: Stop by and pick up a craft kit for kids. There will be a new craft each week. This week is a paper heart fish for ages 3 to 6, painted frames for 6 and up and rain sticks for teens. Contact North Falmouth Library at 508-563-2922.

Tuesday, July 28

9 AM to 5 PM Craft Kits for the Week at East Falmouth Library: Stop by and pick up a craft kit for kids. There will be a new craft each week. This week is a paper heart fish for ages 3 to 6, painted frames for 6 and up and rain sticks for teens. We are looking forward to seeing you through our window. Contact East Falmouth Library at 508-548-6340.

9:30 AM to 12 PM STEM Gems – Structure Building: There will be a different project each week. This week is structure building with paper straws and clay or noodles. Kits are geared to ages 4 and up, or younger with parent help. Pick up a kit outside the library at the corner of Katharine Lee Bates Road and Library Lane. Come early, as supplies are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact the youth services department at 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

3 to 3:45 PM Didgeridoo Down Under: This is an energetic fusion of Australia music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years and is known for its otherworldly sound. But this program is more than music; it’s interactive, educational, motivational and super-fun for all ages. This virtual program will take place live on the Zoom application. Downloading Zoom before the start of the event is required to participate. The event will be recorded and posted on the library’s YouTube Channel for a week for those who cannot make the live performance or want to see it again. Contact the youth services department at 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

4 to 4:45 PM Aussie Funk Jam – Workshop for Tweens and Teens: This is a one-of-a-kind musical experience. In this hands-on workshop, participants learn how to play the didgeridoo, including vocalizing and creating simple rhythms with homemade beginner instruments. The program ideal for tweens and teens and okay for ages 8 and up (even adults). Interested participants will need to have tape and a couple paper-towel tubes available or pick up some from at the main library. Watch social media for more details. Please read the note for the 3 PM program. Contact the youth services department at 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

6:30 to 7:15 PM Music and More from the Land Down Under: In this concert for adults and the third didgeridoo event this day, the audience will go on a musical journey to Australia and beyond, as the performer plays an assortment of didgeridoos and percussion instruments, mixed with colorful stories and humor. Our performers play a modern style, mixing fast-paced rhythms with relaxing soundscapes and organic sound effects. This program is best for adults but is okay for kids with parental accompaniment. Please read the note for the 3 PM program. Contact the reference department at 508-457-2555, extension 7, or info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, July 29

9 to 10:00 AM The Point: Mindy Todd and Jill Erickson, head of reference and adult services, share their book suggestions on WCAI 90.1 FM. At this session they will have part two of books about the Cape and islands, and joining them will be Dennis Minsky. Call in with your book suggestions at 866-999-4626 or email thepoint@capeandislands.org. Repeated at 7 PM or at www.capeandislands.org. Contact the reference department at 508-457-2555, extension 7, or info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

9 AM to 1 PM Craft Kits for the Week at East Falmouth Library: Stop by and pick up a craft kit for kids. There will be a new craft each week. This week is a paper heart fish for ages 3 to 6, painted frames for 6 and up and rain sticks for teens. We are looking forward to seeing you through our window. Contact East Falmouth Library at 508-548-6340.

9:30 AM to 12 PM Krafty Kids – Foam Garden: A different project every week. This week is a foam garden. Crafts are geared to ages 2 and up. Pick up a kit outside the library at the corner of Katharine Lee Bates Road and Library Lane. Come early, as materials are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact the youth services department at 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

10:30 to 10:45 AM Chair Yoga with Janet: 15 minutes of gentle, accessible chair yoga (mostly seated, some standing, using the chair for support and balance). Participants of any age or fitness level can join in from the comfort of your home to stretch, strengthen, breathe deep and release tension. This event will be conducted through library’s Instagram account at www.instagram.com/falpublib/?hl=en. Contact the reference department at 508-457-2555, extension 7, or info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

Friday, July 31

9:30 AM to 12 PM Minute to Win It Family Challenge – Crepe Paper Races: A different challenge every week. This week is crepe paper races. Pick up your bag with directions and a scorecard outside the library at the corner of Katharine Lee Bates Road and Library Lane. Suggestions to make challenges easier for younger children will be offered. Supplies are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact the youth services department at 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org.

Questions at the Reference Desk

Q. I returned items yesterday, but they are still showing up on my library card. Why?

A. When items are returned to the library, they are put in quarantine for three days, as per guidelines prepared by the Massachusetts Library System. This quarantine period allows time for any potential virus particles on the materials to die off. After quarantine, the materials are safe for library staff to transfer to the next borrowers. Library staff wear gloves and masks all day and wipe down the book carts before each use. Materials are checked back into the library when the quarantine is over, indicating they are ready to go back into circulation, so do not worry about materials showing as being checked out to you if they have been returned in the last three days. They will come off your record, and you will not be charged a late fee for overdue materials. All Falmouth libraries stopped charging late fees as of July 1. If you have a reference question, email the reference department at info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org or call 508-457-2555. We are happy to help you.

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