The Falmouth Public Library buildings are now open to the public. Masks must be worn in the library at all times. Not all library services are available at this time; meeting rooms and study rooms are not available. Come in to browse, and ask us about a few of our many perks, like downloadable eBooks and discounted museum passes. Also, check below for details on all our outdoor children’s activities at the main and east locations!

Tuesday, June 15

9:30 AM – 10 AM, Hola! Spanish for Babies: Music & Rhymes. Join Maria outside, at the East Branch, to get your baby familiar with Spanish early in life!

This 30-minute class, geared for very young children (up to age 2) and their caregivers, includes Spanish music, rhymes and play. Register for any or all five classes on our events calendar at Free, thanks to the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant. Contact: Coalition for Children 508-548-0151, extension 172.

4 PM – 4:30 PM, Family Zumba. Join Certified Zumba and Zumba Kids instructor Lillian Lomba outside on the Main Library lawn for family fitness fun! The benefits of exercising as a family go beyond physical health, including strengthening family bonds, improving self-confidence and reducing it is a lot of fun! It’s at 4 PM on June 8,15 and 22. Register for any or all four classes on our events calendar at Free, thanks to the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant. Contact: Coalition for Children 508-548-0151, extension 172

5 PM – 8 PM, Chess Club. Come and join us for Chess Club every Tuesday night from 5 to 8 PM out on the library lawn. Players of all skill levels are welcome! Just come to the circulation desk to grab a chess board and then head out to the picnic tables on the front library lawn to enjoy some lovely rounds of chess! It will be moved inside in the case of bad weather. Contact: Linda Collins, library director, 508-457-2555, extension 2961

6 PM – 7 PM, FPL Fiction Book Club. The FPL Fiction Book Club continues ... online for now! This month, we will be reading “Gods of Jade and Shadow,” by Silvia Moreno Garcia as part of our genre fiction theme.

Since it is a Zoom program, you will need to register to receive the Zoom link. You can do so at Contact: Reference Desk 508-457-2555, extension 7, or

Wednesday, June 16

10 AM – 5 PM, STEAM Gem of the Week. Magic scratch turtle take-and-make craft: learn about sea turtles and decorate your own magic scratch turtle in this take-and-make craft! These kits are designed for ages 5 and older, but younger children may enjoy them with adult help. Pick kits up in the Children’s Room while supplies last. This craft will also be available at the branches while supplies last. Contact: Youth Services 508-457-2555, extension 6, or

11 AM – 11:45 AM, Parachute Play w/Tones in Motion. Join Board certified music therapist Amy Wyman outside on the Main Library lawn for 30 minutes of music, movement, and more! Parachute play promotes social interaction, reinforces turn-taking and helps children develop a sense of rhythm. Geared for older toddlers to school-age children. Wednesdays June 9, 16, 23, and 30. Register for any or all four classes on our events calendar at! Free, thanks to the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant. Contact: Coalition for Children 508-548-0151, extension172

7 PM – 8:15 PM, Mystery writer Peter Colt. We are pleased to welcome mystery author Peter Colt on Wednesday evening, June 16, at 7 PM, for a Zoom presentation by the Falmouth Public Library! He will talk about his writing process, and his two P.I. Andy Roark novels, “The Off-Islander” and “Back Bay Blues,” one of which takes place on Nantucket.

Peter Colt is an Iraq War veteran, a New England law enforcement officer and an FBI-certified crisis negotiator. He spent over 20 years in the Army Reserve and was deployed to Kosovo in 2000 and to Iraq in 2003 and again in 2008, and has had the fortune of knowing many Vietnam vets and US Army Special forces soldiers. Born in Boston, he grew up on Nantucket and lived there in the 1970s and ‘80s. He currently lives in Rhode Island.

This event is free and appropriate for adults and teens. Please register to receive the Zoom link at Contact: Reference Desk 508-457-2555, extension 7, or

Thursday, June 17

10 AM – 10:30 AM, Family Story Time. Family Story Time with Ms. Laura. Join us on the Main library lawn for read-alouds, songs and movement. For children ages 4-7 and their families; all ages welcome! Get a Take and Make craft to go home with.

All activities and performances take place OUTSIDE (weather permitting) on the library lawn. Contact: Youth Services 508-457-2555, extension 6, or

Friday, June 18

6 PM – 7 PM Turning Pointe Dance Studio. Turning Pointe Dance Studio of Falmouth presents Turning Pointe En Dehors. Laura Sciortino, the artistic director of Turning Pointe Studios, produces this pop-up event on the Main Library lawn. This event provides performance opportunities for the dedicated dance students to show off their craft and passion. All are welcome. Contact: Laura Sciortino 508-444-0278

Questions at the Reference Desk

Q. Can you tell me anything about the mural at the Post Office?

A. The mural was hung in 1943. The artist was Karl Oberteuffer, from Boston, who had also painted a mural for the post office in MacKenzie, Tennessee, and had pictures hung at the Philadelphia Academy, New York Academy and Chicago Art Institute. He showed his work at galleries in Washington, DC, and New York City.

The background of the mural is the beach at Tarpaulin Cove on Naushon Island at dawn. It’s the famous story of the whaleboat expedition during the Revolution led by Major Dimmick from Falmouth to Tarpaulin Cove to recapture a boat loaded with corn that the British had seized and anchored in the cove. They were ultimately successful. The subject was chosen with the Planning Board and other Falmouth residents. We were able to answer this by searching our digital Falmouth Enterprise holdings—it covers 1896-1962, and is available on our website by clicking on the icon on the front of the page! We also have the Enterprise on microfilm or in print from 1957- present.

If you have a reference question, email the reference department at, call us at 508-457-2555, extension 7, or text us at 833-209-9922. We are happy to help you.

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