Have you been researching your family tree or thinking about starting? We have many resources at the main library to help you with your quest. To begin, we recommend coming to any one of the free genealogy help sessions that meet on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 PM in the Lemcke Reference Room. Volunteers from the Falmouth Genealogical Society will work one on one with you to answer your questions. When you are ready to take off on your own, you can use our four genealogy databases and large collection of genealogy books. We recently became a FamilyTree affiliate library. FamilyTree is an online resource available for free from home, but affiliate libraries have much more to offer than the basic home package. Affiliate libraries have access to more than 400 million online records and images, including name indexes. This new database, along with Ancestry.com and American Ancestors, are available in the library only. So come to the reference room with the names and dates of some of your parents or grandparents and settle in for some fascinating discoveries.

Saturday, September 7

11 – 12:30 PM, Elizabeth Rush and Heather Goldstone in Conversation. Heather Goldstone, science editor and host of “Living Lab” on WCAI, will interview Elizabeth Rush about her new book, “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. Rush’s work explores how humans adapt to changes enacted upon them by forces seemingly beyond their control, from ecological transformation to political revolution. She will read from her book and take questions from the audience. Books will be available to buy from Eight Cousins Books. This event is free and open to adults and teens. Registration is requested. To register online, go to falmouthpubliclibrary.org/register. Contact: Reference Department 508-457-2555,extension 7, or info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, Main Library

Monday, September 9

1 PM – 2 PM, Next Chapter Book Club. “The Next Chapter Book Club [an international organization] is committed to providing weekly opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to read, learn and make friends in a relaxed, community setting. (...) Anyone can participate, whatever their reading or ability level.” Space is limited to 8 members. This group is currently full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, contact the reference department. Contact: The Reference Department 508-457-2555, extension 7, info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: The Brabson Teen (YA) Room.

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Falmouth Book Bike on the Library Lawn. On this day from 2 to 4:30, the Falmouth Book Bike will be parked on the Library Lawn at the corner of Main Street & Library Lane giving away free HORROR DVDs. Stop by to load up on movies for the upcoming spooky season! Contact: library staff 508-457-2555. Location: library lawn at the corner of Main St. and Library Ln.

Tuesday, September 10

10 AM – 11 AM, Fact & Fiction Book Club at East Falmouth Library. This month’s book selection: “Chiquinho : a novel of Cabo Verde,” by Baltazar Lopes; translated by Isabel P.B. Fêo Rodrigues and Carlos A. Almeida with Anna M. Klobucka. 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

2 PM – 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 anytime between 2-4 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, info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Lemcke Reference Room, Main Library

4 PM – 5 PM, After School LEGO Club. For all ages, drop in! Contact: Youth Services 508-457-2555, extension 6; or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, Main Library

5 PM – 8 PM, Chess Club. Players of all skill levels welcome! Come and join us in the Reading Room. Contact: Linda Collins, library director 508-457-2555, extension 2961. Location: Reading Room, Main Library

6:45 PM – 8:45 PM, Board of Trustees Meeting. Contact: Linda Collins, director 508-457-2555, extension 2961. Location: Trustees Room

Questions Asked at the Reference Desk

Q. It’s almost time to renew my long-term care health insurance. I am concerned about the stability of the company that holds my policy. Is there a way to research the company to find out if they are still in good financial standing?

A. Yes, AM Best is a company that rates insurance carriers, much like the Better Business Bureau rates other types of companies. AM Best credit ratings will let you know if your insurance company will pay its claims, and provide company financial data and news. Go to AMBest.com and create a free account to view its free credit ratings.

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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