Summer is here, and library events and staff are headed outside. You can’t miss the tents on the library lawn for the big annual Friends of Falmouth Public Library book sale being held July 4 through 9. The last two days feature deals for bargain hunters. At the East Falmouth Library, the Summer Eats program is happening every Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 to 1 PM throughout the summer. Free lunches for kids up to age 18 and fun activities rule the day. On Thursday, look for the big blue book bike at the Farmers Market, and Surf Drive Beach. On a quieter note, beginning on Thursday, July 11, we are opening the Bay Meeting Room on weekdays for quiet study during the summer. Bring your laptop or your paperwork, set your phone to vibrate and get some work done. Last year this idea was so well-received that we decided to do it again this year.{h6 style=”text-align: left;”}Saturday, July 6 {/h6}

10 AM – 6 PM, Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Book Sale. July 4 through 9th, come browse through more than 50,000 books, most $2 or less! All purchase proceeds benefit the library, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the all-volunteer Friends of Falmouth Public Library. Contact: library staff 508-457-2555. Location: Library Lawn

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

2 PM — 4 PM, Dungeons and Dragons for Beginners. For ages 12 to 18. Full. Check back for another session in two weeks. Contact: Youth Services 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Brabson Teen Room

Sunday, July 7

10 AM – 4 PM, Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Book Sale. July 4 through 9, come shop more than 50,000 books, most $2 or less! All proceeds benefit the library, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the all-volunteer Friends of Falmouth Public Library. Contact: library staff 508-457-2555. Location: Library Lawn

Monday, July 8

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM, Nursery Rhyme Time with Miss Donna. Stories, songs, and puppets! For children, birth — 2 years; drop in. Contact: Youth Services 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Children’s Program Room

10 AM – 4 PM, Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Book Sale. All books sold today are at half-price. Contact: library staff 508-457-2555. Location: Library Lawn

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM, Family Storytime with Miss Laura. For ages 2-7; drop in. Contact: Youth Services 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Children’s Program Room

11:30 AM – 1 PM, Summer Eats at East Falmouth Library. Come enjoy a fun puppet story time with puppeteer Leigh Baltzer of Through Me To You Puppets. Your children will enjoy original stories of courage, perseverance, friendship and more with Leigh and her puppet pals. Summer Eats at the East Falmouth Library! From July 1 to August 21, free meals for kids and teens will be provided every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 11:30 AM and 1 PM. Cape Cod YMCA, Project Bread, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sponsor free lunches for anyone younger than 18. This program is generously supported by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact: East Falmouth Library 508-548-6340. Location: East Falmouth Library

Tuesday, July 9

10 AM – Noon, Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Book Sale. Last day of the sale. Get 10 books for $1. Contact: library staff 508-457-2555. Location: Library Lawn

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM, Family Story Time @ East Falmouth Library with Miss Donna. Stories and songs, as well as early literacy tips for parents and caregivers. Contact: East Falmouth Library 508-548-6340. Location: East Falmouth Branch

11:30 AM – 1 PM, Summer Eats at East Falmouth Library. Don’t forget to come and enjoy a free lunch after some fun with Miss Donna! Summer Eats at the East Falmouth Library! From July 1 through August 21, 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 generously supported by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact: East Falmouth Library 508-548-6340. Location: East Falmouth Library

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 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

3 PM — 5 PM, Summer Reading Program: Knucklebones. Family Field Day outside on the library lawn, weather permitting. All ages are encouraged to come out and play! Sponsored by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact: Children’s Room 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Hermann Foundation Meeting Room

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

6 PM — 8 PM, Board of Trustees Meeting @ East Falmouth Library. At the East Falmouth Branch Library. Please note location and time changes. Contact: Linda Collins, library director 508-457-2555, extension 2961. Location: East Falmouth Library

Wednesday, July 10

The Main Library is closed for Street Fair Day.

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! Summer Eats at the East Falmouth Library! From July 1 through August 21, 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 generously supported by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library. Contact: East Falmouth Library 508-548-6340. Location: East Falmouth Library

Thursday, July 11

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 1st 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

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM, Lapbabies. Enjoy songs, finger-play, stories, and playtime in this class geared toward non-walkers (birth – 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

10 AM – 11 AM, Narrative Nonfiction Book Club. In this monthly meeting of the Narrative Nonfiction Book Club, we will be discussing “The Devil’s Teeth,” by Susan Casey. Pick up a copy at the reference desk and join us. New members are always welcome. Contact: Reference Department 508-457-2555, extension 7, or info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Hermann Foundation Meeting Room.

11 AM – Noon, LEGOs in the Library. All ages are welcome! Please leave your LEGOs at home. We will provide the LEGOs!

Contact: Youth Services 508-457-2555, extension 6 ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Children’s Program Room

1:30 PM — 3 PM, Falmouth Book Bike @ Falmouth Farmers Market. Join the Falmouth Public Library staff at the Falmouth Book Bike at Bigelow Marine Park, when we spend time at the Falmouth Farmers Market. Weather permitting. Contact: library staff 508-457-2555. Location: Bigelow Marine Park, 180 Scranton Avenue

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

4:45 PM — 5:15 PM, Falmouth Book Bike Family Storytime @ Surf Drive Beach. Come meet the Falmouth Book Bike and join us for a special Family Storytime with Miss Laura. We’ll be giving away free books for kids and adults! Weather permitting. Contact: Youth Services 508- 457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Surf Drive Beach

Friday, July 12

10:30 AM — 11:15 AM, Dance Party. Lots of music, movement, and fun! Geared to ages 1-5, drop in. This event is sponsored by the Coalition for Children. Contact: Youth Services 508-457-2555, extension 6, or ys@falmouthpubliclibrary.org. Location: Children’s Program Room

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 1st 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

Questions Asked at the Reference Desk

Q. When did the Shining Sea Bikeway open?

A. CapeCodBikeGuide com states “The Shining Sea Bikeway (SSB) was named for a line in the song America The Beautiful, written by Falmouth native Katharine Lee Bates. It follows the original route of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad that used to run from Buzzards Bay, through North and West Falmouth, around Woods Hole and into Falmouth Station. In the early 1970’s the Town of Falmouth purchased the right of way, tore up the tracks and officially opened the 3.3-mile Shining Sea Bikeway in 1975. In 2009, a new 7.4-mile section was added, extending the trail to North Falmouth. (…) Now the SSB runs 10.7 miles from County Road in North Falmouth all the way to the Steamship Authority parking lot in Woods Hole.”

One point of clarification: Ms. Bates wrote a poem initially titled simply “America,” which was later put to music in several compositions, with the most famous version by composer Samuel Augustus Ward. (see “America the Beautiful: the stirring true story behind our nation’s favorite song,” by Lynn Sherr)

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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