News & Announcements

Woods Hole Public Library’s Kids’ Programming Begins July 1

The Woods Hole Public Library will start their children’s summer programming on the very first day in July.On that day the weekly “Story-Time for Pre-Schoolers” begins at 10:30. Every Wednesday morning through August 5, volunteers will spend about ½ hour reading their favorite picture books to the assorted children who come to the Library to hear and see. Later on Wednesday afternoon, at 2 PM, a hands-on workshop for children “Favorite Story Book Hats” will be led by librarians. Using simple materials, the children will create hats from their favorite stories, such as “The Cat in the Hat”, “Paddington”, “Curious George” and others. It is hoped that the participating children will create hats that they will wear in the Woods Hole Fourth of July parade and perhaps also to the Kids’ Carnival on July 5.

The annual Children’s Carnival and Tag Sale, an annual event on the Library grounds, will be Sunday July 5 from 10 AM-Noon. This event is, as usual, run by and for kids. The “Library Kids” look forward to running this event which is filled with old fashioned games and delights. Any profits raised at the Tag Sale will benefit children’s programming.

It should be noted that this event will be held on Sunday ( since the July 4th holiday falls on Saturday). Items, including gently used toys and games, and especially bikes for all ages, may be dropped off the Thursday and Friday before the sale between 3 and 5:30 PM.

The Library’s traditional “Game Nights for Kids” will start on the following Monday evening, July 6 at 7:15 PM. In this series, various games are taught and played by kids aged 7 and up. Teenagers have been the prime instructors, though the occasional adult will also teach. In the past these games have ranged from traditional board games to Hearts, to chess. A schedule of the games will be posted at the Library.

All of these events are free and open to the public.

For more details, call the Library at 508-548-8961.

Coloring Club

coloring_pencilsThe Woods Hole Public Library reminds people that the Coloring Club for Adults will continue through the summer on the last Tuesday of the month from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. About a dozen people attended the first session held in May. Participants left the Library more calm and relaxed than when they arrived.

This vehicle to increase mindfulness has recently become popular nationally, and the Library has embraced it. All are welcome to join. The Library will continue to provide materials.

For more information, call 508-548-8961.

Art from Nautical Charts

nautical_charts_exhibit_2015The Woods Hole Public Library is inviting artists and craftsmen to join in this summer’s community art exhibit. Last summer, retired books were the material that people turned into art in a wide and delightful variety of items. This year, the medium will be old nautical charts or maps from around the world.

People are welcome to come to the Library to pick up charts of their choice for their creative project. The finished pieces should come back to the Library by July 13, when the Art Exhibit begins and runs through to July 30. On the Thursday, July 30th, there will be a reception from 6 PM to 7:30. During the reception, the art objects (with the creator’s permission of course) will be offered for sale in a silent auction. All are welcome. For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.

Calling all young outdoor adventurers!

WHOAmaterialsWHOA! an acronym for “Woods Hole Outdoor Adventurers” is the name the Woods Hole Public Library has given to a collection of kits they have created to help young children explore the out-of- doors. Funded by the Brabson Family Foundation, each kit is contained in a back-pack and consists of a simple field guide and tools designed for each specialty.

For instance, the Birding Back Pack contains binoculars and bird calls. The Entomology Back Pack contains an insect net and a bug box with a magnifying lid, in addition to the simple guide book. The Botany Back Pack will have a hand lens and a plant press. The Geology kit will have a rock hammer and a hardness kit as well as a simple guide to rocks and minerals. The only kit without a back pack is the Seashore packet, which will have a magnifying jar and a net, contained in a bucket.

The kits will all be available at the library to check out for one week. All people with CLAMS cards may borrow the kits, but they must come into the Woods Hole Library to check out and return the items. For further investigations, the Library has many field guides, for both children and adults which may be checked out too.

Additional programming is paired with the kits to further introduce young Outdoor Adventurers to the outdoors. In the spring, the Library held a Woodcock Walk in which young children and their parents walked in a successful search for the elusive birds in the dusk, in order to witness their high aerial mating flight. Early in the summer a workshop was held to build a simple plant press, so all the adventurers could start their own herbarium. More programming introducing kids to nature will be offered in the coming months.

Woods Hole has many opportunities for children to study nature. The Children’s School of Science has been offering classes for more than one hundred years! The Child Center also offers a special summer program studying natural history. The Science School’s classes are offered for kids aged 7 and up; the Child Center is for smaller children, aged 3 years to entering first grade. Now the Woods Hole Library will magnify those opportunities, offering these kits for kids of all ages to use all the time.

For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.

Raffle at the Woods Hole Public Library

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Thanks to a generous donor, the Woods Hole Public Library is able to offer a large hand-thrown pot “Edge of the Sea”as a raffle. The pot was thrown and altered by local potters Hollis Engley and Kimberly Sheerin in celebration of estuaries and the ocean. It is decorated with stamped fish, horseshoe crabs and osprey; its neck is reminiscent of a sea urchin shell; the body has shapes like slipper shells. It is monumental, standing  twelve inches tall and is almost as wide, glazed in blues and tans.

People are encouraged to come to the Library to see the pot and buy raffle tickets, which are $2 each or $5 for 3 tickets. The Library is open every late afternoon except Sundays, as well as Wednesday morning and Monday and Wednesday early afternoons. Call the Library at 508-548-8961 for any questions. The drawing will be held on July 14 at the Library’s annual meeting, so don’t hesitate to come view the pot, become enthralled, and buy some raffle tickets.

Coming soon…


Penzance Point Hydrangea Talk & Tea
Sunday, July 19th at 3:00 PM
by Marcia Chapman, Certified Horticulturist

Topics will include:
– Choosing and cultivating hydrangeas
– New varieties
– Pruning, care & feeding
– Winter protection
– How to change coloration

To be held at a private Penzance Point home

Tickets are $30, and can be purchased on-line or at the Woods Hole Public Library, Eight Cousins Book Store, or the Bank of Woods Hole.

More details here.

Ongoing book sale now (during regular open hours.)

New books added daily.



Thanks to a grant from the Falmouth Track Club, the Library has a brand new expansive shelf in its front hall. Built by local expert carpenter Rusty Strange,  it provides a place for the Library to present information about local activities and services, and for a new “Books-to-Go” initiative.

Books on this shelf are ready for people to pick up without the responsibility of returning them. The Library sees this as a complement to their usual loaning policy, giving people who are only passing through town an opportunity to grab a book and go read.