News & Announcements

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 6.39.04 AMAdornments and Accessories Sale:
August 1st, 10 a.m.

TheColorofNalaLucy Swope, illustrator, author, printer and binder:
Exhibit opening and talk on her charming hand-made books for children.
Sunday, August 2nd,  3 p.m.


booksale-general   Big Summer Book Sale:
    Saturday,  August 15th, 10 a.m.



Elijah Wald: A Dylan, Seeger, and Newport Book Talk with Musical Performance

Saturday, August 22nd, 7:30 p.m.



See Resources for information on  borrowing ebooks and other online resources.

Woods Hole Public Library’s Kids’ Programming

Every Wednesday morning at 10:30 through August 5, volunteers will spend about ½ hour reading their favorite picture books to children who come to the Library to hear and see.

The Library’s traditional “Game Nights for Kids” takes place on Monday evenings 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, occasionally, an adult will teach. Games range from traditional board games to Hearts, to chess. A schedule of the games will be posted at the Library.

These events are free and open to the public.  For more details, check the on-line calendar or call the Library at 508-548-8961.

Coloring Club

coloring_pencilsColoring Club for Adults will continue through the summer on the last Tuesday of the month from 4:30 to 5:30 PM.

A nationally popular movement, this activity promotes relaxation and mindfulness, and colorers of all ages report that it is fun too!  All are welcome to join. The Library provides materials.

For more information, call 508-548-8961.

Art from Nautical Charts Exhibit and Reception


Following on the success of last summer’s Renewal exhibit, in which artists and craftsmen created works from retired books, this year the Library invited anyone interested in participating to create works of art using old nautical charts or maps from around the world to create a work of art.

The works will be on display from July 13 and through Thursday, July 30. On that evening from 6 PM to 7:30, a reception will be held, during which the art objects (with the creator’s permission) will be offered for sale in a silent auction. All are welcome. For more information, or visit Uncharted Territory or 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.

Ongoing book sale now (during regular open hours.)

New books added daily.

Big Summer book sale:  August 15th, 10 a.m.



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.