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Pottery Raffle (Click on an image to see a larger version)

Front, L-R: Works by Ann Newbury, Anne Halpin, Hollis Engley.  Back: Tessa Morgan Ann Newbury Tessa Morgan

For more than 10 years, the Woods Hole Public Library has been lucky enough to be able to offer a raffle of pieces of pottery from their favorite local potters. The public eagerly awaits this opportunity to simultaneously win a piece of local art, and support their local library.

Potters Ann Newbury, Tessa Morgan, Anne Halpin, and Hollis Engley have graciously donated pieces, even though they can barely eke out a living working at their craft. Ron Geering, who has contributed to all previous Library raffles, is moving away from creating his award-winning pottery to try his hand at other crafts.

Tickets for the raffle ($ 2 for one ticket and $ 5 for three tickets) are available at the Library, and will also be sold at the Renaissance Fair on December 5. The final day to buy tickets is Wednesday, December 9, when the drawing will be held.

Considering the geographical closeness of their studios, the craftsmen’s styles are surprisingly different. [more…]

London’s National Theatre Performances
The Woods Hole Public Library and Falmouth Academy have collaborated to bring video performances of London’s 2015-2016 National Theatre plays to Falmouth.  Performances take place in Falmouth Academy’s new and fully accessible Morse Hall, using state-of-the-art projection equipment. These showings will not be live simulcasts, but will be screened several weeks after the productions open in London.

  • Showtimes: Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.
  • Tickets are $15, and will be sold online until 24 hours before showtime or by calling Falmouth Academy at 508-457-9696, ext. 200.  They will also be sold at the door (cash/check only.)  To avoid disappointment, we recommend purchasing tickets ahead.
  • Light refreshments will be available for purchase.
  • Feel free to bring a cushion to add to your seating comfort.

Upcoming Performances:

The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard
Fri, Dec 4, 7:30 pm
Sat, Dec 5, 2:00 pm

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Fri, Jan 15, 7:30 pm
Sat, Jan 16, 2:00 pm

Jane Eyre
Fri, Feb 12, 7:30 pm
Sat, Feb 13, 2:00 pm

Les Liaisons Dangereuse
Fri, April 8, 7:30 pm
Sat, April 9, 2:00 pm

The Audience with Helen Mirren
Fri, May 6, 7:30 pm Note: no Saturday matinee

As You Like It
Fri, June 17, 7:30 pm
Sat, June 18, 2:00 pm

Groups are welcomed.

booksale-general  On-going book sale daily during Library hours.
Holiday Book Sale: Saturday, December 5

Forgotten Gems Book Club
Librarian Kellie Porter will lead discussions of books by well-known and respected, but seldom read, authors. The group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 4 to 5 pm. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Library.
Dec. 2, 2015 – Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
Jan. 6, 2016 – Sula by Toni Morrison
Feb. 3, 2016 – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
Mar. 2, 2016 – If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Apr. 6, 2016 – The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
May. 4, 2016 – The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Jun. 1, 2016 – Silas Marner by George Eliot

Knitting Club
Knitting season is back. From October through April, Knitting Club will meet in the Ratcliffe Room on the first and third Thursday of every month from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

All Ages Coloring Club

coloring_pencilsAll Ages Coloring Club will continue through the winter on the last Tuesday of the month from 4:00 to 5:00 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.

Loaning of “Other Things” at the Woods Hole Public Library

Everyone knows that libraries now offer more than books for loan. Of course, most libraries also offer movies on DVD’s and books read aloud on CD’s, e-books, and museum passes. (The Woods Hole Library offers all of these items as well as passes to seven different museums). What might not be so well known is that some libraries offer all sorts of “other things” on loan.

This growing trend has long been in place at the Woods Hole Public Library. For instance, as a result of a gardening workshop series started five years ago, two sets of “soil block makers” have been available for several growing seasons. Every spring there is a waiting list of people eager to use them. The library also loans a Kindle, a Home Detection Kit for energy conservation, a digital projector, and a portable projection screen.

This past summer, two sewing machines joined the line-up of items to borrow. They are both easily portable; one is a Singer “Featherweight” beloved by generations of seamstresses. The other is a Singer 457, notable for its zig-zag stitch.

Thanks to a grant from the Brabson Family Foundation, the Library recently established a set of 5 loaner kits to help children explore the natural world. Called “WHOA”, an acronym for “Woods Hole Outdoor Adventures” each packet, housed in a back- pack, focuses on a different subject. For instance, the birding pack contains a pair of binoculars, a simple guide to local birds, two bird calls, a notebook, and colored pencils and a “tip sheet”. The botany pack includes a laminated field guide, magnifying glass, ruler, notebook, colored pencils, and even a plant press. The other subjects covered are geology, entomology, and seashore life, each with equipment proper to the exploration of that particular subject.

All of this equipment is on loan to residents of Falmouth who have CLAMS library cards. They must come to the Woods Hole Library to borrow and return the equipment, which is on loan for one week.

Librarian Margaret McCormick says “This is the way to go, helping people by loaning them equipment they don’t own.” She has dreams of what she wants to add to the collection. Not surprisingly, considering the Library’s location, her list includes fishing rods and snowshoes.

People are welcome to come to the Library which is open every afternoon (except Sunday) from 3-5:30, with extended hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

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.

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. more…



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.