Program News

All Ages Coloring Club

coloring_pencilsAll Ages Coloring Club: last Tuesday of every month, 4:00 to 5:00 PM.

 All are welcome. The Library provides materials.

For more information, call 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.

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. Additional programming is paired with the kits to further introduce young Outdoor Adventurers to the outdoors.

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. For further investigations, the Library has many field guides, for both children and adults which may be checked out too.

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.

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.

 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.


New_shelf_Graham_approvedThanks 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