January 2020 Updates
January is a quiet month as we begin preparations for late spring’s move back into our renovated and expanded building at 5 Lunt Road. Besides the changes to the exterior of 5 Lunt, the interior is beginning to look a bit more like a library. Please check out our weekly photo updates on the Library’s current website at www.falmouthmemoriallibrary.org.

Behind the scenes there is a lot happening with updating checklists, procedures, and policies to address changes for a larger building. A building that includes space for additional collection and that includes three new study rooms, a new conference room, and a Teen Room meeting/study room!

Our Adult evening programming is taking a bit of a breather this month, which is typical of winter months for us. But what is not typical is our currently empty reference desk. Our reference and technology librarian, Mike Carnes, moved on to new pastures in December. We all wish him well.

We continue with our regular story times and baby singalongs from our Children’s Room staff. Our daytime adult programs, such as our book group, writing group and a Common Yarn continue to meet. Tech Tuesdays at the Mason-Motz site will continue as well. We do ask that you call ahead for Tech Tuesdays to be sure our volunteer is available.

As we head into a long Maine winter, just a couple of suggestions for our patrons. While we certainly care for our collection, we care more about our patrons.
  • Watch our website for closures, or call ahead if the weather is bad. We may be open, but if you are just returning a book and the roads are really slick, we will work with you to extend your due date. Stay at home, safe and warm.
  • In our temporary space, our outside book drop (located just outside the Middle Road entrance to the building) sometimes gets jammed. Please contact us at 781-2351 and again we will work with you on the return date. We’d rather waive a fine than lose a book left on our steps to the weather.
  • The cold and flu season is with us now. We remind you to Keep Sick at Home. Just give our staff a call with your library card number and we will work with you on any outstanding items on your account.

So with so much change, please remember the constants of our library staff’s great service.
Falmouth Memorial Library’s own Meredith Charest was a recently featured panel guest on a December episode of Maine Calling on Maine Public Radio. Meredith brought her thoughtful views on the Best & Overlooked Books: Recommended Reads of 2019. Check it on out! Visit https://www.mainepublic.org/post/best-overlooked-books-recommended-reads-2019 . Staff posted the complete list of recommended reads from the panel on the Library’s bulletin board. Be sure to check it for that great read you may have missed from 2019. We thank Meredith for going live on the radio.

And just a good reminder to our patrons that our staff are trained and, continually practice, providing great help on finding your next great read, watch, or listen. We provide equal access to information for everyone. We value our patrons and seek to understand their needs, interests, and objectives. Our goal is to meet and support their needs, while striving to exceed their expectations.

So while library life quiets down during the winter, know that the seeds for a great spring have been planted!

Library Membership - Please share this information with friends and family
Are you eligible for a FREE membership to Falmouth Memorial Library? Effective January 1, 2020, the Library Board of Trustees voted that free membership will be given to an even broader number of individuals. Do you know someone you believe would benefit from access to our collections and services?

Membership  
Patron cards are issued free of charge to:
· Falmouth residents including children (under 18) whose parents will take responsibility for items they borrow
· non-resident educators of the Falmouth School Department or the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf
· non-resident students of Falmouth School Department and of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf
· non-residents who own property in Falmouth and pay property tax
· employees of the Town of Falmouth
· owners and employees of Falmouth businesses
· Residents of senior housing facilities located in Falmouth
· Employees of registered child care facilities located in Falmouth
· Honorary members at the discretion of the Library Director

If you are not eligible for a free card, we invite you to purchase a membership for an annual fee of $40. Questions? Contact Virginia at vkiesewetter@falmouthmemoriallibrary.org or 781-2351.

Help With The Return to 5 Lunt Road
Volunteers are needed to assist with our move back to 5 Lunt Road. If you are interested in helping us to inventory and shelve our collections, please contact Jeannie at 781-2351 or at jmadden@falmouthmemoriallibrary.org . While we do not have a scheduled date, we anticipate our need for volunteers to be in the March and April.
New Titles for January

Fiction:
The Decent Inn of Death / Airth, Rennie
In the Shadow of Vesuvius / Alexander, Tasha
A Long Petal of the Sea / Allende, Isabel
Lady Clementine / Benedict, Marie
The Secret Guests / Black, Benjamin
Highfire / Colfer, Eoin
House on Fire / Finder, Joseph
Into the Fire / Hurwitz, Greg
Hi Five / Ide, Joe
The Whispers of War / Kelly, Julia
The Rabbit Hunter / Kepler, Lars
The Poison Garden / Marwood, Alex
Lost / James Patterson
The River Murders / Patterson, James
Many Rivers to Cross / Robinson, Peter
Cartier's Hope / Rose, M.J.
The Woman in the Veil / Rowland, Laura
The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt / Solomon, Burt
Mr. Nobody / Steadman, Catherine
Moral Compass / Steel, Danielle
Treason / Woods, Stuart
The Other People / Tudor, C.J.

Nonfiction:
From Freezer to Cooker / Conner, Polly
Sovietistan / Fatland, Erika
Tightrope / Kristof, Nicholas D.
Successful Aging / Levitin, Daniel J.
You're Not Listening / Murphy, Eleanor Kate
Ultimate Veg / Oliver, Jamie
How to Raise a Reader / Paul, Pamela
How to Make Your Money Last-Completely Updated for Planning / Quinn, Jane Bryant
Chocolate for Beginners / Shaffer, Kate
Martha Stewart's Organizing / Stewart, Martha