The Folio
The official newsletter of Falmouth Memorial Library
January 2021
Saturday Services Return January 9

Thank you again for your patience as we work through this pandemic as safely as we can. In order to provide you the best service possible, we have shifted staffing in order to offer Library Takeout hours on Saturdays, starting on January 9, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Covid-19 Precautions-Update
As promised in our last COVID-19 closure announcement on 12/21/20, the Library Leadership Team recently reviewed the most current data on and Maine CDC and there has been very little movement in either direction in the statistics we have been following (most recent data reported, accessed online 12/30/20):

  • New daily cases and deaths have continued to hit high water milestones, interspersed with lower days or no-data days attributed to lab closures due to the holidays – the resulting 7-day average for Maine is 433.4, very close to the last time we reviewed our status.
  • The new case rate per 10,000 for the last 28 days was reported by Maine CDC as 68.61 on December 17, and has not been updated since last reviewed. The daily new cases per 100,000 is 32.2; it is 43.2 in Cumberland County. This is labelled “dangerous” by, based on the “Key Metrics for Covid Suppression” by Harvard Global Health Institute and others.
  • The positive test rate in Cumberland County has increased slightly to 4.8%. The World Health Organization recommends a positive test rate of less than 10%. The countries most successful in containing COVID have rates of 3% or less.

Based on this data, for the next two weeks we have decided to continue with Library Takeout only. At that time, we will review the data again and communicate the results of that review on January 18.

Jenna Mayotte
Library Director

Shikha Vasaiwala
President, Board of Trustees
Camden Conference Community Events via Zoom
To receive the link for one or both of these lectures,
contact Jeannie at with the

Comparing the Impacts of Climate Change upon Maine and Greenland with Professor Jeff Thaler
Thursday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm via Zoom

Even while most people are focused upon COVID-19, ongoing climatic changes fueled by our reliance upon fossil fuels are continuing to cause significant, long-term changes to economies and the environment. Maine and Greenland are each on the frontline of those climate changes, and have more in common than we realize. This talk will provide an overview of the impacts of change both in Greenland and Maine, and how each is attempting to plan and respond.

Jeff Thaler is a professor of practice at the University of Maine School of Law, and the associate university counsel for environmental, energy, and sustainability projects for the University of Maine System. He is also an associate faculty member of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute.

Melting Away: Disappearing Archaeology in the Arctic with Genevieve LeMoine, Curator of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Bowdoin College
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm via Zoom

This talk will look at the damage climate change is doing to prehistoric and historic archaeological site across the Arctic, and the ways archaeologists and northern communities are coping with this emerging problem. Starting with her own work at Etah, Greenland, arctic researcher Genevieve LeMoine will illustrate the various ways sites are being destroyed, and the efforts to save them.

Genevieve LeMoine has been doing archaeological fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland for over 30 years. Her research has taken her from the Mackenzie Delta all the way to northern Ellesmere Island and Northwestern Greenland. She is curator of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Bowdoin College.

These lectures are sponsored by Falmouth Memorial Library and Merrill Memorial Library as Camden Conference Community Events leading up to the 34th annual Camden Conference, the Geopolitics of the Arctic, a Region in Peril - February 20-21. For more information, visit
Adult Services
Our Adult Services Department has launched two new curbside initiatives: Takeout Printing and a Reader Concierge Service. Read on for details! Questions? Email or call (207) 781-2351 ext. 140.

Takeout Printing
Need to print documents but don’t have access to a printer? Let us help!
Send the document you’d like printed, along with your telephone number, to Once your document has been received, a librarian will call you to arrange a pick-up time. There is no charge for printing services at this time. We ask that patrons limit prints to 15 pages or less.

Reader Concierge Service
We’ll do the browsing. You’ll get the books you need.
With the library’s Reader Concierge Service, simply fill out a quick form and the Falmouth Book Baristas will select books for you based on your reading preferences. We’ll contact you when your books are ready – you just pick them up and enjoy!

Great Books
Every Other Monday 10:00-11:00 am
January meetings - January 11 & 25
Great Books meets every two weeks to engage in critical, reflective thinking and engagement of readers of all ages through discussion of selected works. Our group reads a pre-selected story and then discusses a variety of aspects of the text.
This group is currently meeting virtually using Zoom. For more information on what we're reading and how you can join in, email

2nd Wednesday Book Group
The 2nd Wednesday of Each Month 1:00-2:00 pm
Next meeting January 13
The Falmouth Memorial Library Book Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The group reads a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. January's selection is - The Radium Girls by Kate Moore 

No Boundaries Book Group
January 29 from 3:00-4:00 pm
The No Boundaries Book Discussion is a monthly program in which folks can chat about what they’re reading. There is no assigned book, we just ask that you come ready to chat with your friends and neighbors about what everyone is currently reading. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, recommendations, and connect with others. This group is currently meeting virtually using Zoom. For more information on how you can join in, email

A Common Yarn
Thursdays 1:00-3:00 pm
A textile craftsmanship group that meets weekly to work on and share their own projects created by knitting, felting, tatting, weaving, embroidery, spinning, etc.  Participants are encouraged to bring along their unfinished projects for a little inspiration and guidance. This group is currently meeting virtually using Zoom. For more information on how you can join in, email

Youth Services
With our return to Library Takeout service, we want to remind people of all the ways that Falmouth Memorial Library is still here for you even when we can’t share the same physical spaces.  We will continue to post storytimes, singalongs, crafts and other fun children’s programming for you online on our Facebook page for you to view anytime. 
We’ll continue to add new books, videos, and more to our collection, and will add videos discussing our newest items to facebook so that you can be aware of our most exciting new offerings and request them as soon as they’re available.   
Don’t forget that we’re here and available to help you find the best books for you to read next, discuss books you’d like to see at the library, answer any questions you may have and more!   To reach Mr. Will or Ms. Larisa, simply email us at We love hearing from you, and will be more than happy to help!   
We hope that all of our patrons stay safe and healthy, and are sharing our best wishes along with our books.