The Folio
The official newsletter of Falmouth Memorial Library, February 2021
It's very encouraging to see the COVID-19 new case numbers and test positivity rate decline in Maine, and specifically in Cumberland County. As long as this trend continues, and we are not adversely impacted by the more easily transmissible variants affecting other states, we are planning to reopen the library for in-person browsing the week of February 22nd.

The trade-off is that we will need to discontinue Library Takeout when we are open, due to staffing constraints. Please keep placing your holds as you have been - the only difference is soon you may be able to pick them up at the circulation desk like you used to. Watch this space for updates or changes to these plans!

Jenna Mayotte, Library Director
NEW!! Book of the Month Selection from the Falmouth Book Baristas!

I am very excited to share a monthly book suggestion with you via The Folio, but what a challenge to pick just one book for so many different kinds of readers!

Many recent reads came to mind: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh at the end of its 75th anniversary of publication, but most people I’ve talked with have read it at least once; Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark, yet many readers I know are looking for something lighter, more uplifting, and perhaps shorter than this comprehensive study. Perhaps something current like A Promised Land by Barack Obama? Or would that be too political (and too lengthy) to suggest? There is the beautiful and poetic Beneficence by Meredith Hall, the book I just finished for Maine Public’s online book club…but that is a sad story (still worth reading – incredibly well written). Some of the celebrity book groups have some worthy picks: Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour and The Push by Ashley Audrain, though those books are all over social media and book reviews.

In the middle of my pondering, and albeit on a day full of challenges, my mom dropped off Is This Anything by Jerry Seinfeld, borrowed from the Falmouth Memorial Library, and filled with post-its tabbing pages. She thought I might like to read it before it was returned, and she curated the best, funniest jokes and vignettes for me. I read, I laughed, I snickered, I went to the next tab. Then I went back and read it all. I started reading to my teen and adult children out loud, which was exactly what my mom had done. So, a long explanation to say check out Jerry Seinfeld’s Is This Anything. Read it to yourself, read it to your family, zoom with some friends and read it to them. Though Seinfeld’s claim to fame is stand up, his book is just as entertaining read to yourself. Five Stars!
Libraries Night Out: Maine Edition with Susan Conley

Join Susan Conley as she discusses her new novel, LANDSLIDE, with Richard Russo!

This event would not be possible without the support of Penguin Random House Library Marketing and libraries across the state of Maine. A special thank you to all of our library co-sponsors: Maine Library Association, Portland Public Library, Patten Free Library, South Berwick Public Library, D.A. Hurd Library, Lithgow Public Library, Witherle Memorial Library, Pittsfield Public Library, Readfield Community Library, Peabody Memorial Library, Thompson Free Library, Rockland Public Library, Windham Public Library, Auburn Public Library, Friend Memorial Public Library, Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, Casco Public Library, Topsham Public Library, Hubbard Free Library, York Public Library, Rockland Public Library, Lewiston Public Library, Jesup Memorial Library, Curtis Memorial Library, Thomas Memorial Library, and Falmouth Memorial Library.

This is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom - you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.
Have You Tried Our Reader Concierge Service Yet?

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!

Science & Craft Kits! 

Starting this month our Youth Services department has put together a number of take-home science and craft kits. These are free kits for you to take home to your creative and inquisitive young readers at home to explore. They contain materials and instructions for a fun scientific experiment, craft, or other fun home activity. We will be introducing a new kit each week and making them available to patrons who pick up materials, so feel free to grab one when stopping by to take advantage of our Library Takeout service! 
Forget How to Request an Interlibrary Loan?

You may place your own interlibrary loan requests by following the steps below or using our "How to Minerva" guide located on our website under the tab Services, and click on Interlibrary Loans:

  • Visit our website
  • Select the Collection tab
  • Select the Library Catalog tab
  • Search by title, author, subject or keyword. If Falmouth does not own the item, try searching in “All Minerva Locations.”
  • Select desired title from the displayed list.
  • Then click “Request.”
  • Follow the prompts to enter your last name and barcode number, then click “Submit.”

While placing holds, you might see that the item you want is available at Falmouth Memorial Library. You might assume that because your request is available here, that this will be the copy that you will get. However, for a number of reasons this isn't always the case. So, if your request is time sensitive, please contact the Library directly and let us help you place your hold in order to ensure, if possible, that the local item is reserved.  

Virginia Kiesewetter, Circulation Manager
We apologize but we are unable to accept donations at the Library for the Food Pantry until further notice. They are not currently accepting food donations, so we have nowhere to take them and they are not scheduling pick-ups at the Library.

We are also still unable to accept book donations, so please don't leave them at our doors, we don't have the volunteers to process them, or the space to store them right now.