Exploring Falmouth Public Library

The Falmouth Public Library is a town jewel, set right in the heart of historic Falmouth Village. Nestled in between Main Street and Mullen-Hall School, Falmouth’s main library has been a cultural and social epicenter for generations. Join Falmouth Visitor on a virtual tour of this invaluable local landmark…

Constructed in 1901, Falmouth Public Library, located at 300 Main Street, was renovated most recently in 2008, resulting in an expansion of comfortable and elegantly appointed space for adults, teens and children.

Falmouth is part of CLAMS (Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing), a cooperative association of libraries on the Cape & Islands. Therefore a library card is required to check out materials, but visitors can still enjoy countless resources offered in the inviting two-story building.

The decor boasts an array of paintings, sculptures, and woodcuts, including a rotating exhibit from local artists. 

Bookworms of all ages will find plenty of cozy spots to curl up with a novel, newspaper, or magazine. On the wall hangs a rendition of FPL, which has long been a muse for artists.

The Brabson Young Adult Room provides a welcoming place for youngsters to do homework, build new friendships, and expand their horizons in a safe environment.

The entrance to the Children’s Department features decorative tiles by local artist Tessa Morgan of Flying Pig Pottery. Storytime with Miss Donna (pictured in the background) always draws a crowd, especially during the holidays. Don’t miss a special Thanksgiving edition this Wednesday, November 27 at 10:30 am followed by the ever-popular Holiday PJ Storytime at Highfield Hall on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm. Moms, dads, kids and grandparents are invited to wear festive pajamas for this fun local tradition!

Another favorite for young FPL visitors is “Phyllis’ House,” by local artist Alfie Glover. The whimsical, enchanting structure pays tribute to the late Phyllis Eastwood, FPL’s longtime children’s librarian, who once fashioned a play house from a large cardboard box. 

During the warmer months, the library’s bookmobile can be seen around town, including the beach and the Falmouth Farmer’s Market, delivering FREE books to all ages. If you ask us, we think that’s even better than the ice cream man!

If you don’t have a CLAMS card, bargain books are available for purchase year-round in the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library Book Nook, located in the foyer near the Katharine Lee Bates Road entrance. 

The Friends are currently gearing up for their Holiday Book Sale, which will be held in the Hermann Foundation Room. Hours are Dec. 7, 10-5; Dec. 8, noon to 5; Dec. 9, 10-5; and Dec. 10, 1-8 pm. The Friends’ July Book Sale is arguably one of the highlights of the summer season, and proceeds from both events put on by this volunteer group are used for library enhancements and programs, including museum passes and a new circulation desk at the East Falmouth branch.

"America" Marble Bust Sculpted by Hiram Powers

From lectures to book clubs to civic groups, discovery awaits at Falmouth Public Library.Hours are Mon, 9:30-5:30; Tues and Wed, 1-8:30; Thurs and Fri, 9:30-5:30; Sat, 9:30-5, and Sundays (November to March only) from 1-5. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit Falmouth Public Library.

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