Holiday Hours 2019
Wednesday, November 27 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday, November 28 CLOSED
Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday until 8 pm every weekend.
Open Sunday, December 15 - Monday, December 23 until 8 pm every night.
Tuesday, December 24 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday, December 25 CLOSED
Thursday, December 26 12 pm - 5 pm
Tuesday, December 31 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday, January 1 12 pm - 5 pm
January 6 - 7 we will be CLOSED for physical inventory and our annual refresh and planning.
www.eightcousins.com is always open!
Choose "Pick up in store" to avoid shipping charges. Leave us any wrapping instructions in the notes of your order. Gift cards can also be purchased through our website.
Our annual Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 5.
Our Holiday Picks 2019 will be displayed in-store on Sunday, November 10.
The Giving Tree will be set up on Sunday, November 10.
Look for our Holiday Picks newsletter appearing in the Falmouth Enterprise beginning Friday, November 22.
Come see us on Small Business Saturday, November 30!
Ordering Deadlines (in-store and online)
VERY LAST DAY to place orders in time for the first day of Hanukkah and Christmas is Thursday, December 19 by closing.
Orders *usually* arrive within a few days, but we ALWAYS recommend allowing a small cushion! Just in case.
We recommend placing all orders before Sunday, December 15 to ensure the timely arrival AND availability of books.
A Month of Giving
Beginning on Sunday, November 10, our Giving Tree will be up and decorated with name tags in the bookstore. Gifts can be purchased at a 15% discount and donations can be made towards the Giving Tree to ensure that all the names provided to us by local organizations receive gifts this holiday season.
2019 is also our third year sponsoring the Giving Tree First Library program. For $100, we are able to provide a library to a local child ages 0-3 for one year.
Book experts Linda and Lisa have coordinated our library book selection all three years for this program. Both Linda and Lisa have spent their lives dedicated to early literacy programs. Before retiring, Linda worked in early childhood special education and public health, and was involved in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Lisa is a former School Librarian (pre-K through grade eight) and Children's Librarian. Both of them wanted to stay connected to children's literature here in Falmouth, and the Giving Tree First Library has given them a way to do just that.
When asked about the importance of introducing reading to babies and toddlers, Linda says, "One can never start too soon to foster a love of books! Even when children are very young, their brains are working on creating important neuropathways that improve with expanded visual, auditory, sensory and emotional experiences in their environment." Lisa seconds this, emphasizing that "maybe the most important thing about reading with a young child is that by taking time to share this activity together it helps to inspire a love of books." A love of books leads to critical thinking skills and empathy.
When choosing which books to include in their library selections, Linda and Lisa approach the process thoughtfully and purposefully. As Lisa points out, for young readers "it is important to choose books that not only have beautiful and fun illustrations, but also have simple but engaging text." Linda also notes that when choosing books, they "always try to have a range of books for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers so that the providers who distribute the books can select ones that are tailored to the age and interests of the children and families they are serving."
This generous program would not be possible without the partnership of the Early Learning Intervention, Cape Cod WIC, and you!
If you have any questions about these programs, please ask us!
Once again, Lindsay is coordinating our annual Giving Tree. The beginning steps of this process involve contacting organizations that provide the names for our tree, and sending out letters to make sure we get all the information we need in time to assemble the tree. Lindsay is most excited to see the tree set up and decorated with name tags once everything is gathered!
This month, Lindsay recommends Dutch House by Ann Patchett, a read she thoroughly enjoyed. Lindsay particularly admired how the relationships between characters changed from childhood to adulthood, and how each character's perspective was altered and re-altered as they were met with new stages of life.
Among many responsibilities, Tasha orders our gift wrap and Mrs. Grossman's stickers at the beginning of October – a task which takes on a special importance during the holiday season! Tasha says that choosing stickers and thinking of ways to combine them to make a fun scene is one of her favorite parts about deciding which selections to order.
Tasha's November recommendation is The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. She describes it as a page-turning World War II story about courageous women – a great choice for those searching for the perfect intersection of history and mystery.
What We're Recommending . . .
At age 14, Adrienne Brodeur became her mother’s confidante and accomplice in hiding her mother’s affair with a family friend – in fact, one of her husband’s best friends. Looking for her mother’s attention and love, Adrienne plunged into the web of lies that the affair’s cover-up demanded. In her memoir Wild Game, Adrienne details the effect of the culmination of lies and deceptions that dogged her well into her 30s. As she notes in her memoir, “lying and stealing were never truly discouraged in my home. The taking of ‘small liberties’ to ensure my mother got what she wanted was routine . . .” and “In our family, being right trumped being truthful.”
As an adult, Adrienne accepts the fact of her mother’s self-centeredness and that she would never realize nor acknowledge the harm she inflicted on Adrienne. Although she never abandons her mother, Adrienne chooses to not follow in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, and chooses to love her own children unconditionally. This amazing memoir moves beyond the usual mother-daughter conflicts and describes the lasting, stifling effects that a self-absorbed parent can exercise over a child who is eager to please. It is also testimony to Adrienne Brodeur’s efforts to free herself of the maternal ties that controlled her life for more than 30 years. In the end, she chooses her own road to happiness.
Meaghan Quinn, Falmouth resident and poet, has published her first collection of poems, Slow Dance Bullets. Her poems, which deal with her struggles with addiction, sexuality, and religion, are extremely personal. As Meaghan delves into her past her poems are raw and gritty – and reveal an extremely courageous poet. Presented in sections labeled “A Childhood,” “Rituals,” “Hymn,” and “Slow Dance Bullets,” the final poem “How to Forgive Yourself" is testament to the journey Meaghan had traveled while in recovery.
Author Nathalia Holt details, in The Queens of Animation, the artistic and technological breakthroughs as the Disney Studios ushered in a new age of animation in the 1930s and 1940s. Many of these advances were the result of pioneering work by a handful of women, hired by Walt Disney himself, but who faced dismissive and abusive treatment by their male co-workers.
In most cases not even mentioned in the movie credits, these women persisted and thus have had a lasting impact on the culture at Disney and the presentation of female characters. Holt pays homage to the women who broke down barriers in the field of animation, women who were talented artists and writers, who brought a breath of fresh air and life into the Disney films that became a part of American culture. Holt also explains the incredible amount of detailed work involved in pulling together an animated film – hundreds of employees, thousands of hand-drawn sketches, and endless meetings were necessary to finalize a concise script. This process is an art form lost in our age of computerized art!
In Children's Books:
A few years ago a group of book enthusiasts declared November to be Picture Book Month. We usually see a surplus of fantastic new picture books throughout the fall and this year is no exception. We're including a small selection of our favorites in this newsletter. Look for more of our favorites on the Holiday Picks 2019 list, which will be officially announced in a few weeks!
A child in a red Snowy Day suit brings joy to conversation and human interaction. Using the concept that we Ping others and they Pong back, Castillo brings table tennis to a new metaphorical level. It might be a bit lengthy for younger children, but the illustrations are sure to pull in the 5-7 year old age range. Overall, the story will inspire everyone – we love giving picture books to adults, and Ping will make a great gift for all ages.
Here and Now challenges the reader to appreciate every moment and to take charge of their own story. It has pages featuring the Droste Effect, silhouettes that seem to radiate more emotion than a face could ever express, and pages that take your breath away with vibrant color. Look beneath the dust jacket for a surprise illustration that shows hands holding the book just as the woman in the story does. Here and Now is a great read-aloud that will set your child on a course of compassion, making them more aware of the world around them.
Yay! It's Saturday! Ava and her mother have a whole day of activities planned. As they zip and they zoom throughout the day, most of their exciting plans are foiled. Ava's mother is devastated as she worries that the whole day is ruined. No worries. Ava thinks it is the best Saturday ever; she got to spend the whole day with her mom! Oga Mora's vibrant illustrations and fun text are a wonderful combo and perfect for a day of cuddling, reading, and enjoying time with mom.
If you're looking for a fun new bedtime book, check out Salsa Lullaby by Jen Arena and illustrated by Erika Meza. Like her first book, Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses, Arena intertwines Spanish and English throughout the chorus. Starting with Mama playing a salsa song, Mama, Papi, and baby use their dancing feet to salsa down the hall, where they sing and jump together in the bedroom. Then the book changes pace when "Mami sways more slowly now. / Papi dims the light. / Baby watches sleepily. / Soon it will be night." Salsa Lullaby is a lively and lovely book to help baby transition from the activities of the day "Baila, baby, baila. Dance, dance, dance" to a final restful bedtime: "Duerme, baby, duerme. Sleep, sleep, sleep." Buenas noches.
When moving to Los Angeles in 2011, Susan Orlean visits a branch of the public library with her son. She is drawn back to visits to her neighborhood library with her mother many years before. This visit – and the subsequent tour of the LA Central branch – begins Orlean's investigation into the massive fire at the Central Library in 1986.
In The Library Book, we learn the fire burned to 2,000 degrees, destroyed 500,000 books, and damaged 700,000 more. This resulted in the clean-up and repair of books that took meticulous work. Orlean includes library directors going back to 1880 who were instrumental in building the LA Public Library into the seventy-three-branch system it is today. Perhaps most enlightening for me are the social benefits highlighted that city libraries have offered over the years. And, while who set the fire is still considered unsolved, there was a main suspect with a very interesting story. All the elements of great storytelling!
The audiobook of The Library Book is read by the author.
Curl up with a warm cup of tea and an afternoon read! Tea Drops are organic pressed teas that come in a range of tasty flavors, including Orange Cinnamon Roll and Ginger Peach Cobbler. Just boil some water, drop into your favorite mug, and enjoy as your Tea Drop dissolves!
Looking to provide some creative play for young ones? Little kitchen helpers can mix up a batch of delight with Melissa & Doug’s Mixer Set and Coffee Set.
Ferryboats are a fascination! This wooden ferryboat is loads of fun with vehicles that move from upper to lower deck by elevator, and ramps included for loading.
Quick wits and sharp minds are key in this competitive word game. Think Scrabble and Bananagrams, but faster-paced as each player tries to be the first one to make a word from the tiles turned over in the center. With a fun twist to steal words, this game will soon become a household favorite!
In Children's Books: