Summer 2016 Events


Tuesday, June 28 Story Time with Amy Wyman
10:30 am
Ages 3-5
Research findings show that the early years are an optimal window for nurturing a child's potential, and support the importance of music and movement in the Early Childhood Curriculum. Musical experiences enhance learning, listening, and literacy while providing tools to promote social and emotional success. The goal of Tones In Motion is to expose children to a rich musical environment that deepens their natural connection to music.
 1986 - 2016
Celebrating 30 years!
We are happy to be celebrating 30 years of books and reading in Falmouth, MA on July 1. The fun continues all summer with events such as the 6th Annual Find Waldo Local challenge in 29 participating businesses across Main Street, our first Summer Reading Bingo game, Scholastic's Summer Reading Road Trip, a Harry Potter Party, story times, family game night, summer book clubs, and more. 
Starts July 1

All Ages!Give Me Summer Give Me Books Bingo
Ends August 17 at 3 pm
1) Pick up your Give Me Summer Give Me Books Bingo card at Eight Cousins 
2) Fill out one line (down, across, or diagonal) with the name of one book you read in each square.
3) Bring in your card to Eight Cousins for a small prize AND enter your name into our drawing for one grand prize. 
Grand Prize drawing will take place at our final author event with Sara Pennypacker on Wednesday, August 17 at 4 pm. All qualified entries must be submitted before 3 pm that day. 
We believe that books are for everyone and we especially believe that books should be shared. Families with younger children are welcome to fill out a family bingo card that includes books read aloud. On that note, Give Me Summer Give Me Books is not limited to young readers. This game is flexible enough for readers of all ages to enjoy. Want to have a little family competition for who can fill out their card first? We're all for it! In fact, we'll be having our own Eight Cousins contest! 
Ask us for recommendations, have fun, and happy reading!
July 1 - 29

6th Annual Find Waldo Local
All Ages!
Pick up your Find Waldo Local Passport at Eight Cousins or any other participating business starting July 1!
Find Waldo in 10 or more businesses, pick up a small prize at Eight Cousins.
Find Waldo in 20 or more businesses, enter to win one of 29 Grand Prizes.
Grand Prize drawing will take place at the Where's Waldo? party on Friday, July 29 at 4 pm. You do NOT have to be present to win prizes. We are able to mail prizes. Make sure your phone number is clearly legible on the passport.
Tuesday, July 5 Scholastic Summer Reading Bus Tour
9 am - 12 pm
All Ages!
Starting May 2, 2016, Scholastic hit the road with two Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RVs that are visiting bookstores, schools and libraries across the country. Kids and families can visit the "pop-up" reading community events, meet some of their favorite authors and illustrators, and engage in fun reading activities. The RVs will visit cities nationwide throughout the summer, including: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Orlando, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle AND FALMOUTH! Parents and educators can follow the progress of the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip on social media @Scholastic and #SummerReading, and on the Summer Reading Challenge website (
Special Guests:
Spencer Quinn Kevin Sherry Barbara McClintock


Activities include:
Star Wars thumb doodles
Klutz Coloring Crush Owl
How to draw Dog Man
Harry Potter coloring
Raina Telgemeier story starter
Princess and the Pony drawing activity
Photo ops
special visits with Clifford and Geronimo Stilton!
Lots of activities, prizes, and giveaways.
No story time on July 5!
____________________ Eight Cousins Book Clubs _____________________
Tuesday, July 5
Boy, Snow, Bird
Tuesday, August 2
Readers' Night Out Book Club 
7 pm
Beverages and snacks provided. Contact Mary Fran for more details. 
Wednesday July 6, July 20, August 3, and August 17
Teen ARC Book Club
Ages 11-14
4 pm
Ask a staff member for an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) or be prepared to talk about books you're reading and loving. The Teen ARC Book Club is a chance to share great new books with your peers and get recommendations from them as well. On sunny days, we meet outside. Contact Sara for more details. 
Tuesday, July 12 
Story Time with Janet Costa Bates
10:30 am
Ages 3-5
Janet Costa Bates was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where she lived next door to her father's mother, the inspiration for her first book, Seaside Dream. "Spending time with her, often listening to stories about Cape Verde, was like a gift to me. Seaside Dream is my gift to her."
An accomplished children's fiction writer and proud Cape Verdean, Bates pays tribute to the importance of family and of understanding different cultures in her stories, especially Seaside Dream. "I hope Cape Verdean children feel proud seeing themselves represented in this book. I hope non-Cape Verdean children develop a curiosity about the islands and their beautiful people. I also hope it helps all children look for reasons to celebrate their own families and cultures."
Bates holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, where she is currently the Associate Director of the school's Career Center. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach, and watching her sons play sports. Bates resides in Canton, Massachusetts.
Tuesday, July 19 
Story Time
10:30 am
Ages 3-5
Tuesday, July 26 
Story Time with Amy Wyman
10:30 am
Ages 3-5

Since young children learn quickly through modeling the special people in their lives, we at Tones in Motion believe strongly in adult participation. This way everyone will connect musically as we sing and play simple rhythm instruments together.
Friday, July 29 
Where's Waldo Party
4 pm
All Ages!
Grand prize drawing and costume contest!
Remember: you do NOT have to be present to win prizes. We are able to mail prizes. Make sure your phone number is clearly legible on the passport.
Saturday, July 30 
Harry Potter Party
9 pm - 12 am
All Ages!
Costume contest and trivia. We will take pre-orders for 20% off until 10:30 pm. Line will not begin before 11 pm.
Butterbeer available outside Liam Maguire's Irish Pub.
More details TBD! Watch our Facebook page for updates!
Sunday, July 31 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book release
12:01 am
Tuesday, August 2 
Story Time 
10:30 am
Ages 3-5
Tuesday, August 9 
Story Time with Liza Walsh
10:30 am
Ages 3-5
Author Liza Gardner Walsh has worked as a pre-school teacher, children's librarian, high school English teacher, writing tutor, museum educator, and she holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She lives with her family in Camden, Maine.

Fairy Houses All Year celebrates the year-round pleasures of fairy house building. Through the use of seasonal materials, kids and families can engage in this natural and creative endeavor no matter the weather. For example, fall fairy houses feature vibrant colored leaves, pumpkins, and late blooming flowers. Winter fairy houses are built using snow, ice, old birds' nests, or the dried husks of milkweed and seed pods. In spring, fairy houses become abundant with early blooms, bare branches, and lots of mud! Summer fairy houses are perhaps the most decorative because choices for the summer fairy house are boundless. Filled with color photos, snippets of fairy lore, helpful advice and instructions, and lots of information about nature, Fairy Houses All Year is the ideal handbook for crafting fairy homes no matter the season.
For Fairy Houses Story Time: BYO Natural Collections (acorns, small sticks, moss, leaves, shells, feathers, bark, etc. Materials also provided.)
Tuesday, August 16 
Story Time with Julia Denos
10:30 am
Ages 3-5
The hardest question for Julia Denos to answer is "What is your favorite color?" She has illustrated several children's books, including Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo, I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn, Dotty by Erica S. Perl, Grandma's Gloves by Cecil Castellucci, and Letters to Leo by Amy Hest. Swatch is the first book she has written and illustrated. Julia currently lives in Boston. You can visit her online at

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color is a vibrant picture book that celebrates the beauty and color all around us. In a world where colors run wild, there lives a girl named Swatch-a color tamer who wants to collect them all. But, as we all know, colors do not always like to be tamed. Full of beautifully vivid illustrations, Swatch perfectly captures the exuberance and joy of creative freedom with an irresistible story for readers of all ages.


Wednesday, August 17 
Sara Pennypacker,
author of Pax and Waylon! One Awesome Thing
4 pm
Ages 7-11
Sara Pennypacker splits her time between Florida and Massachusetts, where she feels lucky to be able to write every day. She is the author of many children's books, including seven in the New York Times best-selling Clementine series; two in the Stuart series; PaxMeet the DullardsSummer of the Gypsy Moths; and Sparrow Girl. Her books have won numerous accolades, including a Golden Kite Award, a Christopher Award, and several children's choice state awards, and they have appeared on many Best Books of the Year lists. For more information, visit

With a nod to creating equally unforgettable and relatable characters as she did in the Clementine books, Sara Pennypacker and illustrator Marla Frazee introduce young readers to Waylon, an enthusiastic, science-minded student, with a heart of gold. But despite all of Waylon's efforts to use science to better understand the world around him, he's going to discover that sometimes it takes a bit of unexpected 'awesome' to really put things into perspective!

Waylon has lots of ideas for making life better through science, like getting to places via teleportation, humans breathing through gills, and attracting cupcakes by controlling gravity. But it's getting impossible for him to concentrate on his research when he's experiencing his own personal Big Bang -- like when "Mr. Popular," Arlo Brody, starts dividing the fourth grade boys into two groups, or how Waylon's older sister, Neon, seems not to have time for him, and then there's the run-in with the cops. Yet, just when it looks as though things can't get any worse, something's going to happen to bring it all together again, and it is, without a doubt, One. Awesome. Thing.
From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come.
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.
At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.
Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .
Friday, August 19
Gamewright Family Game Night
7 - 9 pm
Ages 8+

One of our most popular events of the summer! Join us for Gamewright Family Game Night. Play your favorite Gamewright games, learn a few new ones, enter to win prizes, engage in general game-night fun all around!