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Ellen's Book Review

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Adult Programs

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Recurring Adult Programs

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Kids' Programs

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News and Updates

One Night at the Library

A Haunted House Fundraiser

Saturday, October 21st


Ticket Sales Open: October 1st

Our Fall festival was supposed to be a night of fun for all ages, little did we know that something sinister was lurking in the shadows. 

Get ready for a hair-raising experience at our haunted house fundraiser event! 

Join us at the library for a hauntingly good time, where you'll encounter spine-chilling scares and terrifying surprises around every corner. With live actors, special effects, and an eerie atmosphere, this haunted house is not for the faint of heart! 

Don't miss out on this unforgettable evening of frights and fun - get your tickets now and support a great cause!

Tickets sales begin October 1st. 

Guarantee entry and take advantage of our group purchase discount (only available online), click here.

Ticket sales are cash only the night of the event.

Closed Monday, October 9th

The library will be closed for the holiday. Our regular hours will resume Tuesday October 10th at 9am.

Closed Saturday October 21st

We're sorry for ghosting you, the library will be closed for haunted preparations.

Banned Books Week

October 1st-7th

Celebrate the freedom to read!

Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information.

To celebrate we'll be sharing notable banned books on social media throughout the month of October.

Let's come together as a community to support the freedom to express ideas and to read.

Pick up your solar eclipse glasses at Whelden

Register to receive your eclipse glasses. This is not a program, this is just to pick up the glasses. We have 2 eclipses coming up. Saturday, October 14th, 2023 from 1:26 to 2:33 pm we will see about a 29% eclipse, and Monday, April 8th from 2:15 to 4:40 pm we will see about a 94% eclipse.

Visit for more information and to register for your glasses.

To Our CLAMS Mobile App Users

At this time, the CLAMS smart phone app that you may have been using to manage your account, place holds, search the catalog, or self-checkout is experiencing technical difficulties.

Because of this, our network as decided to remove it.

Don't worry, you can still access our services through your browser.

Please refrain from using the app for now and enjoy a smoother experience online.

Become a Trustee Today

Are you a Barnstable resident who wants to give back to your community?

Do you believe in the transformative power of libraries and want to advocate for it?

If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

Join the Board and become a library trustee today!

As a trustee, you'll play a crucial role in ensuring that your library remains a vital resource for everyone.

You'll have the chance to make a real difference in your community and help spread the joy of reading and learning.

Don't wait any longer to make a positive impact - send your letter of interest to, attn: nomination committee

Ellen's Book Review

Kwei Quartey's 

Emma Djan Investigations Series

Don't miss this brilliantly executed, critically acclaimed series by crime fiction writer and physician Kwei Quartey. In 2018, having practiced medicine for about 20 years while simultaneously working as a writer, Quartey became a full-time novelist. In The Missing American (NPR Favorite Book of 2020), book 1, Accra private investigator Emma Djan's first missing persons case leads her to the darkest depths of the email scams and fetish priests in Ghana, the world's Internet capital. In Sleep Well My Lady (Washington Post Best Mystery and Thriller of 2021) Emma investigates the death of a Ghanaian fashion icon and social media celebrity, Lady Araba. In Last Seen in Lapaz (CrimeReads Most Anticipated Crime Fiction of 2023) a whirlwind romance leads to a brutal murder and the disappearance of a young Nigerian woman; Emma resorts to dangerous undercover work to track her down in Accra.

Order book 1 today, click here!

Resource Review

Whelden Memorial Library Resource Reviews

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Gale Religion and Philosophy

Gale Religion and Philosophy is a database that provides access to scholarly journals and magazines about a wide range of philosophies and religions. The database includes information that covers topics of interest to both researchers and general users.

Readers can learn about famous philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Immanuel Kant, Søren Kierkegaard, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Philosophy of religion is the philosophical examination of themes and concepts involved in religious traditions. Philosophy and religion share similar goals in seeking answers to life's "Big Questions," such as the ultimate nature of reality, our purpose or place in the world, and the meaning of life.

The Religion and Philosophy database in Gale pages has a wealth of interesting information and supports a broad range of topics covering the impact religion has had on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language.

In my search, I came upon a fascinating article on why women aren’t generally counted among the most famous philosophers by Rebecca Buxton. It's something I hadn't considered before but I'm really glad I found it and I will definitely be using Gale pages to look up Simone de Beauvoir and Mary Wollstonecraft. Considered 'feminist thinkers' these women embodied what it is to be 'philosophers proper'

Adult Programs

Donate Today!

We love being able to offer all of our programs and events free to our community!

Help us keep up the good work: Consider making a donation.

Whelden is a private non-profit that relies on donations, grants, and fundraisers for more than half of its operating budget.

Paypal Link:


or donate the next time you stop in!

October Take & Make - Mod Podge Leaves

Register for a kit, or just the (very simple) instructions on how to preserve the beautiful fall leaves in your yard to use in home decor or fall crafting.

To Register:



or Call: 508-362-2262

Virtual Chocolate Tour in Bribri Indigenous Territory

Thursday, October 5th


Join us at the library for a watch party of this virtual Costa Rican tour! This live tour takes place in one of the most remote places in Costa Rica. A guide from Enjoy Virtual Tours Costa Rica will teach us about the indigenous Bribri culture, their beliefs, and their way of life. We'll learn how chocolate is grown and prepared in the old-fashioned way, from the very fruit to the cup. The Bribri will also teach us about how their homes are built and about the medicinal plants that they have used for centuries. Because this is a live virtual tour, audience questions can be answered in real-time, and we'll have Costa Rican treats for sampling.

This program is offered in partnership with the Brewster Ladies Library Library in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

To Register:



or Call: 508-362-2262

Star Party at the Werner Schmidt Observatory

See below for date/time details

Whelden Library and the Cape Cod Astronomical Society invite you to a star party at the Werner Schmidt Observatory!

When: This is not a simple answer because it's very weather dependent. It will be one night between October 9th and 14th and we will secure the date a few days ahead of time. We do know it will start at 7:30 pm.

How: You will need to register so we can confirm the date and provide a head count. 

Once we know which day is optimal a confirmation email will be sent out with the date and address.

To Register:



or Call: 508-362-2262

BCOA - Finding the Anchors in our community

Thursday, October 12th


Let's take a look at our community resources! The program will cover local aging agencies, SHINE, caregiver needs, nutritional support, and much more.

Award Winning Author Felice Cohen, What Papa Told Me

Thursday, October 12th


What Papa Told Me offers a fresh perspective of the Holocaust—that of the third generation. Felice has spoken to thousands of students and adults at schools, libraries, synagogues and bookstores across the country and has been featured in two Holocaust documentaries, both focusing on grandchildren of survivors. A story of loss and despair, What Papa Told Me hinges on hope and survival. Felice will speak about the experience of writing this book with her grandfather, of hearing his stories that he’d kept secret for decades, even from his three children, as well as the challenge of writing this moving piece of history.

To Register:



or Call: 508-362-2262

Halloween Harvest, Ghosts, Goblins & More

Saturday, October 28th


A lively participatory program of seasonal songs & stories by Davis Bates, Parents’ Choice Award-winning singer & storyteller. Celebrate the Season & the Diverse Cultural Heritage of New England. Recommended for ages 8 to adult.

To Register:



or Call: 508-362-2262

Recurring Adult Programs

Spice of the Month Club

Register to receive a new spice or spice blend to use in your baking, cooking, or cocktail making and then share with us in pictures or recipes how you used it and how much or how little you liked it.

Registration required



or Call: 508-362-2262

Time for Tea

Every Thursday


Embrace the perfect Thursday pick-me-up!

Explore our tea library, savor a delightful brew, and set the perfect tone for your day.

Tech Help by Appointment

Learning a new device? Struggling to figure out e-books? Need to send an email? We're here for you!

To request an appointment:

Call: 508-362-2262



Kids' Programs

Donate Today!

We love being able to offer all of our programs and events free to our community!

Help us keep up the good work: Consider making a donation.

Whelden is a private non-profit that relies on donations, grants, and fundraisers for more than half of its operating budget.

Paypal Link:


or donate the next time you stop in!

Skele-Tons of Fun Scavenger Hunt

Throughout the Month

Find the skeletons hidden in the library to solve the riddle and win a prize!

Ask for the form at the desk!

Return your completed sheet to claim your prize!

October Take & Make:

Fall Leaf Felt Lion

Use the fallen, colorful leaves in your backyard to make a lion's mane around a soft, felt face!

Sign up for Your Kit:



or Call: 508-362-2262

Fall Crafts

Wednesday, October 11th


Sticks and Stones! Rock art and Rain Sticks for Fall Craft fun.

To Register:



or Call: 508-362-2262

Reading to Dogs

Thursday, September 12th


Come and make a furry friend with the well-trained Companion Animal Program dogs! Read picture books and cuddle with the dogs and chat with their owners. 

Harvest Time Puppet Show

Sunday, October 29th

1:00 pm

West Barnstable Community Blg.

2377 Meetinghouse Way

West Barnstable

Celebrate Autumn with Pitter Patter Puppets-show with Mary Wilson! This will be a fun puppet show for children and adults alike!

Recurring Kids' Programs

Storytime with Lizzy



Drop-in story time geared towards a pre-school audience. Caregivers and children listen to stories read by Lizzy, sing, dance, and have fun each week! If the weather's nice, we go outside!

Lego Club

Second Wednesday of Every Month


Time to get creative!

Drop in and test your build skills.

Complete our challenge or do your own thing!

Leave behind your creations to be put on display in the library until next month.

All ages welcome! Duplos available for younger builders. 

Family Movie Night

Monday, October 30th


Now water and fire have personalities and a movie!

Parents please note: rated PG

Can't guess the title?

Call or email to find out.

Pokémon Club

Sunday, Oct. 15, 1:00 pm

Do you love Pokémon?!

Let's celebrate our common interest with each other!

Scavenger hunt, prizes, trivia, and trading card game practice, instruction, and play time!

Children 10 or older may be left until Club time ends.

Dates and times vary, so stay tuned by signing up for our newsletters and checking our event calendar!

Registration is required for this club. 

To Register:



or Call: 508-362-2262

Resources and Other Stuff

New to Whelden:

The Little Tea LIbrary

Our Seed Library was a big hit, but it's time to switch things up!

We're excited to announce that we'll now be offering a Tea Library!

We know that many of our patrons are tea lovers, and we want to provide a space for them to try new blends and share their favorites with others.

If you're like some of our staff and have an abundance of tea to share, we'd love to take your donation!

Donations must be unexpired, unopened loose leaf, or individually wrapped and sealed bags with ingredients clearly labeled.

We want to ensure that our Tea Library is stocked with the best quality teas for everyone to enjoy.

So, come on in and try a new tea today!

Please Tell Us How We're Doing

Do you love your library?

Do you have constructive feedback on how we could improve?

Please take a moment to fill out our survey.

Click here to be brought to the survey.

FOWL Bookstore Open for the Season

2nd and 4th Saturday of every month


Check out what our basement bookstore has to offer and take home your next favorite forever book.

Mango Languages

Free with your Whelden library card.

Choose from over 70 languages including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Learn on the go - Download the Mango app onto your smart device to access the courses anywhere at your convenience.

Follow this link: to get started.

Have your library card number ready.*

Select 'Use Mango as a Guest' to get started quickly


Select 'Sign Up' to create a profile and save your progress as you learn. 


*Please note: You must have a library card issued by Whelden Library to use this service.

Need Help?

Call: 508-362-2262


Or stop by the library.

Whelden Memorial Library

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Monday..................2pm - 7pm

Tuesday.................9am - 2pm

Wednesday............2pm - 7pm

Thursday................9am - 2pm

Friday.....................9am - 2pm

Saturday................9am - 2pm



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