With the Cape Cod Parent Resource Fair rapidly approaching we will be sharing blog posts on our participating sponsors, vendors and nonprofits. You will find out more about these amazing businesses and what they offer to our community. They will be sharing their services, advice, what challenges face our community as well as upcoming events they will be having. Make sure to check out our virtual program and resource guide ahead of the event so you can plan for what you want to see! We hope to see you at the Resource Fair!
1. Tell us about your business/non profit and how it benefits local families?
Eight Cousins is a bookstore in Falmouth. In recent years, we have expanded to become Falmouth’s Local Family Bookshop, nevertheless, we retain our emphasis on children’s books, early literacy, and community engagement. We are passionate and knowledgeable about books and literacy. Ask us for advice, suggestions, and why reading with kids is one of the most important things you can do as a family. We also offer a range of toys, games, and puzzles. Because we are primarily a bookstore, our gift items emphasize education, play, and social connections.
2. Where is it located?
189 Main Street, Falmouth next to Town Hall. We have a step-free entrance in the back of the store.
3. What is your favorite thing about our community?
One of my favorite things about our community is the community engagement. I love seeing so many organizations, arts & sciences programs, and volunteer opportunities. We love the support the Falmouth community has been willing to provide to keep an independent book store open for 32+ years. Across the Cape, other towns continue to support their own local bookstores. There 10+ independent bookshops on the Cape and islands!
4. How else do you get involved with the community?
We offer events throughout the year. We coordinate an annual Giving Tree to support local schools and organizations. We provide book talks and information on reading and literacy, particularly for children ages 0-3. We are happy to do literacy and book talks with organizations and parent groups.
5. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing parents in our community?
I think there are more resources available to families than people realize, but it might be difficult to find those resources, because we are bombarded with so much information. I also think there is tremendous pressure on parents to move fast and do “one more thing.” It can be hard slow down and make family time together a priority. We’re supporters of not only reading together, but playing, taking a walk, going outside, talking. Those quiet moments spending time together are crucial.
6. What is your favorite memory or story over the years involving you and your business?
This store has been part of my life for most of my life. I shopped here as a kid. My sister was born the same year the store opened and some of her first books were purchased here. We still have them. I worked here as a college student and then again when I was in graduate school. As one of the current owners, I love hearing similar stories about memories of this store across generations. We have people come in who purchased books – that they still have -- for their kids and are now bringing their kids to select books for the grandkids.
7. What advice would you give parents and caregivers in our community?
The first few years are so important and what we see over and over is that the best things you can do to give your kids a strong start are also the most fun: playing, talking, eating, reading, singing, pretending. My advice is do the fun things!
8. Do you have any specials, events, or anything else taking place this upcoming year that our parents should know about?
Our events are listed on our website (www.eightcousins.com), in our newsletters, and on our Facebook page. We have Tuesday story times in the summer and Family nights on Friday evenings. We welcome suggestions about events and programming.
Cape Cod Moms