October 2017 @

Sturgis Library
Barnstable Village 

Mysteries and Revelations Exhibit
Three portraits from the Sturgis Library collections will be on display at the Cape Cod Museum of Art from September 24th through November 26th, 2017 as part of their exhibit Mysteries and Revelations:  Discovering Cape Cod's Museum Treasures.

Intriguing objects and their stories reveal fascinating facts about the unfamiliar past of Cape Cod and the Islands in this first Cape-wide collaboration of 36 art, science and history organizations on exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (CCMoA). 
Pondering unsolved mysteries or questioning true or false stories behind a wide range of artifacts, paintings, photographs, and curiosities, visitors will learn the remarkable truths and legends uncovered by these singular treasures preserved by each participating organization.
"Mysteries & Revelations" was organized by Cape Cod Museum of Art Director Edith (Deede) Tonelli and Guest Curator Amanda Wastrom in response to the theme for New England Museum Association's Conference this year:  "Truth & Trust: Museums in a Polarized Society."  The Conference takes place in Falmouth from October 24 - 27. 
"How do we get to the truth?" asks Tonelli.  "This exhibit shines a light on the work of Cape Cod museum professionals who are on the front lines of documenting and preserving our history.  Ultimately, we--our culture and our history--are defined by the stories that we preserve and share with our community.  We invite our community to enter this show with their own stories and add to our shared cultural identity."  
What makes the portraits of Mrs. William Sturgis and her two daughters Ellen and Caroline a revelation?  You'll have to come to the exhibit to find out!

The Cape Cod Museum of Art is located off Rte 6A at the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, Dennis Village.  It is in the complex with the Cape Playhouse and the Cape Cinema.

Don't miss the public reception on Thursday, September 28th from 5:30 to 7 pm.  We hope to see you there.

Pottery+ Sale

We will be holding a pottery and dishware sale the week of Monday, October 16th through Saturday, October 21st, 2017.  Pottery, dishware, and kitchenware of all kinds will be available, including plates, bowls, mugs, vases, glasses, pitchers, casseroles, platters and decorative pieces.  A number of the pieces were made by local potters.

We are accepting donations of gently used or new pottery and dishware through October 14th.  We are particularly interested in handmade pieces.  Donations can be dropped off at the library during regular hours.  Don't forget to ask for a donation card to use for tax purposes.  And plan to stop by and shop the week of October 16th!  Everything will be priced to sell, and all proceeds go directly toward enhancing programs and services.  
If you have any questions, call Lucy at 508-362-6636 or email her at sturgislibrary@comcast.net. 
Pre-Holiday Book Fair 
Mark your calendars for our  
Pre-Holiday Book Fair this November!  
The Book Fair will feature books, gift items, and more from three of our favorite booksellers -- Books by the Sea in Centerville, Isaiah Thomas Books and Prints in Cotuit, and Titcomb's Bookshop in Sandwich.  They will be offering a wide variety of new, collectible, and antiquarian books for adults, young adults, and children, and unique gift items for booklovers young and old.  A percentage of every purchase benefits Sturgis Library.
In addition to the Book Fair, our own used Book Shop will be well-stocked, including a large variety of holiday and winter books to get you in the mood for the season.
The Book Fair will kick off on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 from 5 to 7 PM with an early-bird wine and cheese reception and a chance to be the first to shop.  Admission to the reception is $10.  The Book Fair will continue from 10-5 on Friday, November 3rd and 10-4 on Saturday November 4th.  Admission on Friday and Saturday is free.
We hope to see you there! 

Mark Your Calendars

The following programs for adults (and intersted young adults) are coming in October. 
Visit the links for more information or to register.

Wednesday, October 18th at 4:00 PM

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Experienced Knitting Group

Calling all experienced knitters! 

Are you interested in getting together with fellow experienced knitters to knit together, talk knitting, and share your projects with others?  Nancy Richard of Cummaquid is convening a group which will have its first meeting on Friday, October 20th at 11 AM. There is no need to register for this group.  Just come, and don't forget to bring your knitting!

Upcoming Exhibits and Displays
October Exhibits and Displays

In the Simpkins Room, Antonia Cook will be displaying her pen and paper portraiture done during Cape Cod model sessions. These specific sessions were held in Barnstable, Chatham, and Dennis. Influenced by classical Western artists such as Botticelli, Rubens, and van Dyck, her work reflects such inspiration through her detailed depiction of the human form.
In the front
lobby, Susan Davies will be displaying her hand painted, kiln dried tiles depicting scenes from around the Cape. Also included in her display is a map of Cape Cod done on glass. Susan summered on the Cape as a child, which is where she gained her inspiration for her ocean landscapes and lighthouse vistas.
Do you have artwork, photography, sculpture, crafts, a collection, or other interesting items to exhibit?  Contact Lucy Loomis at 508-362-6636 or drop her an email at

You can get more information about our exhibit spaces on our website.  To see a list of upcoming exhibits and displays, check out the Now Showing page.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of exhibited art, photography, and crafts benefits the Sturgis Library.  Proceeds are used to enhance library services and programs.
Get your 150th Anniversary Whale Ornament 

Sturgis Library's 150th Anniversary whale ornaments are here!  Handcrafted by Barnstable Pottery in Barnstable Village, they feature a happy breaching whale in celadon (or seafoam) green. 

The Library installs  a "Light Giant" whale in the front yard each winter, lit up in blue and white lights, and this whale ornament is modeled after that light giant.  A whale also graces the library's tote bags, and a large mobile called Moby's Pod hangs in the atrium near the children's room.  So whales are near and dear to our hearts.

Ornaments are $15 each.  Only 150 were made, so get yours today!  You can purchase yours at the Library, or call and charge to your credit card and we will ship (add $5 for shipping and handling).  

Enter To Win!

Support Sturgis Library Youth Services

And You Could Win This Brand New American Girl Doll!
October 2nd through November 15th, come buy a $5 ticket to be entered into a drawing for this beautiful (new in box) American Girl Doll.

ALL money collected will be donated to Sturgis Library Youth Services in honor of Melissa Bucell Corley.

Tickets available at the Circulation Desk.
Drawing at 4:00pm on November 15th, 2017

 Spooky Craft

Decoupage Skulls With Miss Megan

Friday, October 13th from 4-5pm

What better way to spend Friday the 13th than making these cool decoupage skulls using antique book pages and decorative napkins?  Each participant will take a skull home to keep.  Supplies are limited to 10 kids.

Ages 8+
Registration Required
Limit: 10

Stuffed Animal Slumber Party

Your Stuffed Toys and Dolls Are Invited

To Spend the Night at Sturgis Library on Friday, October 27th!
Is your favorite furry friend or doll ready for a sleepover at Sturgis Library?
Do you think they will all behave, or get into mischief together?
Miss Megan will read them bedtime stories and tuck them in, but the
security cameras might capture some silly shenanigans during the night.
Drop Off:  Friday 10/27 between 4-5pm
Pick Up:  Saturday 10/28 from 10-11am

Each treasured friend will be given a special name tag and kept
under careful watch until reunited with their owners.
Animals gently stuffed through the drop-box slot on Friday evening
before  7:00pm (tagged with owner's full name) can join the fun, too!
Watch our Facebook page for photos!
Toddler Time With Miss Megan

The Young & The Restless

Wednesday Mornings, October 4th-25th, 11:00-11:30
Ages 12-30 Months
Stories, Music & Movement Followed By Free Play
¨   Engaging short stories
¨   Active singing & dancing with props
¨   Music-making
¨   Parachute games
¨   Bubbles
¨   Tunnel crawl
¨   Block building
Develop early literacy, fine motor, gross motor and social skills  in this FREE action-packed half hour of fun for little ones.   Designed for toddlers between 12-30 months only and space is limited to 10 participants per session.  Advance registration is required.
FREE After School Snacks

Healthy snacks will be available every Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 PM for ANY child age 18 and under.

Snacks will be different each week and served on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

Absolutely no restrictions or requirements apply.
Preschool Storytime 

Join us for Drop-In Preschool Storytime every Thursday morning at 11:00.

Read, sing and dance with Miss Megan!  The program is designed for children ages 2-5 and their parents or caregiver, but siblings are always welcome.  

LEGO Club 

Wednesday, October 4th

The Sturgis Library LEGO Club meets the first Wednesday of every month from 4-5pm.  Collaborate with other brick masterminds as you engineer solutions to a new challenge each month, designed to inspire and enthrall kids of all ages.
FREE!  Drop in.

Library Hours & Holidays 

Sturgis Library will be
closed on Monday, October 9th, 2017 for Columbus Day.

Regular Library hours are:
Monday                                       10 AM to 6 PM
Tuesday                                       1 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday                                  10 AM to 6 PM
Thursday, & Friday                        10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday                                      10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday & major holidays                 CLOSED

Jeanie Hill, President, Board of Trustees
Greg Williams, Vice President

Lucy Loomis, Library Director
Karen Horn, Assistant Director/Circulation Services

For a complete list of staff and Board members,

Do you have questions about the Sturgis Library?  Contact us:

Phone & Fax:
Phone:  508-362-6636
Fax:  508-362-5467