August 2021
We have a winner!

Congratulations to our standup paddle board raffle winner.... WILLIAM MARTONE! We hope William enjoys learning to paddle board this summer!

Many thanks to all of you who purchased raffle tickets and helped to support Sturgis Library. We appreciate your generosity!

Support Sturgis Library
July 1st marked the start of our new fiscal year -- FY2022! As many of you know, Sturgis Library is an independent non-profit library, NOT a Town department. We get 40% of our annual operating funding from the Town of Barnstable, and must raise the rest through donations, sales, fundraising events, and other non-municipal sources. Your support makes it possible for us to offer comprehensive services, engaging programs, and to preserve our historic building. Please consider donating
to our summer FY2022 appeal by clicking the DONATE button below.
Science Fiction After Vonnegut: A Discussion with Charlie Jane Anders, Matt Bell, Lincoln Michel,
Sequoia Nagamatsu, and Sarah Pinsker
Tuesday August 17th @ 6:30 PM

Join us as we talk to five of the leading Science Fiction authors of today on their relationship to Kurt Vonnegut's work, his influence on the genre, and how Science Fiction has evolved since. There will also be discussion on the craft of writing Sci-Fi and plenty of book recommendations along the way.

Panelists include: Charlie Jane Anders, Matt Bell, Lincoln Michel, Sequoia Nagamatsu, and Sarah Pinsker!

This program will have a hybrid attendance. It can either be viewed over Zoom or in-person. All of the authors will speak over Zoom, but it will be projected live in Sturgis Library's Lowell Room and moderated by our assistant director, Corey Farrenkopf.

To attend: send an email to Please specify if you'd like to attend in person or digitally. Seats are limited. call 508-362-6636 for more info.
Barnstable No Place For Hate Bystander Training
Tuesday August 10th or 24th at 5 PM

The interactive training will teach you bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool called the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see harassment online or in person.

To register for this in-person training, email Seating is limited.
The Meetinghouses of Barnstable:
Movie Screening and Director Talk
This documentary explores the history, growth, and development of the various Meetinghouses of Barnstable. The film takes the viewer from the modest beginnings of the 1616 Congregational movement in England up to the East and West Parishes we know today.

Join producer/director, Steve Howland, and local historian, Nancy Viall Shoemaker, for a film screening and talk back/Q and A.

Registration is Required. Email or call 508-362-6636 to sign up.
Backyard Gardens of the Early Colonists
with Joyce Prince
Tuesday Sept 7th at 6:00 PM

Join historian, Joyce Prince, as she leads us through the types of herbs and plants the early colonists of Massachusetts would have in their gardens. This presentation is about the importance of the "Backdoor Garden" and about 10 common plants and herbs that were in them. Joyce will talk about the medicinal, culinary, and household uses of the plants and herbs. There are also anecdotal/ historical/ and or folkloric elements to her presentation. Free and open to all.
Registration is appreciated. Email us at to sign up!
YMCA Summer Food Program
Beginning Friday, June 25th, after our 1:00 Storytime!

Kiddos 18 years old and younger can swing by Sturgis Library every Friday starting June 25th for a free grab-and-go lunch!

YMCA is proud to be serving the children in the Cape Cod community for over 12 years in a row
Summer Reading at Sturgis Library
June 28th through August 21st

Keep track of your reading this Summer and collect pins for your backpack (or anything else you want to bedazzle with pins)!

Sign up for our Summer Reading Program beginning June 28th! Upon sign up you’ll receive a coupon for a free ice cream, a reading log, and a bookmark!

Set your own reading goals each week. If you reach your personal goal, pat yourself on the back and then swing by the children’s room and pick out a pin from our delightful custom pin selection!
Outdoor Storytime
Every Friday at 1:00 PM

Join us outside for stories and merriment every Friday at 1:00!

In the event of soggy weather, Storytime will be held inside where masks are encouraged for those who are unvaccinated.

Registration is not required.

Email Christy at
The Sprightly, Bright Book Club
Held in-person on the last Tuesday of every month

Are you between the ages of 8ish to 12ish years old? Do you like (or love!) to read? If you answered yes to these questions, then The Sprightly Bright Book Club is the place for you!

Let's choose, read, and discuss books together!

The discussion will take place in-person on the last Tuesday of every month at 4:30pm. however if participants prefer to participate virtually via zoom, that is an option, too!

Registration is required!
For more information and to register, please email Christy at
Kids' Outdoor Yoga Four Week Program!
11:30am on
July 28th, August 4th, August 11th, August 18th

Join certified children’s yoga instructor Anina Sinclair for a fun, age appropriate, outdoor yoga session!

Participants are asked to bring their own blanket/towel and to spread out at least six feet away from other participants.

Registration is required! Please email Christy at
Terrific Turtles with Joy Marzolf
August 25th at 11:00am

What is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? How big can a sea turtle grow? Are all turtle shells the same? Find out for yourself! Learn more about our wonderful shelled friends and meet some real turtles at the end!

Be sure to check out the other programs offered as part of this aquatic and informative series!

Sharks at Cotuit Library
August 9th at 10:00 am

Blue Habitats at Hyannis Library
August 14th at 11:00am

Sharks and Snakes Crafternoon at Whelden Library
August 18th at 4:00pm

Sharks at Marstons Mills Library
August 23rd at 10:00am

Snakes and Other Dangerous Animals at Whelden Library
August 30th at 4:00pm
Young Artists Featured in Barnstable Village

Sturgis Library asks young artists of all ages to submit their artwork to be displayed in the Barnstable Village Association's display case located in the center of Barnstable Village!

Each artist will be featured for one week!

Artists can contact Christy at to coordinate a week to display their artwork.
Monthly Art Displays

Terry Varney-Smith and Mark Vonnegut will be displaying their paintings throughout the month of August in the Simpkins Room!

Terry Varney-Smith’s recent Cape Cod paintings, “Silver Linings”, are inspired by events of 2020 and the resulting emotions of darkness and light, shadow and illumination.
Mark Vonnegut will be displaying a number of landscape paintings. Coggin's Pond, Scudders Lane, Calves Pasture Lane, and Sandy Neck figure prominently. His watercolors involve vanishingly small amounts of pigment in vanishingly thin layers. It’s almost like there’s nothing there. 
Sturgis Library
3090 Main Street P.O. Box 606
Barnstable, MA 02630

Our hours are:
Monday 10-5
Tuesday 10-8
Wednesday 10-5
Thursday 10-6
Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-4
Sundays and holidays CLOSED