August 2022 News

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Beginning August 1, you can bid on art, books, collectibles,
food-related items, antiques, furniture, gift cards, gift baskets,
unique experiences, and more!
Get Your Tickets for Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate
Friday, August 19th, 2022 at 5:30 PM

Sturgis Library invites you to a special event this summer featuring three experts on wine, cheese, and chocolate -- Joseph Carr Wines, Ron Hilbink, and Antoine Vera. They will share their knowledge of pairing wine with cheeses and chocolates. Attendees will get the opportunity to taste delicious samples from around the world.

In addition, there will be hearty appetizers, cocktails, music, and both a silent and live auction. The event will be held in the St. Mary's Church function room, with access to the gardens.

Tickets can be purchased 3 ways:

Tickets are limited -- get yours now!

Many thanks to our sponsors:
The Berman Family
Deadheaders and Weeders Wanted!
Do you have an hour or so every few weeks to help us keep our gardens looking great? We need one or two people who can stop by on their own schedule to deadhead spent flowers and weed the various gardens. A knowledge of native plants is helpful, but we can show you the difference between a weed and a permanent plant. If interested please contact Lucy Loomis at 508-813-5350 or
Hydrangea Festival Garden Tour Photos
Many thanks to our wonderful gardeners and homeowners for volunteering to open their gardens for our 2022 garden tours. Sturgis Library participates in the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival each year by hosting local gardens for visitors to tour. You can see photos of the gardens here:

During the tour at Kerry and Bob Dyka's garden at Tally Ho Road, their grandson Nolan Lynch set up a lemonade stand to quench the thirsts of garden visitors, as well as to raise money for the Library. Nolan's lemonade stand raised $36.00 for the Library in just a few hours. Thanks so much Nolan!

As you may know, since we are an independent nonprofit organization and not a Town Department, we get less than half of our funding from the Town of Barnstable. We must raise the balance of our operating funds through donations, grants, events proceeds, and other nonmunicipal sources. Please consider making a donation to our FY2023 Annual Appeal, which began July 1st. To donate, click the button below. And thank you!
We've Got Things!
We've got some things in our circulating collection that you may not know about! Ask for these at the Circulation Desk or call to reserve them:

  • Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope
  • Two EGO Cordless Blowers
  • Ukulele kit
  • Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar
  • LED Light table
  • Wireless hot spots
  • Wooden and regular jigsaw puzzles

Call us at 508-362-6636 for more information.
New Museum Passes to Borrow
Library users can now check out a discount pass to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Our newest museum pass was recently donated by Timothy Johnson and Christopher Shaw, and will be available starting in September.

Founded in 1936 as the Boston Museum of Modern Art—a sister institution to New York’s MoMA—the museum was conceived as a laboratory where innovative approaches to art could be championed. The museum established a reputation for identifying important new artists, and in pursuit of this mission, eventually parted ways with MoMA and changed its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1948. As the ICA’s reputation grew around the nation, it paved the way for other institutes and museums of “contemporary art” as well as artists’ spaces and alternative venues. Their stunning new building opened in 2006.

Two other museum passes were recently added to the Library's collection: The Salem Witch Museum and a pass to Historic New England owned properties.

For a complete list of passes available through Sturgis Library, visit our museum pass page.

To see all passes owned by CLAMS libraries, CLICK HERE.
Friends of Ancient Cemetery Display
August 1, 2022 through August 27, 2022

Sturgis Library is hosting an exhibit featuring the work of the Friends of Ancient Cemetery, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting the historical and cultural significance of Yarmouth Massachusetts' oldest burying ground.

The exhibit will display items used to safely clean gravestones, samples of slate, granite, and marble, a representative carved stone and chisel, graphs depicting a selection of data collected from more than 900 cleaned gravestones, illustrations of stones before and after cleaning, books on gravestone history, carving, and genealogy, and an aerial map of the old section of Ancient Cemetery. The most powerful aspect of this work is the meticulous data collection and analysis of information carved on gravestones.

Fine art photographs of Ancient Cemetery gravestones will be on display for sale.

More information about the Friends of Ancient Cemetery can be found at
Barnstable Council on Aging
Getting Your Affairs in Order
August 16, 2022 at 10:00am-11:30am

Join Stacey Cullen to discuss Getting Your Affairs in Order According to the National Institute on Aging: Important Papers. This topic may be different for every family. This program will review basic records which your family may need access to.

Registrations is not required to attend this

Questions? Contact Stacey Cullen at
or call 508-862-4765
Author Talk with Lauren Wolk
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 6:00pm

Award winning author, Lauren Wolk (Wolf Hollow, Beyond the Bright Sea, and Echo Mountain), comes to Sturgis Library to discuss her newest novel, My Own Lightning.

All ages are welcome to attend this event! Lauren's books are beloved by children, teens, and adult alike.

Copies of My Own Lighting will be available to purchase at the event thanks to local bookshop, Bread and Roses.

Registration is required. Email Christy at to register.
Plant Pigments Workshop
Saturday, August 6, 2022 from10:00am-11:30pm

Learn the basics of dyeing with plant-based color in this hands-on class with artist Milisa Simone Moses. Join Milisa to dye your own silk ribbons with flowers and leaves from the library gardens.

Materials Fee: $25.00

Registration and payment must be received no later than Saturday, July 30th.

To register, email Christy at
Hops, Farming, and Fermentation
with Independent Fermentations Brewing
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

Let’s learn about hops, farming, and fermentation with Independent Fermentation Brewing!

Independent Fermentations Brewing (IndieFerm) is a small craft beer brewery, kombucha brewery, tap room, home brew shop, and hop farm based in Plymouth, MA.

IndieFerm specializes in making craft beers with locally grown ingredients. Hear about their farming and fermentation process at this informative lecture. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions at the end.

Free samples from IndieFerm’s brewery will be provided at the end for participants 21+

Registration is required. Please email Christy at
Local Author Talk and Book Signing
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 6:00pm

Join authors Steve Sheppard and Janis Robinson Daly for a discussion of their books and writing process.

The local setting and decades-old mysteries at the heart of Sheppard’s books make them the perfect summer reads!

Historical fiction fans won’t want to miss the launch of Janis Robinson Daly’s debut novel, The Unlocked Path. Attend this talk to learn how Daly’s personal genealogical research lead her on a path of discovery that culminated in what Kirkus Reviews calls, “an often riveting fictional testament of a doctor’s life at the turn of the 20th century.”

See the "Books to Check Out This Month" section of this newsletter for more information about these books and for links to reserve your copies.
The Heart of Caring
Author Talk with Mark Vonnegut
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 6:00pm

Join us at Sturgis Library as Mark Vonnegut discusses his most recent book, The Heart of Caring.

Pediatrician Mark Vonnegut has spent forty years treating children for coughs, fevers, ear infections, and sometimes more serious complaints. In that time he has seen the American medical system change in ways he couldn't have imagined as a medical student--some of them good, others not so good. But what hasn't changed is his commitment to his young patients, whose stories fill the pages of his most recent book, The Heart of Caring.

See the "Books to Check Out This Month" section of this newsletter for more information about The Heart of Caring and for a link to reserve your copy.

Registration is required. Please email Christy at
Coming up in September...
Outdoor Music Concert Series
Funded by a grant from the Town of Barnstable's Kirkman Trust Fund

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy sips, snacks, and music on Sturgis Library's front lawn! (In the event of rain, music will be indoors.) These shows are free and open to all ages!

Saturday, September 3, 2022 3:00pm-4:30pm

Saturday, September 10, 2022 3:00pm-4:30pm
Mike Machaby & the Movers

Saturday, September 17, 2022 3:00-4:30pm

Saturday, September 24, 2022 3:00-4:30pm
Herb & Spice Club at Sturgis Library
Meets Monthly Through September

Beginning on the first Tuesday of the month, participants can swing by the library to pick up a sample of the featured herb/spice along with some information and suggested recipes.

We'll gather in-person on the last Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm to discuss the herb/spice and our experiences cooking with it!

Tuesday, August 30th at 5:30pm

Tuesday, September 27th at 5:30pm

Registration is required. To register, please email Christy at
The Tutti Fruity Summer Reading Challenge
June 27, 2022- August 27, 2022

Earn a tutti fruity button pin for each genre (category) you read! When you complete a genre, come into the library, tell a librarian, and you will be granted the tutti fruity button pin that represents the completed genre!

If there's a better way to decorate your backpack for the upcoming school year, we haven't heard of it!

Questions? Email Christy at
Native Animals & Their Habitats
Thursday, August 4, 2022

Join us as we welcome Barnstable's Natural Resource Officer, Amy Croteau, and her vast collection of taxidermized animals to Sturgis Library!

Amy will be discussing native animals, their habitats, and aspects of her job.

This event is intended for kiddos but all ages are welcome to get up close and personal with some of the beautiful creatures we share our world with!

Registration is required. To register, please email Christy at
Wednesdays at 10:30 am

Swing by to read a story, illustrate a picture, talk with little friends, and learn about nature at Sturgis Library's Storytime!

If the weather is dry, we'll bring the merriment outside! If the weather is soggy, Storytime will be held inside.

Registration is not required.

Questions? Email Christy at
The Sprightly Bright Book Club
Held in-person on the first Tuesday of every month at 4:30pm

Are you between the ages of 8ish to 12ish years old? Do you 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 first Tuesday of every month at 4:30pm.

Registration is required!
For more information and to register, please email Christy at
Books to Check Out this Month
Each of these authors are visiting Sturgis Library this month!
Tourist Town: A Nantucket Idyll
by Steve Sheppard

She awakes on Nantucket Island, not knowing where she is – or who she is – and she doesn’t want to find out. She calls herself ‘Verona, ‘ a name borrowed from the stern of the first boat she sees – a name she hopes will help scuttle her past. She resolves never to leave Nantucket. By staying, the likelihood of uncovering, or being confronted by her past, is negligible – or so she believes. One fog-shrouded night, however, Verona encounters an old woman sitting alone beneath the lighthouse at Sankaty Head – the daughter of a former lighthouse keeper. A diary discovered in the attic of a Victorian-era home reveals a decades-old lighthouse tragedy that will soon entangle Verona, the old woman, and a pair of tour bus drivers, who may be able to add a new chapter of Nantucket history to their tours. A New England Book Award-winning book.

Nantucket Nocturne: A Winter's Idyll
by Steve Sheppard

In this sequel to the award-winning Tourist Town, echoes of Nantucket’s whaling past resound through cobblestone streets as winter settles in. Not only are whales once again spotted in island waters, but the decades-old robbery of a whaling-era sea chest sends several winter denizens searching for clues in hopes of solving the mystery. In Nantucket Nocturne: A Winter’s Idyll the answer to the eternal question, “Just what do islanders do in the winter?”, becomes obvious — plenty!
As New York Times bestselling author Blue Balliett exclaims: “Steve Sheppard’s Tourist Town characters have come roaring back.”

The Unlocked Path
by Janis Robinson Daly
Available August 16th

Meet a “New Woman” of the 20th century: educated, career-minded, independent Eliza Pearson Edwards. In 1897 Philadelphia, after witnessing her aunt's suicide, Eliza rejects her mother’s wishes for a society debut, and at a time when five percent of doctors are female, she enters a woman’s medical college. With the support of a circle of women and driven by a determination to conquer curriculum demands, battle sexism, and overcome doubts, Eliza charts her new life path. Combining science and sympathy, she triumphs to heal others and herself.

Organic Chemistry may slay her, if the strain of endless study, odoriferous labs, and gruesome surgeries don’t claim her first. As a young intern, she summons a forthright confidence asserting her abilities to those mistrustful of a woman doctor. Through her work with poverty-stricken patients, she defines her version of suffrage work to champion women’s rights for and beyond the right to vote. Love is found, love is lost. During a visit to the fairy-tale-like city of Newport, a new relationship may fulfill her desires. When global events devolve into chaos with the 1918 influenza pandemic and a world war, Eliza renews her vow to help and heal.

The Heart of Caring: A Life in Pediatrics
by Mark Vonnegut

Pediatrician Mark Vonnegut has spent forty years treating children for coughs, fevers, ear infections, and sometimes more serious complaints. In that time he has seen the American medical system change in ways he couldn’t have imagined as a medical student–some of them good, others not so good. But what hasn’t changed is his commitment to his young patients, whose stories fill the pages of this book. There’s Anna Maria, a little girl with an incurable case of bone cancer; Adeline, who has a syndrome so rare none of Vonnegut’s fellow doctors have seen it before; Marlowe, whose life-threatening anemia is cured by his just-born baby brother. 

Whether recounting the cases that have stuck with him or detailing larger changes in medicine–the privatization of health care, innovations in cancer treatment, the rise of anti-vaxxers and HMOs–Vonnegut is a personable guide through what is often seen as an impersonal system, and his stories sparkle with humanity, candor, and wry wisdom. (“In pediatrics, and most medical care,” he says, “if the doctor can just shut up and listen long enough, the patient will give him the diagnosis. Unfortunately, there’s not a procedure code or template for how to shut up.”) Vonnegut doesn’t pull any punches in his criticisms of the medical-industrial complex, but The Heart of Caring isn’t a diatribe. It’s the story of a life lived in medicine, with all the heartbreak, hope, and everyday heroism that entails.

Kids' Books to Check Out this Month
If You Find a Unicorn, it is Not Yours to Keep
written by DJ Corchin

Award winning author DJ Corchin offers delightfully fantastical life lessons in this sweet and witty collection that inspires readers to embrace the magic within

Let's Go Outside! written by Ben Lerwill; illustrated by Marina Ruiz

The great outdoors are waiting, ready to be filled with excitement and imagination. Explore the fun that can be had outdoors in all weathers and count how many children have gone outside to play in this joyful celebration of imaginative play and the simple pleasure of spending time outside everyday... and cozying up indoors at the end of the day.

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