December 2023 News

Winter Solstice Hike

Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 9:00am

Welcome Winter with Sturgis Library! Embark on this very merry hike and partake in trivia along the way. A series of nature-based questions will be asked as participants bop along the trails. Trivia winners will receive special prizes!

Great Marsh Trail

2444 Main St (Rt.6A) West Barnstable, MA 

(across from Barnstable West Barnstable Elementary School entrance.) 

Due to right-of-way restrictions, there is no sanctuary sign visible from the street. 

Registration is required. Click here to register

Movie Matinee with Film Critic Tim Miller

Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 12:30pm

Join longtime Cape journalist and film critic Tim Miller for a movie matinee featuring Shattered Glass.

The film will be followed by a timely and important discussion about journalistic ethics and public trust in news media.

About the film: Shattered Glass is a biographical drama about young hotshot journalist Stephen Glass, the scandal surrounding him at The New Republic, and his fall from grace.

This film is part of a five-part film series with critic and journalist Tim Miller. This series is made possible by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

Visit or click HERE to register today!

Come enjoy light refreshments, good company, an interesting film, and a lively discussion!

The Art of Picture Books

Friday, December 15, 2023 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

Adults are encouraged to join Children’s Librarian Christy Munier for a monthly gathering honoring the brilliance of picture books and picture book art.

Each month a different children’s book author and/or artist will be discussed.

At this gathering, we'll be discussing illustrator Felicita Sala

Registration is requested. Please email Christy at [email protected]

Celebrating Diverse Voices: An Adult Acting Workshop with Sara-Ann Semedo

Saturday, January 6, 2023 12:00pm

This fun, free adult acting workshop will draw upon a diverse set of voices from William Shakespeare to James Baldwin to help participants gain or hone acting skills. Acting coach Sara-Ann Semedo will guide participants through exercises that incorporate physical movement, voice work, monologue, and more. Adults of all ages and ability levels are welcome to participate––from novice to professional there is something in this workshop for everyone!

For more information and to register visit or click HERE.


9:30am-10:30am on:

December 16th

Join Yoga Neighborhood at Sturgis Library!

Yoga Neighborhood fosters health and wellness across the community through compassionate and empowering yoga that is available to all regardless of fitness level.

Registration is not required.

Suggested donation: $5.00

Questions? Email Christy at [email protected]

Barnstable Council on Aging:

Memory 101- What is Normal and What is Not

December 19, 2023 at 10:00am

This program will provide an overview of normal aging, age-related forgetfulness and serious memory problems. As we age, subtle changes in memory occur naturally as part of the aging process. However; sometimes these changes occur sooner than anticipated or faster than expected.

Questions? Contact Stacey Cullen at

[email protected]

or call 508-862-4765

Creative Writing Group

Meets every Tuesday at 5:30pm

Adults of all skill levels are invited to Sturgis Library to sharpen their skills and spark their creativity!

Writers collectively agree on a prompt and then gather weekly to share their work.

Registration is required. Please email Christy at [email protected]

Cain's Jawbone Mystery Club

Fridays at noon

Six murders. One hundred pages. Millions of possible combinations… but only one is correct. Can you solve Torquemada’s murder mystery?

In 1934, the Observer’s cryptic crossword compiler, Edward Powys Mathers (aka Torquemada), released a novel that was simultaneously a murder mystery and the most fiendishly difficult literary puzzle ever written.

The pages have been printed in an entirely haphazard order, but it is possible – through logic and intelligent reading – to sort the pages into the only correct order, revealing six murder victims and their respective murderers.

Only four puzzlers have ever solved the mystery of Cain’s Jawbone: do you have what it takes to join their ranks?

Join this group to try your hand at this 89 year old mystery!

Mini Mindful Workshop Series for Tweens

Generously funded by the Enoch T. Cobb Trust

Kiddos ages 10ish-12ish years old are encouraged to explore these potential-hobbies! These workshops are intended to slow kids down, help them practice mindfulness, and expose them to different ways they can express themselves creatively!

To register for a workshop, email Christy at [email protected]

Knitting with Salt Yarn Studio

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 10:00am-11:00am

Click here for more info!

Indoor Gardening

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 10:00am-11:00am

Click here for more info!

Weekly Storytime

Wednesdays at 10:30am

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

Geared to ages 2-4 but all are welcome to attend.

Registration is not required.

Questions? Email Christy at [email protected]

The Sprightly Bright Book Club

Held on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00pm

Are you between the ages of 9-ish 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 on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00pm.

Registration is required.

For more information and to register, please email Christy at [email protected]

Adult Fiction to Check Out This Month

The Christmas Guest: A Novella

by Peter Swanson

From New York Times bestselling author Peter Swanson comes the spectacularly spine-chilling story of an American student spending the holidays in a British manor house, where she discovers dangerous secrets and a grim history hidden behind a seemingly charming Christmas celebration. 

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The Penguin Book of Murder Mysteries

Edited by Michael Sims

For The Penguin Book of Murder Mysteries, anthologist Michael Sims did not summon the usual suspects. He sought the unfamiliar, the unjustly forgotten, and little-known gems by writers from outside the genre. This historical tour of one of our most popular literary categories includes stories never before reprinted, features rebellious early “lady detectives,” and spotlights former stars of the crime field—Austrian novelist Auguste Groner and prolific American Geraldine Bonner among them. For twenty-first century connoisseurs of crime, The Penguin Book of Murder Mysteries celebrates how the nineteenth century added a fierce modern twist to the ancient theme of bloody murder.

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The Frozen River

by Ariel Lawhon

Maine, 1789: When the Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As a midwife and healer, she is privy to much of what goes on behind closed doors in Hallowell. Her diary is a record of every birth and death, crime and debacle that unfolds in the close-knit community. Months earlier, Martha documented the details of an alleged crime committed by two of the town’s most respected gentlemen—one of whom has now been found dead in the ice. But when a local physician undermines her conclusion, declaring the death to be an accident, Martha is forced to investigate the shocking murder on her own.

Over the course of one winter, as the trial nears, and whispers and prejudices mount, Martha doggedly pursues the truth. Her diary soon lands at the center of the scandal, implicating those she loves, and compelling Martha to decide where her own loyalties lie. The Frozen River is a thrilling, tense, and tender story about a remarkable woman who left an unparalleled legacy yet remains nearly forgotten to this day.

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Adult Nonfiction to Check Out This Month

Incurable Optimist: Living With Illness and Chronic Hope by Jennifer Cramer-Miller

At twenty-two, Jennifer Cramer-Miller was thrilled with her new job, charming boyfriend, and Seattle apartment. Then she received a devastating autoimmune diagnosis--and suddenly, rather than planning for a bright future, she found herself soaking a hospital pillow with tears and grappling with words like "progressive" and "incurable."

That day, Cramer-Miller unwillingly crossed over from wellness to chronic illness--from thriving to kidney failure. Her chances of survival hinged upon on the expertise of doctors, the generosity of strangers, and the benevolence of loved ones. But what kind of life would that be?

Spanning two-plus decades, this family love story explores loss and acceptance, moving forward with uncertainty, and forging a path to joy. Four kidney transplants later, Cramer-Miller is here to shine a bright light on people helping people in difficult times with a story that will make you want to hug the humans you love. Because sometimes it's the sorrows that threaten to pull us apart that ultimately unite us in hope.

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Mischievous Creatures: the Forgotten Sisters Who Transformed Early American Science by Catherine McNeur

In Mischievous Creatures, historian Catherine McNeur shows that women were central to the development of the natural sciences during this critical time. She does so by uncovering the forgotten lives of entomologist Margaretta Hare Morris and botanist Elizabeth Morris-sister scientists whose essential contributions to their respective fields, and to the professionalization of science as a whole, have been largely erased. Margaretta was famous within antebellum scientific circles for her work with seventeen-year cicadas and for her discoveries of previously undocumented insect species and the threats they posed to agriculture. Unusually for her time, she published under her own name, and eventually became one of the first women elected to both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Margaretta's older sister Elizabeth preferred anonymity to accolades, but she nevertheless became a trusted expert on Philadelphia's flora, created illustrations for major reference books, and published numerous articles in popular science journals. The sisters corresponded and collaborated with many of the male scientific eminences of their day, including Asa Gray and Louis Agassiz, although they also faced condescension and outright misogyny: no less a figure than Charles Darwin dismissed Margaretta's (correct) assertion that water beetles help to move fish eggs from lake to lake, and the sisters long suspected that an arsonist who twice targeted their property was motivated by misogynist resentment. Alongside the lives of the Morris sisters, McNeur traces the larger story of American science's professionalization, a process that began, she shows, earlier in the nineteenth century than is traditionally thought. She reveals an early Republic hungry to define itself and eager to keep pace with the scientific culture of Europe, as the sciences transformed from hobbies into careers, with more government and university support, professional journals and organizations.

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The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope by Jose Andres

In their first cookbook, WCK shares recipes inspired by the many places they've cooked following disasters as well as inspiring narratives from the chefs and volunteers on the front lines. Photographs captured throughout the world highlight community and hope while stunning food photography showcases the mouthwatering recipes. Each chapter reflects a value of the organization. "Urgency" focuses on food that can be eaten on the go, including the Lahmajoun Flatbread served after a devastating explosion rocked Beirut in 2020. In "Hope," readers will find soups, stews, and comforting meals such as Ukrainian Borsch served to families living through an unthinkable invasion and Chicken Chili Verde prepared for California firefighters. Famous WCK supporters have shared recipes too, like Breakfast Tacos from Michelle Obama and a Lemon Olive Oil Cake from Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. Other contributors include Marcus Samuelsson, Ayesha Curry, Reem Assil, Brooke Williamson, Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence, Guy Fieri, Sanjeev Kapoor, and Eric Adjepong. The World Central Kitchen Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope is a celebration of dignity and perseverance--and about building longer tables, not higher walls. All author proceeds from The World Central Kitchen Cookbook will be used to support World Central Kitchen's emergency response efforts.

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Kids' Books to Check Out this Month

Moving the Miller's Minnie Moore Mine Mansion: A True Story

A beautifully illustrated tale that shows no matter how small you feel, your actions can make help make big changes.

Ning has always heard tales of the night spirits that used to terrorize the little village where he lives. So, each night, he helps his parents light bright orange lanterns to frighten them away. Secretly, he wonders if they’re really as bad as everyone says – but is much too shy to ask anyone. But when Ning finds himself in the forest by night, he meets a creature who introduces him to the spirits’ secret world and he discovers that all is not as it seems…

For kiddos 3-7 years old.

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Jawbreaker by Christina Wyman

Max Plink's life is complicated. Her parents aren't getting along. The school bullies are relentless, and her own sister is the cruelest of them. Could things get any worse? Yes. The journalism competition Max wants to enter has a video component. But being on camera means showing her face not just to her junior high classmates, but possibly the whole city. Going viral is the last thing Max needs, but winning this competition is what she wants most. Turns out, following her dreams is complicated, too.

For kiddos 9-12 years old.

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