June 2019
Spring has sprung at Sturgis Library!

While we New Englanders normally love the change of seasons and unpredictability of the weather, this spring we've heard quite a bit of grumbling about the rainy days and chilly temperatures of April and May.

But in just the last week or so it seems that the sun has decided to show its face, temperatures are in the 60s and even low 70s, the leaves are popping, and the bluebells are carpeting the beds at the front of the Library.

Many thanks to Library Trustee Greg Williams for capturing this image of Sturgis Library and the glory of a sunny May spring day.
Get ready for the annual Plant and Garden Sale!
The Sturgis Library annual Plant and Garden Sale will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Spring is here, and in the coming weeks you'll be working in your garden, dividing plants and cleaning up overgrown beds. Why not pot up a few of those plants to donate to the sale? We are interested in plants of all kinds: perennials, annuals, shrubs, vegetables, herbs, seedlings, and more. In addition, we are looking for donations of gently used or new items for the garden -- tools, pots, bird feeders and birdhouses, vases, books, and decorative items.

Donations are now being accepted. If you have questions about the sale, contact us at 508-362-6636.
Join us for our annual July Garden Tours!
Hydrangea Festival 2019
Three Glorious Garden Tours
Sponsored by Sturgis Library

Dates: Saturday, July 13, 2019 and Monday, July 15, 2019
Times: 10 AM – 4 PM

Tickets are $5 per garden. You may purchase tickets in advance at the Library or at the gardens on the days of the tours. When you purchase your tickets you will get a brochure with driving and parking directions. The gardens will be open both days, so you may visit them on either day.

Garden #1 - Meander Through This Family Property
Well established gardens surround this charming Cape home and compound belonging to the same family for five generations.  Enjoy the sweeping views of the fields and distant bay. View the arbor with climbing roses, the hedges along the property, and a large vegetable garden. Not to be missed is the glorious 57 year old trumpet vine planted by the current owners’ grandparents in 1962. While there are no hydrangeas on the property, the perennial gardens have essentially remained the same since 1929. A family member states, “...the Big House has been long famed for it’s 100 year old roses, now well past that venerable age and still a sight to behold”. The owners are instructing the roses to be in perfect bloom for your viewing pleasure!

Garden #2 - Sweeping Vistas
This lovely, newly built seaside home is at the end of a quiet lane in the Cummaquid section of Barnstable. As you enter this beautiful property, notice the stunning specimen of a Bloodgood Japanese maple tree and ornamental shrubs that frame the front of the house. Notice the house details including the Cape Cod cutout! Enter the back yard through the gate on the right. Hydrangeas aplenty surround the property, adding to the glorious views of the bay and marshes and the Keveney Lane bridge. A large stone patio, roses and sea grasses complement this stunning setting. Words are not necessary to describe the views and serenity of this property.

Garden #3 - A Naturalist’s Hidden World
Hidden behind a trellis banked in climbing hydrangeas is a unique treasure, a garden that is the creation of a loving naturalist and artist. This garden was on the hydrangea tour last year and is brought back by popular demand. The garden plantings and specimens, including but not limited to irises, young hollies, bee balms, Japanese maples, red twig dogwoods, ginkgoes, butterfly bushes, and over 100 varieties of daylillies, are too numerous to list. Fortunately, the owner has meticulously labeled her plantings to help us navigate the setting. Scattered throughout the property are her handcrafted sculptures and benches created from cherry and cedar wood. These objects alone are worth the visit! Additional ceramic pieces from Scargo Pottery and Barnstable Pottery add color as well, as do the whimsical “flowers” found throughout the gardens. Finally, at the rear of the property, one enjoys the tranquil views of Barnstable Harbor and marvels at the sacred space created to honor the history of the area.

For questions about the garden tours, call the Library at 508-362-6636 or email sturgislibrary@comcast.net.
Are you computer savvy? We need your help!

Are you computer savvy? Are you interested in volunteering your time to assist us with keeping our public computers running smoothly? We're looking for someone who could give us a few hours a month to ensure that our public computers are humming along! If you are interested please contact Karen Horn at 508-362-6636 or khorn@comcast.net.
Help us reach our fundraising goal for the stone wall!
Many many thanks to those of you who have donated to our stone wall project! We have raised just over $13,000 of the $28,000 goal, but we need your help to raise the rest! Please give to this important project. Here are the details:

Sturgis Library is embarking on a project to build a stone retaining wall on the east side of our building where an existing historic stone wall ends. The embankment is eroding and poses a threat to the Library. With your assistance we can get this project completed! Our fundraising goal is $28,000.
Please help by sponsoring a stone in the wall. Stone sponsorships are available at levels to fit all budgets. Give now, so that we can get the project finished by fall!
If you have questions about the project, contact Director Lucy Loomis at 508-362-8448.

To sponsor a stone, click the button below.
Cape Cod Nights with Christopher Setterlund
Monday, June 10th 2019 @ 5:30PM

Join us for a reception with lively music, appetizers, cocktails, wine, and soft drinks beginning at 5:30 PM. Starting at 6:30 PM, Christopher Setterlund will discuss the history of Cape Cod nightlife, beginning with the Smith Tavern on Great Island in the 17th century, and taking us to the places still thriving today.

Tickets are $10.  Seating is Limited. Call 508-362-6636 or purchase tickets at the circulation desk.
Conservation Workshop for Land Owners
Wednesday, June 12th 2019 @ 4PM

The Barnstable Land Trust will be running a free workshop on the benefits of conserving your land for personal enjoyment and for environment preservation. Mark Robinson, Executive Director of the Compact of Cape Cod Land Trusts, and Janet Milkman, Executive Director of Barnstable Land Trust will share their knowledge and expertise. Free to the public.
GOREY: A Documentary Screening
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 @ 6PM

Join us for a movie screening of Mooncusser Film's documentary: GOREY, which was filmed with Gorey between the years of 1996 to 2000, and includes additional recent interviews with authors and others. There will be an introduction/talk-back with the movie's director, Christoper Seufert.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/gorey-a-film-by-christopher-seufert/
Meet the Author: Deane Turner

Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 10:30AM - 12:30PM

Join us for a book signing/sale with local author Deane Turner. He will be signing/selling his latest book, Adrift in Memories: Lessons Learned Living a Nomadic Life. This event is part of our Saturday "Meet the Author" series. Free to the public. Stop by to talk books and writing and get your copy personalized!
Queer Visual Representations & the Male Gaze with Bruce Childs
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 @ 6:30PM

Popular culture has in recent decades represented gay and lesbian lifestyle on television, in movies, and in print media. “Queer visual representations” will survey the phenomenon of the male gaze in art of the western world. Paintings, graphics, and photography precede modern narratives and interpretations of queer American culture, often neglected and misunderstood by those looking in from outside the Queer Perspective. This art history lecture is presented in conjunction with Mr. Childs’ display in the library's gallery space.

This program is free to the public. Registration is appreciated. 

Nineteenth-Century Publishers and the Birth of the Beach Read
Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

A prominent nineteenth-century preacher branded summer reading as “literary poison in August.” Today, though, the practice is celebrated as lists like O magazine’s “Best Summer Reads” take center stage. Based on the new book, Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading (February 2019), this talk explores the birth of the “beach read” and the practice of summer reading in the nineteenth century, tracing the ways in which readers, authors, and publishing houses came to frame summer reading not as a disreputable indulgence, but as a respectable pastime especially for the woman reader.

Donna Harrington-Lueker , English professor at Salve Regina University, will be giving this talk.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-history-of-summer-reading/
Landscapes for Life: Native Plants and the Nature Connection in Our Gardens  
Tuesday July 16th, 2019 @ 6:30PM

Did you know your landscape plays an important role in the health of Cape Cod? How we choose to manage our own piece of the Cape makes a difference. Learn why and get some helpful tips on how you can be a better steward of your corner of the world. Presented by Kristin Andres, Director of Education and Outreach at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.
Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/on-native-plants-with-apcc/
An Evening of Poetry with Chen Chen and John Bonanni
Tuesday July 23rd, 2019 @6:30PM

Join us for a poetry reading and Q and A with award winning poets Chen Chen and John Bonanni. A book sale and signing will accompany the event.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/poetry-reading-with-john-bonanni-and-special-guests/
The Lost Secrets of Roanoke with Andrew Lawler
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 @ 3:30PM

How did the colony disappear? Why has the colony‘s fate been seen as a mystery? What likely happened to the colonists? These and many more questions will be  addressed by Andrew Lawler, author of the new book, “The Secret Token: Myth,  Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke.” Books will be available for purchase from Titcombs Books. A Q&A + Book signing will follow the discussion.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-search-for-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke-with-andrew-lawler/
Tech Help Thursdays
Tech help is available every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30PM.

Bring in your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or eReader for basic help with their operations.

Appointments are made in twenty minute blocks. Email Corey at sturgisreference@comcast.net to reserve a space.

This time is meant to answer basic questions about these devices and how to use the Overdrive app to access and download eBooks, audio books, and eMagazines. Unfortunately we cannot assist with more in-depth issues such as virus remediation or account recovery.
Upcoming Exhibits and Displays
Sturgis Library's collection of Edward Gorey posters, ephemera, and set designs will be on display during the month of June. Gorey created posters to promote local musical events, theater productions, art exhibits, book releases, and more. Many of the posters are signed limited editions.

In addition to the posters and ephemera, the exhibit will include several models of set designs by the late Helen Pond and Herbert Senn.

Bruce Childs will present an exhibition of cart de visits, studio prints and tintypes. Image theme explores the photographic phenomenon of the male gaze in studio and snapshot portrait imagery created during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. 

Child’s collection includes published writings and photography books on the theme of the male gaze and same sex cultural coding. This may sound like material better suited for parental approval, but is actually more about historical American tribal culture and other timely topics, maybe more appropriate than most of us realize.
Do you have artwork, photography, sculpture, crafts, a collection, or other interesting items to exhibit? Contact Corey Farrenkopf at 508-362-6636 or email him at sturgislibrary@comcast.net

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. 
Preschool Storytime
Thursdays @ 11:00 AM

Sturgis Library offers Drop-In Preschool Story time on Thursday mornings year round!
Enjoy stories, music and movement with Miss Megan. Program is designed for children ages 2-5 and their parents or caregiver, but siblings are always welcome. 


The summer free lunch program will run from Thursday July 11th - Thursday August 15th and immediately follows Storytime on the back lawn. Free to children 18 and under. First come, first served.
Wednesday, June 5th 2019 from 4:00-5:00 PM

The Sturgis Library LEGO Club meets the first Wednesday of every month. Come enjoy our MASSIVE collection of LEGOs and create a masterpiece or just play with new friends.

Kids may choose to exhibit what they have created for the remainder of the month so Library visitors can oooooh and ahhhhhh at their engineering brilliance!

Free. Drop-in. Ages 5+
Free Healthy Afternoon Snack
Wednesdays beginning June 26th, 2019 from 3-4 PM

Free healthy snacks will be available every Wednesday afternoon from June 26th through August 21st. First come , first served (18 and under).
Sponsored by YMCA Cape Cod.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party
Thursday June 27th, 2019 at 11:00 AM
* At Centerville Public Library *

Join us for the Barnstable Libraries' Summer Kick-off Event featuring Trevor The Juggler followed by a Four Seas ice cream social on the patio. FREE, all ages event.

Centerville Public Library is located at 585 Main Street in Centerville. Arrive early for parking. No registration required.
Take Me To Your Reader!!!

Sign up for the Sturgis Library Summer Reading Program beginning July 1st, 2019 and earn awesome rewards from local business sponsors for every 5 hours of reading. Need help finding the perfect book? Ask Miss Megan!
Toe Jam "Fireside" Jamboree
Tuesday, July 2nd 2019 at 7:00 PM

Sister Libraries, Sturgis and Whelden, team up to bring you this super fun family event. Come in your PJs for a campfire singalong. We'll "roast" marshmallows, sing, dance and be merry! (fire and roasting will be pretend)

Free all ages event. Drop in.
New and Improved Digital Newspaper Archive
Sturgis Library, working together with the Dennis and Yarmouth libraries, has just competed the expansion of our digital newspaper archive.

The digital newspaper archive now includes both the Barnstable Patriot AND the Register newspapers and expanded coverage! The archive includes issues of the Patriot from 1830 to 2017 , and issues of the Register from 1836 to 2017.

The two papers included news of the entire Cape Cod and the Islands in the early years, with 20th century emphasis on the towns of Barnstable, Dennis, and Yarmouth. Users can access nearly 200 years of national and local news and events.

This archive allows researchers to search and view issues of the newspaper online using keyword searching. Articles can be saved, printed, emailed, or shared on social media.

Our thanks go out to the Community Preservation Committees of the towns of Barnstable, Dennis, and Yarmouth for funding this very worthwhile project.
Vonnegut Reading Marathon and Celebration coming in August!
Sturgis Library is planning a very special series of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the writing of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
The celebration will be held on August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in conjunction with other Barnstable Village organizations . Please mark your calendars now!

The centerpiece of the celebration will be an 8-hour marathon reading of Slaughterhouse-Five as well as several of Vonnegut's shorter pieces, to be held on Saturday, August 3rd from 9 am to 5 pm. Readers will sign up to read for 10 or 15 minutes each throughout the day. Following the marathon there will be a cocktail party, and a chance to mix and mingle with your fellow readers. We are inviting some special readers to participate, including members of the Vonnegut family, friends of colleagues of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut scholars, and others. But the main purpose of the event is to invite the community to be a part of this exciting marathon and celebration. If you are interested in being a reader, please contact Library Director Lucy Loomis at sturgislibrary@comcast.net or 508-362-8448.

Other activities throughout the weekend will include (schedule not yet finalized):
  • A lecture and multimedia presentation by Edie Vonnegut at Tales of Cape Cod
  • An "Art of the Doodle" workshop at the Cape Cod Art Center
  • A panel discussion with members of the Vonnegut family, Vonnegut friends and colleagues, Vonnegut scholars, and others. Audience members should bring their stories and questions!
  • Exhibits of Vonnegut documents, artwork, and memorabilia
  • A Chowderfest to close out the weekend
  • And more!

Barnstable Village organizations will be open that weekend and some will be hosting special exhibits and offering activities that you won't want to miss.

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event!
Additional Sturgis Library Information
The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27th for the Memorial Day holiday

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

Trustees and Staff

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, click here.
Do you have questions about the Sturgis Library? Contact us:

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