June 2022 News
Plant and Garden Sale May 28th!
Sturgis Library's yearly Plant and Garden Sale will be held on Saturday, May 28th, 2022 from 9 AM to 12 PM. The sale will feature plants of all kind pottery, books, garden decor, and all things garden-related!

We are accepting donations to the sale. Plants and other items can be dropped off at the Library. Please label your plants with information on the variety, color, and growing preference like sun/shade, etc. (We have wooden craft sticks for labelling plants -- pick some up in the Library lobby.)

For more information, call the Library at 508-362-6636 or email sturgislibrary@comcast.net.
New Museum Pass
Sturgis Library is now offering discount admission passes for Historic New England properties. Historic New England owns 38 historic house museums throughout New England, including the amazing Sleeper-McCann House (Beauport), the Gropius House, the Sarah Orne Jewett House, and Cape Cod's own Winslow Crocker House. Many of these properties also have beautiful grounds and surrounding properties where you can hike or picnic.

If you're traveling in New England this year, make sure to visit some of these wonderfully preserved properties, and check out the discount pass before you go! Call 508-362-6636 to reserve the pass or get the discount code.

To view all of the discount passes carried by Sturgis Library, visit our Museum Pass page. To see all the passes owned by CLAMS libraries, click here.
COMING SOON! A discount pass to the 1692 Salem Witch Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

The Salem Witch Museum examines one of the most enduring and emotional events in American History…the Salem witch trials of 1692. The museum consists of two presentations. The first presentation provides an immersive look into the events of 1692. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and narration as they are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem witch-hunt.
The second exhibit, Witches: Evolving Perceptions, is a tour focusing on the meaning behind the word witch and evolution of the image of the witch over time. This presentation focuses on the European witch trials and the background leading to the Salem witch trials. In addition, this presentation discusses the emergence of the stereotypical witch and the frightening phenomenon of witch-hunting.

This discount pass is offered courtesy of the 1692 Salem Witch Museum. It provides discount admission for up to six visitors. The pass is not available for use in October.
Don't miss the Library's Annual Garden Tours
Maggie Crowley's Garden
4181 Main Street, Cummaquid

Bought from Bert French in 1994, Maggie Crowley's extensive historic property runs to 13 acres of mixed fields and woodlands, including Bert's apple and peach orchards, his blueberry trees and grass fields bordered on the south side by railroad tracks, and his aptly named No Bottom Pond. Please avoid the latter! Doing all her own work, Maggie has added extensive gardens, mixing vegetables with annual and perennial flower beds. Despite a lack of hydrangeas, the gardens produce a riot of color in August, thanks in part of large clusters of crocosmia, scented lilies and giant dahlias, and there should be plenty to see in July. Familiar to many passersby for its lengthy tree-lined approach, the house can just be seen from 6A, and this is your chance to see the hidden gardens to which that enticing drive leads.

 Ample parking provided along the private drive; follow the signs.

Martine Amundson's Garden
59 Salten Point Road, Barnstable Village

Enjoy a stroll through these abundant gardens, entirely recreated 5 years ago when the owners purchased the property. Hundreds of cherished perennials and shrubs were brought from their Brewster home, now flourishing with a continued effort to amend the clay soil. Both sun and shade gardens overflow with a variety of hydrangea, peonies, day lilies, hosta, foxglove, hibiscus, lobelia, salvia, lavender, gaura and roses, while tree lovers will note the coral bark maple and river birch trees. A rose and dahlia garden and perennials wrap around the house, offering tranquil westerly views of Barnstable Harbor and Sandy Neck. The owners added a spectacular stone patio with fireplace; note the boulders at the base of the fireplace--they were found on the property and moved to create the unique foundation. Garden pots of vibrant annuals and stone statuary add to the garden's charm, and if you are lucky, you will see many of the pollinators--bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds--appreciating the planned habitat that happily invites and supports them.

Park along the roadside, according to signage.

Bob and Jane Allen's Garden
44 Rendezvous Lane, Barnstable Village

Situated steps away from where militia of Barnstable County assembled to march to Boston for the Battle of Bunker Hill, this historic home (the Chamberlain Sprague House, ca. 1825) is surrounded by idyllic perennial gardens. Harmonious waves of color move the visitor through the corner property, delighting everyone with typical Cape Cod plantings, a stone sculpture, a bird weathervane, birdbaths and many varieties of hostas and lilies. Circle behind the house to discover the hidden brick patio and its lily garden. Wander across the drive and discover the garden shed, complete with an antique colored glass window, a pergola and a swing. And be sure to view the homeowner’s selection of clay artwork in the enclosed area behind the garage. The gardens have been designed by the owner, a Master Gardener, to provide for continuous color from early spring into late fall. This garden contains specimen paniculata and other varieties of hydrangeas, climbing vines and more. It is entirely the creation of its owners who with occasional help do the work themselves. It has been designed with the historic nature of the property and neighborhood in mind and may inspire you to new heights in your own garden masterpiece.

Please park along the right side of Rendezvous Lane as you enter; #44 is on the right of the first block of the lane.

Kerry and Bob Dyka's Garden
30 Tally Ho Road, Barnstable Village

Here, hydrangeas make a vibrant show--Little Limes, Bobos and Paniculata--along the house front and roadside, all plants Kerry propagated herself. Bought 34 years ago, while still heavily wooded, the property has been cleared and transformed by its owners, who have introduced a collection of lovely burning bushes, twin holly trees, a birch and magnificent Japanese maple, along with a stand of white pine, all planted while each seedling was a mere several inches high. A little rock garden marks the entrance, and a charming small barn and paddock, its fence framing more hydrangeas and a purple butterfly bush, show where, until recently, Kerry's collection of miniature horses reigned supreme.

Ample parking along white pines, at front of property at the end of Tally Ho circle.
Donate to Our August Online Auction
We will be holding our August Online Auction again this summer during the first two weeks of August. We are seeking quality items for the auction, including art and photographs, interesting books, services, collectibles, dining opportunities, vacation rentals, quality jewelry, gift cards, unique experiences, sports tickets, antiques, decor, and more. To donate to the auction, contact Library Director Lucy Loomis at 508-362-8448 or at sturgislibrary@comcast.net
Save the Date 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. They will share their expertise on pairing wine with cheese and chocolate. Attendees will get the opportunity to taste delicious samples from around the world.

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

Tickets will go on sale in early July. For more information, contact Library Director Lucy Loomis at 508-362-6636 or sturgislibrary@comcast.net.
Bird Illustration Workshop
Saturday, May 28, 2022 

Come to Sturgis Library for a bird illustration workshop with naturalist and artist Mary Richmond.
This program is intended for adults and young adults.

This program is funded by the Mass Cultural Council and the Mid-Cape Cultural Council.

Please email Christy at cmunier@clamsnet.org to register
Philosophy Series
Join Adjunct Professor, Keli A. Gates, for this thought provoking and engaging philosophy lecture/discussion series!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Logic: Why Study Informal Fallacies?

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Metaphysics/ontology: The Power of Perception
and the Problem of the 'Real' World

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Existentialism: The Man, the Moustache, and the Madman- Friedrich Nietzsche's Metamorphosis

Registration is required. Please email Christy at cmunier@clamsnet.org to register.
Free Health Screening with Barnstable Fire Department
June 13, 2022 10:30am-11:30am

Meet with a Barnstable Fire Department paramedic for:

  • Blood Pressure checks
  • Heartrate checks
  • Blood sugar checks
  • Answers to questions related to medical issues
  • Barnstable Fire Department contact information
Barnstable Council on Aging
Dementia Friend Training
June 21, 2022, 10:00am-11:30am

Join Stacey Cullen for an informative session on becoming a Dementia Friend.

To become a Dementia Friend, you must participate in a one-hour Dementia Friends Information Session offered by a Dementia Friend Champion. You will learn five key messages about dementia and a bit about what it's like to live with dementia. As a Dementia Friend, you turn your new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone with dementia living in your community. Your action can be as big or as small as you choose; every action counts

Registration is not required.

Questions? Contact Stacey Cullen at
or call 508-862-4765
Voices of Poetry
Saturday, June 25, 2022 at12:30pm
Join us for an afternoon of exceptional poetry, featuring a quartet of award-winning poets:
Kevin Carey - Assistant Professor of English at Salem State University; 

Anne Pluto - Professor of English at Lesley University; 

Lloyd Schwartz - Poet Laureate of Somerville, MA and Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at UMass Boston; & 

Daniel Tobin - Professor of English at Emerson College. 

To register please email Gabrielle at sturgisreference@comcast.net or call the Library at 508-362-6636
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, May 31st at 5:30pm

Tuesday, June 28th at 5:30pm

Tuesday, July 26th at 5:30pm

Tuesday, August 30th at 5:30pm

Tuesday, September 27th at 5:30pm

Registration is required. To register, please email Christy at cmunier@clamsnet.org
Flower Donations for Pressed Flower Programs
Accepting donations June through July

You bring the flowers, we'll do the pressing! Sturgis Library is kindly asking patrons to bring in flowers for pressing! Pressed flowers will be used for kids' and adult programs at the end of the summer.

Flower donations can be brought to the circulation desk.

Thank you!
NEW! Research Highlights
We are pleased to introduce a new guide, which will introduce interesting online resources and digitized materials to researchers. You can find more information on our website on our Research Highlights page.
This month we will feature two Massachusetts genealogical resources:
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records and Parish Boundaries Map
  • A new online database from The New England Historic and Genealogical Society in partnership with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston 
Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War: A Compilation From the Archives
  • A 17 volume set available online via Internet Archive and on our shelves at Sturgis Library
Visit our web page Research Highlights for more information, links, and details on these collections and more.
History and Society Book Group
Come to Sturgis Library for a book group that looks at history, politics, and society.

Upcoming books and meetings:

The End of Myth by Greg Grandin
Thursday, June 16, 2022, 2:00pm

Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
Thursday July 14, 2022, 2:00pm

Books are available for checkout at the library.

Registration is not required.
Questions? Email mariaconsoli@comcast.net
What's Happening at This Time: a Discussion Group
Every Friday at 10:00am

Discuss current events in conjunction with a current book!

Each week, an agenda will be sent out via email to participants.

All are welcome to present anything current or relative to the current reading.

To sign up, please contact Barbara at 508-398-6662
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 cmunier@clamsnet.org
The Tutti Fruity Opener Celebration
Monday, June 27, 2022

The Tutti Fruity Summer Reading Challenge officially begins and we're celebrating!

Come on in, sign up for the Tutti Fruity Summer Reading Challenge, have some ice cream (and fruit!), and give (mini) still-life fruit painting a try!

Email Christy at cmunier@clamsnet.org to register.
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 cmunier@clamsnet.org
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 cmunier@clamsnet.org
Book Reviews
Kiddos of all ages are encouraged to write a book review!

Book reviews can be brought to the circulation desk during library hours

All book reviews will be kept in the Book Review Binder for our patrons to view.

Questions? Email Christy at cmunier@clamsnet.org
Books to Check Out this Month
Mid-Air: Two Novellas
by Victoria Shorr
Victoria Shorr's remarkable gift for depicting the inner lives of complex characters shines in two powerful explorations of family, ambition, class, and status. In "Great Uncle Edward," a family gathers for dinner. At ninety-three, Great Uncle Edward commands the table in his three-piece suit; Cousin Russell attended both Harvard and Yale but is now reduced to selling off the family books; sisters Betty and Molly are caught between ghosts of a storied past and creeping destitution. These lives are signposts along the downward spiral of an old aristocracy.
"Cleveland Auto Wrecking" introduces Sam White, an immigrant from eastern Europe. He cannot read but has a gift for math and an instinct for the value of junk. We follow his clan through the Depression to the postwar boom in the West, where their fortunes soar, creating new tests of loyalty.
Taken together, these two novellas might be the reverse images of the American dream in the twentieth century. They ask to what degree, in the face of such powerful forces as love, death, and social constraints, do any of us have control over our own lives.

"Two pitch-perfect stories"- Publisher's Weekly

by Toni Morrison
"The only short story ever written by the Nobel Prize–winning Morrison is also a thought experiment, illuminated here by Zadie Smith's close analysis of equal length.
Twyla and Roberta are both 8 years old when they meet at a New York state institution where they are briefly housed. They connect immediately despite the fact that “we looked like salt and pepper standing there and that’s what the other kids called us sometimes.” The girls run into each other several times later in life but never recapture their childhood connection.
Now, listen up: If you only remember one thing about this review, remember to skip over the 50-page introduction and read the 50-page story first.
Just as students read the text before they hear the lecture, Smith's exegesis is much more meaningful if you know the story. If you read the intro first, you forfeit the ability to apprehend the story on your own, more critical than usual here since the issue goes beyond spoilers. According to Morrison herself, this story is “an experiment in the removal of all racial codes from a narrative about two characters of different races for whom racial identity is crucial.” And as Smith adds, the “subject of the experiment is the reader.” On every page, Morrison teases said reader with details about the girls, their mothers, and their lots in life that seem like they could help solve the puzzle of which is Black and which is White, yet they never conclusively do so. And as the story is designed to show and Smith will make sure you see, that is not the most important thing.
A uniquely interesting and enlightening reading experience." - Kirus Reviews

Kids' Books to Check Out this Month

Cryptid Creatures: a Field Guide written by Kelly Milner Halls; illustrated by Rick Spears

Cryptozoology is the study of mysterious creatures that fall between the realm of real and imaginary on the scientific spectrum. The Cryptid Creature Field Guide offers a closer look at fifty of these amazing creatures, examining the best possible evidence for each, including scientific papers, magazine and newspaper articles, and credible eyewitness accounts.

John's Turn
written by Mac Barnett; Illustrated by Kate Berube

It’s John’s big day at school today—a performance for Sharing Gifts time. His bag is carefully packed and prepared, his classmates are ready, and the curtain is waiting to open. John is nervous, looking out at all the other children staring back at him. But he takes a big breath and begins. Mac Barnett’s compassionate text and Kate Berube’s understated and expressive art tell the story of a kid who finds the courage to show others his talent for dancing.

We are CLOSED on Monday, July 4th
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Barnstable, MA 02630


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