March 2019
Join us for the 2019 Annual Library Gathering
Come celebrate spring with Library Trustees, staff, friends, and neighbors at the 2019 Annual Library Gathering. The gathering will be held at the Cummaquid Golf Club on Sunday, March 24th, 2019 from 5 PM to 7:30 PM.

This year we'll be honoring former Library Trustees, and current Board member Greg Williams will be sharing anecdotes about past Trustee activities and Library history.

Rather than the traditional formal dinner we've featured in the past, this year will give attendees more opportunities to mix and mingle. The menu will feature an extensive antipasti station, a wide selection of hearty, flavorful passed appetizers, including vegetarian, seafood, and meat options. The evening will wrap up with a selection of desserts, coffee, and tea.

Tickets are $55 per person, and must be purchased in advance.

OR in person @ Sturgis Library, 3090 Main Street, Barnstable Village
OR call us at (508) 362-6636
Credit cards accepted

The deadline to purchase tickets is March 20th, 2019.
Portraits in Silhouette
Thursday, April 18th (during school vacation), 2019

Back by popular demand! Marcella Comerford is returning to
hand cut portraits in silhouette, just in time for MOTHER'S DAY.
A portion of the $40 cost per portrait benefits Sturgis Library Youth Services.

Registration is now open and appointments go quickly. A $40 deposit (cost of silhouette) is required for each appointment, so there is nothing additional to pay on April 18th unless you would like to purchase duplicates and/or frames.

If interested, please contact Megan McClelland at 508-362-6636 or email her at

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.
Now accepting donations of jewelry and accessories
Our annual Jewelry and Accessories Sale isn't until April, but we are accepting donations now for the April sale. We accept fine, handcrafted, costume, new, gently used, and vintage jewelry, including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pins and brooches, fashion sunglasses, purses and bags, scarves, hats, men's neckties, and more. We appreciate donations of gold or sterling silver items (even if they are broken or orphaned), and we love unique pieces with semiprecious or precious stones. We are happy to provide you with a donation card for tax purposes but please keep in mind that we cannot put a value on your donated items. Donated jewelry and accessories can be dropped off at the circulation desk during regular library hours. Thanks so much!
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 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!
The Sturgis Library of Things
In an effort to provide our users with items other than books, movies, and other traditional materials, libraries around the country are offering useful items that enhance our mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities. Users can borrow instead of buying items, or test out items that they were considering buying before purchasing.

Sturgis Library has expanded its collection of "things" that patrons can borrow.

These items are available now:
  • Telescope
  • Wooden and regular jigsaw puzzles
  • Knitting kits

The following items will be available soon:
  • Ukulele
  • Code-a-Pillar
  • Round knitting looms and pom-pom makers
  • Makey-Makey
  • Geometric shapes kit
  • Light table
  • Brother P-touch label maker
  • Professional quality horseshoes
  • Bocce ball kit
  • Child's microscope
  • Birding kit with binoculars
  • Computer projector
  • and more!

In addition to these items, the Library lends events-related supplies:
  • Folding chairs
  • 8 foot and 6 foot folding tables
  • Card tables
  • Clip boards
  • Tablecloths in a variety of sizes
  • Tea trays
  • Wine glasses
  • Pop-up tents

If you are interested in borrowing any of these items, please let us know by emailing or calling us at 508-362-6636.
Special Library Services You May Not Know About
Did you know you can take advantage of the following library services at a minimal cost?

  • Do you have a DVD or CD that is scratched or skips? We can repair and clean it for only $1 per disk.
  • Do you want to cover a very special book or document with a Mylar cover or sleeve? We can do this for you for between $2 - $5 each item, depending on the size of your item.
  • Do you need something laminated? We can do this for $1 - $3 per item, depending on the size.
  • Do you need to scan items to a memory stick or to your email? Bring a memory stick with you, and we can help show you how to do it. If you need to print the scanned document, it is 20 cents per page.
  • We also offer FAX services ($2 for the first page and $1 each additional page) and color photocopying for $1 per page

Please be aware that items needing cleaning, covering, or lamination will need to be left at the Library for treatment, and you will need to provide us with contact information. They will be returned to you when finished.

For more information on these special services, please contact Karen Horn at 508-362-6636,, or inquire at the Circulation Desk.
The Artist and the Underworld:
A Philosophical Look at Demons in Art History
Join Local Artist Michelle Dugan
for an evening of Art History

Tuesday March 12th, 2019 @ 6:30PM

Demons have long been used to symbolize the dark counterpart of light. An image of sin, artists have personified the unwanted traits within ourselves, and given them faces, along with horns and tails. We’ll explore the use of demons and devils within art as a way to examine our own human nature. Facing your demons may just be more enlightening than you thought!

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email, call 508-362-6636, or online at
Climate Change Movie Series: More Than Honey
Tuesday March 26th, 2019 @ 6:00PM

Join us for the third film in our climate change movie series. More Than Honey follows the plight of the honey bee in relation to pollution, pesticides, and climate change. The film looks at the impact honey bees have on our everyday life, from pollinating our flowers to ensuring that our vegetable and fruit crops grow. The movie also looks at potential solutions to these problems.

For more information, visit their website at:

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated.
Email, call 508-362-6636,
The Art of the Short Story with
Chaya Bhuvaneswar and Tyrese Coleman
Saturday April 6th, 2019 @ 1:00PM

Have you ever wanted to write short stories? Join us for a conversation with Chaya Bhuvaneswar and Tyrese Coleman as they discuss varied elements of Fiction and read from their PEN award nominated work. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Topics to be covered: building tension, developing characters, plotting, cross genre, fantastic vs. realism, importance of theme, hot topics in fiction, regionalism/sense of place, submitting/the market, fostering a unique voice, editing, and much more.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Email, call 508-362-6636, or register online at
Words Between Father and Son
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019
@ 6:30 PM

A Poetry Month celebration of Storytelling, Poetry, Jazz & Hip-Hop

Join us as Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor and The ZYG 808, two generations of Grammy-nominated hip-hop jazz artists share a selection of spoken-word pieces in the form of stories, songs and poems.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email, call 508-362-6636, or online at

Tech Help Thursdays

Tech help will be available every Thursday, starting this February, 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 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

Michelle Dugan, who is our featured speaker on March 12th will be displaying her Medieval/Gothic inspired painting in the Simpkins Room and our lobby.

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

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.

Wednesday, March 6th, 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+
The Young & The Restless - Toddler Time w/ Miss Megan
Wednesday Mornings at 11:00am
March 13th - April 10th

  • Stories
  • Active singing and dancing with props
  • Parachute games
  • Bubbles
  • Tunnel crawl
  • Block building

Develop early literacy, fine motor, gross motor and social skills in this FREE action-packed half hour of fun for little ones. Designed for toddlers between 12-30 months only and space is limited to 10 participants per session. Advance registration is required via email ( or phone (508.362.6636)

This group usually stays after for free play until noon.
Additional Sturgis Library Information

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