May 2019
Love Your Library! Sponsor a Stone for our Stone Wall
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.
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 month 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 will be accepted starting May 18th. If you have questions about the sale, contact us at 508-362-6636.
Sturgis Library Seed Drive
Th Sturgis Library Seed Drive is going on now!
If you have extra seeds from last year’s harvest, stop by the library between April 1st and May 30th to add them to our growing seed library!
For questions, please contact Corey Farrenkopf at or at 508-362-6636.       
Please clearly label all donated seeds.
Meet the Author: Nelson R Gomm

Saturday May 11th, 2019
@ 10:30 AM- 12:30PM

Join us for a book signing with local author Nelson R Gomm. He will be signing and selling his latest book, Overhead Assetts.

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!
My Birdseed Brings All The Birds to the Yard:
Attracting Native Birds on Cape Cod
Tuesday May 14th, 2019 @ 6:30 PM

What does it takes to attract your favorite backyard birds? Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director of Wild Care, a nonprofit wildlife hospital dedicated to the rescue and release of injured and orphaned wildlife, will tell you. From native plants to nest boxes to birdseed, Stephanie will provide info for attracting a variety of birds to your yard throughout the year. She'll also cover "what to do" if you find a baby bird, or if a bird strikes your window, and will provide tips on how we can better co-exist with our feathered neighbors. Stephanie will be bringing special guest, "Nickerson", Wild Care's educational Eastern Screech Owl.

Photo Credit: Susan Wellington

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email, call 508-362-6636, or online at
The Lost Secrets of Ancient Farming Culture
Tuesday May 21st, 2019 @ 6:30PM
Award-winning journalist Ben Gagnon combines new scientific evidence with myth and folklore to explore a lost chapter of ancient history – a time when migratory birds were perceived as divine agents of the sun, delivering exotic seeds in the spring and guiding souls through the afterlife in fall and winter.
Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email, call 508-362-6636, or online at
Cape Cod Nights with Christopher Setterlund
Monday June 10th 2019 @ 5:30PM

Join us for a reception with live 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 pick up tickets at the circulation desk.

GOREY: A Documentary Screening
Tuesday June 18th, 2019 @ 6PM

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

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

The grains, colors, knots, and burls of wood have intrigued Janet Edmonds as a way to more deeply love the trees of Cape Cod and as a way to accept mysteries in life. The lines and patterns in each piece of wood create texts that tell tales of their own. Janet works with hand tools powered by herself or the help of electricity. She's a bit scared of power saws! Recently she started carving bowls.

Janet collaborated with Norah Bourbon, a blacksmith, in creating three "Owl Chairs" for children. You can see one of them peeking at you in the image.

Janet's carved furniture will be on display in our lobby for the month of May.
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. 

Bay Song will be back for another special Storytime concert on May 2nd!
Wednesday, May 1st 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+
Art Week (April 26th - May 5th, 2019)
Patti Allan from Art Studio 109 will be facilitating two youth paint events on Saturday, April 27th. FREE with a $5 materials fee per person, due at registration. Paintings will be done in acrylic on 11 x 14 canvases. Space is limited to 12 participants per workshop.
Harry Potter Paint Party
Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 2-3 PM
Ages 6-12

Paint Hedwig the owl with a scarf to match your House colors (take a sorting quiz if you don’t know which Hogwarts House you belong to).
Not a Harry Potter fan? Paint a Cape Cod snowy owl, instead!

Registration required / $5 materials fee: Call 508.362.6636 or email
Teen Paint Night
Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 4-6 PM
Ages 12-18

Paint a Cape Cod boardwalk at sunset while enjoying pizza and pop music. All abilities welcome – Patti will walk participants through every step and more experienced artists can create individual adaptations.

Registration required / $5 materials fee: Call 508.362.6636 or email
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Enjoy a reading of Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies followed by a grave rubbing craft.

Ages 8+ due to gory content

Registration appreciated: Call 508.362.6636 or email
The Young & The Restless
Wednesdays, May 29th - June 26th, 2019 @ 11:00am

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. Participants are welcome to stay after for free play and a chance to connect with one another.

Advance registration is required: 508.362.6636 or 
May The 4th Be With You!

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Swing by for a quick photo in our AWESOME Yoda stand-in created by John Sullivan.

Love it, you will.
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 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