May 2022 News
Plant and Garden Sale

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 perennials, annuals, vegetables and herbs, bulbs, shrubs, pottery, garden tools, books, garden decor, and all things garden-related!

When you're working in your garden this spring, please consider potting up plants to donate to the sale. Plants and other items can be dropped off at the Library the week before the sale. 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
Building Project Update
Our building project is progressing!

We appreciate your patience during our recent drainage project, which is now complete. The new roof is finished, as well as some preservation work on the historic chimneys.

In the coming weeks we will be replacing an exterior door, replacing the bay window in the Kittredge Room with historically appropriate windows, repairing the main entry door, and replacing the exterior signage.

We hope to have these projects wrapped up before summer, but like the rest of the world we are dependent on the supply chain, and so some materials have been delayed.

We are grateful to the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund and the Barnstable Community Preservation Committee for providing funding for these important projects.
New in the Archives
The Christian Camp Meeting Association (CCMA) at Craigville is celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2022, and they have partnered with Sturgis Library to preserve their archives. They have recently donated their archival collection, including photographs, annual reports, newsletters, meeting minutes, publications, historical essays, brochures, ephemera, postcards, and more, to the Library.
The earliest archives of the CCMA are held at the Congregational Library in Boston. The collection recently donated to Sturgis Library includes materials from the early 20th century through 2021. To see the contents of the collection, view the finding aid.
The collection is, for the first time, fully cataloged and preserved in archival boxes and folders, and is available for research use during regular Library hours. Materials can be requested at the Circulation Desk.
We are grateful to the CCMA Board of Directors for entrusting us with their rich history, and wish them a very happy 150th anniversary!

To learn more about the CCMA and Craigville, visit their website at
Borrow an Eco-Friendly Blower
Try out one of our two new POWER+ 615 CFM leaf blowers, kindly donated by a local resident so that homeowners can try an eco-friendly alternative to gas-powered blowers before they decide if they want to purchase one.

Gas-powered blowers have been banned in many cities and towns across the country due to the air and noise pollution they emit.

These rechargeable electric blowers are lightweight and powerful with much less noise and no fumes. They can run for up to 75 minutes on a single charge, and have variable blowing speeds including a turbo mode.

Blowers may be borrowed for 1 week. To borrow a blower, contact the Library at 508-362-6636 and get your name on the waiting list.
Calling All Collectors!

Are you an artist or a collector? If so, we encourage you to reserve one of our standing display cases and share your collection with our patrons!

Past collections include: vintage teapots, antique tools, miniatures, rocks and minerals, student artwork, Pez dispensers, peanut butter tins, and more!

To reserve exhibit space or for additional information, please contact our Christy at
Stories from the Archives
Each month this section of the newsletter presents excerpts from our blog titled, Stories from the Archives.

This month the blog highlights a collection of gelatin print photographs of Barnstable taken by Gustavus A. Hinckley in the late 1800s.

Gustavus Adolphus Hinckley (1822-1905) Photographs of Barnstable (MS. 33)

Barnstable resident Gustavus A. Hinckley (1822-1905) spent the later part of his life compiling local history and documenting life in Barnstable during the late nineteenth century. To learn more about Hinckley and to see more photos from this collection visit our Stories from the Archives blog by clicking here.
West Barnstable at the corner of 6A and Route 149. West Parish Cemetery is on the right.
Barnstable Village east of the courthouse. The sign to the right says “Livery Stable.” The stable is on the left.
Click on photos to enlarge

These photos and all Sturgis Library archival collections are available for in-library use or by contacting us at Fragile materials may have photocopying restrictions. For further information, please contact the library directly at (508) 362-6636.

To see the findings aids for our archival collections, click here.

You can search the archives by name and subject using the CLAMS online catalog.
Birding Series
Funded by the Mass Cultural Council and the Mid-Cape Cultural Council
Pre-Hike Bird Discussion
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Gather and discuss birding with Peter Trimble in preparation for the Guided Bird Hike! All are welcome, not just hikers. This program is intended for adults and young adults.

Guided Bird Hike
Saturday, May 7, 2022 
Rise and shine with birder Peter Trimble as he leads an informative hike at Bridge Creek Conservation. This program is intended for adults and young adults.

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.

Owl Prowl with Mass Audubon
Saturday, October 1, 2022, Evening Hike
Take a crisp, autumn walk and learn about the silent, graceful predator, the owl.
This program is intended for adults and young adults. Exact time and location information to follow.

Registration is required for the programs above.
Please email Christy at to register
Watercolor Workshop
Saturday, May 7, 2022 1:00pm-2:30pm

As part of Cape Cod Artweek, Sturgis Library will be offering a Watercolor Workshop for adults and young adults lead by art educator and artist, Mike Fellows.

All levels are welcome to attend!

In addition to leading the workshop, Mike will have his Barnstable Intermediate School students' artwork on display for the entire month of May at Sturgis Library.

Registration is required. Email Christy at to register.
Herb & Spice Club at Sturgis Library
Meets Monthly April 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, April 26th at 5:30pm

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
Free Health Screening with Barnstable Fire Department
May 9, 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
Importance of Self-Care and Successful Caregiving
May 17, 2022, 10:00am-11:30am

Join Stacey Cullen for a discussion on the
importance of self-care and successful caregiving.
Only when we first help ourselves, can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important-- and one of the most forgotten-- things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.

Registration is not required.

Questions? Contact Stacey Cullen at
or call 508-862-4765
History and Society Book Group
Come to Sturgis Library for a new book group that will look at history, politics, and society.

Upcoming books and meetings:

Evil Geniuses by Kurt Anderson
Thursday, May 19, 2022, 2:00pm

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
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
Sturgis Library's Little Quest
May 2, 2022 through May 31, 2022
Sturgis Library's Little Quest returns! Find the four tiny magical lands in Sturgis Library's front Lawn! When your quest is complete, tell a librarian and you'll be granted a bag of magical stones!

Embark on the quest anytime during the month of May!

Questions? Email Christy at
Garden Party
May 14, 2022, 1:00pm until 2:30pm
Come to Sturgis Library and help us plant our newest garden intended for sprout-sized gardeners!

  • learn about gardening and pollinators
  • plant a seed and take it home
  • paint your own bird house
  • learn how to make a bee bath
  • plant potatoes in a barrel
  • enjoy sips and snacks provided by the library

All ages are welcome!

Funded by the Mass Cultural Council and the Mid-Cape Cultural Council.

Registration is required. To register, email Christy at
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
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
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
Books to Check Out this Month
An Unlasting Home
by Mai Al-Nakib

"This sweeping debut novel from Al-Nakib imagines an alternate reality for contemporary Kuwait in which blasphemy is made a capital crime. Sara, a professor of philosophy at Kuwait University, has been accused of blasphemy by one of her students... Alternating chapters skip between Sara’s present dilemma and the difficult choices her great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents made as they moved to Turkey, Iraq, India, and the U.S., only to find themselves ever again Kuwaitis. Al-Nakib renders each family member with care and exacting observation. As Sara’s verdict looms, the book grapples profoundly with the limits of individual choice and the hold exerted by a person’s homeland. The result is accomplished and searing." -Publisher's Weekly

Unlikely Animals
by Annie Hartnett

"A quirky ghost story set in present-day Upper Valley, New Hampshire…Emma Starling, 22, drops out of medical school to help care for her father, Clive, who is suffering from a rare brain disease. Clive was forced to retire from his professorship due to his hallucinations of animals and is now obsessed with finding Emma’s high school best friend Crystal Nash, who has been missing for several months. When Emma becomes a substitute teacher for fifth graders, she’s drawn back into all the drama of her hometown, including her brother Auggie’s opioid addiction and her mother Ingrid’s unhappiness. With the police unconcerned over Crystal’s disappearance, Emma decides to work with Clive to solve the mystery... Hartnett’s whimsical storytelling casts a spell" -Publisher’s Weekly

“Hartnett masterfully balances a story of deep loss with the perfect amount of hilarity and tenderness. Unlikely Animals explores complex family dynamics and the growth that can occur after tragedy, with just a little help.” - Booklist

by Hernan Diaz

Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world of seemingly endless wealth—all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to have read. Yet there are other versions of this tale of privilege and deceit.
    Hernan Diaz’s TRUST elegantly puts these competing narratives into conversation with one another—and in tension with the perspective of one woman bent on disentangling fact from fiction. The result is a novel that spans over a century and becomes more exhilarating with each new revelation.
  At once an immersive story and a brilliant literary puzzle, TRUST engages the reader in a quest for the truth while confronting the deceptions that often live at the heart of personal relationships, the reality-warping force of capital, and the ease with which power can manipulate facts.

Kids' Books to Check Out this Month
The Secret of the Magic Pearl
written by Elisa Sabatinelli; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno; translated by Christopher Turner

When a greedy entrepreneur searching for a legendary pearl forces Hector's family to close their tourist expedition business in an Italian coastal town, Hector decides to thwart the man's plans and save the sea, his family, and his dream of becoming a deep-sea diver, just like his father.

I Am Quiet
written by Andie Powers; Illustrated by Betsy Peterson

Emile is not shy--he is quiet.  
This story honors and encourages the beauty of knowing ourselves for exactly who we are. Emile's world shows us that the mind of a quiet child can be as rich, expansive, and bold as that of any other (more extroverted) child

Barnstable Neighbor to Neighbor Needs You!
Barnstable Neighbor 2 Neighbor (BN2N) is a group made up of volunteers who serve older residents in the 7 villages of Barnstable who are living safely and independently in their homes. They need more volunteers to ensure that they can meet the service needs of members. The group is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

How it works:
A member makes a request and a volunteer signs up to fulfill the request. Examples of what our volunteers do include:
Drive members to appointments, run errands, grocery shop, or to attend a concert or movie
Do light household tasks including small repairs, organizing cupboards, putting away groceries
Visit members to play cards or a board game, share a lunch
Guide members learning new technology like smart phones, tablets, TVs
Volunteers choose services to fulfill based on their own schedules and availability or serve on a committee.
If you would like to join them in volunteering, please request a volunteer application and CORI form by calling 508-418-9220 or by sending a message to You can also visit their website at
The Library will be closed on
Monday, May 30th, 2022
for the Memorial Day holiday
Sturgis Library
3090 Main Street P.O. Box 606
Barnstable, MA 02630

Our hours are:
Monday 10-5
Tuesday 10-8
Wednesday 10-5
Thursday 10-5
Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-4
Sundays and holidays CLOSED