November 2021
Wireless Hotspots are available at the Library!

Are you in need of wireless internet you can take with you on a trip? Do you need wifi at home while your service is out? Do you need a back up wireless service for an important event? Well, Sturgis Library now has 10 TMobile wifi hotspots for circulation! Check them out for a week! Reliable and dependable internet wherever T Mobile has coverage.
Check Out Our New Online Book Shop
You can now purchase books, mugs, hats, and other Sturgis Library items online directly through our website. The online shop features books by or about Rev. John Lothrop, William Sturgis, Kurt Vonnegut, women of Barnstable, Barnstable Village and Town, and more. Click the button to visit the shop.
Some Guidelines for Donating Books to the Library
At the Sturgis Library Book Shop, we carry a large selection of gently used book for adults, young adults, and children, along with movies, music, antiquarian books and pamphlets, and specialty items.

Most items in the shop are donated by library users, and we welcome your donations of books and other items — music CDs, movies on DVD, puzzles, games, antiquarian books and pamphlets, and more.

Please feel free to bring donated items by anytime during regular library hours. We can help you by providing a cart. We can also provide you with a donation card that you can use to report a charitable deduction on your income tax return.

Please read the following guidelines for donating books and other materials:

All items should be in clean, excellent condition

Here is what we DO accept:
  • Fiction & nonfiction books for adults, young adults, and children
  • DVD or Blu-Ray movies
  • Music and books on CD
  • Puzzles and games

Here is what we DO NOT accept:
  • Textbooks
  • Older mass market paperbacks
  • Books whose contents are easily out-of-date or out of style
  • Travel guides
  • Medical and health guides
  • Financial guides
  • Computer and tech guides
  • Older cookbooks, craft books, decorating books, and fashion books
  • Multi-volume sets
  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Books with racist or pornographic content
  • Books espousing hatred towards individuals or groups
  • Abridged books like Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • Advance Reader’s Copies

Please go through your donations carefully and donate only those items that fit into the acceptable category above. This helps to save us time sorting through books donations, and also saves us the effort and expense of having to take unwanted books to the transfer station. 

Thanks SO much.
Tales of the Headless...and the Heartless with Greg Williams
Thursday October 28th at 6 PM (The SECOND Showing)
Heads rendered asunder, the fates of skulls, a couple of peregrinating brains, and hearts gone astray. All this and much more in Greg’s latest macabre and darkly humorous Halloween Extravaganza!
Registration is REQUIRED! Seating is LIMITED! This is an in person program.
To sign up, email
Hokusai and Japan in the Floating World
an Art History Talk with Tom Silver
Tuesday, November 2nd @ 6 PM

Japanese print enthusiast Tom Silver will explore the work of Japan’s most famous artist, Katsushika Hokusai, in the context of his life and times. Mr. Silver also showcases masterpieces covering the 350-year history of the genre. This presentation focuses on Japanese prints of the Edo period, also known as the “Floating World.”

Registration is REQUIRED. Email to reserve a seat.
Women of Barnstable with Nancy Viall Shoemaker
Tuesday November 9th @ 6 pm
Join Sturgis Library for an evening with local historian, Nancy Viall Shoemaker. Nancy will speak on many of the fascinating women of Barnstable’s past. Among those will be Sturgis’s Anne Maria Hooper Lothrop and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Crocker Nye.

Registration is REQUIRED
To sign up, email
From Coping To Creating: Film Screening and Director Talk Back
Tuesday November 16th @ 6:00 pm

Join us for a movie screening and talk back for the film, From Coping To Creating. The panel speaking after the film will be: Johnny Bermann, filmmaker; Joe Diggs, artists and Lauren Wolk, poet, novelist, visual artist and Associate Director at the Cultural Center of Cod.

This honest documentary captures the voices of those within our local creative economy as they move from coping to creativity during a time of pandemic transformation. Reflecting the resiliency and adaptivity that lies within everyone, the film explores the collective fears and worries brought out during the pandemic while delivering a hopeful message that from the depths of adversity, something new arises.

Registration is required. Seating is limited.
To Sign up, follow this link:
Talking Literature with Leni Zumas, Mona Awad, Jake Wolff, and Aja Gabel
Tuesday December 14th @ 6 PM via ZOOM

Join us for a talk with four celebrated authors on all things Literature! A Q and A will follow as well as a digital book sale. Bring all your reading and writing questions!

To sign up for the ZOOM link, email
Free and open to all!
Have You Checked Out Sturgis Library's
YouTube Channel Yet?
Since Covid began, we have been recording many of our digital programs and posting them to our YouTube channel. So if you missed our Curious and Fascinating Tales of Barnstable with Nancy Viall Shoemaker, our talk on Native American Agricultural Practices with Linda Coombs, our talk on Vonnegut's Influence on Contemporary Science Fiction, or any of our other programs, follow this link and see what you've been missing!

Gratitude Journals
If you feel thankful, jot it down!

In honor of National Gratitude Month, Sturgis Library will be giving away journals all throughout November to those who are interested in starting their own Gratitude Journal.

There's a growing body of research on the benefits of gratitude. Studies have found that giving thanks can help people sleep better, lower stress, and improve interpersonal relationships. Keeping a gratitude journal decreases materialism and bolsters generosity among adolescents. So start your gratitude journal today, we say!

Questions? Email Christy at
Hip Hip Hooray for Buttons!
Tuesday, November 16th 4:30 - 5:30pm

It's National Button Day on November 16th and who doesn't love an adorable little button? We sure do!

Come celebrate buttons at Sturgis Library and design your own button-pin! Use our topnotch button-pin maker and turn any 1.25 inch image into a button-pin! Images can be illustrated here on the spot or cut from any other paper source you'd like!

Each participant can make up to 5 buttons!

Be sure to check out the library's button collection, too! It will be on display while participants merrily make their button pins!

Ages 2-102+

Registration is requested. Please email Christy at
The Sprightly Bright Book Club
Held in-person on the last Tuesday of every month at 4:30pm

Are you between the ages of 8ish to 12ish years old? Do you like (or 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 last Tuesday of every month at 4:30pm. however if participants prefer to participate virtually via zoom, that is an option, too!

Registration is required!
For more information and to register, please email Christy at
Outdoor Storytime
Wednesdays at 10:30 am

Join us outside, weather permitting, for stories and merriment every Wednesday at 10:30am! In the event of rain, Storytime will be held indoors where masks are required for ALL participants.

Geared toward ages 2-4 but all are welcome!

Registration is not required!
Young Artists Featured in Barnstable Village
Sturgis Library asks young artists of all ages to submit their artwork to be displayed in the Barnstable Village Association's display case located in the center of Barnstable Village!

Each artist will be featured for one week!

Artists can contact Christy at to coordinate a week to display their artwork.
November Exhibits
Barnstable Historical Society’s Exhibit in Lobby Display Case

Many of us look forward to the Friday delivery of the weekly edition of the Barnstable Patriot. Did you know it is Cape Cod’s oldest newspaper? Sylvanus B. Phinney published the first edition in June of 1830. The display will feature the history of the paper and its owners – an interesting journey that reflects the changing times of the last 191 years!

Jean Smith will be displaying her artwork in the Simkins Room! Most of her recent work has been of ceramics, sometimes making animals, other times, pots.
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 10-6
Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-4
Sundays and holidays CLOSED