November 2023 News


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October 21st , October 28th, November 4th, & December 16th

Join Yoga Neighborhood at Sturgis Library!

Yoga Neighborhood fosters health and wellness across the community through compassionate and empowering yoga that is available to all regardless of fitness level.

Registration is not required.

Suggested donation: $5.00

Questions? Email Christy at [email protected]

Dracula Into the Light

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 6:00pm

Everyone knows Dracula. Or do they? Mostly appreciated from the myriad of his movie appearances, the Count Dracula of the 1897 novel, and the novel's creator, Bram Stoker, are less familiar. And how did the 15th-century voivode (duke) Vlad the Impaler fit into the history of the literary Count Dracula...if at all?


Join Gregory Williams for a look at Bram Stoker and the one work by which he is remembered, the monumental Gothic horror novel "Dracula"... and also Lord Ruthven; Mircalla, Countess of Karnstein; Countess Dolingen von Gratz...

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Film Screening with Critic Tim Miller

Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 12:30pm

Join longtime Cape journalist and film critic Tim Miller for a screening of Storm Lake.

The film will be followed by a timely and important discussion about the disappearance of local news coverage and its impact on democracy.

About the film: Newspapers are disappearing at an alarming rate, and more Americans are living in news deserts, or communities “with limited access to the sort of credible and comprehensive news and information that feeds democracy at the grassroots level.”

The story of The Storm Lake Times, a twice-weekly family-owned newspaper in rural Iowa, brings the struggles of sustaining local journalism to life and shows what these newsrooms mean to communities and American democracy overall.

This film is part of a five-part film series with critic and journalist Tim Miller. This series is made possible by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

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Cain's Jawbone Mystery Club

Fridays at noon beginning November 10, 2023

Six murders. One hundred pages. Millions of possible combinations… but only one is correct. Can you solve Torquemada’s murder mystery?

In 1934, the Observer’s cryptic crossword compiler, Edward Powys Mathers (aka Torquemada), released a novel that was simultaneously a murder mystery and the most fiendishly difficult literary puzzle ever written.

The pages have been printed in an entirely haphazard order, but it is possible – through logic and intelligent reading – to sort the pages into the only correct order, revealing six murder victims and their respective murderers.

Only four puzzlers have ever solved the mystery of Cain’s Jawbone: do you have what it takes to join their ranks?

Join this group to try your hand at this 89 year old mystery!

Email [email protected] to register.

Medicare Information Session

Monday, November 13, 2023 10:00am-12:00pm

A member of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Senior Outreach Team will be available to to answer individual questions about any of their Medicare plans. This is a high touch and relaxed way that people can speak to someone directly at Blue Cross. Participants will reserve a ten minute block to ask specific questions they have.

Patrons who wish to make an appointment can email Christy at [email protected]

News Literacy Workshop

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:00pm

Three in four Americans overestimase their ability to distinguish between legitimate and false news headlines.

Do you?

News literacy is the ability to judge the credibility of our daily onslaught of information, including its source and how it was obtained. Come learn from two veteran journalists – Susan Moeller and Alicia Blaisdell-Bannon — how you can see behind the curtain and become a smarter and more discerning consumer of news, no matter your political stance.

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The Art of Picture Books

Friday, November 17, 2023 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

Adults are encouraged to join Children’s Librarian Christy Munier for a monthly gathering honoring the brilliance of picture books and picture book art.

Each month a different children’s book author and/or artist will be discussed.

At this gathering, we'll be discussing illustrator/author Julie Morstad.

Registration is requested. Please email Christy at [email protected]

Barnstable Council on Aging: Holiday Survival Tools

November 21, 2023 at 10:00am

Let’s talk about caregiving and the holiday season. This time of the year provides many moments of joy and celebration, yet when caregiving it can cause some challenges. This program will review helpful tools for a successful and enjoyable holiday season.

Questions? Contact Stacey Cullen at

[email protected]

or call 508-862-4765

Tea for Health: A Virtual Talk with Judy Palken, Registered Dietitian

Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 5:30pm

Drinking tea can provide multiple health benefits, and there are so many varieties of delicious tea to enjoy! Join this Zoom talk with registered dietitian Judy Palken, MNS, RD, LDN to find some creative and practical ways to get more of this versatile and healthful beverage into your life. Also, enjoy tea art in this presentation - you will be amazed at how many wonderful paintings celebrate the tradition of drinking tea.

Visit for more information or click HERE to register for this Zoom event.

Things I Wish I Knew: A Virtual Discussion on Beekeeping with Amanda Wastrom

Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 6:00pm

Curious about beekeeping but not sure how to get started? A local beekeeper shares the surprises, joys and challenges they have observed over their 10 years of keeping honeybees here on Cape Cod. Join this Zoom talk to learn more about what makes honeybees such amazing creatures and what you can do at home to support all pollinators.

Visit for more information or click HERE to register for this Zoom event.  

Writers' Group

Meets every Tuesday at 6:00pm

Adults of all skill levels are invited to Sturgis Library to share their writing!

Writers collectively agree on a prompt and then gather weekly to share their work.

Registration is requested. Please email Christy at [email protected]

Mini Mindful Workshop Series for Tweens

Generously funded by the Enoch T. Cobb Trust

Kiddos ages 10ish-12ish years old are encouraged to explore these potential-hobbies! These workshops are intended to slow kids down, help them practice mindfulness, and expose them to different ways they can express themselves creatively!

To register for a workshop, email Christy at [email protected]

Clay with Siggy Ceramics

Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 10:00am-11:00am

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Knitting with Salt Yarn Studio

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 10:00am-11:00am

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Indoor Gardening

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 10:00am-11:00am

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Weekly Storytime

Wednesdays at 10:30am

Swing by to read a story, illustrate a picture, talk with friends, and learn about nature at Sturgis Library's Storytime!

Geared to ages 2-4 but all are welcome to attend.

Registration is not required.

Questions? Email Christy at [email protected]

The Sprightly Bright Book Club

Held on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00pm

Are you between the ages of 9-ish 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 on the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00pm.

Registration is required.

For more information and to register, please email Christy at [email protected]

Adult Fiction to Check Out This Month

The New Naturals

by Gabriel Bump

After losing their child, a Black Boston woman and her husband relocate to an abandoned restaurant in western Massachusetts, seeking to create a separate Black utopia where they can feel safe. They are joined by others, including two unhoused men and a restless journalist, but soon their paradise is as troubled as the world they’ve tried to escape.

From one of the most exciting new literary voices out there, The New Naturals is fresh and deeply perceptive, capturing the absurdity of life in the 21st century, for readers of Paul Beatty’s The Sellout and Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House. In this remarkable feat of imagination, Bump shows us that, ultimately, it is our love for and connection to each other that will save us.

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The Little Liar

By Mitch Albom

Beloved bestselling author Mitch Albom returns with a powerful novel that moves from a coastal Greek city during the Holocaust, to America, where the intertwined lives of three survivors are forever changed by the perils of deception and the grace of redemption.


In 1940s Greece, guileless 11-year-old Nico Krispi is persuaded by Nazi officer Udo Graf to tell other Jewish residents of his village that it’s safe to board the waiting trains, realizing too late that he’s condemned those he loves to a terrible fate. Thereafter, he conscientiously becomes a liar. The narrative unfolds his story along with those of brother Sebastian, schoolmate Fannie and Nazi officer Graf himself.

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The Vulnerables

by Sigrid Nunez

Elegy plus comedy is the only way to express how we live in the world today, says a character in Sigrid Nunez’s ninth novel. The Vulnerables offers a meditation on our contemporary era, as a solitary female narrator asks what it means to be alive at this complex moment in history and considers how our present reality affects the way a person looks back on her past.

Humor, to be sure, is a priceless refuge. Equally vital is connection with others, who here include an adrift member of Gen Z and a spirited parrot named Eureka. The Vulnerables reveals what happens when strangers are willing to open their hearts to each other and how far even small acts of caring can go to ease another’s distress. This novel is a search for understanding about some of the most critical matters of our time.

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Adult Nonfiction to Check Out This Month

Myths, Tall Tales and Half Truths of Cape Cod by James H. Ellis

Cape Cod, one of the nation's oldest regions, can claim many firsts, but not as many as some want you to believe. Boastfulness, tall tales and plain stretching the truth about history is widely practiced in this tourist mecca. Even esteemed institutions such as churches and historical societies are nimble in the art of gilding the lily. Discover where The Wizard of Oz film really premiered, whether Mercy Otis Warren had a hand in writing the Bill of Rights and who invented the hole in the doughnut. Along the way, you'll find out where the country's oldest Congregational meetinghouse is located, and whether "Mad Jack" was a thieving scoundrel. Local author and historian James Ellis separates fact from fiction.

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A Boston Harbor Islands Adventure by Stephanie Schorow

In 1891, four intrepid women from Lowell sailed to a remote island in Boston Harbor for a 17-day escape from New England's prim and proper society. Calling themselves the Scribe, the Aristocrat, the Acrobat, and the Autocrat, the women rusticated in a cottage on Great Brewster Island, reveling in the chance to shed their identities of wife, mother, and daughter. Relive their sojourn through their remarkable journal, filled with observations, illustrations, photographs, and poetry, reproduced here by the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands.

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Martha's Vineyard in the Roaring Twenties : Radicals and Rascals by Thomas Dresser

The Roaring Twenties were filled with a range of events, experiences, fears, laws and advances that impacted Martha's Vineyard. Island residents were involved in rumrunning. Dozens died of the Spanish Flu. Women voted on Island. Dorothy West joined the Harlem Renaissance. Immigration from the Azores slowed, and airplanes landed in Katama. Tourism blossomed and business boomed. Local author Thomas Dresser shares the back story and the import of this remarkable decade and how it has shaped Vineyarders.

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Kids' Books to Check Out this Month

Moving the Miller's Minnie Moore Mine Mansion: A True Story

In this wacky true tale of American ingenuity, Annie Miller took to raising pigs in the yard after losing all but her mansion, but when the town wanted the pigs out, she removed the whole mansion instead--rolling it away slowly on logs. Intended for kiddos 4-8 years old.

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The Wild Robot Protects

Life for Roz and the animals on their island is perfect. But when mysterious, dangerous waters surround the island, the animals are forced inland to fight over dwindling resources. Roz calms and organizes the animals, but the poison tide takes a terrible toll on the island. So the wild robot sets out across the ocean, determined to stop the poison tide. During her journey, Roz encounters amazing geological formations and incredible creatures, and she sees the devastation caused by the toxic waters. Can the wild robot save the ocean and her island and everything she loves? This thrilling third installment of the Wild Robot series takes readers on a new adventure through the ocean and to the frigid northern waters where Roz may have to make the ultimate sacrifice. Intended for kiddos 8-12 years old.


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