October 2023 News


Sturgis Library on the Radio

Did you happen to catch our Reference Librarian Gabrielle on WCAI-FM radio? She was there to discuss Sturgis Library's News Literacy Series with veteran journalist Susan Moeller and Cape Cod Times Editor Anne Brennan.

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News Literacy Workshop with Veteran Journalists

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 6:00pm

Three in four Americans overestimate 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 news information. Come learn from two veteran journalists – Susan Moeller and Alicia Blaisdell-Bannon — how you can become a smarter and more discerning consumer of news, no matter your political stance.

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Registration requested, walk-ins welcome.

Email [email protected] to register today!

Author Talk with Kelvin Chin

September 30, 2023 at 10:30am-11:30am

Join author, meditation teacher, and life after life expert, Kelvin Chin for a discussion about his latest book After the Afterlife: Memories of my Past Lives. Kelvin will also be discussing his bestselling first book, Overcoming the Fear of Death: Through Each of the 4 Main Belief Systems, and his second book, Marcus Aurelius Updated: 21st Century Meditations on Living Life.

Kelvin is Executive Director and Founder of the Turning Within Meditation and Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundations. He is an internationally-recognized meditation teacher featured in Business Insider, Newsweek, and Kaiser Health News.

Registration is requested. Email Christy at [email protected] to register.

Barnstable Council on Aging:

The Guide to Solo Aging in Our Community

October 17, 2023 at 10:00am

Join Stacey Cullen as she discusses the options for "solo agers" and the choices that may be made.

Questions? Contact Stacey Cullen at

[email protected]

or call 508-862-4765

The Art of Picture Books

Friday, October 20, 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 author/illustrator Christian Robinson

Registration is requested. Please 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...

Registration requested, walk-ins welcome.

Email [email protected] to register today!

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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Registration requested, walk-ins welcome.

Email [email protected] to register today!

Writers' Group

Meets every Tuesday at 6:00pm

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

Writers will gather, share their writing, and be sent home with a writing prompt to work on to share at the next gathering.

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]

Nature Journaling with Mary Richmond

Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 10:00am-11:00am

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Drawing & Painting with Nick Zaremba

Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10:00am-11:00am

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Clay with Siggy Ceramics

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

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Knitting with Salt Yarn Studio

Date TBD

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Indoor Gardening

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

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Special Edition Doxie Day Storytime

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 10:30am

In honor of the upcoming Doxie Day celebration, join us for an extra special Storytime this week! We'll be reading Hot Dog by Doug Salati and saying hello to a very special pup named Winnie! Information about Doxie Day can be found below.

Happening on Saturday, September 30th from 12:00pm-3:00pm, Doxie Day is a Cape Cod tradition celebrating everything dachshund in historic Barnstable Village. Join the Wiener Waddle and Waggin’ Parade, and cheer on your favorite doxie in the Doxie Dash. Think you have the longest dachshund or teeniest weenie? Enter contests to win prizes and bragging rights. Come on out and sing the official Dachs-Song, mingle and meet other doxies to benefit local animal organizations.

Special Edition Fire Safety Storytime

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 10:30am

(Rain date Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 10:30am)

Join Barnstable firefighter Brian Tyson for an informative and fun Storytime! Brian will discuss the importance of fire safety and kiddos will have an opportunity to check out an actual fire truck!

Registration is not required--drop in!

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

America Fantastica

by Tim O'Brien

This is the first novel in 20 years from O’Brien, a National Book Award winner, who is best known for his 1990 collection, “The Things They Carried.” The story is a madcap heist/road-trip starring a bank robber (who used to be a journalist) and his spitfire hostage, Angie. In hot pursuit are a bumbling private eye, a drug-fueled billionaire and a wannabe Charles Manson.

—New York Times Book Review

Tim O’Brien’s modern classic, "The Things They Carried," so brilliantly reflected the unromantic truth of war, America Fantastica puts a mirror to a nation and a time that has become dangerously unmoored from truth and greedy for delusion.

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Let Us Descend

By Jesmyn Ward

From Jesmyn Ward—the two-time National Book Award winner, youngest winner of the Library of Congress Prize for Fiction, and MacArthur Fellow—comes a haunting masterpiece, sure to be an instant classic, about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War.

“‘Let us descend,’ the poet now began, ‘and enter this blind world.’” —Inferno, Dante Alighieri

Let Us Descend is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation.


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by Alice McDermott

This new novel, from a National Book Award winner, unfolds in 1963 Saigon. After a miscarriage, Tricia joins Charlene’s efforts to help Vietnamese civilians. Decades later, when Charlene’s daughter reaches out to reconnect, Tricia reckons with the implications of her friend’s altruism, both for their lives and on a wider scale.

—New York Times Book Review

"[McDermott] has outdone herself with an exquisitely conceived and executed novel that explores her signature topic, moral obligation, against the backdrop of the fraught time preceding the Vietnam War...This transporting, piercing, profound novel is McDermott’s masterpiece."

—Kirkus Reviews

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Adult Nonfiction to Check Out This Month

Omega Farm: a Memoir by Martha McPhee

In March 2020, Martha McPhee, her husband, and their two almost-grown children set out for her childhood home in New Jersey, where she finds herself grappling simultaneously with a mother slipping into severe dementia and a house that's been neglected of late. As Martha works to manage her mother's care and the sprawling, ramshackle property--a broken septic system, invasive bamboo, dying ash trees--she is pulled back into her childhood, almost against her will.

Martha grew up at Omega Farm with her four sisters, five stepsiblings, mother, and stepfather, in a house filled with art, people, and the kind of chaos that was sometimes benevolent, sometimes more sinister. Caring for her mother and her children, struggling to mend the forest, the past relentlessly asserts itself--even as Martha's mother, the person she might share her memories with or even try to hold to account, no longer knows who Martha is.

A masterful exploration of a complicated family legacy and a powerful story of environmental and personal repair, Omega Farm is a testament to hope in the face of suffering, and a courageous tale about how returning home can offer a new way to understand the past.

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But Will You Love Me Tomorrow?: An Oral History of the '60s Girl Groups by Laura Flam and Emily Sieu Liebowitz

The girl group sound, made famous and unforgettable by acts like The Ronettes, The Shirelles, The Supremes, and The Vandellas, took over the airwaves by capturing the mixture of innocence and rebellion emblematic of America in the 1960s. 

As songs like "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Then He Kissed Me," and "Be My Baby" rose to the top of the charts, girl groups cornered the burgeoning post-war market of teenage rock and roll fans, indelibly shaping the trajectory of pop music in the process. While the songs are essential to the American canon, many of the artists remain all but anonymous to most listeners. 

With more than 100 subjects that made the music, from the singers to the songwriters, to their agents, managers, and sound engineers--and even to the present-day celebrities inspired by their lasting influence-But Will You Love Me Tomorrow: An Oral History of 60s Girl Groups tells a national coming-of-age story that gives particular insight into the experiences of the female singers and songwriters who created the movement. 

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Noon: Simple Recipes for Scrumptious Midday Meals and More by Meike Peters

NOTE: You can try some of Meike's great recipes here.

This bold new cookbook by James Beard Award-winning author and photographer Meike Peters invites us to indulge in simple, satisfying, and scrumptious meals to feed our midday cravings. With a few tricks and clever flavor combinations to keep your mind, body, and soul happy, Noon makes it easy to treat yourself throughout the day.

 These 115 quick and creative recipes span vibrant salads and sandwiches, cozy pastas, and savory tarts, as well as warming soups, speedy schnitzels, and Mediterranean seafood treats. Whether you're in the mood for the mouthwatering Autumn Salad with Jerusalem Artichokes, Walnuts, and Apples, a texturally intoxicating Carrot and Pear Salad with Tahini and Sesame Seeds, or the surprising zip of Sauerkraut and Hummus on Sourdough Bread, this book has your taste buds covered.

 Attainable yet crave-worthy, the recipes in Noon can equally suit the start, middle, or end of your day. Our lives have changed, and these recipes flexibly fit any reality, from working from home or lunch at the office to leisurely weekend lunches with friends. Noon is about a pause, no matter when you need it. With year-round recipes and stunning photography, this book will keep you well fed and happy at any time of day.

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Kids' Books to Check Out this Month

Ghost Book by Remy Lai

July Chen sees ghosts. But her dad insists ghosts aren't real. So she pretends they don't exist. Which is incredibly difficult now as it's Hungry Ghost month, when the Gates of the Underworld open and dangerous ghosts run amok in the living world. When July saves a boy ghost from being devoured by a Hungry Ghost, he becomes her first ever friend. Except William is not a ghost. He's a wandering soul wavering between life and death. As the new friends embark on an adventure to return William to his body, they unearth a ghastly truth--for William to live, July must die.

For young readers ages 8-12.

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The Magic Cap

Many moons ago, in a tiny, thatched cottage at the edge of the woods, lived two children named Isaura and Arlo with their hedgehog, Crispin. When their beloved pet becomes ill, Isaura suggests that they seek the magical healing power of gnomes. Convinced this will heal it, the children set off into the woods with humble offerings, hoping to attract the gnomes. The trick does not seem to work, however, and gnomes are nowhere to be seen despite the children's good intentions.

For kiddos 4-7 years old.

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