September 2020
Sturgis Library is now open! In order to ensure a positive experience, we need everyone's cooperation, patience, and kindness.

  • The Library is open inside for browsing and checking out of materials only. Ancillary services (computers, research room, programs, toys, tours, etc.) will not be available until a later date.
  • We offer free wifi outdoors around the building. There are picnic tables and chairs set up in the side yard of the library if you need a place to work. Please observe social distancing rules. r you can access the wifi in your car!
  • The entrance to the building is through the Lowell Meeting Room door to the left of the main entrance. The main entrance doors will be for exiting and deliveries only.
  • The building is open from 10 AM to 3 PM Monday through Saturday.
  • For those who prefer not to come inside, we will still be offering curbside pickup from 10:00 am to 3:30ish pm.
  • All visitors, for both in-person service and curbside pickup, MUST wear a mask. No mask, no service, no exceptions. Once inside the building, please observe social distancing guidelines.
  • Visitors will be limited to 25 at a time, and each visitor may stay for up to 30 minutes.
  • Visitors can register for a library card, browse for materials, request that staff reserve materials for them, and check out materials at the desk.
  • This phase is "grab and go," rather than "sit and stay."
  • The indoor Book Shop will be closed, but we will continue to offer our Fresh Air Book Sale each day, 10-3:30ish, weather permitting.
  • If you have copies to make or faxes to send, the staff can help you with this. No self-serve copying at the present time.
  • If you need research or reference assistance you may email Corey at or call us at 508-362-6636.
  • Other questions can be sent to Library Director Lucy Loomis at or call her at 508-362-8448.

Jewelry Sale and Pop-Up Indoor Yard Sale
Donations to the jewelry sale are welcomed, including all types of jewelry, accessories, scarves, purses, bags, and more.

In addition to the jewelry sale, we are offering decorative and household items for sale in our Indoor Pop-Up Yard Sale. We are accepting donations of small decorative items, housewares, pottery, kitchenware, and more. PLEASE:
  • Items must be in good condition, free of chips, cracks, or stains.
  • No plastic items, please.
  • No sets of dishes.
  • No appliances or electronics.
For more information, contact Lucy at 508-362-6636 or
Now accepting book donations
You may call us to make an appointment to bring donations to the Library. We ask that you:
  • Call in advance at 508-362-6636.
  • Limit donations to no more than 4 boxes at a time.
  • Only donate items that are in good condition.
  • Please do not donate outdated items like investing books, computer books, textbooks, medical books and other topics that quickly become obsolete.
  • No encyclopedias or multi-volume sets like Time-Life books.
  • Books should be clean and free of mildew or stains.
  • We also accept movies on DVD, puzzles, games, and music CDs.
  • Please do not leave book donations outside of the library building. Also, please do not place them in the book drop.
But I returned that book!!!
When you return your books to the Library, you may still see them on your patron record in CLAMS for several days. This is because we quarantine all items for three days before putting them on the shelf or back in circulation. During the quarantine period you will not accrue fines.

The same is true for materials delivered through the inter-library delivery system, so you may see items in-transit for longer than usual.

Please bear with us as we strive to keep you and our staff safe.
And speaking of fines...

Do you still have library materials you're waiting to return? Please return all library materials as soon as possible to avoid accruing overdue fines. Overdue fines have started to accrue, and we don't want to charge you for overdue items if we can help it.

Are you having trouble getting your library materials back to to Library? Please let us know ASAP by calling us at 508-362-6636 or emailing

Conservation and the Environment with the Barnstable Land Trust and the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

Thursday Sept. 24th @6:30PM

Join Sturgis Library for a discussion on the environmental impacts of conservation. We will be speaking with Janet Milkman and Zenas Crocker on the science behind the practice, what is being done locally and globally, and how you can be a part! This program will take place Via ZOOM.

Email to sign up.

This program is part of CREW’s 2020 Climate Prep Week.

Adult Story Time With...
Mail for Lady Puddles

Lady Puddles, our beautiful beta fish, LOVES getting letters and illustrations from Library visitors! Write her a letter, draw her a picture, or do both!

Show Lady Puddles your creation then slip it in her mailbox located in the children's room!

Letters and illustrations for Lady Puddles can be....
  • brought into the library
  • emailed to Christy at
  • mailed to
Sturgis Library
PO Box 606
Barnstable, MA

All mail for Lady Puddles will be put in her special scrapbook!
The Happy Alphabet Project

H is for Happy! Pick a letter from the alphabet and finish the sentence
__ is for ...

and tell us what makes YOU happy! But don't just tell us what makes you happy-- SHOW us with an illustration, too! 

To spread happiness, all Happy Alphabet creations will be displayed in the Library for all to see! 

Happy Alphabet creations can be....
  • brought into the library
  • emailed to Christy at
  • mailed to
Sturgis Library
PO Box 606
Barnstable, MA
The Poetree at Sturgis Library
Beginning September 2, 2020
The last week of August will be the season's last Storywalk but fear not! Beginning September 2nd, you can visit Sturgis Library's new friend, The Poetree, located near the stairs in the library's front lawn!

The Poetree will post a special poem on his wooden sign for all to enjoy. The poem will be posted all week long and each Wednesday, a new poem will be posted.

Every Wednesday, a simple activity will be available for kiddos to take home as well as a copy of the poem.

The poem will be posted all week, but the
to-go activities are only available on Wednesdays from 10:00am until 3:00pm.
Attention Summer Readers!
Sturgis Library's Summer Reading Program is wrapping up! We are so happy that you participated! We have a small gift for you that we we hope will inspire you to imagine and write your own story someday!

Come on into the library and visit the circulation desk--someone will happily give you your gift!

If you are unable to come into the library, you can email Christy at or you can call
508-362-6636 and we will arrange an alternate way to get you your gift.

Autumn Leaf Challenge
September 22, 2020

Autumn leaves will soon be swirling to the ground and we challenge kiddos to get outdoors and find as many colorful leaves as they can! Check off each color on our checklist and earn a Leaf Badge! Swing by the children's room bulletin board and pick up a checklist beginning September 22!

Completed leaf checklists can be....
  • brought into the library
  • emailed to Christy at
  • mailed to
Sturgis Library
PO Box 606
Barnstable, MA
We Need Tiny Books for Sturgis Library's Tiny Bookcase
The British Library is calling on children to write their own small books (about the size of a postage stamp), and Sturgis Library likes the idea so much, we want to do it, too! We invite children and adults to help us stock our tiny bookcase!

We can't wait to see the tiny books you create! It can be whatever you like-- a bedtime story, a factual book, a comic-style graphic novel, a recipe book, a sketchbook, or any other type of book!

We understand if you fall in love with your tiny book and want to keep it but if you’re able to part with your creation, we would LOVE to place your tiny book in our tiny bookcase at the library. You can bring your tiny book into the library or you can mail your tiny book to:

Sturgis Library
Attention: Tiny Bookshelf
PO Box 606
Barnstable, MA

In addition to being displayed on our tiny bookcase, your tiny book could be featured on the library's social media pages!
There is no deadline for tiny book creation donations!
Please donate today
Sturgis Library has had to cancel three of our annual fundraising events due to the COVID-19 closure -- our spring Library Gathering, our Jewelry Sale, and our annual Plant and Garden Sale. We are unsure if we will have to cancel our fall fundraising events as well. In addition to the cancellations, we have lost the revenue from our Book Shop, which represents a substantial loss of income for us.

Sturgis Library is an independent nonprofit organization, not a Town department. We received only 40% of our funding from the Town of Barnstable in FY2020, and we have learned that our Town funding will be reduced in FY2021.

If you've never donated to the Library before, please consider making a donation now. And if you have donated already, please consider an additional donation to ensure that we can continue to provide quality service to he community.

Thank you so much.
Sturgis Library
3090 Main Street P.O. Box 606
Barnstable, MA 02630