September 2021
Autumn Equinox-ish Jubilee!
Friday, September 24th from 4:00pm until 6:00pm
Join us as we celebrate Autumn at Sturgis Library! Enjoy the mini pumpkin patch, doughnuts, festive adult beverages, and live music with Melic Moon (Nominated for Best New Artist, and Female Vocalist of the Year for the 2020 Limelight Music Awards)! Children can take home a free picture book (while supplies lasts)!

If you’re able, please bring new, unopened toiletry items for our neighbors in need.
All donations will be brought to The Family Pantry of Cape Cod.

Tickets can be purchased at the event!
$5 per ticket; kids 12 years and younger are free!
Mark your calendars!
The Meetinghouses of Barnstable:
Movie Screening and Director Talk
This documentary explores the history, growth, and development of the various Meetinghouses of Barnstable. The film takes the viewer from the modest beginnings of the 1616 Congregational movement in England up to the East and West Parishes we know today.

Join producer/director, Steve Howland, and local historian, Nancy Viall Shoemaker, for a film screening and talk back/Q and A.

Registration is Required. Email or call 508-362-6636 to sign up.
Off The Beaten Path Book Group
1st Thursday of every month from 6-7PM

Looking for a new book group this fall? Do you enjoy Science Fiction, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Horror, and Mystery? Do you like novels and short stories that can't be classified, books that combine genres freely?

If so, this is the book group for you! We meet the first Thursday of every month from 6-7PM.

If you'd like to join, email us at! Seat are limited.
Backyard Gardens of the Early Colonists
with Joyce Prince
Tuesday Sept 7th at 6:00 PM

Join historian, Joyce Prince, as she leads us through the types of herbs and plants the early colonists of Massachusetts would have in their gardens. This presentation is about the importance of the "Backdoor Garden" and about 10 common plants and herbs that were in them. Joyce will talk about the medicinal, culinary, and household uses of the plants and herbs. There are also anecdotal/ historical/ and or folkloric elements to her presentation. Free and open to all.
Registration is Required. Email us at to sign up!
From Poe To The Present:
Talking Horror with Nathan Ballingrud, Gabino Iglesias, Gwendolyn Kiste, Eric LaRocca, and Cynthia Pelayo
Tuesday October 12 @ 6:00 PM over ZOOM

Join us over ZOOM to hear five celebrated Horror authors discuss the evolution of scary stories from Edgar Allan Poe to the present. The Line-up includes: Nathan Ballingrud, Gabino Iglesias, Gwendolyn Kiste, Eric LaRocca, and Cynthia Pelayo!

We’ll talk about the origins stretching back to Edgar Allen Poe, what defines a scary story, and how they have morphed into what we know today in contemporary fiction. A digital book sale and Q and A will follow the event.

Registration is Required. Email to save a spot.
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!

Journaling for Everyone
Meets every Tuesday at 5:30pm beginning September 7th!

Come to Sturgis Library every Tuesday at 5:30pm for a quiet journaling session!

Art tools and optional journal prompts will be provided! Bring your own journal or use ours!

Geared towards ages 13 and up! Adults welcome!

Registration is requested. 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!
Climate Preparedness Week Storytime is For the Birds
Wednesday, September 29th at 10:30pm

Birds are important members of many ecosystems. They play a vital role in controlling pests, acting as pollinators, and maintaining ecology.

The United States has lost a lot of birds in recent years―and there are lots of things we can do to help!

In honor of Climate Preparedness Week, we will host a Storytime to help our feathered friends! After reading A Garden to Save the Birds by Wendy McClure, we'll make our own milk carton bird feeders!

For milk carton purposes, we kindly request that you register for this Storytime.
To register, email Christy at
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.
Monthly Art Displays
Susan Davies will be displaying some blue and hand-painted tiles and prints in our lobby's standing case. Many of these will be nautical themed.
As a Spanish teacher, Jacqueline Kelley traveled and studied in Spain and Mexico with art always being of major interest. Watercolor has become her favorite medium after taking classes both at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and as a member of CCAC with Robert Mesrop. Her work will be on display in the Simpkins Room.
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