Spring 2024 News

Events and Adult Programming

Sturgis Library Jewelry and Accessories Sale

April 1st through the 13th, 2024 during regular Library hours

Stop by and shop for new and gently used jewelry, including fine and costume pieces, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pins, rings, scarves, purses, sunglasses, and more!

We accept donations of jewelry and accessories throughout the year.

Library to Library Hike for National Library Day

Saturday, April 6th, 2024 9:00am

Celebrate National Library Day with Sturgis Library and Whelden Library!

Join us for a guided nature hike starting at Whelden Library in West Barnstable and ending at Sturgis Library in Barnstable Village.

Hike length is 6 Miles, with an opportunity to end the hike mid-way.

This hike is not a loop: carpooling/ride arrangements will need to be made by participants.

Registration is required. To register and for more information and trail details, please click here or visit sturgislibrary.org/events



April 6th

April 20th

& April 27th

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 youth.adult@sturgislibrary.org

The Art of Picture Books

Friday, April 12th, 2024 at 12:30pm

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.

This gathering will feature artist/author Emily Winfield Martin.

To register, email Christy at youth.adult@sturgislibrary.org

Talking About Current Events Without Confrontation VIRTUAL

Thursday, April 25th, 2024 5:30pm

In today’s divided political climate it can feel impossible to hold civil conversations about current events–especially when misinformation and conspiracy theories abound. However, learning a few news literacy skills can help you keep conversations grounded in fact while maintaining the civility that is essential in a thriving democracy.

The News Literacy Project and Sturgis Library are partnering with nineteen other Cape Cod libraries to host this webinar on how to talk about current events and listen across divides.

To learn more and sign up visit sturgislibrary.org/events or click here.

Author Talk with Alexander Theroux

Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 at 5:30pm

Join local author Alexander Theroux for a talk about his newest book, Cape Cod Tales.

Cape Cod Tales presents the stories of three fascinating but complicated nineteenth century Cape Codders.

Alexander Theroux, who lives in West Barnstable, has taught literature at Harvard, Yale, and M.I.T., and is the author of 20 books, novels, essays, fables, and poetry.

To find out more and register, visit sturgislibrary.org/events or click here.

Celebrate Earth Month

with Sturgis Library and Barnstable Land Trust

Celebrate Earth Month with Sturgis Library and Barnstable Land Trust with special events and programs all month long!

Start by visiting the Library and add your Earth Month Wish to BLT's Wish Tree. The Wish Tree is handcrafted by Kelly Barber. This natural sculpture represents ten different types of wood from five different BLT properties.

Pick up an Earth Month Bingo Card at Sturgis Library! Bingo cards will feature books to read and trails to hike. Cards with completed rows will be entered in a drawing to win special prizes!

Click on the links below or visit blt.org/events to learn more about the Earth Month Events!

Weeding Wednesday at Barnstable Land Trust

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 at 8:00am-10:00am

1540 Main St., West Barnstable, MA

Honor the Earth Fair

Saturday, April 20th, 2024 11:00am-4:00pm

Wampanoag Govt Center

483 Great Neck Rd., South Mashpee, MA

Celebrating Earth Day with the Poetry of Mary Oliver

Monday, April 22nd, 2024 10:00am-12:00pm

Barnstable Land Trust Conservation Center

1540 Main St., West Barnstable, MA

Earth Day Maker Monday

Monday, April 22nd, 2024 5:00pm-6:00pm

Cotuit Center for the Arts

4404 Falmouth Rd., Cotuit, MA

Birding with Barnstable Land Trust

Friday, April 26th, 2024 at 7:30am

Pogorelc Sanctuary, Barnstable Conservation Center

1540 Main St., West Barnstable, MA

Trees are Key: An Arbor Day Walk and Talk

Friday, April 26th, 2024 at 1:00pm

The Michael R. Kramer Center at Fuller Farm

995 Route 149, Marstons Mills, MA

Barnstable Council on Aging: Brain Train Part 2

April 16th, 2024 at 10:00am

A little fun can go a long way in training our brains. Join the Barnstable Council on Aging for a Brain Train class. The class will review memory, fun games to weed out the cobwebs, and pointers to understand how our brain ages.

Questions? Contact Stacey Cullen at


or call 508-862-4765

Creative Writing Group

Meets every Tuesday at 5:30pm

Adults of all skill levels are invited to Sturgis Library to sharpen their skills and spark their creativity!

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

To register, email Christy at youth.adult@sturgislibrary.org

An Evening of Jazz: a Discussion with Larry Tye and Mick Carlon & the Musical Stylings of The Bart Weisman Trio

Thursday, May 9th, 2024 5:00-6:30

Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, The Jazzmen -- a joint biography of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie -- looks at how these three maestros wrote the soundtrack for the civil rights revolution.

Mick Carlon is bringing the history of jazz to young people. This professor from Centerville, Massachusetts, has written three novels in which idols such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald and many more, speak to us all.

The Bart Weisman Trio -- Fred Boyle, Ron Ormsby, and Bart Weisman -- will be playing jazz favorites for your enjoyment!

Wine, soft drinks, and nibbles will be served prior to the talk.

Space is limited, so get our tickets today! Tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased at Sturgis Library or online prior to the event. Click here to purchase tickets online.

How to Avoid Election Misinformation with Special Guest Mindy Todd VIRTUAL

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024 5:30pm

Join this virtual discussion with 20 Cape Cod libraries and the News Literacy Project to find out how Cape and Islands residents can stay informed with accurate, reliable information this election season.

Featuring special guest Mindy Todd of WCAI radio.

Sign up today at sturgislibrary.org/events or click here.

Save the dates for garden goodness!

  • Saturday, May 25th, 2024 from 9:00am to 12:00pm -- Annual Plant and Garden Sale. As you start your gardening this year, please keep us in mind as you divide and pot up plants. We rely 100% on donated plants. We accept donations of plants and other items (pottery, tools, birdhouses, birdfeeders, garden decor, books, etc.) the week prior to the sale.
  • Saturday, July 6th and Monday, July 8th, 2024 from 10:00am to 4:00pm -- Visit a variety of amazing local gardens as part of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival.

Special Offerings

Olde Barnstable Village Prints by Jayne Shelley Pierce

Prints of Olde Barnstable Village by Jayne Shelley Pierce are now available for purchase at Sturgis Library.

Jayne was raised in Sandwich, and resided in Centerville. She began painting at age sixteen and evolved into one of Cape Cod's most beloved artists. Her primitive style paintings evoke the nostalgia of a Cape Cod of simpler times. She died in 2021.

This print shows a bird's eye view of Barnstable Village, with the perspective artfully changed to highlight iconic buildings. (Sturgis Library is in the foreground). The scene shows the Barnstable County Fair, which was held in the Village until 1939. The landscape is populated with people walking, fishing, working, and driving carts, some with balloons in their hands, most likely purchased at the fair.

These large prints measure 30"x24", and are printed on heavy paper stock. They sell for $50 each, and are suitable for framing. You can purchase the print at the Circulation Desk at the Library, or online by clicking HERE.

At this time the prints won't be available for shipping due to their large size and stiff paper. We will be working with UPS to see if there is a way to ship them for a reasonable price, but for now they must be picked up at the Library.

For more information, contact Library Director Lucy Loomis at director@sturgislibrary.org or by calling 508-362-6636.

John Lothrop eBooks Now Available

Two books about the Rev. John Lothrop are now available in eBook versions in our online shop. They are Sometimes You Just Have to Move Across the Ocean by Vivian Adams and John Lothrop in Barnstable.

If you visit our online shop, you can see that the eBook versions are clearly identified with an orange banner. Once you purchase the eBook, you will be sent a link to the downloadable PDF book.

We also sell print versions of these and other local history titles. To see all the offerings in our online shop, CLICK HERE or visit www.sturgislibrary.org/shop-online/store/

From the Archives: Captain Nehemiah Smith Desk & Papers

Many of our visitors come to see the historic section of our building, which was constructed in 1644 as a meetinghouse and home for Rev. John Lothrop, one of the founders of the Town of Barnstable. They want to see his Bible, the various rooms of the historic section, and the original wide plank floors in the room where services were once held.

But as the visitors make their way to this part of the building, they are stopped in their tracks by the stunning Nehemiah Smith desk. Constructed in 1811 in southeastern Massachusetts of mahogany, flame birch veneer, and white pine secondary wood, the desk was purchased by Smith at the height of his career as a ship Captain.

The desk is featured in the 2009 book Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts 1710-1850 by Brock Jobe. It was restored by fine woodworker Daniel Santos.

Captain Nehemiah Smith lived and sailed out of the Town of Eastham. He was born on July 16, 1776 to Nehemiah and Jediah (Arey) Smith. He married Mary Knowles, daughter of Seth and Hannah (Hatch) Knowles on December 20, 1801. Captain Smith sailed on the schooners Polly and Albert and owned shares of other ships, including Industry, and the coastal packets Minerva and Morning Flower. The schooner Polly was wrecked while under his command on Cape Henry, Virginia, near the end of a voyage from Boston to Richmond. After spending nearly two weeks trying to round the Cape in a gale in January 1810, the schooner broke up on the beach with no loss of life. Captain Smith sold the salvageable cargo on the beach for the owner, Benjamin Bangs of Brewster. Evidently Mr. Bangs did not blame the Captain for the wreck, because he sent him out on a series of voyages later that year on the schooner Albert, trading between Lisbon, Boston and Richmond. Later in the decade he was back in Eastham operating a store. He died at the age of 43 on March 13, 1820 and is buried in the Methodist Cemetery in Orleans.

A collection of papers was found in the desk by Smith's grandson Albert Oliver Smith. Albert Smith's granddaughter, Mrs. Gerald F. Gilmore, donated the desk and the collection of papers to Sturgis Library in 1979.

The Nehemiah Smith Papers include both family and business-related materials. The family materials consist of biographical papers, estate papers of Captain Smith, papers of his widow Mary and some of his children. The business materials consists of accounts, bills of lading, cargo invoices, correspondence, receipts and bills which demonstrate Captain Smith's life at sea as a ship captain, and document the transactions of commercial shipping from 1810-1820. Some of the papers in this series reflect Captain Smith's later years as a general store merchant. He also owned shares in ships and packets.

To see the contents of the collection, CLICK HERE. If you would like to view the collection, ask for MS. 5 at the Circulation desk.

For a complete list of the collections in our archives, see the archives page on our website www.sturgislibrary.org/research/finding-aids/. If you have questions about any of the collections, please contact Lucy Loomis at 508-362-6636 or director@sturgislibrary.org.

Learn More about the Libby App for eBooks and eAudio

Did you know that the library networks across the state offer reciprocal borrowing privileges for users of the Libby app? This means that you can borrow ebooks and eaudiobooks from any of the networks with your CLAMS card, including Boston Public Library, CLAMS, CWMARS, Minuteman, Noble, Old Colony, and SAILS, without having to get a new library card.

To learn more about finding the shortest waiting list for titles you're interested in, click on the Libby logo and view a short tutorial.

Introducing My China Roots

Boston Public Library is excited to announce the addition of a new genealogy database to its online resources: My China Roots, a database for researching your Chinese ancestry. In order to access the database at the link above, you will need a Boston Public Library ecard. You can apply for the card HERE.


BPL is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 1st from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. This webinar is free and open to the public. More information and registration information is on the BPL website at https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/65bd4d3c1b80e24800b07ea0 .

In this webinar, guest speaker Clotilde Yap will provide a brief introduction to Chinese family history research, including how to get started, key challenges, and what clues to look for both at home and online. Finally, Clotilde will provide a live demo of the database, including how to find your Chinese surname, how to find your ancestral village in China, and how to find your Chinese family tree book (jiapu).

Kids' Programming

Special Edition Wish Tree Storytime

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 at 10:30am

Join us at Sturgis Library for this special edition Storytime where we will be talking about ways we can help the planet! 

After reading Tiny Perfect Things by M.H. Clark, kiddos will have the opportunity to write their wishes for Earth and tie their wish to BLT’s Wish Tree!

The Wish Tree is a handcrafted sculpture created by Kelly Barber of the Barnstable Land Trust. It is made of ten different species of wood collected locally from five different Barnstable Land Trust properties.

No registration required.

Lego Club

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024 1:00pm

It's a half day for Barnstable Public School kiddos! Swing by Sturgis Library to create a Lego masterpiece!

No registration required.

Questions? Email Christy at youth.adult@sturgislibrary.org

Special Edition Garden Party Storytime

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 at 10:30am

Sturgis Library, the Barnstable Land Trust, and the knowledgeable folks from Edible Landscapes invite kiddos to join us as we celebrate Earth Month!

We'll read a story, learn about gardening, and then kiddos will help plant seeds in the library’s children’s garden. After the merriment, a celebratory snack will be available for the sprout-sized gardeners to enjoy.

No registration required.

Upcycled Beaded Bracelet Making

Friday, April 19th, 2024 at 12:30pm

In honor of Earth Month, Sturgis Library and the Barnstable Land Trust invite kiddos ages 7 and up to make their own beaded bracelet using beautiful beads made from upcycled glass!

Registration required. To register, click here

or visit sturgislibrary.org/events

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 weekly Storytime!

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

Registration is not required.

Questions? Email Christy at youth.adult@sturgislibrary.org

The Sprightly Bright Book Club

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 at 4:00pm

Let’s choose, read, and discuss books together! At this month's gathering, we’ll be discussing Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk.

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.

This program is appropriate for kids 9ish to 12ish years old.

Registration is required. To register, please email Christy at youth.adult@sturgislibrary.org

Recommended New Titles

Adult Fiction

The Familiar

by Leigh Bardugo

After her employer catches her reciting Hebrew-Spanish incantations, an orphaned maid named Luzia Cotado enters a magical contest for miracle workers in 16th-century Madrid. To compete among the psychics, sorcerers, and alchemists, Luzia trains with the immortal, alluring Guillén Santángel, whose secrets threaten both their lives.

The Silver Bone

by Andrey Kurkov

A rookie detective, Samson Kolechko from Kyiv, tackles his first case. This book, by Ukraine’s most celebrated novelist, is set against real life details of the tumultuous early twentieth century.

Help Wanted

by Adelle Waldman

"At a big-box retailer in upstate New York, a team of workers is energized by a secret plan....The workplace dramedy of the year."–Kirkus Reviews

Adult Nonfiction

A little self-care as we ease into spring...

The Lost Art of Silence: Reconnecting to the Power and Beauty of Quiet by Sarah Anderson

The Fast: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Promise of Doing Without by John Oakes

You Will Find Your People: How to Make Meaningful Friendships as an Adult by Lane Moore

Kids' Books

Love is My Favorite Color

by Nina Laden

Chinese menu: the history, myths, and legends behind your favorite foods

by Grace Lin

No One Leaves the Castle

by Christopher Healy

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