January 2024 News

New Tuesday Hours Starting in January

Beginning Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024, we will be closing one hour earlier -- at 7 PM -- on Tuesday nights.

Our new hours will be:

Monday 10-5

Tuesday 10-7

Wednesday 10-5

Thursday 10-5

Friday 10-5

Saturday 10-4

Sundays and holidays CLOSED

Get the New CLAMS App

CLAMS has a new app for your smartphone or other mobile device. Use it to search the CLAMS catalog, manage your account, check out e-content, create and view lists, place reserves on titles, and much more. For more information and to download the app, CLICK HERE.

Please note that if you have the old CLAMS app on your device, you will need to delete it before downloading the new one.

Get Cozy With Puzzles from Sturgis Library

Winter is upon us, and what could be better than settling in on a chilly day with a puzzle from Sturgis Library?

We have 90 traditional jigsaw puzzles for adults and kids, and 134 wooden jigsaw puzzles from makers like Artifact, Ecru, Liberty, Stumpcraft, Nautilus, Wentworth, and more. Doing a wooden jigsaw puzzle is a very different experience from putting together a traditional puzzle. You rarely start with the edges, and wooden jigsaw puzzles contain whimsical shapes and cuts that make the puzzling experience challenging and fun.

Puzzles circulate for two weeks. They need to be returned to Sturgis Library, and can be left in the oversized return bin after hours if you can't return them during regular library hours.

We do ask that if you borrow a puzzle and find a piece or pieces missing when completed that you take a photo of the puzzle where the missing piece(s) are located and email them to director@sturgislibrary.org.

Thanks, and happy puzzling!

Celebrating Diverse Voices: An Adult Acting Workshop with Sara-Ann P. Semedo

Saturday, January 6, 2023 12:00pm

This fun, free acting workshop will draw upon a diverse set of voices to help participants gain or hone acting skills. Acting coach Sara-Ann P. Semedo will guide participants through exercises that incorporate physical movement, voice work, monologue, and more. People ages 15 and up of all ability levels are welcome to participate. From novice to professional, there is something in this workshop for everyone!

Ms. Semedo will provide copies of contemporary poems, monologues, and scenes from a diverse set of authors. Participants are encouraged to bring pieces that speak to them.

For more information, email Sara-Ann P. Semedo at ssemedo@capecod.edu.

To register visit sturgislibrary.org/events or click HERE.

Cultivating a Letter Writing Practice

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 from 5:30pm-6:30pm

Letter writing is a simple practice that invites us to slow down, pause, nurture presence, and connect with loved ones near and far. Join us at Sturgis Library as we discuss cultivating a letter-writing practice. All materials will be provided by the library.

In addition to writing their own letters, participants will have the opportunity to step back in time and view letters from long ago; select letters from the library’s historical archives will be on display for viewing.

Registration is required. Click here to register or visit sturgislibrary.org/events

Movie Matinee with Film Critic Tim Miller:

All the President’s Men

Saturday, January 13, 2023 12:00pm

Come enjoy light refreshments, good company, an interesting film, and a lively discussion!

Join longtime Cape journalist and film critic Tim Miller for a movie matinee featuring All the President’s Men. The film will be followed by a timely and important discussion about journalism’s role as watchdog in a democracy.

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

To register visit sturgislibrary.org/events or click HERE.

Journeys in the Light: Democracy, Diversity, and Myth in the Wake of the Mayflower Film

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 12:00pm

The film Journeys in the Light, Democracy, Diversity, and Myth in the Wake of the Mayflower looks beyond the Euro-centric Mayflower story to present highlights in the history of the African American, Cape Verdean, and Wampanoag people on Cape Cod since the arrival of the English settlers in 1620.

Join filmmaker Janet Robinson Murphey, Cape Cod artist Robin Joyce Miller, and Julia Johnson of The Zion Union Heritage Museum for a showing of the film and a discussion afterwards.

Visit sturgislibrary.org/events or click HERE to register today.

The Art of Picture Books

Friday, January 19, 2024 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.

This gathering will feature artist Clover Robin.

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

Short Stories Series: Humor

In this five part series, participants will gather weekly to, read aloud, laugh and discuss humorous essays! Drawing inspiration from the featured authors, participants who would like to, will have the opportunity to share their own comedic essays in the final gathering.

5:30pm-6:30pm on:

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Author: Jenny Slate

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Author: David Sedaris

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Author: BJ Novak

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Author: Gary Janetti

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Share a humorus essay you've written!

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

Using the Silver Books in Geanalogical Research Zoom

Monday, January 29, 2024 11:00am

The Silver Books are a collection of books published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants which document the Mayflower passengers and their descendants.

Bonnie Wade-Mucia, Director of the Silver Books Project, will discuss the Silver Books Project, its history, why they are unique, and how you can use them in your genealogy research.

Visit sturgislibrary.org/events or click HERE to register today.

Genealogy 101 Six Week Course

Six Saturdays in February and March from 10:00-11:30am

Interested in researching your family history and building your family tree?

Join this free six-week course to learn genealogical research methods from Cape Cod Geneaological Society educator David Martin.

Topics include:

• General  Overview of Genealogy Methods

• Immigration and Migration

• Uses of the Census

• DNA in Genealogy

• Land Deeds and Probate Research

• Breaking Through Genealogical Brick Wall

Email reference@sturgislibary.org to register today. Registration closes on 2/3/24.

Barnstable Council on Aging:

Memory 101- What is Normal and What is Not

January 16, 2023 at 10:00am

The effects of dementia and understanding how your person is impacted by memory impairment.

This program will review the different aspects of memory impairment and how we can support and communicate with the person affected.

Questions? Contact Stacey Cullen at


or call 508-862-4765

Creative Writing Group

Meets every Tuesday at 5:30pm (Restarting January 9th after a holiday hiatus)

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.

Registration is required. Please email Christy at youth.adult@sturgislibrary.org

Cain's Jawbone Mystery Club

Fridays at noon

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!

Lego Club

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 from 1:00pm-2:00pm

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

No registration required-- drop in!

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

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 youth.adult@sturgislibrary.org

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 youth.adult@sturgislibrary.org

Adult Fiction to Check Out This Month

The Book of Fire

by Christy Lefteri

In present-day Greece, deep in an ancient forest, lives Irini, a musician, who teaches children to read and play music; her husband, Tasso, who paints the forest, his greatest muse; and Chara, their young daughter, whose name means joy. On the fateful day that will forever alter the trajectory of their lives, flames chase fleeing birds across the sky. The wildfire that will consume their home, and their lives as they know it, races toward them.  

In the smoldering aftermath, Irini stumbles upon a body and makes a split-second decision that will haunt her. As the local police investigate the mysterious death, Tasso mourns his father, who has not been seen since before the fire. Only his young daughter, who wants to repair the damage that’s been done, gives him hope for the future. 

The Book of Fire is a masterful work about the search for meaning in the wake of tragedy, as well as the universal ties that bind people to each other, and to the land that they call home.

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The Curse of Pietro Houdini

by Derek B. Miller

August, 1943. Fourteen-year-old Massimo is all alone. Newly orphaned and fleeing from Rome after surviving the American bombing raid that killed his parents, Massimo is attacked by thugs and finds himself bloodied at the base of the Montecassino. It is there in the Benedictine abbey’s shadow that a charismatic and cryptic man calling himself Pietro Houdini, the self-proclaimed “Master Artist and confidante of the Vatican,” rescues Massimo and brings him up the mountain to serve as his assistant in preserving the treasures that lay within the monastery walls.

But can Massimo believe what Pietro is saying, particularly when Massimo has secrets too? Who is this extraordinary man? When it becomes evident that Montecassino will soon become the front line in the war, Pietro Houdini and Massimo execute a plan to smuggle three priceless Titian paintings to safety down the mountain. They are joined by a nurse concealing a nefarious past, a café owner turned murderer, a wounded but chipper German soldier, and a pair of lovers along with their injured mule, Ferrari. Together they will lie, cheat, steal, fight, kill, and sin their way through battlefields to survive, all while smuggling the Renaissance masterpieces and the bag full of ancient Greek gold they have rescued from the “safe keeping” of the Germans.

Heartfelt, powerfully engaging, and in the tradition of City of Thieves by David Benioff, The Curse of Pietro Houdini is a work of storytelling bravado: a thrilling action-packed adventure heist, an imaginative chronicle of forgotten history, and a philosophical coming-of-age epic where a child navigates one of the most enigmatic and morally complex fronts of World War II and lives to tell the tale.

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by Lauren E. Rico

What if your most basic beliefs about your life were suddenly revealed to be a lie?

As the fact checker for a popular magazine, Gabby DiMarco believes in absolute, verifiable Truths—until they throw the facts of her own life into question. The genealogy test she took as research for an article has yielded a baffling result: Gabby has a sister—one who’s been desperately trying to find her. Except, as Gabby’s beloved parents would confirm if they were still alive, that’s impossible.

Isabella Ruiz can still picture the face of her baby sister, who disappeared from the streets of San Juan twenty-five years ago. Isabella, an artist, has fought hard for the stable home and loving marriage she has today—yet the longing to find Marianna has never left. At last, she’s found a match, and Gabby has agreed to come to Puerto Rico. 

But Gabby, as defensive and cautious as Isabella is impulsive, offers no happy reunion. She insists there’s been a mistake. And Isabella realizes that even if this woman is her sister, she may not want to be. With nothing—or perhaps so much—in common, Gabby and Isabella set out to find the truth, though it means risking everything they’ve known for an uncertain future—and a past that harbors yet more surprises...

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Adult Nonfiction to Check Out This Month

The V&A Book of Color in Design

The V&A Book of Colour in Design is attractively simple: a celebration and exploration of colour, as revealed through objects in the world-class collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Structured by colour, it offers fascinating insights into the choices made by designers and makers from across the world and throughout history.

Each chapter begins with a brief introduction that considers the history, symbolism, and use of an individual colour. Objects - from items of jewelry, textiles, glassware and ceramics to furniture and more - are reproduced in a visual selection that explores the varied hues of every colour. However different objects within each section may be in their detail and meaning, they are united by their common colour, revealing surprising connections between them. Throughout, narrative captions bring together disparate items from across the V&A's collection to explore the universal significance of colour in art and design.

Beautifully designed, this highly visual, colour-led survey of design and the applied arts is a compelling sourcebook with broad appeal for anyone interested or involved in all aspects of visual culture.

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A Memoir of My Former Self: A Life in Writing by Hilary Mantel

In addition to her celebrated career as a novelist, the late Hilary Mantel contributed for years to newspapers and journals, unspooling stories from her own life and illuminating the world as she found it. 'Ink is a generative fluid,' she explains. 'If you don't mean your words to breed consequences, don't write at all.' A Memoir of My Former Self collects the finest of this writing over four decades. Her subjects are wide-ranging, sharply observed, and beautifully rendered. She discusses nationalism and her own sense of belonging; our dream life popping into our conscious life; the mythic legacy of Princess Diana; the many themes that feed into her novels--revolutionary France, psychics, Tudor England; and other novelists, from Jane Austen to V.S. Naipaul. She writes about her father and the man who replaced him; she writes fiercely and heartbreakingly about the battles with her health that she endured as a young woman, and the stifling years she found herself living in Saudi Arabia. Here, too, is her legendary essay 'Royal Bodies,' on our endless fascination with the current royal family. From her unusual childhood to her all-consuming interest in Thomas Cromwell that grew into the Wolf Hall trilogy, A Memoir of My Former Self reveals the shape of Hilary Mantel's life in her own luminous words, through 'messages from people I used to be.' Filled with her singular wit and wisdom, it is essential reading from one of our greatest writers.

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Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs & Juice: Cocktails from Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin

Get the recipe for Toni Tipton-Martin's festive Rum Punch HERE.

Discover the fascinating, unexplored history of Black mixology and its enduring influence on cocktail and drinking culture through rediscovered recipes, from the James Beard Award-winning author of Jubilee. Toni Tipton-Martin's volume on Black culinary history celebrates the lore and people behind our favorite drinks. With cocktail recipes such as the Jerk-Spiced Bloody Mary, the Absinthe Frappe, and the Clover Leaf Cocktail, Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs, and Juice illustrates the essential influence that Black Americans have had on modern mixology. Drawing on her expertise and research in historic and rare cookbooks stretching back over a century, Toni shows us how these drinks-from historic sources as well as modern interpretations of centuries-old classics-showcase excellence in Black hospitality through the ages and dispels the long held stereotype that Black cooks have all had magic hands. It's a stereotype that reduces Black cooking to some kind of abstract instinct, instead of what it really is: the years and generations of practice, building skills, intelligence and competence. Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs, and Juice paints a vivid portrait not only of the past but also of today's Black mixologists, winemakers, distillers, and producers who make up the diverse array of talent in the cocktail community. Through stunning photography and authoritative voices, like Toni's protégé Tiffanie Barriere who's a renowned Atlanta-based mixologist and drinks writer, this book takes us on a journey through Black mixology and demonstrate its modern impact on today's drinking culture.

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Kids' Books to Check Out this Month

The First Cat in Space and the Soup of Doom

by Mac Barnett illustrations by Shawn Harris

Award-winning creators Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris are back with the second volume in the bestselling The First Cat in Space graphic novel series! Secret tales of woe, hilarious new characters, and dangerous plans of sabotage will keep readers delighted and laughing until the thrilling climax. The Moon Queen has been poisoned--by SOUP. Perfect for fans of Dogman.

For kiddos 8-12 years old.

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Invisible Things by Andy J. Pizza and Sophie Miller

This creatively wacky exploration of the invisible things that make up the human experience encourages readers to look past the visible and connect with the things that are not seen. If we could put on a pair of magical invisible glasses and see all the feelings, ideas, and other invisible things that populate our world, what would they look like? Could you see an itch? Could you describe hope? From the sound of a dog barking to the rainbow-MAGIC taste of a lollipop, from gratitude to grit, this book will help you meet the many interesting sensations that follow you every day, even if you can't see them.

For kiddos 5-8 years old

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