July 2024 News

Special Events & Adult Programs

Start or end your garden tours at Sturgis Library, where you can enjoy the Library's rain garden, culinary corner, native and edible plantings, and the children's garden. There is no admission charge for touring the Library gardens.

Elisabeth & Sheldon Woolf -- 264 Indian Trail, Cummaquid

Purchased in 1995, this 17-acre waterfront property has an expansive white sand beach and 13 acres of wetland plus 4 acres of upland. A beautiful creek flows on the east of the property from Barnstable Harbor to the marsh and its osprey nest to the south. Young hydrangeas line the winding approach, giving way to a barn and plantings of rhododendrons, azaleas and andromeda. The house itself is dramatically situated facing the dunes, lighthouse and summer cottages of Sandy Neck. Lawn and gardens surround the house as do Kousa dogwood, choke cherry, oak, pine, crabapple, magnolia, and Japanese cherry trees. A perennial border leads to the hydrangea-lined in-ground pool. Please park in field (marked with parking signs) about half way down Indian Trail and walk the 1/4 mile to the garden. Those unable to walk that distance may continue on to the property and park along the side of the road or in the driveway.

Gina Poole -- 104 Main Street, Sandwich [Route 130 stretch]

What first strikes you on arrival at Gina’s house are the trees: a Japanese red maple, a smoke tree, and 2 Japanese cedars—the largest of which is a magnificent Cryptomeria Japonica. Since purchasing the property 9 years ago, Gina—a master gardener—has worked to combine herbs, vines, annuals and perennials, and noticeable are the wisteria on the pergola, a sweet pepper bush, hydrangeas and spirea, and a viburnum. She likes to think of her ongoing creation as a teaching garden, full of natural and native plantings. Her other name for it is “my little piece of Cape Cod heaven.” Please park along the side of the road where indicated by parking signs.

Jane & Roger Nober -- 145 Salten Point Road, Barnstable

Built harborside on a northeastern point of land with a spectacular view, this 2022 house is surrounded by no less than 26 hydrangeas, interspersed with tall ornamental grasses, rosa rugosa and a host of native plants. The property faces northeast, taking on the full brunt of Cape Cod’s infamous winter nor’easters. As Jane says, one of the most noteworthy aspects of her garden is that these plantings survive and flourish in the face of fierce winds and storm tides. The garden is thriving, and the native plants have proved themselves particularly hardy. Please park along the side of the road where indicated by parking signs.

Susan & Robert Ambrose -- 132 Keveney Lane, Cummaquid/Yarmouth Port line

Situated partway along scenic Keveney Lane, this home hides behind a hedge backed by Rose-

of-Sharons, which conceal a great sweep of lawn from the building’s southern windows straight

down to Hallet’s Millpond, favorite resting spot for spring and autumn bird migrations, with an

active osprey nest easily visible on its pole. As you enter the property, you encounter plantings

by Susan’s parents—a massive yew, a big cedar, a magnificent Kousa Dogwood, and to the left

of the house, a long border of rhododendrons and gooseneck loosestrife. To your right are a

variety of rose bushes, including a number of David Austins. Perennial beds, lilac, hydrangeas

and a fenced-in wildflower garden further complement a tranquil and beautiful setting. Please park along the side of the road where indicated by parking signs.

Unplug and Read Adult Summer Reading Challenge

June 20th through August 22nd

This summer, turn off your devices and pick up a book!

Decrease your screen time while increasing your focus and attention span by setting a reading goal and making a few small changes to your daily habits.

Chart your progress and earn a raffle ticket for every book you finish. The raffle prize is a $30 gift certificate to Titcomb’s Bookshop in Sandwich and a Sturgis Library hat.

Get your reading log at the Library and start the challenge today!

Get Your CLAMS Libraries Passport

Stop by the Circulation Desk at Sturgis Library and pick up your CLAMS Libraries passport! Take your passport along with you when you visit other libraries in the CLAMS network, and get a special stamp at each location. Learn about all the wonderful things each library has to offer, browse their collections, attend a program or event, or just stroll through the buildings and around the grounds.

The passport program is for all ages, so join in! See how many CLAMS libraries you or your family and friends can visit this summer. For a complete list of libraries, CLICK HERE.

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

with Dr. Barry M. Prizant

Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 at 5:30pm

With a wealth of inspiring stories and practical advice from thousands of children and older people on the autism spectrum and their families, Uniquely Human conveys a deep respect for the qualities in people on the autism spectrum. It offers a compassionate and insightful perspective that has been called “life-changing as well as uplifting”.

Barry has more than 50 years experience as a clinical scholar, consultant, researcher and program consultant to children and older persons with autistic spectrum disorders and related neurodevelopmental disabilities, and their families.

Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, click here or visit www.sturgislibrary.org/events

Author Talk with Corey Farrenkopf

July 16th, 2024 at 5:30pm

Former Sturgis librarian Corey Farrenkopf is returning for a special reading and conversation about his new book, Living in Cemeteries.

Corey will be interviewed by friend of the Library Gregory Williams.

The reading and conversation will be followed by a book signing, with books provided by Titcomb’s Bookshop.

To register, click here or visit www.sturgislibrary.org/events

A Class All Their Own: Unique and Historic Boats of New England

July 25th, 2024 at 1:00pm

Join author Tom Verde for colorful stories of classic and unique New England vessels.

Stories include the fabled history of the cat boat, the first fiberglass sailing yacht, a ferry boat repurposed as houseboat, racing rivalries, the French love affair with American boat designs, and the Jazz Age era of luxury yachting, among others.

To register, click here or visit www.sturgislibrary.org/events

The Art of Picture Books

Friday, July 26th, 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 Beatrix Potter in honor of her birthday in July.

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

Barnstable Council on Aging: Caregivers' Starter Kit

July 16th, 2024 at 10:00am

This program will review the vital parts of caregiving including an overview of dementia, communication tools, the importance of caregiver self-care and the benefits of contented involvement.

Questions? Contact Stacey Cullen at


or call 508-862-4765

Donate Items to Our Upcoming Sales!

We're planning two sales this fall and winter, and we'd love your gently used or new donations!

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Sale

We will accept the following gently used items:


Art and handcrafted items

Baskets and pottery

Collectible items

Craft supplies



Holiday items

Household items

Jewelry and accessories

Kitchen stuff and decorative items

Small furniture


Toys, puzzles, games (all pieces present)

PLEASE: No plastic, clothing, electronics, or damaged items.

Special Book Sale

We are accepting new, antiquarian, and collectible books and periodicals for the sale. We particularly like nonfiction titles on history, art, nature, biography, literature, etc., vintage and antiquarian books, first editions, signed items, decorated bindings, collectible children's books, antique magazines, and more. Books should be in good condition and free of must or mildew.

When donating, please call ahead (508) 362-6636 if you need assistance getting items into the building. We can provide you with a handcart to transport boxes from your car. We can also provide you with a donation slip that you fill out and can use for tax purposes.

Thank you!

Kids' Programming

Summer Reading!

July 1st, 2024 through August 24th, 2024

Earn a button pin for each genre you read!

All ages are welcome to participate! Sign up in the library or online by clicking here. Once you sign up, come on into the library and pick up your Summer Reading checklist and packet!

When you complete a genre on your checklist, come back into the library, tell a librarian, and you will receive the button pin that represents the completed genre!

In addition to button pins, kiddos will earn one raffle ticket for each book that is read over the summer.

The drawing for the grand prize will take place at the end of August!

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

Flying High Dogs

Friday, July 12th, 2024, 9:30am

Kick off Summer Reading with the Barnstable Libraries!

This is a collaborative event between all seven libraries in Barnstable and will take place at Osterville Library, 43 Wianno Ave., Osterville, MA.

You won’t want to miss this high-flying, dynamic, and thrilling event! Mike is a world record holder and multiple time world finalist in K9 frisbee. He and his four flying-high frisbee dogs are coming to Barnstable to put on an incredible show!

Makai Hawaiian Shave Ice will be serving up this delicious treat after the show!

This is a rain or shine event!

All ages welcome! No registration is required.

Spooky Nature Potions

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

Drawing inspiration from the Ghost Plant, participants will create magical potions using natural materials with artist/educator Anina Sinclair!

For ages 5+

Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, click here or visit sturgislibrary.org/events

Free Lunch Program

Every Wednesday at 11:00pm June 26th, 2024 through August 28th, 2024

*Will not occur on Wednesday, July 3rd due to library closure*

YMCA is proud to be serving the children in the Cape Cod community!

Kiddos 18 years old and younger can swing by Sturgis Library every Wednesday for a free lunch! No ID or registration required.

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 Bookish Society of Young Readers

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024 at 4:00pm-4:30pm

Young readers ages 9ish-13ish are invited to join The Bookish Society’s monthly book club! This month’s gathering will feature The House That Wasn't There by Elana K. Arnold.

Snacks and book journals provided! 

For more information and to register, please email Christy at youth.adult@sturgislibrary.org

Special News

Nye Museum Pass Now Available

Sturgis Library patrons can now borrow a pass for free admission to the Nye Museum in East Sandwich, good for up to 2 people. The pass can be borrowed for visits to the Museum on Fridays and Saturdays only.

To borrow the pass, call ahead to reserve it at 508-362-6636, or inquire at the Circulation Desk. You can also email us at stl_mail@clamsnet.org and we can send you a pdf pass to print out on your own.

The Nye Museum is dedicated to preserving and chronicling the history of the Benjamin Nye and Katherine Tupper, one of the founding families of Sandwich, as well as interpreting early life in East Sandwich and Cape Cod.


The Nye Museum boasts three historic buildings on its property as well as walking trails and scenic overlooks. Tour their 1678 Benjamin Nye Homestead and enjoy a guided walk through time. The campus also includes an 1858 Mill Museum and an 1889 Grange Hall. Included in museum admission, guests can view the 2024 special exhibit, "Discovering Scorton Harbor: The Forgotten Dock and Shipyard." 


Revisit history at the Nye Museum! Visit www.nyemuseum.org for the latest event and program information. 

2024 Season: June 15-October 19

Museum Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 11AM-4PM (Last tour 3:15PM) 

Regular admission: $10

Free admission for Nye Association members, active duty military, & kids 12 & under

Location: 85 Old County Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537

For a complete list of available discount passes at Sturgis Library, CLICK HERE. To see the passes available at all CLAMS libraries, CLICK HERE.

Breaking News...

Are you a user of our digital newspaper archive of the Barnstable Patriot and Register newspapers? Well, we have some bad news and some good news...

As you know, the archive consists of searchable issues of the two newspapers from the 1830s through 2017. It has been used by thousands of researchers across the country and around the world, who appreciate the access to Cape Cod and national news from the early 19th through the 21st centuries.

The bad news: We originally contracted with Olive Software to develop the archive, and when the second phase of the project was completed, in partnership with the Dennis and Yarmouth libraries, the company was sold to Ignite Tech. We have learned in the last few months that Ignite will no longer host the newspaper archives created by Olive Software, including ours and a number of other newspaper archives created by Massachusetts libraries. Our newspaper archive will become unavailable for online use at the end of June, 2024.

The good news: We will be working with Boston Public Library to transfer our archive to Digital Commonwealth, an online archive of historic collections across the state. A little more bad news: It will take a year for us to transition to this new format. But in the end, it will mean that researchers will have access to newspaper archives, historic documents, photographs, and other materials, all in one place.

In the meantime, the staff still has access to the scanned images of the paper which can be emailed to users, and researchers may also come and browse the newspaper on microfilm.

For more information, please contact Library Director Lucy Loomis at 508-362-8448 or at director@sturgislibrary.org.

Listen to an interview about the digital archive downtime with Library Director Lucy Loomis and WCAI's Patrick Flanary HERE.

Recommended New Titles: Beyond the Bestsellers

Adult Fiction

The Heart in Winter

by Kevin Barry

A savagely funny and achingly romantic tale of young lovers on the lam in 1890s Montana.

The Lost Boy of Santa Chionia

by Juliet Grames

A sparkling—by turns funny and moving—novel about a young American woman turned amateur detective in a small village in Southern Italy.

Someone Like Us

by Dinaw Mengestu

 The son of Ethiopian immigrants seeks to understand a hidden family history and uncovers a past colored by unexpected loss, addiction, and the enduring emotional pull toward home.

Adult Nonfiction

Spotlight on Memoirs

Between Two Trailers:

a Memoir

by J. Dana Trent

I Heard Her Call My Name: a Memoir of Transition

by Lucy Sante

Cloistered: My Years as a Nun

by Catherine Coldstream

Kids' Books


by Luciana De Luca

Wolf Effect

by Rosanne Parry


by Jonathan Todd

Sturgis Library is a private, independent public library, one of seven village libraries in the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts. We receive only 46% of our funding through the Town; we must raise the rest of our funds through private donations, grants, bequests, and other gifts.

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