June 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.

Volunteers Needed!

Do you have a couple of hours to spare on July 6th or 8th to help out at the Library's Hydrangea Festival Garden Tours? We still need volunteers to take admission at several of the gardens, and to help with parking at one of the gardens. The shifts are 10:00am to 12:00pm, 12:00pm to 2:00pm, or 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

All volunteers get free admission to the four gardens on the tour!

If you can work a shift or two, contact Lucy at 508-362-6636 or email her at director@sturgislibrary.org.

Rescuing Our Oceans Through Recycled Art

An ArtsLight Documentary by Filmmaker Johnny Bergmann

Tuesday, June 4th, 2024

at 5:30pm

Join us for a screening! Our fragile oceans are plagued with plastics and other manmade trash. This film explores how artists have come together to create art out of this detritus in an effort to bring awareness to what individuals can do to help.

Made possible by a grant from Mass Cultural Council. Thanks also to our local Cultural Councils in Orleans, Provincetown, and Wellfleet.

To register, visit  https://lowercapetv.networkforgood.com/events/69378-saving-our-oceans-through-recycled-art

Avoiding Election Misinformation Zoom Event

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024 at 5:30pm

Join Hannah Covington of the News Literacy Project in conversation with Mindy Todd of WCAI Radio to learn how Cape and Islands residents can cut through the noise and stay informed with accurate, reliable information this election season.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

Secret Cape Cod Author Talk and Book Signing

Friday, June 7th, 2024 at 12:00pm

Want to know where to find the best places on Cape for watching a sunset, swimming in hidden ponds, savoring a chef-prepared feast in a farm field, making your own jam, or seeing a play with Broadway-level talent?

Join authors Linda Humphrey & Maria Lenhart at this author talk and book signing for their new guidebook, Secret Cape Cod and the Islands: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

To register, visit Sturgislibrary.org/events or click HERE

Hanged Beneath the Flag: The Somers "Mutiny"

with Gregory Williams

Thursday, June 13th, 2024 at 12:00pm

Come to this talk with Gregory Williams to learn about the alarming events on board the U.S.S. Somers in 1842 that inspired Melville works, the creation of the Naval Academy, and public responses by luminaries such as James Fenimore Cooper, Charles Sumner, and. . . Sturgis Library’s own, Captain William Sturgis.

To register, visit Sturgislibrary.org/events or click HERE

The History & Future of Land Conservation on Cape Cod

Tuesday, June 25th, 2024 at 5:30pm

Join Mark Robinson. executive director of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts Inc, for a presentation on the history and future of land conservation on Cape Cod.

Sponsored by Sturgis Library, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, & Barnstable Land Trust

Registration is requested. Visit sturgislibrary.org/events to register or click here.

The Art of Picture Books

Friday, June 14th, 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 Cozbi A. Cabrera.

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

Barnstable Council on Aging: Decisions Decisions

June 18th, 2024 at 10:00am

Join Stacy Cullen for this informative discussion about how to meet your person's needs as well as your own needs.

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

Kids' Programming

Meet and Greet Loki the Screech Owl

Friday, May 24th, 2024 at 1:00pm

This Program is generously funded by the Enoch T. Cobb Trust

It’s a half-day for Barnstable Public School kiddos! Spend the afternoon meeting and learning about Loki, the Eastern Screech Owl with the Cape Wildlife Center!

No registration is required.

Flower Press Workshop

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 at 5:30pm

This program is generously funded by the Enoch T. Cobb Trust

Participants will receive components to make their own wooden flower press (wood, nuts/bolts, paper) and learn how to assemble and use it.

Flowers and leaves will be provided for participants to work with and share ideas for crafts to make with pressed plants.

For ages 8-12

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

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

Wednesday, June 12th, 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 List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

Snacks and book journals provided! 

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

Special News

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.

Tour the Historic Section of Sturgis Library

Some of the Library's most frequent visitors have never stepped foot in the historic section of the Library. Instead, they come for the latest bestseller, to attend a program, to bring their kids to storytime, or to sit and read the newspaper.

If you are one of these people, we invite you to stop by, check in at the Circulation Desk, and tour the three rooms in the historic section of the building. We provide you with a written self-guided walking tour and will help you discover the treasures to be seen in this part of the Library.

What kinds of things will you see?

  • A 1906 Banner from the Barnstable County Fair
  • An 1806 wooden clock face
  • Portraits of the Sturgis family and other local people
  • Ships in bottles
  • An 1825 map and survey of the land that is now the Cape Cod Canal
  • John Lothrop's 1605 Bible
  • A first edition of Herman Melville's classic book Moby Dick and a 3-volume edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent
  • 19th century whaling harpoons
  • A walrus tusk
  • An 1820s embroidered sampler
  • A slice of the tree that stood for hundreds of years in front of the Library
  • A remnant of a woman's blouse found in the attic
  • And much more!

This historic area is also home to our Cape Cod history, genealogy, and maritime collections, which are available to researchers during regular Library hours.

For more information on our building and collections, contact Lucy Loomis, Library Director, at 508-362-6636 or director@sturgislibrary.org.

Cape Cod Families Special Interest Group

The Cape Cod Genealogical Society hosts a number of special interest groups for genealogical researchers. The Cape Cod Families group meets at Sturgis Library on the 4th Tuesday of each month, year-round, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

This group meets in the Hooper Room, where they have access to the Library's genealogical resources, primary source materials in the archives, and records of Cape Cod’s founding families. 

For further information and assistance, please email the Cape Cod Genealogical Society at capecodfamiliesSIG@capecodgenealogy.org.

Recommended New Titles

Adult Fiction


by Julia Phillips

A mesmerizing novel of two sisters whose lives are upended by an unexpected visitor—a tale of family, obsession, and a mysterious creature in the woods.


by Gabriella Burnham

A young woman reunites with her teenage sister in their childhood home on Nantucket after their mother disappears in this alluring coming-of-age novel.

Four Squares

by Bobby Finger

 A tender, funny, and fresh novel about a gay writer in New York City whose life is irrevocably altered, and then again thirty years later.

Adult Nonfiction

The Heirloomist: 100 Treasures and the Stories They Tell by By Shana Novak

Hiking Ruins of Southern New England: a Guide to 40 Sites in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island by Nicholas Belleantoni

The Light Eaters: How the Unseen World of Plant Intelligence Offers a New Understanding of Life on Earth by Zoe Schlanger

Kids' Books

Pepper & Me

by Beatrice Alemagna

Everywhere Beauty is Harlem

by Gary Golio

Tree. Table. Book.

by Lois Lowry

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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