May 2024 News

Special Events & Adult Programs

Productive Conversations Without Confrontation (ZOOM)

Thursday, April 25th, 2024 5:30pm

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.

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.

To learn more and sign up visit or click here.

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 your 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.

AI and You: A Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 5:00pm

Come to this panel discussion to learn about artificial intelligence and how it may impact the way we live and work. 

Panelists include author and IT futurist Ben Pring, UMass Law Professor Erica Sylvia, and Brian Bergstein, Deputy Managing Editor for the Ideas section of the Boston Globe.


To find out more and register, visit or click here.

Family History and Digital Photos

Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 12:00pm

Do you have old family photos stored away in boxes?

One easy and inexpensive way to preserve photos is to scan them using your cell phone.

Join this workshop with retired art teacher and former website manager Hilary Godin to learn the basics of digitization, digital storage, and creative uses for digital content. Bring a smart phone and a few photographs.

No experience necessary. Digital novices welcome!

To find out more and register, visit or click here.

How to Avoid Election Misinformation with Special Guest Mindy Todd (ZOOM)

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024 at 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 or click here.

Chasing Beauty: The Life of Isabella Stewart Gardner

Tuesday, May 28th, 2024 at 5:30pm

Join us as we welcome author Natalie Dykstra to discuss her newest book, Chasing Beauty: the Life of Isabella Stewart Gardner. An exquisite biography of a gilded age legend and a tribute to the power of art.

Books will be provided by Titcomb’s Bookshop and will be available to purchase at the event.

Registration is requested. To register, click here, or visit

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 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, the most noteworthy aspect 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.



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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

The Art of Picture Books

Friday, May 17th, 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 Beatrice Alemagna.

To register, email Christy at

Barnstable Council on Aging: Be Good to Yourself

May 21st, 2024 at 10:00am

Join Stacy Cullen for this informative session on the importance of being good to yourself and the benefits of self-care.

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

Kids' Programming

Needle Felting Workshop for Teens

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 from 5:30pm until 6:30pm

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

Learn how to needle felt a bird with red accents perched on a branch!

Pop up Art School will show you the basics of how to needle felt merino wool. Leave the class with the basic supplies and knowledge to needle felt on your own.

Ages 13+

Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, click here or visit

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.

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

The Bookish Society of Young Readers

Wednesday, May 15th, 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 Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin.

Snacks and book journals provided! 

For more information and to register, please email Christy at

Special Offerings

Learn About Sturgis Library History and Resources

Reference Library Gabrielle Faria-Kalkanis has created an excellent tutorial on how to search for materials in our archives and special collections using our online finding aids and the CLAMS catalog. Anyone interested in finding specific materials, or just learning about hidden treasures, should watch this tutorial at

Gabrielle was recently interviewed on the Falmouth Public TV show Conversations with Barbara, and talked about the Library's rich history, highlighted interested items from our collections, and shared information on upcoming programs and events. Watch the interview here:

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 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

From the Archives: Historic Library Records

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Sturgis Library has the distinction of being the oldest building housing a library in the country. It was constructed in 1644 as a meetinghouse and home and was converted to a public library in 1867. Our historical records about libraries and library-related activities on Cape Cod are extensive.

The largest collection is the Sturgis Library Records, which includes, among other material, historical documents like deeds, meeting minutes, photographs, articles, and circulation and patron ledgers dating back to 1867. There is correspondence from early Trustees and Librarians, and biographical information on important Library people. CLICK HERE to see the complete contents of the collection.

Additional collections include:

To see a list of all of our archival collections, CLICK HERE. For more information on our collections, contact Lucy Loomis, Library Director, at 508-362-6636 or

Recommended New Titles

Adult Fiction

The Ministry of Time

by Kaliane Bradley

"This rip-roaring romp pivots between past and present and posits the future-altering power of love, hope, and forgiveness." –Kirkus Reviews


by Carys Davies

A minister is dispatched to a remote island off of Scotland to “clear” the last remaining inhabitant, who has no intention of leaving—an unforgettable tale of resilience, change, and hope.

The Lost Letters from Martha's Vineyard

by Michael Callahan

A tantalizing novel of two women bound by blood but divided by a long-buried secret, and the island that holds the key to the fateful summer that changed everything forever.

Adult Nonfiction

Spice up your reading this month!

Flirting With Danger: the Mysterious Life of Maguerite Harrison, Socialite Spy by Janet Wallach

Are You Prepared for the Storm of Love Making? Letters of Love and Lust from the White House by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler

Strong Passions: A Scandalous Divorce in Old New York by Barbara Weisberg

Kids' Books

What You Need to be Warm

by Neil Gaiman

Rewild the World at Bedtime

by Emily Hawkins

Enlighten me

by Minh Le

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