July 2012 News
Sturgis Library

Barnstable Village 

Programs for Kids 

Thereading Barnstable Libraries Cooperative Summer Reading Program starts this week, with great programs scheduled at the seven village libraries throughout the summer.  For a complete list of events, visit the Summer Reading website or CLICK HERE to print out a calendar.

Kids and teens can get a head start on their summer reading by visiting the library or reserving books through the CLAMS online catalog.  The libraries are stocking up on the required reading titles in all formats -- books, audio books, downloadable audios, and ebooks! 
Drop-In Story Time
Drop-in and join Miss Karen for Story Time each Thursday at 10:30 AM.  Kids, parents, and caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, coloring, and more!  This program is geared towards 2-4 year olds but siblings are welcome.  No registration required.  

Save the Date!

cape codSave the date of Saturday, September 15th, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 for AutumnFest 2012, a joint gala event and fundraiser with the Sturgis Library and Barnstable Historical Society.  Join us on the grounds of the W. F. Jones House, 3087 Main Street (Route 6A), across the street from the Sturgis Library, for elegant food and refreshments, amazing auction items, and the company of good friends. September is beautiful here on Cape Cod -- let's celebrate it!

We are now accepting donations of goods and services of all kinds to the AutumnFest auction.  If you have something to donate,  please contact Lucy Loomis, Library Director at 508-362-6636 or email her at sturgislibrary@comcast.net.
Donations can also be dropped off at the Circulation Desk at the Library.  We can provide you with a donation letter or donation card, and all donations will be acknowledged. 

We are also interested in hearing from businesses, organizations, and individuals who would like to help sponsor the event.  Event sponsorship helps to defray our costs, and ensures that we will meet our fundraising goals.  All sponsors will be listed in our publicity, on our website, on our facebook page, and in upcoming email newsletters.  To help sponsor Autumnfest 2012, please contact Lucy Loomis, Library Director at 508-362-6636 or email her at sturgislibrary@comcast.net.

Exhibits and Displays 


bouquetArtwork by artist Joline Deihl will be on display at the Sturgis Library during the month of July.  Joline is in love with color, whether working in oils or watercolor.  Her pictures delight the eye with a sense of whimsey and playfulness.  She is a graduate of the New England School of Art and Design and has exhibited her work in both one-person and juried shows.  You can see Joline's latest work at http://www.jolinediehl.com/newworks.html

 There will be a mother/daughter exhibit of vintage and handcrafted jewelry, along with red-white-and-blue art in the lobby display cases during the month of July.  Val and Kim Poosikian will be exhibiting and selling their beautiful jewelry and artwork.


Do you have artwork, photography, sculpture, crafts, a collection, or other interesting items to exhibit?  Contact Lucy Loomis at 508-362-6636 or drop her an email at sturgislibrary@comcast.net

You can get more information about our exhibit spaces on our website.  To see a list of exhibits and displays coming up in 2012, check out the Now Showing page.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of exhibited art, photography, and crafts benefits the Sturgis Library.  Proceeds are used to enhance library services and programs. 

Upcoming Programs for Adults and Families

The following programs are coming up in July and August:
piecesTuesday, July 10th at 6:30 PM
Book talk with Josh Delaney, author of the book Pieces of Eight
Set in the rich landscape of Colonial Cape Cod, this is the tale of the people and events that surround the eighteen-century wreck of the pirate ship Whydah. An impoverished washashore named Sam Bellamy realizes that his only chance for prosperity is to turn to piracy. But his search for fortune will take him away from his sweetheart, Maria Hallett, whose moments of apparent clairvoyance make the townsfolk wonder if she is a witch. Meanwhile, John Julian, a native man, follows the trail of the last wolf on Cape Cod. He is propelled by the belief that it is a messenger from the spirit world that will help him save the land he loves from the encroaching English.  
Joshua Delaney grew up in Eastham amidst the back roads and old legends of Cape Cod. Following his lifelong interest in history, he earned a Masters in History from Brown University. He also was a New England Press Association award-winning journalist for the Cape Cod Voice magazine. He still lives on Cape Cod where he scours the beaches and libraries, looking for arrowheads, artifacts and old stories. 


These programs are offered free of charge. We ask that you register in advance
by calling 508-362-6636 or sending an email to Antonia at sturgisreference@comcast.net.

Tuesday, August 7th at 6:30 PM

Wanted Women: Faith, Lies and the War on Terror with author Deborah Scroggins 
A riveting look at militant Islam, Muslim women's rights, and the war on terror-brought into focus through two lives on opposite sides:  critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali and religious extremist Aafia Siddiqui. Reconstructing the histories of these two women, award-winning author and journalist Deborah Scroggins weaves a provocative true-life thriller from two separate but strangely parallel lives in a time of bitter battle. Based on remarkable original research and reporting, Wanted Women traces their origins to explain why they chose opposite paths and how each has risen to become revered and reviled as an international symbol of her beliefs. Scroggins reveals unknown details about Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui, and about the political machinations that have transformed them into emblems of a civilizational struggle. Scroggins provides a unique take on our time, stripping away the illusions -- about women, war, faith, and power -- that have distorted the conflict on both sides.

Thanks so much! 

Many thanks to everyone who donated items to our plant sale on June 8th, volunteered their time, or bought plants and garden items at the sale.  Thanks to you, the sale was a great success and raised funds to support library programs and services. 

We Want Your Books! 

saleThe Library's book and gift shop sells gently used books, movies, music, puzzles, games, and other items, all donated by local residents.  If you're doing spring cleaning or culling, please consider donating your items to the Library.  All proceeds from our book and gift shop go to enhancing programs and services and to preserve and maintain our historic building.  Donations may be tax deductible, and we are happy to provide you with a donation card to use for tax purposes.

We are particularly in need of children's and young adult titles in good condition.

Donations of books and other items can be dropped off at the Library during regular library hours.  We are happy to help you lug your books into the building, or arrange for pickup if needed.  Contact the library for more information. 

New in the Book & Gift Shop 

bookloveThe Village Libraries of Barnstable have commissioned a series of book lover's images by artist Bernadette Sheridan.  Prints, bookmarks, and postcards with charming illustrations of books in a variety of settings are now available for purchase.  Stop by and see the whole series!

We now have autographed copies of the fascinating book Clover Adams : a Gilded and Heartbreaking Life by Natalie Dykstra. Copies sell for $26.00 each.

We are offering vintage postcards featuring images of Cape Cod and historic scenes with artwork by Frank Milby.  The images are from a series of 30 lifesize paintings done by Milby, which were at one time exhibited at the Pilgrim Theatre Museum in Provincetown.  The postcards sell for $1.00 each.

Notecards with watercolor images by Gerald Hazard are now on sale in the shop, along with notecards by Mary Richmond, Joyce Kevorkian, and Karen Crocker.  We also offer a selection of postcards and notecards with images of the Sturgis Library.

Award Winning Children's Book

Joyce Prince, Sturgis Library volunteer and wife of Library Trustee Tom Prince, has been awarded an honorable mention in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards for her bilingual book The Ghost of Jose Luis Munoz and the Day of the Dead.  Joyce is also the author of the book The Running of the Bulls.  Both books can be purchased in the Sturgis Library Book and Gift Shop.

Library Hours 

The Sturgis Library will be CLOSED on  

Wednesday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday.

We will be open regular hours for the rest of July and August.  


Regular hours are:
Monday                                       10 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday                                      1 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday       10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday                                     10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday & major holidays                 CLOSED

Do you have questions about the Sturgis Library?  Contact us:

Sturgis Library
Lucy Loomis, Library Director
Antonia Stephens, Assistant Director/Adult Services Librarian
Karen Murdoch, Youth Services Librarian
Karen Horn, Circulation Supervisor
Eileen O'Neill, Administrative Assistant
For a complete list of staff and Board members, click here.

Phone & Fax:
Phone:  508-362-6636
Fax:  508-362-5467






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