July 2013 News
Sturgis Library

Barnstable Village 

Get Your Tickets to the August Nathaniel Philbrick Event

bunker Tickets are going fast for the Nathaniel Philbrick event on Thursday, August 8th at 6 PM.  Sturgis Library and Tales of Cape Cod will present a reading and book signing by celebrated author Philbrick.  He will be discussing his latest book Bunker Hill : a City, a Seige, a Revolution which was just released in April.  Great food by Eat Your Heart Out catering, as well as wine, beer, and soft drinks will be served.

We anticipate that this will be a sold out event with no tickets available at the door.  There are currently tickets left but they're selling quickly so make sure to get yours soon!

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at Sturgis Library.  A portion of the proceeds benefits Tales of Cape Cod and Sturgis Library.  Stop by the Library to purchase tickets or call us at 508-362-6636 to reserve tickets and pay by credit card. 

The event will be held at the Village Hall (home of the Barnstable Comedy Club), 3171 Main Street (Route 6A), in Barnstable Village.  Parking is available behind the building.

Summer Reading Program

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Calling all kids and families!  There are dozens of fantastic programs and events
going on this summer for kids of all ages and their parents, siblings, grandparents,
and caregivers! Story hours, crafts, writing workshops, music and concerts, drama
and theater, science, yoga, games, movies, and lots more!  For a growing calendar
of events going on in July and August, CLICK HERE.

The Barnstable libraries have also stocked up on all your required summer reading books.  Harcover, paperback, large print, audiobook, and ebook copies
of the titles on the lists are available to check out.  If one library doesn't have
a book in stock, we can order it from another library in the system and have
it sent here.  Get started on your summer reading early!  To see a list of summer
reading titles for the various grades, CLICK HERE.

Exhibit and Display Space Available 


Calling all artists, photographers, crafters, and collectors!  We have openings in our 3 exhibit spaces starting in the fall of 2013, and we would like to exhibit your work or your collection.  Recent exhibits include needlework, photographs, collections of shells, art prints by Winslow Homer, a collection of vintage peanut butter tins, barbed wire, miniatures, tools, a collection of rabbits, oil and watercolor paintings by local artists, handcrafted jewelry and textiles, collections of games and toys, and more!  Artists and crafters may sell their work, with a donation of 25% going to the Sturgis Library to fund programs and services. 


To schedule an exhibit, contact Lucy Loomis at 508-362-6636 or drop her an email at sturgislibrary@comcast.net


Coming up in the moths ahead are:  


Simpkins Room Gallery Exhibit            

  • July 2013: Two Centuries of Sturgis Library Images 
  • August 2013:  Photographs / Senior Exhibit  
Lobby Exhibits & Displays
  • July 2013:  Tiny sculptures by Caroline Williams and Ship Models from the Coast Guard Heritage Museum
  • August 2013:  Decoupage by Magda Brancato      

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

Adult Programs
Finding Humor in a Multiple Sclerosis Life
Tuesday, 9 July @6:30 p.m.
Yvonne deSousa Provincetown native Yvonne deSousa will share her strategy for combating chronic illness--multiple sclerosis, in her case--with humor.  Yvonne has been published in the Provincetown Banner, the Cape Cod Times and "Chicken Soup for the Soul." She uses her web site and blog (yvonnedesousa.com) to raise awareness of MS and help others learn to laugh while struggling with illness.  This talk is free, but registration is requested.

Tools and Strategies for Empowering the Educational Community
Tuesday, 16 July @6:30 p.m. Powered By Me

Author and education consultant Sherianna Boyle leads a workshop for educators based on the strategies in her book, "Powered by Me for Educators:  The True Force Behind All Classroom Strategies, Higher Teaching Potential and Student Progress." A West Barnstable resident, Sheri is an adjunct Psychology professor at Cape Cod Community College and a yoga teacher who actively promotes self-empowerment for all ages through her workshops and writing.  This workshop is free but registration is required.

Upcoming Adult Events
  • Tuesday, 20 July @6:30 p.m. Elemental India: Farming into the Future 
Teen Artists Coalition 

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Sturgis Library is delighted to launch our latest collaborative youth program:  The Teen Artists Coalition of Cape Cod.  This "society" of young artisans will gather one Saturday per month to engage in cutting-edge creative self expression.  Each 3 hour studio project will be relevant and enthralling but also chosen to ensure success, in support of our ultimate goal for this program - to empower our young adults with self esteem and healthy/constructive coping strategies for the difficult road of life ahead.  Collaborative instruction will be provided by local artisan, Nettie Berkeley and Youth Services Librarian, Megan McClelland Nickerson.  The program (including materials) will be offered free of charge.  At such a critical time in personal development, it's


especially important to have "cool" alternatives that satisfy boredom and curiosity - art is a healthy addiction!  A graffiti art mural designed and created collectively as part ofthis program will become the Teen Artists Coalition logo and will be leveraged for future promotion and fundraising efforts.  The first 6 sessions are partially sponsored by The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and we will enthusiastically aim to continue/sustain this engaging safe haven for Cape Cod teens.


Registration Required - Space Limited To 12 Teens (ages 13+) Per Saturday.  To register for any of the following programs, please call the Library at 508-362-6636 or email Megan at sturgiskids@comcast.net.


July 13
th, 12-3pm - Collaborative Mission Graffiti Art Mural


August 10th, 12-3pm - Tile Art

September 21st, 12-3pm - DIY Henna Paste & Body Art for Guys & Girls

October 19th, 12-3pm - Hammered Metal & Stamped Clay Art


*Please eat lunch prior to the program!   

New in the Book & Gift Shop 


Art prints by artist, author, and illustrator Kate Walls are available in several sizes and sell for $20 each.

Kate is the author of the Bog Dog series of books, and illustrator of Cape Cod Bear and Cape Cod ABCs

Art prints by Kathryn Kleekamp and Bernadette Sheridan are also available in the Sturgis Library Book and Gift Shop.

New Books by Elaine Wilson Young and Toby Olansky Kalman

butch Butch the Cape Cod Dog
is the story of the dog who escaped the 2009 fire at the Cape Cod Animal Hospital and was found days later, alive and well. 

Butch the Cape Cod Bear tells the story of the young bear who visited Cape Cod in the summer of 2012. 

The books sell for $10 each.

Sturgis Library Caps

Adjustable caps are available in three weathered colors -- faded red, faded black, and faded blue. Buy one for yourself or for family and friends -- it's a great way to support Sturgis Library and make a very Cape Cod fashion statement.  Caps are $15 each.
To purchase these or other items from our gift shop, please contact Lucy Loomis, Library Director, at 508-362-8448 or send her an email at sturgislibrary@comcast.net.

Preschool Storytime 

koala Come join us for Drop-In Preschool Storytime every Thursday morning at 11:00!


Miss Megan will share stories, songs, fingerplays, and more!  The program is geared to children ages 2-5 and their parents or caregiver, but siblings are welcome to attend.  No need to register -- just drop in!



Keep an eye on our events calendar or follow us on facebook to hear about the latest programs for children, young adults and their families.

Can You Recommend a Good Book?

booklove Staff Reads:
Here are some current and recent reads from our staff members (click on the link to go to the CLAMS record, where you can place a hold on the title):
More Reading Suggestions:
Be sure to check out the Library's blog for reviews of newly-purchased books, staff reading selections and other Readers' Advisory tips.  Check out what's coming up in May!  You can read the blog at sturgislibrary.blogspot.com.

Online Learning
Social Media Tutorials

Feeling the pressure (maybe from your tech-savvy grandkids?) to post, tweet, skype or blog?  Check out a free social media tutorial from  GCFLearnFree.org, a program of Goodwill.  They have 14 different social media tutorials, plus ones on mobile apps and mobile devices.

GALE Databases  Academic OneFile
Is your teenager gearing up for college, but feeling unprepared for all the paper writing? Do you want to read up on current issues but find yourself frustrated by Internet overload? Try the Academic OneFile, "the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources."  This database is one of many provided free to Library patrons through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System.  The database provides a huge amount of full-text articles from journals with appropriate citation information (so professors know it's the real thing, not just "something you found on the Internet").  You can access Academic OneFile, and many other databases, HERE (scroll down to "Home Access to Magazines...").    


Library Hours 


The Sturgis Library will be closed on

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 for Independence Day.  

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 Board and Staff

Ted Lowrie, President, Board of Trustees
Dan Santos, Vice President, Board of Trustees
John Ehret, Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Betsy Newell, Secretary Trustees

Lucy Loomis, Library Director
Antonia Stephens, Assistant Director/Adult Services Librarian
Megan Nickerson, Youth Services Librarian
Karen Horn, Circulation Supervisor

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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