June 2016 News

Sturgis Library
Barnstable Village 

Plant and Garden Sale June 4th! 

Our annual Plant and Garden Sale will be held on Saturday, June 4th from 9 am to 2 pm.  We will be selling -- flowers, herbs, vegetable plants, shrubs, perennials and annuals, houseplants, as well as tools, books, pots, vases, and more -- all to benefit Sturgis Library.

We will also be selling tickets to the Hydrangea Festival Garden Tours and raffle tickets for the Birdhouse Raffle.  Read on below to find out more!

Join us for an Evening of history with the History Girls!

On Thursday, June 30th at 6 PM join bestselling historical fiction and nonfiction authors Sally Gunning, Theresa Barbo, Nancy Rubin Stuart and Deborah Swiss for a fascinating moderated panel discussion and Q&A, followed by a reception featuring historic food and drink. In addition, historic documents and materials from the Sturgis Library archives will be on display during the event.

The authors will talk about the creative process of writing historical fiction and nonfiction and answer questions from the moderator, followed by audience discussion. Historic foods and drink (ale, sangaree, crusty breads, cheeses and meats, pickles and smoked fish, hearty desserts and more!) will be served. Books will be available for sale by Titcomb's and the authors will be signing their books.

Sally Cabot Gunning is the author of the Satucket series of historical novels set in part on Cape Cod, as well Benjamin's Franklin's Bastard.  Her newest novel Monticello, about Thomas Jefferson, will be published in the fall.

Theresa Mitchell Barbo is the author of numerous books about Cape Cod history, including The Pendleton Distaster off Cape Cod in both a regular nonfiction version and one written for young people.

Nancy Rubin Stuart is the author of Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation, Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married, and numerous other books.

Deborah Swiss is an author, speaker, and consultant with a specialty in women's history, gender equity, and work/life balance. Her latest book, The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia's Convict Women, tells the heartbreaking, horrifying, and ultimately triumphant story of the women exiled from the British Isles and forced into slavery and savagery-who created the most liberated society of their time.

Tickets are $30 in advance (or $40 at the door if not sold out).  We encourage you to buy your tickets early as space is limited.  Purchase tickets in advance in person at Sturgis Library or by calling us at 508-362-6636 with your credit card information.  Tickets are on sale now!

Summer Reading Opening Ceremonies

On your mark, get set, READ!

Pinto Bella Hoops Show
Tuesday, June 28th, 6:00pm
At Sturgis Library

Get moving with an awesome interactive hula hoop show and sign up for the Sturgis Library Summer Reading Program! Everyone who registers will get a Reading is Cool dog tag necklace and can earn beads by reading and participating in library events this summer.  Fill your necklace with beads for every hour you read, trade up for special beads and earn really cool prizes like free ice-cream cones from Smitty's and mini golf at Par-Tee-Freeze!  You can also visit the children's room and drop a book review in the box each week this summer for a chance to win a new book to keep!  Come on by and check it out!  It's free to participate.

Toe Jam Puppet Band Variety Show
Thursday, June 30th at 2:00
Jailhouse Jam Stage/Lawn, Barnstable Village

All seven Village Libraries have combined resources to bring the families of Barnstable AWESOME Summer Reading Opening and Closing Ceremonies this year.  Join us at the Jailhouse Jam Stage for a Toe Jam Puppet Band Variety Show!  Music, puppets, bubbles and silliness! Lots of interaction! Lots of energy!  Let's get crazy, roll down the huge hill, dance, play with friends, celebrate the start of summer and get excited about all the time we'll have to READ!  Free, all ages event.  Bring along a picnic, blanket and beach chairs!
* In the event of rain, performance will be moved inside at Sturgis Library.

Garden Tours in July benefiting Sturgis Library

Calling all lovers of Sturgis Library and gardens!  In July, Sturgis Library will participate in the  Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, a series of garden tours sponsored by the Cape Chamber of Commerce to benefit non-profits. 

Five Village gardens will be open to the public on Saturday, July 9th and Monday, July 11th, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.   All proceeds from the visitors touring the gardens will benefit Sturgis Library.

The following gardens will be featured:

Liz Ferretti's Garden
2723 Main St
Suzy & Jack Genest's Garden
116 Scudder's Lane
Bev & Rob Parke's Garden
56 Deacon Court
Paul &  Ronnie Siegel's Garden
2815 Main Street
Dr. Joel Hass & Jim Pelletier's Garden
66 Allyn Lane
The price to visit individual gardens is $5.00 each, but if you purchase tickets in advance at the Library you can get tickets for all 5 gardens for only $20.00 -- a $5.00 savings! Tickets to the garden tours go on sale Saturday, June 4th at the Library's Plant and Garden Sale.

In addition to the garden tours, during the month of June we will be raffling off an amazing selection of hand-painted birdhouses, beautifully painted by Library Trustee Liz Ferretti to look like buildings in Barnstable Village.  Sturgis Library, St. Mary's Church, Barnstable Yacht Club, Coast Guard Heritage Museum, and Sandy Neck house and Light are all represented.  The birdhouses will be on display in the lobby display case starting June 1st.  Take a chance on one of these amazing creations -- tickets are only $5.00 each.

For more information, call the Library at 508-362-6636 or email us at sturgislibrary@comcast.net.  

Tales for Tails - Sturgis Kids Reading to Shelter Dogs

This program is designed to provide calm and comforting socialization for shelter animals while encouraging community youth to read and volunteer!
Readers will be visiting the MSPCA on Mondays between 3:30 and 4:30pm,
beginning June 6th.  There are still openings for responsible, caring kids between the ages of 6-12.  Readers must apply in advance at Sturgis Library.  For more information, call Megan at 508-362-6636 or email her at sturgiskids@comcast.net.
Seed Library and Milkweed for Monarchs 

Stop by the Sturgis Seed Lending Library and get your seeds for spring planting.  Vegetables, fruits, flowers and herb seeds are all available.  The seeds have been saved by local gardeners and packaged and labeled by the Cape Cod Food Hub.

Seeds can be taken for free, and we encourage you to save seeds at the end of the season to donate back to the seed library.
Also available are milkweed seeds for a donation of $2.00 per package.  Sturgis Library has partnered with Long Pasture Audubon Sanctuary and the Cape Cod Food Hub to make the seeds available for planting in your yard or garden.  Milkweed attracts monarch butterflies, whose populations have plummeted in the last few years to dangerous levels.  By planting milkweed you are helping to support the local monarch population. Your donations help support monarch education at Long Pasture.

Have you heard about the Grow and Give program cosponsored by Barnstable County, the Cooperative Extension Service and the YMCA?  The program encourages gardeners to grow a little extra in their vegetable gardens to donate to local food pantries.  Fresh, locally grown food is in short supply at the pantries.  To help, check out this link:

Showing in June

In the Simpkins Room
Jan Hemeon - Prints of Barnstable Harbor

In the Lobby
Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival Garden Tours raffle.  Hand-painted bird houses depicting famous Barnstable buildings will be on display.  Purchase a raffle ticket to own one of these amazing creations by Liz Ferretti.

History Girls - Authors Sally Gunning, Theresa Barbo, Nancy Rubin Stuart and Deborah Swiss will be here at the library on June 30.  We'll have a variety of artifacts on display to pique your interest.

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

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.

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. 

LEGO Club 

Wednesday, June 1st @ 4:00

The Sturgis Library LEGO Club meets the first Wednesday of every month from 4-5pm.  Collaborate with other brick masterminds as you engineer solutions to a new challenge each month, designed to inspire and enthrall kids of all ages.
FREE!  Drop in.

Are you someone who strives to improve yourself? Do you read personal development books? One of our patrons, Erica Jansson, is starting a group that will read and discuss books that range in subject from self improvement to spirituality.

The group will meet at Sturgis Library Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30pm.  You may join the group on the Meetup web site or you are welcome to show up that evening.  Email Marcella at sturgisreference@comcast.net if you have any questions. 

Four Seasons in Your Cape Cod Garden
Join us each season to hear and see what local master gardeners know about creating and maintaining a Cape Cod Garden that can provide you with enjoyment and beauty year round.
Session 2:
Edibles, Containers and Growing Edibles in Containers
Tuesday, June 21   6:30pm
Master Gardener Marylou Roberts
You can grow tasty vegetables in containers in spring, summer and fall on Cape Cod. The addition of flowers adds to the enjoyment of your gardening efforts. Find out what works and get ideas to enhance or to begin your own gardening efforts!
Master Gardener Marylou Roberts will present an illustrated talk and answer your questions about edibles & container gardening.

Programs are free, registration is appreciated
by phone 508-362-6636
by email sturgisreference@comcast.net

Preschool Storytime 

Join us for Drop-In Preschool Storytime

every Thursday morning at 11:00.


Read, sing and dance with Ms. Megan!  The program is geared to children ages 2-5 and their parents or caregiver, but siblings are always welcome.


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.

Library Hours & Holidays 

Regular hours are:
Monday                                       10 AM to 6 PM
Tuesday                                      1 PM to 8 PM
Wednesday                                  10 AM to 6 PM
Thursday, & Friday                        10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday                                     10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday & major holidays                 CLOSED

Jeanie Hill, Vice President, Board of Trustees
Greg Williams, Vice President

Lucy Loomis, Library Director
Karen Horn, Assistant Director/Circulation Services

For a complete list of staff and Board members,

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

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