The seven libraries in the town of Barnstable are independent, private non-profits that each reflect the unique character of their respective village.  With an endless supply of books and information, they also offer a host of independent programs, readings, classes, discussion groups, meeting spaces, story hours and language classes.

Centerville Public Library

Centerville Public Library

In the village once known as Chequaquet they've enlisted the youth of the village known as the "Shell-vers" to engage in library activities.

 

Cotuit Library

Cotuit Library

Historic public library founded in 1874 specializes in delivery to the homebound.

 

Hyannis Public Library

Hyannis Public Library

Home to the Verizon Language and Literacy Center

 

Marstons Mills Public Library

Marstons Mills Public Library

Includes the Nancy Reardon Theater Arts Collection

 

Osterville Village Library

Osterville Village Library

Pick up passes to area and regional museums at this recently renovated library

 

Sturgis Library

Sturgis Library

The oldest library building in the country with a vast amount of Cape Cod Geneological resources dating from the early 1600's, Cape maritime history and more.

 

Whelden Library (West Barnstable)

Whelden Library (West Barnstable)

Features an extensive Cape Cod collection with an emphasis on the local Finnish population and a Barnstable Beekeepers section.

 

Upcoming events in Libraries

Music and Movement Mondays January through March 12th at Hyannis Public Library

Music and Movement Mondays January through March 12th at Hyannis Public Library

February 26, 2018 1:00 pm

Join Miss Ellen from Barnstable Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program for a music program for children from babies up to age 5 and their caregiver.
January through March 12th, 1:00pm-2:00pm (Except NO CLASS ON Monday Jan 15th, Monday Feb 19th)
Come have fun singing, dancing and hearing stories and learn how music covers all areas of development.
Monday January 8th, 22nd and 29th (No class Mon Jan 15th)  Monday February 5, 12, 26th (NO class Feb 19th); Monday March 5th, 12th
For more details feel free to contact:  Mary Bianco Children’s Librarian Hyannis Public Library 401 Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601
mbianco@clamsnet.org 508-775-2280

 

Location: Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

After School Coloring Group ages 5 and up Tuesdays

After School Coloring Group ages 5 and up Tuesdays

February 27, 2018 4:00 pm

We supply the colored pencils and coloring pages and you relax, create and enjoy.
Ages 5 and up
Hyannis Library
4-5 PM

 

Location: 401 Main St., Hyannis, MA

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition Discussion with Zee Crocker at Sturgis Library 2/27

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition Discussion with Zee Crocker at Sturgis Library 2/27

February 27, 2018 6:00 pm

We will hold a discussion given by Zenas Crocker of the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition regarding what is going on around Cape Cod in regards to our public water supply. The discussion will take place Tuesday, February 27th from 6 to 7:30 PM.

Barnstable Clean Water Coalition: A Rescue Mission

Clean water is important to our health, environment and local economy. On Cape Cod, our marine bays are impaired by excess levels of nitrogen and other contaminants, our freshwater ponds are threatened by high levels of phosphorous, and the groundwater from our sole source aquifer used for drinking is compromised from these dangers. Utilizing education, monitoring, mitigation and advocacy, the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition is working to address the threats to our waters in the 75-plus square miles of the Town of Barnstable.

Learn about the new generation of water conservation advocacy led by the Coalition. This lecture will present the restoration plan for the Marstons Mills River to address the water quality problems caused by excessive nitrogen in the Three Bays Watershed. This innovative plan includes a range of strategies including aquaculture, pond dredging, wetlands restoration, and alternative septic system technologies.

Admission is free. Registration is appreciated.

Call the Library at 508-362-6636 or register via email at sturgislibrary@comcast.net. You may also register online here:http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/barnstable-clean-water-coalition-discussion-with-zenas-crocker/

 

Location: Sturgis Library at 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Library Tech Class 2/28

Library Tech Class 2/28

February 28, 2018 1:00 pm

Cotuit Library is now doing in-house tech classes on the last Wednesday of every month, 1:00 – 2:00 PM. This month we will be discussing the basic know-how’s of Google’s emailing platform, Gmail. We request that you bring your own personal devices to practice on, but laptops are available for use at the library for those who need them.

Registration is required for attendance; maximum of 8 people per class.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Movie: Soundtrack for a Revolution 2/28

Movie: Soundtrack for a Revolution  2/28

February 28, 2018 3:00 pm

“Bill Guttentag’s documentary examines the importance of music during the U.S. civil rights movement that took place during the 1950s and ‘60s. The various sit-ins and public demonstrations of the era incorporated protest songs, folk tunes and spirituals, music that was a crucial part of the movement. Guttentag uses archival footage and interviews to connect specific songs (covered by artists including the Roots and John Legend) to specific events, such as the Montgomery bus boycott.” (www.google.com)

This movie presentation is part of our Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series, supported in part by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Mid Cape Cultural Council, and the Kirkman Trust.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.
3-5 PM

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Dan Logan Author Talk: The Dance Dragon 2/28

Dan Logan Author Talk: The Dance Dragon 2/28

February 28, 2018 4:00 pm

“After a lifetime of avoiding dance at weddings and social gatherings, Dan Logan finds himself trapped. His daughter, a ballet aficionado, was getting married. A father-daughter dance was inevitable. He confronts his fear of dance and finds the courage to walk in a ballroom dance studio, meets Melissa the instructor, and his life changes.

At the wedding, Dan discovers there are moments when he enjoys dancing and he decides he must face the dance dragon and make a serious effort to learn. His journey takes him into a world of dance studios and clubs, where he dances with hundreds of women, travels to rural Cuba and eventually Washington D.C for a competitive performance for his final confrontation with the dragon.

Author Bio: The Dance Dragon is Dan Logan’s first novel. He grew up in Boston, graduated with a major in American history from the University of Notre Dame, spent three years in the U.S Military and received an M.B.A. in marketing research from New York University

After 12 years working at a large global advertising firm in New York at the end of the Mad Men era, Dan moved back to Boston and started his own advertising and communication firm. Dan and his wife Eileen live on the Boston waterfront” (www.amazon.com).

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Lego Club-Hyannis Public Library-5 and up-Wednesdays

Lego Club-Hyannis Public Library-5 and up-Wednesdays

February 28, 2018 4:00 pm

Children ages 5 and up are welcome to make a creation with Legos provided by the library.
4-5 PM

 

Location: 401 Main St., Hyannis, MA

Camino Film: The Knights Templar 3/3

Camino Film: The Knights Templar 3/3

March 3, 2018 1:00 pm

As the Camino de Cotuit continues, we will take a look at the documentary The Knights Templar done by the History Channel in their DVD collection The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross:

“Once ferocious sword-wielding monks charged with protecting the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Knights Templar met defeat at the end of the Crusades, although their influence could be felt throughout the course of history. With clues from ancient documents and artifacts, and the scholarship of leading historians, The Knights Templar brings to light the fantastic origins and mysteries of the Crusade’s mightiest warriors” (The History Channel).
3/3   1PM

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Music and Movement Mondays January through March 12th at Hyannis Public Library

Music and Movement Mondays January through March 12th at Hyannis Public Library

March 5, 2018 1:00 pm

Join Miss Ellen from Barnstable Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program for a music program for children from babies up to age 5 and their caregiver.
January through March 12th, 1:00pm-2:00pm (Except NO CLASS ON Monday Jan 15th, Monday Feb 19th)
Come have fun singing, dancing and hearing stories and learn how music covers all areas of development.
Monday January 8th, 22nd and 29th (No class Mon Jan 15th)  Monday February 5, 12, 26th (NO class Feb 19th); Monday March 5th, 12th
For more details feel free to contact:  Mary Bianco Children’s Librarian Hyannis Public Library 401 Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601
mbianco@clamsnet.org 508-775-2280

 

Location: Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601

Intro to Fiction Writing Class at Sturgis Public Library 3/7-5/9

Intro to Fiction Writing Class at Sturgis Public Library 3/7-5/9

March 7, 2018 6:00 pm

Free Fiction Writing Class at Sturgis Public Library

Wednesdays From March 7th-May 9th. 6 to 7PM. Registration Required. Ages 16-99

Funded by a generous grant from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Sturgis Library will be hosting an intro to fiction writing class every Wednesday night from March 7th through May 9th, 6 to 7 PM. Classes will cover character creation, plotting, genre, language, grounding readers, regionalism, setting, editing, and publication. Corey Farrenkopf, author and Adult Services Librarian, will instruct the class. (visit https://www.coreyfarrenkopf.com/ to view previously published stories)

In addition to workshops, visiting authors will give readings from their work. The first of these will be Paul Tremblay, winner of the British Fantasy Award, on April 4th starting at 7. Preregistration is required. Limited openings.

Call 508-362-6636 or send and email to sturgisreference@comcast.net.

Adults and young adults welcome. Reading Materials will be provided.

 

Location: Sturgis Library at 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Pilgrims' Feast at the Cotuit Library 3/9

Pilgrims' Feast at the Cotuit Library 3/9

March 9, 2018 4:00 pm

For all of our Cotuit pilgrims, end of the road is in sight, and we finally come to the end of our Camino de Cotuit programming. What better way to bring such a pilgrimage to a close than with a Pilgrims’ Feast! We will be serving traditional Spanish tapas, cheeses, wine, some Spanish garlic soup, and St. James’ Cake. There will be prizes presented to our First Place Walker and our First Place Reader, as well as a prize for our raffle drawing. Enjoy some food, drink, and celebrate a pilgrimage well-done with us here at Cotuit Library!
3/9 4PM

This feast is for registered Camino de Cotuit participants only. No walk-ins, and please register for this event with the library.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Songs Poems and Speeches of Black History...Let Freedom Ring 3/14

Songs Poems and Speeches of Black History...Let Freedom Ring 3/14

March 14, 2018 1:30 pm

The Hyannis Public Library welcomes back the Bright Star Touring Theater.
The language used by those who would fight for Freedom and Equal Rights for all people is uniquely powerful and beautiful.
Follow the journey from Africa through the civil rights movement in the powerful voices of it’s leaders past and present.

 

Location: 401 Main St. Hyannis

Royston Nash Movie: Topsy-Turvy 3/14

Royston Nash Movie: Topsy-Turvy 3/14

March 14, 2018 3:00 pm

“Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado” (imdb.com).

This movie presentation is part of our Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series, supported in part by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Mid Cape Cultural Council, and the Kirkman Trust.
3/14 3-5 PM

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Alastair Moock at the Cotuit Library 3/25

Alastair Moock at the Cotuit Library 3/25

March 25, 2018 1:00 pm

“Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado” (imdb.com).

This movie presentation is part of our Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series, supported in part by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Mid Cape Cultural Council, and the Kirkman Trust.
3/25 1PM

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Library Tech Class at the Cotuit Library 3/28

Library Tech Class at the Cotuit Library 3/28

March 28, 2018 1:00 pm

Cotuit Library is now doing in-house tech classes on the last Wednesday of every month. This month we will be discussing the basic know-how’s of the social media giant, Twitter. We request that you bring your own personal devices to practice on, but laptops are available for use at the library for those who need them.
3/28 1PM

Registration is required for attendance; maximum of 8 people per class.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Royston Nash Movie: A Night at the Opera 3/28

Royston Nash Movie: A Night at the Opera 3/28

March 28, 2018 3:00 pm

A classic movie from the Marx Brothers, 1935’s A Night at the Opera is about: “A sly business manager and two wacky friends of two opera singers help them achieve success while humiliating their stuffy and snobbish enemies” (imdb.com).

This movie presentation is part of our Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series, supported in part by the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, the Mid Cape Cultural Council, and the Kirkman Trust.
3/28 3-5PM

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Paul Tremblay Reading and Book Signing at Sturgis Library 4/4

Paul Tremblay Reading and Book Signing at Sturgis Library 4/4

April 4, 2018 7:00 pm

Sponsored by a generous grant from the Art Foundation of Cape Cod, join Sturgis Library for a night with Paul Tremblay. Paul Tremblay is the author of Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, A Head Full of Ghost, The Little Sleep, and other works of fiction. He has won The Massachusetts Book Award, The British World Fantasy Award, a Bram Stoker Award, and is on the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards. Books will be on sale at the event provided by Titcomb’s Books of Sandwich. A Q and A will follow the event. FREE to the public. Registration is not required, but appreciated. Call 508-362-6636, email sturgisreference@comcast.net, or follow this link: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/paul-tremblay-reading-and-book-signing/
April 4 7-8PM

 

Location: Sturgis Library at 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Intro to Bonsai at Sturgis Library 4/24

Intro to Bonsai at Sturgis Library 4/24

April 24, 2018 5:00 pm

Intro To Bonsai Class At Sturgis Library (TUES) April 24 @ 5PM
Join us for a 3 hour introduction to Bonsai Course with the Cape Cod Bonsai Club. For 15 dollars, you will be given a young tree, taught how to prune and shape it, along with the basics of tree care. There will also be an in depth lecture covering the history of the art form and how it has evolved throughout the ages. Class will be taught by Charles Orr and Andrew Arnault, the president and vice president of the Cape Cod Bonsai Club.
Registration is Required.  Limited seats. Call 508-362-6636 or email sturgisreference@comcast.net

 

Location: Sturgis Library at 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630