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

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

Home to the Verizon Language and Literacy Center

 

Marstons Mills Public Library

Includes the Nancy Reardon Theater Arts Collection

 

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.

Sturgis Library is raffling off an amazing selection of hand-painted birdhouses, beautifully painted by Library Trustee Liz Ferretti to look like buildings in Barnstable Village.  You can take a chance to won a reproduction of Sturgis Library, St. Mary's Church, Barnstable Yacht Club, Coast Guard Heritage Museum, and/or Sandy Neck house and Light.  The birdhouses are on display in the lobby display case until July 9 when they will be on display at the Barnstable Village Garden Tours, part of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival.  Tickets will be drawn after the Tours end on July 11.  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

 

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

Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series: Open Community Concert

Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series: Open Community Concert

March 25, 2017 2:00 pm

Join us for an open recital afternoon for all ages, abilities, and instruments.  Come as a performer and/or an audience member.
Just let us know what instrument and piece of music you would like to share when you sign up.
This series is supported in part by grants from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Mid Cape Cultural Council.  2-3PM


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

 

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

150 Years of Reading Great Books 1867-2017

150 Years of Reading Great Books 1867-2017

March 28, 2017 6:30 pm

Join us for our annual winter Reading and Discussion Series

Sturgis Library first opened its doors for business in August 1867, making 2017 our 150th anniversary.  As part of our celebration, our winter literary discussion program will focus on books of note from the past 150 years. 

Dr. James Crowley, associate professor at Bridgewater State University will lead a discussion of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.  Published in 1985, Atwood’s award winning novel explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender, and religious politics.  It has been adapted for a television series that premieres this spring.

 

Location: Sturgis Library

Stargazing at Lowell Park w/ Cotuit Library

Stargazing at Lowell Park w/ Cotuit Library

April 3, 2017 7:30 pm

Join the folks from Cotuit Library as we turn our gazes skyward towards the stars at Cotuit’s own Lowell Park!  We’ll have our special guest R.M. Maxwell with us there, who formerly led programs at Mystic Seaport’s Treworgy Planetarium.  This is the first of several stargazing events we’ll be holding for the summer months, and Cotuit Library has everything you need to participate.  We have the telescopes; just bring yourself and your minds full of wonderment! (although all telescopes will be welcome).  Then afterward, join us at the Kettle Ho if you have more questions for Max. 7:30-8:30 PM

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

 

Location: Lowell Park, 10 Lowell Ave, Cotuit, MA 02635

Barnstable: Memories of the 20th Century 4/4

Barnstable:  Memories of the 20th Century 4/4

April 4, 2017 6:30 pm

Cape author and freelance writer Jack Sheedy will share stories he discovered while researching his weekly Barnstable Patriot column, “Early Files.” He will showcase interesting local news stories from the 20th century.

You are encouraged to come prepared to share a story of your or your family’s life in Barnstable during the 20th century.  You are also invited to bring along a personal artifact – a letter, uniform, photograph, pin, or some memento which tells a story about life at that time. 

This program is free, but registration is appreciated:
By phone at 508-362-6636, by email at
sturgisreference@comcast.net, or online at
http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/barnstable-memories-of-the-20th-century/

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main St. (Route 6A) Barnstable Village

Meet the Author! Saturday Book Signings @ Sturgis Library April 15

Meet the Author! Saturday Book Signings @ Sturgis Library April 15

April 15, 2017 1:30 pm

Join us for a book signing featuring Mary Petiet, author of Minerva’s Owls
Books will be available for sale or bring your copy to be signed.
1:30-3:30 PM

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main St (Rte 6A) Barnstable Village

Steeple Street Poets Open Mic for Poetry

Steeple Street Poets Open Mic for Poetry

April 15, 2017 2:00 pm

Come to the library for a poetry reading/open-mic with Mashpee’s local bards the Steeple Street Poets to celebrate National Poetry Month.
You are encouraged to bring a favorite poem or one you have written, or just come and listen.
To share a poem please register by April 8th.
4/15/17 2-3 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

The Friends of Cotuit Library Present: What To Do With All Our Stuff: A Talk and Lunch

The Friends of Cotuit Library Present: What To Do With All Our Stuff: A Talk and Lunch

April 19, 2017 11:30 am

Dave Downs takes a serious topic (clutter control) and offers a light-hearted, enthusiastic and humorous look at how to deal with all our stuff!  He peppers his presentation with personal stories and discusses Americans’ love/hate relationship with our possessions! He will share original tips and easy-to- understand strategies for downsizing that we can all use to begin the process of change.  This will be an upbeat and motivational session. Dave promises we will all come away with useful information and a smile on our faces!  Don’t miss this fun event!
This event is $12 for Members of Friends and $15 for Non-Members, and must be registered for by April 16th by contacting Joanne Miller by phone at 508-420-3431 or email at joanne1044@aol.com.  Can be paid for at the event by cash, credit, or check made out to the Friends of Cotuit Library.

 

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

A Piano Concert w/ Stephanie Emberley

A Piano Concert w/ Stephanie Emberley

April 20, 2017 4:00 pm

Dr. Stephanie A. Emberley will be bringing her amazing piano skills this April to Cotuit Library!  Beginning her classical piano training at the age of three and giving her first solo recital at the age of fifteen, Dr. Emberley has enjoyed an active career as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and teacher.  Her performances have taken her throughout the United States, Canada, France and Australia, and have given her the opportunity to play with pianists such as Lori Piitz, Barbara Lister-Sink, Eric Ruple and David Lehman.
4-5 PM

Cotuit library is proud to have Dr. Emberley here for a solo performance as part of our Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series.  This series is supported in part by grants from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Mid Cape Cultural Council.  Come by and listen to her play!

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

 

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

Getting It Done: Coaching You Forward w/ Elizabeth Hall

Getting It Done: Coaching You Forward w/ Elizabeth Hall

April 22, 2017 11:30 am

Dr. Elizabeth Hall has been successfully coaching clients to “Getting It Done” for over twenty years.  She is a professional co-active coach, trained through the Coaches Training Institute, which is considered the “gold standard” of coach training (IOC, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School Affiliate).  She has a doctorate in behavior science, specializing in motivational interventions, and has qualifications in individual and group coaching, personality and interest testing, trauma and crisis response and grief coaching and counseling. 11:30-12:30 PM

Her talk will include learning about being present and attentive to our mind, spirit, heart and body when approaching life choices and change; our life purpose, values, and fulfillment; positive perspectives; and the voice of our saboteur.  Don’t miss out!


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

 

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