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

Stargazing at Lowell Park w/ Cotuit Library 5/1/17

Stargazing at Lowell Park w/ Cotuit Library 5/1/17

May 1, 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 have the telescopes; just bring yourself and your minds full of wonderment! (although all telescopes will be welcome).  This is part of our monthly stargazing events that we hold throughout the whole summer, so join us this month and future months to see how the sky changes over time.
7:30-8:30 PM

The rain date for this event is Tuesday, May 2nd, 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

Travels in Tanzania: Arush to Kigoma with Susan Griffin

Travels in Tanzania: Arush to Kigoma with Susan Griffin

May 10, 2017 6:30 pm

Susan Griffin (from the Barnstable Senior Center) joins us with a presentation on her time spent in Tanzania, where she visited four national parks, the Indian Ocean, and walked the footsteps of the famous primatologist Jane Goodall.

Come join us as we listen to Susan recount her experience with Tanzania’s great diversity of animal and plant life, and the incredible people she met along the way.  We look forward to seeing you here!

Please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the library.

 

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

Author Reading: The Good Gus Books with Mae Charles

Author Reading: The Good Gus Books with Mae Charles

May 13, 2017 10:30 am

Join us Saturday morning at Cotuit Library to meet Mae Charles, the self-publishing writer of The Good Gus Series children’s books, based off of bedtime stories she used to tell to her grandson.  Bring the whole family as Charles does a reading and signing from some of the books from this fun series!  The Good Gus Books will be available to purchase from Charles during her visit.

 

Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02630

Saturday Book Signings @ Sturgis Library

Saturday Book Signings @ Sturgis Library

May 13, 2017 10:30 am

Join us for a book signing featuring M.L. Shafer, author of The House on Crooked Pond: A Cape Cod Family Saga.

The House on Crooked Pond: A Cape Cod Family Saga is a collection of four novella-length stories revealing how members of the Lyman family, living three centuries apart in the same isolated house on Cape Cod, deal with lies, intimidation, betrayal, and revenge.

Books will be available for sale or bring your copy to be signed.

 

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

Making the Story with Mae Charles

Making the Story with Mae Charles

May 13, 2017 1:30 pm

Come listen to Mae Charles give a presentation on her experience with self-publishing her own children’s book series and all the fun and pitfalls that it entailed.  If you were ever looking for tips on being a self-publishing author, now is your chance to get advice from a person who’s done just that!  Mae Charles’ Good Gus books will be available at the library all day, and her work of nonfiction Misplaced Trust is available to download at the Kindle Store on 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

Legends and Lore of Cape Cod

Legends and Lore of Cape Cod

May 20, 2017 2:00 pm

Join us at Cotuit Library as we welcome Robin Smith-Johnson: newsroom librarian at the Cape Cod Times, teacher of English at CCCC, and writer as she discusses her fascinating book Legends and Lore of Cape Cod (2016).

From Ancient Wampanoag legends like Granny Squannit to some more modern tales and histories such as “Cat’s Alley” or the “Lady of the Dunes”, this book covers a vast landscape of lore that may click in your memory or raise your brow with novelty.  Don’t miss out to learn more about the amazing stories in this book from the author herself.

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 Song of the Lark: Book Discussion lead by Anne Speyer

The Song of the Lark: Book Discussion lead by Anne Speyer

May 31, 2017 6:30 pm

Cotuit Library continues its musical programming with a discussion of Willa Cather’s novel, The Song of the Lark, led by South Dennis Library Director, Anne Speyer.  The book tells the story of Thea Kronborg, a young woman on a journey to become an opera singer at the end of the 19th century.  Cather, one of the most important and influential writers of 20th century American literature, stated in the preface to her novel in 1932: “The story sets out to tell of an artist’s awakening and struggle; her floundering escape from a smug, domestic, self-satisfied provincial world of utter ignorance.”

Anne Speyer was an English teacher for 30 years in Williamstown, MA, before moving to the Cape.  She has been Director at South Dennis for twelve years and has led numerous book discussions at local libraries.  She also edits books, gives talks and teaches community education courses in literature. 

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

Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. This program is free, but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

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

Barnstable Village Photo Walk 6/11/17

Barnstable Village Photo Walk 6/11/17

June 11, 2017 4:00 pm

Cape Cod Times photographer Steve Heaslip will lead a photo walk from the library through Barnstable Village ending at Cobb’s Hill Cemetery.  Bring your favorite camera (smart phones ok, please no tripods). Steve will provide photography tips and give participants time to take photos.  Participants will be asked to submit their favorite photo from the walk for an exhibit to take place at the Library later in the year. 4-6 PM

This program is free, limited to 15 participants and registration is required:
By phone at 508-362-6636 or by email at
sturgisreference@comcast.net


508-362-6636

 

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