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

Family Movie Marathon

Family Movie Marathon

February 25, 2017 12:00 pm

Come enjoy one or both of our robot themed family movies in our cozy Art Room.
Free Movies and Popcorn

12:00 PM Robots rated PG
In a robot world, a young idealistic inventor travels to the big city to join his inspiration’s company, only to find himself opposing its sinister new management.

2:00 PM Wall-E rated G
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

For more info on these 2 films checkout the IMDb website.

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

 

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

“Then & Now - Barnstable Village & West Barnstable” Exhibit February 1-28 2017

“Then & Now - Barnstable Village & West Barnstable”   Exhibit February 1-28 2017

February 28, 2017 10:00 am

Exhibit at Sturgis Library

Peter Barrows is an Award Winning Fine Art Photographer living on Cape Cod. The artist’s photography primarily captures seascapes, the art of wind and reflection on the water, boats, and landscapes. Peter’s whimsical side enjoys photographing pets and wildlife. The artist served for 10 years as the Vice President of the Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club. He continues to be an active member of CCAA Camera Club and also teaches the art of photography. His photography has been displayed in numerous venues on Cape Cod,the Cape Cod Art Association, where he is a juried artist,and his home gallery.
His “Then & Now” series takes postcards from the early 1900’s and recaptures the scene today.  Presently the “Then & Now” series includes Barnstable Village & West Barnstable, Yarmouthport, Bass River Yarmouth & Dennis, and Lewis Bay & Hyannisport.
www.peterbarrowsphotography.com
Library Hours:
Monday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Closed Sundays & holidays

 

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

150 Years of Reading Great Books

150 Years of Reading Great Books

February 28, 2017 6:30 pm

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. 
Anne Speyer, editor, library director and teacher, will lead a discussion of selections from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. 
When the first edition of Walt Whitman’s anthology Leaves of Grass burst onto the literary scene in 1855, it not only changed forever the shape of poetry but also revolutionized its content.  Shocking to American nineteenth century sensibilities—and it surely shocked many staid Cape Codders—Whitman celebrated everything about being human and being alive: our bodies and emotions, our work and our play, our desires and our diversity.
This program is free, but registration is required

 

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

Sturgis Library “Off the Shelf” Art Project

Sturgis Library “Off the Shelf” Art Project

February 28, 2017

Create a piece of art from a piece of Sturgis Library! Stop by the Sturgis Library’s Circulation Desk and ask for a shelf from old 1920s bookshelves that were stored for many years in the basement. Take the shelf home and transform it into something new. Paint on it, sculpt it, carve it, cut it up, sand it down — whatever inspires you. Then donate it back to the Library by August 1st, 2017 to be auctioned off at the Library’s 150th Anniversary gala.

All proceeds from these works of art will benefit the newly established Sturgis Library Preservation Fund. Monies from this fund will be used exclusively for the preservation of the Library’s building, grounds, special collections, and archives.
February 6-March 31

 

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

Book Discussion: Fast into the Night by Debbie Clarke Moderow

Book Discussion: Fast into the Night by Debbie Clarke Moderow

March 1, 2017 4:00 pm

Join us as we discuss the fascinating story of one woman’s attempt to finish the Iditarod trail.  This captivating memoir recounts the tale of Debbie Clarke Moderow’s journey with her spunky team of huskies when, less than two hundred miles from the finish line, her dogs refuse to go on.  While not completing the race was a serious blow to Moderow, losing her connection with her dogs was an even worse one.  Fast into the Night is the story of how Moderow and her team were able to reconnect with each other and overcome some rough obstacles along the Iditarod trail.  It is a wonderful tale on the relationship between humans and dogs, and the ability of the human spirit to persevere in the face of difficult times.  Copies of the book are available at the Cotuit Library for check out.

All are welcome to join us for some light refreshments and lovely literary discussion from 4-5 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

Explore Robots

Explore Robots

March 11, 2017 11:00 am

Come let your children have some Coding Camp refreshers with our fun games Cubetto, and Dash and Dot.  These games are a great way to introduce the vast and complex world of computer coding to children, so don’t miss out on the fun!  Just come into the kid’s room this weekend!  11-12 AM

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

 

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

Life in Alaska with Kathy Spirtes

Life in Alaska with Kathy Spirtes

March 11, 2017 2:00 pm

Come travel to Alaska with your personal guide Kathy Spirtes.  She will share pictures and tales from her time living with her family in the far northern reaches of our country.
Afterwards, stay for some light refreshments and take a look at the display of artifacts from her personal collection.
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

Coloring for Adults

Coloring for Adults

March 18, 2017 10:00 am

Drop in for some relaxing coloring in our cozy Art Room, any time between 10 AM and noon. This is a chance for grown-ups to have fun with coloring pages.
We will supply the coloring pages, colored pencils and tea.
You bring your creativity.
10-12 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

CORD: Advocacy in Action with Leslie Kynock

CORD: Advocacy in Action with Leslie Kynock

March 22, 2017 4:00 pm

“The Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD) has been aggressively working since 1984 to advance the independence, productivity, and integration of people with disabilities, including deaf and hard of hearing people, into mainstream society.” 
Join us at the Cotuit Library as Leslie Kynock discusses the various services and day-to-day activities that CORD provides for their consumers.  We are pleased to host this fantastic organization at our library!  4-5PM

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

 

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

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