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

Preschool Storytime st the Hyannis Public Library-Fridays

Preschool Storytime st the Hyannis Public Library-Fridays

April 27, 2018 10:30 am

FRIDAYS AT 10:30 A.M.
Stories, craft and a snack forchildren ages 2 ½ to 5.
No sign-up necessary!
Free and open to the public.

 

Location: 401 Main St., Hyannis, MA

Earth Day, Arbor Day & Anime 4/21 and 4/27

Earth Day, Arbor Day & Anime 4/21 and 4/27

April 27, 2018 1:00 pm

April celebrates two environmentally-friendly days: Earth Day (4/22) and Arbor Day (4/27). It also celebrates Japanese Heritage Day (4/30), so this year Cotuit Library decided to screen two movies that combines all of these themes.

By internationally famous director Hayao Miyazaki, known for his themes of environmental consciousness, we’ll be showing Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (PG) on 4/21 & Princess Mononoke (PG - 13) on 4/27. Both movies portray the effects that humans have on the world around us, and the struggle to keep it alive.

Attendance to the movies is free, but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the library.

 

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

Board Games every Saturday-Hyannis Public Library

Board Games every Saturday-Hyannis Public Library

April 28, 2018 10:00 am

Come and play some of the Library’s many board games 10-2
prizes and snacks

 

Location: 401 Main St., Hyannis, MA

Perspectives and Poetry in Song 4/28

Perspectives and Poetry in Song 4/28

April 28, 2018 6:00 pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month with some local artists who put their words to song. The original music of Kim Moberg with Heather Swanson “speak to reunion, awakening and social consciousness..” Out Late’s Diana Di Gioia shares her own stories in songs both wistful and sassy, from her Vermont childhood and her self-proclaimed late coming-out. Out Late is the trio of Diana Di Gioia, Melody Masi and J Hagenbuckle.
This concert 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.

 

Location: 871 Main St, Cotuit, MA 02635

Coloring Group ages 5 and up Tuesdays

Coloring Group ages 5 and up Tuesdays

May 1, 2018 4:00 pm

4-5 PM Tuesdays.
We provide the colored pencils and coloring pages and you relax, create and enjoy!
Children ages 5 and up

 

Location: 401 Main St., Hyannis, MA

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

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

May 2, 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

Wilderness Sarchild Poetry Talk - Old Women Talking 5/2

Wilderness Sarchild Poetry Talk - Old Women Talking 5/2

May 2, 2018 4:30 pm

Come to Cotuit Library as we welcome poet Wilderness Sarchild as she discusses and reads from her most recent book of poetry, Old Women Talking:
“Poetry. Jewish Studies. Women’s Studies. In Old Women Talking, Wilderness Sarchild celebrates growing old without denying the difficulties. Shouting, divulging, gossiping, sobbing, ranting, keening, Sarchild’s old women awaken us with their passion for living and loving” (amazon.com).
This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library.

 

Location: 871 Main St, Cotuit, MA 02635

Christa Romanosky Fiction Reading at Sturgis Library 5/2

Christa Romanosky Fiction Reading at Sturgis Library 5/2

May 2, 2018 7:15 pm

Christa Romanosky, one of this year’s Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center fellows, will be reading from her work at Sturgis Library. A question and answer will follow.  Christa will speak about the craft of fiction, the publishing industry, literary journals, and any other creative writing questions you can think of. Come out for a night of literature from one of the most talented young writers writing today!
Free to the public. Registration is appreciated, but not required. Email us at sturgisreference@comcast.net or call 508-362-6636 or online at: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/christa-romanosky-fiction-reading/.

Bio: Christa Romanosky is a native of northern Appalachia. She holds an MFA in   poetry from the University of Virginia. She is a 2017-2018 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center fellow in fiction, and a 2018 Writer-in- Residence at the James Merrill House. Her writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, Missouri Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. She currently teaches STEM and creative writing courses to K-4 students through Carnegie Mellon University’s Gelfand Center summer series and other elementary arts programs.
5/2 at 7:15 PM

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Film: Divide in Concord 5/5

Film: Divide in Concord 5/5

May 5, 2018 1:30 pm

Join us at Cotuit Library as we watch the fascinating documentary Divide in Concord:
“This is a story about an 84 year-old-woman trying to take down the third largest industry in the world. Jean Hill, a self-proclaimed warrior, leads historic Concord, Massachusetts on America’s first environmental crusade to ban the sale of bottled water” (imdb.com).

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

 

Location: 871 Main St, Cotuit, MA 02635

DECADES BEFORE BORDEN: THE FALL RIVER SCANDAL OF THE “BAD” MILL GIRL AND THE MINISTER 5/8

DECADES BEFORE BORDEN: THE FALL RIVER SCANDAL OF THE “BAD” MILL GIRL AND THE MINISTER 5/8

May 8, 2018 6:30 pm

Decades before the Borden case, Fall River mill worker Sarah Cornell was found dead. Suicide? Or murder? Her death obsessed the town, and pit its mill owners against the Methodist hierarchy, which backed the suspect: its minister. Public outrage, victim blaming, and even forensic knot-tying. Did the Reverend get away with murder?
Greg Williams will give an interactive presentation dealing with the history, myths, and stories surrounding the first major murder case in Fall River.
Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Call 508-362-6636. Email: sturgislibrary@comcast.net.

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Stephanie Weaver: Excerpts from a Musical Menagerie 5/12

Stephanie Weaver: Excerpts from a Musical Menagerie 5/12

May 12, 2018 11:00 am

Cotuit Library is proud to host concert pianist Stephanie Weaver as she plays us some excerpts from her upcoming family concerts with conductor John Yankee and The Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra: A Musical Menagerie.
The full-length concerts with the orchestra will be performed Saturday, May 19th at 4:00 PM at Sandwich Town Hall, and Sunday, May 20th at 3:00 PM at Falmouth Academy. Tickets are only $10, and you can register by going to the calendar of events page at capeconservatory.org.

Come get a preview of this exciting upcoming concert with Stephanie Weaver and Cotuit Library for free! And don’t forget to register for your ticket to A Musical Menagerie if you like what you hear.
This concert 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.

 

Location: 871 Main St, Cotuit, MA 02635

Family Funktafest! at Sturgis Library 5/12

Family Funktafest! at Sturgis Library 5/12

May 12, 2018 5:00 pm

Sturgis Library invites you to get your funk on at Family Funktafest, Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 5 to 7 PM.  There will be funktastic music by the fabulous Funktapuss!  Food and beverages!  Dancing!  Games!  Silent auction!

Only $10 for adults and teens.  Children under 10 are free!  Purchase tickets in advance or at the door.

This is a rain or shine event.  In the case of rain, we will move indoors.

To purchase tickets, call 508-362-6636, email sturgisrefernce@comcast.net, of visit our website at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/family-funktafest/

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Film: Lady Sings the Blues 5/16

Film: Lady Sings the Blues 5/16

May 16, 2018 3:00 pm

Join us at Cotuit Library for a film as part of our Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series. We will be viewing 1972’s Lady Sings the Blues (Rated R), the story of the troubled life and career of legendary jazz singer, Billie Holiday, played by Diana Ross.
This film 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.

 

Location: 871 Main St, Cotuit, MA 02635

Stargazing at Lowell Park 5/18

Stargazing at Lowell Park 5/18

May 18, 2018 8:00 pm

Join the folks from Cotuit Library as we turn our gazes skyward towards the stars!  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!).
The rain date for this event is Monday, May 21st @ 8:00 PM.

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

 

Location: 10 Lowell Ave, Cotuit, MA 02635

Plant, Bake, & Treasure Sale 5/26

Plant, Bake, & Treasure Sale 5/26

May 26, 2018 8:30 am

The Friends of the Cotuit Library are hosting their annual Plant, Bake & Treasure Sale at Freedom Hall on Main Street, Cotuit. Wonderful plants, herbs, flowers, baked goods, gently-used household and garden items, treasures, and collectibles!
If you can donate to the sale, please bring your items to Freedom Hall either:
Friday, May 25th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 26th, 7:30 – 8:30 AM

We hope to see you there!

 

Location: 976 Main St, Cotuit, MA 02635

The Armistice and the Treaty of Versailles Remembered 5/26

The Armistice and the Treaty of Versailles Remembered 5/26

May 26, 2018 2:00 pm

This 1 hour PowerPoint talk will explore the impact of both the Armistice and the Treaty of Versailles. At the conclusion of the First World War the world was a hopeful place—the “war to end all wars” was finally over. There was much to consider—the devastated landscapes, lives, and economies of European nations were just the start. Memorials and epic graveyards went up in an attempt to dignify and remember all those who perished. Poetry and artwork from the period struggled to find meaning in what seemed like a meaningless slaughter. Woodrow Wilson’s crusade to ‘make the world safe for democracy’ will be examined and discussed. Finally, the extremely biased conditions of the Treaty of Versailles resulted in the seeds of discontent that would ultimately culminate in the birth of fascism—it would take yet another world war to rectify the problems that resulted from end of the Great War.

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

 

Location: 871 Main St, Cotuit, MA 02635

Kindle E-Reader Class at the Library 5/30

Kindle E-Reader Class at the Library 5/30

May 30, 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 basics of working Kindle e-readers with a casual Q&A. 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: 871 Main St, Cotuit, MA 02635

Japan and Its Prints in the Floating World At Sturgis Library 6/12

Japan and Its Prints in the Floating World  At Sturgis Library 6/12

June 12, 2018 6:30 pm

Japan and Its Prints in the Floating World At Sturgis Library Tuesday June 12 @ 6:30 pm
Japanese print enthusiast Tom Silver explores the origin and development of Japanese prints during the Edo era (1600-1867). The first rudimentary prints focused on courtesans and kabuki actors, with the genre ultimately developing into the sophisticated art form admired by the likes of Monet and van Gogh. This lecture encompasses many of the most familiar names in Japanese prints - including Utamaro, Hokusai, and Hiroshige. We will look at early period prints and then focus on masterpieces by each of these artists. At the conclusion of the lecture there will be a display of Japanese crafts from the last two centuries.
Free to the public. Application is appreciated. Call 508-362-6636, email sturgisreference@comcast.net, or visit http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/japan-and-its-prints-in-the-floating-world/

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

Backyard Birds and Birding Tour at Sturgis Library 6/20

Backyard Birds and Birding Tour at Sturgis Library 6/20

June 20, 2018 3:30 pm

Search for the signs and sounds of the season! Join Wild Care’s Executive Director of the Barnstable Land Trust Stephanie Ellis for an informative program about the breeding habits of some of our beloved backyard wildlife. Learn “what to do if” you find orphaned birds and mammals, and tips for co-existing with our wild neighbors. Then join Stephanie on a guided walk in search of active nests, signs of courtship, identification of avian breeding songs and more. Stephanie has worked closely with wildlife for many years through her critical wildlife rehabilitation work, giving her an intimate look into the secret lives of animals. Gain a new perspective on the natural history and behaviors of wildlife with this special presentation and walk. Walk limited to 12 attendees. The walk will take place on the 21st, not the same day as the talk.


Registration is required for the walk and appreciated for the talk. Call 508-362-6636, email sturgisreference@comcast.net, or fill out the form on our website: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/backyard-birds-with-barnstable-land-trust/.

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630

A Conversation About Conservation: The Latest Word on Woodlands & Water of Cape Cod 6/26

A Conversation About Conservation: The Latest Word on Woodlands & Water of Cape Cod 6/26

June 26, 2018 6:30 pm

Join us for a thought-provoking and engaging interactive dialogue about land conservation and water quality with a distinguished panel of expert guests. Four regional authorities will take questions from the audience in this lively moderated panel discussion that identifies environmental challenges and addresses ecosystem resiliency and sound conservation strategies. Refreshments will be served. Free to the public. Registration is appreciated. Call 508-362-6636 or fill out the form on our website: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/land-conservation-panel/

Sponsored by a generous donation from The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.

Panel Members include:
Zenas “Zee” Crocker Executive Director
Barnstable Clean Water Coalition

Heather McElroy
Natural Resources Specialist Cape Cod Commission
Mark Robinson
Executive Director of The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts
Daniel W. Santos, P.E.
Director of Barnstable Department of Public Works

 

Location: Sturgis Library 3090 Main Street Barnstable, MA 02630