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

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

Barnstable Collaborative Summer Reading Kick-Off @ Centerville 6/30

Barnstable Collaborative Summer Reading Kick-Off @ Centerville 6/30

June 30, 2017 10:00 am

Join the folks of the Centerville and Cotuit Public Libraries to help kick-off the summer reading program with children’s song writer David Polansky.  David will be holding a children’s concert performing songs from his amazing repertoire of songs for children. An amazing musician and song writer, David creates songs about human nature that both adults and kids can appreciate. Bring the whole family for this fun-filled concert to start your summer off right!  10-12

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

 

Location: Centerville Public Library, 585 Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632

Trevor the Juggler 7/3

Trevor the Juggler 7/3

July 3, 2017 3:00 pm

Cotuit Library continues its Summer Reading Program with a reading-themed show by Trevor the Juggler at Freedom Hall! Cape Cod native Trevor Pearson has been juggling for over 18 years. He performs at a wide variety of events and teaches juggling at schools, camps, and private lessons. He is known for his great rapport with children and very fun children’s shows.

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

 

Location: Freedom Hall, 976 Main St, Cotuit MA

Night Lights with Storyteller Diane Edgecomb 7/5

Night Lights with Storyteller Diane Edgecomb 7/5

July 5, 2017 7:00 pm

The Cotuit and Marstons Mills Libraries are teaming up to bring a night of storytelling with Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence winner Diane Edgecomb. She will be reading lyrical legends of fireflies and stars, tales from lands such as Greece, Estonia, Native America, and more! There will also be a firefly craft and some Glo swag! Come down to Cotuit Library for this super fun event!
7-8 pm

 

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

Summer and 135th Celebration at Osterville Village Library Green

Summer and 135th Celebration at Osterville Village Library Green

July 7, 2017 11:34 am

Under the tent, clambake, children’s events, concerts, yard sale, author talk and more.
135th Celebration on July 13th at 4pm

 

Location: 43 Wianno Ave., Osterville

Friends of Cotuit Library Book Sale 7/7

Friends of Cotuit Library Book Sale 7/7

July 7, 2017 1:00 pm

The Friends of Cotuit Library are once again having their annual Book Sale! This year it will be at Freedom Hall, as opposed to on the green at Cotuit Library. Paperbacks are $0.50 and Hardcovers are $1.00. Don’t pass up these great deals on books!

 

Location: Freedom Hall, 976 Main St, Cotuit MA

Friends of Cotuit Library Book Sale 7/8

Friends of Cotuit Library Book Sale 7/8

July 8, 2017 8:00 am

The Friends of Cotuit Library are once again having their annual Book Sale! This year it will be at Freedom Hall, as opposed to on the green at Cotuit Library. Paperbacks are $0.50 and Hardcovers are $1.00. Don’t pass up these great deals on books!

 

Location: Freedom Hall, 976 Main St, Cotuit MA

Family Movie: Sing 7/8

Family Movie: Sing 7/8

July 8, 2017 7:00 pm

Koala Buster Moon makes a last ditch effort to try and save his aging theater hall by hosting the world’s greatest singing competition featuring five contestants: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine. This movie is rated PG. Popcorn will be provided.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library. 7-9pm

 

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

Children's Concert with Kathleen Healy 7/11

Children's Concert with Kathleen Healy 7/11

July 11, 2017 3:00 pm

This summer Kathleen Healy will be a part of Cotuit Library’s summer reading program by putting on a children’s concert at the library. Kathleen is a hard-working musician & songwriter living on Cape Cod. She draws from her experience of living and raising a family near the beach for many of her songs. Some say saltwater runs through her veins.  Kathleen writes from the heart and her honest lyrics and often poignant subject matter lend themselves to the unique quality of her voice: perfect for music for children. We are very pleased to be able to share her music with the children of the community. All are welcome, so bring the whole family! 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

Campfire Sing-A-Long with Lori Pilla 7/11

Campfire Sing-A-Long with Lori Pilla 7/11

July 11, 2017 7:00 pm

Join Cotuit Library and the lovely Lori Pilla at Ropes Beach for some fun and songs around the fire. Lori is a musician and valued patron at Cotuit Library and will be playing guitar and singing songs for all to enjoy. There will even be marshmallows provided, so don’t miss out on an evening of fun and music!

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library. 7pm

 

Location: Ropes Beach

Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod with Christopher Setterlund 7/12 6:30 pm

Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod with Christopher Setterlund 7/12 6:30 pm

July 12, 2017 6:30 pm

Christopher Setterlund is a Cape Cod resident and has been writing for over 20 years.  Not liking to subscribe to writing any one genre, Chris has allowed his love of travelling and writing to become his life.  As a result, he has published three travel books: one on Cape Cod, one on Martha’s Vineyard, and one on Nantucket. Continuing his informational works on Cape Cod, Chris’ newest books Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod features some of the most beloved and popular establishments ever to exist on the Massachusetts peninsula. Come meet Chris as he discusses this new work of his and purchase a copy for yourself at Cotuit Library this summer. You may encounter some places you’ve never heard before, or be reminded of some long-enjoyed favorite establishments of yours. Don’t miss out on this exciting talk!

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

 

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

Pop Art Collage with Michael Albert 7/18

Pop Art Collage with Michael Albert 7/18

July 18, 2017 3:00 pm

New York Pop Artist & Author Michael Albert will be bringing his famous “Modern Pop Art Experience” program & Cereal Box Collage workshop to Cotuit Library as part of our Summer Reading Program. This will be his first visit to Cotuit! He is especially excited & honored to have the opportunity of sharing his art & story with a new community. The Summer Reading Program is one of his preferred venues.  3pm

At Albert’s 2-hour program all participants are invited to meet the artist, hear a short presentation by the artist about his life & work, view a collection of prints of his handmade masterpieces, and then create their own collage in his style using the same materials he likes to use, namely the printed cardboard packages of consumer products (including but not limited to Cereal Boxes, which are his favorite!) Attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials, including, but not limited to, cereal boxes.

Finally, all participants will receive a special art gift, compliments of the artist. They can each pick one of a selection of about 20 of his self published limited edition prints which he will give out & sign for FREE as a special thank you for attending. All teachers & art educators who attend will receive an additional free poster to bring back to their schools. Don’t miss out on this creative event!

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

 

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

Irish Dancing with Sean Murphy 7/24

Irish Dancing with Sean Murphy 7/24

July 24, 2017 6:30 pm

Learn about the history of Irish dance and watch videos showing people of all ages and different skill levels dance their steps. There will be a short lesson for anyone who would like to experience the dance. No previous dancing experience is needed, and you do not need to bring a partner.

This program is free but please register at cotuitlibrary.org/events or contact the Library. 6:30 pm

 

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

Jack the Lego Maniac 7/25

Jack the Lego Maniac 7/25

July 25, 2017 3:00 pm

Jack “The Lego Maniac” McCarthy is a certified Massachusetts Elementary school teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience, including over 5 years of special education experience and is currently a 5th grade teacher at the New Bedford Public School system. During the summers Jack loves bringing his love of Legomania to local schools and libraries, and that is exactly what he will be doing at Cotuit Library for our Summer Reading Program. Jack will be showing us the joys of creativity and building things with your hands with his multitude of Legos and wonderful personality. Don’t let your kids miss out on this wonderful chance to build with Legos with a true Lego Maniac! 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

Stargazing at Lowell Park w/ Cotuit Library 7/26

Stargazing at Lowell Park w/ Cotuit Library 7/26

July 26, 2017 8:30 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 will be Friday, July 28th at 8:30 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