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

Coloring Group ages 5 and up Tuesdays

Coloring Group ages 5 and up Tuesdays

May 29, 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

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

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

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

May 30, 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

Let's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures with Cheryl Osimo 6/4

Let's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures with Cheryl Osimo 6/4

June 4, 2018 1:30 pm

The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research, advocacy and changes to public policy.
This talk, given by Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director of MBCC and Co Founder of Silent Spring Institute, will cover:
-Environmental exposures, chemicals of concern and their potential health impact
-The importance of reducing toxic exposures which has implications for reducing the burden and cost of all environmentally-linked diseases, including breast cancer
-Time for sharing by participants on how breast cancer and other cancers has affected them or someone they know and how it has impacted their lives

Ms. Osimo has been a devoted breast cancer activist and advocate since 1991 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41. She joined the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) because of the organization’s commitment to telling the truth about breast cancer, and served as a MBCC Board member from 1992-2003. Ms. Osimo is one of the founders of Silent Spring Institute, an independent environmental research institution founded by the MBCC, and is also the Cape Cod Coordinator for the Institute. She has been a catalyst in raising public awareness of the possible environmental links to breast cancer on Cape Cod and a strong advocate for the Cape Cod Breast Cancer and the Environment Study. Her commitment to this study is a result of her belief that the findings will benefit women not only on the Cape, but worldwide.

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

 

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

Film: Decoding Annie Parker 6/6

Film: Decoding Annie Parker 6/6

June 6, 2018 3:00 pm

For Breast Cancer Awareness month, on top of our talk from the MBCC, Cotuit Library will be presenting the movie Decoding Annie Parker:

“Based on true events, Decoding Annie Parker is the incredible, heartwarming story of how the paths of cancer survivor Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) and geneticist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) intersect. With grace and humor, the film chronicles how these two remarkable women make one of the most important genetic discoveries of the twentieth century.”

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

 

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

Film and Discussion: Living While Dying 6/8

Film and Discussion: Living While Dying 6/8

June 8, 2018 2:00 pm

“Death kept showing up,” says filmmaker Cathy Zheutlin. “So I picked up a camera to document my friends with terminal illnesses, and sought the advice of a death walker and Aboriginal elder in Australia. Now death prompts my conversations with my beloved 91-year-old mom, regarding her wishes at the end of life.” The film, Living While Dying is a wholehearted look at vulnerability and courage as baby boomers reclaim conscious dying. Join filmmaker Cathy Zheutlin this afternoon for a 45-minute documentary film screening, a personal journey alongside four of her friends with terminal illnesses, followed by a candid conversation about facing our mortality.

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 Mini Jazz Festival 6/9-10

Royston Nash Mini Jazz Festival 6/9-10

June 9, 2018 4:30 pm

Saturday, June 9th, 4:30 - 5:30 PM: Lee Donais Duo - Cape Cod jazz pianist and vocalist Lee Donais steps up to the mic to give us some fabulous jazz music. Lee Donais may be the only industry member who played piano (as part of the Navy Band) for three United States Presidents: Johnson, Nixon and Ford.  After his career with the Navy Band, Lee was hired by Gordon Keller to help run His string of piano stores on the east coast.  Lee moved to Florida and worked with former NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) President Chuck Hale for eight years.  Lee’s business knowledge along with the fact that he is a musician not only led to his partnership with Gordon Keller but also success as a strong supporter within the industry, including as a member of the NAMM Board of Directors.

Sunday, June 10th 4:00 - 5:00 PM: Kareem Sanjaghi Latin/Jazz Band - Drummer Kareem Sanjaghi, known for his 10-year association with trumpeter Lou Colombo and with his grandfather, pianist Bob Hayes, leads this exciting Latin/jazz quartet performing selections from the Great American Songbook. Featuring: Gary Gross (guitar), Fred Boyle (piano), Rich Hill (bass), & Kareem Sanjaghi (drums).

5:30 - 6:30 PM: The Wicked Trio - Reminiscent of the guitar/bass/drums blues-based power trios of the 1960s, but with jazzy sophistication and a broad dynamic range. Classic blues favorites, some British Invasion, upbeat jazz, originals and a few surprises. Featuring: Bert Jackson (guitar & vocals), Paul Lesniak (sax), Scott LaRiviere (bass), & Kareem Sanjaghi (drums).

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 Mini Jazz Festival 6/10

Royston Nash Mini Jazz Festival 6/10

June 10, 2018 11:09 am

Sunday, June 10th 4:00 - 5:00 PM: Kareem Sanjaghi Latin/Jazz Band - Drummer Kareem Sanjaghi, known for his 10-year association with trumpeter Lou Colombo and with his grandfather, pianist Bob Hayes, leads this exciting Latin/jazz quartet performing selections from the Great American Songbook. Featuring: Gary Gross (guitar), Fred Boyle (piano), Rich Hill (bass), & Kareem Sanjaghi (drums).

5:30 - 6:30 PM: The Wicked Trio - Reminiscent of the guitar/bass/drums blues-based power trios of the 1960s, but with jazzy sophistication and a broad dynamic range. Classic blues favorites, some British Invasion, upbeat jazz, originals and a few surprises. Featuring: Bert Jackson (guitar & vocals), Paul Lesniak (sax), Scott LaRiviere (bass), & Kareem Sanjaghi (drums).

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

 

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

Cotuit Library Golf Tournament 6/11

Cotuit Library Golf Tournament 6/11

June 11, 2018 1:00 pm

Join us June 11 for our annual outstanding golf event. The Cotuit Library must raise about $100,000 each year to keep this great community resource functioning. The golf tournament is one of our major fundraisers. We look forward to seeing you at Wianno. Reserve your space now. You can also support the library as a tee sponsor or by donating items to the raffle.

$150 per golfer
$600 per foursome
Includes light lunch, cart, golf, hors d’oeuvres, and prizes
4-person, traditional scramble with men’s, women’s and senior tees.

 

Location: Wianno Golf Club, 389 Parker Road, Osterville, MA 02655

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

Stargazing at Lowell Park 6/15

Stargazing at Lowell Park 6/15

June 15, 2018 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 mind full of wonderment! (although all telescopes will be welcome!).

The rain date for this event is Monday, June 18th @ 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

Pajama Story Night at the Hyannis Public Library 6/19

Pajama Story Night at the Hyannis Public Library 6/19

June 19, 2018 4:00 pm

Dress in pajamas…come hear a story and do an activity.
Free books.
Tuesday, June 19   5-6 PM
Please register for this event by either calling 508-7756240 ext. 512
Funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and by Cape Cod Child Development

 

Location: 401 Main St., Hyannis

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

Library FaceBook Class 6/27

Library FaceBook Class 6/27

June 27, 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 basic know-how’s of the social media giant, FaceBook. 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: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

Family Movie - My Little Pony: The Movie 6/27

Family Movie - My Little Pony: The Movie 6/27

June 27, 2018 7:00 pm

Come down to Cotuit Library as we do our first family movie of the summer, My Little Pony: The Movie:

“After a dark force conquers Canterlot, the Mane 6 embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their homeland.” (imdb.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