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Summer Reading Program - UFOs with Don Nardo
Jun
25
3:00 PM15:00

Summer Reading Program - UFOs with Don Nardo

Is there intelligent life beyond Earth? If so, what is it like? And will we ever be able to meet them? These are among the most important questions that humans can ever ask! Join us here at the Cotuit Library as Don Nardo discusses UFOs and life beyond Earth in honor of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

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

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Queer Visual Representations & the Male Gaze with Bruce Childs
Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Queer Visual Representations & the Male Gaze with Bruce Childs

Popular culture has in recent decades represented gay and lesbian lifestyle on television, in movies, and in print media. “Queer visual representations” will survey the phenomenon of the male gaze in art of the western world. Paintings, graphics, and photography precede modern narratives and interpretations of queer American culture, often neglected and misunderstood by those looking in from outside the Queer Perspective. This art history lecture is presented in conjunction with Mr. Childs’ display in the library's gallery space.


This program is free to the public. Registration is appreciated. To register call the Library at 508-362-6636, email sturgisreference@comcast.net, or visit our website: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-male-gaze-an-art-history-talk-with-bruce-childs/

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Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishers and the Birth of the Beach Read
Jul
9
6:30 PM18:30

Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishers and the Birth of the Beach Read

A prominent nineteenth-century preacher branded summer reading as “literary poison in August.” Today, though, the practice is celebrated as lists like O magazine’s “Best Summer Reads” take center stage. Based on the new book, Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading (February 2019), this talk explores the birth of the “beach read” and the practice of summer reading in the nineteenth century, tracing the ways in which readers, authors, and publishing houses came to frame summer reading not as a disreputable indulgence, but as a respectable pastime especially for the woman reader.

Donna Harrington-Lueker is a professor in the Department of English and Communications at Salve Regina University

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-history-of-summer-reading/

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Sturgis Library Presents Three Gardens as Part of Hydrangea Fest 2019
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Sturgis Library Presents Three Gardens as Part of Hydrangea Fest 2019

Barnstable Village Garden Tours. July 13th and 15th, 2019 10 AM—4 PM 
RAIN OR SHINE!
Tickets are $5 per garden, purchased in advance at Sturgis Library (3090 Main Street Rte. 6A) or at the entrance to each garden.  Cash only on tour days.
Don’t forget to visit our Garden Boutique at the 61 Rendezvous Lane property for a great shopping experience.  There will be garden-related items including artwork, pottery, soaps, tabletop planters, jewelry, scarves, decor, and much more!  

Garden Descriptions
Meander Through This Family Property61 Rendezvous Lane, Barnstable VillageParking:  Please park on the house side of street only.Well established gardens surround this charming Cape home and compound belonging to the same family for five generations.Enjoy the sweeping views of the fields and distant bay. View the arbor with climbing roses, the hedges along the property, and a large vegetable garden. Not to be missed is the glorious 57 year old trumpet vine planted by the current owners’ grandparents in 1962.While there are no hydrangeas on the property, the perennial gardens have essentially remained the same since 1929. A family member states, “…the Big House has been long famed for it’s 100 year old roses, now well past that venerable age and still a sight to behold”.  The owners are instructing the roses to be in perfect bloom for your viewing pleasure!Visitors are invited to walk through the yard and down the grass driveway to view additional gardens and views at house #49. The family requests you do not visit the red house at #39 as it is not part of the tour.

Sweeping Vistas
59 Otter Lane, Barnstable VillageParking:  Please park on right side of the circle or on street as space allows.This lovely, newly built seaside home is at the end of a quiet lane in the Cummaquid section of Barnstable. As you enter this beautiful property, notice the stunning specimen of a Bloodgood Japanese maple tree and ornamental shrubs that frame the front of the house. Notice the house details including the Cape Cod cutout!Enter the back yard through the gate on the right. Hydrangeas aplenty surround the property, adding to the glorious views of the bay and marshes and the Keveney Lane bridge.A large stone patio, roses and sea grasses complement this stunning setting.  Words are not necessary to describe the views and serenity of this property.

A Naturalist’s Hidden World
166 Indian Trail, CummaquidParking: Please park in the field opposite the house, on the right side of the street, or in the front part of the circular drive if space allows. A parking attendant will be present for guidance.Hidden behind a trellis banked in climbing hydrangeas is a unique treasure, a garden that is the creation of a loving naturalist and artist.This garden was on the hydrangea tour last year and is brought back by popular demand. The garden plantings and specimens, including but not limited to irises, young hollies, bee balms, Japanese maples, red twig dogwoods, ginkgoes, butterfly bushes, and over 100 varieties of daylillies, are too numerous to list. Fortunately, the owner has meticulously labeled her plantings to help us navigate the setting.Scattered throughout the property are her handcrafted sculptures and benches created from cherry and cedar wood. These objects alone are worth the visit! Additional ceramic pieces from Scargo Pottery and Barnstable Pottery add color as well, as do the whimsical “flowers” found throughout the gardens.Finally, at the rear of the property, one enjoys the tranquil views of Barnstable Harbor and marvels at the sacred space created to honor the history of the area.

URL for more details: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/2019-garden-tours/

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Landscapes for Life: Native Plants and the Nature Connection in Our Gardens
Jul
16
6:30 PM18:30

Landscapes for Life: Native Plants and the Nature Connection in Our Gardens

Did you know your landscape plays an important role in the health of Cape Cod? How we choose to manage our own piece of the Cape makes a difference. Learn why and get some helpful tips on how you can be a better steward of your corner of the world. Presented by Kristin Andres, Director of Education and Outreach at the Association to Preserve Cape Cod.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/on-native-plants-with-apcc/

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An Evening of Poetry with Chen Chen and John Bonanni
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening of Poetry with Chen Chen and John Bonanni

An Evening of Poetry with Chen Chen and John Bonanni

Summary: Join Sturgis Library for a poetry reading and a Q and A with award-winning poets Chen Chen and John Bonanni. A book sale and signing will accompany the event.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/poetry-reading-with-john-bonanni-and-special-guests/.

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The Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke with Andrew Lawler
Jul
24
3:30 PM15:30

The Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke with Andrew Lawler

Andrew Lawler, author of, “The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke,” will join us at Sturgis Library to discuss the mystery surrounding the colony’s disappearance. A visual narrative will accompany the talk. Books will be available for purchase from Titcombs Books. A Q and A / Book signing will follow the discussion.Mr. 

Lawler will cover:
How did the Lost Colony get lost?
Why has the fate of the colony been seen as a mystery?
How is the Lost Colony important to Native American history?
Why are the myths about the settlers, including Virginia Dare, associated with white nationalism?
What likely happened to the colonists?

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-search-for-the-lost-colony-of-roanoke-with-andrew-lawler/

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The Accidental Memoirist; Why I went to Hungary to Research a Relative I Never Knew
Aug
8
1:00 PM13:00

The Accidental Memoirist; Why I went to Hungary to Research a Relative I Never Knew

Acclaimed memoirist Margaret McMullen will be speaking on the process of writing her  recent book “Where the Angels Lived,” discussing the art of nonfiction, how she researched her subject, and other general writing tips. She will also read from her latest work. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-accidental-memoirist-why-i-went-to-hungary-to-research-a-relative-i-never-knew/

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Bronx Jazz: Oral Traditions, Transformations, and Hip Hop
Aug
13
6:30 PM18:30

Bronx Jazz: Oral Traditions, Transformations, and Hip Hop

Whether it’s storytelling, poetry, rap, scatting or singing, it’s of the oral tradition. Stemming from a long line of Mashpee Wampanoag and Caribbean storytellers and oral historians, ZYG 808 and his father, Mwalim bring that tradition into their artistic work as songwriters, playwrights, authors, and poets. Join us for an evening of Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Folklore with “Bronx Jazz”.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/words-between-father-and-son-a-celebration-of-poetry-storytelling-jazz-and-hip-hop/

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The Mooncusser’s Tale:a History of Piracy and Family on Cape Cod
Aug
27
6:30 PM18:30

The Mooncusser’s Tale:a History of Piracy and Family on Cape Cod

What were mooncussers? How did they effect the maritime history of Cape Cod? In this pot-pourri talk, uncover a little of our local history and how a legend  became an award-winning radio play.  The Mooncusser’s Tale, a haunting story of piracy and family conflict in 19th century Wellfleet, was a originally broadcast on WOMR-FM. Selections from the radioplay will be read during the program. This talk will also be accompanied by slides of places which inspired the The Mooncusser’s Tale. The author, Lee Roscoe, will be available for a Q&A after the event.

This program is free to the public.Registration is appreciated.To register call  508-362-6636, email sturgisreference@comcast.net, or online at http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-history-of-mooncussers-with-lee-roscoe/

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Sci-Fi Book Club at the Cotuit Library
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Sci-Fi Book Club at the Cotuit Library

The Cotuit Library Sci-Fi Book Club is meeting once again for some stellar book discussing. This month we will be reading: The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson. Copies will be available for checkout at the library and in ebook form on Libby leading up to the event.

Check out this synopsis of The Clockwork Dynasty and then come to the library and grab your copy:

“Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she is thrown into a hidden world that lurks just under the surface of our own. With her career and her life at stake, June Stefanov will ally with a remarkable traveler who exposes her to a reality she never imagined, as they embark on an around-the-world adventure and discover breathtaking secrets of the past…

Russia, 1725: In the depths of the Kremlin, the tsar’s loyal mechanician brings to life two astonishingly humanlike mechanical beings. Peter and Elena are a brother and sister fallen out of time, possessed with uncanny power, and destined to serve great empires. Struggling to blend into pre-Victorian society, they are pulled into a legendary war that has raged for centuries.

The Clockwork Dynasty seamlessly interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As June plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately determine their survival or extermination. Richly-imagined and heart-pounding, Daniel H. Wilson’s novel expertly draws on his robotics and science background, combining exquisitely drawn characters with visionary technology—and riveting action.”

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

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Sturgis Library's Annual Plant and Garden Sale
Jun
17
9:00 AM09:00

Sturgis Library's Annual Plant and Garden Sale

Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs, Trees, Bulbs, Seeds, Houseplants, Vegetables, Bedding Plants, Seedlings, Books, Tools, Garden Decor, Pots, Vases, Baskets, Birdhouses, Birdfeeders, and More!

Accepting plant donations starting May 18th. Divide your perennials now and pot them up so they’ll be well established. Please label with the name/variety, height, color, size, growing condition, etc. There will be empty pots for you to use for your plant donations next to the building in the back of the library’s parking lot.

We also accept donations of new or gently used garden related-items. These can be dropped off at Sturgis Library during regular library hours in April and May. Please, no glass vases.

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Family Movie - Spider Man: Into the Spider Verse
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Family Movie - Spider Man: Into the Spider Verse

Cotuit Library’s first Family Movie Night of the summer season kicks off with the award winning animated feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Come enjoy some popcorn and a flick with the whole family!

“Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from another dimensions to stop a threat for all realities” (imdb.com). This film is rated PG.

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

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Cape Cod Nights with Christopher Setterlund
Jun
10
5:30 PM17:30

Cape Cod Nights with Christopher Setterlund

Sturgis Library Presents:
Cape Cod Nights: an Evening with Christopher Setterlund
June 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a reception with live music, appetizers, cocktails, wine, and soft drinks beginning at 5:30 PM. Starting at 6:30 PM, Christopher Setterlund will discuss the history of Cape Cod nightlife, beginning with the Smith Tavern on Great Island in the 17th century, and taking us to the places still thriving today.

Tickets are $10 per person.
Seating is limited — we advise you to purchase tickets well in advance.
Call 508-362-6636 or purchase tickets at the circulation desk.

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Cotuit Library Golf Tournament
Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

Cotuit Library Golf Tournament

Join us June 10 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 Golf Club. 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, silent auction, 50/50 putting contest, and prizes
4-person, traditional scramble with men’s, women’s and senior tees.

Call 508-428-8141 to sign up or be a Tee-Sponsor

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Stargazing at Lowell Park
Jun
7
8:30 PM20:30

Stargazing at Lowell Park

Join the folks from Cotuit Library as we turn our gazes skyward towards the stars at Cotuit’s own Lowell Park! 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 a mind full of wonder (although all telescopes will be welcome). 

The rain date for this event is Sunday, June 9th @ 8:30 PM.

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

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Plant-Bake-Treasure Sale at Freedom Hall in Cotuit
May
25
8:30 AM08:30

Plant-Bake-Treasure Sale at Freedom Hall in Cotuit

Shop with the Friends of Cotuit Library and join the fun! Wonderful plants, herbs and flowers. Fantastic baked goods. Gently-used household & garden items, treasures & collectibles.

If you can donate bring your items to Freedom Hall either
Friday, May 24th 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM or
Saturday, May 25th 7:30 – 8:30 AM

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The Lost Secrets of the Farming Cultures
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

The Lost Secrets of the Farming Cultures

Award-winning journalist Ben Gagnon combines new scientific evidence with myth and folklore to explore a lost chapter of ancient history – a time when migratory birds were perceived as divine agents of the sun, delivering exotic seeds in the spring and guiding souls through the afterlife in fall and winter.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or fill out the form online at: http://www.sturgislibrary.org/event2/the-lost-secrets-of-ancient-farming-cultures/

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Board Game Night at the Cotuit Library
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Board Game Night at the Cotuit Library

Table Tops are taking over the Library for an evening of gaming fun! We’ll have a variety of boards games for any and all to play with, ranging from classics like chess, mancala, and Yahtzee, to more in depth games like Dominion, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan and more. We’ll also have some refreshments to enjoy while we game away, so don’t miss out on this fun, free event!

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

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My Birdseed Brings All The Birds to the Yard: Attracting Native Birds on Cape Cod
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

My Birdseed Brings All The Birds to the Yard: Attracting Native Birds on Cape Cod

What does it takes to attract your favorite backyard birds? Stephanie Ellis, Executive Director of Wild Care, a nonprofit wildlife hospital dedicated to the rescue and release of injured and orphaned wildlife, will tell you. From native plants, to nest boxes, to birdseed, Stephanie will provide info for attracting a variety of birds to your yard throughout the year. She’ll also cover “what to do” if you find a baby bird, or if a bird strikes your window, and will provide tips on how we can better co-exist with our feathered neighbors. Stephanie will also bring special guest, “Nickerson” Wild Care’s educational Eastern Screech Owl.

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Stargazing at Lowell Park in Cotuit
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

Stargazing at Lowell Park in Cotuit

Join the folks from Cotuit Library as we turn our gazes skyward towards the stars at Cotuit’s own Lowell Park! 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 a mind full of wonder! (although all telescopes will be welcome!). 

The rain date for this event is Friday, May 10th @ 8:00 PM.

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Star Wars Day Movie Marathon
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Star Wars Day Movie Marathon

May the 4th is Star Wars Day, and Cotuit Library is celebrating by having a movie marathon! We will be viewing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi back to back from open to close. So come on in, grab some popcorn, and enjoy some Star Wars with us. Oh, and May the Fourth be with you.

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

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