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Summer, 2007 Happy 140th Birthday, Sturgis Library! SUNDAY, July 8th, 2007 5 pm to 8 pm Join friends, neighbors, staff, Trustees, and volunteers for a lively 140th Birthday celebration. Our gala outdoor celebration will feature a live band, dancing, great food and drink, a live auction, children's activities and more. Area eateries and local chefs will be providing appetizers, sandwiches, hot dogs, birthday cake, wine, soft drinks and Cape Cod Beer. Local treasures, services and adventures will be auctioned off. Fun for the whole family! A sneak preview of auction items: A literary-themed birthday party for 10 (children or adults) at the Sturgis Library, hosted by library staff and Trustees; all refreshments and goodies included A private Haunted Barnstable Tour for you and your friends led by the investigators at the Cape & Islands Paranormal Research Society with CAIPRS T-shirt and book A selection of collectible and antiquarian books on Barnstable and Cape Cod Handcrafted wooden corner cupboard with glass doors by Dan Santos Be a Guest Columnist” with photo and byline in an issue of the Barnstable Patrio t newspaper And more fun stuff! Tickets for this event are $25 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Sturgis Library 3090 Main Street (Route 6A) Barnstable Village For more information, to purchase tickets, or to donate an auction item or food, please contact us at (508) 362-6636 or via email at [email protected] Visit our website at www.sturgislibrary.org
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  • Summer, 2007

    Happy 140th Birthday, Sturgis Library!

    SUNDAY, July 8th, 2007 5 pm to 8 pm

    Join friends, neighbors, staff, Trustees, and volunteers for a lively 140th Birthday celebration. Our gala outdoor celebration will feature a live band, dancing, great food and drink, a live auction, children's activities and more. Area eateries and local chefs will be providing appetizers, sandwiches, hot dogs, birthday cake, wine, soft drinks and Cape Cod Beer. Local treasures, services and adventures will be auctioned off. Fun for the whole family!

    A sneak preview of auction items:

    • A literary-themed birthday party for 10 (children or adults) at the Sturgis Library, hosted by library staff and Trustees; all refreshments and goodies included

    • A private Haunted Barnstable Tour for you and your friends led by the investigators at the Cape & Islands Paranormal Research Society with CAIPRS T-shirt and book

    • A selection of collectible and antiquarian books on Barnstable and Cape Cod • Handcrafted wooden corner cupboard with glass doors by Dan Santos • “Be a Guest Columnist” with photo and byline in an issue of the Barnstable Patriot newspaper • And more fun stuff!

    Tickets for this event are $25 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

    Sturgis Library 3090 Main Street (Route 6A) Barnstable Village

    For more information, to purchase tickets, or to donate an auction item or food, please contact us at (508) 362-6636 or via email at [email protected]

    Visit our website at www.sturgislibrary.org

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    ANNUAL BOOK, PLANT & BAKE SALE SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 10:00 A.M. 2:00 P.M.

    Do You Have Plants to Donate to the Plant Sale? • Please try and pot them at least two weeks prior to the sale. • 4” or larger pots display plants the best. • When writing the labels, please use the Latin name and the com-mon name (if you know both), planting information (sun/shade), and size at maturity. • Potted plants can be delivered to the Library on Thursday, May 31st and Friday, June 1st.

    BOOK SALE • Antiquarian Books • Books for Adults and YAs • Fiction and nonfiction • Children's Books

    • Videos • Paperbacks—fill-a-bag for $2.00 • Hardcover books—fill-a-bag for

    $5.00 • Lots of cookbooks this year; great

    for the collector or to give as gifts!

    BAKE SALE Sponsored by the “Grubs,” a local group of women who support the library with donations of flowers and plants. Please support the Grubs and the Library by donating baked goods or buying goodies on the day of the sale. Donated items may be dropped off at the library between 10-5 on Friday, June 1st or after 9am on the morning of Saturday, June 2nd.

    Sturgis Library Yard Sale June 30th, 2007 10 AM to 3 PM Don’t forget the library when you do your spring cleaning! Clean out your attic, garage and basement, and donate your old housewares, furniture, antiques and collectibles to us! Yard Sale donations will be accepted starting June 1, 2007. No clothing, tires or broken electronics, please. You can also participate by renting a space for your own sale table. Rental fee for a 10 x 10 space is $25. You supply your own table and tent and keep all the proceeds. In case of rain, this event will move indoors. For more information contact us at (508) 362-6636 or via email at [email protected]

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    Friends of the Sturgis Library The Friends held their annual meeting and luncheon on May 9th. It was a perfect Spring day—the sun was shining, flowers were in bloom and 47 attendees enjoyed a delightful lobster roll lunch. Roy Hammer, outgoing President of the Friends, highlighted the contributions made by the Friends to Sturgis Library during the year, thanked the outgoing Board members for their service and presented the slate of officers for 2007-08:

    • President Margaret Housman • Vice-President Nadeane Carlisle • Treasurer Roy Hammer • Secretary Sarah Magruder

    Exciting plans are underway for the coming year and I feel very privileged to work with such a devoted group of volunteers. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Margaret Housman (508) 362-9547 or fill in a volunteer form available at the library. In 2006-07, the Friends donated over $12,000 to the Library. Our funds come primarily from our used book sales, June Book, Plant and Bake Sale and annual membership dues. Friends annual membership is $15.00 per household for July 1-June 30. We appreciate your continued support and welcome new members to join us at any time throughout the year. Renewal forms will be mailed in September. Enjoy the summer! Margaret Houseman President of the Friends

    Funded by Friends in FY 2007

    • Monthly programs • Storm windows • Shutters • Museum Passes • Newsletter (1) printing and mailing • “Book Pages” - a monthly periodical • Tree house dollhouse for children’s room • Wireless CD player for kids

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    FROM THE ARCHIVES: HENRY CROCKER KITTREDGE (1890 – 1967)

    By Steve Farrar, Sturgis Library Archivist

    F orty years ago this past February marked the anniversary of Henry Crocker Kittredge’s passing. While many people know him as a local author, he was also a scholar of Latin and a Trustee of Sturgis Library. He returned every summer to his Pine Lane house near to the homestead where he spent many an enjoyable summer as a child. Henry was born in Cambridge, Mass. on January 4, 1890 to parents George Lyman Kittredge and Frances Evelyn Gordon. He attended the No-ble & Greenough School in Boston and Harvard from 1908 – 1912. After graduating from Harvard he taught for four years at the Adirondack-Florida School, and then spent the next 38 years teaching at St Paul’s School in New Hampshire. He would take a break from teaching during WWI when he was commissioned as a lieutenant and sent to France. After the War he resumed his du-ties as a teacher in New Hampshire and would eventually become the headmaster of the school. He had married Gertrude Livingstone before he went off to Europe and upon his return they both settled into many happy years at St. Paul’s until his retirement in 1954. Throughout his life, Henry spent as many summers in Barnstable as possible. His early days here were spent beachcombing the shoreline, gathering native artifacts and learning about local history. At the age of thirteen he started a diary that he faithfully kept for fourteen years. The diary would reflect the surroundings and life of a young school boy, a Harvard undergraduate and show the steady perfection of his writing skills. Henry’s interest in Cape Cod history became public when he delivered a speech at the Colonial Courthouse in Barnstable about the American Revolution and its effect on the Cape. A year later year later he would publish “The Merchant Marine of Cape Cod,” in the Harvard Graduates Magazine. Over the next decade he published Cape Cod: Its People and Their History (1930); Shipmasters of Cape Cod (1935) and Mooncussers of Cape Cod (1937). He would later work on a fourth book that was never published. When Henry retired from St Paul’s his successor offered him the opportunity to write the annual report to which he replied, “My boy, while you’re writing that report, I’ll be digging clams at Barnstable.” Although he planned on leading a sedate life he quickly found that his unique talents were in demand by a number of organizations and clubs. In short time he found himself a member of the Barnstable Historical Society, Trustee of Sturgis Library, President of the West Parish Memorial Foundation, Warden of St Mary’s Church, a member of the finance committee for the Town of Barnstable, the Cape Cod Association of Boston and New York, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and more. In 1972 Gertrude donated Henry’s collected work, complete with diaries, photographs and research notes, to Sturgis Library. This would later become the Library’s first numbered collection in its archives which has now grown to include 70 separate collections.

    Visit our Archives www/sturgislibrary.org/resources/special/archives/index.php

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    “Hmm,” said Jon aloud after giving his backpack a toss on the couch after school. “What should I do? I can slay a dragon on my new Eragon arcade game, watch Spiderman 3 on DVD, or…” “Go to the library and get a good book?” inter-rupted Jon’s mom. “Yeah, right. . .” Jon sniggered under his breath. “And why don’t I go get a couple of teeth pulled at the den-tist while I’m at it. . .” Let’s face the facts, folks. The child’s world has changed since we were kids. Technology has invaded all aspects of the child’s world. How is a simple library possibly going to compete for a child’s favor, especially after a stress filled, test driven, pressurized day at school?

    FLASHBACK When I was a lad, growing up in the fifties, the library was a land of enchantment and thanks to our library, books were one form of entertainment we could afford (as in free). Now mind you, I couldn’t read the books I checked out, as I was fairly dyslexic at the time. Mom would read the words while I poured over the illustrations. But, oh, how those books inspired me, turning a dull day into an exciting adventure. Some books became favorites, checked out and renewed again and again. I remember to this day one book in which a boy, having no one to play with, sculpted from mud a set of farm animals that came to life! When I was young there was no television in my home. There was no video game console either, nor were there DVDs or video tapes to fill in some of the boring hours. No, back then it was a rare occasion when Dad took us to the cinema. It was considered a luxurious gift. I remember the titles of all the movies I saw at that theater. So given these “deprivations” (which they certainly were not) a good book was my ticket out of my rather humdrum neighborhood. It might seem today’s youth do not NEED the library as much as I did as a boy. Why run to the library to research the life and times of Abe Lincoln when you can Google it from your own home? Today’s IPod, XBox, Instant Message, megapixel world surely makes a library (at first glance) look like a mausoleum! The challenge of today’s library is to find new ways of making a library appealing to young people. It need not compete with the high tech world, but it does need to support it and complement it in ways that make accessing information, communicating with others and fostering one’s creativity FUN! To do this the library cannot simply be

    collections of shelved books and rooms of whispering voices only. Today’s library has the responsibility to help parents prepare their preschooler for kindergarten. The bar has been raised on what a five year-old should know before entering school. (More on this in future newsletters.) The library has the task of providing young adults a safe and interesting setting for joyful interactions, support for school studies, information about health and social issues they confront in their lives and quality literature and periodicals that will nourish their interests or help direct them towards careers. A library can be a place for some young people to simply come to daydream, relax from the pressures of today’s world. The library has the responsibility of providing younger and older children with honest, current information related to topics about which they are concerned. This information can be provided in many forms in today’s library. Books of course, but also offered via computers, films, music CD’s, workshops, quality periodicals and newspapers, blogging, excursions and open chat forums. Today’s library should also provide young children the opportunity to enjoy the blue skies. Right now I’m drafting a proposal for a Discovery Garden at Sturgis. No, not a flower or vegetable garden, but a fenced in outdoor space in which children can discover and invent, using natural materials and the learning resources of our indoor library. Today’s child is kept inside far too many hours a day. (Note: This topic will be my focus in our next newsletter and will be entitled, “Blue Skies for Today’s Library Kids”) Making the changes in the environment and programs to lure today’s youngster away from the computer or television monitor is essential if tomorrow’s library is to survive and remain an essential community institution. We at Sturgis are aware of the restraints of our space regarding young people, and will make it one of our top priorities to create a better and even more exciting environment for Barnstable’s youth. With the right ingredients, going to the library after school might be first in a list of options a child might consider doing after school. Finding those ingredients is my goal and mission as children’s librarian. Thanks to all who support our efforts, whether it be through donations, volunteer time or simply tolerating the hum of sound generated by happy children who have chosen to make Sturgis a second home.

    KIDS AND THE LIBRARY by Tim Johnson, Youth Services Librarian

    Making the changes in the environment and programs to lure today’s youngster away from the computer or televi-sion monitor is essential if tomorrow’s library is to survive and remain an essential community institution.

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    FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK

    W e were so pleased to have the opportunity to share a meal with patrons, friends, and neighbors at our second annual Come Dine With Us! Library Trustee Dinner, which was held at the Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern this year. We would like to extend our thanks to Susan Feingold, Bob Calderone and the staff of the Tavern for great

    service and a wonderful dinner. Thanks also to Kat-a-Lilies for donating a plant for our raffle. Most importantly, our sincere thanks to those who purchased tickets to the dinner, as well as those who made additional donations. All told, the dinner raised nearly $6,000 for library projects, including shutters for the original library building, supporting children’s services, purchasing archival supplies, and sponsoring this newsletter.

    T he Sturgis Library has undertaken a project to digitize the first 100 years of the Barnstable Patriot newspaper, funded in part by a federal LSTA grant. The Patriot is an important historic newspaper covering the town of Barnstable and Cape Cod. The first issue was printed on June 26, 1830, making it the oldest continuous uninterrupted publication in Barnstable County. It is the seventh-oldest newspaper in New England. The newspaper is an essential resource for researchers, and is heavily used by genealogists, maritime researchers, historians, authors, and others. The Sturgis Library owns one of the only complete sets of all issues of the Patriot, both in print and on microfilm. This digitization project will allow us to offer 24/7 online access to the newspaper for researchers at home and in the library, and will give researchers keyword access to the early editions of the newspaper for the first time. We wish to extend our thanks to the Town of Barnstable’s Community Preservation Committee and Town Council for approving matching funding for the federal grant. The Library is in the process of seeking addi-tional matching funding to digitize additional years. Anyone interested in supporting this project can contact me at (508) 362-8448 or [email protected]

    D on’t miss the opportunity to purchase a copy of the newly published book Heart of the Community: Libraries We Love. The book features over 80 libraries, including the Sturgis Library. From the

    Atlantic to the Pacific, from Camden Public Library in Maine to the Loussac Public Library in Alaska, libraries are the heart of our communities. This wondrous collection of stories and photographs includes libraries chosen from hundreds of nominations from across the United States and Canada. Purchase your copy at the circulation desk at a 30% discount -- only $35.00 each.

    F inally, check out our new Sturgis Reads! blog, where staff and library patrons can discuss their favorite titles and share information about books, reading, literature, and more. You can access the blog at http://sturgisreads.blogspot.com.

    Lucy Loomis, Library Director

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    STURGIS LIBRARY TRIP RAFFLE

    Tour for Two Madrid & Barcelona Spain

    THREE NIGHTS IN EACH CITY

    TICKETS ARE $100.00 EACH OR 2 TICKETS FOR $175.00 Drawing & Open House ~~ Sunday, November 4th, 2007 ~~ 3-5 PM

    Prize includes the following amenities for two people in April or May of 2008:

    transportation from the Cape to Logan Airport; roundtrip airfare plus first class rail transportation between the cities; 3 nights in each city at a

    first-class hotel plus breakfast; hotel-to-airport transportation in both cities; and private 3-hour walking tour with guides in both cities.

    Winner is responsible for any state and federal taxes associated with this prize (a $5,000 value).

    ONLY 300 TICKETS BEING SOLD Special thanks to Northside Travel & Cape Destinations for providing

    travel services and airport transportation

    LEARN TO KNIT Beginning knitting

    lessons for ages 8 to 80

    5 week session

    Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:30 July 10—August 7

    Sturgis Library Instructor: Didi McKimmey

    Pick a project: American Girl doll scarf or poncho

    Adult scarf or hats for baby children or adult

    Call or drop by Sturgis Library to register and obtain materials list

    508-362-6636

    New Magazines Subscriptions FOR ADULTS • Mother Jones • Orion • Wonder Time (Parenting) • The Advocate • Soundings • Anglers Guide to New England FOR KIDS • Highlights High Five • Kids Discover

    Magazine • Muse • Click • Ask • Spider

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    Summer Diversions ~~ Recommended Books & Movies

    The Teahouse Fire by Avery Ellis The Amazing Book of Mazes by Adrian Fisher

    Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther Too Far From Home: Life & Death in Space by Chris Jones

    The Keep by Jennifer Egan The Deserter’s Tale by Joshua Key

    Eve Green by Susan Fletcher Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott

    Liars Diary by Francis Patry Sweetbitter Love: Poems by Sappho

    Dinner with Anna Karenina by Gloria Goldreich 1001 Gardens to See Before You Die by Rae Spencer Jones

    The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart

    Lizard’s Bite by David Hewson

    Lone Creek by Neil McMahon Blue Butterfly

    Rug Merchant by Meg Mullins Eragon

    Astrid & Veronika by Linda Olsson The Last King of Scotland

    The Echo Maker by Richard Powers My Father the Genius

    Gray Ghost by William Tapply The Rector’s Wife

    Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida Who Killed the Electric Car?

    Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney MOVIES

    FICTION & MYSTERY NON-FICTION

    Summer Reading: It’s a Family Affair!

    July & August—We’ll be offering several reading incentive programs for young readers.

    Catch the Beat—Program for elementary aged students. Emphasis will be upon families reading together.

    “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” - For older readers we will celebrate the publication of the last in the Harry Potter Series.

    A recent Cobb Grant has permitted the Children’s

    Librarian to order many of the books on the Barnstable School’s summer reading list. Titles ordered include all of those listed as most popular. Many of these titles will be available in CD audio book format.

    For details on our summer programs come in to the library in June and ask for our flyer on children’s programs flyer.

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    VOLUNTEER BREAKFAST On June 12, 2007, the library staff and Trustees will honor our dedicated group of volunteers with our annual Volunteer Breakfast. We are fortunate to have 31 enthusiastic, energetic women and men who give their time to us each week and perform such tasks as shelving library materials, covering and processing new material for circulation and keeping the shelves in order. We’re enormously grateful to them for all their hard work.

    Ida Bailey Susan Bloom Esther Camelio Nadeane Carlisle Kathy Charboneau Mary Ann Donovan Michael Donovan Edith Eastman Marilyn Fuller Sue Handy Anne Hazard Mary Jane Hill Marilyn Kelley Jean Kelly Marie Ann LaBrie

    Jennifer Lee Kalie Marion Didi McKimmey Sam Noland Joyce Paradis Beverly & Robert Parke Lilla Robinson Shirley Stolte Nicole Swanson Bunny Thompson Dallas Vaughn Ruth Wynkoop Kaitlin Zelman Joan Zhang

    VOLUNTEERS FOR 2007

    Ask for These at the Circulation Desk STURGIS LIBRARY MAGNETS AND KEYCHAIN CARDS

    A History of the Cape Playhouse A Talk by Evans Haile

    Tuesday June 5th, 7 pm

    Haile, Artistic Director of the historic Cape Playhouse since the 2000 season, has been the producer and host of over 30 National Public Radio Specials, including his series The Toast of the Town, emanating from world famous Sardi’s Restaurant and reaching over 200 stations nationwide. Celebrating more than 80 seasons, the Cape Playhouse is proud to be America's Oldest Professional Summer Theatre. Haile will share the history of the playhouse, anecdotes of the many actors who have performed there and will explain what goes on behind the scenes and how that has changed over the years.

  • Calendar of Events and Programs

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    Sturgis Library

    HOURS

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Tuesday 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Saturday

    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Sunday Closed

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    Email: [email protected]

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    June 2, 10 am—2 pm Friends Book, Bake & Plant Sale June 5, 7 pm A History of the Cape Playhouse, a talk by Evans Haile June 30, 10 am—4 pm Art in the Village—Children’s activities at the Library Yard Sale at the Library

    July 4 CLOSED TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY July 8, 5-8 pm 140th Anniversary Gala Lawn Party July & August Children’s Programs—details available in June. September 3 CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY

    For more information, call the Library at 362-6636