FY2017 was a great year for Sturgis Library! We celebrated 150 years as a public library serving the needs of our community. Many different events were held, including a celebration of William Sturgis’ birthday; talks by historian Jack Sheedy, author Robert Finch, archaeologist Craig Chartier,  Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Greg Williams, and Christopher Setterlund; a photo walk with photographer Steve Heaslip; and much more. The celebration ended with a gala gathering and auction in August.

The Preservation Fund was conceived to honor Sturgis’ 150 years and we have been thrilled with the financial support the fund has received. Monies donated to the Preservation Fund will be used to preserve our historic building and special collections.

We thank our many friends and patrons who supported us and who continue to support our Library with their volunteer hours and in-kind and cash donations.

Looking to 2018 we see changes to our surroundings (have you seen our newly painted entry?), new programs, and new patrons. We continue to raise funds to support the programs you have requested. The Library is partnering with our business neighbors in a venture to ensure that such programs and changes continue, to benefit our patrons. We remain a vital community resource.

Thank you again. We are most grateful for your continued support.

Jeanie Hill, President, Board of Trustees
Suzy Genest, Chair, Development Committee


As you may know, Sturgis Library is an independent nonprofit public library and research archive, not a Town department.  We receive only 40% of our funding from the Town of Barnstable, and must raise 60% of our funds through donations, grants, event proceeds, book shop sales, and other nonmunicipal sources.

Our donors give to the library in many ways:

If you are interested in supporting Sturgis Library, please contact Library Director Lucy Loomis for more information.  You can reach her at 508-362-8448 or via email at sturgislibrary@comcast.net.


Statistical Overview for FY17

  • Number of items in the library’s collection:  60,814
  • Materials checked out of the library:  71,010
  • Visitors to the library:  60,779
  • Attendance at library programs: 4,965

Major Accomplishments & Projects

  • Sturgis Library celebrated 150 years of Library service to the community in 2017. Sturgis Library is housed in a building which was constructed in 1644 as a meetinghouse and home for the Rev. John Lothrop and his family.  One of Reverend Lothrop’s descendants was William Sturgis, who was born in the house in the late 1700s, and went on to become a successful sea captain and merchant.  The home was sold in the early 1800s, and before his death in 1863 Sturgis purchased the building and left it to the community to be used as a public library.  It opened its doors in August of 1867.  From February through August of 2017 the Library celebrated the 150th anniversary with a series of events and programs celebrating reading, history, the arts, and the humanities.  The celebration culminated with a gala anniversary party in August and an auction featuring items made from wood from old 1920s era library bookshelves.  Proceeds from the auction benefited the newly established Preservation Fund, which will be used to preserve the library’s building and special collections.
  • Sturgis Library participated in the July 2016 Cape-wide Hydrangea Festival by partnering with 5 local homeowners to showcase their beautiful gardens and property to raise money for library programs and services. In addition to the garden tours, the Library held a drawing for a collection of birdhouses hand painted by Trustee Liz Ferretti to resemble buildings and structures in and around Barnstable Village.
  • The Library began offering notary services to the public free of charge.
  • Kelly Adair and her daughters Livia and Maggie designed and decorated a new dollhouse for the Children’s Room.
  • Sturgis Library featured numerous local authors in their Meet the Author Saturday Book Signings in the Book Shop.
  • The Karras family generously donated funds to build an attractive fence on the side of the Library, which will help to provide a safe enclosed space for outdoor children’s programs on the side lawn.
  • Trustee Emeritus Joanne Lyman donated a first edition copy of Herman Melville’s book Moby Dick to the Library’s special collections. Herman Melville was married to the sister of one of the first Trustees of the Library, Lemuel Shaw, Jr.
  • Sturgis Library was chosen as one of the organizations on Cape Cod to receive volunteer assistance in a Day of Service offered by members of New England Archivists. Six volunteer archivists participated in the day of service, and worked on preserving the Library’s collection of gravestone rubbings and transcribing historic deeds for the Library’s online deed index and archive.
  • The Library held their second Whale of an (Online) Auction, which offered dozens of high-quality donated items to bidders from around the country. Other major fundraising events included the annual Library Dinner at the Cummaquid Golf Club, a jewelry sale, plant and garden sale, holiday ornament and décor sale, a special Great Books history and literature book sale, and several other fundraising events.   Sturgis Library must raise 60% of its funding each year from private donations, events, and other fundraising activities.
  • The Library sponsored over 200 programs, exhibits, and events for adults, young adults, and children, including lectures, music and craft programs, art workshops, the Armchair Traveler series, Lego Club, Pokémon Club, and other well-attended programs and events. Together with the six other Barnstable village libraries, the Library participated in the annual collaborative Summer Reading Program.
  • The Library said goodbye to retiring staff member Marcella Curry.
  • The Library said goodbye to Board members Tom Prince and John Ehret, and welcomed new Board member Paula King.
  • Sturgis Library is grateful to its hardworking staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers, and most of all its library patrons and visitors, who support us throughout the year. The success of the Sturgis Library is due to the people who enter its doors – to visit, to sit and read, do research, check out library materials, attend events, or to share a part of themselves with us.  Many, many thanks.

Special Support

In addition to the Annual Fund donors listed in the next section of our annual report, Sturgis Library has received support from individuals, businesses, organizations, grantors, and others for a variety of needs throughout FY2017. With the help of these special donors we were able to purchase books, ebooks, and audiobooks to support the Barnstable Public Schools’ Summer Reading program, and to fund a collaborative newspaper digitization project which we are undertaking in partnership with the Dennis and Yarmouth libraries.

Sturgis Library received grants from the following in FY2017:

  • The Enoch Cobb Trust, for the purchase of materials for children and young adults
  • The Town of Barnstable’s Kirkman Trust Fund, for purchase of e-books, computers, books
  • The Barnstable Community Preservation Committee, for support for our newspaper digitization project

The following people and organizations made memorial or honorary donations, adopted museum passes, made donations to the Preservation Fund, gave to our Online Auction, or donated a vehicle to our Vehicle Donation Program in FY2017:

  • Adams, Marguerite
  • Angulo, Mary
  • Anonymous
  • Asselin, Nancy and Nicole
  • Austin, Gary and Noelle
  • Austin, Paul and Violet
  • Austin, Robert and Joyce
  • Babcock, Susan
  • Baker, Benjamin and Deborah
  • Baker, Talbot
  • Ball, Robert
  • Barron, Melanie
  • Bearse, Carrie
  • Bearse, Scott
  • Benson, Kathleen
  • Berry, Robert
  • Blanchard, Lewis
  • Boocock, Roger and Helen
  • Book Club No. 1 Of The Hyannis Yacht Club
  • Brazelton, T. Berry
  • Bucell, Michael
  • Campbell, Colin and Scroggins, Deborah
  • Catania Hospitality Group
  • Claus, Cynthia
  • Claus, Eleanor
  • Conlin, Christopher F
  • Conway, Lisa and Gary
  • Curtis, Jonathan
  • Dahlstromm, Frank and Shawn
  • Dangelo, Michele and Jim
  • Dirkmaat, John
  • Dusseault, Robert and Barbara
  • Edmonds, Janet
  • Efstathiou, Andrew and Elaine
  • Ehret, John and Christine
  • Famigliette, Lori
  • Ferretti, Elizabeth B.
  • Field, Maeve
  • Field, Virginia
  • Fitzgerald, Paul and Bunny
  • Freeman, Harold
  • Galvin, Grace M
  • Genest, Jack and Suzy
  • Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company
  • Hadley, Thomas and Laurie
  • Haskell, Nancy and Widdicombe, Sara
  • Hayes, Brenda
  • Heaslip, Stephen and Holly
  • Heyman, Jon and Rowe, Karen
  • Hill, Lee and Genevieve
  • Hokans, Erick and Berry, Katherine
  • Housman, Theodore S. and Margaret
  • Hutchinson, Robert
  • Jacobson, Mark
  • Johnson, Linda
  • Jones, Julie and Mulaire, Larry
  • Karras, Mary Lou
  • Kelly, Suzanne
  • Lacouture, Peter and Margaret
  • Lamkin, Mona
  • Langeland, Douglas and Dianne
  • Leng, Russell and Priscilla
  • Lenore Dedon
  • Limbach, George and Ann
  • Loomis, Lucy E.
  • Lothropp Family Foundation
  • Lowrie, Ted and McShane, Kathy
  • Lyman, Joanne
  • Machado, Gayle M.
  • McKimmey, Didi and Michael
  • McNulty, Jennifer
  • Men’s Reading Group
  • Mercer, Kenneth and Marjorie
  • Mettey, Arlene
  • Mezzetti, Emily
  • Miller, Jane Ann
  • Monday Book Club
  • Morton, Ken
  • Nelson, Ruth C.
  • Nicholson, William and Cornelia
  • Nickerson, David and Cynthia
  • O’Brien, Robert L.
  • Omaha Community Foundation
  • O’Neill, Mary
  • Otto, Paulette
  • Parke, Robert and Beverly
  • Price, Edward and Valerie
  • Quinn, Judith
  • Rosenburg, Randall
  • Rotary Club Of Osterville
  • Rowe, David and Virginia
  • Schilpp, Fred and Pickman, Carolyn
  • Sheft, Michael and Laurie
  • Simmons, Robert
  • St. Onge, Rebeca
  • Starr, Gordon and Sherry Greene-Starr
  • Stein, Bernard
  • Swann, Clover
  • Thompson, Paul and Sallie
  • Trisko,Joan
  • Varblow, Cary G.
  • Vetorino, Peg
  • Vinson, Thomas
  • Vuilleumier, Louis
  • Warner, Roger and Molly
  • Williams, Gary
  • Williams, H. Gregory and Marianne
  • Willman, Phyllis C.
  • Young, Jacquelyn L.

Donors to the FY2017 Annual Fund

The individuals, businesses, and organizations listed below contributed to the Sturgis Library Annual Fund in FY2017, which ran from July 1, 2016 through June 30th, 2017.

If we inadvertently left you off the list of Annual Fund donors or spelled your name incorrectly, please accept our apologies, and contact us at sturgislibrary@comcast.net so that we can correct our records. We thank all of our donors and supporters for their generous gifts to Sturgis Library.

Donors are color-coded by giving level.  Donors of $1-$249 are listed in black, $250-$499 are listed in purple, $500-$999 are listed in green, and $1,000 and up are listed in blue.

Abbott, Janet
Adams, Marguerite
Adams, Virginia M
Albert, Donald and Donna
Angellis, Philip and Cathy
Ansel, David J.
Arena, Frank
Arruda, Nicole
Baer, Natalie
Baker, Mark
Banner, David & Lucy
Barry, William and Susan
Bearse, Carrie
Bearse, Charles I. & Charlotte R.
Benson, Kathleen
Bergfors, Patricia
Berry, Robert
Blair, Anne
Blume, Ralph and Nancy
BNSF Foundation
Boyd, Jeff and Terry
Brandin, Kerry and Jan
Brown, Clifford
Brown, Vernon and Barbara
Buono, Harriet
Burger, Loren and Katherine
Cahoon, Ralph and Ginger
Campane, Rosemary
Canedy, Ann B.
Cannata, Deborah H.
Carey, Elizabeth
Carroll, Herbert and Mary
Champlin, Constance
Chesnauskas, Ralph and Patricia Ann
Clark, Richard and Paula
Claus, Eleanor
Coggeshall, Clarke and Ethel
Conway, Lisa and Gary
Cook, William and Antonia
Coombs, Charles
Corbitt, Jeri
Cosgrove, Edward and Anne
Cosgrove, Kathryn
Crippen, J. Patrick
Crowley, Elissa and Olsen, Kenneth
Crowley, Jacqueline L.
Davis, Phyllis
De Ciccio, Jeffrey and Sharon
Dee, Christian and Nicola
Detjens, Philip & Deirdre
Doe, William and Shirley
Donovan, Eleanor
Dorman, Kenneth and Raftery, Kathleen
Dowd, Rosalie A.
Downs, Michael L. and Cynthia
Driscoll, William and Jeanne
Dunning, Michael and Elizabeth
Duprey, Andre and Carlene
Eleftherakis, Peter & Susan
Erica Waasdorp
ExxonMobile Foundation
Fair Insurance Agency
Fantini, George J and Carolyn K.
Farrell, Eileen M.
Farrenkopf, Craig and Joan
Fenney, William and Mary Anne
Ferretti, Elizabeth B.
Field, Maeve
Fiset, Donald and Judy
Fiske, Phineas & Johanna
Flores, John
Ford, William
Fuller, Charles and Marilyn
Gabel, Ronald G. & Laurel K.
Gabriel, Ann L.
Gallagher, Frederick and Ellin
Galvin, Grace M
Garland, Jane E.
Gedrim, Genevieve
Genest, Jack and Suzy
George, Lloyd and Linda
Gerrier, Robert and Marie
Gibson, Miles
Global Forest Partners LP
Golden, William and Adele
Goldstein, Jeffrey and Bea
Guill, Gene and Susan
Haley, Ronald & Mary
Hamlin, Gordon and Sylvia
Handy, Edward A & Margaret C
Handy, Edward and Sue
Hansen, Marjorie
Harden, Mike
Heaslip, Stephen & Holly
Helms, Robert and Lynette C.
Hemeon, Elizabeth
Henion, Dot
Henson, Roger and Dianna
Heslinga, Steven and Lynne
Hibben, Gretchen & Ted
Hickey, Maired & Violetta, Robert
Hill, Lee and Genevieve
Hinckley, Helen
Hinkle, James
Holmes, James G.
Hoothay, Frances
Howard, Robert and Maureen
Hunsaker, James & Lee
Hunter-Young, Nancy
Ives, Elizabeth
Jerauld, Philip and Nancy
Jones, Julie and Mulaire, Larry
Kaess, H. Walter
Kaupp, Herbert R. & Rosemary
Kearns, Noel Justine
Kelley, Marilyn
Kelly, Ilona W.
Kelly, Jeanne
Kelly, Suzanne
Kenneally, Kathleen M
Kimball, Molly
King, John and Mary Ann
King, Paula
Klug, Steve
Knott, Wm. Daniel and Pells, Meredith
Kovatch, George & Susan
Kula, Paul R. & Ginny L.
Lamb, Albert R. & Nancy
Lamkin, Mona
Langeland, Douglas and Dianne
LaPine, Paul & Wendy
Lathrop, John F. and Carol
Lathrop, Pamela
Lavenda-Carroll, Wendy
Lavery, Robert & Pat
Levin, Allison & Ben
Lewis, Farley S.
Lickfield, William and Tamara
Littlefield, John and Susie
Livingston, Robert
Long, Philip
Loomis, Lucy E.
Lothrop, Gordon
Loughran, Meg and Patrick
Lowrie, Ted & McShane, Kathy
Mann, Patricia
Marchese, Robert & Linda
Markel Corporation
Markham, Emerson
Martin, David and Susan
Masi, Melody and Di Gioia, Diana
Masterson, Greg M.
Mastromauro, Frank and Jan
Mathewson, Herbert
McAuley, James A. & Linda
McCarthy, Elizabeth A.
McCarthy, Mary E.
McClenahan, Robert and Rebecca
Medeiros, Edmund
Medeiros, James and Geraldine
Mercer, Kenneth and Marjorie
Metcalf, Stephen
Minehart, David & Sharon
Minier, Richard and Marla
Moore, Christopher and Diana
Morales, Harry and Kerin
Morganstern, Nancy
Morton, Roy J. & Elizabeth
Mullen, Regina
Mullen, Thomas and Evelyn
Nelson, Cy & Weezie
Nelson, Philip and Molly
Newell, Betsy and Morse, Richard P.
Newman, Arlene
Nichol, Margaret
Nickerson, Gary
Noland, Sam and Schiffer, Peggy
Norton, James R.
O'Brien, Robert L.
Ohare, Joanne
O'Leary, Robert
Orcutt, John & Sally
Painter, Marion and William
Parke, Robert and Beverly
Patrick, Miya T.
Pearl, Richard W. & Janet A.
Penni, Suzanne D
Perera, Ronald C. & Judith
Perrault, Michel & Anne
Phillips, David and Susan
Powers, Andrew and Susan
Prince, Thomas F. and Joyce
Prothero, S. Richard & Helen
Rabinowitz, Elie
Ranta, Helen
Raymond, Lisa M.
Renninger, Joel and Bernice
Revere, Paul and Cary
Richards, Bruce & Janice
Richardson, Elizabeth G.
Riley, Joan C
Ringler, Neil L, D.D.S. and Sarah
Riordan, Cornelius and Arline
Risio, Nancy
Robinson, Kenneth and Lilla
Rooney, John P.
Rosenburg, Randall
Rudders, Richard A. & Joan
Rueter, Sarah
Saling, Christy P
Salt Fly Cape Cape Cod Fishing Charters
Santos, Daniel
Savage, Trish
Sawyer, Frederick
Schatz, Ernest and Dorothy
Schelter, Craig and Nill, Elizabeth
Schilpp, Fred and Pickman, Carolyn
Senoski, Richard T. and Murphy, Susan
Shapiro, Harvey and Ellen
Shea, Walter Holton
Silver, Tom and Helen
Smith, Jey
Smith, William Brooks and Brown, Marcia
Squyres, Mary Anne
Stacy, Monika
Stafford, Albert and Jean
Staples, Judith
Starr, Gordon and Sherry Greene-Starr
Sterling, Eliot & Joyce
Stewart, Irving R.
Stewart, Robert and Prudy
Stolte, Robert and Shirley
Street, Earle and Mary Lou
Supple, Marjorie Cotton
Taylor, Maureen
Temkin, Robert & Ellen
Temple, John and Miller, Ann
Thompson, Paul and Sallie
Thrivent Financial For Lutherans Foundation
Tirrell, Frederick & Julie
Tolliver, Katherine & Roy
Trisko,Joan
Turner, Beverly
Van Buren, Wayne and Patricia
Van Duzer, Kate
Varblow, Cary G.
Veras, Ginny
Vetorino, Peg
Walters, Barbara
Ware, Paul and Susan
Watson, Serena
Weaver, Esta
Weber, David & Carole
West, Peter and Debbie
Wheeler Family
Whieldon, Jeffrey and Lucille
White, Walter and Kathleen
Whitmore, Steve
Wilcox, Louis
Williams, Gary
Williams, H. Gregory and Marianne
Wirtanen, Edward & Jeanne
Wirtanen, Mark & Reilly, Terrie
Wolfe, Chester and Curran, Barbara
Woolf, Sheldon M. & Elisabeth