“Sturgis Library has such a friendly atmosphere in a beautiful building, as well as great service and programs”  —  a comment from our 2018 online survey

This past year, Sturgis Library welcomed more than 60,000 visitors, drawn by our diverse collections and programs, as well as the offerings of our community space.  Our visitors value the traditional comforts of a library, our extensive archives that are windows on the past, our continuing technological advances, and our friendly, helpful staff.  Changing with the times while honoring our mission and preserving our historic building is a challenge we work hard to meet.

This year’s accomplishments include offering 185 programs for adults, young adults, and children; ten new collections added to our historic archives; free notary service; and answers to thousands of reference questions from Cape Cod and beyond.

In his latest book, sociologist Eric Klinenberg muses on why libraries still matter: “In an age of polarization and inequality, they are the bedrock of civil society,” the place of “social infrastructure.”  Sturgis Library is such a place.

Thank you for your generous and continued support of our library. We welcome your thoughts and ideas for the year ahead.

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:

  • Donations to our annual appeal
  • Bequests
  • Gifts of stock or securities
  • Gifts of vehicles through our vehicle donation program
  • Gifts of goods or services to our fundraisers
  • Donations of books, jewelry, and household items to our sales
  • Donations of family papers or historic materials to our research archives
  • Spontaneous donations in our donation boxes
  • Memorial and honorary donations
  • Gifts of time — volunteering at the Library or at Library events

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 FY2018

  • Number of items in the library’s collection:  71,785
  • Materials checked out of the library:  65,672
  • Visitors to the library:  61,622
  • Attendance at library programs: 6,722

Major Accomplishments & Projects

  • Sturgis Library was awarded a number of special grants to enhance library programs and services to the community.
    • Thanks to generous funding through a federal LSTA grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Library will embark on a partnership with the Sturgis Charter School to integrate digital and preservation copies of its archival materials related to the history curriculum.  We received matching funding for this project from The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.
    • The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod provided funding for a Creative Writing series.
    • The Mid-Cape Cultural Council provided funding for a special children’s program called Oooch.
    • We received a Seton Shields Genealogy Grant from Genealogist Megan Smolenyak  for the purchase of archival supplies.
    • The Kirkman Trust Fund of the Town of Barnstable granted us funds for the purchase of books, ebooks, and technology.
    • The Cape Cod 5 Foundation awarded us funding to purchase library materials in the STEAM subject areas — Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, to support both students and lifelong learners.
    • The Cobb Trust granted the Library funding for the purchase of library materials for the Summer Reading Program.
  • Three portraits from the Sturgis Library collections — of members of the Sturgis family by noted artist Eastman Johnson — were exhibited as part of the Cape Cod Museum of Art’s exhibit Mysteries and Revelations:  Discovering Cape Cod’s Museum Treasures.
  • The Library established a new Graphic Novel Collection for adults, and started a new circulating jigsaw puzzle collection, including a number of high quality wooden puzzles.
  • Thanks to the generosity of the Aldrich Astronomical Society’s Adopt-a-Library telescope program, Sturgis Library now has an Orion StarBlast tabletop telescope available to borrow.
  • The Library now has two staff members who provide free notary services to the community.
  • Assistant Director Karen Horn is the focus of an article in a recent edition of Associates: The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal. Karen has been instrumental in advocating for continuing training and education for library support staff, and has spoken at state and regional conferences on the subject. Karen’s efforts have benefited Sturgis Library by ensuring that all staff are given time to learn about library-related topics as well pursuing a wide range of training opportunities.
  • The Library sponsored over 200 programs, exhibits, and events for adults, young adults, and children, including lectures, music and craft programs, art workshops, a Pre-Holiday Book Fair, a Holiday Tea, Lego Club, Pokémon Club, Family Funktafest, Drag Queen Storytime, 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.
  • We welcomed new Adult Services/Reference Librarian Corey Farrenkopf. We said goodbye to Technical Services Librarian Magda Brancato, and welcomed new Technical Services Librarian Lisa MacDonald.
  • The Library said goodbye to Board members Ted Lowrie, Liz Ferretti, Jess Bodamer, and Jenn McNulty. We welcomed new Board members Kathleen Keneally, John Littlefield, and Susan Guill.
  • 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 FY2018. With the help of these special donors we were able to purchase materials to support the Barnstable Public Schools’ Summer Reading program, to fund a collaborative newspaper digitization project, to purchase archival storage supplies, fund a Creative Writing Workshop, sponsor engaging programs, fund discount museum passes, and grow the Preservation Fund.  We have also received proceeds from the sale of donated vehicles, and honored family members and loved ones through memorial and honorary donations.  In addition, we have established a new Corporate Donor program in which businesses pledge to support the Library for 3 years or more and receive recognition on our corporate donor wall.  We also are grateful for employer matching grant funds from a number of our generous donors.

FY2018 Special Donors are:

  • Angus, Harry
  • Anonymous
  • Barbo, Theresa
  • Barron, Mary
  • Bassett, Wayne and Evelyn
  • Bearse, Carrie
  • Berman, Ellen
  • Black, Michelle Rogeau
  • Blair, Henry
  • Bloom, Richard and Susan
  • Burger, Loren and Katherine
  • Cape Cod Five Foundation
  • Cape Cod Foundation
  • Claus, Eleanor
  • Clean Green
  • Conway, Lisa and Gary
  • Cook, Bruce and Anne
  • Dornemann, Peter
  • Edmonds, Janet
  • Edwards, Steven and Cindy
  • Ehret, John and Christine
  • Eldred’s
  • Enoch Cobb Trust
  • Ferguson, Wenly and Wolf, John
  • Ferretti, Elizabeth B.
  • Fiske, Phineas & Johanna
  • Frazee, Robert and Alexena
  • Freedom Charitable Foundation
  • Galvin, Grace M
  • Genest, Jack and Suzy
  • Glennie, Nancy
  • Greer Real Estate
  • Hansen, Marjorie
  • Hansen, Robert & Joanne
  • Hill, Lee and Genevieve
  • Hughes, Patricia
  • Hunsaker, James & Lee
  • Jones, Julie and Mulaire, Larry
  • Jones, Warren and Jeanne
  • King, Paula
  • Kinlin Grover Real Estate
  • Klug, Steve
  • Kronish, Miriam
  • Littlefield, John and Susie
  • Loomis, Lucy E.
  • Lowrie, Ted & McShane, Kathy
  • Lyons, Gerland and Nancy
  • MacAdams, Annette
  • Magruder, Elizabeth
  • Magruder, Sarah and Wardman, Michael
  • Malarkey, John & Carolyn
  • Marek, Donald and Sharon
  • Marsh, Wellesley
  • McGowan, Mary Ellen
  • Mercer, Kenneth and Marjorie
  • Najarian, Paula
  • Nelson, Cy & Weezie
  • Nemser, Julia
  • Nicholson, William & Cornelia
  • O’Brien, Robert L.
  • Painter, Marion and William
  • Parke, Robert and Beverly
  • Pease, Elizabeth
  • Peterson, Nancy
  • Quinn, William & Marilyn
  • Renninger, Joel and Bernice
  • Rice, Robert
  • Rizzoli, Carol & Hugo
  • Robinson, Hyman and Mohini
  • Ross, Leonard and Janet
  • Rotary Club Of Osterville
  • Ryan, Patricia
  • Saling, Christy P
  • Sandwich Fireplace
  • Sears, Cat
  • Silvia & Silvia
  • Simmons, Robert
  • Smolenyak, Megan
  • Starkey, Alan
  • Sullivan, Diana
  • Temkin, Robert & Ellen
  • The Barron Girls
  • The George Family Trust
  • Thoron, Louisa
  • Tirrell, Frederick & Julie
  • Turner, Beverly
  • Villarreal, James
  • Whitehurst, John C
  • Whitmore, Lynn
  • Wight, Karla
  • Williams, H. Gregory and Marianne
  • Wolfe, Alison
  • Wolfe, Chester and Curran, Barbara
  • Wolfe, Clifton
  • Wolfe, Linda
  • Zhang, Joan
  • Zito, Guido

Donors to the FY2018 Annual Fund

The individuals, businesses, and organizations listed below contributed to the Sturgis Library Annual Fund in FY2018, which ran from July 1, 2017 through June 30th, 2018.  Annual fund donations are unrestricted funds which go towards our operating expenses each year.

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
Albert, Donald and Donna
Allen, David and Ruthanne
Allen, Jane and Robert
Ansel, David J.
Baer, Natalie
Baker, Benjamin & Deborah
Baker, Mark
Banner, David & Lucy
Barbo, Theresa
Bearse, Carrie
Bearse, Charles I. & Charlotte R.
Benson, Kathleen
Berman, Ellen
Blume, Ralph and Nancy
BNSF Foundation
Boocock, Roger and Helen
Boyd, Jeff and Terry
Boyle, Jane & Galonska, Michael
Brandin, Kerry and Jan
Brazelton, T. Barry
Brosnan, Theresa
Brown, Clifford
Brown, Vernon and Barbara
Buono, Harriet
Burman, Marcy
Cahoon, Richard and Carol
Cannon, Edmund & Susan
Carroll, Herbert and Mary
Carroll, John and Wendy
Chabot, Gary
Champion, Sara
Champlin, Constance
Childs, Bruce
Clark, Richard and Paula
Coggeshall, Clarke and Ethel
Cole, Cynthia & Rosen, Isaac
Conaway, Linda B.
Constantino, Elizabeth
Cook, Kathleen & McCue, Bruce
Cook, William and Antonia
Coombs, Charles
Corbitt, Jeri
Cosgrove, Kathryn
Coulsey, Richard H.
Crocker, Roderick H. & Judy
Crowell, Joel and Beth
Crowley, Elissa and Olsen, Kenneth
Crowley, Jacqueline L.
Davis, Phyllis
De Ciccio, Jeffrey and Sharon
Detjens, Philip & Deirdre
Donovan, Eleanor
Dorman, Kenneth and Raftery, Kathleen
Dowd, Rosalie A.
Downs, Michael L. and Cynthia
Driscoll, William and Jeanne
Duprey, Andre and Carlene
Dusseault, Robert & Barbara
Eager, Charles and Sandra
Eleftherakis, Peter & Susan
Ellis, James and Joan
Erica Waasdorp
ExxonMobile Foundation
Fantini, George J and Carolyn K.
Farrenkopf, Craig and Joan
Fenney, William and Mary Anne
Finklea Hecker, Gaylon
Fiset, Donald and Judy
Fiske, Phineas & Johanna
Flores, John
French, Richards & Susan
Fuller, Charles and Marilyn
Gabel, Ronald G. & Laurel K.
Gabriel, Ann L.
Gallagher, Frederick and Ellin
Gedrim, Genevieve
Genest, Jack and Suzy
George, Lloyd and Linda
Germani, Americo and Virginia
Gibson, Frank and Diane
Gibson, Miles
Gifford, Connor
Global Forest Partners LP
Golden, William and Adele
Greenwald, Herbert and Nina
Greer, Nancy Hannaford
Haskell, Nancy and Widdicombe, Sara
Hawkins, Richard and Ferguson, Marian
Heaslip, Stephen & Holly
Helms, Robert and Lynette C.
Hemr, William and Marjorie
Henson, Roger and Dianna
Heslinga, Steven and Lynne
Hibben, Gretchen & Ted
Hickey, Maired & Violetta, Robert
Hill, Lee and Genevieve
Hill, Steven
Himstead, Joan
Hinckley, Helen
Hinckley, Lois
Hinkle, James
Hoothay, Frances
Housman, Theodore S. & Margaret
Howard Boats
Howard, Robert and Maureen
Huckins, Joan
Huguley, Arthur W. & Heidi F.
Iversen, Jean M.
Ives, Elizabeth
Jones, Julie and Mulaire, Larry
Kaess, H. Walter
Kaupp, Herbert R. & Rosemary
Kelly, Ilona W.
Kelly, Suzanne
Kenneally, Kathleen M
King, John and Mary Ann
Knott, Wm. Daniel and Pells, Meredith
Kraus, Jon and Wilma
Kula, Paul R. & Ginny L.
Lamb, Albert R. & Nancy
LaPine, Paul & Wendy
Lathrop, John F. and Carol
Lathrop, Pamela
Lavery, Robert & Pat
Levin, Allison & Ben
Lewis, Farley S.
Lewis, Jon & Baise, Eliza
Lickfield, William and Tamara
Littlefield, John and Susie
Livingston, Robert
Livingston, Susan C
Lothropp Family Foundation
Lowrie, Ted & McShane, Kathy
Luban, Naomi L.C.
Lyman, Joanne
Machado, Gayle M.
Magruder, Elizabeth
Maguire, Timothy and Susan
Mangan, Deborah and Jim
Marchese, Robert & Linda
Martin, David and Susan
Masi, Melody and Di Gioia, Diana
Mastromauro, Frank and Jan
Mathewson, Herbert
McCarthy, Mary E.
McKelvy, Nancy
McKimmey, Didi & Michael
Medeiros, Edmund
Medeiros, James and Geraldine
Mercer, Kenneth and Marjorie
Meyer, Robert M.
Minehart, David & Sharon
Minier, Richard and Marla
Moore, Christopher and Diana
Morin, Julius and Pamela C
Morton, Roy J. & Elizabeth
Mullen, Regina
Nelson, Cy & Weezie
Newell, Betsy and Morse, Richard P.
Newman, Arlene
Nichol, Margaret
Nickerson, Gary
Nober, Linda
Nober, Roger
Noland, Sam and Schiffer, Peggy
Norton, Mary C
Norton, Robert J.
O'Brien, Robert L.
Ohare, Joanne
Orcutt, John & Sally
Otto, Paulette
Parke, Robert and Beverly
Pastva, Cathy H.
Patrick, Miya T.
Perrault, Michel & Anne
Phillips, David and Susan
Pipe, Akiva
Powers, Andrew and Susan
Prince, Thomas F. and Joyce
Prothero, Helen
Quinn, William & Marilyn
Revere, Paul and Cary
Richards, Bruce & Janice
Richardson, Elizabeth G.
Riley, Joan C
Robbins, Evelyn
Robinson, Kenneth and Lilla
Robinson, R D
Saling, Christy P
Samuel Fuller
Santos, Daniel
Scarafile, Peter and Judy
Schelter, Craig and Nill, Elizabeth
Schilpp, Fred and Pickman, Carolyn
Schlander, Joan and Minelli, Allan
Schlott, N. Suzanne
Senoski, Richard T. and Murphy, Susan
Siegel, Paul and Ronnie
Silver, Tom and Helen
Smith, Beverly
Smith, Carol
Smith, William Brooks and Brown, Marcia
Souza, Elizabeth
Stacy, Monika
Starr, Gordon and Sherry Greene-Starr
Sterling, Eliot & Joyce
Stone, Wayne and Corrine
Stotts, Michael R & Margaret
Street, Earle and Mary Lou
Sturgis, Barry and Nicole
Subramanian, Meera
Supple, Marjorie Cotton
Temkin, Robert & Ellen
Temple, John and Miller, Ann
Thacher, Frank G.
Thayer, Larry R. & Margaret E.
Tirrell, Frederick & Julie
Tolliver, Katherine & Roy
Torrance, Ama & Davies, C.J. David Davies
Turco, Carmela & Sheridan, Gene
Turner, Beverly
Van Buren, Wayne and Patricia
Van Duzer, Kate
Van Liew, Hugh and Judith
Veras, Ginny
Vetorino, Peg
Walters, Barbara
Weber, David & Carole
Weil, Ruth J.
Weinblatt, Anita
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
Willman, Phyllis C.
Wirtanen, Edward & Jeanne
Wirtanen, Mark & Reilly, Terrie
Wolfe, Chester and Curran, Barbara
Wright, Joan
Young, Jacquelyn L.
Zubrinski, Eugene and Lillian