When the building we know as Sturgis Library was still a farmhouse, the teenaged William Sturgis, who had been born in the house, left it forever. He sailed around the world four times, and then lived in Boston for years. But not long before he died in 1863, he bought back, for only one purpose, the building his mother had sold long before. In the middle of the Civil War there was plenty to think, and worry, about, even for a man of 80. Sturgis thought of creating a library in Barnstable.

Libraries occasionally receive public and media attention, usually when the lack of money threatens their existence. If you have read this far in these comments, you do not need me to tell you that dynamic libraries are critical to the present, and to the future, well-being of persons, of communities, of nations. Without libraries, we are in several kinds of  trouble. Sturgis happens to be one of the finest libraries anywhere. That is not just because of the Lothrop Room, which makes Sturgis the oldest building housing a library in the United States. And it is not because of the fascinating Sturgis family legacy or the Kurt Vonnegut connections. It is not just the genealogical resources that draw people from all over the country, not just the myriad programs for children and adults, not just the splendid little “book store,” not just the beyond-exemplary staff service that is so constant that sometime we might take it for granted. You know why Sturgis is Sturgis.

Nearly sixty percent of the funding for Sturgis Library comes from private donations. Sturgis continues to serve Barnstable, the Cape, and beyond after more than 150 years.

Every dollar, every volunteer hour, you give to Sturgis—every visit you make to Sturgis—buttresses this Library.  This place is more like a family, or a home, than a building filled with books. But you know that.

Greg Williams, President, Board of Trustees


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 non-municipal 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 FY2019

  • Number of items in the library’s collection:  74,770
  • Materials checked out of the library:  66,429
  • Visitors to the library:  57,318
  • Attendance at library programs: 7,949

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 has embarked a partnership with the Sturgis Charter Public 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 Kirkman Trust Fund of the Town of Barnstable granted us funds for the purchase of books, ebooks, and technology.
    • The Cobb Trust granted the Library funding for the purchase of library materials for the Summer Reading Program.
    • The Cape Cod Antique Dealer’s Association awarded us a grant to assist with the framing of our collection of Edward Gorey posters and ephemera.
  • We established a new Corporate Donor program, where businesses pledge to support the Library for at least 3 years.  You’ll see the framed logos of our business supporters in our foyer.
  • In conjunction with the Dennis and Yarmouth Libraries, we completed a project to digitize of the Barnstable Patriot (1830-2017) and Register (1836-2017) newspapers. We are very grateful to the Community Preservation Committees of the towns of Barnstable, Dennis, and Yarmouth for funding this amazing project.  You can search the digitial archive at http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/APA/Sturgis/default.aspx#panel=home
  • The Library established a “Library of Things,” which includes creative kits, musical instruments, toys, learning games, and other non-book items to check out.
  • We extend our thanks to all who donated to our stone wall project.  We have an eroding hill at the rear of the library, and funding will help to build a retaining wall faced by stone to match the other historic stone walls around the property.
  • We completed an update to our 5-year Strategic Long-Range Plan, FY2020 – FY2025.
  • The Library provided notary services to dozens of visitors throughout the year.
  • We participated in the Cape-wide Hydrangea Festival again this year, featuring  four local gardens.  We are grateful to our dedicated gardeners for opening their grounds for us to enjoy.
  • The Library sponsored over 200 programs, exhibits, and events for adults, young adults, and children, including lectures, music and craft programs, art and writing workshops, sales of books, ephemera, music, jewelry, plants and more, a Holiday Tea, Lego Club, storytime, toddler time, 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 said goodbye to Youth Services Librarian Megan McClelland and Bookkeeper Megan Terrio.  We will be welcoming new Youth Services Librarian Christy Munier and new bookkeeper Polly Brazelton in July and August.
  • The Library said goodbye to Board member Fred Schilpp.
  • 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 Sturgis Library is due to the people who enter its doors – to visit, to relax 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 frame Gorey posters and ephemera, to sponsor engaging programs, fund discount museum passes, build a stone wall, 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 three 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.

If we inadvertently left you off the list of special 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.

FY2019 Special Donors are:

    • Mary Ann Agresti
    • Donald and Susan Babcock
    • Barnstable Pottery
    • Carrie Bearse
    • Judith Bennett
    • Kathleen Benson and Robert Berry
    • Ellen Berman
    • Sandra Bilbrey
    • Jeffrey and Nancy Bilezikian
    • Patricia Blair
    • Richard and Susan Bloom
    • Anne Bockhoff
    • Donald Borst
    • Judith Boyd
    • Jeff and Terry Boyd
    • Boys Hockey 1st Team of Milton Academy
    • Paul Brodnicki
    • Theresa Brosnan
    • Judith Cahoon
    • Cape Cod Antique Dealers Association, Inc.
    • Meredith Censullo
    • Gary Chabot
    • Eleanor Claus
    • Clean Green
    • Bethiah Crane
    • Suzy Cummings
    • Kenneth and Kathleen Dorman
    • Lucy Draper
    • Charles and Sandra Eager
    • John and Christine Ehret
    • Gabrielle Elitov
    • Enoch Cobb Trust
    • Daniel Esdale
    • Fair Insurance Agency
    • Lori Famigliette
    • Elizabeth Ferretti
    • Bunny and Paul Fitzgerald
    • thefivedollarfoodie.com
    • Richards and Susan French
    • Charles and Marilyn Fuller
    • Jane Garland
    • Jack and Suzy Genest
    • Miles Gibson
    • Theresa Gilliland
    • Sarah Greer
    • Greer Real Estate
    • Eric Grossman
    • Gene and Susan Guill
    • Handy Family Charitable Fund
    • Robert and Joanne Hansen
    • Mike Harden
    • Sandra Harris
    • Gerald and Anne Hazard
    • John Heffernan
    • Lee and Jeanie Hill
    • William Holt
    • Elizabeth Hope
    • James and Lee Hunsaker
    • Kenneth Hurto
    • John Hurwitch and Blue Magruder
    • Robert Hutchinson
    • Hyannis Chamber of Commerce
    • Lynda Hylander
    • Julie Jones and Larry Mulaire
    • Lawrence Keefe
    • Suzanne Kelly
    • Kathleen Kenneally
    • Paula King
    • Kinlin Grover Real Estate
    • Kirkman Fund of the Town of Barnstable
    • Stephen Klug
    • Diana Levy
    • John and Susie Littlefield
    • Lucy Loomis and Daniel Santos
    • Lothropp Family Foundation
    • Ted Lowrie and Kathy McShane
    • Elizabeth Magruder
    • Dorothy Mark
    • Frank and Jan Mastromauro
    • Mary McCarthy
    • Theresa McDowell
    • Nancy McKelvy
    • Michael and Didi McKimmey
    • Sarah McNamara
    • Jennifer McNulty
    • Stephen Metcalf
    • Michigan Lothrop Group
    • Barbara Murphy
    • Noelle Murphy
    • Cindy Muzyka
    • Cy and Weezie Nelson
    • Philip and Molly Nelson
    • Rob O’Leary
    • Robert O’Brien
    • Robert and Beverly Parke
    • Felicia Penn
    • Tom and Joyce Prince
    • Jane Reed
    • Avery Revere
    • Randall Rosenburg
    • Barbara Sato
    • Trish Savage
    • Craig Schelter and Elizabeth Nill
    • Peggy Schiffer and Sam Noland
    • Fred and Carolyn Schilpp
    • Jilda Shafer
    • John Sheedy
    • Silvia & Silvia
    • Jonathan Simmons
    • Carol Smith
    • Jey Smith
    • Susan Starkey
    • Sherry Greene-Starr and Gordon Starr
    • Bernard Stein
    • James Sullivan
    • Robert and Ellen Temkin
    • John and Ann Temple
    • David Tracey
    • Roger True
    • Ginny Veras
    • Steve Whitmore
    • Greg and Marianne Williams
    • Timothy Wolcott

Donors to the FY2019 Annual Fund

The individuals, businesses, and organizations listed below contributed to the Sturgis Library Annual Fund in FY2019, which ran from July 1, 2018 through June 30th, 2019.  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
Adams, Virginia
Albert, Donald and Donna
Allen, Rev. David and Ruthanne
Allen, Robert and Jane
Angellis, Phil and Cathy
Ansel, David and Dorothy
Baer, Natalie
Baker, Benjamin and Deborah
Banner, David and Lucy
Barnstable Marine Services
Barron, Melanie
Barry, William and Susan
Bearse, Carrie
Bearse, Charles and Charlotte
Benson, Kathleen and Berry, Robert
Berman, Ellen
Blair Hudak, Anne
Blair, Patricia
Bloom, Susan and Richard
Blume, Ralph and Nancy
Bockhoff, Anne
Boocock, Roger and Helen
Boyle, Jane
Brandin, Kerry and Jan
Brosnan, Theresa
Brown, Clifford
Brown, Vernon and Barbara
Buono, Harriet
Burger, Dr. and Mrs.
Burman, Marcy
Cahoon, Carol
Cannon, Edmund and Susan
Carroll, Herbert and Mary
Chabot, Gary
Champion, Sara
Champlin, Connie
Childs, Bruce
Clark, Richard and Paula
Claus, Ellie
Coggeshall, Caroline and David
Coggeshall, Clark and Ethel
Cole, Cynthia and Rosen, Isaac
Collins, Robert and Judy
Conaway, Linda
Conway, Lisa and Gary
Cook, Bill and Toni
Coombs, Charles
Cosgrove, Edward and Anne
Cosgrove, Kathryn
Crippen, J. Patrick
Crocker, Roderick and Judy
Crosby, Robert and Paula
Crowley, Elissa and Ken
Crowley, Jackie
Davis, Phyllis
De Ciccio, Jeffrey and Sharon
Dee, Christian and Nicola
Detjens, Philip and Deirdre
Donovan, Eleanor
Dorman, Kenneth and Kathleen
Dowd, Rosalie
Downs, Mike and Cindy
Driscoll, William and Jeanne
Dunning, Michael and Elizabeth
Duprey, Andre and Carlene
Eager, Charles and Sandra
Eastwood, Reyna and Peter
Ehret, John and Christine
Eleftherakis, Peter and Susan
Ellis, James and Joan
ExxonMobile Foundation
Farrenkopf, Craig and Joan
Field, Maeve
Fiset, Don and Judy
Fiske, Phineas and Johnanna
Flores, John
Frazee, Bob and Alexena
Fuller, Chick and Marilyn
Fuller, Samuel and Susan
Gabel, Ronald and Laurel
Gabriel, Ann
Gallagher, Frederick and Ellin
Garland, Jane
Genest, Jack and Suzy
George Family Trust
George, Lloyd and Linda
Gerrier, Robert
Gibson, Miles
Global Forest Partners LP
Golden, Dr. and Mrs.
Goldstein, Bea and Jeffrey
Greer, Nancy
Guill, Gene and Susan
Handy, Edward and Margaret
Hansen, Marjorie
Harden, Mike
Harris, Sandra
Haskell, Nancy and Widdicombe, Sara
Hawkins, Richard and Marian
Hazard, Gerald and Anne
Heaslip, Steve and Holly
Helms, Robert and Lynette
Hemr, William and Marjorie
Henson, Roger and Dianna
Hibben, Gretchen and Ted
Hickey, Maired and Robert
Hill, Jeanie and Lee
Hilton, Jean
Hinckley, Helen
Hinckley, Lois
Hinkle, Jim and Hammer, Roy
Holmes, Jim and Rita
Housman, Ted and Margaret
Howard, Robert and Maureen
Huguley, Arthur and Heidi
Hunsaker, Jamie and Lee
Hurwitch, John and Blue
Ives, Elizabeth
Jerauld, Philip and Nancy
Jones, Julie and Mulaire, Larry
Kaess, Walter
Kane, Margaret
Kaupp, Herbert and Rosemary
Keating, Carolyn
Kelly, Jeanne
Kelly, Suzanne
Kenneally, Kathleen
Kenyon, Richard and Kathleen
Kimball, Molly
King, John and Mary Ann
King, Paula
Klug, Steve
Kovatch, George and Susan
Kraus, Jon and Wilma
Kula, Paul and Ginny
Lamb, Albert and Nancy
Lamkin, Mona and Dolbeare, Maria
Langeland, Doug and Dianne
LaPine, Paul and Wendy
Lathrop, John and Carol
Lavenda-Carroll, Wendy
Lavery, Bob and Pat
Lewis, Farley
Lewis, Jon and Eliza
Lickfield, William and Tamara
Littlefield, John and Susie
Livingston, Robert
Livingston, Susan
Loomis, Lucy
Loughran, Meg and Pat
Lowrie, Ted and McShane, Kathy
Lyman, Joanne
Machado, Gayle
Magruder, Elizabeth
Maguire, Timothy and Susan
Mangan, Jim and Deborah
Mann, Paul and Patricia
Markel Corporation
Martin, David and Susan
Masi, Melody and Di Gioia, Diana
Masterson, Greg
Mastromauro, Frank and Jan
Mathewson, Hub
McAuley, James and Linda
McCarthy, Mary
McClenahan, Robert and Rebecca
McKelvy, Nancy
McNamara, Sarah
Medeiros, Edmund
Mercer, Marjorie
Meyer, Rob and Anne
Minehart, David and Sharon
Moore, Christopher and Diana
Morales, Harry and Kerin
Morganstern, Nancy
Morin, Julius and Pamela
Morse, Diana
Morton, Roy and Elizabeth
Moser, Marcia
Mullen, Regina
Munsell, Dave and Diane
Nelson, Philip and Molly
Newell, Betsy and Morse, Richard
Newman, Arlene
Nichol, Margaret
Nickerson, Gary
Nober, Linda
Nober, Roger
Ohare, Joanne
Olcott, Jack and Judith
Orcutt, John and Sally
Painter, Marion
Parke, Rob and Bev
Patrick, Miya
Paypal Giving
Pearl, Richard and Janet
Penni, Suzanne
Perera, Ronald and Judith
Perrault, Michel and Anne
Phillips, David and Susan
Pipe, Akiva
Powers, Andy and Sue
Price, Edward and Valerie
Prince, Tom and Joyce
Prothero, Helen
Quinn, William and Marilyn
Rand, Paul and Barbara
Raymond, Lisa
Reed, Jane
Renninger, Joel and Bernice
Revere, Avery
Revere, Paul
Rice, Robert
Richards, Bruce and Janet
Richardson, Elizabeth
Riley, Joan
Ringler, Neil and Sara
Riordan, Cornelius and Arlene
Risio, Nancy
Robbins, Evelyn
Robinson, Ken and Lilla
Robinson, Ronald and Sandra
Rooney, John
Rosenburg, Randall
Ross, Dr. and Mrs. Ross
Rudders, Richard and Joan
Saling, Edward and Christy
Santos, Dan
Sato, Barbara
Schelter, Craig and Nill, Liz
Schilpp, Fred and Pickman, Carolyn
Schlander, Joan and Allan
Shea, Walter
Siegel, Paul and Ronnie
Small, Elizabeth
Smith, Dr. Smith and Ms. Brown
Smith, Jey
Souza, Elizabeth and William
Starr, Gordon and Greene-Starr, Sherry
Stein, Bernard
Sterling, Eliot and Joyce
Stewart, Irving
Stewart, Robbie and Prudy
Stolte, Robert and Shirley
Stotts, Rev. and Mrs. Stotts
Studley, Jennifer
Sturgis, Barry and Nicole
Supple, Marjorie
Tafra, Charles and Patricia
Taylor, Maureen
Temple, John and Miller, Ann
Thompson, Rev. and Mrs.
Thrivent Financial For Lutherans Foundation
Tirrell, Frederick and Julie
Tolliver, Kathy and Roy
Torrance, Ms. and Davies, Mr.
Turco, Carmela and Sheridan, Gene
Van Buren, Wayne and Patricia
Van Nostrand, Ann Louise
Varblow, Cary
Vetorino, Peg
Waasdorp, Erica
Walters, Barbara
Ware, Paul and Susan
Watson, Serena
Weaver, Esta
Weber, David and Carole
Weinblatt, Herbert and Anita
West, Peter and Debbie
Wheeler, Stanley and Betsey
Whieldon, Jeffrey and Lucille
Whitmore, Steve
Williams, Gary
Willman, Phyllis
Wirtanen, Edward and Jeanne
Wirtanen, Mark and Riley, Terrie
Wolfe, Chester and Barbara
Woolf, Sheldon and Elisabeth
Wright, Joan
Young, Jacquelyn