Library News and Events


Mrs. Klaiber hosted a tea with Mary Cassatt to celebrate the hanging of "Lydia in a Lodge", a piece of student artwork, in the library.



Sturgis Celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday.


Library awarded a Cape Cod 5 mini-grant to support Sturgis students' international adventures.

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Cape Cod educators get a little help from a friend.

Cape Cod Five awards mini-grants.

Sturgis Poetry Coffeehouse a Great Success!

The 8th Annual Sturgis Poetry Coffeehouse was held June 2, 5:00 – 7:00, at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. We had a fine time raising money for Cape Cod Literacy Council & The Verizon Family Literacy Center at Hyannis Public Library.  Great poetry, music and fine refreshments were enjoyed by all!! Sturgis Singers and the Sturgis Faculty-Parent Choir kicked off the event with an excellent performance. For information about the 2012 Sturgis Poetry Coffeehouse, call or email the Library: 508 778-1782 X 232 ,

Sophia Mitrokostas Wins 2011 Gretchen Buntschuh Literary Scholarship

The Gretchen Buntschuh Literary Scholarship is inspired by Ms. Buntschuh’s own words – “I love beautiful words.  I love to dance through the language.” The $500 scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a genuine interest in literature and a love of language. Following thoughtful deliberation, the scholarship committee and English Department faculty decided the senior who best embodies the spirit of Ms. Buntschuh’s gift and passion for language is Sophia Mitrokostas. In addition to awarding the scholarship to Sophia at graduation, Mr. Hieser also presented her with a beautifully hand-bound collection of essays and stories she had written during her 4 years at Sturgis. 

Talin Bookbindery in Yarmouthport has generously offered to donate a hand-bound book of selected writings to each winner of the literary scholarship. Talin hopes to inspire fine young writers to continue writing and to develop an appreciation for the ancient craft of bookbinding.  Sturgis Charter Public School Library has acquired a second copy of Sophia’s book which will become part of the Gretchen Buntschuh Special Collection.  Sophia will attend Connecticut College in the fall.

Donations to the Gretchen Buntschuh Literary Scholarship can be made by check payable to Sturgis Charter Public School.

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 A Generation In Mandalas                                                                            

 By Sophia Mitrokostas and Madeline Arnault

The newest piece of art to grace the walls of the SCPS Library has arrived.

There is now a large quilt comprised of mandalas drawn by the class of 2012. These

mandalas have been screened onto fabric by Underground Grafiks of Wellfleet and

quilted into a colorful block of Sturgis pride. The designs range from abstract to dinosaurs

to stars and hearts. Of course the quilt would not hang in the Library now if it

weren't for the generous grant from SPA who paid for the quilt to be framed, and of

course, a large thank you goes out to Marjon Framing, Hyannis who was actually able

to frame our undertaking. Both businesses have been very supportive of Sturgis activities

and we are grateful for their expertise and help.


Creating this quilt was a CAS project for Madeline Arnault and Sophia Mitrokostas.

We would like to give a shout out to Diane Klaiber who was our tireless advisor

from whom the idea for the quilt originated. The Mandala Quilt will be officially presented on April 12th at the Senior CAS Night.

Stained Glass Windows Designed for Sturgis Reference Room

The Gretchen Buntschuh Memorial Windows were created by Patrick Todoroff of Glass Graphics Studio and installed in the library in late August 2010. Patrick was a member of a poetry group which Gretchen started at Sturgis last year. During one of the group's meetings, Gretchen read "The Layers" by Stanley Kunitz and sparked an interesting discussion of the poem. Patrick was so inspired by Gretchen, he decided to create stained glass windows with "The Layers" etched in the glass as a memorial tribute to her life and work at Sturgis. Sturgis librarians asked the literary estate of Stanley Kunitz for permission to etch the poem in glass. The literary agent and Mr. Kunitz’s daughter, Gretchen Kunitz, responded with enthusiastic support. 

stained glass window
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Library in 2005
Library with a View in 2010

We feel so fortunate to have such a beautiful work of art in the Library.