News & Events

Volunteer Recognition Party

The Board of the Friends hosted a reception on June 19, 2017 in honor of the 47 Volunteers who had helped the Friends in the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Volunteers were recognized for their "can do" attitudes, for their unselfishness, for their services from baking, luncheon preparations, fund-raising, chairing committees and participating in the events sponsored by the Friends organization. Both Lori Scudder, President and Antonia Stephens, Director thanked the volunteers in their remarks and reminded the volunteers that the work they do helps the library thrive and prosper not only for the present but for the future. Board members and volunteers in attendance enjoyed the time and the reception.

Astounding Jewelry, Scarf and Handbag Sale!

The Friends hosted a wonderfully successful fund-raiser during the last week of April. The gently used Jewelry, Scarf and Handbag Sale was held to benefit the Friends and ultimately the Cotuit Library. Thanks to the whole village community who donated items for the sale and who enjoyed the shopping experience (and of course the camaraderie of the event).

What a variety of lovely donated items as our pictures demonstrate! We offered costume jewelry pins, necklaces, bracelets, scarves of all shapes and sizes and handbags of all materials and values and some items for crafters. We had some very special pieces of jewelry made of gold and silver and precious stones as well. The chairpersons, Terri Goldstein, Karen Megathlin and Stacey Rosoff, were pleased to have the support of a host of volunteers who helped customers during the sale, who did the set-up and created displays and who assisted in the closing of the event. The event took a lot of time and energy but was well worth the effort of all involved.

To give some perspective, the committee reported they sold 94 handbags, 132 scarves and 842 pieces of jewelry. If you missed the sale, visit us in May at Freedom Hall. Some of the items that didn’t find a new home will be available for sale at the May Plant, Bake and Treasure Sale.

New Frames for Library Artwork

This week the Library was pleased to unveil three reframed and treasured art pieces that will be rehung on our walls. The Friends of the Cotuit Library underwrote the costs for the reframing to help complete the refreshed designs post-Gateway II construction. The smallest of the works was an acrylic bird painting by A.E. Crowell, a famed Harwich artist, and the second, a numbered print of a Martha Cahoon painting, Plowing. The largest treasure was the historic 1800 Audubon print of two terns from the Elephant Folio donated to the library in 1973 by the Schwab family.

Clutter 101 - How to Manage Our Stuff!

The Friends' April luncheon was a huge success with the crowd at capacity! Presenter, Dave Downs, a former educator and entertainer, engaged the audience with some true stories about “stuff” and how it can take over one’s life and space and cause stress. There were a lot of laughs, as many saw themselves and their experiences in some of Dave’s stories. As a take away, Dave gave a summary of his key points and suggestions on how to get started and motivated to downsize, donate and discard. There were many comments from attendees who were encouraged to “do something” about their attics, garages, basements and inherited clutter. The menu was delightful, with volunteers contributing Chicken Almondine (from the Cotuit Cooks Cookbook), cranberry sauce, salad, rolls and pistachio cake. April was the concluding luncheon for this fiscal year. We are looking forward to a new season beginning in September.

Impressionists' Tea

The Friends hosted an Impressionists' Tea at the Library on March 15th featuring guest speaker and author Carol Eron Rizzoli. 35 women enjoyed the program. Carol spoke about the relationship of food to art during changing periods in history and illustrated with various historic paintings. She delighted the audience with the story of the development and the inspiration for her book, The Artist’s Table: Recipes Inspired by Impressionist Art, from the National Gallery. The audience especially appreciated her stories about the responses she received by great modern chefs who answered her request for menus inspired by paintings in the gallery. Her favorite response came from Julia Child, and she read an excerpt from Julia’s letter. The luncheon fare included onion tart adapted from Julia Child’s recipe, potato and artichoke hearts salad and almond cake from Monet’s own recipe. We were grateful to the Cotuit Library and to various volunteers who donated tea pots and tea cups in which to serve two English teas to our guests, Buckingham Palace Garden Party and Double Bergamot Earl Grey tea. The drawing for the event was a large “Tea Basket” filled with British and French foods. The lucky winner was Friend’s volunteer Penny Levert.

Saccho and Vanzetti

Murderers or martyrs? Were Sacco and Vanzetti really guilty of the crimes for which they were executed? That was the intriguing question that was addressed by retired MA judge Greg Williams in his spellbinding presentation at the Friends' January Luncheon. 36 guests were present to enjoy a wonderful afternoon listening to and questioning historical facts and environmental influences at the time of the arrests, trials, appeals and final executions. Luncheon guests enjoyed mingling with our speaker prior to the luncheon. Following the event, many remarked that they had no idea of the significance and miscarriage of justice in these cases, the public outcries and demonstrations statewide and international proclaiming the defendants be released and the prejudice that surrounded appeal decisions. The guests were all pleased they attended such an informative session.

Friendship Soup at Christmas in Cotuit

"Busy Bees" Penny Levert, Sally Campbell and Marcia Schloerb, assisted by Lori Scudder (not pictured) set up the sale of Friendship Soup!  24 jars were sold before we even started the sale!

Friends Fashion Show

October 12, 2016, was a glorious day for the 158 ladies who joined us at the Hyannisport Golf Club to enjoy a day of camaraderie, a great luncheon, an exciting raffle and auction and of course, wonderfully fashionable and flattering clothing from Chico's of Mashpee Commons. The weather was just beautiful, so many enjoyed the deck and spectacular views before and after lunch was served. Our models and Friends' Members, Lori Bird, Brenda Fanger, Joyce Ginouves, (model coordinator), Terri Goldstein and Assistant  Librarian, Antonia Stephens, showcased the clothing as they maneuvered through the dining room. The Friends would like to thank the committee members, volunteers of the day, all who participated and all businesses, artists and other individuals who donated items or contributions to make the raffle and auction so attractive to our guests.  We congratulate all the raffle, door prize and silent auction winners. With so much community support this annual event was a huge success! See some of the fashions and pictures that are included here.

September Luncheon

The Friends' fiscal year kicked - off with the September luncheon with 35 guests in attendance.  Featured was the new Director of the Cahoon Museum, Sarah Johnson. Sarah gave the audience a wonderful PowerPoint slide presentation that gave an overview of the history of Ralph's and Martha's art,  the milestones of the museum's development, the recent updating and renovations that provide new opportunities for exhibits, group functions and accessibility, recent art and furniture acquisitions, a calendar of planned events and future plans for the museum. 

Friends Coordinate the Annual Library Book Sale

July 9th found many residents and visitors happily browsing the collection of donated and former library books displayed on the front lawn of the Cotuit Library.  This event draws many a reader wishing to stock up on their supply of fiction, non-fiction or childrens’ reading materials for the coming year.  The reasonable prices, especially the $5 a bag option, are always big draws. 


Also at the event was the annual Raffle Basket drawing.  This year’s theme was Summer Entertaining.  The Lucky winner was Kathy Johnson, a Cotuit resident. 


It took a village to set up the book sale, from the volunteers at Rogers and Marney helping to set up tents and table, the Sheriff’s Department for loaning us tables, the many Friends’ volunteers who gave of their time to sort and box books for weeks on end, the Trustees of the Library and Troup 52 Boy Scouts, who helped us bring the books from the storage area to the lawn, and the tireless efforts of our Chairperson, Karen Megathlin who managed the overall project and her committee of volunteers.


What a delightful day of meeting our neighbors, making new friends and sharing recommendations for reading!  If you missed us this year, please come next year.  The collection of books will be worth the time you spend browsing.    

Friends Sponsor the Annual May Plant, Bake and Treasure Sale 


The community eagerly awaited the doors opening at Freedom Hall for the annual Friends’ Plant, Bake and Treasure Sale. A variety of perennial plants were donated for the plant component of the Sale.  Our Bake table, made possible by volunteers, overflowed with cookies, bars, pies, and breads and was sold out before the end of the event.  The Treasures that were contributed ranged from toys to household items, sewing patterns to games, small furniture to art works, bikes to lamps, a doll house to a full mirror.  There was something for almost everyone who roamed the aisles looking for that special something.  We thank all the volunteers who made this event a success especially our Chairperson, Marcia Schloerb.   Save the date for next year!  We’ll be back.  

The Friends held an afternoon fundraiser at Artfully Yours in Mashpee on April 17th. Canvases were provided, and participants painted a scene under the direction of instructor Jeff Larkowski. From these smiling faces, you can tell our artists enjoyed this relaxing, creative date!

From left, Robin Gunderson, Home Staging Consultant, Design No 5, Lori Scudder, VP of Friends of the Cotuit Library, and Beth Odence, Owner and Designer, Design No 5.
From left, Robin Gunderson, Home Staging Consultant, Design No 5, Lori Scudder, VP of Friends of the Cotuit Library, and Beth Odence, Owner and Designer, Design No 5.

Enlightening Interior Design and Home Staging Discussion


Over 35 guests at the March 16, 2016, luncheon and presentation enjoyed an enlightening and entertaining overview of the work offered and executed by the 

Beth and Robin, both of Cotuit, presented slides of some of their latest projects in the greater Boston and Cape Cod areas.  They spoke of the elements of design that are all part of their work … color, scale, style, balance and functionality.

 In the first segment they summarized the importance of staging in view of the competition and from the perspective of today’s home purchasers.  An average buyer sometimes has difficulty “envisioning” the possibilities and opportunities of a space, staging helps with their decision making.  The studies done by the National Realtors’ Association found that 81% of those surveyed said that the home staging influenced the buyer into visualizing a property as their future home or office.  During the next segment, they spoke of home design and considerations of colors, fabrics, hybrid approaches to eclectic combinations. They explained that they will take on a project from consultation, project management, purchasing oversight, architectural and design liaisons, to project managers for furniture, fabrics, floors and other selections on behalf of the owners. They also offer home and office renovation management. 

 Beth stressed that knowing the client’s tastes and vision and collaborating proactively are critical to the success of any project.  In the Design No 5 workshop in Hyannis, they have a resource of over $300,000 worth of furnishings that they can bring to staging projects.  They also have relationships with manufacturers of furniture and fabrics, artists for special accessorizing needs, and antiques dealers for unique pieces. Eldred’s is their auction house antique dealer of choice.

In the active Q & A session following the formal presentation, Beth replied:

·        A home consultation would start at $400. 

·        They offer scheduled appointments. 

·        Today’s trending colors are light shades, pastels, whites and grays.

·        Furniture in their resource warehouse is for sale if customers wish to purchase from them.


Marilyn Moran was the lucky winner of the Luncheon Raffle Prize.
Marilyn Moran was the lucky winner of the Luncheon Raffle Prize.

Friends Luncheon Guests Learn to Transform Responses to Stress

1.20.16  Guest Speaker, Kay Outwin; Certified Yoga Instructor; Program Coordinator, Sally Campbell; and guest, Doris Coale, enjoy a moment together.

Kay Outwin, the featured guest speaker at the monthly luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Cotuit Library, demonstrated how to use yoga, meditation and guided imagery techniques to create “calm out of chaos” in everyday life.

Kay is a certified Yoga Instructor who teaches at both the YMCA of Cape Cod and the Barnstable Senior Center.  She provided the audience with several tools and techniques to help rewire stress responses in everyday life situations.  The audience followed Kay’s practice directions and briefly experienced the powerful benefits of relaxation. She also spoke of the documented benefits of the techniques in pre and post surgical situations, as certain techniques can result in blocking pain receptors, allowing healing to be most effective.

When the time for the event was over, many stayed behind to seek additional information and to talk to Kay personally.  Audience responses to the event were positive and many wished there had been even more time to experience and learn additional techniques. Kay invited all interested guests to research available local classes should they wish to learn more about the practices.  


Karen Megathlin, President, reminded attendees about the February 17th Luncheon Program with author Arlene Kay, Mystery writer. She also highlighted volunteer opportunities to help the Friends and the Library needed in the coming year and encouraged those interested to sign up for specific area of interest.   

Guests Enjoy a Floral Arranging Educational Program Sponsored by the Friends of Cotuit Library

Picture inset: Gloria Larssen poses with the arrangement won at the Luncheon Program sponsored by the Friends.

The Cotuit Library was bustling with activity on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.  Susan Dewey, of Dewey Gardens of Cape Cod, an award-winning landscape and floral designer, wowed a capacity audience during her workshop. 

During the program, Susan adeptly showcased various greens, textures, trim pieces and flowers and engaged actively with the audience through questions and sharing of experiences.  She then created five beautiful arrangements that could be used during autumn, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  She provided tips and techniques for prolonging the freshness of the arrangements, exchanged flowers and other decorative items to demonstrate how to change the design, and spoke of the floral arranging 101 criteria for judging the balance, fullness, stability, creativity and beauty. 

The finished arrangements were raffled amongst the audience following the luncheon and demonstration. There were five lucky winners who each took home a prize-winning floral. 

The Friends of the Cotuit Library sponsor six diverse luncheon programs each fiscal year and the entire community is invited to attend. The January Program will feature Kay Outwin a certified Yoga instructor.  She will demonstrate relaxation and meditation techniques.  Participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited. 

Picture insets:

Autumn Arrangement

Hydrangea Wreath

Raffle Winners Announced


The three winners of the November Art Raffle were announced at the November 30th drawing.   Library patron, Mary Fran McKindsey was asked to select the winning tickets as Friends of the Library representatives Lori Scudder, Sue Boynton, Mary Simonetti coordinated the drawings.  Our librarians were delighted to participate in the festivities. Lucky winners were:


 Sarah Holt - Chicadee Path by Amy RIce

Terri Goldstein - Findings by Chris O'Dell Ferguson 

 Jan Scullin - Celebration in Blue by Chris O'Dell Ferguson

The Friends and Library Staff thank all who participated in the raffle as funds raised continue to support library programs.

Friends Barbara Webb and Paula Keating keeping Book Nook shelves full
Friends Barbara Webb and Paula Keating keeping Book Nook shelves full

Fashion Show 2015

Friends Susan Boynton and Sally Schumann sorting donated books
Friends Susan Boynton and Sally Schumann sorting donated books

Book Nook Volunteers

Did you ever wonder who helped sort, stock and manage our Book Nook at the foot of the staircase in the library?... or the newly created Little Free Library?  The answer is the Friends of the Cotuit Library and a team of dedicated Friends' Volunteers.  Currently,  Sally Schuman, a Friends' Board Member, oversees the team and works closely with the library staff.  The team of volunteers is integral to keeping the Book Nook and Little Free Library successful and well-stocked.  Anyone interested in joining the Team, can be in contact with Sally via the contact me section of the Friends drop down menu on . Other volunteer opportunities are also available.