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This month's featured pass is the Boston by Foot Pass!

The Boston by Foot pass entitles you to free admission on regularly scheduled tours, and member prices on special tours. See Boston like you never have before! Kids tours are also available, see their website for details.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Understanding and Creating Documentaries with filmmaker Chris Szwedo, follwed by his film A Gullwing at Twilight

Thursday, June 11 at 6:30 pm

Come and learn about documentary filmmaking with local producer and director Chris Szwedo. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. Chris is the recipient of national and regional EMMY nominations and a category winner of The Motor Press Guild Dean Batchelor Award for excellence in automotive journalism. Along with work in a variety of fields Chris has created automotive videos on Ralph Lauren’s automobile collection, and his outstanding work has been featured on public television. Hear a recent interview with Chris Szwedo at the Cars Yeah website: http://carsyeah.com/ourportfolio/chris-szwedo/ or check out Chris’ own website at: http://www.szwedo.com/

After Chris’ talk, the audience will see his 55-minute film A Gullwing at Twilight: The Bonneville Ride of John Fitch. The film is a modern day adventure in the American West featuring 87-year old racing legend John C. Fitch. John takes to the Bonneville Salt Flats with his signature Mercedes Gullwing in this highly textured and visually absorbing essay of a man who quietly refuses to give in to the notion of retirement or time itself. Chris Szwedo is also creator of the award-winning film Eye on the 50s: the Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman, which has been screened locally and on PBS. Both Eye on the 60s and A Gullwing at Twilight are now part of the Dennis Public Library collection.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Scarlet Poppies: How to Pastel Paint like Georgia O'Keeffe

Saturday, June 6 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack conducts a hands-on, adult workshop entitled “Scarlet Poppies: Pastel Paint like Georgia O’Keeffe.” This pastel painting workshop is designed for sheer beginners to experienced artists. Space is limited so please call the library at 508-760-6219 to pre-register.

Participants will freely experiment with professional grade pastels, pastel pencils, and pastel paper. Maichack, nominated twice for a Massachusetts Gold Star Program Award, will demonstrate the essentials of painting with pastels. Scumbling, feathering, blending, slurring, edges, and layering will be taught in this direct tactile medium of pure and nuanced color. Everyone takes home their own original pastel painting.

This workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Dennis Arts and Culture Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Visiting author Louise Bruyn

Friday, May 29 at 12:00 pm

Visiting author Louise Bruyn discusses her book She Walked for All of Us: One Woman’s 1971 Protest against an Illegal War. Bruyn will talk about the walk that she chronicled in her book and read from her work. This is a free event.

In 1971, America had been at war in Vietnam for almost six years. The death toll was rising, both for the United States and North Vietnam. Louise Bruyn, a wife and a mother of three teenage children, said, “Someone should walk to Washington to tell the government to stop this war!” And that is exactly what Bruyn did. With only 12 days to decide and prepare, Bruyn alone walked for 45 days and 450 miles from her home in Newton, Massachusetts, to Washington, DC, to tell Congress and the President they must stop this war. On April 2, Massachusetts’ Senator Ted Kennedy and Representative Robert Drinan met her on the Capitol steps. Her walk captured national attention. People all over the country rallied to support her. Over and over, they told Bruyn, “You are walking for me.”

Midwest Book Review found the book to bedeftly written, personally candid, often insightful, occasionally inspiring, always engaging. She Walked for All of Us, One Woman's197l Protest Against an Illegal War is an iconic read and highly recommended for anyone who has ever aspired to protest against a perceived social or governmental injustice. [It] would make an enduringly important addition to community and college library social activism and 20th century American biography collections.”

Celebrate Spring with Fashion Tips

Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 pm

Come meet Kathleen Sullivan, your fashion advisor. For over 20 years she has been selling women's clothing and accessories. Her focus is always on the latest trends. In this workshop you will learn the newest scarf tying techniques. Bring a favorite or new scarf, and Kathleen will demonstrate to you how to show it off to its best advantage. You'll also discover the best jewelry and colors for you. The event promises to be a fun and interactive good time. Space is limited, so please call to register: 508-760-6219.

Friday, April 3, 2015

April artist - E. Michael DelPapa

E. Michael DelPapa first became interested in Photography in his mid-thirties, when film was still the reigning medium. The demands of a full time job and a young and growing family—coupled with the costs associated with film—limited the time and resources that he could devote to his photography. Now retired, he has the luxury of unmortgaged time with which to take photographs. Combine this with the revolution wrought by digital photography, and throw in living on Cape Cod—a Photographer’s Garden of Eden—and he now possesses all he needs to indulge his passion for Photography.

He hopes you enjoy viewing his photographs as much as he enjoyed taking them. The photographs on display are available to view during most of the library's open hours.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Local poet Ronald Harrison Fenn

Friday, April 24 at 1:00 pm

Local poet Ronald Harrison Fenn presents “A Walk through Words” as part of National Poetry Month. Mr. Fenn has been the author of fifteen volumes of journal, five collections of ongoing poetry, one short story, numerous essays, book reviews, letters, and public lectures for the past fifty years. In 2014 one of his poems was published in a Dennis Conservation Trust newsletter.

A Dennis resident, Mr. Fenn is presently semi-retired, devoting most of his time to writing poems and his journals, traveling, and working on a thirty-five year research project focused on uncovering the historical roots, tenets, and experience of unique American character that define us as a nation. He has been a guest lecturer at various public schools, colleges, post-graduate institutes of higher learning and civic organizations with topics ranging from poetry and early American history to critical thinking skills. He recently completed a series of poetic reflections of select Robert Frost poems of the seasons. He teaches mathematics as an adjunct faculty member at Cape Cod Community College and is widely known for his StartSmart and SatSmart tutorial programs that have resulted in outstanding achievements for students from Cape Cod’s public and private schools.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jazz Guitarist Ron Williams

Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 pm

Dennis Public Library presents Ron Williams in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. All are welcome. Ron Williams plays Finger-Style Jazz Guitar and sings from the Great American Songbook. He performs a variety of music that includes familiar Standards, Easy Listening and Popular selections from the 1930's to the present. Come and enjoy the show. No charge for attendance. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Old Houses of Dennis

Saturday, April 11 at 2:00 pm

Phyllis Horton of the Dennis Historical Society creatively presents an illustrated lecture on our Old Houses, both still standing and long gone. This core part of Dennis history shows the wide variety of styles employed through the years. A $5 donation at the door benefits the Dennis Historical Society.

Photo of the Joseph K. Baker homestead, loaned by Pauline Kennedy of Dennis Port in August 2000. This stately home is now gone, but it once stood on the north side of Route 28 in Dennis Port, just east of the intersection with South Street. The barn is still used as a club called The Improper Bostonian.