Go Thoreau! Celebrating 200 years!

Happy 200th Birthday, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

photo of Henry David Thoreau and The Dennis Libraries Logo

The Dennis Libraries are celebrating all year. Visit dennislibrariesthoreaubicentennial.blogspot.com for lectures, book clubs, and other activities related to Thoreau and our appreciation of nature.

"Truths and roses have thorns about them."

Saltworks of Cape Cod

drawn map of cape cod

Thursday, August 3rd at 6:00


Join Robert Kelley for a special talk on the Cape Cod Saltworks. The presentation will discuss early salt production in Europe, the dynamics of salt exports to America in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the expansion, and decline of the industry in Barnstable County. Join us to explore the probable cause for the development of manufacturing salt by solar evaporation by Capt. John Sears of Yarmouth/Dennis in the early Federal Period, and to learn more about this local industry.

Robert Dudley Kelley of South Yarmouth is a trustee with the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth, a researcher and writer of the local history of South Yarmouth with concentration in the subjects of genealogy, saltworks, Quakers, and the Native Americans of that town. He is published in the New England Historic and Genealogical Register, and local publications in Barnstable County. He is the current Chief Operating Officer of Dennis East International. 

Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod

book cover for Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod

Thursday, July 27th at 6:30


Join local author Christopher Setterlund as he discusses his new book "Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod" which details the history of some of the iconic establishments of the Cape, still fresh in the memories of restaurant patrons.

Thousands of restaurants have come and gone on Cape Cod over the past century. Some, however, have made an indelible mark. Bill and Thelma's was hugely popular with students from the 1950s to the 1970s, often packed with locals after sporting events and dances. Starbuck's Restaurant in Hyannis featured the Chief Justice Warren Burger Burger and the Larry Bird Burger on its menu and boasted about the soup du jour saying, "We don't know what it is, but we have it every day." Opinions differ on how the Reno Diner actually got its name, whether from a broken sign or a local appliance company. This book covers these and many other stories about local Cape restaurants.

Author Christopher Setterlund is a twelfth-generation Cape Codder whose roots go back to the second Mayflower voyage. After growing up on Cape Cod and working in the restaurant industry for nearly two decades, he has a wealth of knowledge as to what makes a legendary Cape Cod establishment. He is the author of the In My Footsteps travel book series featuring Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. In addition to books, the author has contributed work to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Life magazine, Cape Cod Magazine, CapeCod.com and the Travel Channel. Away from writing he is a WITS-certified personal trainer, runner, photographer and a lover of travel.  

Preschool Story Time is cancelled this week

Thursday, July 13th


There will be no Preschool Story Time on Thursday, July 13th. You are welcome to visit our children's room to read and play on your own, but there will be no planned story or craft this week. Preschool Story Time will be back next week, Thursday, July 20th. 

Bag of Books Sale

a person  sitting on a stack of booksTuesday, July 18th-Saturday, July 22nd


The Friends of Dennis Public Library are holding a "Bag of Books Sale" at the library during the week of July 18th. Come to the library and get a designated paper bag and fill it with books for just $5. 

This is a great way to stock up on books for your cottage, beach reading, or vacations and help the library at the same time. There are great new titles as well as some old favorites available. 


All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Dennis Public Library. 

Anne D. LeClaire at Author's Friday Special

photo of Anne LeClaire

Friday, July 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm


The Friends of the Dennis Public Library are pleased to announce that bestselling author Anne D. LeClaire will be the featured guest at their annual Author’s Friday Special. The event takes place on July 28th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Sea View, 76 Chase Avenue in Dennis Port. Tickets are $25.00 ($30.00 at the door) and may be purchased at the library.

Anne D. LeClaire, author of the recently released The Halo Effect and eight other novels, is a former op-ed columnist who has been published in Redbook, the New York Times and the Boston Globe. She teaches creative workshops around the globe and has lead seminars and workshops exploring silence, creativity and deep listening. Anne lives on Cape Cod.

Photo Christopher D. LeClaire

The library will be closed on July 4th

American Flag

Closed: Tuesday, July 4th



The library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. Our outdoor book drop will remain open for returns. Enjoy a fun and safe holiday. 

We will be back to help you on Wednesday, July 5th.  

Happy Birthday Henry David Thoreau

pink cake with blue candles

Wednesday, July 12th 


The Dennis Libraries have been celebrating Henry David Thoreau all year in commemoration of his 200th birthday this year. As part of the celebration we will have a cake in the library from 12:00-2:00 on his birthday, July 12th. Please stop by for a piece and to share in the fun.