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StoryWalk® at Dennis Public Library

June 2022

Whether the library is open or closed, you can visit our outside StoryWalk® featuring A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by award-winning poet Marilyn Singer and New York Times best-selling illustrator LeUyuen Pham. 

This book celebrates universal types of play from organized games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch to imaginative play such as making mud soup or turning a stick into a magic wand. Lyrical poems and bold illustrations capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse themselves over the course of a summer day. Come and enjoy the read! 

Artist Jessica Coen featured in our Art Display Case

June 2022

Artist Jessica Coen designs and assembles Happy Hoops. Happy Hoops are whimsical pictures made from fabric, felt, and other little things that are framed within an embroidery hoop. The inspiration behind them comes from many places such as nature, feelings, people, art, life experiences, and literature. Each hand-crafted piece is unique, having a feeling and story all its own.

Jessica, a homeschooling and crafting mother of three, is the creator of Happy Hoops. She creates her hoops as a form of expression and craft therapy.

You can see more of her work on her Happy Hoops page on Facebook.

Artist Elizabeth Kelly Walker displaying in our Meeting Room

June 2022

Elizabeth Kelly Walker is a local artist, who has displayed previously at Dennis Public Library, as well as other locations on Cape and around New England. 

Her process involves recording her previous night's dreams in sketch books, using either pen and ink, pastel pencil, or oil pastels. When she paints, she works from these sketchbooks, roughing in the dream images on Masonite panels, making sure that the main composition looks good. She then prepares palette colors that feel appropriate.

Her dream images come from her subconscious concerns, worries, and reflections. They allow her to see inside herself.

"Art is a communication, and  I am able to relate in a visual way through thoughts, ideas, and emotions. I often work in series. I am concerned with ecological problems and relationships between people and animals and between different species. I also try to channel celebratory affirmations of nature. My dreams have become more intense during the recent pandemic and mounting global issues. The paintings in this show are a reflection of my subconscious responses to these disturbing and confusing times."

The public is welcome to a reception on Thursday, June 2nd at 5:00 in the Benjamin & Ruth Muse Meeting Room.

June's BookPage is here!

June 2022 issue

BookPage is a great resource for people who love to read. Click on the cover to go to our landing page, where the latest edition can be accessed as well as older ones. Choose your magazine cover by clicking on it. The "+" sign makes the print larger as needed.  

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library pay for our hard copy subscription. Come in and take home a copy while supplies last. 

Friends' Confidential Corner

Visitors to Dennis Public Library may notice something new in the building. 

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library are sponsoring a “Confidential Corner,” which provides materials on sensitive topics such as domestic abuse, suicide, substance use, and divorce. Patrons can borrow these materials without consulting with staff or checking materials out at the Circulation Desk. Of course, the Library always keeps patron information confidential, but sometimes people want to quietly and discreetly seek out resources during times of personal challenge.  

The Friends immediately responded to the Library’s request to sponsor this program. Both the Friends and the Library want to help community members in need and ask only that borrowers return items to the Confidential Corner bookcase when finished, so that they can help the next person. Together we can build a healthy and strong community.   

Jellyfish: How to Pastel Paint

Saturday, June 4th at 12:30 

Gregory Maichack, award winning artist, returns to instruct our patrons on how to pastel paint. This workshop has many possibilities for creativity - from design to colors - and, for the first time, participants will learn how to create a transparent effect as they paint an exotic jellyfish.

All supplies are provided, and patrons go home with their own work of art.

Please call the library to register, as spaces are limited for this always popular event: 508-760-6219.

NAMI Visit and Information Share

Saturday, May 21st at 12:30

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI works to educate, support, and advocate to improve the lives of people with mental illness and their loved ones.

At this session, come and learn about the opportunities for education, support, and resources on Cape Cod. If you are managing a mental health issue, or you are a family member supporting and advocating for a loved one, or you simply want to know more about NAMI, we invite you to attend. 

Please call the library to register: 508-760-6219.