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Monday, September 22, 2014

Cape Cod Cemeteries

Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 pm

Nancy Shoemaker joins us for a pre-Halloween treat. Come discover peaceful places that have no admission fee - for the living anyway! Nancy will lead our audience on a virtual (slidehow) tour of Cape Cod's final resting places from Truro to Falmouth. You'll learn a lot of history, with a little humor thrown in for fun. Get a view of various stone carvers' works and discover how to date a cemetery by its stones. Headstones on the Cape span the centuries, with a few dating, amazingly, from the 1600s. You’ll enjoy contemplating these unique works of art.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Massachusetts Archaeology Month - Taylor Bray Farm Project

Saturday, October 18 at 12:00 pm

Come for a presentation by Craig Chartier, project archaeologist for the ongoing work at Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port, MA.

"Taylor-Bray Farm is unique...I can't think of another site like this. We will be able to compare the material found here with other local and regional sites to better understand many aspects of prehistoric and early historic life...the farm also has great potential to educate people about the importance of archaeology and the need to preserve & protect sites like this." ...Craig Chartier, project archaeologist.

Discover the past accomplishments and ongoing efforts to understand the Yarmouth Port farm's prehistoric and early historic life. Seasonally occupied by Native Americans approximately 3,000 years ago and settlers since around 1639, it provides a rare snapshot of the agricultural north side of the Cape. 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Cape Cod Canal Story

Saturday, October 11 at 12:00 pm

Help celebrate the Cape Cod Canal's first 100 years!
One hundred years ago the Cape Cod Canal became a reality. Discover what this waterway is all about, and how it became the engineering marvel you see today. Join a US Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger as she reveals the rich history, unique features, and modern day operations of the Cape Cod Canal. Bring all your questions to be answered by this Canal expert.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Author's Friday - Chip Bishop

Friday, September 26 at 2:00 pm

Chip Bishop is the author of The Lion and the Journalist: The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop, which profiled Chip's great uncle and his relationship with the renowned president. 

 

His second and newest book Quentin and Flora, set against the backdrop of The Great War in Europe, is the untold tale of Theodore Roosevelt's youngest son and his secret fiancee, Flora Payne Whitney.

 

Chip is a former resident of West Dennis, who conducted research for his first book at Dennis Public Library. 

 
Please register at the Library or call 508-760-6219. This year's Author's Friday Series is charging a $5 fee for attendance, which benefits the Friends of the Dennis Public Library. Funds raised help pay for library programs and materials.

Visiting author Diane Hester

Saturday, September 20 at 11:00 am

Come meet visiting author Diane Hester. Diane is a US citizen currently living in Australia. Her new release Run to Me has just been named as a finalist in the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense writing. The story is set in New England – Boston, New Hampshire, and northern Maine - and features Shyler O’Neil, a mother who has lost her son when another threatened boy comes into her life.

Before Diane Hester started her writing career, she was a professional violinist. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, the NY Metropolitan Opera House, Eastman Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall, Adelaide Festival Theatre and accompanied artists as diverse as Isaac Stern, Itzak Perlman, Chuck Mangioni and Australia’s Little River Band.

In 1989 Diane realized her childhood dream to live in the country when she and her family moved to a small farm outside Port Lincoln, South Australia. There she switched from performing to teaching violin and explored other creative outlets including gardening, spinning, knitting and carpentry. An animal lover, she also ran a donkey sanctuary for several years and dabbled in harness driving and riding.

But since discovering writing, Diane has done little else. When she isn’t hard at work at her latest novel she’s planning her critique group’s next retreat or a workshop for her local writing club. Run To Me, her debut novel, combines a love of Hitchcock-style suspense with memories of summer vacations in New England, her favorite place on earth. Check out her website at www.dianehester.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Meeting Room Artist

Douglas Prescott Murray graduated from the New England School of Arts and Design, and for more than four decades, he was Art Director and Advertising Manager for major corporations in MA, and owner and manager of his own MA-based business. Now retired from the commercial world, he devotes his time to fine arts, and is recognized as a well-known, award winning, multi-media artist in both MA and FL.


Many of his pen and ink drawings feature private homes and commercial properties.  His fine arts specialties include: birds, wildlife, portraits, seascapes, and landscapes. Come see his beautiful work!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Local author Yvonne deSouza

Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 am


As anyone who has been diagnosed with a serious disease can attest, life can change dramatically in just moments.  For author Yvonne deSousa, that life-changing moment came when her doctor informed her six months after her 40th birthday that she had relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.  Those few words have both caused concern and have been the source of chuckles over the last few years.  Taking the serious nature of her diagnosis in stride, deSousa shares how her sense of humor has helped her deal with the chronic nature of her illness in her new book. 
 
With an uncanny ability to see the humor in the most difficult moments, deSousa shares her insights in her memoir, MS Madness!  A “Giggle More, Cry Less Story” of Multiple Sclerosis.  From her brother’s insightful commentary – “You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now” – to her doctor’s declaration – “MS sucks” – deSousa recalls the reactions of those around her like a true storyteller.  A page turner that will have readers both laughing and crying, deSousa’s realistic look at how she manages her own MS shines a light on the more than 400,000 Americans who deal with the disease every single day.

In a lighthearted presentation, Yvonne’s talks both enlighten and entertain.  She discusses facts about MS that most with chronic illness can relate to, shares her journey with the audience in a way that gets them smiling and reads excerpts from her book.  As she says in the Q and A period following the talk, “go ahead, ask me anything. My life is pretty much an open book!”  This is all done in a comic way to show the audience that with determination and a sense of humor, you can survive anything!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Author's Friday - Ronald Florence

Friday, August 29 at 2:00 pm

Ronald Florence is a novelist, historian, and author of twelve books. Educated at Berkeley and Harvard, he has taught at colleges and universities, ran a foundation, raced sailboats, and raised Cotswold sheep before turning to full-time writing. He lives in Providence, RI, and travels in Europe and the Middle East to research his books. Several books have been published in foreign editions, and The Perfect Machine is the basis of a PBS documentary. His book Family Werth was released last year.
Please register at the Library or call 508-760-6219. This year's Author's Friday Series is charging a $5 fee for attendance, which benefits the Friends of the Dennis Public Library. Funds raised help pay for library programs and materials.