Pastel Painting with Greg Maichack

pastel painting of a sailboat

Saturday, June 1st from 12:30-3:00


Sail away with the craft of pastel painting with award-winning pastel artist Greg Maichack in this hands-on workshop.

This program is for adults of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced artists. Experiment with professional-grade pastels to create your own pastel painting to take home, inspired by Monet's impressionist painting, "Sailboat at Le Petit-Gennevilliers." You can make it in your own style, realistic or Impressionistic.

Space is limited. Registration is required: 508-760-6219

Friends of the Library Special Author Event

The Friends of Dennis Public Library are holding their annual author event again this July. We are excited to announce that this year's speaker is Elin Hilderbrand. She will be speaking about her new book, Summer of '69, set to release mid-June.

The event will take place on Friday, July 26th at the Sea View restaurant, located at 76 Chase Ave. in Dennis Port. 

Tickets will be available starting Wednesday, June 12th and will be on sale at Dennis Public Library, Jacob Sears Memorial Library, and The Brewster Bookstore. Tickets are $30 each and can be paid for with cash or check made out to the Friends of Dennis Public Library.

Self-Publishing Workshop

notebook and pens

Tuesday, May 28th from 3:00-4:30


Want to publish your book, but not sure how? This free workshop, presented by Sharon Anderson of the Cape Cod Writers' Studio, will show you how to self-publish your book, including how to sell your book on Amazon.com. 

Whether you are considering publishing a paperback, eBook, or audiobook, this workshop will provide you with tips to get you started.  

Ancestry.com now available!

green leaf logo for ancestry.com

Ancestry Library Edition is now available for use in the library



Ancestry Library Edition is a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, that allows you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname.  Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition’s millions of records – as far back as the 1400s. 


To get the most out of the experience, come prepared with a list of ancestors to research, as well as any other information you may have about places they lived, birth or death dates, etc. 

Just click the quick shortcut on any library computer to open Ancestry. Once connected, you’ll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched.  Key in the name, click on “Search” and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists.  It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images, census records, and civil registrations. 

The information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you’ll assemble.  These records have “clues” to the past – places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc – that lead to more information.  


old family photographs and text says discover your family history

Please note that Ancestry is only accessible in the library on any of our nine public computers. It cannot be accessed from home or using personal devices. Ask at the reference desk for more information or help to get started. 

ESOL with Samantha CANCELLED 5/2/2019

word bubbles with speak English written in different languagesPlease note that our Drop-In English for Speakers of Other Language class with Samantha is cancelled for Thursday, May 2nd. 


Concert: Ron Williams and Students

man sitting in a field holding a guitar

Saturday, May 11th at noon


Singer-guitarist and music teacher Ron Williams will be at the library for an afternoon concert, accompanied by several of his students. 

Ron's approach to guitar playing is called Finger-Style Jazz Guitar in which many elements of Classical Guitar are applied to jazz and popular compositions. He performs a variety of Easy-Listening Favorites, which includes familiar instrumentals by Dave Brubeck, Oscar Hammerstein, Guisseppe Verdi, J.S. Bach and others. He also sings the "Great American Songs" of the 1930s to the present by composers such as Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael. 

A Cape resident, Mr. Williams is a graduate of Duke University where he studied vocal performance and zoology. He teaches music performance and chorus for Project Forward at Cape Cod Community College and leads a weekly group voice workshop at The Cotuit Center for the Arts. Ron currently lives in Chatham were he teaches private lessons in guitar and voice. Whenever possible, Ron invites local music students to join him in performances.

We hope you can join us for a fun, musical program. Free and open to the public. No registration required. 

New database: A to Z World Food

Orange logo for A to Z World Food

Take some time to explore our exciting new resource! 
Find over 7,000 traditional recipes from 174 different countries. Learn to make classic dishes from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Access this digital cookbook at home or in the library. 
All you need is a Dennis library card. Please see a staff member if you need help logging in. 

images of a world map and international food

Journal Writings and Poetry from Ronald Harrison Fenn

close up photograph of Mr. Fenn

Saturday, April 20th at 10:30am


Local writer and poet Ronald Harrison Fenn has culled through 15 volumes of journals, and five collections of poetry to hand select both prose and poetic reflections of Cape Cod written over the past half-century of his life here. Journal entries, poems, personal anecdotes and commentaries will be included to spark each person's attention and perhaps reflect their personal attraction to this beautiful landscape.

A Cape Cod resident, Mr. Fenn is semi-retired, devoting most of his time to writing poems, his journals, correspondence, and traveling. He has been a guest lecturer at various, civic organizations, public schools, colleges, and post-graduate institutes of higher learning with topics ranging from poetry and early American history to critical thinking skills.