Updates- COVID-19

By order of the Town of Dennis, Dennis Public Library is currently closed. Curbside pickup is available. Our book drop is open for returns.

Staff is available to assist you with curbside pickup service Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - with pickups scheduled from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please call the library at 508-760-6219 during these hours to speak with a staff member.

Visit the Town's website through the link below for local information and updates regarding COVID-19:
https://www.town.dennis.ma.us/home/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Pastel Painting Workshop- Virtual Program

Miracle Flower Pastel Painting
Saturday, December 12th from 12:30-3:00


Dennis Public Library will once again host award-winning pastel artist Gregory Maichack to present a hands-on workshop for adults, “Pastel Paint the Miracle Flowers,” on Saturday, December 12th. This year the presentation will be virtual, using Zoom. 

This exciting Zoom pastel painting workshop is designed for everyone from sheer beginners to experienced artists. 

Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils.  In this new, highly researched workshop, participants have fun producing their own pastel painting inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s enormous mural, The Miracle Flower. 

Please call 508-760-6219 or email nkramer@clamsnet.org to register. 

Participants will be provided pastels, white charcoal pencils, template, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop. Materials will be provided via curbside pickup the week before the program. 

This program 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.

Mass Cultural Council Logo

Thanksgiving Hours

closed on november 26-27
Closed November 26-27


The library will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Our bookdrop will remain open for returns. 

We will resume our normal curbside service
 Saturday, November 28th from 12:00-6:00.

The staff wishes you a safe and happy holiday! 

Gratitude Tree

Help us add to our Gratitude Tree!


It’s been a challenging year for all of us, but, hopefully, we still have many things to be thankful for. To highlight the good things in our lives, at Dennis Public Library we are creating a gratitude tree featured in our windows facing the parking lot.

Window display of gratitude tree

table display with paper leaves and markers
It’s easy to participate. Everything you need is on our curbside pickup table. Simply fill out a blank leaf with something you are thankful for. Let it dry a bit and put it in the cardboard box. Library staff will collect your leaves, and they will be added to our tree. 

Many great leaves have been added already, but there is plenty of room for one (or more) from you!

Curbside Pickup Available!

Here is what you need to know...


Requesting items:
  • Requests for books, CDs, and DVDs can be made online at clamsnet.org or by calling the library at 508-760-6219
  • Staff will be available by phone Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-6:00
  • Holds will be filled in the order they are received
  • You can browse the collection online to see what is currently available at DPL
  • If you need help choosing items, we are happy to help you find a great read- online request form
Pickup:
  • When your item(s) are ready, a staff member will call you to schedule a pickup time
  • Pickup times will be scheduled Tuesday 2:00-6:00 and Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-6:00
  • Your item(s) will be placed in a paper bag on a table near our parking lot during your scheduled pickup time, to allow for contact-free pickup
  • If others are at the table when you arrive, practice social distancing and wait for them to leave the area before collecting your holds
  • All library patrons should wear a mask when picking up items
  • Please do not come to the library before you have received a phone call from a staff member confirming your item(s) are ready, we will not be able to fill unscheduled requests
Returns:
  • Returns can be put in the outdoor book and media returns 
  • Please do not leave returns on the pickup table
  • Items will NOT be checked in immediately, following safety guidelines
  • Please allow up to a week for items to be checked in off of your account
  • Fines will be waived on items at this time
What we are doing to keep everyone safe:
  • Holds will be packed in bags by library staff wearing masks and gloves
  • Staff will wash hands frequently and use sanitizer as needed
  • High touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly
  • All items, including returns, will be quarantined for at least 3 days before handling or recirculating
What you can do to help:
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and throw away each tissue after one use
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wear a mask when in public spaces
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily

Other CLAMS libraries may be providing similar services in the coming weeks. What each library can offer is dependent on their staffing, their building and other factors. Please check with other libraries to learn what services they may be offering.

We have missed you all and we look forward to getting books back in your hands! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at den_mail@clamsnet.org or 508-760-6219. 

StoryWalk at Old Fort Field

Dennis Public Library recently collaborated with the Dennis Conservation Land Trust to present Leaf Man, a StoryWalk®. 

book cover of Leaf Man
The book, written and beautifully illustrated by Lois Ehlert, tells the story of a leaf man blowing across the landscape. The complete story can be read as you walk along the trail at Old Fort Field (105 New Boston Rd. Dennis). 

This book is most suitable for children 4-8, though all ages will enjoy it. The StoryWalk® will be exhibited for the month of November only, so make sure you plan a visit with your little ones. 

We love working with our community partners and hope you enjoy this great story while exploring the great outdoors!

Laptops Now Available!

Photo of a laptop
Missing the library's computers? 

Thanks to the Friends of the Dennis Public Library, we now have 2 laptops available for checkout. The laptops are loaded with Microsoft Word and other Office programs. 

Chromebooks are also available for checkout. 

Contact the library with any questions and to find out about availability and guidelines for borrowing. 

Virtual Program~ 1620: The First Year with Christopher Daley

Image of the ship the Mayflower


Saturday, November 14th at 4:00pm


This year marks the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims. 

Join us for a special virtual program presented by historian Christopher Daley as we discuss the Pilgrims' difficult voyage across the Atlantic, the beginnings of Plymouth Colony, and the settlers' early encounters with the Wampanoag people. 


They came seeking religious freedom and found an untamed inhospitable wilderness fraught with innumerable dangers. They struggled with disease and death and survived through the grace of God and with the help of the "People of the Dawn" - the Wampanoag Nation.

This program will be presented virtually on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out one day before the program. 

Please contact Nicole at nkramer@clamsnet.org or 508-760-6219 to register or for more information. 

This program is generously funded by the Friends of Dennis Public Library. 

Route 28 Road Work

Road Work- Seek Alternate Routes


The State is doing some paving and road work on Route 28 in the area surrounding the library. Anyone coming to the library for curbside pickup may face detours or need to seek alternate routes. 

The library can be accessed by turning at Division Street (by the 7-Eleven), turning right onto Center Street, and then right onto Edwards Avenue. The library's parking lot entrance is located on Edwards Avenue. Please remember that Hall Street is now a one way. 

Road work will temporarily stop on Tuesday, November 3rd, and should not impact voters coming to the library on election day. 

Detour map of Dennis Port