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

Have you complete the 2020 census?

There is still time to complete the 2020 census. 
Visit 2020census.gov to get started. 


Why complete the census? 

Census data impacts funding for things like libraries, community centers, educational programs, SNAP, Medicare and Medicaid, parks and recreational facilities, school lunch programs and more!

Your response matters.

19th Amendment Centennial Challenge!

The Dennis Libraries are celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment all summer long!


The 19th Amendment, passed in 1920, grants women the right to vote. 



All summer, the 5 Dennis Libraries will be celebrating with a 19th Amendment Centennial Challenge! It you would like to participate, simply visit our 
  • Complete any of the activities listed
  • Fill out a "Challenge Completed" form online
  • Submit a form every time you complete a challenge to be entered into the end of summer raffle!

Curbside Pickup Available!

Here is what you need to know...


Requesting items:
  • Requests for books 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
  • Children's activity packets and teen craft packets are available. Please let us know how many kids or teens are in your family when scheduling your pickup time.

Pickup:
  • When your item(s) are ready, a staff member will call you to schedule a pickup time
  • Pickup times will be scheduled Tuesday-Saturday 2:00-6:00
  • 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. 

Delivery Between Libraries Resumes

The Massachusetts Library System funded delivery program between libraries has resumed. Feel free to place your orders for materials from other libraries, and they will be delivered to Dennis Public Library.

Due to the backlog of material, receiving holds may take a little more time than usual. In addition, we will be quarantining books for three days after their arrival to ensure the utmost safety for our patrons.

We are here to help!

We are happy to help you find great books to read and movies to watch, available with contact-free curbside pickup!


Library staff is available to select books, DVDs and other materials from our collection for you, based on your personal preferences!

We also have activity packets and crafts for kids.

Fill out this form, or just give us a call, and we will get to work picking out some new and exciting choices, just for you. Once we have your items ready we will call you to schedule a curbside pickup time. It couldn't be easier!

You can also browse the catalog yourself and place holds online or using the new CLAMS Library app.

Daily Trivia

Each weekday of our closure, we will post a fun trivia question for all of you!

Wednesday, July 15th:
Ancestry Library Edition can be remotely accessed using your Dennis library card through July 31st. This year is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Do you have a relative who served during this war?  Use Ancestry to explore their military history. 

Established in 1942, the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) was the women's branch of the US Naval Reserve during World War II. This woman, then president of Wellesley College, served as the first director of the WAVES: 

A.  Mildred H. McAfee
B.  Helen M. Buckley 
C.  Virginina Gildersleeve
D.  Lillian Gilbreth

Tuesday, July 14th:
Many famous movies have been "remade" over the years. One favorite remake is the Disney movie The Parent Trap.  Both versions are available at DPL. Based on the 1949 novel Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kastner, the plot revolves around twin girls separated at birth who later meet at summer camp. They switch places so they can meet the parent they have never known. They then scheme to get their parents back together. The original movie premiered in 1961 with Hayley Mills playing the twins. Her parents were portrayed by Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith. The 1998 remake stars Lindsay Lohan in a dual role as the twins.  Her parents Nick and Elizabeth, were played by:

A.  Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
B.  Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson
C.  Brad Pitt and Reese Witherspoon
D.  Matt Damon and Kate Winslet

Check back tomorrow for the answer and for your next trivia question!

Ancestry.com Available at Home

Ancestry Library Edition is currently available from home!


UPDATE: Remote access has been extended through the end of July! Thank you Proquest!

Great news for genealogists and anyone interested in searching for their family history. Ancestry Library Edition will be available, temporarily, with remote access, meaning you can search this great resource from the safety and comfort of home!

You will need to sign in with your Dennis library card and library PIN. Click the image below to get started.


Please email den_mail@clamsnet.org if you have any questions. 

Closed Saturday, July 4th

In honor of Independence Day, the library will be closed on Saturday, July 4th.



We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday. 

Our book drop will remain open for returns. 

We will be back to resume curbside service on Tuesday, July 7th.