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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Food for Fines is back for 2014!

Starting Saturday, November 1st

Now is the chance to give to the community AND clean your library slate! During this holiday season, donate one canned or dry goods item for every $1 in fines owed, up to $10 worth. Items must be sealed and unexpired. All the collected food will be donated to the Dennis Council on Aging Food Pantry.

Thanks for your help!

Cape Cod Cemeteries - TONIGHT!

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 (slideshow) tour of Cape Cod's final resting places from Truro to Falmouth - and our audience won't leave the comfort of Dennis Public Library. 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. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wampanoags Yesterday, Today, and on Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 15 at 12:00 pm 

Come explore the culture that greeted some of the first European settlers in America. A Native museum educator from the Wampanoag Indigenous program at Plimouth Plantation (Plymouth, MA) will discuss the life and culture of the Wampanoag People, who continue to make their homes on Cape Cod today.

Hear the Native perspective on Thanksgiving. For the Wampanoag, it was Keepunumuk, the time of the harvest, while the English calendar said it was the autumn of 1621. In a small English town on the edge of the sea, more than 90 Wampanoag men shared food with 52 colonists. Over the centuries, the story of this gathering has been lost, recovered, told and retold. More than 200 hundred years later, this three-day celebration would come to be known as the First Thanksgiving. Images and artifacts will help reveal the special event that took place during those days.   

Monday, October 6, 2014

October Meeting Room Artist - Elinor Freedman

Reception, Thursday, October 23 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Elinor Freedman is an artist who relocated from north of Boston to East Dennis where she is inspired by the beauty of the landscape and creative energy of fellow artists. 

While Ellie has explored a variety of mediums, she is drawn to the vibrancy and immediacy of working with pastels, to which she has focused her current work. For more information about the paintings on display at the library, contact Ellie at elinorafreedman@gmail.com

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