Go Thoreau! Celebrating 200 years!

Happy 200th Birthday, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


The Dennis Libraries are celebrating all year. Visit dennislibrariesthoreaubicentennial.blogspot.com for lectures, book clubs, and other activities related to Thoreau and our appreciation of nature.

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."

ESL Classes Resume 4/26 at 6:30pm

We have a new volunteer who will be helping us with ESL (English as a Second Language) Classes. Join us each Wednesday at 6:30pm to practice speaking English in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. There is no sign-up required for this class, just drop in!

We are are so thankful for our wonderful volunteers who help bring this and other great services to the community.

Edible Wild Plants of the Northeast

Saturday, April 22nd at 12:30pm


Help us celebrate Earth Day! Join naturalist and landscaper John Root for a comprehensive introduction to the identification and uses of wild plants for food and beverage. He will discuss distinguishing characteristics, seasons of availability, habitats, methods of preparation, and nutritional and medicinal value of New England’s most common and appealing wild plants.

This is a free program, however, perennials for edible landscaping and attracting songbirds, hummingbirds, and butterflies will be offered for sale. 



~This program is Henry David Thoreau approved! Keep an eye out for other nature related programs all year long!~

Temporary Suspension of ESL Classes

Our ESL (English as a second language) classes, taught by our wonderful volunteer Bill Maloney, are canceled until further notice. If you are interested in classes, please contact library staff and we will let you know when we have enough people to resume classes.

In the meantime an alternative location for instruction is Cape Cod Community College. CCCC in Hyannis offers the ACCESS program (508-375-5000).

The library also offers Mango Languages, an online resource for learning languages, including 21 courses for English language learners. A Dennis Public Library card is required to use Mango.


Road work near the library

Tuesday, March 28th


Road construction is taking place in front of the library and some neighboring streets this morning. We are not sure how long the work will take. If you are not able to get to our parking lot, you may park in the municipal parking lot behind Buckies Biscotti and walk over. You may also call us to renew your items if you cannot make it in to the library today. Sorry for any inconvenience.

"Ragtime" Jack Radcliffe

Saturday, April 8th at Noon


Join us for a musical celebration of jazz, blues and ragtime. "Ragtime" Jack Radcliffe's performance will include great music, uplifting wit, historical anecdotes and connections to local lore. Jack’s background in journalism amplifies a lifelong quest for the cultural framework of his music wherever he performs.

“Ragtime” Jack is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime. He has been performing for more than 40 years as a singer/songwriter, accompanying himself on piano, guitar and fiddle. In the ‘60s and ‘70s he was a fixture on the coffeehouse circuit. From 1972-1976 his band “The New Viper Review” pushed the genre envelopes of blues, folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz. He took a break from the music business in the ‘90s, working as a newspaper editor, but now he is back to music full time, directing Wepecket Island Records, performing his own music, and touring with the Rolling Roots Revue. In 2014, Jack was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of Fame.  

Local Poet Ronald Harrison Fenn

Saturday, April 1st at 12:30pm


Ronald Harrison Fenn will be back at the library to present "Henry David Thoreau: All Nature is My Bride" to help us kick-off National Poetry Month and as part of the Dennis Libraries' year long celebration of Henry David Thoreau. The program will include readings of some of Thoreau's works as well as some of Mr. Fenn's original poetry and journal prose that take inspiration from Thoreau and Cape Cod.

Mr. Fenn is the author of fifteen volumes of journal, five collections of ongoing poetry, one short story, numerous essays, book reviews, letters, and public lectures for the past fifty years. In 2014 one of his poems was published in a Dennis Conservation Trust newsletter.

A Cape Cod resident, Mr. Fenn is semi-retired, devoting most of his time to writing poems, his journals, correspondence, traveling, and working on a thirty-five year research project focused on uncovering the historical roots, tenets, and experience of unique American character that defines us as a nation. He has been a guest lecturer at various public schools, colleges, and post-graduate institutes of higher learning and civic organizations with topics ranging from poetry and early American history to critical thinking skills. He recently completed a series of poetic reflections of select Robert Frost poems of the seasons. He teaches mathematics as an adjunct faculty member at Cape Cod Community College and is widely known for his StartSmart and SatSmart tutorial programs that have resulted in outstanding achievements for students from Cape Cod’s public and private schools.



~This program is Henry David Thoreau approved! Keep an eye out for other nature related programs all year long!~

Mystery Book Club Cancelled

Tuesday, March 14th- the Mystery Book Club meeting is cancelled for today due to the storm. The next meeting will be April 11th at 6:30. Please be safe.