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Monday, August 18, 2014

Local author Yvonne deSouza

Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 am


As anyone who has been diagnosed with a serious disease can attest, life can change dramatically in just moments.  For author Yvonne deSousa, that life-changing moment came when her doctor informed her six months after her 40th birthday that she had relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.  Those few words have both caused concern and have been the source of chuckles over the last few years.  Taking the serious nature of her diagnosis in stride, deSousa shares how her sense of humor has helped her deal with the chronic nature of her illness in her new book. 
 
With an uncanny ability to see the humor in the most difficult moments, deSousa shares her insights in her memoir, MS Madness!  A “Giggle More, Cry Less Story” of Multiple Sclerosis.  From her brother’s insightful commentary – “You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now” – to her doctor’s declaration – “MS sucks” – deSousa recalls the reactions of those around her like a true storyteller.  A page turner that will have readers both laughing and crying, deSousa’s realistic look at how she manages her own MS shines a light on the more than 400,000 Americans who deal with the disease every single day.

In a lighthearted presentation, Yvonne’s talks both enlighten and entertain.  She discusses facts about MS that most with chronic illness can relate to, shares her journey with the audience in a way that gets them smiling and reads excerpts from her book.  As she says in the Q and A period following the talk, “go ahead, ask me anything. My life is pretty much an open book!”  This is all done in a comic way to show the audience that with determination and a sense of humor, you can survive anything!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Author's Friday - Ronald Florence

Friday, August 29 at 2:00 pm

Ronald Florence is a novelist, historian, and author of twelve books. Educated at Berkeley and Harvard, he has taught at colleges and universities, ran a foundation, raced sailboats, and raised Cotswold sheep before turning to full-time writing. He lives in Providence, RI, and travels in Europe and the Middle East to research his books. Several books have been published in foreign editions, and The Perfect Machine is the basis of a PBS documentary. His book Family Werth was released last year.
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.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Visiting author Patricia Nolan-Brown

Saturday, August 30 at 11:00 am  

Aspiring inventors come and meet Patricia Nolan-Brown, author of Idea to Invention: What You Need to Know to Cash In on Your Invention, which just hit #3 on the Amazon best-selling list.. Her book shares her “six-plus-six” formula for success. As she’s learned, becoming a successful inventor takes six personality traits, which anyone with desire can develop, combined with six action steps. “I am living proof that you can create your own American dream,” Nolan-Brown assures every aspiring inventor. “All you need is your own imagination and this book.” Chek out her website at www.patricianolanbrown.com
Patricia Nolan-Brown, inventor of the original rear-facing car seat mirror, is often called a real-life "Mother of Invention." She holds multiple patents and registered trademarks, and has sold tens of millions of products. Her  inventions and their backstories have been featured in national newscasts and magazines. She also has a thriving career as a motivational speaker, for groups from Fortune 500 CEOs to grade-school science-fair hopefuls, and a popular video blog. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, three daughters, and her westie, Coconut.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Rainbow Loom Drop-In

Wednesday, August 6th from 3-5 pm

Bring your loom or share one of ours! There will be books, videos and other people to share tips with. Ages 8+ recommended.

August Meeting Room Artist Phil Airoldi



Showing Through August 29th

“More than the Game” is a collection of  nearly 10 years of paintings of the Cape Cod Baseball League. With close to a hundred paintings in the series, he has tried to capture the essence of the interactions between players, fans and volunteers. There is much more going on at a Cape League game than a baseball game, and his goal is to depict this unique experience in his paintings.

Phil was an art teacher at Chicopee Comprehensive H.S for twenty five years and has been a practicing professional artist for most of his life He is an artist member of the Cape Cod Art Association, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

Come enjoy his colorful renditions! 

Glitter Cell Phone Chargers!

Tuesday, August 13th at 2 pm

Bring your charger to decorate! We'll show you how. Ages 10+ recommended.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Heroes and Villains

Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 pm

Meet popular Cape Cod authors Arlene Kay and Kevin Symmons at as they explore and explain how professionals craft characters that take their novels from pedantic to scintillating. Both are best-selling scribes who’ve performed this presentation to rave reviews. They enjoy interactive sessions so come with your questions and ideas as to who are your favorite heroes… and villains! You’ll have fun and walk away with a new appreciation of how authors construct to-die for good guys and bad ones.

An artful combination of humor, sex, and savagery make Arlene Kay’s mysteries unique. The author of Intrusion; Die Laughing; The Abacus Prize; and the new Boston Uncommon Series: Swann Dive; Mantrap; Gilt Trip; & Swann Song, is a former federal executive with one of those alphabet agencies who traded the trappings of bureaucracy for the delights of murder most foul. She confines her crimes to fiction. Arlene’s early works were published by Mainly Murder Press. Her new work is available from Belle Bridge Books.

Kevin Symmons is a successful multi-published author who went from the executive suite to the writing desk. His novels have been Amazon best-sellers and his debut novel, Rite of Passage, garnered a major award nomination. He writes in Plymouth and Cape Cod and his novels includes romantic thrillers and adult commercial fiction. His most recent releases are a Cape Cod thriller, Out of the Storm, and a contemporary women's fiction novel, Solo. His work is available from New York’s award winning Wild Rose Press.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Cape Cod Railroad and the Wharves

Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00 pm

Come and continue to expand your knowledge of Cape Cod railroads. Ted Shrady, railroad enthusiast and author, returns with the story of the relationship between Cape Cod’s railroads and the wharves in three different Cape Cod villages. In 1848 the coming of the railroad was a boon to the Cape’s development and commerce. The railroad had tracks on three wharves in Woods Hole, Hyannis, and Provincetown. So began the shipment of products and people by rail and sea to and from the Cape. Building materials, food stuffs, and coal arrived, while fish, sand, and cranberries left. Meanwhile the two south shore wharves became transfer points for passengers going to and from the Islands. Discover this period in Cape Cod’s history, when chugging trains and steaming ships were important features of the Cape Cod landscape.