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

ComCat Returns!

The Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) is available again! 

You can now request books and other materials from across the state. 


If CLAMS doesn't have it, try searching on ComCat.
A free and easy way to get even more with your library card. 

Give us a call if you would like more information or help making a request. 

Great events to share


It's no secret. We have great virtual events to share from institutions and organizations from around the Cape and Massachusetts. 

You can attend from the comfort of your home! Just click on the box to your right for VIRTUAL LIBRARY EVENTS. So many great offerings!

Some events require registration, so be sure to click on the event links for complete details. We will do our best to keep this list up to date with all of the great happenings around the state. 

Writers' Studio Returns!

New weekly virtual writers' studio meetings online via Zoom!

If you are an aspiring writer and would like to get a chance to meet other local writers, share your work, and get feedback from a supportive group, now is you chance! Write your chapters and screen share with each other. 

They have a lot of fun…

  • Centerville (ongoing) on Mondays 1–3 pm 
  • Dennis Port on Wednesdays 3 – 5 pm
  • Woods Hole on Fridays 1 – 3 pm

To register please email Sharon Anderson at the Cape Cod Writers’ Studio: Sdanderson.books@gmail.com

Groups starting late September (except Centerville which is active now)

Have you completed 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.

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
  • 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. 

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.

Information correction


We understand that a little earlier this week some misinformation went out in The Cranberry Scoop, newsletter of the Dennis Senior Center. Unfortunately, none of the Dennis Libraries are open to the public right now nor are we offering browsing of collections. However, we are happily continuing with curbside pickup service. Also, here at Dennis Public Library feel free to check out our books on display in the windows behind the curbside pickup table in our parking lot. If you see any book on display that interests you, give us a call, and we will put it in your curbside order pickup.

Ancestry.com Available at Home

Ancestry Library Edition is currently available from home!


UPDATE: Remote access has been extended through the end of December! 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.