A History of the Irish Harp Through the Ages

Mairead in a blue dress standing behind her harp

Saturday, March 2 at noon


Irish harpist Mairead Doherty will return to Dennis Public Library this March for a concert of Irish music. She will be joined by William Miner flutist, Richard Sullivan vocalist, and Denya LeVine violinist. 


We hope you can join us for an entertaining afternoon of music.



This program is supported in part by a grant from the Dennis Arts and Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. We appreciate their support in bringing enriching programs to the community. 

Winter Hand Crafts Group

basket of colorful yarn

November through February, 

3rd Tuesday of the month, 2:00-3:30


This winter, the library is again opening our meeting room to let crafters gather to meet, work on their latest projects, and enjoy the company of others. 


This is an open gathering for anyone who would like to join in the fun and work on their knitting, crochet, cross stitch, quilting, or any sort of hand craft in a social setting. Please note that this is not an instructional workshop, but a gathering to give crafters a place to socialize. 

All are welcome. Tea will be available.

The group will meet on November 20, December 18, January 15 and February 19. 

LIBRARY CLOSING AT 4:30

Due to the weather, the library will be closing early at 4:30 on Tuesday, February 12th. Please stay safe.



February Artist- Kris Depew

abstract painting with maroon black and white splatters
Local artist Kris Depew will have her paintings on display in the library's meeting room throughout the month of February. If you are at the library for a program or picking up a book, make sure you take a few moments to explore the exhibit. 

If you are making a special trip to see the exhibit, feel free to give us a call to make sure the room is not being used for a program!


From the artist:
"I welcome you to take a deep breath and allow yourself the opportunity to feel and think, without judgement, anything that may arise with each piece. Thank you for being part of my journey. i hope some paintings resonate with you, make you think, give you another perspective, and you feel the raw emotions that created them."

Tour of Ireland

photo of green hills with blue sky

Wednesday, January 23rd at 3pm


Join Irish tour guide Gemma Loughnane for a discussion on Ireland in all its facets: music, history, language, beautiful scenery, friendly people, and literature. 

Gemma was born in County Tipperary, Ireland. She is certified by the International Tour Management Institute and has been a tour guide for 25 years, covering almost every corner of the globe from Antarctica to Africa, Asia to Europe and has taken groups on many four month world cruises. Ireland has always been one of her favorite destinations and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge of the culture, scenery and people. 

Gemma and fellow tour guide, Katrina Valenzuela are planning a tour to the west of Ireland this spring for a  small group of 20-24 travelers. If interested, please contact Gemma at gemmaloughnane@yahoo.com in order to secure your spot. Details for the tour can be found at www.katrinavalenzuela.com.

Series: All About Birds

dvd cases for bird documentaries

Saturdays at 12:30 starting January 19th


For 5 weeks this winter, the library is hosting a series all about birds! We will have a kickoff event on January 19th with special guest speaker Philip Kyle who will give a talk on "Amazing Behaviors of Common Birds." Then, each week, we will show a different PBS Nature documentary highlighting a specific type of bird. No registration required. Come to one program or all of them! 

January 19th~ "Amazing Behaviors of Common Birds" with Philip Kyle
January 26th~ "Owl Power" documentary
February 2nd~ "My Life as a Turkey" documentary
February 9th~ "Hummingbirds" documentary
February 16th~ "A Murder of Crows" documentary

Healthy Aging Survey

hand writing the word survey
The Barnstable County Department of Human Services is conducting a Cape-wide survey to learn about residents' plans as they age, the ways they may be helping others, and their own caregiving and service needs.

All ages are encouraged to take part in this survey. Dennis residents who return a survey to the Dennis Public Library or the Dennis Senior Center will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Stop & Shop gift card. 

Please take 15 minutes to respond to this survey and share your thoughts with the Healthy Aging Project and the Dennis Council on Aging. In addition to the paper surveys available at the library and senior center, you may also take the survey online: Online survey link


New Digital Newspaper Archive!

front page of newspapers

Digital access to The Register and The Barnstable Patriot now available


You can now search historic local newspapers from the comfort of your own home! Our collection includes issues of The Register and The Barnstable Patriot, as well as issues from other titles assumed by those periodicals over the years. 

Take some time to explore, search for relatives, favorite businesses from years past, major events on Cape Cod, and more! We hope you enjoy searching this great new resource. 

To get started, visit the online archive, or click on the newspaper image on the right-hand side of our website. Please see a librarian if you have any questions on searching the archive. 

We are truly grateful for the Community Preservation Committees of the towns of Dennis, Barnstable, and Yarmouth for funding this project and to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Lothropp Family Foundation for their partial funding of the digitization of The Barnstable Patriot from 1830-1930.