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.

"Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps."

Pastel Painting with Greg Maichack

Saturday, June 3rd at 12:30pm


In this new workshop participants have fun producing their own pastel painting of Georgia O'Keeffe's elegant Jimson flower that sold for just short of $45 million. Professional grade pastels and pastel paper is provided for use during the workshop. All participants will get to keep their pastel paintings. 

Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the MFA (Boston), Massachusetts Cultural Council, and over 800 libraries and local cultural councils. 

Registration is required, and space is limited, so please call 508-760-6219 to save your spot.

Author Talk with Hugh Blair-Smith

Thursday, June 1st at 6:30pm


Join local author Hugh Blair-Smith as he discusses his book "Left Brains for the Right Stuff" about the Space Race. What made the Space Race possible? What made it necessary? How close a race was it? And what did it achieve? The answers involve the history of three technologies- rockets, navigation, and computers- and how they were woven together to make Apollo and the Space Shuttle significant contributions to winning the Cold War.


Author Hugh Blair-Smith, a part-time Cape Codder since 1946 and full-time since 2015, was a staff engineer at MIT's Instrumentation (later Draper) Laboratory from 1959 through 1981. He and many colleagues created one answer to the long-sought quest for "a moral equivalent to war."


Henry Beston's Outermost House- a Photographic Exhibit

Exhibit open May 13th-June 10th

Gallery Talk- Saturday, June 10th at Noon


This photographic exhibit of ten framed images honors Henry Beston, and his iconic book, The Outermost House. The chapters in Beston’s memoir follow the seasons, describing the forces of nature he experienced during those months. Each of the ten images was selected to bring one chapter of the book to life.

The photographs were captured along The Great Beach - Beston’s playground, and in Eastham, not far from where the Outermost House once stood. The title of each picture was composed using Beston’s poetic words and phrases from the respective chapter. The exhibit will be on display starting May 13th at 11:00am. It will close with a gallery talk on June 10th, where the Dune Tramp, Robby McQueeney, will discuss each photograph, and read passages from The Outermost House, which correspond to the images. 



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

Friends of the Library Bag of Books Sale

Tuesday, May 23rd-Saturday, May 27th


The Friends of Dennis Public Library are holding a "Bag of Books Sale" at the library during the week of May 23rd. Come to the library and get a designated paper bag and fill it with books for just $5. 

This is a great way to stock up on books for your cottage, beach reading, or vacations and help the library at the same time. There are great new titles as well as some old favorites available. 


All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Dennis Public Library. 

Deer Ticks: One Bite Can Change Your Life

Tuesday, June 13th at 4pm at Cape Cod Community Media Center


Join Entomologist Larry Dapsis from Cape Cod Cooperative Extension for a workshop on Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis.  In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever and Powassan virus, all of which can be very serious and are on the rise. 

This program will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses, in addition to a database under development on infection rates of ticks.  A three point protection plan will be presented:  Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet.  Tick-Borne Diseases are preventable.

This workshop will take place at Cape Cod Community Media Center, 17 Shad Hole Rd. Dennis Port. It will be in a studio for local Cable Channel 99. The presentation as well as questions and answers will be televised.

Entomologist Larry Dapsis has a B.S. in  Environmental Science & Biology at Fitchburg State University and M.S.  Entomology at the University of MassachusettsAmherst.  Thirty-five years of professional pest management experience including Vegetables, Cranberries and Household Insects.  He joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases. 

This workshop is sponsored by the Dennis Libraries.

Seating is limited. Please call Larry Dapsis at 508-375-6642 to register.

Lincoln Center Local- Sinatra: Voice for a Century

Thursday, May 25th at 5:30pm


Lincoln Center Local partners with your local library to bring exclusive, free, pre-recorded video screenings of Lincoln Center's finest performances directly to your neighborhood. 

Lincoln Center teamed up with the New York Philharmonic to celebrate the 100th birthday of Ol' Blue Eyes with Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Kyle Dean Massey, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Sting and host Seth MacFarlane. The run-time for this concert is 85 minutes. 

Major support for Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings is provided by the Oak Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation and the Altman Foundation. 


Cape Cod Writer's Studio Open House

Friday, May 5th at 10:00



The Cape Cod Writer's Studio is hosting an open house as part of ArtSpring Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Writer's Studio is "where writers with great potential meet." Come and find out more about who they are and what they do. Studio members will read some of their work, take questions and critiques, and do what they usually do... have fun!

The Cape Cod Writer's Studio meets weekly on Friday mornings at Dennis Public Library.