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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

National Night Out in Dennis Port

Tuesday, August 5 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm


Come for National Night Out in Dennis Port – a community event celebrating police and citizens working together. The Dennis Public Library will have a booth offering free face painting and library souvenirs. During the day, come and enjoy all the library’s events:

At 3:00 p.m. – Creature Teachers: The Nature of My Backyard
This popular children’s program explores the lives of the creatures living in our own backyards. Meet some of the common animals that we encounter every day.

At 7:00 p.m. – Visiting author Diane Hester
Diane Hester is a US citizen currently living in Australia. Her new release Run to Me has just been named as a finalist in the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense writing. The story is set in New England – Boston, New Hampshire, and northern Maine - and features Shyler O’Neil, a mother who has lost her son when another threatened boy comes into her life.

At midnight, 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 6th – the movie “Divergent”
Dennis Public Library is getting in on the release of this hot new pic! Doors open at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5th

Food Coloring Squirt Guns!

Wednesday, July 30 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Cool off and get your shirt colored at the same time! Wear a white T-shirt or shirt to color (other clothes/shoes might also get stained.) Recommended for ages 8 and up. Event will take place outside near fence. Will cancel if it rains. Space limited, so please call the library to register: 508-760-6219.

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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Visiting author Diane Hester

Tuesday, August 5 at 7:00 pm 

Come meet visiting author Diane Hester. Diane is a US citizen currently living in Australia. Her new release Run to Me has just been named as a finalist in the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense writing. The story is set in New England – Boston, New Hampshire, and northern Maine - and features Shyler O’Neil, a mother who has lost her son when another threatened boy comes into her life.

Before Diane Hester started her writing career, she was a professional violinist. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, the NY Metropolitan Opera House, Eastman Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall, Adelaide Festival Theatre and accompanied artists as diverse as Isaac Stern, Itzak Perlman, Chuck Mangioni and Australia’s Little River Band.

In 1989 Diane realized her childhood dream to live in the country when she and her family moved to a small farm outside Port Lincoln, South Australia. There she switched from performing to teaching violin and explored other creative outlets including gardening, spinning, knitting and carpentry. An animal lover, she also ran a donkey sanctuary for several years and dabbled in harness driving and riding.

But since discovering writing, Diane has done little else. When she isn’t hard at work at her latest novel she’s planning her critique group’s next retreat or a workshop for her local writing club. Run To Me, her debut novel, combines a love of Hitchcock-style suspense with memories of summer vacations in New England, her favorite place on earth. Check out her website at www.dianehester.com

Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 Author's Friday Fundraiser - Hank Phillippi Ryan

Friday, August 1 from 1 - 4 pm

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. She's won 30 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow Awards and dozens of other honors for her ground breaking journalism.

A bestselling author of six mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and most recently the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award for her novel The Other Woman. National reviews have called her a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller."

This event will be held at the Sea View Restaurant at 76 Chase Avenue in Dennisport. Refreshments and raffles are included. Tickets cost $25 each when purchase at the Dennis Public Library or by mail. Tickets purchased at the door are $30.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sublime Sunflowers Pastel Painting Workshop with Greg Maichack

Saturday, July 26 at 1:00 pm


Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack’s conducts his all-new workshop: “Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters." This pastel painting workshop serves sheer beginners to advanced adult artists and is free and open to the public. Seats may fill quickly and space is limited, so come into the library or call 508-760-6219 to pre-register.
 
In this fun pastel painting workshop for adults, Mr. Maichack will provide insights into the lives of the old masters who painted the Sunflower: Vincent van Gogh, Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe. A beautifully structured sunflower drawing of one of O’Keeffe’s sunflower paintings will be the jumping off point for participants as they are coached to create their own sunflower pastel painting. The essentials of pastel painting will be demonstrated as participants follow along. As always, the participants will keep their pastel paintings and use hundreds of Greg's professional-grade pastels, paper, and materials.
 
Maichack, pastel painting demonstrator at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, nominated twice for a Massachusetts Gold Star Program Award, will display his original pastel artwork to illustrate his talk. This program is made possible by a grant from the Dennis Arts and Culture Council, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Railroad and the Cape Cod Canal

Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm

This year on July 29th the Cape Cod Canal turns 100 years old. Come and learn how railroads helped make the canal possible. Ted Shrady, railroad enthusiast and author, discusses how vital railroads were to the building of the Canal. The canal’s monumental construction project took place over five years from 1909 to 1914. Along with huge steam shovels, two dozen dredgers, and hundreds of workers, two railroads were employed in its construction: the New Haven Railroad and a temporary, narrow gauge railroad built by the contractor. Despite many obstacles, such as troublesome weather and financial issues, the Cape Cod Canal finally opened on July 29, 1914, and each year thousands of people still use it to use to access the Cape.