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First Wednesday Film Series


Wednesday, January 6th at 2 pm
Jan, recently released from prison after serving time for the murder of a child, has always maintained his innocence and is ready to put the past behind him. A gifted organist, he takes a job at an Oslo church. But his past catches up with him when Agnes, a local teacher, comes to the church on a school visit and recognizes the organist as Jan, the young man who was convicted for the murder of her son.

Celebrate the Season at Our Open House!

Wednesday, December 23 from 12 - 5 pm

Twas near the end of December in the library here,
And the librarians were bursting with good will and cheer.
The books were arranged on the shelves with much care
In hopes that the patrons soon would be there...

To share in our cookies, cider, cocoa, and more,
All waiting for them behind our Meeting Room doors!


Personal Trainer Talk

New Time-Wednesday, December 16 at 4:00 pm

Are you tired of spending time and money on exercise programs that don't work? Come and let ACE personal trainer Mary Ann DeMello explain how you can be successful.

Take a break from your holiday shopping and learn more!

Come See Art!

Members of the Yarmouth Art Guild are displaying artwork in our Meeting Room. Come in and enjoy the show - and maybe make a holiday purchase for someone special!

December's featured artists are: Jean Hitch, Marjorie Kuhfahl, and Rose Tedesco.

H1N1 Information

The Town of Dennis Health Department and the Dennis Public Library recommend these online resources if you are looking for information on the H1N1 Flu:
MA Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Town of Dennis Health Department Update
Audio and Video Resources
H1N1 Fact Sheet
Cold vs. Flu Symptom Chart
Flu Symptoms Checklist: Should I stay home?
H1N1 Influenza - What You Need to Know

Information will be updated as necessary.

There is a rack of H1N1 Flu information set up in front of the reference desk if you need printed handouts.

Rescheduled event - Haunted History is Here!

Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm

Forget Scrooge's ghosts of Christmas! Spooky tales of New England presented by Christopher Daley will make your skin crawl and hair stand on end! Hear about Mercy Brown, the vampire of Exeter, RI; the haunted Hoosac Tunel in western MA; the Lady in Black at Fort Warren in Boston Harbor, and many more. See video footage, too!

We'll be waiting for you...

Dennis Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

From the Town of Dennis Planning Department:

The full review draft of the Dennis Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for review. The document is being distributed in various fashions. Electronically you can review the report online under the MHM Plan tab on the Dennis Planning Department Weblog or by downloading the PDF file from http://www.box.net/shared/llqzz40n9e. We highly encourage you to make use of the document in electronic form. If you need paper copies we will have the report available for review in Town Hall and the Dennis Public Library beginning on November 10, 2009.

Comments should be sent to:

Dennis Planning Department - MHM Plan Comments
P.O. Box 2060
South Dennis MA, 02660

The library will maintain copies at the reference and circulation desks, and a link is posted in the Quick Links section on the left.

English as a Second Language Classes are Back!

Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy our casual and comfortable atmosphere as you refine your language skills with other students and instructor Bill Maloney.

When you learn more, we all learn more!

Come See Art!


Artist Muriel Thomas is displaying her artwork in our Meeting Room during the month of November. Come and enjoy the show!

Stayed tuned for a possible artist's event this month!

Author Richard Gardiner

Thursday, November 12 at 2:00

Local author Richard Gardiner speaks about his work, "Funny Stuff: A Cheerful Poetic Romp Through the Puddles and Muddles of this Goofy Planet." This witty poet finds a good laugh in just about everything. His collection of poems invites us all to get silly, exploring the incongruous, the absurd, the surprising and the seemingly familiar that really isn't.

Brace yourselves for some old-fashioned funny stuff!

DPL Book Club


Wednesday, November 18 at 1:30 pm

Like to read? Like to talk about what you read? Come and join the fun as the Dennis Public Library Book Club discusses "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee.

The Dennis Public Library Book Club meets the third Wednesday of every month.

Tonight's Haunted History Event Cancelled!

EVENT CANCELLED!

Tonight's "Haunted History" event featuring spooky tales of New England has been cancelled due to presenter Christopher Daley's admission to the hospital.

Please accept the apologies of the DPL staff and Chris himself, who is extremely sorry that he cannot be here.

More details may be forthcoming at a later date.

Food for Fines

We have started our Annual Food for Fines Food Drive!

Have some fines you'd like to clear? Have some food you'd like to donate to a needy family? Good!

One canned good (or whatever) for each dollar owed - up to $10.00. Items must be sealed and unexpired. Drop food off at the circulation desk - make sure to have your library card so we can clear your fines.

Kids Halloween Story and Trick or Treat!

Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Come to the library on Halloween (in your costume!) anytime between 11:00am and 1:00pm for trick-or-treating and a spooky story!

Book Reading with Author Reade Scott Whinnem

Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 pm

Local Young Adult author Reade Scott Whinnem will be reading from his latest book, The Pricker Boy. The Pricker Boy is a ghost story with substance - a thriller that takes readers on a journey deep into the dark woods....

Whinnem, a public school teacher, is also the author of Utten and Plumley.

The Pricker Boy is aimed at the middle school grades.

Friends' Author Series

Friday, October 30 at 2:00 pm

Best selling author Lisa Genova speaks to our audience. Her newly released debut novel "Still Alice" has been described as "the work of pure genius." Come and meet this amazing new talent.

Registration recommended for this highly anticipated event.

Come See Art!

Members of the Yarmouth Art Guild are displaying their artwork in our Meeting Room. Come and enjoy the show!

October's featured artists are: Joan Shostak and Mary Sparrow.

Halloween Movies - Spooky Double Feature!

Friday, October 30 at 6:00 pm

Is there a better way to get ready for Halloween than watching scary movies? We don't think so! Prepare to scream and cover your eyes! We're featuring The Fog at 6pm and the original Halloween immediately following (about 8:00 pm).

Hey, it's Halloween - there will be popcorn, drinks, CANDY, and other goodies!

We know you'll go home and sleep with the lights on...

Haunted History

Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 pm

Spooky tales of New England presented by Christopher Daley will make your skin crawl and hair stand on end! Hear the stories of Mercy Brown, the vampire of Exeter, RI; the haunted Hoosac Tunel in western MA; the Lady in Black at Fort Warren in Boston Harbor, and many more. See video footage, too. Afterwards, will you be too scared to walk out into the parking lot alone?

Teen Games and Pizza

Friday, October 9 at 5:00 pm

We've got games - including Wii! And pizza!
DON'T MISS THE FUN!!!

Registration recommended. Event over at 7:00 pm.

DPL Book Club

Wednesday, October 21 at 1:30 pm

Like to read? Like to talk about what you read? Come and join the fun as the Dennis Public Library Book Club discusses "The God of Small Things," by Arundhati Roy.

The Dennis Public Library Book Club meets the third Wednesday of every month.


First Wedsneday Film Series

Wednesday, October 7th at 12:15 pm

Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer. Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) is a runaway from Nottingham; Marek (Piotr Jagiello) is a Polish immigrant, who lives in the district of Somers Town between King's Cross and Euston stations, where his dad is working on a new rail link. Marek agrees to let homeless Tomo move into his room, unbeknownst to his father. The pair forms a strong bond as they work odd jobs for an eccentric neighbor and compete for the attention of Maria, a beautiful young French waitress whom they are both infatuated with. But it's only a matter of time before Marek's dad discovers what's going on...

Friends' Author Series

Friday, September 25 at 2:00 pm

Local favorite Anne LeClaire speaks to our audience. She is the author of the such critically acclaimed novels as Leaving Eden, Entering Normal, and The Lavendar Hour. She also teaches and lectures on writing and the creative process, and has worked as a radio broadcaster, a journalist, and a correspondent for the Boston Globe. In her latest work, Listening Below the Noise: A Meditation on the Practice of Silence, she offers sweet silence as an antidote to our all-too-busy and noisy lives.

Remembering Dennis the Manatee

Saturday, September 26 at 2:00 pm

Come celebrate the manatee visitor who touched our hearts last October. This event's very special guests include IFAW's Marine Mammal Rescue and Research team and 9th grader Corrine DeSimone, who raised money for Dennis' memorial. See photos from Dennis' visit and discover what happened after he was put on board the truck heading South. Why didn't he survive his northern venture? Hear his story, and don't forget to see his new memorial at Sesuit Harbor!

Photo courtesy of Joseph Cavanaugh III, Esq.

OverDrive Downloadable Media

Have you tried OverDrive?

OverDrive offers library patrons digital downloads of audio books, eBooks, and music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Audio books can be listened to on your computer, and the majority of titles can be burned to CD, listened to on your mp3 player or iPod, or both! The library also has two mp3 players available for borrowing so that you can try the service before buying your own player.

If you haven't tried OverDrive, now's the time! The OverDrive Digitalbookmobile is coming to the Patriot Square Plaza (Rt. 134) on Wednesday, September 16, from 10 am - 4 pm. Come take it for a spin!

DPL Book Club

Wednesday, September 16 at 1:30 pm

Like to read? Like to talk about what you read? Come and join the fun as the Dennis Public Library Book Club discusses "The Dante Club," by Matthew Pearl.

The Dennis Public Library Book Club meets the third Wednesday of every month.

Come See Art!

Members of the Yarmouth Art Guild are displaying their artwork in our Meeting Room. Come and enjoy the show!

This month's featured artists are: Ruth Hockenbury and Breten Bryden.

First Wednesday Film Series



Wednesday, September 2nd at 12:15 pm Sid, the rebellious son of a controlling and savage Hong Kong triad boss, has to flee to Taiwan upon enraging his father’s adversary, a powerful tycoon and underground business leader. Hiding out in the mountains, Sid encounters a group of Zen drummers. Immersing into the world of the Zen drummers eventually converts him into a firm and focused young man. However, Sid’s independence from his father and the triad life is profoundly challenged when a twist of fate awaits him back home in Hong Kong, forcing him to choose between loyalty to his family and his new found faith in himself.

Edible Wild Plants of New England

Saturday, August 22 at 1:00 pm

Let expert naturalist John Root introduce you to wild plants that you can safely eat and drink! This program features the most common and appealing species. You’ll learn about their availability, preparation, and nutritional values – and even taste some specimens! Audience members will leave with an illustrated pamphlet that contains plant descriptions, guidelines for responsible and safe foraging, and a list of references for more information.

Air-Conditioned Cinema - Summer Movie Series



Wednesday, August 19th at 5:00 pm
Air-Conditioned Cinema will be showing Indian Summer starring Diane Lane, Bill Paxton, and Alan Arkin.

August is Summer Flicks Month!
Revisit SUMMER CAMP with Indian Summer.

Doors open at 4:30, movie starts promptly at 5:00. Popcorn and Drinks.

Air-Conditioned Cinema - Summer Movie Series

Wednesday, August 5th at 5:00 pm
Air-Conditioned Cinema will be showing The Endless Summer!

August is Summer Flicks Month!
Come see how a group of surfers followed the Dog Days of Summer around the world in search of the perfect wave in this CLASSIC 1966 surf documentary. This is one of the most popular surf movies ever made - timeless!

Doors open at 4:30, movie starts promptly at 5:00. Popcorn and drinks.

Friends' Author Series

Wednesday, August 14 at 2:00 pm

Gary Braver, pen name for author Gary Goshgarian, will speak to our audience. He is the author of six critically acclaimed suspense novels - three written under his own name and three under his pen name. Gary specializes in medical thrillers, and his his latest "Skin Deep" is a gripping, twisty tale that explores the dark side of cosmetic surgery.

Air-Conditioned Cinema - Summer Movie Series


Wednesday, August 5th at 5:00 pm
Air-Conditioned Cinema will be showing the 1987 classic Dirty Dancing!

August is Summer Flicks Month!
Dirty Dancing is all about Summer Lovin'!

Doors open at 4:30, movie starts promptly at 5:00. Popcorn and drinks.


Summer E.S.L. Classes, August 4th & 11th

Improve your English skills! Two more sessions in August, anyone welcome.

8/4 & 8/11, 7-8 p.m.

First Wednesday Film Series


Wednesday, Agust 5th at 12:15 pm

After an absence of many years, Antonio's estranged son is coming to visit. Bedridden, he looks out his window at the Patagonian landscape and sees light and life, the past and the present, while sensing the future. He decides to secretly leave the house, unseen by his faithful caretakers, to take what might be a last walk in his fields, breathing the air, treading the earth, inhaling the scent of the land that had been his life. What could otherwise seem like insignificant memories or moments in one's life, take a special, beautiful meaning and weight in this poetic, humanistic film.

Introducing... MANGO!

The library is thrilled to announce our new LANGUAGE LEARNING online program, MANGO! Mango uses audio and video to help you learn new languages quickly and easily.


The Dennis Public Library is offering
Spanish
French

Brazilian Portuguese

Russian
ESL Spanish (English for native Spanish speakers)

ESL Brazilian Portuguese (English for native Portuguese speakers)


To get the most out of your language learning experience, create a PROFILE on the MANGO page with your library card number and email address - that way, you can keep track of your lessons and always pick up where you left off.

We hope you enjoy Mango!

Friends' Author Series

Friday, July 31 at 2:00 pm

Harm de Blij - author, professor, and television personality - will speak to our audience. Born in the Netherlands, de Blij is a geographer who has brought his remarkable insight to ABC's "Good Morning America," NBC News, and PBS' "The Power of Place." He specializes in geopolitical and environmental issues and is the author of more than 30 books and over 100 articles. His most recent book, "Why Geography Matters," argues that America's persistent geographic illiteracy constitutes a national security risk. Come and broaden your horizons and your view of our world.

Author Michael Tougias

Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 pm

The Finest Hours - Discover the true story behind one of the U.S. Coast Guard's most daring sea rescues. The event took place off the coast of Cape Cod on February 18, 1952. Lives hung in the balance as two fractured oil tankers foundered in stormy seas with waves reaching 70 feet high. Telling this tale of survival, heroism, and tragic mistakes, Tougias uses words and images to evoke the life and death drama that unfolded on that wintry day. Tougias co-authored, “The Finest Hours,” and he has written other critically acclaimed books including, “Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea” and “Tens Hours until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do."

Air-Conditioned Cinema - Summer Movie Series

Wednesday, July 1st at 5:00 pm
Air-Conditioned Cinema will be showing One Crazy Summer starring John Cusack and Demi Moore.

July is Cape and Island Month!
Come see movies either set or actually filmed on the Cape and Islands. One Crazy Summer is "set" on Nantucket and filmed (in part) in Hyannis and Dennis!

Doors open at 4:30, movie starts promptly at 5:00. Popcorn and drinks.


Air-Conditioned Cinema - Wednesday!


Wednesday, June 24 at 5:00 pm
Air-Conditioned Cinema will be showing Pretty in Pink starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, and Jon Cryer.

June is 80s Month!
Relive high school or bring your teen and show them that nothing much has changed.
Doors open at 4:30, movie starts promptly at 5:00. Popcorn and drinks.
And hey, it's going to be RAINING - again - so come see a movie!

Friends' Author Series

Friday, June 26 at 2:00 PM

Carlo D'Este, famous military historian and biographer, will speak to our audience. The retired US Army Colonel is the author of several well-received books, including Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome, Patton: A Genius for War, Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, 1890 - 1945, and most recently Warlord: a Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945.

All welcome! Registration is recommended. Please call the library: 508-760-6219.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Dennis Public Library.

DPL Book Club


Wednesday, July 15 at 1:30

Like to read? Like to talk about what you read?

Come and join the fun as the Book Club discusses "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. All are welcome!

The Book Club takes place the third Wednesday of every month.

Coming Soon...


Summer hours for July and August!

Tuesday: 10-8
Wednesday: 10-8
Thursday: 10-5
Friday: 10-2
Saturday: 9-3
Sunday and Monday: closed

Wine, Women, and Words - A Fundraiser

Click on the picture to see the poster.

Wine, Women, and Words
An intimate evening with Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green, and Lynn Kiele Bonasia

Monday, July 27
4pm
Lighthouse Inn (directions)
Tickets: $50

space is limited

Delicious Nibbles and Cash Bar

Tickets available at the Dennis Public Library and
Dennis Memorial Library

Sponsored by the Friends of the Dennis Public Library

First Wednesday Film Series

Wednesday, July 1st at 12:15 pm

After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend, Sangwa, leave the city on a journey tied to their pasts. Munyurangabo wants justice for his parents who were killed in the genocide, and Sangwa wants to visit the home he deserted years ago. From two separate tribes, their friendship is tested.

Air-Conditioned Cinema - Wednesday

Wednesday, June 17 at 5:00 pm
Air-Conditioned Cinema will be showing The Breakfast Club starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. (This movie is rated R for language.)

June is 80s Month!
Relive high school or bring your teen and show them that nothing much has changed.
Doors open at 4:30, movie starts promptly at 5:00. Popcorn and drinks!

DPL Book Club


Wednesday, June 17 at 1:00



Come and join the fun as the Book Club discusses "The Alchemist," by Paulo Coelho. All welcome!




The Book Club takes place the third Wednesday of every month.

Air-Conditioned Cinema - Wednesday!

Wednesday, June 10, at 5:00 pm

Air-Conditioned Cinema will be showing Some Kind of Wonderful starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson.

June is 80s Month!
Relive high school or bring your teen and show them that nothing much has changed.

Doors open at 4:30, movie starts promptly at 5:00.
Popcorn and drinks!

"The Osprey Project"

Saturday, June 13th at 2:00 pm

The majestic osprey is one of the largest birds of prey in North America. Although their numbers dwindled in Massachusetts during the 1970s, the Cape’s population is now growing. Naturalist Dennis Murley talks about a monitoring project being developed by the Mass Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Would you like to help observe ospreys on the mid and lower Cape? Whether you want to volunteer, or simply learn more about these big, beautiful birds, come and join us!


Sponsored by the Friends of the Dennis Public Library

First Wednesday Film Series



Wednesday, June 3rd at 12:15 pm

Dennis Public Library presents “The Country Teacher,” the story of young science teacher on assignment who meets a woman and her troubled 17-year old son. He befriends the woman, but has no romantic interest in her. No one in the village knows that the teacher is gay and harbors secret feelings towards the teenage son. His jealous actions test the inner strength and compassion of all three to the breaking point. Beautifully shot and powerfully acted, this film is a moving story of desire, responsibility, forgiveness, and the need to belong.