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Come see art!

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

This month's featured artists are: Sandra Isabel Kuhfahl and Thomas McCloud.

Help us support the arts and support the artists!

NEW! Civil War Reading Group

Wednesday, January 12 at 6:30 pm
In 2011 America will recognize the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. For four years our reading group, led by history enthusiast Lew Taylor, will follow the timeline of the Civil War, beginning with the issues behind secession all the way through to the surrender at Appomattox. Everyone welcome!

In the Kitchen: Medicinal Uses of Culinary Herbs

Thursday, January 13 at 11:00 am
Did you know that rosemary can help strengthen your circulatory system, or that basil can boost your immune system? Join Stephan Brown and Eliza Travisano, the hosts of WOMR's Herb Talk Radio Show, for a free, fun-filled, and informative hour-long class.
Our guests will help you discover medicinal uses for many common cooking herbs, such as cinnamon, turmeric, thyme, and ginger. You will even learn how to make your own cough syrup and other simple herbal preparations, including tinctures and poultices. Join us!

New Year's Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED:

Friday, December 31st
Saturday, January 1st

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Christmas Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED:

Friday, December 24th
Saturday, December 25th

Enjoy your celebration!

1st Wednesday Classic Film


Wednesday January 5th at 2:00 pm

Paula Anton is slowly tormented by mysterious happenings in her luxurious Victorian home. The suspect is her devoted husband. But viewing the world through the dim glow of the gaslight, it is difficult to tell what is real. Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman star in this menacing thriller.

Toys for Tots - Last day is Friday, December 17th!

We are a drop-off spot for Toys for Tots.

Please donate a new, unused toy and make a difference in a child's Christmas.

Many thanks!!!

Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 11 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Twas mid December, and the librarian dears
Wanted to bring to their patrons some goodwill and cheer.

There were cookies and soda and treats galore,
And elves to serenade them as they walked through the door.

Come celebrate with us! Happy Holidays!

DPL Book Club

Wednesday, December 15 at 2:00 pm

Like to read? Like to talk about what you read? Join the DPL Book Club as they discuss a short story by Truman Capote and Beth Peck entitled A Christmas Memory.

The DPL Book Club meets the third Wednesday of every month.

1st Wednesday Classic Film

Wednesday, December 1 at 2:00 pm

An aimless Englishman finds he has a small inheritance on a Greek island. His joyless existence is disturbed when he meets Zorba, a middle-aged Greek with a real lust for life. As he discovers the earthy pleasures of Greece, the Englishman finds his view of life changing. An unforgettable story, with beautiful cinematography.

Classic films are shown on the first Wednesday of every month.

Food for Fines is back!

Starting November 1st, donate one canned or boxed item of food for each $1 owed in fines and watch those fines disappear - up to $10 worth!

Items must be sealed and not expired. Food will be donated to The Family Pantry in Harwich. Program ends on December 31st.

Come see art!

Diane Goers, a member of the Yarmouth Art Guild is displaying artwork in our Meeting Room this month.

Come in and enjoy the show!

DPL Book Club - Title Change!

Wednesday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Like to read? Like to talk about what you read? Come and join the fun as the DPL Book Club discusses Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, by Erik Larson.

The Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month.

New local author Kathleen Brunelle

Saturday, October 30 at 2:00 pm

In a perfect ending to our celebration of Archaeology Month and the pirate ship Whydah, the author arrives to discuss her new work, Bellamy's Bride: The Search for Maria Hallett of Cape Cod. Legend has it that pirate "Black Sam" Bellamy was aboard the Whydah and hoping to return to his Cape Cod love Maria Hallett when the ship was lost in a storm off the coast of Wellfleet. Ms. Brunelle carefully picks up the threads of legend and lore and searches to find the historical truth behind the stories of Maria Hallett. Did Maria really exist? She traces the real people and considers the possibilities. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Author's Friday - Casey Sherman

Friday, October 29 at 2:00 pm

An award winning journalist, Casey Sherman gained international headlines with his re-investigation of the notorious Boston Strangler case. He later chonicled it in his true crime bestseller A Rose for Mary. He landed back on the bestseller list in 2009 with his sea epic The Finest Hours, co-authored with Michael Tougias. The story tells of two oil tankers which split in two during a howling storm, and the valiant attempt to rescue the men inside the broken halves of the two ships.
Bio in part from Amazon.com.

Author Dan Gordon - rescheduled event

Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pm

Get ready for Halloween with creepy stories that haunt America's greatest pastime. Author Dan Gordon arrives to scare our audience in an event rescheduled from last month. He and co-author Mickey Bradley have just released Field of Screams: Creepy Tales from the Baseball Diamond, the Locker Room, and Beyond. He'll have his hair-raising body of work on hand, including Cape Encounters: Contemporary Cape Cod Ghost Stories and Haunted Baseball: Ghosts, Curses, and Eerie Events, for sale and signing.

Local author Elizabeth Moisan

Friday, October 22 at 11:00 am

One of our favorite local authors joins us to continue our celebration of Archaeology Month and the pirate ship Whydah. Ms. Moisan conducted extensive research at The Whydah Museum in Provincetown, as well as other places around the Cape. Her work weaves together both historical facts and local lore. Learn the secrets of the author's research and learn more about the continuation of the story, as she's already hard at work on her next novel! Books will be available for sale and signing.

1st Wednesday Classic Film Series


Wednesday November 3rd at 2:00 pm

In this suspense favorite, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelley, a wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighborhood from his apartment windows, and becomes convinced that one of them has committed murder. Come see it on our big screen!

Meet HLAA Executive Director Brenda Battat

Saturday, October 16 at 10:00 am (9:30 am for coffee)

Come and meet Brenda Battat, executive director for the Hearing Loss Association of America. Learn about the HLAA and its goals and advocacy. Brenda has worked at HLAA for 21 years in a variety of positions. Bring your questions; "HLAA is Making a Difference for You!"

Learn about the Pirate Ship, Whydah

Saturday, October 9 at 1:00 pm

Celebrate Archaeology Month with our very special guest Ken Kinkor from The Whydah Museum in Provincetown. He'll talk about the great galley that went from slave ship to conquest of pirate "Black Sam" Bellamy. The ship went down in a storm off Cape Cod in 1717. More than two centuries later, the wreck was located by Barry Clifford and a team of recovery experts and archaeologists. Discover how the ship's artifacts were recovered and conserved and learn what they can teach us about the ship and its history.

Bake Sale

Saturday, October 9 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Your purchase of our tasty treats will help fund the Ancestry and Heritage Quest databases, which help with family research. The event is sponsored by the Cape Cod Geneaological Society.

Thank you for your support!!! And stay for our special guest, Ken Kinor, who will talk about the Pirate Ship Whydah at 1:00 pm.

1st Wednesday Classic Film Series


Wednesday October 6th at 2:00 pm

Extraordinary 1951 adaption of Tennessee Williams' play, starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, follows the emotional disintegration of a Southern woman whose last chance for happiness is destroyed by her vindictive brother-in-law. Come see this gripping drama on our big screen!

Come see art!

October's featured artist is Muriel Thomas. Ms. Thomas is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and she works in various media. Come in and enjoy the show. Many of her pieces on display are available for sale.

Support the arts and the artist!

Author's Friday - Hank Phillippi Ryan

September 24th at 2:00 pm

Hank Phillippi Ryan is an Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter for Channel 7. Her latest novel, Drive Time, just earned a starred review from Library Journal. Her first mystery, Prime Time, won the Agatha for Best First Novel. Face Time and the new Air Time are bestsellers.

Registration is recommended. UPDATE: Event is full; patrons who call will now be placed on a wait list.

"Field of Screams" author Dan Gordon - RESCHEDULED

Saturday, September 4 at 11:00 a.m. - CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS; event will be rescheduled for Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate baseball and Labor Day with author Dan Gordon. He and co-author Mickey Bradley have just released Field of Screams: Creepy Tales from the Baseball Diamond, the Locker Room and Beyond, the highly anticipated sequel to Haunted Baseball: Ghosts, Curses, Legends & Eerie Events.

Drawn from more than one thousand interviews with current and former major leaguers, Field of Screams reveals more of the sometimes bone-chilling, sometimes heartwarming, sometimes hilarious stories that make their way around the clubhouses, team buses, and water coolers.

Local author Heidi Jon Schmidt

Saturday, September 11 at 2:00 pm

Come and visit with Heidi Jon Schmidt, who has just released her novel The House on Oyster Creek. Set amidst the tideflats of Wellfleet, the story features Charlotte Tradescome, a New York fashion writer who brings her family to Cape Cod to live in an inherited home. She begins to fall in love with the town, the sea, and one of the men who raises oysters outside her window.

The author will read from her work and be available to sign copies. Registration recommended.

1st Wednesday Classic Film Series


Wednesday, September 1st at 11:00 a.m.

In this 1951 adaptation of C.S. Forester's novel, Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn costar as an unlikely pair thrown together in German East Africa during the First World War. A gin-swilling riverboat owner is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack and enemy warship. Despite initial antagonism, the pair grow closer as their quest drags on.

Come see of John Huston's most beloved, and funniest, movies!

Come see art!

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

This month's featured artists are: Mary Emma Colson and Patricia Downey Garry.

Help us support the arts and support the artist!

Author's Friday - Thomas Cook



Friday, August 27th at 2:00 pm

Renowned master of psychological thrillers, "no one takes a reader deeper into the heart of darkness". Thomas Cook's latest thriller, The Last Talk with Lola Faye, will be published in August 2010. Thomas Cook has written 22 novels including The Chatham School Affair and The Red Leaves.

The Wondrous World of Whales

Saturday, August 21 at 2:00 pm

Myles Marcus explores the world of whales with our audience. He'll survey the more than 75 species of whales, but concentrate on leviathans, or "giants of the sea." He'll discuss their migratory routes, feeding habits, behavior, longevity, evolution, reproduction, and the provocative mystery of strandings.

Myles Marcus is a Cape Cod Museum of Natural History trustee, program coordinator, and naturalist field guide. He is a former secondary school biology teacher and school administrator and served as a docent on a Provincetown whale watch ship during the summer of 2002.

Part of Dennis Public Library's "Green" Series.

Nurture your Creative Spirit with author Harriet Rzetelny

Friday, August 20 at 11:00 am

Have you ever had dreams of writing, or singing, or painting? Maybe you did some of these things when you were younger, but gave them up when you started working, got married, or raised children? Or maybe you have the urge for the first time to take a painting class or write a novel or a memoir about your life, but haven't a clue as to how to begin?

Come and meet new local author Harriet Rzetelny, who just released her novel Graveyard Blues. The author published her first short story at age 55 and now, over ten years later, has published her first novel. She will explain to our audience how she used her life experiences as a former singer, clinical social worker, mother and wife to create the characters and stories that became Graveyard Blues. She will offer practical suggestions on what to do when faced with that blank piece of paper or canvas and how to give yourself permission to do the work without feeling guilty.


Do's and Don'ts for Living Near a Wetland

Thursday, August 19 at 7:00 pm

Wetlands are special areas of land that benefit both people and wildlife. Conservation Agent Paul Wightman will speak to our audience and take the mystery out of dealing with and living near a wetland. He will provide an overview of the Dennis Wetland By-Law and point out those activities near wetlands that require Conservation Commission approval. Issues addressed will include permit application requirements, tree removal, and landscaping within wetland buffer areas. As a community, the more we know the better position we’ll be in to preserve and protect our valuable wetlands.

Part of Dennis Public Library's "Green" Series.

Author Event - Lynn Kiele Bonasia & Holly LeCraw

Wednesday, August 18 at 6:30pm

Join us for an evening of reading, discussion, and fun!

Lynn Kiele Bonasia, author of Some Assembly Required and this year's Summer Shift, and Holly Lecraw, debut author of The Swimming Pool, will be here to read from their new books, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies. Brewster Book Store will have copies available for purchase.

Registration is strongly encouraged. Click on the picture for more details.

Shellfish 101

Thursday, August 12 at 7:00 pm

Want to take those delicious sea creatures from their watery homes to create a tasty meal for your table? Shellfish Constable Alan Marcy, the "go to" person for local shellfishing, will teach our audience the basics. He will explain the different types of shellfish found in the area and identify the areas where shellfish can be harvested. Don't leave the Cape without this great lesson from an expert!

Part of Dennis Public Library's "Green" Series.

Bats: Those Fantastic, Furry, Flexible Fliers

Wednesday, August 11 at 7:00 pm

Irwin Schorr, an experienced naturalist and raconteur, introduces our audience to bats. With a touch of humor, he explores the myths of vampire bats and common phrases like blind as a bat. He'll review local bats as well as examples from all over the world. The audience will leave with an understanding of the importance and fragility of these creatures, which are the only true flying mammals.

Irwin Schorr is a self-taught, versatile naturalist whose career in the pharmaceutical industry led him to the study of the chemical, medicinal, and industrial uses of plants and their vital interactions with animals and humans.

Part of Dennis Public Library's "Green" Series.

Monthly Recurring Events

 

First Wednesday Classic Movie

Wednesday, October 6 at 2:00 pm

A Streetcar Named Desire stars Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando. Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, the story follows the emotional disintegration of a Southern woman whose last chance for happiness is destroyed by her vindictive brother-in-law. The 1951 film won best acting Oscars for Leigh, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden.

Dennis Public Library features classic movies on the first Wednesday of every month.


 

DPL Book Club

Wednesday, October 20 at 2:00 pm

Like to read? Like to talk about what you read? Come and join the fun as the DPL Book Club discusses The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf.
The DPL Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month.


Come see art!

This month's featured artist is Ursula Coute. She is displaying her artwork in our Meeting Room.

Come in and enjoy the show! The artwork is for sale, and you'll find prices accompanying each piece.

Support the arts and the artist!

1st Wednesday Classic Film Series


Wednesday, August 4th at 11:00 am

This month, we present 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in later years eclipsed that of Jane. Now the two live together, their relationship affected by simmering subconscious thoughts of mutual envy, hate and revenge. Bette Davis won best actress Oscar for this film.

Author's Friday - Hobson Woodward


Friday, July 30th at 2:00 pm

Newcomer Hobson Woodward's A Brave Vessel uncovers a 400-year mystery that links America's fledgeling Jamestown colony, the island of Bermuda, and Shakespeare's masterpiece The Tempest.

A Brave Vessel is a gripping tale of shipwreck and survival that changed the fate of the colonies and enriched our literacy legacy.

Author Hobson Woodward is associate editor of The Adams Papers, and comes to us from the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston.

Wildlife and the Homeowner

Saturday, July 31 at 11:00 am

Love nature's creatures, but not sure what to do when they get too close for comfort? Tanya Daigneault, Natural Resource Officer for the Town of Dennis, will talk to our audience about how to deal with animals in yards, chimneys, sheds, and gutters. She will address any concerns raised by audience members and advise on simple solutions. There's no need to fear! There are ways to handle these issues that benefit both the wildlife and the homeowner.

Part of Dennis Public Library's "Green" Series.

DVD Player available for check out

Want to watch your favorite movie, but don't own a DVD player? Our new DVD player is available for check out with a $20 cash deposit.

Check out period is 7 days. If returned late, fee of $1 per day added. Deposit will be refunded upon return of DVD player.

New local author Tracey Selanis Nowers

Saturday, July 24 at 11:00 am

Meet debut author Tracey Selanis Nowers. Recently featured in the Cape Cod Times' Cape Cod Book Scene, her book There's More to Me than You explores the not-so-perfect side of adoption. The story centers on daughter, Catherine, and biological mother, Sharon. When the two women meet later in life, they discover that blood ties can't erase indiscretions and painful memories. One will accept and forgive; the other will choose a life filled with denial, turmoil, and regret.

Mrs. Nowers tells a powerful and compassionate story with heartbreaking astuteness and richly textured characters. She is a certified veterinary tecnician and writer, who manages an animal hospital and is currently writing her next book. The author lives with her family in Massachusetts

The Night Skies and Astronomy

Wednesday, July 21 at 8:00 pm

Jarvis Hunt, master of Earth Science and Astronomy, presents a slide show that highlights many features of the night sky. Learn about tides and the effects of the moon and the sun on tide levels and tide frequencies. If weather permits, our speaker and audience will venture outside to view the constellations.

Jarvis Hunt is an instructor and program presenter at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History and a former science teacher at an independent school in Massachusetts.

Explore Cape Cod Wild Flowers

Friday, July 16 at 11:00 am

Nancy Wigley and Sue Carr, co-authors of Trailside Treasures: Plants of Cape Cod, will introduce our audience to local wild flowers. These plants are vegetative beauties - not shy and retiring wallflowers! They give us pleasure and make contributions to the qualities of our lives.

Nancy Wigley is a Master Naturalist and retired educator who assists at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Sue Carr is an accomplished nature photographer and former director of the Brewster Ladies Library. Trailside Treasures will be available for signing.

Part of Dennis Public Library's "Green Series.

Solar Options with Luke Hinkle

Wednesday, July 7 at 7:00 pm

Learn how to put the power of the sun to work for you! Our guest Luke Hinkle is a scientist and founder of My Generation Energy, a solar energy installation and development company based in Brewster. He conducts a lively discussion and explains why solar power makes sense now, how it works, and what the economics are for installing it on a house or business.

Part of Dennis Public Library's "Green" Series.

Author Carol McCleary event - CANCELLED!

Wednesday, June 30 at 6:30 pm - CANCELLED!

We are sorry to say that Carol McCleary will not be appearing on Wednesday due to illness, which she apparently picked up during a recent book signing in California. We hope that she is feeling better soon, and the event will be rescheduled. Please stay tuned for further news...

Artist Michele Mennucci - Show Opening

 "Old Wharf Road," 2010
Tuesday, July 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm

Come and greet artist Michele Mennucci and enjoy refreshments. Michele is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the head of the art department at the Providence Country Day School in East Providence, Rhode Island. She has spent summers in Dennisport since the early 1960s and recently has enjoyed capturing some of her favorite Cape Cod locations on canvas.

The artist's work will be on display in the Meeting Room through the month of July. Most of the paintings are for sale, and Michele is also willing to consider commissioned work.

DPL Book Club

Wednesday, July 21 at 1:30 pm

Like to read? Like to talk about what you read? The Dennis Public Library Book Club always welcomes new members. Come and join the fun as the members discuss American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph Ellis.

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

July 4th Holiday - Library Closed

We will be closed on Satuday, July 3rd!

To celebrate the July 4th holiday, which falls on a Sunday, the library will be closed on Saturday, July 3rd.

Enjoy the celebrations and have a happy and safe holiday weekend!