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Civil War Reading Group resumes

Wednesday, September 14 at 6:30 pm

The Civil War Reading Group is back from its summer hiatus with speaker Anne Speyer, who will look at the role of women during the Civil War.

Come and enjoy the discussion.

NEW! Mystery Book Club

Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 pm

Our Mystery Book Club is just starting out and looking for your participation and input. We'll read, share, and discuss.

There will be snacks!!!

Spadefoot Toads

Saturday, September 10 at 11:00 am
The eastern spadefoot toad is the rarest frog species in Massachusetts. It gets its name from an elongated, crescent-shaped spade on each hind foot, which is used for digging. These special toads are currently endangered, and their status in the state is listed as “threatened.” Staff from the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary will explore the secret life history of this elusive and little known species with our audience, using unique and seldom seen photographic documentation. They will also introduce Mass Audubon’s one of a kind conservation project aimed at protecting the eastern spadefoot toad population on Cape Cod. Come and learn to love this unusual amphibian!

Author Saloma Furlong talks about the Amish

Thursday, September 8 at 2:00 pm
Author Saloma Furlong was born and raised in an Amish community in Ohio. Driven by her desire for freedom and more formal education, she broke away from her community –– not once, but twice. She graduated from Smith College in May 2007 with a major in German Studies and a minor in Philosophy. Her education has included research on the Amish with Dr. Donald Kraybill and a semester abroad in Germany, where she studied at the University of Hamburg. During her thirty-year inner struggle of coming to terms with her Amish past, she has gleaned a better understanding of herself and her heritage. This September she will be featured on NPR’s radio show The Point with host Mindy Todd.

Her book Why I Left the Amish is a gripping memoir that will be available for sale and signing during the Dennis Public Library event.


Author's Friday - Carol Higgins Clark

Friday, August 26 at 2:00 pm

New York Times besting author Carol Higgins Clark returns to Author's Friday after a four year absence. Readers lover her colorful characters and unique locales. Her newest contribution to the Regan Reilly mystery series, Wrecked, reached #8 on the New York Times Bestseller List. She received Agatha Award and Anthony Award nominations for her first book Decked had has co-written five holiday books with her mother, Mary Higgins Clark. Registration is strongly recommend for this event; slots are almost full. Please call the library as soon as possible to reserve your space.

Local author Joshua Blair Delaney

Friday, August 19 at 11:00 am

Come hear a tale of an 18th-century pirate, a witch, and a spirit seeker. Joshua Blair Delaney's newly released work of historical fiction, Pieces of Eight, is set in the rich landscape of Colonial Cape Cod. His tale is of the people and events that surround the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah. An impoverished washashore named Sam Bellamy realizes that his only chance for prosperity is to turn to piracy. But his search for fortune will take him away from his sweetheart, Maria Hallett, whose moments of clairvoyance make the townsfolk wonder if she is a witch. Meanwhile, John Julian, a native man, follows the trail of the last wolf on Cape Cod. He is propelled by the belief that it is a messenger from the spirit world that will help him save the land he loves. Delaney's love of Cape Cod history shows in both his work and his presentation. Books will be available for sale and signing.

The Gravestone Girls

Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 pm

Are you fascinated by the old gravestones in cemeteries? The Gravestone Girls take our audience on a virtual (slideshow) tour of colonial burial grounds through modern cemeteries, using examples from the town of Dennis. The Girls will highlight gravestones that illustrate beautiful artwork and symbolism. Discover why we have cemeteries and gravestones and why they look the way they do. See reproduction castings, produced in cooperation with local authorities, and discuss the pros and cons of doing grave rubbings. Bring lots of questions! You'll learn to appreciate the history that can be learned from our local burial places and be inspired to protect and preserve what remains.

Local author Tom Cooper

Friday, August 12 at 11:00 am

Do you ever feel overloaded by the never-ending stream of e-mail, voicemail, texts, and tweets? Are you overwhelmed by the magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs, and radio and TV shows that are supposed to help us stay on top of what's happening in the world around us?

Dr. Thomas Cooper's newest release Fast Media/Media Fast is a guide to finding peace, perspective, purpose, productivity, and one's creative voice amidst the media- saturated world dominated by the "triple-ups": speed-up, blow-up, and keep-up. He suggests a "fast" or break from all forms of media, an experiment he's conducted with multiple groups of people. Come explore the possibilities with him. Books will be available for sale and signing.