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NEW! Game Night

Wednesday, January 30 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Winter dull and boring? Want to get out of the house for some fun? Matt Donle is leading our new game night. These aren't your grandparents' board games! Come and try out games like "Dixit" and "Settlers of Catan." The more people, the more fun, so bring some family and friends for the evening. For ages 8 and up.

NEW! Soccer, Sergeants, and Suspense Book Club


Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 pm
Our new book club needs you! Help us get started. What do you like to read about - sports, war, spy mysteries, etc? Lew Taylor, owner of the "Cannot Live without Books" bookstore in West Dennis, MA, will facilitate the first meeting. The group will consider book topics (which can vary monthly), discussion format, and the best night and time for future meetings. Don't be afraid to share your ideas. We are looking for this group to develop into an ongoing and thriving resource that many can enjoy.

Avian Architecture

Saturday, January 19 at 11:00 am

Come join Ian Ives, Director of the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, as he leads our audience in a discussion about the nests that birds build. He'll answer such questions as how does a bird build a nest with just a beak for a tool? How many trips does it take to construct a safe space for eggs and nestlings? He'll show our audience some of the ingenious and intricate designs created by birds around the world and then examine real Cape Cod nests. You will be amazed at the diversity of architecture of these avian homes!

Closed for the New Year's Holiday

Tuesday, January 1st

The library will be CLOSED all day and re-open on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

Have a happy and safe holiday!

Closed for the Christmas Holiday

Tuesday, December 25th

The library will be CLOSED all day and re-open on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

Enjoy the holiday!

December artist, Lucy Loomis


Lucy Loomis is the director of Barnstable's Sturgis Library, mom of two grown children, an avid reader, walker/explorer, and a passionate amateur photographer.  She is inspired by the slant of the light, the stories in an abandoned house, the line of the horizon, and the shape of meadow grass against the sky.  She was a featured photographer of the week on Boston.com's RAW Photography website.  You can see more on littlelightreading.blogspot.com or on www.flickr.com/photos/lucyloomis.

Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


T'is mid December in old Dennis town
And everybody is busy rushing around!
The books are displayed at the library with care
And the librarians hope patrons soon will be there.

Come, patrons! Come, teenagers!
Come, kids and grandparents, too!
We're celebrating the holidays
And have cookies, candies, and treats just for you!

Holiday Concert with David Polansky

Saturday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m.

Get into the holiday spirit with acclaimed singer and songwriter David Polansky. Enjoy a variety of carols, winter standards, Hannukah, and Kwanzaa songs that will have you singing out loud, clapping your hands, and tapping your feet. A great program for listeners of all ages-so bring the whole family!

Local author Steven Marini

Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Steven P. Marini's debut novel Connection, released in August is the first in a Detective/Thriller series about fictional Detective Jack Contino, who's battling bad guys in Boston duing the 1970s.

The author has recently moved from Maryland back to the Cape, where he met his wife in 1975. He has already completed the second book in the series entitled Deception.

Books will be available for sale and signing - just in time for the holidays!

Donate a Toy for Toys for Tots

Once again Dennis Public Library is a drop off location for Toys for Tots. Please bring a new and unwrapped toy and drop it in the box in front of the Circulation Desk.

Thank you for making the holidays a little brighter for a child in need!

November Artist,Tim Curran


This month's artist is a long-time Dennisport resident, full-time since 1984, and this is his first exhibit. He is self-taught, from childhood, and his influences include Reuben, Caravaggio and the impressionists. He works with oil paints, and has sea and wooded landscapes, and portraits, on exhibit. Come see his work in our meeting room!

Aw, Shucks: The Oyster’s Journey from Farm to Table

Friday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m. 

Getting ready to make that oyster stuffing for your Thanksgiving celebration? Come and learn about farming oysters from John Lowell, co-owner of East Dennis Oyster Farm. John and his wife Stephanie have been farming oysters on Cape Cod since 2003 and their farm, located off Quivett Neck in East Dennis, contains as many as 200,000 oysters. John will give our audience a peek into an oyster's journey from farm to table and discuss his commitment to sustainable aquaculture.

American Guitar: Design and Evolution; a Musical and Historical Journey

Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm

Come help us celebrate American Music Month and World Music Days!  

Dennis Dillon, professional musician, guitar historian and humorist, treats listeners to a delightful mix of musical performance, history, and education, peppered with humorous anecdotes. 

With over forty years experience as a performer, Dennis Dillon’s original instrumental compositions are steeped in the American tradition of the blues, country, folk, ragtime, gospel, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll. When he is not performing or building, restoring, and repairing instruments, Dillon employs his multi-instrumental talents by teaching all fretted stringed instruments including electric and acoustic guitar, slide, lap-steel and dobro, 5-string banjo, mandolin, bass guitar, and harmonica. 

October's Meeting Room Artists

This month, we have something extra-special: for the first time, students from D.Y. Regional High School will be showing their work at the library!

From October 3rd through October 30th, 8-12th grade students will be exhibiting a range of early semester work from a variety of 2D classes offered, in beginning Visual Arts, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, and Printmaking. Come see their work in our brightly lit meeting room!

"Mass Murder"


Saturday, October 13 at 1:00 pm

As Halloween draws near, come to Dennis Public Library for “Mass Murder,” a chronicle of Massachusetts’ most infamous murder cases. Led by Christopher Daley, this entertaining presentation will look at some of Massachusetts’ most infamous murder cases, both solved and unsolved. Get ready for a little mystery, a little suspense, and a little gore. Along with historic photographs and art culled from archives, microfilm, and literary sources, Christopher shows his photographs of the murder sites and historical locations to give the audience a sense of the modern day context of the crimes. A creepy good time awaits.

Native Peoples of Truro: Making Sense of that World

Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 am  

Help us celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month! 
Our very special guest is Dr. Robin Robertson from the Truro Historical Society. Recent analyses of the archaeological collections given to the Truro Historical Society over the past forty years indicate that while the Native peoples on the Lower Cape lived lives very similar to Native peoples on the Upper Cape and throughout coastal Massachusetts, they exploited the natural resources and environment of the narrow land mass in distinctive ways. Dr. Robertson will take the audience through the archaeological data and explain how to interpret it to better understand the original inhabitants of this part of Cape Cod. She will also show artifacts to help bring these ancient people to life. Come and enjoy this unique glimpse of the Cape’s past.

 



Author's Friday - Linda Barnes

Friday, September 28 at 2:00 pm

Linda Barnes has written 16 mystery novels, 12 featuring her 6'1" redheaded Boston private eye Carlotta Carlyle, and four featuring actor/detective Michael Spraggue, an amateur sleuth. In addition to best selling mysteries, she has also written award- winning plays and short stories.

Barnes's celebrated Carlotta Carlyle first appeared in 1985 with the award-winning short story “Lucky Penny.” Since then, Barnes has written ten Carlotta Carlyle mystery novels: A Trouble of Fools (1987), The Snake Tattoo (1989), the Boston Globe bestsellers Coyote (1991) and Steel Guitar (1993), Snapshot (1994), Hardware (1995) and Cold Case (1997), which also appeared on The Boston Globe bestseller list. Flashpoint came out in 1999. The Big Dig was published in 2002, followed by Deep Pockets in 2004, Heart of the World (2006), and Lie Down with the Devil (2008).

Among her many honors, Barnes won the Anthony Award and nominations for both the Shamus Award and the American Mystery Award for Best Short Story for "Lucky Penny" in 1985. In 1987 she received the American Mystery Award for Best Private Eye Novel and nominations for the Edgar, "Anthony, and Shamus awards for A Trouble of Fools. The Snake Tattoo was named one of the outstanding books of 1990 by The London Times.

Please call the library to register.


Homeopathy in your Medicine Chest

Saturday, September 22 at 11:00 am

Learn more about homeopathy as we head into the cold and flu season. Laurie Wheeler, DiHom, CHC, homeopathic practitioner, explains that homeopathy is a wonderful system of medicine for people of all ages. It can be a great help for those suffering from minor colds and flus, helping lessen the need for over the counter medications. Also, many people are seeking more natural ways to treat themselves and their children when they fall ill. With autumn’s cooler weather on the way there are a handful of homeopathic remedies you may want to place in your medicine cabinet. Please join Laurie Wheeler for a look at using homeopathic medicines safely and effectively at home for you and your family members.

September Meeting Room Artist, Jean Smith

This month's artist graduated from Massachusetts College of Art, and majored in painting and printmaking. Her influences include Marsden Hartley, Van Gogh and Vermeer, and she is especially interested in the use of light through color. She currently works with oil paints. Come see her work in our meeting room!

Mystery Book Club

Tuesday, September 11th,  at 6:30 p.m.

Like mysteries? This month we discuss Dead Watch by John Sanford.

The Mystery Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Author Linda Campanella

Friday, September 14 at 11:00 am


In her poignant new book, When All That's Left of Me Is Love: A Daughter’s Story of Letting Go, Linda Campanella provides a moving account of her last year with her mother, Nancy Sachsse, who passed away in 2009, one year and one day after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It is the story of a daughter’s undying love for her dying mother and the inspiring account of one family’s determination to embrace life while anticipating death.

When All That's Left of Me Is Love was awarded first-place Reader Views 2012 Literary Awards in two categories and more recently was named a 2012 Nautilus Silver Award winner. The Nautilus Awards recognize books “that promote spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change, while at the same time they stimulate the ‘imagination’ and offer the reader ‘new possibilities’ for a better life and a better world.” Previous Nautilus honorees include the Dalai Lama, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and Mariel Hemingway.

Campanella, who resides in West Hartford, Conn., is the daughter-in-law of Marjorie and the late Domenic Campanella, longtime residents of West Harwich.


Horseshoe Crab Encounters

Saturday, September 8 at 11:00 am  

Join Jodie Limon Montoya, Education Coordinator from the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, as she introduces our audience to horseshoe crabs. Horseshoe crabs journey to the bays, coves, and tidal flats of Cape Cod to spawn and lay clusters of eggs. Many locals recall the bay bottom covered by a carpet of these armored arthropods so dense that there wasn’t space for a single footstep. Examine horseshoe crab molts and learn about their amazing anatomy, life cycle, and adaptations, and discover the challenges facing these ancient creatures today.

 

First Wednesday Classic Film Series

Wednesday, September 5th at 2:00 pm


Hitchcock's super-thriller about two passengers who meet accidentally and plot to "exchange" murders: Bruno will kill Guy's unfaithful wife, and Guy will kill Bruno's spiteful father.  From its opening sequence to its heart-stopping climax, this 1951 Hitchcock classic readily earns its reputation as one of the director's finest examples of timeless cinematic suspense. (amazon.com)

Author's Friday - Jacquelyn Mitchard

Friday, August 24 at 2:00 pm 


Author Jacquelyn Mitchard is back with her latest novel, Second Nature.

Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was named by USA Today as one of the ten most influential books of the past 25 years. It was also chosen as the first novel in the book club made famous by the TV host Oprah Winfrey, and transformed into a  feature film produced by and starring Michelle Pfeiffer. All of Mitchard’s novels have been greater or lesser bestsellers – and include The Most Wanted, A Theory of Relativity, Twelve Times Blessed, The Breakdown Lane and Cage of Stars. Critics have praised them for their authentic humanity and skilful command of story. Readers identify because they see reflected in her characters – however extreme their circumstances – emotions they already understand.

Reptiles and Amphibians of Cape Cod

Friday, August 24 at 11:00 am

Come and see our very special and distinguished guests: Ian Ives, herpetologist and Director of the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, and Dr. Joe Martinez, herpetologist from Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Together they introduce various herpetofauna on Cape Cod and discuss these creatures’ natural histories, amazing adaptations, and conservation status. The two experts will also dispel myths, provide interesting facts - and bring live animals to show the audience!    

Sharks!

Saturday, August 18 at 11:00 am 

Curious? Creeped out? Before you head to the beach, come and meet expert naturalist Carol "Krill" Carson, who is the Outreach Educational Coordinator for Captain John Boats in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the President of the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance. Krill and fellow naturalist Michael O'Neill will help separate fact from fiction, looking at sharks that swim around the shores of Cape Cod. And Michael has a surprise for all participants who join them for the presentation!

DPL Book Club


Wednesday, August 15 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 No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency  by Alexander McCall Smith.

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

Mystery Book Club

Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30 pm

Like mysteries? This month we discuss McNally's Secret by Lawrence Sanders, and ask participants to bring a second McNally book written by Vincent Lardo.

The Mystery Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Local author Brian James

Friday, August 10 at 11:00 am

Harwich resident Brian James shares his new and well received memoir about his father with our audience. His father, “Junior” James, was born in 1915, grew up in the shadow of Charlestown’s Bunker Hill Monument, and taken from the family in 1984. As a young Irishman, Junior was a cut-up, pulling pranks and petty crimes, running with a more criminal crowd, but staying mostly down on the roster, drinking down at Drake’s and working an overnight job to more or less support his family. Junior might have been a fully made wiseguy, except for the fact he was Irish and generally unwilling to do anything too difficult. The details of Junior’s life are a little funky, but his son’s take on them is hilarious.

Text excerpted from a review by Melanie Lauwers, book editor for the Cape Cod Times.

Summer Movie Series - Sarah's Key

Wednesday, August 8 at 2:00 pm

The movie is based on the novel by Tatia de Rosnay. In Paris, July 1942 Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard—their secret hiding place—and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.
Sixty Years Later: Sarah’s story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own future.             
Excerpt from Amazon.com

Summer Movie - The Perfect Storm

Wednesday, July 18, 5:30pm
The Perfect Storm

It's Halloween, 1991. Near Gloucester, Massachusetts, the six members of the Andrea Gail, a swordfishing boat, head out to sea for their last trip of the season. Unbeknownst to them, a shockingly brutal storm is slowly gaining steam. Before the National Weather Bureau has a chance to inform the crew of the impending danger, it's too late. The resulting battle with three merging weather fronts--an unheralded natural disaster--is grueling and tragic. Based on the true-life best selling novel by Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane and is directed by Wolfgang Petersen.

July's Meeting Room Artist, Susan Clemence Crowley








This long-time East Harwich photographer is currently displaying her portraits and her collection of Painted Cape Scenics.

This collection evolved from the new techniques of digital painting combined with the unique process of surface brush stroke texturing to create a special new art form-not just a photograph, but not quite a painting.

"Thinking About It" Raffle Tickets for Sale

Come see "Thinking About It," an acrylic painting by artist Moira Birch Swiatkowski. This wonderful piece of art will be raffled to benefit Dennis Public Library. Tickets are currently on sale at the Library, and the drawing will take place on Friday, July 27th at the Friends of Dennis Library annual fundraiser held at the Sea View restaurant in Dennisport, featuring the popular "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark.

Raffle tickets for "Thinking About It" cost $5 for 2 and $10 for five. The artwork is valued at $1,200.

Summer Movie - Close Encounters



Wednesday, July 11th at 2:00 
This Month's Classic Movie is also the weekly 
Book-to-Movie Summer Movie!

Cableman Roy Neary is one of several people who experience a close encounter of the first kind, witnessing UFOs flying through the night sky. He is haunted by a mountainlike image in his head and becomes obsessed, putting severe strain on his marriage. This popular 1977 classic stars Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr, and won Oscars for cinematography and sound effects editing.

The Turtle Whisperer

Friday, July 20 at 11:00 am 

Ian Ives, Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary Director and Turtle Whisperer, is back by popular demand! And he is bringing a live turtle co-star for all to see. 

Come learn about Cape Cod turtles and the diverse and threatened turtles of Asia, where virtually all species are heavily harvested for food and traditional medicine trades. Ian finishes by highlighting the conservation actions being taken to save the world’s turtles – giving us hope for our slow moving friends!

Bayberry Quilters' Raffle Quilt on display

Saturday, July 14 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Bayberry Quilters have been working hard all year and their beautiful work is complete. The sampler style quilt features blocks of designs in cool and crisp shades of blue and white. Buy your raffle tickets while the quilters are here ON SATURDAY ONLY, $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The quilt is the grand prize. Second prize is a Bernina Sewing Machine, and third prize is a basket full of red and white fabric strips and other red and white goodies donated by Bayberry Members. Check out their website at: http://www.bayberryquiltersofcapecod.com/. Proceeds go to fund scholarships for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students pursuing higher education. Be generous and be lucky!

Learn about Shipwrecks around Cape Cod with William P. Quinn

Thursday, July 12 at 7:00 pm 

Whether you live here or are just visiting, don’t miss William P. Quinn’s program on shipwrecks off the shores of Cape Cod. The author and former news photographer shares his wealth of knowledge with our audience. Quinn has written several newspaper articles and books on shipwrecks, including Shipwrecks around Cape Cod. Drawing on both his years of historical research and his job as a professional news photographer along the New England coastline, he has countless tales to tell. Some of the disasters he has photographed are the sinking of the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria in 1956 and the grounding and subsequent loss of the tanker Argo Merchant in 1976.

Freelancing in the field of television news, Quinn comes by his interest in shipwrecks virtually by inheritance. His grandfather, William H. Quinn, a Nova Scotia fisherman, was washed up on the sands of the outer beach at Eastham in the 1880s, a victim of a shipwreck. He stayed on the Cape and married into the Higgins family. Bill Quinn, the younger, is married and has two sons. He is a veteran of four years of naval service in World War II with duty in the South Pacific and lives in Orleans.

Summer Movie - Big Miracle

Thursday, July 5 at 2:00 pm

Hot and uncomfortable outside? Come inside, stay cool, and enjoy our summer Books-to-Movies Series!

We're kicking off with Big Miracle, the story of a family of three whales trapped beneath the Arctic Ice. A Greenpeace volunteer and a small-town reporter go to extraordinary lengths to save the majestic creatures in this romantic adventure inspired by actual events.

CLOSED - For the 4th of July Holiday

Wednesday, July 4th - CLOSED

The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th and resume its regular hours on Thursday, July 5th.

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY!

Wednesday Classic Film Series / Summer Movie

Wednesday, August 1st at 2:00 


 Few films have defined a generation as 1967’sThe Graduate did.  Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, a friend of his parents, and finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine.  Starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and an unforgettable Simon and Garfunkel score, this film won Mike Nichols the Best Director Oscar.

Author's Friday - Scott Ridley

Friday, June 29 at 2:00 pm

Author Scott Ridley is a political analyst who has written for New Republic, the Nation, Newsday, and the Denver Post. Descended from a long line of New England sailors and shipbuilders, he has studied and collected books and artifacts on maritime life for forty years. His 2010 novel Morning of Fire is a riveting American and Naval history account that brings the era of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson gloriously alive—in a true tale of adventure, danger, and discovery.

He lives with his family in East Harwich.





Summer Movie Series - Sarah's Key

Wednesday, August 8 at 2:00 pm

The movie is based on the novel by Tatia de Rosnay. In Paris, July 1942 Sarah, a ten-year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door to door arresting Jewish families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard—their secret hiding place—and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released. Sixty Years Later: Sarah’s story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about the future.                                                                                                            
Excerpt from Amazon.com

Wednesday Classic Film Series



Wednesday, July 11th at 2:00

Cableman Roy Neary is one of several people who experience a close encounter of the first kind, witnessing UFOs flying through the night sky. He is haunted by a mountainlike image in his head and becomes obsessed, putting severe strain on his marriage. This popular 1977 classic stars Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr, and won Oscars for cinematography and sound effects editing.

ESL Classes - Time change for June

For the month of June, ESL classes will take place on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. rather than Wednesdays. No registration necessary. Just come and join instructor Bill Maloney.

Homeopathy, Lyme Disease, and Fibromyalgia

Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 am

Have you ever been curious about homeopathy? Local homeopathic practitioner Laurie Wheeler speaks to our audience. Laurie works with the principles of true healing and the energy it seeks to transcend.  Homeopathy recognizes the symptoms are unique to each individual and treats the whole person rather than the named "disease."  This allows for helping the patient with a wide range of conditions, both acute and chronic.  Some familiar systems and conditions are digestive, respiratory, gastrointestinal, circulatory, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, headaches, and insomnia. We have asked Laurie to especially highlight the issues of Lyme disease and fibromyalgia.

Learn How to Self-Publish with author/illustrator Martha Lang

Friday, June 22 at 11:00 am 

In the last few years Martha Lang has self-published many different genres of books, including children’s picture books, children's chapter books, a poetry book, a cookbook, short novels, and a memoir. Martha decided to self-publish for a number of reasons. The most difficult part was finding a publisher whose prices she could afford and who had of setup that interested her. Her presentation includes advice for potential self-publishers, such as: don't give away rights to your book. Bring all of your questions, and Martha will be pleased to lead a very interactive discussion with the audience.

Martha spends her summers in Dennis Village. In the winter she teaches at the University of Vermont, where she has given courses on creative memoir writing, as well as on writing and illustrating books.

Make a Beaded Bookmark

Saturday, June 9 at 11:00 am

Come and get crafty! Make a thong style bookmark for your favorite summer reads. Expert beaders and library staff will lead this workshop. The cost for materials is $2, which includes beads and thread for one bookmark. Please call the library in advance to register.

June's Meeting Room Artist

 "HOME FIELD" is a collection of recent works in pastel and acrylics by Cape Cod artist Phil Airoldi. Paintings depict the magic of Cape Cod as seen through the eyes of the artist. Phil continues his exploration of community in his representations of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Also included in this collection are works depicting the hidden Cape, intimate spaces that have a personal meaning for the artist.