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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.