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American Sign Language Workshop

Tuesday, August 20 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Have you ever wanted to learn more about American Sign Language and the world of the deaf and hard of hearing? Local instructor John Smith will help educate our audience. He will take us through the history of ASL and the principles of its sentence structure. He will also conduct exercises using flash cards, team acting, and marker boards. Participants will receive a hand out on finger-spelling and view segments of the PBS special Through Deaf Eyes. The session will conclude with two games popular in the deaf community. Because of the length of the program, refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so please call the library at 508-760-6219 to pre-register.

Visiting author Stephen Seitz

Friday, August 16 at 11:00 am


Come and meet Stephen Seitz. Stephen is an author, journalist, and editor based in Vermont, who is paying us a visit during his vacation to East Dennis. He has covered news in the upper Connecticut River Valley for more than a decade; his journalism and cinema commentary have appeared in a number of northern New England newspapers, including the New Hampshire Union Leader. (Steve was the first reporter who made it into the flood zone in the disastrous Alstead, NH, floods of 2005.) The better-known people Steve has interviewed include James Earl Jones, Jerry Lewis, an original cast member of every "Star Trek" series, former presidential candidates Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman and Wesley Clark, Sen. George McGovern, and authors Jodi Picoult and Dennis Lehane, among many others.


A lifelong Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, Steve wrote Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula, which is going strong after seven years. His just released crime mystery, entitled Secrets Can't Be Kept Forever, came out in June.

Teen Summer Movie - The Avengers

Friday, August 9th at 7:00

Come watch The Avengers in our air-conditioned front room, with popcorn and soda! “Marvel’s The Avengers” ranks among the most entertaining comic book blockbusters ever made.” (Richard Roeper). With Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans. Ages 13 and up.

Henry Beston's Cape Cod

Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 pm


Don Wilding, co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization the Henry Beston Society, will introduce our audience to Henry Beston, the author of The Outermost House

Don’s multi-media presentation features photographs and documentary film footage, chronicling the story of Beston, a native of Quincy, MA, who found peace on the outer beach of Eastham after he served as an ambulance driver during World War I. He spent a solitary year in a 20 x 16 foot cottage on the beach and discovered his true voice as a writer. His Outermost House, written in 1927, is now considered an American classic on the level of the works of Thoreau, Muir, and other noted nature writers. It was quoted heavily in the National Park’s reports on Cape Cod, sealing the Cape Cod National Seashore’s establishment as a national treasure.  

Tick talk: Protect and Prevent

Wednesday, August 7 at 7:00 pm

It’s that time of year when many people are outside enjoying summer weather. Don’t let ticks ruin your good time! You can protect yourself and your family from tick-borne diseases like Lyme Disease, which is the second most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts. In addition to Lyme Disease, the black legged tick, or deer tick, carries the pathogens that cause Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis, both of which are quite serious and on the rise.

Come and learn how to prevent tick-borne diseases. Barnstable County Entomologist Larry Dapsis will review the life cycle and ecology of deer ticks and discuss a three-point protection plan: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard, and Protect Your Pet.

Cape Cod Baseball League: Past and Present - CORRECTED DATE!

Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 pm - CORRECTED DATE

The Cape Cod Baseball League is a collegiate summer baseball league loved by both locals and visitos. Over the years, the CCBL has played a significant role in honing great baseball players who have made it to the major leagues.

Our very special guest speaker is Dan Dunn, Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame curator and Vice-president and Assistant General Manager of the Bourne Braves. He will talk about the league’s history and current topics, such as where and how the League gets players and what major league baseball scouts want to see. Dan will also bring unique historical artifacts for viewing. Don’t miss the fun!

The Majesty and Mystery of Crop Circles

Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 pm


Enjoy a good mystery? What’s more mysterious than crop circles, which have been appearing with increasing sophistication in farmers’ fields and other locations all over the world? John Root, educator and naturalist, leads a presentation that features images of the intricate designs of crop circles. Are the designs, the layered weaving of downed plants, and the corresponding anatomical changes evidence of powerful and mysterious energies at work? Other noted phenomenon includes dramatic effects on electronic equipment, soils, animals, and human visitors. John offers interpretations of these exquisite formations, many which occur near sacred sites and refer to mystical traditions.

The audience is invited to share their reactions to the images and to speculate about how and why they are manifesting on our landscape. Go home with handouts of recommended books and websites for further research.

How to Pastel Paint: the Pastel Art of Georgia O’Keeffe

Saturday, July 27 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm - FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY!


Come try your hand at pastel painting. This special workshop, led by Gregory John Maichack and funded in part by a grant from the Dennis Arts and Culture, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council Council, will allow our audience to experiment in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe. All materials are included. Greg will introduce and demonstrate O’Keefe’s techniques and provide insights into her artistic life. He is engaging, clear, and can work with students of all levels of artistic ability. Participants will create and keep their own work of art. There is no charge for the program, but space is limited and seats are filling fast. Please call the library to pre-register at 508-760-6219.

Author's Friday Special Fundraiser - Andre Dubus III

Friday, July 26 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library are very fortunate to have the illustrious Andre Dubus III as the featured guest at this month's Author's Friday Special fundraiser at the Sea View Restaurant at 76 Chase Ave. in  Dennisport. A product of an famous literary family, Andre has written five novels, including The House of Sand and Fog, which was a huge bestseller that was later adapted into an Academy-nominated motion picture starring Ben Kingsley. His powerful memoir Townie was #4 on the NYT Bestseller List and earned Andre rave reviews and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Currently, Andre is at work on the screenplay which will be based on his life story as told in Townie.

Laymen and fellow authors alike describe Andre Dubus III as "inspirational" and "eloquent" with a "great sense of humor." Of course, the main reason people flock to an Andre Dubus III personal appearance is his incredible life story. Essentially left to fend for himself by his father at a very young age, Andre grew up in the drug and crime infested mill towns along the Merrimack River where he quickly had to learn how to defend himself. He struggled to become a writer by supporting himself working night jobs as a bartender, office cleaner, halfway house counselor, and even bounty hunter. Today he is married with three children, teaches writing at UMass Lowell, is about to release his sixth novel, while adapting Townie to a screenplay, and is in great demand at a guest speaker and presenter. Tickets may be purchased at the Library or by mail; $25 each in advance or $30 at door.

Local author Brian James

Friday, July 19 at 11:00 am

Crime humorist Brian James shares his newest release Fortune: the Aftermath of an Infamous Bank Vault Heist. This novel looks at the bank robbery introduced during his 2011 fictional memoir Headstone, which featured his father Junior James.

His latest book considers so many possibilities that even Junior James himself would be scratching his silver receding hairline and belting down several vodka and waters in the hereafter. As for what was actually taken from the trusting depositors in the Fourth of July holiday weekend bank vault burglary of the early '80s, only the perpetrators knew, and few of them would have knowledge of what ultimately happened to their "fortune."

Brian James lives on Cape Cod, MA and in Dunedin, FL. He is a mild-mannered, retired, municipal recreation director, and a seasonal member of writing circles in both Brewster, MA, and Safety Harbor, FL. He recently was interviewed on NPR radio. Fortune is available in print and in virtually any e-book format.