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Tales of New England Vampires

Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.


It’s the night before Halloween! What better way to chill your blood than with stories about New England vampires? Susan F. Jarek-Glidden, PhD, will tantalize our audience with true tales of how olde New Englanders handled their absolute terror of vampires.

Dr. Jarek-Glidden has been interested in folklore since childhood and has researched the New England Vampire Tradition for over 30 years. For the past ten years, she has spoken throughout Massachusetts on New England’s vampires, including the “Halloween” lecture at Tales of Cape Cod in Barnstable.

Together with her husband, Tony, she lives on – fans of the quirky 1960-70’s vampire series Dark Shadows take note – Collingwood Drive in Yarmouthport.  Dr. Jarek-Glidden holds a BA from Elms College, an MA from Catholic University of America, and a Ph.D. from Boston University. 

At the conclusion of the presentation, Dr. Jarek-Glidden will take questions from the audience, where everyone is welcome to tap into her subject expertise.

Book Banning in the U.S.A.

Saturday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m.


Can you name a few books that you should be reading? How about naming a few books that people think you should not be reading? Many of us know that books have been banned in other places like the Middle East and Russia, but how about the United States? Even here book banning happens. And it’s not just ancient history; book banning is alive and well today, although sometimes in a subtle form – like an item’s quiet removal from a book shelf or a school curriculum.  

Anne Speyer, librarian, teacher, and ardent bibliophile, will explore the history of book banning. You will probably discover that at least one of your own favorites is on someone else’s “people shouldn’t read” list.

Archaeology at the Cape Cod National Seashore - CANCELLED!

Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 a.m. - CANCELLED DUE TO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. This event may be rescheduled at a later date. 

Come help us celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month by taking a look at the Cape’s own National Seashore. The lands of Cape Cod National Seashore hold many wonders, such as beaches, dunes, ponds, and marshes, yet many people aren't aware of the historical treasures within these lands like historic houses and over 300 archeological sites.


Archeologists recently discovered a significant site in a remote corner of Bound Brook Island in Wellfleet: the Baker-Biddle site. Famed "Banana King" Lorenzo Dow Baker, and later Franklin Roosevelt's Attorney General Francis Biddle, called this place home. Join National Seashore Historian William Burke for a glimpse at the wonderfully rich prehistoric and historic archeological finds from this property, and what they tell us about life on the Outer Cape thousands of years ago.

Game Night

Wednesday, October 23 from 5:00-8:00 pm

More board game fun with Matt Donle from Wicked Fun Games. Bring your friends and family!

September Meeting Room Artist and Reception Saturday September 14th at 2 pm



Ken Baughman is an artist, graphic designer, and amateur naturalist. He draws inspiration from the natural world and from personal experiences around the globe. Ken's work focuses on the interconnectedness of animals and mankind. Woodcuts, solarplate etchings, monoprints, watercolors, and more are featured in this exhibit. View more of his work at be.net/kenbaughman and learn more about his process at an artist's reception Saturday, September 14th from 12-2pm.  His work will be on display from September 2-28th.

Astronomy Field Trip to Werner Schmidt Observatory

Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 pm

We're taking a road trip to see the stars! Dr. Mike Hunter, director of the Werner Schmidt Observatory, will lead the group. The class will all meet at the observatory to enjoy a night of special instruction, perfect for the new or beginning astronomer. Come and experience the night sky like never before. Check out the Cape Cod Astronomical Society's website at: www.ccas.ws

Space is limited, so please call the library at 508-760-6219 to register.

The Observatory is located on the campus of the Dennis-Yarmouth High School at 210 Station Avenue in South Yarmouth.