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New Year's 2015 Holiday Hours


The library will be CLOSED on:

Wednesday, December 31st after 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 1st all day 

Regular hours will resume on Friday, January 2nd.

January artist - Stephanie Williams


Throughout the month of January, the works of North Shore encaustic artist Stéphanie Williams will be available to see in the Benjamin and Ruth Muse Meeting Room during most of the library’s open hours. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves heated beeswax. The artist will offer a talk with a hands-on activity on Saturday, January 3rd from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Please call the library to register, as space is limited: 508-760-6219.

As an artist, Stéphanie Williams wants to share her language, not her eroding French or her syntax-challenged English, but her transcription of the effect of nature, people, creatures, environments, and energies on her. Her process is mainly experiential. She sketches copiously; she immerses herself in her surroundings; and she welcomes incidents that frustrate, twist, drain, and, most likely, rejuvenate during the making of each piece. She has kept bees for over 14 years. Beeswax with its unique smell, feel, and translucent quality has made its way into her work.

Born and raised in Normandy, France, Stéphanie has lived and worked in nine cities and three countries. Today, she is a designer, teacher, beekeeper, mother and artist, happily calling the North Shore of Boston her home. On her travels, she always packs a sketchbook. These humble journals hold some of her fondest memories. Her works derive from such sketches and lucky encounters. She does business as PIWIT STUDIO. Check out her website at www.piwitstudio.com

Tots for Toys

Dennis Public Library is a drop off spot for Toys for Tots. Please bring in a new and unwrapped toy and help make a child's Christmas extra special.

Toys will be collected by the organization through mid-December. The drop-off box is located in front of the Circulation Desk.

Christmas Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED on:

Wednesday, December 24th after 12:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, December 25th all day 

 Regular hours will resume on Friday, December 26th.



December Artists - Stephanie and Bob Walenski

Throughout the month of December, enjoy the works of local artists Stephanie and Bob Walenski.

Stephanie’s journey into the art world began in the late ‘80s learning to make quilts, all by hand. Later she graduated to machine stitching quilts, and then on to wall quilts. The wall quilts, and the teachers who helped her, were really the beginning of her original art: composition, line and shape, and color. As soon as she saw the white line prints by Blanche Lazzell, she loved them and looked for a way to learn how to achieve a print of her own design. After white line prints she branched out into mono prints, and then took several printmaking classes at Cape Cod Community College. Printmaking led to Book Arts and Papermaking. Today she is still making quilts, both for the bed and wall, cutting white line wood block prints, cutting linoleum blocks and printing them, and creating books and the art to be included and dreaming of ways to combine it all.

Bob’s current artistic work is headed in the direction of abstract acrylic paintings. He says, “As photography is light, then painting is shape, color, and texture. Good abstraction is organized chaos. It is that contradiction that adds tension and energy to a piece. The layers create depth perception and space within a flat surface. Each pattern has its own mood that emerges from all of these variables and is instantly recognizable. This apparent randomness is in complete harmony to all forms, to the infinity of space within all things. The subject of the art work does not have to be a specific object or image to speak to us.”  After living on the Cape for 40 years, this retired teacher now has time to appreciate the place where he lives and its wonderful art community.

The show ends Tuesday, December 30th. Paintings are available to see during most of the library’s open hours. Call for more information: 508-760-6219.

Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 20 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The ho- ho- holidays are here! Take a break from your busy schedule and come in for sweet treats and hot drinks.

Our best wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy holiday season!


Special Book Sale

We are weeding our Large Print, Fiction, and Mystery Collections. Come visit our "Rolling Cart" of values! All books on the cart are 25 cents each.

Money raised will go to the Friends of the Dennis Public Library to help support Dennis Public Library.

THANK YOU!


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The library will be CLOSED on:

Wednesday, November 26th after 2:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, November 27th all day

 Friday, November 28th all day

Regular hours will resume on Saturday, November 29th.

Wampanoags Yesterday, Today, and on Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 15 at 12:00 pm 

Come explore the culture that greeted some of the first European settlers in America. A Native museum educator from the Wampanoag Indigenous program at Plimouth Plantation (Plymouth, MA) will discuss the life and culture of the Wampanoag People, who continue to make their homes on Cape Cod today.

Hear the Native perspective on Thanksgiving. For the Wampanoag, it was Keepunumuk, the time of the harvest, while the English calendar said it was the autumn of 1621. In a small English town on the edge of the sea, more than 90 Wampanoag men shared food with 52 colonists. Over the centuries, the story of this gathering has been lost, recovered, told and retold. More than 200 hundred years later, this three-day celebration would come to be known as the First Thanksgiving. Images and artifacts will help reveal the special event that took place during those days.   

Veterans Day - CLOSED

The library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.

The library will re-open on Wednesday for regular hours.


November Artist - Joan Shostak


Throughout the month of November, enjoy a show by artist and Yarmouth Port resident Joan Shostak, who was named one of Cape Cod Life’s 400 people who brighten our lives in 2005.

A retired kindergarten teacher turned artist, Ms. Shostak teaches watercolor art in both Florida and on the Cape. Living on beautiful Cape Cod since 1983, the artist draws inspiration from the landscape and brings happiness to her patrons by creating commissioned portraits of their beloved homes. She has been chosen to be in two calendars, one national and one sponsored by Winkir Printing, South Yarmouth, MA. 

Ms. Shostak appreciates her fellow professional and gallery artists, having attended many local classes and workshops.  She is a juried artist member of the Cape Cod Art Association and a Board member of the Yarmouth Art Guild. 
The artist’s work is on display in the Meeting Room during most open library hours.

Food for Fines is back for 2014!

Starting Saturday, November 1st

Now is the chance to give to the community AND clean your library slate! During this holiday season, donate one canned or dry goods item for every $1 in fines owed, up to $10 worth. Items must be sealed and unexpired. All the collected food will be donated to the Dennis Council on Aging Food Pantry.

Thanks for your help!

Cape Cod Cemeteries - TONIGHT!

Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00 pm

Nancy Shoemaker joins us for a pre-Halloween treat. Come discover peaceful places that have no admission fee - for the living anyway! Nancy will lead our audience on a virtual (slideshow) tour of Cape Cod's final resting places from Truro to Falmouth - and our audience won't leave the comfort of Dennis Public Library. You'll learn a lot of history, with a little humor thrown in for fun. Get a view of various stone carvers' works and discover how to date a cemetery by its stones. Headstones on the Cape span the centuries, with a few dating, amazingly, from the 1600s. You’ll enjoy contemplating these unique works of art. 

October Meeting Room Artist - Elinor Freedman

Reception, Thursday, October 23 from 5:00-7:00 pm

Elinor Freedman is an artist who relocated from north of Boston to East Dennis where she is inspired by the beauty of the landscape and creative energy of fellow artists. 

While Ellie has explored a variety of mediums, she is drawn to the vibrancy and immediacy of working with pastels, to which she has focused her current work. For more information about the paintings on display at the library, contact Ellie at elinorafreedman@gmail.com

Massachusetts Archaeology Month - Taylor Bray Farm Project

Saturday, October 18 at 12:00 pm

Come for a presentation by Craig Chartier, project archaeologist for the ongoing work at Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouth Port, MA.

"Taylor-Bray Farm is unique...I can't think of another site like this. We will be able to compare the material found here with other local and regional sites to better understand many aspects of prehistoric and early historic life...the farm also has great potential to educate people about the importance of archaeology and the need to preserve & protect sites like this." ...Craig Chartier, project archaeologist.

Discover the past accomplishments and ongoing efforts to understand the Yarmouth Port farm's prehistoric and early historic life. Seasonally occupied by Native Americans approximately 3,000 years ago and settlers since around 1639, it provides a rare snapshot of the agricultural north side of the Cape. 


The Cape Cod Canal Story

Saturday, October 11 at 12:00 pm

Help celebrate the Cape Cod Canal's first 100 years!
One hundred years ago the Cape Cod Canal became a reality. Discover what this waterway is all about, and how it became the engineering marvel you see today. Join a US Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger as she reveals the rich history, unique features, and modern day operations of the Cape Cod Canal. Bring all your questions to be answered by this Canal expert.

Author's Friday - Chip Bishop

Friday, September 26 at 2:00 pm

Chip Bishop is the author of The Lion and the Journalist: The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop, which profiled Chip's great uncle and his relationship with the renowned president. 

 

His second and newest book Quentin and Flora, set against the backdrop of The Great War in Europe, is the untold tale of Theodore Roosevelt's youngest son and his secret fiancee, Flora Payne Whitney.

 

Chip is a former resident of West Dennis, who conducted research for his first book at Dennis Public Library. 

 
Please register at the Library or call 508-760-6219. This year's Author's Friday Series is charging a $5 fee for attendance, which benefits the Friends of the Dennis Public Library. Funds raised help pay for library programs and materials.

Visiting author Diane Hester

Saturday, September 20 at 11:00 am

Come meet visiting author Diane Hester. Diane is a US citizen currently living in Australia. Her new release Run to Me has just been named as a finalist in the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense writing. The story is set in New England – Boston, New Hampshire, and northern Maine - and features Shyler O’Neil, a mother who has lost her son when another threatened boy comes into her life.

Before Diane Hester started her writing career, she was a professional violinist. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, the NY Metropolitan Opera House, Eastman Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall, Adelaide Festival Theatre and accompanied artists as diverse as Isaac Stern, Itzak Perlman, Chuck Mangioni and Australia’s Little River Band.

In 1989 Diane realized her childhood dream to live in the country when she and her family moved to a small farm outside Port Lincoln, South Australia. There she switched from performing to teaching violin and explored other creative outlets including gardening, spinning, knitting and carpentry. An animal lover, she also ran a donkey sanctuary for several years and dabbled in harness driving and riding.

But since discovering writing, Diane has done little else. When she isn’t hard at work at her latest novel she’s planning her critique group’s next retreat or a workshop for her local writing club. Run To Me, her debut novel, combines a love of Hitchcock-style suspense with memories of summer vacations in New England, her favorite place on earth. Check out her website at www.dianehester.com

September Meeting Room Artist

Douglas Prescott Murray graduated from the New England School of Arts and Design, and for more than four decades, he was Art Director and Advertising Manager for major corporations in MA, and owner and manager of his own MA-based business. Now retired from the commercial world, he devotes his time to fine arts, and is recognized as a well-known, award winning, multi-media artist in both MA and FL.


Many of his pen and ink drawings feature private homes and commercial properties.  His fine arts specialties include: birds, wildlife, portraits, seascapes, and landscapes. Come see his beautiful work!

Local author Yvonne deSouza

Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 am


As anyone who has been diagnosed with a serious disease can attest, life can change dramatically in just moments.  For author Yvonne deSousa, that life-changing moment came when her doctor informed her six months after her 40th birthday that she had relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.  Those few words have both caused concern and have been the source of chuckles over the last few years.  Taking the serious nature of her diagnosis in stride, deSousa shares how her sense of humor has helped her deal with the chronic nature of her illness in her new book. 
 
With an uncanny ability to see the humor in the most difficult moments, deSousa shares her insights in her memoir, MS Madness!  A “Giggle More, Cry Less Story” of Multiple Sclerosis.  From her brother’s insightful commentary – “You could totally get one of those handicapped parking plates now” – to her doctor’s declaration – “MS sucks” – deSousa recalls the reactions of those around her like a true storyteller.  A page turner that will have readers both laughing and crying, deSousa’s realistic look at how she manages her own MS shines a light on the more than 400,000 Americans who deal with the disease every single day.

In a lighthearted presentation, Yvonne’s talks both enlighten and entertain.  She discusses facts about MS that most with chronic illness can relate to, shares her journey with the audience in a way that gets them smiling and reads excerpts from her book.  As she says in the Q and A period following the talk, “go ahead, ask me anything. My life is pretty much an open book!”  This is all done in a comic way to show the audience that with determination and a sense of humor, you can survive anything!

Author's Friday - Ronald Florence

Friday, August 29 at 2:00 pm

Ronald Florence is a novelist, historian, and author of twelve books. Educated at Berkeley and Harvard, he has taught at colleges and universities, ran a foundation, raced sailboats, and raised Cotswold sheep before turning to full-time writing. He lives in Providence, RI, and travels in Europe and the Middle East to research his books. Several books have been published in foreign editions, and The Perfect Machine is the basis of a PBS documentary. His book Family Werth was released last year.
Please register at the Library or call 508-760-6219. This year's Author's Friday Series is charging a $5 fee for attendance, which benefits the Friends of the Dennis Public Library. Funds raised help pay for library programs and materials.


Visiting author Patricia Nolan-Brown

Saturday, August 30 at 11:00 am  

Aspiring inventors come and meet Patricia Nolan-Brown, author of Idea to Invention: What You Need to Know to Cash In on Your Invention, which just hit #3 on the Amazon best-selling list.. Her book shares her “six-plus-six” formula for success. As she’s learned, becoming a successful inventor takes six personality traits, which anyone with desire can develop, combined with six action steps. “I am living proof that you can create your own American dream,” Nolan-Brown assures every aspiring inventor. “All you need is your own imagination and this book.” Chek out her website at www.patricianolanbrown.com
Patricia Nolan-Brown, inventor of the original rear-facing car seat mirror, is often called a real-life "Mother of Invention." She holds multiple patents and registered trademarks, and has sold tens of millions of products. Her  inventions and their backstories have been featured in national newscasts and magazines. She also has a thriving career as a motivational speaker, for groups from Fortune 500 CEOs to grade-school science-fair hopefuls, and a popular video blog. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, three daughters, and her westie, Coconut.

Rainbow Loom Drop-In

Wednesday, August 6th from 3-5 pm

Bring your loom or share one of ours! There will be books, videos and other people to share tips with. Ages 8+ recommended.

August Meeting Room Artist Phil Airoldi



Showing Through August 29th

“More than the Game” is a collection of  nearly 10 years of paintings of the Cape Cod Baseball League. With close to a hundred paintings in the series, he has tried to capture the essence of the interactions between players, fans and volunteers. There is much more going on at a Cape League game than a baseball game, and his goal is to depict this unique experience in his paintings.

Phil was an art teacher at Chicopee Comprehensive H.S for twenty five years and has been a practicing professional artist for most of his life He is an artist member of the Cape Cod Art Association, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

Come enjoy his colorful renditions! 

Glitter Cell Phone Chargers!

Tuesday, August 13th at 2 pm

Bring your charger to decorate! We'll show you how. Ages 10+ recommended.

Visiting author Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos

Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00 pm

There is almost always a point in the process of illness where logic, reason, and medical expertise fail. It’s at this point a patient slips through the cracks, sometimes never recovering. The same is true of any life crisis including divorce, relationship upheaval, financial downfall, bereavement, job loss, and family issues.

Diane O’Keefe-Kanavos survived three incidences of cancer missed by the medical community and the tests on which they relied—that is as lucky as winning the lottery three times in a row. Luck had little to do with it. Divine intervention did. She upholds that she survived by using something many in the medical field and other establishments do not even acknowledge as being real. Her innate intuition. You have it too. She wants you to learn to listen to it. It may save your life one day.

SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing is her account of how she learned to stand in her power and speak her truth during a life crisis by connecting with her physician–within through dreams, mediations and prayer. “Don’t tell your Higher Power how big your problems are. Tell your problems how big your Higher Power is!” She used her intuition to self-advocate a course of treatment in her healing process, often against the vehement advice of her doctors. Always work with your doctors, financiers, coworkers, bosses, and family, but never forget that you must make the final    decisions in life. She hopes her story can help you make better choices, live a more fulfilling life, and discover your destiny.”

Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos was born to a military family, raised in Europe, graduated from Munich International High School in Germany, has a degree in Special Education from Keene Teacher’s   College in Keene, NH, and taught Special Education for 10 years and Psychology at the University of South Florida. She is a two time breast cancer survivor.

Heroes and Villains

Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 pm

Meet popular Cape Cod authors Arlene Kay and Kevin Symmons at as they explore and explain how professionals craft characters that take their novels from pedantic to scintillating. Both are best-selling scribes who’ve performed this presentation to rave reviews. They enjoy interactive sessions so come with your questions and ideas as to who are your favorite heroes… and villains! You’ll have fun and walk away with a new appreciation of how authors construct to-die for good guys and bad ones.

An artful combination of humor, sex, and savagery make Arlene Kay’s mysteries unique. The author of Intrusion; Die Laughing; The Abacus Prize; and the new Boston Uncommon Series: Swann Dive; Mantrap; Gilt Trip; & Swann Song, is a former federal executive with one of those alphabet agencies who traded the trappings of bureaucracy for the delights of murder most foul. She confines her crimes to fiction. Arlene’s early works were published by Mainly Murder Press. Her new work is available from Belle Bridge Books.

Kevin Symmons is a successful multi-published author who went from the executive suite to the writing desk. His novels have been Amazon best-sellers and his debut novel, Rite of Passage, garnered a major award nomination. He writes in Plymouth and Cape Cod and his novels includes romantic thrillers and adult commercial fiction. His most recent releases are a Cape Cod thriller, Out of the Storm, and a contemporary women's fiction novel, Solo. His work is available from New York’s award winning Wild Rose Press.

The Cape Cod Railroad and the Wharves

Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00 pm

Come and continue to expand your knowledge of Cape Cod railroads. Ted Shrady, railroad enthusiast and author, returns with the story of the relationship between Cape Cod’s railroads and the wharves in three different Cape Cod villages. In 1848 the coming of the railroad was a boon to the Cape’s development and commerce. The railroad had tracks on three wharves in Woods Hole, Hyannis, and Provincetown. So began the shipment of products and people by rail and sea to and from the Cape. Building materials, food stuffs, and coal arrived, while fish, sand, and cranberries left. Meanwhile the two south shore wharves became transfer points for passengers going to and from the Islands. Discover this period in Cape Cod’s history, when chugging trains and steaming ships were important features of the Cape Cod landscape.

Teen Movie-Midnight Showing of Divergent

Doors Open Tuesday, August 5th at 11:30 pm-Movie Starts at Midnight



To coincide with the DVD release of this popular dystopian film starring Shailene Woodley.  Snacks and drinks! PG-13, ages 13+ recommended.


Visiting author Diane Hester

Tuesday, August 5 at 7:00 pm 

Come meet visiting author Diane Hester. Diane is a US citizen currently living in Australia. Her new release Run to Me has just been named as a finalist in the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense writing. The story is set in New England – Boston, New Hampshire, and northern Maine - and features Shyler O’Neil, a mother who has lost her son when another threatened boy comes into her life.

Before Diane Hester started her writing career, she was a professional violinist. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, the NY Metropolitan Opera House, Eastman Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall, Adelaide Festival Theatre and accompanied artists as diverse as Isaac Stern, Itzak Perlman, Chuck Mangioni and Australia’s Little River Band.

In 1989 Diane realized her childhood dream to live in the country when she and her family moved to a small farm outside Port Lincoln, South Australia. There she switched from performing to teaching violin and explored other creative outlets including gardening, spinning, knitting and carpentry. An animal lover, she also ran a donkey sanctuary for several years and dabbled in harness driving and riding.

But since discovering writing, Diane has done little else. When she isn’t hard at work at her latest novel she’s planning her critique group’s next retreat or a workshop for her local writing club. Run To Me, her debut novel, combines a love of Hitchcock-style suspense with memories of summer vacations in New England, her favorite place on earth. Check out her website at www.dianehester.com

2014 Author's Friday Fundraiser - Hank Phillippi Ryan

Friday, August 1 from 1 - 4 pm

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. She's won 30 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow Awards and dozens of other honors for her ground breaking journalism.

A bestselling author of six mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and most recently the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award for her novel The Other Woman. National reviews have called her a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller."

This event will be held at the Sea View Restaurant at 76 Chase Avenue in Dennisport. Refreshments and raffles are included. Tickets cost $25 each when purchase at the Dennis Public Library or by mail. Tickets purchased at the door are $30.


Food Coloring Squirt Guns!

Wednesday, July 30 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Cool off and get your shirt colored at the same time! Wear a white T-shirt or shirt to color (other clothes/shoes might also get stained.) Recommended for ages 8 and up. Event will take place outside near fence. Will cancel if it rains. Space limited, so please call the library to register: 508-760-6219.

National Night Out in Dennis Port

Tuesday, August 5 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm


Come for National Night Out in Dennis Port – a community event celebrating police and citizens working together. The Dennis Public Library will have a booth offering free face painting and library souvenirs. During the day, come and enjoy all the library’s events:

At 3:00 p.m. – Creature Teachers: The Nature of My Backyard
This popular children’s program explores the lives of the creatures living in our own backyards. Meet some of the common animals that we encounter every day.

At 7:00 p.m. – Visiting author Diane Hester
Diane Hester is a US citizen currently living in Australia. Her new release Run to Me has just been named as a finalist in the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense writing. The story is set in New England – Boston, New Hampshire, and northern Maine - and features Shyler O’Neil, a mother who has lost her son when another threatened boy comes into her life.

At midnight, 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 6th – the movie “Divergent”
Dennis Public Library is getting in on the release of this hot new pic! Doors open at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5th

Sublime Sunflowers Pastel Painting Workshop with Greg Maichack

Saturday, July 26 at 1:00 pm


Award-winning pastel artist Gregory John Maichack’s conducts his all-new workshop: “Sublime Sunflowers: How to Pastel Paint Like the Masters." This pastel painting workshop serves sheer beginners to advanced adult artists and is free and open to the public. Seats may fill quickly and space is limited, so come into the library or call 508-760-6219 to pre-register.
 
In this fun pastel painting workshop for adults, Mr. Maichack will provide insights into the lives of the old masters who painted the Sunflower: Vincent van Gogh, Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe. A beautifully structured sunflower drawing of one of O’Keeffe’s sunflower paintings will be the jumping off point for participants as they are coached to create their own sunflower pastel painting. The essentials of pastel painting will be demonstrated as participants follow along. As always, the participants will keep their pastel paintings and use hundreds of Greg's professional-grade pastels, paper, and materials.
 
Maichack, pastel painting demonstrator at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, nominated twice for a Massachusetts Gold Star Program Award, will display his original pastel artwork to illustrate his talk. This program is made possible by a grant from the Dennis Arts and Culture Council, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
 

The Railroad and the Cape Cod Canal

Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm

This year on July 29th the Cape Cod Canal turns 100 years old. Come and learn how railroads helped make the canal possible. Ted Shrady, railroad enthusiast and author, discusses how vital railroads were to the building of the Canal. The canal’s monumental construction project took place over five years from 1909 to 1914. Along with huge steam shovels, two dozen dredgers, and hundreds of workers, two railroads were employed in its construction: the New Haven Railroad and a temporary, narrow gauge railroad built by the contractor. Despite many obstacles, such as troublesome weather and financial issues, the Cape Cod Canal finally opened on July 29, 1914, and each year thousands of people still use it to use to access the Cape.  

2014 Bayberry Quilters’ Raffle Quilt on display

Saturday, July 19 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm 

Once again, the Bayberry Quilters have created a masterpiece in fabric to raffle off and help fund scholarships and toolships for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students. This year’s quilt features blocks of beautiful lighthouse scenes. Buy your raffle tickets at the library on THAT DAY ONLY, $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Check out the Bayberry Quilters website at: http://www.bayberryquiltersofcapecod.com/. Be generous and be lucky!

The History of Railroads on Cape Cod

Thursday, July 10 at 7:00 pm

Railroad buffs and other curious history seekers welcome! Ted Shrady, railroad enthusiast and author, shares the story of railroads on Cape Cod. "Railroads were, are, and will be on the Cape." In 1848 the railroad arrived in Sandwich, and by 1887 it advanced to Falmouth, Hyannis, Chatham, and Provincetown. The railroad was an important factor in the growth of the Cape in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Passenger trains came from Boston, New York, and Washington until 1959 and 1964. Amtrak had summer service from 1986 to 1996; scenic trains that run today began in 1981; and now the new Cape Flyer from Boston is a hit. Come hear all about the great old form of transportation that still makes its mark on the sandy peninsula.

On the Trail of Bonnie and Clyde

Wednesday, July 9 at 7:00 pm

Part travelogue and part history, this lecture presented by Christopher Daley will chronicle the story of Bonnie and Clyde, separating myth from reality!

Eighty years ago in 1934 a police ambush put an end to bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde. For years the public has been fascinated with the story of this Dust Bowl Romeo and Juliet. However, much of what people know is derived from the 1967 movie "Bonnie and Clyde," and, more recently, from a highly fictionalized movie seen on A&E & the History Channel. Much myth, conjecture, and outright lies have grown up about the two Texas bandits, but when one delves into the true story of these two lovers, a much more interesting and human story emerges, truly better than the entertainment industry creations.

Christopher Daley has traveled over 4,000 miles through the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri on the "Trail of Bonnie and Clyde," photographing and making video of the sites of their homes, murders, robberies, shootouts and hideouts. Along the way he met characters like L.J. "Boots" Hinton, the son of lawman Ted Hinton - a member of the posse that took down Bonnie & Clyde in 1934 - and the mayor of dusty Kemp, Texas, who related a fascinating story of Bonnie's incarceration at the Kemp Calaboose. Get ready to experience the real story of this infamous duo!

Author's Friday - John P. DiNatale

Friday, June 27 at 2:00 pm


John P. DiNatale’s book The Family Business is a memoir that tells the story of a multi-generational private investigation agency, founded by Phillip DiNatale, a former Boston police detective who was chosen to be one of four investigators tasked with catching the Boston Strangler. John began his apprenticeship with his father in his late teens accompanying him on surveillances and investigations, taking notes during interviews of criminal defendants, penning witness statements, and ultimately learning the art of investigation through practical experience.

Please register at the Library or call 508-760-6219. This year's Author's Friday Series is charging a $5 fee for attendance, which benefits the Friends of the Dennis Public Library. All funds raised help pay for library programs and materials.

4th of July Holiday Hours

ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY!


Thursday, July 3rd - The library will CLOSE at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, July 4th - The library will be CLOSED all day.

Saturday, July 5th - Regular library hours resume.

Masterpiece Classic Club

The NEW! Masterpiece Classic Club (formerly the Downton Abbey Fan Club) is taking a break for the summer. Please stay tuned and check our website in the fall for meeting dates and times.
Enjoy your summer!

Local author Shirley Pieters Vogel

Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm

Shirley Pieters Vogel is a respected inspirational speaker, author of wHispers and Faith, Favorites, Fun, and Fotos of Cape Cod, and she has written articles that have appeared in many publications, including Leadership Journal.

Shirley’s passion for serving God is complemented by her nursing experience, helping people through Caring Ministries, a ministry she founded in her church; working with Bridge to Hope, a prison ministry; and her marvelous sense of humor. Visit her website at www.shirleyvogel.com. Shirley will hold a raffle at her presentation, and the prize will be a free book.