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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.