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A review of the History of People of Color on Cape Cod

Saturday, November 21 at 11:30 am

John Reed, currently the chair of the Zion Union Heritage Museum of Cape Cod, Hyannis, MA, leads our audience in a discussion of the struggles and achievements of People of Color in this historic region. He will show some of the newly produced documentary entitled Journeys in the Light: Untold Stories of Cape Cod.
(DVD cover art by Carl Lopes.)

The documentary, while addressing frankly such difficult topics as  slavery here on Cape Cod during the Colonial Period, highlights the courageous individuals who led the fight for freedom, drove for education and economic progress, transformed oppression into brilliant forms of creative expression, served the country in every war, and came to excel in sports, entrepreneurship, teaching, the arts, community service, and various other professions here on the Cape and around the country.

John Reed has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has worked in the Barnstable Public schools as a social studies teacher and as the Equity/Attendance supervisor. He has been the president of the Cape Cod branch of the NAACP, Civil Rights trainer for the Town of Barnstable citizens’ police academy, and a workshop facilitator for various district public schools on diversity training for students and staff.

Smoke Alarm Q&A - brought to you by the Dennis Fire-Rescue Department

Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 pm and
Thursday, November 19 at 2:00 pm

Think you're safe with your current smoke alarm? You might want to hear what the Dennis Fire-Rescue Department has to say:

What kind of alarms fail 50% of the time?
How many do you need?
Ionization vs. Photoelectric? The wrong choice may be disastrous!
Is it a CO2 or a CO detector? How long do they last?
Why do they beep?

Refreshments and Door Prizes!

Local author Barbara Sillery

Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 pm

Halloween may be over, but Cape Cod ghosts are just settling in for the winter! Local author Barbara Sillery will introduce our audience to some of the Cape’s most enduring residents.

The fog-shrouded islands of Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard are filled with distinctly New England apparitions steeped in the staunch sea-faring traditions of their earthly home. Barbara states, “they are there whether you believe or not.” Her ghostly guide The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands is a tour of more than twenty historical sites along with the stories of their supernatural inhabitants. In each instance, skepticism abounds and the question remains—is there really a ghost?

Barbara Sillery is an award-winning and prolific producer and writer with a penchant for the paranormal. She has written The Haunting of Louisiana and The Haunting of Mississippi. The Haunting of Cape Cod and the Islands will be available for sale and signing.

Closed in honor of Veterans Day

The Library will be CLOSED on Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.

Regular library hours will resume on Thursday.

Have a happy and safe holiday remembering those who served and those who continue to serve.

Ken Gloss appraises books and ephemera

Wednesday, October 21 at 1:00 pm

Come and meet Ken Gloss from the Brattle Book Shop in Cambridge, MA, one of America’s oldest and largest used book shops. Ken has appeared on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow. Bring one to three items and get them appraised for $5.00. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Dennis Public Library, and proceeds will benefit the library.  

October Artist - Moira Birch Swiatkowski

Quick Mini Morning Sketches Show 

Reception: Thursday, October 15th from 4:30 -7:00 p.m.

Artist Moira Swiatkowski is a local artist and illustrator from Dennis. She has a daily practice painting a small watercolor every morning. This show is a sampling of the variety of sketches that are a result of this practice.
Moira draws pictures for children and adults inspired by the natural world and by her own stories. When she’s not in the studio, she loves to swim and watch birds and hang out with her wonderful family and friends.
Check out her website at "http://moiraswiatkowski.com or follow her on social media. 

Mass Murder: Massachusetts' Most Infamous Murder Cases

Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 pm

As Halloween draws near, lecturer Christopher Daley introduces our audience to "Mass Murder," a chronicle of Massachusetts’ most infamous murder cases, both solved and unsolved. Get ready for a little mystery, a little suspense, and a little gore. Along with historic photographs and art culled from archives, microfilm, and literary sources, Christopher shows his photographs of the murder sites and historical locations to give the audience a sense of the modern day context of the crimes.