Library Status

The library building is open to the public and waiting to welcome you.

Uninterrupted Computer Access Thanks to Cape Cod Tech!

We previously posted that we would have to close our public computer area on Tuesday evenings during our "Girls Who Code" program. We are excited to announce that thanks to a great new partnership and generous donation from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Principal William Terranova there will not be any interruption to public computer access!


Cape Cod Tech has generously agreed to lend us Chromebook Laptops to use during our "Girls Who Code" program, allowing us to open the program to more girls, and to keep our public computer area open. We are very thankful for this partnership.  

December Open House

Saturday, December 17th from 10-2


Dennis Public Library is hosting an open house to thank our many wonderful patrons. Please join us in the library meeting room on Saturday, December 17th during open hours to enjoy some light refreshments and holiday music. 

We hope you can join us to celebrate the season and spread some winter cheer. All are welcome. 

Irish Harpist Mairead Doherty

Saturday, December 10th at 12pm


Please join us for a celebration of the spirit of Christmas featuring Irish Harpist Mairead Doherty along with Vocalist Fr. John Dolan and Flutist William Miner.  

The talented Ms. Doherty's programs are annual favorites at Dennis Public Library. Born in County Tipperary, Ireland, she studied harp under the auspices of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. She has performed throughout Europe and North America.

This program will feature a brief history and timeline leading up to the Christmas event punctuated with songs, carols and instrumental music of the harp and flute inspired by Christmas. All ages are welcome at this enriching musical event. 

Thanksgiving Hours

Closed Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for Thanksgiving


The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open regular hours on Wednesday (10-8) and Saturday (10-2). 

We hope you have a fun, safe and loving holiday with family and friends. 

Library Open House and Annual Friends Meeting

Saturday, November 19th


The Friends of the Dennis Public Library will hold an Open House and Annual Meeting at the library on Saturday, November 19th at 12:30pm. The public is invited to meet the newly appointed Dennis Library Director Cynthia Cullen and Assistant Director Nicole Kramer and to view the bank of 9 recently acquired updated computers, 5 of which were funded by the Friends. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

The Friends 2016 Annual Meeting and election of officers will be held at 1:30pm. Membership on the Board of the Friends is available to anyone interested in supporting the library and helping it to continue to be a valuable asset to the community. 

Closed in observance of Veterans Day

The library will be CLOSED on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.


Regular hours will resume on Saturday (10-2). Have a safe and happy holiday remembering those who served and those who continue to serve our country.




Shipwrecks of Cape Cod with Don Wilding

Saturday, November 5th at 12:30 pm

Enjoy an afternoon discussion on Saturday, November 5th at 12:30 p.m. at Dennis Public Library. Don Wilding will be at the library to discuss some of the great shipwrecks and rescues on the Outer Beach of Cape Cod, ranging from the earliest days of the U.S. Lifesaving Service (1872) to the early years of the U.S. Coast Guard in the first half of the 20th century. Join Don for a look at the wrecks of the Castagna, the Francis, the Montclair, the Jason, the Portland, and more.

An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for 30 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Lore” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of the book, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore.”  

MBCC's "Let's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures"

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Come into our lobby and pick up materials provided by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. Its educational outreach program entitled "Let's Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposure" means to empower discussions between health professionals and patients regarding environmental exposures and chemicals of concern.

The Coalition has created a one-of-a-king booklet for health professionals that summarizes scientific evidence linking exposure and effect for many common chemicals of concern and suggests how to begin environmental health conversations with patients. The accompanying patient brochure (available in several languages) describes basic steps from individuals and families to reduce problematic exposures and choose safer alternatives to toxic products. The goal of the program is to reduce toxic exposures, which has implications for reducing the burden and cost of all environmentally-linked diseases.

They're here!

Our new public computers are in the house! Thanks to a generous contribution by the Friends of the Dennis Public Librarywe now have new Windows 10 computers. 

Come in and experience the latest technology. Thank you, Friends and patrons, for your continued support!

The Writer’s Studio: Where writers with great potential meet

Fridays starting September 30th from 10:00-12:00

Everyone has a story to tell. With the Internet, Kindles, and Nooks, self-publishing your writing is easy. Everyone can read and buy your stories and books globally. The new digital age makes the process easier than you think.

Starting on Friday, September 30th S.D. Anderson, PhD, Indie author and publisher, will lead a weekly writers’ group. You will learn how to write and publish your own work and have fun doing it. The group is currently full. Please call the library to be added to the wait list: 508-760-6219.

S.D. Anderson has been self-publishing for more than 30 years in the Visionary Fiction genre. All of her books, fiction and non-fiction, websites, and blogs maintain a spiritual and mystical element merging Easter and Western philosophies. Living on her magical Cape Cod, she actively participates in a weekly writers’ group through Cape Cod Writers Center and is a member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance. 

Now's your chance - Seashell Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, September 17 at 12:30 pm

Get your crafty on! There are a few spaces left in our Seashell Wreath Making Workshop. Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions will instruct our audience on how to make a 10-inch seashell wreath. Basic materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own sea treasures and fall accents to add to your wreath.

Appropriate of age 5 (with adult supervision) and up. Limited to 25 participants. A $15 materials fee must be paid to the library at the time of registration. See you Saturday!

Help our Schools

The Dennis Libraries support the Stop & Shop A+ Program to help our schools at no cost to you.

With a Stop & Shop card, you can register online at www.stopandshop.com. Click "My Stop & Shop Card" and then select A+ School Rewards. Choose West Dennis, Ezra H. Baker School.

You can only register once starting September 2016. At the end of each month the A+ rewards will be calculated and credited to the school. The schools use the cash for books, supplies, and other purposes.

Thank you for helping support our schools!

Coloring for the Soul displays at Dennis Public Library

Local artist Avis Kaeselau and participants from her Coloring for the Soul group will be displaying their beautiful work in the Dennis Public library meeting room gallery for the month of September. A Provincetown native, Avis comes from a family of well-known artists and artisans, which has carried on to her children and theirs through their professional art and music.

Avis has taught at the Cultural Center in Yarmouth, the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, at libraries, senior centers, and privately. Many of her participants have had difficult physical challenges, but inspiring them to color, has taken them to new places, from frustration to fantastic! There is no right or wrong when coloring, no limits, no restrictions because it comes from deep within your soul, setting your focus intensely on which color you should use and not on all your stresses and problems. The act of coloring is both meditative and therapeutic.

New Computers are Coming!

Stay tuned!

Thanks to a generous contribution by the Friends of the Dennis Public Library, we will soon have new Windows 10 computers to offer for public use. 

Thank you, Friends and patrons, for your continued support!



Post Labor Day Healthy Time! Learn to Build Your Immune System

Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 pm

Natural health proponent Jacky Trought will be here, and she will discuss the body’s own healing processes and the natural approach to building a better immune system. With her methods, she believes you can say goodbye to allergies, colds, and flu and wake up energized and ready to face the day looking and feeling younger. She will also delve into the truth about detoxifying.

Jacky Trought holds a Master's degree in Clinical Laboratory Science with a specialization in Cytopatholgy from the University of Rhode Island. She has studied natural health for over 15 years.

Artist Reception today for Avis Kaeselau & Coloring group

TODAY from 12:00-2:00

Come join us for refreshments and an exhibition of beautiful coloring work by local artist Avis Kaeselau and participants from her coloring group. 

Allow coloring to take you to the next level. Their work will be on display in our library meeting room gallery for the month of September.

HOLLY CLEELAND

Author of Glue & Go Costumes for Kids: Super-duper Designs with Everyday Materials
at
Dennis Public Library
on
Tuesday September 20th from 4-5 pm
Holly will teach parents and kids how to create prize-winning costume out of house hold items. She will give away three costumes the kids can keep and parade through the library. Holly has been featured on The Rachael Ray Show and The View to name a few.

Girls who Code!


Are you interested in learning how to code? Would you like to build Apps. Do you like computers?

We are looking for girls in 6th-12th grade to join our Girls Who Code group at the Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall St, Dennis Port. We anticipate a launch date in October, 2016 and hope to meet on Tuesday after school. Sign ups are being taken now! Space is limited!

PoetryMusic: Where Words and Music Meet

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Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of culture. Colleen O’Brien with voice and cello and Chris Lee with vibes and percussion present “PoetryMusic.” The event is a delightful meeting of music and poetry, ranging from Shakespeare to Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. In the tradition of classical art song, where composers wrote music for the poetry to be sung, this chamber jazz duo combines poetry, exquisite music, and visual images for a truly unique multi-media experience. 

New Date! SeaShells by the SeaShore: A Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, September 17th at 12:30 pm

Make a seashell wreath to add to your fall decor. Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions will instruct our audience on how to create a 10-inch seashell wreath. Basic materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own sea treasures and fall accents to add to your wreath.

Appropriate for ages 5 (with parental supervision) and up. Limited to 25 participants. A $15 CASH materials fee must be paid to the library at the time of registration. Reserve early to ensure a space.

Building the Immune System

Tuesday, September 6 at 7:00 pm

Fall is on the way. Are you ready for better health and wellness during the cold and flu season? Join natural health proponent Jacky Trought at the Dennis Public Library. She will discuss the body’s own healing processes and the natural approach to building a better immune system. With her methods, she believes you can say goodbye to allergies, colds, and flu and wake up energized and ready to face the day looking and feeling younger. She will also delve into the truth about detoxifying.

Jacky Trout holds a Master's degree in Clinical Laboratory Science with a specialization in Cytopatholgy from the University of Rhode Island. She has studied natural health for over 15 years.

Winner of Cape Air Tickets!

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library are pleased to announce that Pam Driscoll was the winner of two Cape Air tickets at the Author's Friday Special featuring Sy Montgomery.

Thank you to everyone who attended and purchased tickets to support the library! Sy Montgomery was a great storyteller, and we loved having her as this year's featured guest. Join us for this annual event next July.

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 2 from 4:00-7:00 pm

The Town of Dennis is celebrating National Night Out, which is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods better, safer places to live.

This year's event will be in Downtown Dennis Port. Come visit the library booth on the library lawn at 5 Hall Street in Dennis Port.

Get Sy-ched Sy Fans!

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library and the Dennis Public Library would like to congratulate the four lucky raffle winners who will attend the Author's Friday Special event tomorrow from 1:00-4:00 p.m. featuring author and adventurer Sy Montgomery:

Lisa V.
Linda S.
Ray O.
Sandford H.

We will see you there! Tickets still available at the library and at the door of the SeaView, 76 Chase Avenue in Dennis Port.

Visiting author Felice Cohen

Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 pm

Author, organizer, and blogger Felice Cohen tells us to think small!
Felice Cohen, the author of 90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (...or more) and What Papa Told Me, downsized her life to fit into a 90-square foot apartment in Manhattan. She admits that the experience of living life smaller made her life larger. She says others can do it as well, giving them more time to do what they love. She is happy to pass along motivational tips on getting rid of stuff.

 Felice Cohen, the grandchild of two Holocaust survivors, is the author of the award-winning book “What Papa Told Me,” a memoir about her grandfather’s life before, during and after the war. The book has been endorsed by Elie Wiesel and Yad Vashem, translated into Polish, won three honorable mention book awards, and has sold 30,000 copies around the world. Aside from having spoken to thousands about her grandfather, she is featured in two documentaries focusing on grandchildren of survivors. Her newest book, “90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (...or more),” is based on the YouTube video of her 90-square-foot Manhattan studio that went viral with millions of views on YouTube.com, gaining media attention across the globe. Felice has been featured on Good Morning America, NBC, CBS, Fox5, Sirius, NPR, Time, Forbes, Globe & Mail, New York Daily News, Cape Cod Times and the Daily Mail to name a few. She is also featured in a documentary on tiny living.Felice writes the blog “Living Large in Any Space” and has written for the New York Daily News, amNew York, Metro and others. What enabled Felice to “live large” in that tiny studio is that she has been a professional organizer for over 20 years. Please visit her website www.felicecohen.com.

SeaShells by the SeaShore: A Wreath Making Workshop

Wednesday, August 17 at 6:00 pm

Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions will instruct our audience on how to create their very own 10-inch seashell wreath. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own sea treasures to add to your wreath.

Appropriate for ages 5 (with parental supervision) and up. Limited to 25 participants. A $15 cash materials fee must be paid to the library at the time of registration. Reserve early to ensure a space.

Dennis Public Library welcomes July artist Ed Grossman

Throughout the months of July and August, artist Ed Grossman shares his curiosity at how a familiar landscape and instant film impacted his childhood.

Ed's passion for photography started in his youth. He still remembers being captivated watching Polaroids develop before his eyes. The way that film, chemicals, and time worked together to create a picture is something he's never forgotten. Today those memories of instant film inspire him to combine artistic elements into storytelling portfolios.

His projects include: Sunday Drive, a nostalgic look at how his world view broadened while in the backseat of the family station wagon; Beaches Offseason, where locations associated with Summer fun take on a different character in Winter, and Fading American Bookstore, documenting the impact of cultural change on a retail institution.

In addition to local venues, he's participated in nationally publicized exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont, and the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Online, he's been a featured artist on Lenscratch and has appeared in The Online Photographer. Ed's work is in private print collections throughout the country as well as the public archive of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas - Austin.

A lifelong New Englander, Ed has a B.A. from Brandeis University. He currently lives and works in Mattapoisett, MA.

Ed's work will be on display during library hours until the end of August. For more information visit his website.

Coloring for the Soul - Adult Coloring at the Next Level

Thursday, July 28 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Is the summer heat and busyness getting you down? Come and relax with another coloring workshop for grown ups. There are a few spaces left. Teacher Avis Kaeselau has given classes at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham. She will inspire the group to go on to the next levels of adult coloring with highlighting, embellishing, pointillism, and various other textures. Participants will also make practical and fanciful things with left over uncolored pages.
Bring pencils, markers, glitter, etc. along with double-faced or regular tape, scissors, and all your coloring books - and some munchies - and have some fun! Please call the library at 508-760-6219 to register. Kits are available, if needed, for a $10 materials fee.

Lizzie Borden: The Mystery Continues

Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 pm

Historian Christopher Daley leads our audience through a one hour, in-depth retelling of the famous double homicide that rocked the city of Fall River, Massachusetts. You may have heard the ditty "Lizzie Borden took an ax....," but do you know the actual facts? Christopher has conducted extensive research utilizing archival materials, period newspapers, and period photographs to create an entertaining, fascinating and informative presentation about America's favorite "Who done it?"
The story begins on that fateful day of August 4, 1892 with a striking description of the day’s events, and the murders that took place. The police investigation is recounted; the evidence, described and examined. Then the focus will shift to the suspicion placed on Lizzie and her conflicting stories on her whereabouts in the house during the day of the murders. Afterwards a summary of the Grand Jury hearings and the trial using actual testimony and newspaper accounts to illuminate the proceedings. In the end different theories on the murders will be set forth and the question of "Who done it?" will be put to the audience for further discussion and conjecture.

Bayberry Quilters Raffle Quilt ~ On Display...

ONE DAY ONLY!
Saturday, July 16th
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Bayberry Quilters present their beautiful “Surf and Sand” raffle quilt (77”x75”) on display for one day only at Dennis Public Library. Buy your raffle tickets ON SATURDAY ONLY, $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The quilt is the grand prize; second prize is a 1955 Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine; and third prize to be announced. Proceeds go to fund scholarships for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students pursuing higher education. Be generous and be lucky!


Visit "Little Libraries by the Sea"

Going to the beach this 4th of July weekend?

Did you forget your beach read? The Dennis Library System is coming to you! All five Dennis libraries are pleased to bring you "Little Libraries by the Sea" at Corporation and West Dennis Beaches. Look for these cabinets at the food buildings. Books are free to take and pass along to a friend.
Children's Summer Reading Kickoff Event!






Summer Reading Kickoff
Comedy Magic with Ed Popielarczyk
Thursday, June 23rd 11am-12pm
All ages welcome - no registration required
Come early for balloon sculpting


Ed Popielarczyk is a professional magician, balloon twister, and entertainer. He captivates audiences and brings laughter to children and adults. Ed's philosophy on performing magic is to entertain first and to amaze second. As long as everyone is laughing and having a great time he has met his goal and yours!

FOR MORE GREAT SUMMER CHILDREN'S EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR DPLKIDS PAGE



The Nature of Mass Audubon’s Mid and Upper Cape Sanctuaries

Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 pm

Come join Ian Ives, Director of the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, as he describes the beauty and value of some of the Cape’s richest habitats. Mass Audubon’s sanctuaries on the mid- and upper-Cape encompass a variety of critical habitats, including barrier beaches, coastal plain ponds, salt marshes, cedar swamps, and vernal pools. Explore what makes these habitats so special and learn about some of the rare plant and animal species that live within them. As you develop a deep appreciation of these surroundings, plan a visit and discover how you can become more involved in the conservation of these habitats through Mass Audubon. 

The Friends of Dennis Public Library Present...

Author's Friday Special: Sy Montgomery                         Friday, July 29 from 1:00 - 4:00

Sy Montgomery is an author and adventurer, whom the Boston Globe calls, “Part Indiana Jones and part Emily Dickinson.” To research her books, films, and articles, she has been chased by a silverback gorilla, embraced by a Giant Pacific Octopus, and undressed by an orangutan. But she is perhaps best known for her 14-year love affair with Christopher Hogwood, a runt piglet who grew into a 750-pound great Buddha master. 
Autographed books, special drawings, door prizes, delicious appetizers, and a cash bar available. Tickets are now on sale at Dennis Public Library for $25, ($30 at door.) Tickets may also be purchased by mail: Friends of the Dennis Public Library, PO Box 25, S. Dennis, MA 02660. 

Coloring for the Soul - Adult Coloring at the Next Level

Thursday, July 28 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Come explore your creative side! Avis Kaeselau, who has taught at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, will inspire the group to go on to the next levels of adult coloring with highlighting, embellishing, pointillism, and various other textures. Participants will also make practical and fanciful things with left over uncolored pages.
Bring pencils, markers, glitter, etc., along with double-faced or regular scotch tape, scissors, and all your coloring books - and some munchies - and have some fun! Please call the library at 508-760-6219 to register, as space is limited. Kits are available, if needed, for a $10 materials fee.

Pastel Painting Workshop - a few spaces left!

Saturday, June 4 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm

There are still a few spaces left for tomorrow's workshop "Pastel Paint Stunning Still Lifes" with Greg Maichack. Call the library today at 508-760-6219 to reserve your space, and bring a $15 material fee for the teacher tomorrow. See you there!

Artists Elaine Giberti & Susan Keating display in June


This month artists Elaine Giberti & Susan Keating display their talent here at the Dennis Public Library's meeting room gallery. 

Always an appreciator of nature and the outdoors, Elaine enjoys taking many photographs on Cape Cod and wherever she travels with her husband from which she paints acrylic landscape pictures. Drawing with her paintbrush, she often experiments with textures in her landscapes. Her pictures are full of vivid colors and tend to be very cheerful recognizable scenes. Teachers who have most influenced her are Cynthia Durost of Acton and Odin Smith of Harwich.  Elaine started painting after she retired.


Elaine is a juried member of the Cape Cod Art Association, a member of the Yarmouth Art Guild, the Wednesday Painters of Cotuit, and the Monday Painters on the Dennis Green (Summer). She volunteers as Librarian at the CCAA, and as Student Class Coordinator for the Artists’ Paintbox Gallery of the Yarmouth Art Guild.

Recent exhibits include: “That Day In---” at the Cape Cod Art Association, the fall exhibit at The Yarmouth Cultural Center, The Maplewood Residences at Mayflower Place, and Oliver’s Restaurant. In addition to sales from exhibits, Elaine has painted commissioned works. 

Ever since childhood Susan Keating has been interested in art. But with a husband and three children, a teaching career and volunteering, there never seemed to be the time to pursue painting. It was not until she retired to Cape Cod, that she began to paint. Susan became a member of the Yarmouth Art Guild and a juried member of the CapeCod Art Association, studying under artist and instructor, Odin Smith, challenged herself to paint landscapes and seascapes of Cape Cod, figures, and inanimate objects found in the gardens and along the shorelines of the Cape.

She managed a few night photography classes at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, & gained the confidence to shoot landscapes, flowers and architecture. Inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Cape Cod, she became a member of the Dennis/Yarmouth Newcomers' nature photography group. Her paintings tend towards the realism of nature, while capturing the source of light.

Recently she is inspired by photos of her family members and friends to bring figures into her paintings.

All are welcome to stop in any time during library hours. Their work will be on display the entire month of June. A reception will be held Thursday, June 2nd at 4:00 p.m. in the library's meeting room gallery.

ESL Classes on break for July and August

Our wonderful volunteer Bill Maloney will be taking a break for the summer months of July and August. Please join him in September on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. when English as a Second Language classes resume.

Tramping the Dune Shacks

Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 pm

Enjoy a lively narrative and over 200 slides in this hour-plus presentation. The Dune Tramp, an engaging writer and photographer, has captured the beauty and mystery of the outer Cape Cod dune shacks. Take a journey across the landscape of Truro & Provincetown, over a three-and-three-quarter mile stretch, to visit the nineteen existing dune shacks remaining in the Cape Cod National Seashore. Many have spied these enigmatic places from afar on commercial dune tours, or hiked around them from The Great Beach or Snail Road. This collection of photographs will take you inside these rustic dwellings for a rare glimpse of shack living.  View vintage images of some shacks back to the 1940s, graciously shared by the Cape Cod National Seashore. Each shack is discussed, along with a brief history… and an anecdote or two. It’s an entertaining & informative presentation for all ages. 

Pastel Paint Stunning Still Lifes

Saturday, June 4 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm

Come join us as returning instructor Greg Maichack presents "Pastel Paint Stunning Still Lifes." Twice nominated for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Gold Star Award, Greg Maichack teaches with an entertaining and easy going style. As he leads our participants through the pastel painting of a still life, he will demonstrate techniques used by masters such as van Gogh, O'Keeffe, Monet & da Vinci. The students will have access to professional grade pastels, paper & pencils when they create their own unique work of art to take home.

This popular workshop always fills to capacity so please reserve your space early by calling 508-760-6219. There is a $15 materials fee this year to be paid at the time of class.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Dennis Public Library.

May Artist - Laura Balboni Craciun

This month's featured artist is Laura Balboni Craciun, Fine Art, Pastels and Oils.

Laura Balboni Craciun is known for her rich, layered colors and transition of shades in her portraits and landscapes. They reflect a reverence for the mood and story of her subject: "I see the colors meeting on the paper, and they shift and settle into what I envisioned. I need to share the beauty of what I see."

Ms. Balboni summered each year in her family's home near the Brewster flats. Even as a young child, she would spend hours taking in the expansive horizons of the low tides and watching the display of colors as the sun set over the ocean or the flats, filling the sky with new "paintings" by the minute. She called it "makeup for the soul". She came to peace with the yearning to entirely appreciate the beauty surrounding her by expressing it through her art and music.  Playing viola was another outlet and brought her to many foreign places; Finland, Spain, Canada, Italy, etc, and secured her education at the Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins University. She was the principal violist of the Chautauqua Symphony, and Sessione Senese Chamber Orchestra, Sienna, Italy. Though she had received awards and recognition for her music, her art called her attention and she attended classes at Maryland Institute College of Art.  Her degree was in viola performance, but she was unable to fully realize that profession because of injury.

Ms. Balboni's music training was useful to her, as she embarked on developing her artistic vision. She studied portraiture with John Kilroy, student of Richard Schmidt, for 2 years. She then met and studied with Hilda Niely of the Cape School of Art, and other cape artists such as Rosalie Nadeau, MaryAlice Eisenberg, and Steve Kennedy in oil. Her biggest influences are Cape artists Henry Hensche and Anne McAdam. In pastel, her inspiration comes from studying with Jeanne Rosier Smith and Richard McKinley. Her work has the finely-tuned sensitivity of a musician's soul. Brahms is her favorite composer and her art pairs well with his music. The result is a body of work that touches the souls of her viewers; from the forlorn to the sublime.

Laura teaches viola and pastel painting at the Cape Cod Conservatory, beginning art for children and teenagers at the Creative Arts Center, in Chatham, MA, and beginning watercolor at the Chatham Bars Inn, in Chatham, MA. She has been a member of the 820 Main Gallery (rt. 28), Harwich Port, MA for the past five years, and will be participating in the 45th Annual Creative Arts Center Juried Art Show August 20-22, 2016. Laura was selected for the Cape Cod Art Association online juried art show, in February 2016.

http://www.artbylaurajean.com/
MOVIE DAY!
Saturday, May 7th!
12:30 PM

Join us for Wookiee cookies and Yoda soda!

Star Wars : The Force Awakens is 
Rated PG-13


No registration required!

Local author Evan J. Albright

Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 pm

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a little Cape Cod-flavored history of Mexico. Award-winning local author Evan J. Albright talks about his latest release The Man Who Owned a Wonder of the World: The Gringo’s History of Mexico’s Chichén Itzá.

Today the ancient Maya city of Chichén Itzá in Yucatán, Mexico, is considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. This amazing ruin, famous for its giant pyramid, possesses a little known secret—it was owned by a Cape Cod man from West Falmouth, Edward Herbert Thompson.

In this incredible true story, Albright traveled to Mexico to discover how Thompson could come to possess one of the greatest archaeological jewels of Mexico. Over the course of ten years, Albright traced Thompson’s explorations across the Yucatán Peninsula, only to stumble upon the archaeologist’s biggest secret —the son he left behind!

Organic Gardening for Everyone

Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 pm

Learn how to grow fresh and flavorful vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Our special guest John Root provides practical advice and inspiration to gardeners of all ages and physical conditions. Explore a range of topics, including composting and mulching to promote a healthy soil, using space efficiently, growing plants from seed, succession planting, inviting beneficial wildlife, controlling weeds and pests naturally, and preserving home-grown produce. Questions are welcome. Participants will take home a handout with recommended books and websites.  

Local poet Ronald Harrison Fenn

Thursday, April 28 at 7:00 pm

Ronald Harrison Fenn presents “Select Seasonal Poems of Robert Frost and of the Poet from New England to the American Southwest” as part of National Poetry Month. Mr. Fenn has been the author of fifteen volumes of journal, five collections of ongoing poetry, one short story, numerous essays, book reviews, letters, and public lectures for the past fifty years. In 2014 one of his poems was published in a Dennis Conservation Trust newsletter.

A Cape Cod resident, Mr. Fenn is semi-retired, devoting most of his time to writing poems, his journals, correspondence, traveling, and working on a thirty-five year research project focused on uncovering the historical roots, tenets, and experience of unique American character that defines us as a nation. He has been a guest lecturer at various public schools, colleges, and post-graduate institutes of higher learning and civic organizations with topics ranging from poetry and early American history to critical thinking skills. He recently completed a series of poetic reflections of select Robert Frost poems of the seasons. He teaches mathematics as an adjunct faculty member at Cape Cod Community College and is widely known for his StartSmart and SatSmart tutorial programs that have resulted in outstanding achievements for students from Cape Cod’s public and private schools.

Coloring for the Soul Workshop

Saturday, April 30 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Need some relaxation in your life? Try coloring. Bring your coloring books and tools (pencils, crayons, markers, whatever…)  Avis Kaeselau, who has taught at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, MA, will lead the group. She will discuss and display shading, highlighting, and embellishing and introduce ideas on how to use your work. Bring a bag lunch. Space is limited. Please call the library to pre-register: 508-760-6219.

If needed, “kits” (a coloring book and pencils) are available upon request for a $10 materials fee.  Please let the library staff know that you would like a kit when you call to register. You will receive your kit on the day of the event.

April School Vacation Activities

Become a Mad Scientist during two different programs!
Tuesday, April 19th at 1:30 p.m.
Come to “MATTER OF FACT.”  Learn how to create physical and chemical changes. Mix up a batch of Mad Science Putty to take home!

Thursday, April 21st at 1:30 p.m.
Come to “MINERAL MANIA.” Learn how to identify and classify rocks and minerals. Pan for minerals and take them home!

       Both programs are perfect for kids in grades K through 6.
     Space is limited, so please call to pre-register: 508-760-6219

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The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Friday, April 22nd at 11:00 a.m.
Join Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang for this heartwarming feature film. While Charlie Brown tries to win the heart of The Little Red Haired Girl, Snoopy writes a book about his archenemy the Red Baron.   
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 Don't forget our weekly Story and Craft Time 
on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.!

March Art display - DY High School and Youth Art Month

This month's featured artists, in our library meeting room, are the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School's Visual Arts Department.

The library is proud to display the work of these talented students for the month of March. The Visual Arts Department is celebrating Youth Art Month by exploring why learning in the visual arts is essential to education in the 21st century.

Please feel free to stop by our meeting room gallery during library hours, and visit their website to view more astounding work by our high school students.

Mary Jane Xenakis & Quilling Art Display

Mary Jane Xenakis was born and raised in New York City. Always interested in art, she began drawing and painting at an early age. On her way home from an art class in High School, she sold her first piece: a collage. Mary Jane went on to study art in college, but unable to get into the advanced classes due to overcrowding, she switched to education classes for Special Education.

Retiring in November 2009, Mary Jane moved to Cape Cod. After settling in, she started taking classes at the Cape Cod Cultural Center with Suzanne Packer in February 2010. Mary Jane has continued taking classes with Suzanne and with other instructors at both the Cultural Center and the Cape Cod Art Association. She joined the Yarmouth Art Guild in 2010, and as an active member, she was invited to join the Board of Directors and elected President of the Yarmouth Art Guild October 2012.

Other artistic endeavors include teaching classes in the art of Quilling at the Cultural Center and at the Yarmouth Senior Center. Quilling is also known as paper filigree and has been an art form since the creation of the first paper mill in 1320. Besides Quilling, Mary Jane also enjoys working with acrylics and watercolors, mono prints, white line woodcuts, collage, and photography. Mary Jane has run art activities for special needs groups at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, the Kennedy Donovan Center, and assisted in teaching Chinese Brush Painting to local youngsters at the Artists' Paintbox Gallery.

Mary Jane continues to exhibit her work at both the Cultural Center of Cape Cod and the Artists' Paintbox Gallery where she has sold original paintings as well as quilled cards and prints. Her work has also shown at the Miller-White Gallery in Dennis.

Come check out her beautiful quilled art in our display case the month of March. Also, don't forget to visit her website MJX Artworks for more information.