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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.

Fossil Fever

Saturday, April 2 at 12:00 pm

Come join Steve Emma, member and former president of the Rhode Island Mineral Hunters, Inc., as he introduces our audience to plant fossils of the Carboniferous Period. The Carboniferous Period, also known as the “Age of Fossils,” occurred from 320 to 280 million years ago. Most of the hydrocarbon fuels—coal, oil, and gas—that we use today come from decaying plants and animals that were alive during that time. Steve will focus particularly on the remains of some of these plants. His personal collection of plant fossils include several hundred catalogued specimens collected throughout Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts. Our audience members can go home with a small fossil sample of their very own. Children with pre-historic interests are very welcome!

Right now come and see some of Steve’s collection of fossils and minerals on display here at the library.

Steve Emma has a background in horticulture and botany and has taught several semesters as an adjunct professor of Botany at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Continuing Education. He has a great interest in paleobotany, the study of plant fossils.    

Stay tuned for Singing Games with Marcia Hempel

Singing Games with Marcia Hempel (for ages 2-6) will be back in July. Keep an eye out for updates on her return.

In April, May, and June you can enjoy her classes at the First Congregational Church in Harwich Center (697 Main St.) on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Have a movin' good time with tunes like Looby Loo, Hop Little Bunnies, Statue Game, Roll the Ball, Catch the Ball, Chee Chee Cha, Riding Ponies, Five Little Monkeys, A Sailor Went to Sea, and many more...

Kids' Singing Games with Marcia Hempel

Wednesdays, March 16, 23, and 30 at 10:30 am

Come join the fun! Music teacher Marcia Hempel plays songs and leads kids through musical activities. Perfect for ages 2 - 6.

Free and no registration required.