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Getting Started with Bullet Journals

Saturday, January 13th at 11:00


Come learn the basics and start your own Bullet Journal at this program run by Nicole, our reference librarian.

A Bullet Journal is a completely customizable organizational system created by Ryder Carroll. The journal can be anything you want, including your planner, to do list, and journal, all in one. Get creative adding lots of doodles, colors, and embellishments, or keep it simple with a minimalist style. The options are endless and you are sure to find something that will help you stay organized and reach your goals and new year’s resolutions. 

All you need to get started is a notebook and a pen. Participants are encouraged to bring their own notebook (any kind will do) to this free program. Limited supplies will be available. 

Irish Movie Marathon

Friday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 January and February


We will show an Irish movie each Friday afternoon in January and February. This program is hosted by Mary Ann Eaton, an instructor of Irish Literature. After each movie, stick around for a brief cultural discussion!
No admission fee, no sign-up required.

**Titles may change due to availability**

January 5 - Philomena
January 12 - The Field
January 19 - Tristan & Isolde
January 26 - Omagh
February 2 - Ondine
February 9 - December Bride
February 16 - The Dead
February 23 - Five Minutes of Heaven

December Open House

Saturday, December 16th 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 16th 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. 

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The library will be closed on 
Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th 
in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

We hope you all have a safe, joyful and tasty holiday! We will be open on Saturday, November 25th from 10:00-2:00. 

happy thanksgiving orange writing on brown background pumpkin image

Bag of Books Sale

person reading a sitting on stack of books

November 14-18


The Friends of Dennis Public Library are holding a "Bag of Books Sale" at the library during the week of November 14th. Come to the library and get a designated paper bag and fill it with books for just $5. 

This is a great way to stock up on books for your cottage, holiday gifts, or fireside reading and help the library at the same time. There are great new titles as well as some old favorites available. 


All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Dennis Public Library. 

Presentation: The Kennedy Assassination

JFK and Jackie Kennedy in convertible

Saturday, November 18th at noon


Join us for a special program about the Kennedy Assassination presented by historian Christopher Daley. 

November 22nd, 1963, a date that will live on in our collective memory with other ignominious dates such as December 7th, 1941 and September 11th, 2001.  It is the date on which a young president with so much potential had his life snuffed out within the span of a few seconds - an act that shocked a nation that didn’t think things like that happened in America.  On that day The United States of America was changed forever.

Relive that tragic day in vivid detail through the use of witness statements, photographs, diagrams and the famous Zapruder Film. The main theories about the assassination will be summarized, and reasons for and against will be presented. At the conclusion of the lecture, a forum for discussion will be opened so that the audience may express their views and theories on what happened on November 22nd, 1963.

Christopher Daley has been lecturing all over New England for over 25 years on historical topics of interest at libraries, historical societies, schools and all sorts of clubs and organizations. Mr. Daley is currently a history teacher in the Silver Lake Regional School System in Kingston Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. and a M.A. from Bridgewater State University in Political Science and History.

Veterans Day Holiday Hours



The library will be closed on Saturday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.


We will be open on Friday, November 10th.

November Art Display

Artist's Reception Friday, November 3rd 12:30-1:30


We will be featuring the artwork of local artist Diane F. Henn in our meeting room throughout the month of November. Join us for an Artist's Reception on Friday, November 3rd from 12:30-1:30 to meet the artist and enjoy her art. All are welcome. 




For as long as she can remember, Diane Henn has always identified as an artist. One of her earliest recollections is of exhibiting her childlike watercolors alongside her dad's artwork at an event in her native New Jersey. She received formal art instruction in a variety of mediums through specialized school programs. Diane's art training continued in her college years, including work on a community mural partnership project. 

In 2015, Diane was introduced to pastel painting through a Maichack Arts workshop at Dennis Public Library. She has taken at least one pastel workshop every year since and continues to explore this exciting medium.

Poetry Reading with Ronald Harrison Fenn

dessert with blue cloud filled sky photo by Ron Fenn

Saturday, November 4th at 12:30


Please join us for a poetry reading with local poet and author Ronald Harrison Fenn entitled Riding the American Southwest: A Collection of Poems Spanning the Course of Seventeen Centuries. Mr. Fenn recently returned from a trip to New Mexico and Southern Colorado where he was inspired to add to his collection of poems reflecting on the American Southwest.

The selected poems from Fenn's American Southwest Collection are consequential expressions of desert meditations wherein the underlying mantra connects time, place and people to the human dimension of common experience and perennial wisdom transmitted through the ages. 

Mr. Fenn is 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. 

Local Author Joseph Theroux

book cover "the devil's throat"

Thursday, October 26th at 6:30pm


Local author Joseph Theroux will be at Dennis Public Library for a book signing and to talk about his book, “The Devil’s Throat.”

“The Devil’s Throat” is set in 1889 in the Kingdom of Hawaii. Robert Louis Stevenson investigates the murder of volcano painter Jules Tavernier. Stevenson gets caught up in the intrigue of secret societies and Chinese tongs. His investigations ultimately lead him to the treasure of Kamehameha the Great’s tomb.

Local author Joseph Theroux has published one novel, “Black Coconuts, Brown Magic.” He has written fiction and historical articles for the Pacific Islands Monthly, New Pacific, Hawaii, Honolulu, Spirit of Aloha, Historic Nantucket, and The Journal of Pacific History. He lived in Samoa, Hawaii, and now resides on Cape Cod.

Owls of Cape Cod

photo of eagle owl

Saturday, October 21st at Noon


North America's owls are commonly thought of as secretive and nocturnal forest inhabitants. In fact, many owls can be observed, or at least detected during daylight hours, and with a little experience can be discovered relatively easily. Learn how to identify Cape Cod's owl species, gain insights into their life histories and discover the art of owling!

While there will not be live owls at this program, there will be plenty of great information about these beautiful birds.

This program is presented by an expert from Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Sanctuary. 

October Art Display

Artists' Reception October 11th from 4:00-6:00


We are excited to showcase the paintings of three local artists, Gail M. Burke, Karen Pryce, and Sallie A. Raymond. Their artwork will be on display in our meeting room throughout the month of October. All are encouraged to stop by the library to enjoy the wonderful paintings. 

An artists' reception will be held on Wednesday, October 11th from 4:00-6:00. All are invited to attend. 

   

Microsoft Office 2016 now available!

graphic of a computer monitor with microsoft program logos
We have exciting news about our public computers! Our nine public workstations are now each equipped with Microsoft Office 2016, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. We hope these programs will help you as you write letters, create reports and presentations, and so much more.



If you have questions, our reference librarian is ready to help you get started.

Coloring for the Soul: Pumpkin Designing

drawing of two orange pumpkins

Saturday, October 14th from 11-2


Join Avis for another great Coloring for the Soul workshop! With the fall season in full swing, participants will design a pumpkin with markers, designs and embellishments! 

Participants should bring 1 fake pumpkin, 1 black permanent marker, plus patterns/designs from coloring books. Optional items, for the daring, are glitter, embellishments, and fabric paint! Don't forget a bag lunch.

Sign-up is required, please call the library to register 508-760-6219. 

DPL Book Club Cancelled for 9/20

Due to the expected storm, there will be no Dennis Public Library Book Club meeting on Wednesday, September 20th. Please be safe and we will see you next month to discuss "The Bean Tree" by Barbara Kingsolver!

Documentary: Tick Days

photo of Larry Dapsis

Saturday, September 30th at Noon


TICK DAYS is a documentary addressing the growing and under-recognized health crisis here on the Cape and across New England. The threat from ticks is no longer just about Lyme disease. Deer ticks carry new pathogens, such as Powassan virus. And a new tick, called Lone Star, has established itself on Cape Cod. "It's hand to hand combat. You can't afford to lose a single fight!"

The film was directed and produced by Marnie Crawford Samuelson and Shane Hofeldt. It features Barnstable County Extension's Tick Man, Larry Dapsis- part tick detective, part evangelist- as he tries to protect Cape Codders and visitors from becoming infected. 

Join us to view this documentary and take part in a discussion with Larry Dapsis and Marnie Crawford Samuelson on this important topic.

Game Day

monopoly game board

Saturday, September 16th 11-1


Join us for a family friendly game day! 

We will have classic games set up in the meeting room. All ages are welcome. No need to sign-up for this drop-in program. 


Games will include Apples to Apples, Chutes and Ladders, Connect Four, Battleship and more! We hope you can make it. 

September Art Display

September Artists: Ellie Weinberger and Kat Sylvester


Enjoy the art display in our meeting room throughout the month of September, featuring Ellie Weinberger and Kat Sylvester. An Artists' Reception will be held on Thursday, September 14th from 5:00-7:00. We hope you can join us!

view from bridge rd painting
Ellie Weinberger has always enjoyed creating art through drawing and painting since a very young age.  After raising a family and moving to Cape Cod she has more consistently been devoting her time and energy to her art.

She paints in oils and especially enjoys capturing the natural beauty of the Cape's seascapes, marshes, and landscapes. 

Ellie has studied with various excellent local artists and has exhibited her work at the Cape Cod Cultural Center, Artist Paintbox Gallery, Orleans Artist Cottages, Monday painters in Dennis Village, Brewster Ladies Library, as well as banks, town halls and other businesses.

Ellie feels fortunate to live in an area surrounded by such natural beauty which provides amazing inspiration to express her art.  She is also grateful for meeting and painting with many talented Cape Cod artists.

painting of orange koi fish with blue backgroundKat Sylvester has been an artist since she was a child. Her Mother, Father and paternal Grandmother were artistic and supported and encouraged her to pursue Art as a career. She loves the beach and lives on Cape Cod. "Enchanting, magical and colorful as I find the Cape, I have equally strong feelings for the majesty and big sky of Arizona and enjoy spending time there as well."

Kat is a former commercial illustrator and graphic designer focused on loving and making fine art. Much of her work stems from her illustration background. "I am not so much a photorealistic painter. My work encompasses many of the elements and colors of my design background." Much of her work contains a spiritual and emotional exuberance and celebrates the peace and wonder of life and everything in it.

A teacher at some of the finest art programs on the Cape, Kat has instructed various art disciplines at institutions such as the Dennis-Yarmouth Adult Education Program, the Falmouth Artist Guild, the Sandwich Community School and Nauset Community Education Program. She enjoys participating in numerous exhibitions and art shows Capewide, and shows her work at Eastwind Gallery in Orleans and Picture This! in Sandwich. Kat is a member of Cotuit Center for the Arts, the Yarmouth Art Guild and a juried member of Cape Cod Art Association. She is a life-long learner and enjoys taking classes with her fellow artists.

Kat is not your average Cape Cod landscape painter and works in many and varied mediums. Be it gorgeous watercolor florals or sculptures, she makes works in acrylics, pastels and oils as well. "I have to admit, I definitely paint like a female. My colors are soft and my subjects can be bold and meaningful statements - always a sensitive expression of myself."

Peleg Nye~ The Jonah of Cape Cod

book cover for Pelege Nye

Thursday, August 31st at 6:30


Local author and historian Nils V. Bockmann will be at the library to tell the tale of Pelege Nye, the Jonah of Cape Cod. 

Pelege Nye, a 19th century Cape Cod whaler knew the story of Jonah. Every whaler did. Nye is the only one known to have duplicated the biblical tale. On a whaling voyage in 1865, Nye was at the prow of a small whale boat ready to deliver the deathblow to a harpooned sperm whale. He was knocked off of the boat and straight into the whale's gaping mouth. Hunter and hunted slipped beneath the surface. Miraculously, Nye survived!

Through meticulous research, author Nils V. Bockmann recreates the life of Pelege Nye and the dangerous world in which he lived. Join us for this fascinating presentation on a local tale.

August Art Display

We have the pleasure of showcasing the works of two wonderful artists in our meeting room throughout the month of August. This month we are featuring Carol Livingston and Lee Nemmers. Make sure you stop by the meeting room to see their works.

Carol Livingston:
"Every canvas is an adventure. I don’t always know where it will lead me, but it is always fun. I try to incorporate design into each piece and I like to experiment with different techniques." 

A graduate of Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Carol started her commercial art career as a fashion illustrator and then a hard goods illustrator working for many retail stores in New England. Eventually, she became a layout and mechanical artist. She then became a technical illustrator, always improving on her pen and ink skills. When the Internet came along, Carol learned how to design web sites. She did not, however, give up her pen and ink skills, which now consist of scribble and stipple renderings. Later in life Carol began painting with oils, using a digital camera to work up compositions in Photoshop and then to translate them onto canvas. 

Lee Nemmers:
Tao Sunset orange palette painting
"I love color. It's a gift of the natural world that we all share, and it's my primary means of expression. The light that color contains feels like a source of life, and the way that light is revealed through the use of color can be joyful. Much like music, color elicits an emotional response. I also seek patterns and movement in the play of color and light, patterns that can suddenly mesh to suggest the natural light and human environment without seeking to represent it. Using a palette knife is a simple technique for discovering those patterns, and often feels to me like the freedom of exploring without a map, using my intuition to find a path through a playful landscape of abstract images."


The creative spark is irresistible, and so Lee fans it by stretching her imagination with the pure enjoyment of color, light, texture and composition. She finds joy in the painting process. Working in the moment generates inner harmony, for Lee a key to creativity.

Author Talk: The Cape House

book cover for The Cape House

Thursday, August 24th at 6:30


Join us for an author talk with author Rea Bochner about her new memoir, The Cape House
This unforgettable memoir is a deeply touching story of mothers and daughters, love and loss, the power of holding on to each other and the strength it takes to let go. The Cape House is a story both personal and universal, told with fearless honesty and laugh-out-loud humor. It begins on the day that Bochner’s mother, Debbi, tells her that she’s received a prognosis of terminal cancer, and has decided to move to the family’s beloved summer home on Cape Cod to die. Over the next six weeks, as Debbi deteriorates, Bochner writes the story of her family, and looks back on the winding road she trudged with her mother through addiction, recovery, and redemption.
As both a eulogy for and a celebration of an exceptional woman, Rea Bochner writes unflinchingly of the powerful bond between a mother and her daughter. The result is a moving book that carries the readers from tears to laughter, from mourning to triumph. The Cape House is a testament to love as a force of nature, and the journey of one woman to discover herself.

Tech savvy volunteers needed

Do you love technology and have time on your hands? We need you! 

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library help support Dennis Public Library. They are looking for a volunteer to help them reach their members through social media like Constant Contact, Facebook, and Twitter.

Dennis Public Library needs a volunteer starting in October to help facilitate our "Girls Who Code" Club. "Girls Who Code" is a club for middle and high school students that meets Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00.

If interested, please contact Lisa Cunningham at the library: 508-760-6219, ext. 207 or 210.

MBLC Library Patron Survey

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is launching a major study that will impact how they fund and support your local libraries across the state. Please take a few minutes, anytime now through September 8th, to fill out their survey to tell us how you use your public library.

Help us identify what you love, what you need, and how we can make your experience better. If helping your library wasn't enough of an incentive, survey respondents have a chance to win an iPad!

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Saltworks of Cape Cod

drawn map of cape cod

Thursday, August 3rd at 6:00


Join Robert Kelley for a special talk on the Cape Cod Saltworks. The presentation will discuss early salt production in Europe, the dynamics of salt exports to America in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the expansion, and decline of the industry in Barnstable County. Join us to explore the probable cause for the development of manufacturing salt by solar evaporation by Capt. John Sears of Yarmouth/Dennis in the early Federal Period, and to learn more about this local industry.

Robert Dudley Kelley of South Yarmouth is a trustee with the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth, a researcher and writer of the local history of South Yarmouth with concentration in the subjects of genealogy, saltworks, Quakers, and the Native Americans of that town. He is published in the New England Historic and Genealogical Register, and local publications in Barnstable County. He is the current Chief Operating Officer of Dennis East International. 

Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod

book cover for Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod

Thursday, July 27th at 6:30


Join local author Christopher Setterlund as he discusses his new book "Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod" which details the history of some of the iconic establishments of the Cape, still fresh in the memories of restaurant patrons.

Thousands of restaurants have come and gone on Cape Cod over the past century. Some, however, have made an indelible mark. Bill and Thelma's was hugely popular with students from the 1950s to the 1970s, often packed with locals after sporting events and dances. Starbuck's Restaurant in Hyannis featured the Chief Justice Warren Burger Burger and the Larry Bird Burger on its menu and boasted about the soup du jour saying, "We don't know what it is, but we have it every day." Opinions differ on how the Reno Diner actually got its name, whether from a broken sign or a local appliance company. This book covers these and many other stories about local Cape restaurants.

Author Christopher Setterlund is a twelfth-generation Cape Codder whose roots go back to the second Mayflower voyage. After growing up on Cape Cod and working in the restaurant industry for nearly two decades, he has a wealth of knowledge as to what makes a legendary Cape Cod establishment. He is the author of the In My Footsteps travel book series featuring Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. In addition to books, the author has contributed work to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Life magazine, Cape Cod Magazine, CapeCod.com and the Travel Channel. Away from writing he is a WITS-certified personal trainer, runner, photographer and a lover of travel.  

Preschool Story Time is cancelled this week

Thursday, July 13th


There will be no Preschool Story Time on Thursday, July 13th. You are welcome to visit our children's room to read and play on your own, but there will be no planned story or craft this week. Preschool Story Time will be back next week, Thursday, July 20th. 

Bag of Books Sale

a person  sitting on a stack of booksTuesday, July 18th-Saturday, July 22nd


The Friends of Dennis Public Library are holding a "Bag of Books Sale" at the library during the week of July 18th. Come to the library and get a designated paper bag and fill it with books for just $5. 

This is a great way to stock up on books for your cottage, beach reading, or vacations and help the library at the same time. There are great new titles as well as some old favorites available. 


All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Dennis Public Library. 

Anne D. LeClaire at Author's Friday Special

photo of Anne LeClaire

Friday, July 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm


The Friends of the Dennis Public Library are pleased to announce that bestselling author Anne D. LeClaire will be the featured guest at their annual Author’s Friday Special. The event takes place on July 28th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Sea View, 76 Chase Avenue in Dennis Port. Tickets are $25.00 ($30.00 at the door) and may be purchased at the library.

Anne D. LeClaire, author of the recently released The Halo Effect and eight other novels, is a former op-ed columnist who has been published in Redbook, the New York Times and the Boston Globe. She teaches creative workshops around the globe and has lead seminars and workshops exploring silence, creativity and deep listening. Anne lives on Cape Cod.

Photo Christopher D. LeClaire

The library will be closed on July 4th

American Flag

Closed: Tuesday, July 4th



The library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. Our outdoor book drop will remain open for returns. Enjoy a fun and safe holiday. 

We will be back to help you on Wednesday, July 5th.  

Happy Birthday Henry David Thoreau

pink cake with blue candles

Wednesday, July 12th 


The Dennis Libraries have been celebrating Henry David Thoreau all year in commemoration of his 200th birthday this year. As part of the celebration we will have a cake in the library from 12:00-2:00 on his birthday, July 12th. Please stop by for a piece and to share in the fun. 

Road Work on Friday 6/23

Please note that the town is paving the road in front of the library today, Friday, June 23rd. Our parking lot may be inaccessible for part of the day. Please use the community parking lot behind Buckies Biscotti and walk over. You may also call us to renew your items if you are not able to make it into the library today. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Bayberry Quilters Raffle Quilts on Display

Blue square quilt with yellow stars

Saturday, July 8th from 10:00 - 2:00

gray and brown quilt with geometric pattern
The Bayberry Quilters are displaying two beautiful quilts that will be first place prizes at their 36th annual quilt show entitled “Our Lucky Stars” at the Cape Cod Technical Regional High School in Harwich, MA, on August 3, 4, and 5, 2017.

The quilts are on display and tickets will be sold at the library ON SATURDAY, JULY 8th ONLY, $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Ticket buyers can choose their top prize preference of the “Starlight,” (bed quilt, 94” x 94”) or the “Fabricadabra,” (art quilt, 37” x 48”). Second prize is a “Huge Variety Basket of Cape Cod Treasures.”

Proceeds go to fund scholarships and toolships for Cape Cod Regional Technical High School students.

Be generous and be lucky!

Tech-savvy Volunteers Wanted

cartoon computer
Do you love technology and have time on your hands? We need you! The Friends of the Dennis Public Library and the Dennis Public Library are looking for tech-savvy volunteers.

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library are looking for a volunteer to help them with social media like Constant Contact, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as graphic design needs that might arise.

Dennis Public Library needs a volunteer starting in the fall to help facilitate our "Girls Who Code" Club. "Girls Who Code" is a club for middle and high school students that meets weekly during the school year.

If interested, please contact Lisa Cunningham at the library: 508-760-6219, ext. 207 or 210.

Documentary~ Sense the Wind: Blind sailors race across open water

photograph of white sailboats on a wavy ocean

Saturday, June 24th at 12:30


On Saturday, June 24, at 12:30, we will host a special screening of the documentary Sense the Wind: Blind sailors race across open water. The hour-long documentary will be followed by a discussion with NY based filmmaker, Christine Knowlton.


Six years in the making, Sense the Wind, follows the journey of four blind sailors as they train and compete in national and international regattas and navigate the rest of life. It has played at film festivals around the globe. Christine Knowlton was honored with a Humanitarian Award at the 2016 Socially Relevant Film Festival NY for this film.


Admission is free. All ages are welcome. The film will be shown with subtitles if desired. 

New Museum Passes!

The library has two new museum passes this season! We now offer discount passes to the Toad Hall Classic Sports Car Museum and Plimoth Plantation.

Toad Hall logo classic sports car collction at Simmons homestead inn
Toad Hall is a fun museum located in Hyannis of over 50 red classic sports cars. Our pass gets you 50% off admission for two adults and two children.

Plimoth Plantation Logo
Our Plimoth Plantation pass gets you reduced admission for any combination of six tickets for adults and/or children. Adults can get in for a reduced price of $16 and kids for $10.

Don't forget about our other great passes to places like Battleship Cove in Fall River, and the Whydah Pirate Museum in West Yarmouth. Take a look at our complete list of museum passes on our Museum Pass page.

Pastel Painting with Greg Maichack

painting of a white flower with green leaves on a light blue background

Saturday, June 3rd at 12:30pm


In this new workshop participants have fun producing their own pastel painting of Georgia O'Keeffe's elegant Jimson flower that sold for just short of $45 million. Professional grade pastels and pastel paper is provided for use during the workshop. All participants will get to keep their pastel paintings. 

Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the MFA (Boston), Massachusetts Cultural Council, and over 800 libraries and local cultural councils. 

Registration is required, and space is limited, so please call 508-760-6219 to save your spot.

Author Talk with Hugh Blair-Smith

book cover of Left Brains for the Right Stuff with photo of a rocket going into space and astronauts

Thursday, June 1st at 6:30pm


Join local author Hugh Blair-Smith as he discusses his book "Left Brains for the Right Stuff" about the Space Race. What made the Space Race possible? What made it necessary? How close a race was it? And what did it achieve? The answers involve the history of three technologies- rockets, navigation, and computers- and how they were woven together to make Apollo and the Space Shuttle significant contributions to winning the Cold War.


Author Hugh Blair-Smith, a part-time Cape Codder since 1946 and full-time since 2015, was a staff engineer at MIT's Instrumentation (later Draper) Laboratory from 1959 through 1981. He and many colleagues created one answer to the long-sought quest for "a moral equivalent to war."


Henry Beston's Outermost House- a Photographic Exhibit

photograph of Robby McQueeney a man looking toward the camera holding a wooden post

Exhibit open May 13th-June 10th

Gallery Talk- Saturday, June 10th at Noon


This photographic exhibit of ten framed images honors Henry Beston, and his iconic book, The Outermost House. The chapters in Beston’s memoir follow the seasons, describing the forces of nature he experienced during those months. Each of the ten images was selected to bring one chapter of the book to life.

The photographs were captured along The Great Beach - Beston’s playground, and in Eastham, not far from where the Outermost House once stood. The title of each picture was composed using Beston’s poetic words and phrases from the respective chapter. The exhibit will be on display starting May 13th at 11:00am. It will close with a gallery talk on June 10th, where the Dune Tramp, Robby McQueeney, will discuss each photograph, and read passages from The Outermost House, which correspond to the images. 

black and white photgraph of Henry David Thoreau with the text Henry David Thoreau Approved Program


~This program is Henry David Thoreau approved! Keep an eye out for other nature related programs all year long!~

Friends of the Library Bag of Books Sale

a person  sitting on a stack of books

Tuesday, May 23rd-Saturday, May 27th


The Friends of Dennis Public Library are holding a "Bag of Books Sale" at the library during the week of May 23rd. Come to the library and get a designated paper bag and fill it with books for just $5. 

This is a great way to stock up on books for your cottage, beach reading, or vacations and help the library at the same time. There are great new titles as well as some old favorites available. 


All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Dennis Public Library. 

Deer Ticks: One Bite Can Change Your Life

brown deer tick on a green background

UPDATE- The program scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th at 4pm at Cape Cod Community Media Center has been CANCELLED. 

Join Entomologist Larry Dapsis from Cape Cod Cooperative Extension for a workshop on Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis.  In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever and Powassan virus, all of which can be very serious and are on the rise. 

This program will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses, in addition to a database under development on infection rates of ticks.  A three point protection plan will be presented:  Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet.  Tick-Borne Diseases are preventable.

This workshop will take place at Cape Cod Community Media Center, 17 Shad Hole Rd. Dennis Port. It will be in a studio for local Cable Channel 99. The presentation as well as questions and answers will be televised.

Entomologist Larry Dapsis has a B.S. in  Environmental Science & Biology at Fitchburg State University and M.S.  Entomology at the University of MassachusettsAmherst.  Thirty-five years of professional pest management experience including Vegetables, Cranberries and Household Insects.  He joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases. 

This workshop is sponsored by the Dennis Libraries.

Seating is limited. Please call Larry Dapsis at 508-375-6642 to register.

Go Thoreau! Celebrating 200 years!

Happy 200th Birthday, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

photo of Henry David Thoreau and The Dennis Libraries Logo

The Dennis Libraries are celebrating all year. Visit dennislibrariesthoreaubicentennial.blogspot.com for lectures, book clubs, and other activities related to Thoreau and our appreciation of nature.

"In Wildness is the preservation of the World."
"The Library is the wilderness of books."

Lincoln Center Local- Sinatra: Voice for a Century

orchestra on a stage with a picture of Frank Sinatra Thursday, May 25th at 5:30pm


Lincoln Center Local partners with your local library to bring exclusive, free, pre-recorded video screenings of Lincoln Center's finest performances directly to your neighborhood. 

Lincoln Center teamed up with the New York Philharmonic to celebrate the 100th birthday of Ol' Blue Eyes with Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Fantasia, Sutton Foster, Kyle Dean Massey, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Sting and host Seth MacFarlane. The run-time for this concert is 85 minutes. 

Major support for Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings is provided by the Oak Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation and the Altman Foundation. 

text "Lincoln Center Local Lincoln Center In Your Neighborhood Free Screenings"

Cape Cod Writer's Studio Open House

hand writing the words "I am a writer" with a pen on white paper

Friday, May 5th at 10:00



The Cape Cod Writer's Studio is hosting an open house as part of ArtSpring Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Writer's Studio is "where writers with great potential meet." Come and find out more about who they are and what they do. Studio members will read some of their work, take questions and critiques, and do what they usually do... have fun!

The Cape Cod Writer's Studio meets weekly on Friday mornings at Dennis Public Library.


Ayurvedic Look at Environmental Toxins

Thursday, May 11th at 6pm


Join us to learn about the Ayurvedic perspective on environmental toxins. Xiomy Avila & Chris Dynega will be back to discuss the basics of Ayurveda and how ingesting toxins and chemicals effects our gut/brain. They will also discuss how to prevent against absorbing toxins and how to flush them out of your system.

Xiomy and Chris studied Ayurveda in Kerala, India, at the College of Ayurveda and Panchakarma. Chris studied herbology, advanced massage, diagnosis of patients and preparation of Ayurvedic medicines. Xiomy enrolled in several other courses including Yoga Therapy, and Ayurvedic Pregnancy care. They are both Ayurvedic Practitioners in Chatham, who are passionate about practicing and sharing their knowledge.