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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.