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Rum Runners of Cape Cod

Thursday, August 9th at 6:30


The library is hosting a talk with Don Wilding about the rum runners of Cape Cod. During the era of Prohibition (1920-1933), rum running was big business on Cape Cod. Farmers and fishermen of the Cape took to the seas, heading offshore to "Rum Row" to bring the criminal yet coveted alcohol to the mainland under cover of darkness, while the possibility of being caught by the Coast Guard was always present. Busy harbors and remote estuaries, many of which are now popular tourist destinations, were all game for bringing the contraband ashore, while local law enforcement officials often turned a blind eye. Join us for this comprehensive look at how "the Noble Experiment" turned into a profitable and potentially dangerous undertaking for many of the Cape's residents.

Join Don Wilding for an informational and entertaining talk on this scandalous time in Cape Cod history. 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 two books, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore,” and "A Brief History of Eastham: On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod." 

This program is funded by the Friends of Dennis Public Library.

Rubber Duck Regatta

Thanks to the Friends of Dennis Public Library!


The Friends of Dennis Public Library have sponsored a duck in the Dennis Conservation Trust's Annual Rubber Duck Regatta! Keep an eye out in September for this fun event at Corporation Beach where you can vote for best "decked-out duck" and purchase your own small duck(s) to participate in the regatta for a chance at cash prizes. 


The Friends of Dennis Public Library do so much to support our library, raising funds for museum passes, large print books, special programs, and so much more! We are excited that they are again participating in this fun town event. 

Our duck is all decked-out to celebrate the Great Dennis Read and is on display in the library! There is still time to participate in the Great Dennis Read by voting for your favorite books this summer. Fill out an online ballot, or stop by any Dennis library to pick up a paper copy. 


Gunpowder and Greasepaint

Thursday, July 26th at 6:30


Join Joe Yukna from the Cape Cod Military Museum for a fun and educational talk on how the Anti-Aircraft Training Command, the First Composite Anti-Aircraft Demonstration Battalion First Artillery, and Gertrude Lawrence, the world’s first superstar, all came together on Cape Cod in 1943. Learn more about local history during WWII as well as a Broadway star, Gertrude Lawrence, with local ties to Dennis, MA.

This program is funded thanks to the Friends of Dennis Public Library.

YA Author Talk

Tuesday, July 24th from 4:00-5:30


Local young adult authors Katie O'Sullivan, K.R. Conway and Kristy Acevedo will be at the library on Tuesday, July 24th for an author talk and book signing. Come hear about their books and their writing processes! 

Katie O'Sullivan is the author of the Son of a Mermaid series, prefect for young readers 9 and up. K.R. Conway pens the Undertow series, currently on the Monomoy High School summer reading list, and geared towards teens. Kristy Acevedo is a YA science fiction writer and author of the Holo series. 


This program is intended for a wide audience from tweens to adults. Books will be available for purchase.

Sailor's Valentines with Gregg Roberts

Thursday, August 2nd at 6:30


The library is hosting a special exhibit and talk with award winning Sailor's Valentine artist Gregg Roberts. Mr. Roberts creates works of maritime art in his studio and gallery here on Cape Cod. Utilizing a broad selection of shells assembled over a lifetime of collecting, he creates imaginative Sailor's Valentines. 

His works will be on display in the library now until the special event on Thursday, August 2nd where the artist will talk about his work.

Visit GreggRoberts.net for more information and to see a brief video about his work!

This program is funded by the Friends of Dennis Public Library.

July Artists~ Judith Cournoyer and Margrit Mason

During the month of July the art of Judith Cournoyer and Margrit Mason will be on display in the library's meeting room. All are welcome to stop by to take a look and enjoy this great exhibition.

Judith Cournoyer has lived and worked in Germany and Egypt and traveled in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the US. Her travel experiences and lifelong love of drawing have allowed her to find pencils an ideal medium. She is a member of the Fresh Paint Artists, the Yarmouth Art Guild, the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cod Art Center. Judy is thankful she lives on Cape Cod!

Margrit Mason is an Artist Member of the Cape Cod Art Association and the Yarmouth Art Guild. She began her career in the arts in photography, then later studied oil painting and watercolor, and has been teaching for more than twenty years. Since moving to Cape Cod, the unique charm of the area has become her everyday focus and her primary source of inspiration. Her work has been featured in both Watercolor and Watercolor Highlights