Library Status

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

Winter Open House

Saturday, December 21st 



As a thank you to our wonderful patrons we are hosting an open house!

Stop by the library on Saturday for some treats and winter fun. 

Holiday Hours

The library will be open until 4:30 on Tuesday, December 24th 

and closed on Wednesday, December 25th for Christmas Day

and Wednesday, January 1st for New Year's Day.



We hope you enjoy a safe holiday with family and friends. 

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 12th at 1:00


You are invited to the Friends of Dennis Public Library's Annual Meeting. 

At this meeting, officers of the Friends Board will be elected for the 2019-2020 year. 

Members of the Friends of Dennis Public Library, as well as anyone interested in joining as a board member or committee member are encouraged to attend. 

The Friends support the library by raising funds for materials and services. They sponsor lectures, the summer reading program, and other beneficial activities. Funds for these purposes come from the annual dues paid by members of the Friends, fundraising activities and events, and the Friends' book sale. Stop by the meeting to learn more about the Friends and how you can help!

This meeting is open to the public. You do not need to be a member of the Friends to attend.  

Irish Harp Concert~ Christmas Memories

Saturday, December 14th at noon



UPDATE: All tickets for this concert have been claimed. You are welcome to come and enjoy the music, but there are no more available seats in the immediate performance area.

Irish Harpist Mairead Doherty will return to the Dennis Public Library for a concert of Irish Music. She will be joined by flutist William Miner, violinist Mark Oien, and vocalist Fr. John Dolan.



This concert celebrates the spirit of Christmas, highlighting traditional carols, songs, and poetry for the Christmas season. 

Seating is limited at this concert. Please stop by Dennis Public Library starting Tuesday, December 10th to pick up a FREE TICKET to ensure your seat. 


This program is sponsored by the Friends of Dennis Public Library
12/14/2019

New Traffic Pattern


Route 28- Hall Street One-Way Traffic



Please note the changes to the roads near the library. 
Drive safely and visit us soon!

Starting Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Hall Street between Route 28 and Edwards Avenue in Dennis Port will be converted into a one-way street, allowing traffic to travel eastbound only.  Vehicles travelling westbound will be required to use Division Street or Depot Street.  


The conversion of this section of Hall Street to one-way is part of the Route 28 Dennis Port Streetscape project that is designed to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety.  Any questions concerning the project can be directed to the Town of Dennis Engineering Department at (508) 760-6166.

Closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, Nov. 28-Friday, Nov. 29


The library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28th-29th in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume regular hours on Saturday, November 30th. 

Stop by to stock up on books and DVDs before the holiday. Don't forget that you can always checkout eBooks through the OverDrive or Libby app!

Enjoy the holiday with great family, friends and food! 

Library re-opens Wednesday, Nov. 13th with limited services

On November 8, 2019 the Dennis Public Library experienced a mechanical failure in an air handler, which caused extensive water damage to portions of the building.

The Library, with the exception of the damaged areas, is expected to re-open Wednesday morning, November 13, 2019 at its normal time of 10:00 a.m. The Library will have limited services, but patrons will be able to return and check out material.

The public computers and Wi-Fi will not be functional for another few weeks until renovations are nearing completion. All phone lines at the Library are currently out of service. 

The Benjamin & Ruth Muse Meeting Room and the Children's Room will not be accessible until work is completed. Portions of the Children's collections have been relocated to the main area of the Library, where Storytime will still take place on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Please check our website: www.dennispubliclibrary.org to see relocations or cancellations of programs and other events.

Automatic Renewals!

Not quite finished with your book? CLAMS libraries are please to announce that materials eligible to be renewed will be automatically extended another loan period, up to three times. No more calling the library or hurrying in to return things! 



Please note the following exceptions: museum passes, express items, items already renewed three times, and items from outside of the CLAMS network will not be renewed. 

Items that cannot be renewed may still accrue fines. You can see due dates for all of your items by logging into your account at clamsnet.org

Please contact a library staff member if you have any questions about this new feature. 

Closed Tuesday, November 12th

On Friday, November 8, 2019 at approximately 6am, the Dennis Public Library experienced a broken coil resulting in damage to the library’s children’s room and meeting room..

For the safety of its patrons, the library  will remain closed through Tuesday, November 12th as we continue to clean up.

Most scheduled programs have been cancelled for this week. If you have questions about if a program will take place, please contact the library when we are open again.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we get everything back in order.

Closed Friday and Saturday, November 8-9

Due to a building issue, the library will be closed on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.
We will update here and on our Facebook page with any updates. 

The tour of Howe’s Cemetery on Saturday at 1:00 will go ahead as planned.

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

CANCELLED- Poetry Reading- Ronald Harrison Fenn

Saturday, November 16th at 11:00

***This program has been cancelled***

Join us for a poetry reading titled "Gathered Short Poems of the Seasons" by published poet Ronald Harrison Fenn. Mr. Fenn has shared his poetry at the library several times in the past, always to glowing reviews from the audience. We appreciate his continued support and willingness to share his writing with the community.

Mr. Fenn has written 15 volumes of journal, five collections of ongoing poetry, short story, essays, book reviews, letters and public lectures. 

A teacher at Cape Cod Community College, he previously taught at Cambridge College and Suffolk University. He is a past member of the Shakespeare Oxford Society and Shakespeare Fellowship.

His poems have been published in the 2014 Dennis Conservation Land Trust newsletter and the Cape Cod Times Sunday edition in July 2019, chosen by blind selection by a panel of published poets. Upcoming in the fall/winter Dennis Conservation Land Trust Newsletter, upon their request and selection, his recent short poem "Naked Loss of Trees" will be published to highlight their topical theme on reforestation. 

Mr. Fenn devotes his time to writing, traveling and uncovering historical roots of uniquely diverse American character. He lectures at schools, colleges and civic organizations with topics ranging from poetry to early American history.


11/16/2019

NEW DATE~ Friends of Dennis Public Library Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 12th at 1:00


You are invited to the Friends of Dennis Public Library's Annual Meeting. 

At this meeting, officers of the Friends Board will be elected for the 2019-2020 year. 

Members of the Friends of Dennis Public Library, as well as anyone interested in joining as a board member or committee member are encouraged to attend. 

The Friends support the library by raising funds for materials and services. They sponsor lectures, the summer reading program, and other beneficial activities. Funds for these purposes come from the annual dues paid by members of the Friends, fundraising activities and events, and the Friends' book sale. Stop by the meeting to learn more about the Friends and how you can help!

This meeting is open to the public. You do not need to be a member of the Friends to attend.  

CANCELLED~ Author Talk: Joseph Theroux

Wednesday, November 13th at 4:00

***This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule, so please check back for a new date.***

Join local author Joseph Theroux as he discusses the third installment in his Robert Louis Stevenson Detective series, "Honolulu Dragon."

Following the success of their detective work in the cases of "The Devil's Throat" and "The White Kahuna," Lloyd Osbourne and his step-father Robert Louis Stevenson find themselves in a world of murder and intrigue in Hawaii.


Joseph Theroux has published four previous novels, as well as fiction and historical articles for the Pacific Islands Monthly, New Pacific, Hawaii, Honolulu, Spirit of Aloha, and Historic Nantucket. He has lived in Samoa, Hawaii, and now resides on Cape Cod. 

11/13/2019

CANCELLED~ Census Bureau Information Session

Tuesday, November 12th at 4:00

***This event has been cancelled.***

A representative from the US Census Bureau will be at the library for an information session for anyone interested in learning more about being a census taker for the upcoming 2020 US Census. Come with any questions about the process and learn how to apply.

November Artist~ Susan Chalke

The Dennis Council on Aging and the Dennis Public Library are collaborating to showcase the talent of senior artists in the community. Throughout November, come and view the artwork of Susan Chalke at Dennis Public Library. This "Sneak Peek" is the first in a series that will give audiences a chance to preview an artist's work, which will later be displayed at the Dennis Council on Aging after its grand re-opening.

Susan Chalke is a local artist, living in Dennis. She graduated from The New England School of Art in Boston in 1950 on a three year scholarship. Exhibits of her work have been displayed at juried shows here on the Cape, at the Cape Cod Art Association, of which she was a member, the Cape Playhouse, the Yarmouth Art Guild, of which she was a member, on C3TV “Women Creating Art” Show, and at the Chatham Arts Center. She uses both water and oil.

Note from the artist: "I prefer to be called Sue. I am an eighty seven year old artist who has lived in Dennis for over fifty years. I started drawing before I went to first grade."

Howes Cemetery Tour

Saturday, November 9th at 1:00


Join Diane Rochelle and Terri Fox of the Dennis Cemetery Advisory Committee for a tour of Howes Cemetery. Learn about the veterans interred there, as well as the carved art and symbolism found in the cemetery.


Parking is available at the 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum located at 61 Whig Street, Dennis. Meet at the Manse Museum, and then take a short walk or shuttle ride from the museum to the cemetery. Howes Cemetery is located at 48 Bramble Lane, Dennis. 

This program is hosted by Dennis Public Library and the Dennis Council on Aging.

In case of inclement weather, Sunday, November 10th at 1:00 is the rain date for this event.


11/9/2019

Halloween Movie Night!

Thursday, October 31st at 5:30


The library will be hosting a spooky feature film on Halloween! Join us for a viewing of the 2019 comedy-horror zombie film "The Dead Don't Die," starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tom Waits, Chloe Sevigny, and more! 

Costumes are welcome and encouraged! We will provide treats and drinks.

This film is rated R and has a run time of 1 hour and 44 minutes. 

Fall Fun Fest


Saturday, October 12th from 11:00-1:00


Drop by the library for some festive fall fun! 
We will have games, crafts, and treats. 

Make a book page pumpkin or 
a leafy paper "snowflake." 

Share some laughs with autumn themed mad-libs or play a rousing game of pumpkin tic-tac-toe.

All ages are welcome at this free event. 


October 12, 2019

October Art Display

Reception Thursday, October 3rd from 4:00-6:00


Throughout the month of October, Dennis Public Library will showcase the artwork of three members from the Yarmouth Art Guild, Gail M. Burke, Paula Arms, and Sallie A. Raymond. Stop by the library throughout the month to enjoy their paintings. 

Please join us for an art reception on Thursday, October 3rd from 4:00-6:00 for a chance to meet the artists and enjoy the exhibit. All are welcome. 


Gail M. Burke, Ph.D.
Active in the arts since a young age, Gail nurtured a deep and abiding love of art. She paints acrylics, oils, and mixed media, creating landscapes, figural representations, mythological-allegorical pieces, abstract, and still-life art. 


Paula Arms
Motivated by a quest for inner peace and tranquility, Paula roams the roads less traveled in search of inspiration for paintings. The raw nature of the New England coastline and Cape Cod, with its charming seaside homes, are especially appealing. Favorite subjects include dramatic skies and misty, watery landscapes with colors chosen to reflect a particular mood or feeling. 

Sallie A. Raymond
In 2010 Sallie joined the Cape Cod Art Center with the intention of returning to her artwork. By chance she signed up for a class with Odin Smith in pastel and acrylic. Now Sallie works exclusively in acrylic, finding it the most versatile medium she has ever experienced. 




Meet the Authors Event

Wednesday, September 25th at 4:00


Join local authors from the Cape Cod Writers' Studio for a special event at Dennis Public Library. Chat with the authors, ask them questions. 


Each author has successfully self-published their books to sell on Amazon.com and would love to share their stories with you.

Featured authors:
  • S.D. Anderson
  • Janet Barako
  • Marion Harcourt
  • Tom Johnson
9/25/2019

Climate Change Book Discussion

climate preparedness week logo

book cover for RisingThursday, September 26th at 6:30


As part of Climate Preparedness Week, join us for a discussion of the book, "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore" by Elizabeth Rush. Read the book (copies available through CLAMS libraries) and then join library staff for a discussion of the book and climate change. 

Harvey, Maria, Irma, Sandy, Katrina. We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant- and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. 

Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from NYC to the Bay Area. Rising is a shimmering meditation on vulnerability and on vulnerable communities, both human and more than human, and on how to let go of the places we love.


Making a Radio Play out of the Legend of Mooncussing on Cape Cod

Saturday, September 21st at 12:00


Author, actor and playwright Lee Roscoe will be at the library to discuss her radio play The Mooncusser's Tale. In this talk, uncover a little of our maritime history and how a legend became an awarded radio play. 


The Mooncusser's Tale is a haunting story of piracy and family conflict on 19th century Wellfleet. The work was awarded a Brewster Cultural Council grant, and the Silver prize from the audio and podcast festival Hear Now! The talk will be accompanied by slides of places which helped inspire The Mooncusser's Tale

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


Vote for the Friends of Dennis Public Library Duck

Our duck, entered into the Rubber Duck Regatta by the Friends of Dennis Public Library, celebrates children's illustrator and author Eric Carle, who wrote 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Mr. Carle turned 90 this past June.

Vote for your favorite dressed up duck this Sunday, September 8th, from 11-3 at the Rubber Duck Regatta taking place at Corporation Beach. The event is organized by The Dennis Conservation Land Trust.

September Artist- Brenda Fernandez

Art Reception ~ Thursday, September 5th from 5-7pm


Brenda Fernandez is an Abstract, Collage and Mixed Media artist. Her artwork will be on display in the Dennis Public Library meeting room throughout the month of September. All are welcome to explore and enjoy the art. 

Brenda expresses her art through bold colors, energy and emotion. She begins her paintings by putting words, markings, and shapes on the substrate of choice. The colors, paint and paper come easily as she uses her fingers, palette knives, spatulas, brushes and whatever her intuition guides her to use to complete her art. 

On her journey Brenda has taken art classes, art retreats, online art classes and she paints as often as she can. She is a member of Provincetown Art Association and Museum. She is inspired simply by being alive and feeling the freedom of expressing herself through painting. Brenda paints monthly at the Bonnie Brewer Art Studio in Dennis in a group setting.

The artist will be at the library on Thursday, September 5th from 5-7pm for an art reception. We hope you can join us. 

Wireless Printing Now Available!

The library has a new photocopier/printer that now has wireless printing capabilities. 


photocopier

Patrons are now able to print directly from most smartphones, 
tablets and laptops. 

Please see a librarian if you have questions about wireless printing. 
Black and white prints only. Prints and copies are 20 cents per page. 

Author Talk: The Captain's House

book cover of the captain's house

Wednesday, August 14th at 4:00


Join author Dr. Donna Bevans for a talk about her new book, The Captain's House, an intriguing story about a haunted house in Harwich filled with suspense, mystery and romance.

Do you believe in ghosts? Rachel didn't, and she wasn't going to let the rumors of ghosts and a curse stop her from buying the lovely sea captain's house on Cape Cod.

Voices in the night, footsteps overhead, and banging noises started to make Rachel think the rumors of a haunted house might be right, but it took meeting the ghosts face-to-face to make her a true believer.

Electric Suppliers: Are you really $aving?

Thursday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m.


By special request, a representative from the Office of the Attorney General will discuss your electric supply options, focusing on competitive electric suppliers.

Learn about:
· the tactics these companies, sometimes referred to as third-party electric suppliers, use when contacting consumers to get them to switch to their service.
· tips for consumers when they evaluate their electric rate so that they can make an informed decision about their electric supply.

The Attorney General’s Office has issued a report noting that Massachusetts residents who switched to competitive electric supply companies collectively lost over $175 million over a two-year period.

Foodscaping

Thursday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m.


Join Dave Scandurra, owner/founder of Edible Landscapes of Cape Cod for an in-depth presentation about edible gardening here on the Cape. He will cover topics such as: integrating vegetables and herbs into the landscape, edible forest gardens, raised beds, grass-to-garden conversion, organic and ecological land care, native edible plants, and permaculture philosophy. Includes detailed plant profiles of the best edible perennials, trees, and shrub for Cape Cod.

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

Maria Mitchell: The Making of a Homegrown Astronomer

black and white painting of a woman with a telescope

Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30


Fascinated by Nantucket's night skies and nurtured by a seafaring community with generations of strong women, Mitchell, while she was still only in her 30's, had grown from her father's talented teenage assistant to America's world-renowned first female astronomer.

Join Anne Speyer, long-time educator with a special interest in the history of women, on a literal and figurative celestial journey. 

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

UPDATE: The library is open!

Due to a power outage, the library is closed on Tuesday, July 23rd. Please be safe on the roads. We will see you on Wednesday.

UPDATE: the library will be open regular hours on Wednesday, July 24th. Our public internet is working once again.

We still do not have internet access for our staff computers, so we are not able to place holds or look up accounts. Please bring your library card if you plan to checkout any books or movies.

UPDATE: ALL LIBRARY OPERATIONS ARE BACK TO NORMAL.

Boston Red Sox: The Hometown Team

hometown team book jacket

Thursday, July 25th at 6:00


Visit the library for an author talk with Steve Babineau and Mike Shalin as they discuss their book "The Hometown Team."

For Red Sox fans eager to relive the glory days of their favorite players, "The Hometown Team" enables them to do just that, through the lens of longtime photographer Steve Babineau. This scrapbook-style book features fun and insightful commentary from veteran sports writer Mike Shalin and images of many BoSox legends.

From star and support players, to members of the grounds crew, Red Sox staff, alumni, and some opposing players, this book features Fenway's most memorable characters from the past forty years, with behind-the-scenes images of the ballpark during that time.

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

July Art Show- Helen Walker and James Walker

Art Reception Thursday, July 11th from 4-7


Through the month of July we will have the artwork of siblings James Walker and Helen Walker on display in the library's meeting room. 


Join us for an art reception on Thursday, July 11th from 4-7 for a chance to enjoy the paintings and meet the artists. The display is open to the public and all are welcome. 

Bag of Books Sale

person sitting on a stack of books

Tuesday, July 9th- Saturday, July 20th


The Friends of Dennis Public Library are sponsoring a "Bag of Books" sale! Stop by the library to fill a bag with great new and gently used books for just $5. 

We have wonderful selections for kids, teens and adults! This is a perfect opportunity to add to your cottage library or stock up on beach reads. 

Bags will be available, but feel free to bring your own. 

Closed on the 4th of July!

The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4th

 in honor of Independence Day.


fabric mice in patriotic costumes

We wish everyone a safe and fun holiday. 
We will see you for our regular hours on Friday.
The book drop will remain open for returns.

Friends of the Library Special Author Event- SOLD OUT

The Friends of Dennis Public Library are holding their annual author event again this July. We are excited to announce that this year's speaker is Elin Hilderbrand. She will be speaking about her new book, Summer of '69, set to release mid-June.

The event will take place on Friday, July 26th at the Sea View restaurant, located at 76 Chase Ave. in Dennis Port. 

Update: Tickets are now sold out for this event.

Tickets will be available starting Wednesday, June 12th and will be on sale at Dennis Public Library, Jacob Sears Memorial Library, and The Brewster Bookstore. Tickets are $30 each and can be paid for with cash or check made out to the Friends of Dennis Public Library.

Mango Languages now available!

The library is now offering Mango Languages!


Language-learning centered around you logo

Mango's award-winning language courses combine quality content with intelligent technology to teach practical phrases from real situations in a way that makes you want to start a conversation. Every learner's experience is unique: Mango adjusts to your learning pace, teaching until you feel confident with new words and phrases, creating a learning solution centered around you.

Planning on learning something new this summer? Here is your chance! Download the free app, or start learning online today.

Options available for English speakers who want to learn a different language, as well as options for people who would like to learn or improve their English language skills!


A Dennis Library Card is required to use to Mango.

Cooking and Gardening with Herbal Teas

bowl of pink herbal tea leaves

Wednesday, July 10th at 2:00



Planting an herbal tea garden is a fun way to add dimension to your edible garden and to your pantry. And while herbal teas are wonderful to drink, they can also be used to flavor cooked dishes as well. 


Chef and gardener Liz Barbour will share images of her ornamental tea garden and show how easy it is to incorporate her favorite tea herbs into your garden. Following her presentation, Liz will create 2 healthy recipes using her favorite herbal tea blends for you to sample. 

Space is limited. Registration is required. 
Please call 508-760-6219 to sign up. 

English Language Programs

This summer the Dennis Libraries are offering programs to help people with their 

English language skills!


Dennis Public Library has summer classes starting July 9th:
Tuesdays from 10:00-12:00
Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00


Meet with a group to learn new words, practice pronunciation, and make some new friends!

For additional practice, Dennis Memorial Library and Dennis Public Library both offer instruction by appointment.


Loosen the Glue

copies of book titled power within her

Thursday, June 13th at 6:30


A workshop for people who want change. Loosen the Glue teaches you three basic tools to help you get unstuck and move forward. Through acceptance, clarity and mindset, you will see what is not working and how you will create a plan that will work. You will walk away with a better understanding of who you are and what you want.

This is a free workshop. No registration is required.


Presented by Patricia Anglin, author of Power Within Her. She mentors and coaches women who struggle with feelings of lost identity. She is a leader and educator of self-worth and personal growth and speaks about the importance of building who you are from the inside out. 

Update- Library printer is working

Update: The library's photocopier and printer is up and running.

Thank you for your patience. 


The library's photocopier/printer is down for service 

(Wednesday, June 5th) 

Our public computers and internet connection are working, but we will not be able to offering printing services at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and will update the library website when the printer is back in working order.

June artist~ Elizabeth Kelly Walker

painting of a fish and a person facing each otherArt Reception: Thursday, June 6th from 4-7


The paintings of Elizabeth Kelly Walker will be on display in the library meeting room through the month of June. All are welcome to explore and enjoy her creative works during open library hours. 

The artist will be at the library for a reception on Thursday, June 6th from 4-7. The reception is free and open to the public. Please stop by.


From the artist: "As an artist, I consider the relationship between individuals, be they humans or other creatures. I channel celebratory affirmations of nature. These images evolve from visual thoughts and feelings which cannot be totally communicated verbally. That is why I paint."

The World of Sherlock Holmes

silhouette of sherlock holmes

Saturday, June 8th at Noon



Learn about the extraordinary life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Trace the story of how he created the character Sherlock Holmes, and then look at the different ways writers, actors and directors have approached the character over the past 140 years. Discover the books, movies, and radio and stage productions influenced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous character.



Presenter Barry Deitz was born in North Carolina and moved to Massachusetts five years ago. Over the years he has been a radio announcer, morning news anchor, librarian, actor, documentary film maker, reporter and high school teacher. 

Pastel Painting with Greg Maichack

pastel painting of a sailboat

Saturday, June 1st from 12:30-3:00


Sail away with the craft of pastel painting with award-winning pastel artist Greg Maichack in this hands-on workshop.

This program is for adults of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced artists. Experiment with professional-grade pastels to create your own pastel painting to take home, inspired by Monet's impressionist painting, "Sailboat at Le Petit-Gennevilliers." You can make it in your own style, realistic or Impressionistic.

Space is limited. Registration is required: 508-760-6219

Self-Publishing Workshop

notebook and pens

Tuesday, May 28th from 3:00-4:30


Want to publish your book, but not sure how? This free workshop, presented by Sharon Anderson of the Cape Cod Writers' Studio, will show you how to self-publish your book, including how to sell your book on Amazon.com. 

Whether you are considering publishing a paperback, eBook, or audiobook, this workshop will provide you with tips to get you started.  

Ancestry.com now available!

green leaf logo for ancestry.com

Ancestry Library Edition is now available for use in the library



Ancestry Library Edition is a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, that allows you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname.  Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition’s millions of records – as far back as the 1400s. 


To get the most out of the experience, come prepared with a list of ancestors to research, as well as any other information you may have about places they lived, birth or death dates, etc. 

Just click the quick shortcut on any library computer to open Ancestry. Once connected, you’ll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched.  Key in the name, click on “Search” and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists.  It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images, census records, and civil registrations. 

The information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you’ll assemble.  These records have “clues” to the past – places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc – that lead to more information.  


old family photographs and text says discover your family history

Please note that Ancestry is only accessible in the library on any of our nine public computers. It cannot be accessed from home or using personal devices. Ask at the reference desk for more information or help to get started. 

ESOL with Samantha CANCELLED 5/2/2019

word bubbles with speak English written in different languagesPlease note that our Drop-In English for Speakers of Other Language class with Samantha is cancelled for Thursday, May 2nd. 


Concert: Ron Williams and Students

man sitting in a field holding a guitar

Saturday, May 11th at noon


Singer-guitarist and music teacher Ron Williams will be at the library for an afternoon concert, accompanied by several of his students. 

Ron's approach to guitar playing is called Finger-Style Jazz Guitar in which many elements of Classical Guitar are applied to jazz and popular compositions. He performs a variety of Easy-Listening Favorites, which includes familiar instrumentals by Dave Brubeck, Oscar Hammerstein, Guisseppe Verdi, J.S. Bach and others. He also sings the "Great American Songs" of the 1930s to the present by composers such as Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael. 

A Cape resident, Mr. Williams is a graduate of Duke University where he studied vocal performance and zoology. He teaches music performance and chorus for Project Forward at Cape Cod Community College and leads a weekly group voice workshop at The Cotuit Center for the Arts. Ron currently lives in Chatham were he teaches private lessons in guitar and voice. Whenever possible, Ron invites local music students to join him in performances.

We hope you can join us for a fun, musical program. Free and open to the public. No registration required.