Library Status

Our building is open to the public and waiting to welcome you.

Sweet, Fuzzy Treat

This felted wool cupcake can't be eaten, but it still looks like a pretty sweet treat! Today's remote children's craft program was led by Pop-Up Art. We thank them as well as the Dennis Arts and Culture Council for its funding of our event. Stay tuned for more offerings.

If you haven't yet taken advantage of our foam gingerbread house craft kits, please schedule a curbside pickup and take one home. We do have some left, and they make great school vacation activities!

Virtual Holiday Concert

 A Family Christmas Concert and Carol Sing! 

Starring Mairead Doherty and Richard Jay Sullivan


Cape Cod Theatre Company/ Harwich Junior Theatre (CCTC/HJT) present a very special Family Christmas Concert and Carol Sing with renowned Irish Harpist Mairead Doherty and beloved Actor/ Singer Richard Jay Sullivan. 

Mairead has been one of our favorite annual performers at Dennis Public Library over the years and we wanted to make sure to share this special virtual concert with all of you who may be missing a little holiday music this year.  

Thank you to Nina Schuessler of Cape Cod Theatre Company/ Harwich Junior Theatre for allowing us to share this special holiday show. 

The concert can be enjoyed on youtube and is about 34 minutes long.

Wishes for 2021!

We are setting up a window display of our hopes, dreams and wishes for the coming year! 


If you would like to participate, write your wish on a snowperson, star, or snowflake, available at our curbside pickup table. We will place your wish in the windows facing the parking lot as part of our winter display.  

2020 has been tough, so let's look to a brighter 2021. 

Happy New Year from the Dennis Public Library!

Holiday Hours

The hours for the upcoming holidays are as follows:


Thursday, December 24th: Closing early~ Curbside pickup from 10:30-4:30
Friday, December 25th: Closed

Thursday, December 31st: Closing early~ Curbside pickup from 10:30-4:30
Friday, January 1st: Closed

May you and your loved ones enjoy a happy and healthy holiday! 

Curbside Pickup Available!

Here is what you need to know...


Requesting items:
  • Requests for books, CDs, and DVDs can be made online at clamsnet.org or by calling the library at 508-760-6219
  • Staff will be available by phone Tuesday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-4
  • You can browse the collection online to see what is currently available at DPL or order materials from other CLAMS libraries.
  • If you need help choosing items, we are happy to help you find a great read
Pickup:
  • When your item(s) are ready, a staff member will call you to schedule a pickup time
  • Pickup times will be scheduled Tuesday 2-6; Wednesday-Friday 12-6; and Saturday 10-4
  • Your item(s) will be placed in a paper bag on a table near our main entrance during your scheduled pickup time, to allow for contact-free pickup
  • If others are at the table when you arrive, practice social distancing and wait for them to leave the area before collecting your holds
  • All library patrons should wear a mask when picking up items
  • Please do not come to the library before you have received a phone call from a staff member confirming your item(s) are ready, we will not be able to fill unscheduled requests
Returns:
  • Returns can be put in the outdoor book and media returns 
  • Please do not leave returns on the pickup table
  • Items will NOT be checked in immediately, following safety guidelines
  • Please allow up to a week for items to be checked in off of your account
  • Fines will be waived on items at this time
What we are doing to keep everyone safe:
  • Holds will be packed in bags by library staff wearing masks and gloves
  • Staff will wash hands frequently and use sanitizer as needed
  • High touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly
  • All items, including returns, will be quarantined for at least 3 days before handling or recirculating
What you can do to help:
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and throw away each tissue after one use
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wear a mask when in public spaces
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily

Other CLAMS libraries may be providing similar services. What each library can offer is dependent on their staffing, their building and other factors. Please check with other libraries to learn what services they may be offering.

We have missed you all and are happy to get books back in your hands! If you have any questions, please reach out to us at den_mail@clamsnet.org or 508-760-6219. 

Closed on Thursday, December 17th

 The library will be closed on Thursday, December 17th due to the snow and inclement weather.



We will be back for curbside service on Friday. Please stay safe! 

Online Access to the Cape Cod Times

 Dennis Public Library is now offering free online access to the Cape Cod Times!



Explore Cape Cod history through local news, events and people with the Cape Cod Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. 

Content is updated daily, so today's paper is available now, and you can be sure you are getting the latest news. 

A Dennis Public Library card is required to access this resource. Please contact the library for more details. 

Season's Greetings to you!

We miss our patrons and have been looking forward to welcoming you back into the building. However, we want to be sure we do it safely. With COVID cases rising in our area, the Town's Health Director needs us to keep our doors closed for now. 

Although you cannot come inside, we are still here. Contact us by phone or email. We can provide materials, including Chromebooks and laptops, via curbside pickup. We hope to have mobile hotspots coming soon, and check out our website for virtual program offerings. Please also contact us with questions about other services, and we can direct you.

Both my staff and I hope you continue to stay healthy and well and enjoying the services of Dennis Public Library.

Best, Cindy Cullen - Director

Pastel Painting Workshop- Virtual Program


Saturday, December 12th from 12:30-3:00

Dennis Public Library will once again host award-winning pastel artist Gregory Maichack to present a hands-on workshop for adults, “Pastel Paint the Miracle Flowers,” on Saturday, December 12th. This year the presentation will be virtual, using Zoom. 

This exciting Zoom pastel painting workshop is designed for everyone from sheer beginners to experienced artists. 

Gregory Maichack is a seasoned pro at teaching pastel techniques, as recognized by the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston; Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and hundreds of libraries and local cultural councils.  In this new, highly researched workshop, participants have fun producing their own pastel painting inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s enormous mural, The Miracle Flower. 

Please call 508-760-6219 or email nkramer@clamsnet.org to register. 

Participants will be provided pastels, white charcoal pencils, template, and pastel paper, in this fun pastel painting workshop. Materials will be provided via curbside pickup the week before the program. 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Dennis Arts and Culture Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



Thanksgiving Hours

Closed November 26-27

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Our bookdrop will remain open for returns. 

We will resume our normal curbside service on Saturday, November 28th from 12:00-6:00.

The staff wishes you a safe and happy holiday! 

Gratitude Tree

Help us add to our Gratitude Tree!


It’s been a challenging year for all of us, but, hopefully, we still have many things to be thankful for. To highlight the good things in our lives, at Dennis Public Library we are creating a gratitude tree featured in our windows facing the parking lot.

 

It’s easy to participate. Everything you need is on our curbside pickup table. Simply fill out a blank leaf with something you are thankful for. Let it dry a bit and put it in the cardboard box. Library staff will collect your leaves, and they will be added to our tree.


Many great leaves have been added already, but there is plenty of room for one (or more) from you!

StoryWalk at Old Fort Field

Dennis Public Library recently collaborated with the Dennis Conservation Land Trust to present Leaf Man, a StoryWalk®. 



The book, written and beautifully illustrated by Lois Ehlert, tells the story of a leaf man blowing across the landscape. The complete story can be read as you walk along the trail at Old Fort Field (105 New Boston Rd. Dennis). 

This book is most suitable for children 4-8, though all ages will enjoy it. The StoryWalk® will be exhibited for the month of November only, so make sure you plan a visit with your little ones. 

We love working with our community partners and hope you enjoy this great story while exploring the great outdoors!

Laptops Now Available!


Missing the library's computers? 

Thanks to the Friends of the Dennis Public Library, we now have 2 laptops available for checkout. The laptops are loaded with Microsoft Word and other Office programs. 

Chromebooks are also available for checkout. 

Contact the library with any questions and to find out about availability and guidelines for borrowing. 

Virtual Program~ 1620: The First Year with Christopher Daley

Saturday, November 14th at 4:00pm

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims. 

Join us for a special virtual program presented by historian Christopher Daley as we discuss the Pilgrims' difficult voyage across the Atlantic, the beginnings of Plymouth Colony, and the settlers' early encounters with the Wampanoag people. 

They came seeking religious freedom and found an untamed inhospitable wilderness fraught with innumerable dangers. They struggled with disease and death and survived through the grace of God and with the help of the "People of the Dawn" - the Wampanoag Nation.

This program will be presented virtually on Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out one day before the program. 

Please contact Nicole at nkramer@clamsnet.org or 508-760-6219 to register or for more information. 

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

Route 28 Road Work

Road Work- Seek Alternate Routes


The State is doing some paving and road work on Route 28 in the area surrounding the library. Anyone coming to the library for curbside pickup may face detours or need to seek alternate routes. 

The library can be accessed by turning at Division Street (by the 7-Eleven), turning right onto Center Street, and then right onto Edwards Avenue. The library's parking lot entrance is located on Edwards Avenue. Please remember that Hall Street is now a one way. 

Road work will temporarily stop on Tuesday, November 3rd, and should not impact voters coming to the library on election day. 

Detour map of Dennis Port

No Curbside Pickup on Tuesday, November 3rd

 Curbside pickup service will temporarily be suspended on Tuesday, November 3rd for the presidential election.


The library is the official polling place for precinct 3. Due to the increased volume of people expected at the library for voting, we will not be able to offer curbside pickup services on Tuesday. 

Staff will be available between 10:00am and 6:00pm to answer phones, schedule pickups for later in the week, and to assist you remotely any way that we can.

Curbside service will resume on Wednesday, November 4th. 

Closed on Veterans Day

American Flag
The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day. 


Curbside service will resume on Thursday, November 12th. 

Our book drop will remain open for returns. 

Have a safe holiday, honoring those who served and continue to serve our country. 

Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Decorate a pumpkin to be put on display at 

Dennis Public Library or Dennis Memorial Library!


Decorate a pumpkin of any size, in any way that you choose. The possibilities are endless! (paint, glitter, fabric, markers, etc.) 

Dennis Public Library will have pumpkins on display in the windows facing the parking lot and curbside pickup table. Dennis Memorial Library will have a display on their porch. 

Entries accepted for kids (up to 12 years) and teens/adults (13+). 
The winner in each category will receive a prize. 
Be sure to stop by the libraries the last week of October to see the displays and vote for your favorite!

row of decorated pumpkins

Download an entry form or ask for a copy of the form with your next curbside pickup request.

Drop off your pumpkins to either library starting on Wednesday, October 21st, during curbside pickup hours. 

Voting begins Monday, October 26th online, on Facebook, or at the libraries. The winners will be notified on Halloween, October 31st. Thanks for getting into the "spirit" with us!

19th Amendment Challenge Wrap-Up

The Dennis Libraries want to thank everyone who participated in our recent 
19th Amendment Centennial Challenge.

We hope you had fun and learned a few things too. 

The winners have been contacted to pick up their prizes!

19th amendment centennial challenge 1920-2020

Please keep an eye on our website for more fun challenges through the fall. 
We have lots of fun things in store for all of you. 

Dennis Port Traffic Update

One way traffic sign
On your next curbside visit to Dennis Public Library, you might notice that Hall Street is now one way. The Town has received a Shared Streets Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, which encourages increased outdoor activities during the time of COVID. 

The southerly lane, adjacent to Mike Stacey park, will be converted into an outdoor plaza, protected from traffic and providing an outdoor eating area. Barriers will go into place within the next few days and will remain in place as long as the weather allows. The barriers will be returned to Hall Street in the spring to allow the area to be used for outdoor dining next summer.

With this information, please plan your access to the library accordingly. Thank you!

Climate Preparedness Week Sept. 24th - Sept. 30th

We invite you to get involved in Climate Preparedness Week!


Climate Prep Week Logo

The Massachusetts Library System is partnering with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) and the Blue Marble Librarians for Climate Prep Week to help libraries and their communities better prepare for extreme weather events. 

The theme for Climate Prep Week 2020 is 
"Climate Resilience is Social Resilience."

Check out the following links to register for these online events:
Inspired to learn more after attending one of the many great events happening throughout the week? We have a book list, for kids and adults, available at Dennis Public Library, addressing climate change, extreme weather, ways to get involved, and more! Sustainable Practices, an environmental action group based in Barnstable County, also has a podcast addressing local environmental issues. 



Themed activity packet for kids with coloring sheets and a word search are available through curbside pickup!

ComCat Returns!

The Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) is available again! 

You can now request books and other materials from across the state. 

Text says ComCat is Back with an image of a cat

If CLAMS doesn't have it, try searching on ComCat.
A free and easy way to get even more with your library card. 

Give us a call if you would like more information or help making a request. 

Great events to share

image of a girl whispering to another girl

It's no secret. We have great virtual events to share from institutions and organizations from around the Cape and Massachusetts. 

You can attend from the comfort of your home! Just click on the box to your right for VIRTUAL LIBRARY EVENTS. So many great offerings!

Some events require registration, so be sure to click on the event links for complete details. We will do our best to keep this list up to date with all of the great happenings around the state. 

Writers' Studio Returns!

New weekly virtual writers' studio meetings online via Zoom!

image of a laptop

If you are an aspiring writer and would like to get a chance to meet other local writers, share your work, and get feedback from a supportive group, now is you chance! Write your chapters and screen share with each other. 

They have a lot of fun…

  • Centerville (ongoing) on Mondays 1–3 pm 
  • Dennis Port on Wednesdays 3 – 5 pm
  • Woods Hole on Fridays 1 – 3 pm

To register please email Sharon Anderson at the Cape Cod Writers’ Studio: Sdanderson.books@gmail.com

Groups starting late September (except Centerville which is active now)

Have you completed the 2020 census?

There is still time to complete the 2020 census. 
Visit 2020census.gov to get started. 

Census 2020 everyone counts with image of raised hands

Why complete the census? 

Census data impacts funding for things like libraries, community centers, educational programs, SNAP, Medicare and Medicaid, parks and recreational facilities, school lunch programs and more!


Your response matters.

We are here to help!

We are happy to help you find great books to read and movies to watch, available with contact-free curbside pickup!


Library staff is available to select books, DVDs and other materials from our collection for you, based on your personal preferences!

We also have activity packets and crafts for kids.

Fill out this form, or just give us a call, and we will get to work picking out some new and exciting choices, just for you. Once we have your items ready we will call you to schedule a curbside pickup time. It couldn't be easier!

You can also browse the catalog yourself and place holds online or using the new CLAMS Library app.

Information correction


We understand that a little earlier this week some misinformation went out in The Cranberry Scoop, newsletter of the Dennis Senior Center. Unfortunately, none of the Dennis Libraries are open to the public right now nor are we offering browsing of collections. However, we are happily continuing with curbside pickup service. Also, here at Dennis Public Library feel free to check out our books on display in the windows behind the curbside pickup table in our parking lot. If you see any book on display that interests you, give us a call, and we will put it in your curbside order pickup.

Ancestry.com Available at Home

Ancestry Library Edition is currently available from home!


UPDATE: Remote access has been extended through the end of March! Thank you Proquest!

Great news for genealogists and anyone interested in searching for their family history. Ancestry Library Edition will be available, temporarily, with remote access, meaning you can search this great resource from the safety and comfort of home!

You will need to sign in with your Dennis library card and library PIN. Click the image below to get started.


Please email den_mail@clamsnet.org if you have any questions. 

19th Amendment Centennial Challenge!

The Dennis Libraries are celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment all summer long!


The 19th Amendment, passed in 1920, grants women the right to vote. 



All summer, the 5 Dennis Libraries will be celebrating with a 19th Amendment Centennial Challenge! It you would like to participate, simply visit our 
  • Complete any of the activities listed
  • Fill out a "Challenge Completed" form online
  • Submit a form every time you complete a challenge to be entered into the end of summer raffle!

Summer Reading Programs for All Ages!

Summer Reading is Here!

We have programs for kids, teens and adults. 
This year's theme is Imagine Your Story!


or using the Beanstack app! 
(A paper option is available for kids if you prefer.)

Kids: signup online and then call the library to schedule curbside pickup to get a special reading bag and bead necklace! If you have participated in our summer reading programs before you know all about the beads. This year, parents/caregivers will receive beads to hand out to their children as they read throughout the summer. Log your time and complete challenges to earn badges. If you read 10 hours or more, you will be entered into a raffle for the grand prize at the end of the summer!

Teens and Adults: signup online or through the app. For each book you read you will be entered into a chance for the grand prize raffle at the end of the summer. We challenge you to read 5 books this summer. You can also get raffle entries for each book you review on beanstack. The more you read, the more chances to win!

Need reading suggestions? Library staff would be happy to pull some books together for curbside pickup. 

Here are a few reading lists that go along with our theme for teens and adults to get you started!

Delivery Between Libraries Resumes

The Massachusetts Library System funded delivery program between libraries has resumed. Feel free to place your orders for materials from other libraries, and they will be delivered to Dennis Public Library.

Due to the backlog of material, receiving holds may take a little more time than usual. In addition, we will be quarantining books for three days after their arrival to ensure the utmost safety for our patrons.

Daily Trivia

Thank you for playing along with our daily trivia! As curbside service continues and we work on plans to bring you additional programs and services, we will discontinue the daily trivia questions for now. 

Follow us on Facebook for the occasional local trivia question, as well as other fun library activities and updates. 

Closed Saturday, July 4th

In honor of Independence Day, the library will be closed on Saturday, July 4th.



We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday. 

Our book drop will remain open for returns. 

We will be back to resume curbside service on Tuesday, July 7th. 

No Curbside Service June 30th

Due to the annual Dennis Town Election, 

the library will not offer curbside service on Tuesday, June 30th. 



Dennis Public Library is the polling place for Precinct 3. Voting will take place as usual in the library's meeting room.

Library staff will be available to assist you by phone (508-760-6219) or email (den_mail@clamsnet.org) on Tuesday from 10:00-4:00, but will not be scheduling any curbside pickups for Tuesday to limit the number of people in our parking lot throughout the day.

Our book drop will be open for returns. We will be back for curbside service on Wednesday.

Visit the Town of Dennis website for more information on the upcoming local election.

Book a Librarian!

Are you missing your local librarian? 

Now you can "Book a Librarian" from Dennis Public Library. 



Librarians can help you place holds for materials to be picked up in the future, read to you from a limited collection for up to 15 minutes, or offer technology assistance over the phone.

To schedule an appointment, please call the library's main line at 508-760-6219 and leave a voicemail message including your name, return phone number, the type of assistance you are seeking, and a good weekday and time to call you. 

A librarian will return your phone call from an unlisted number at the day and time you have specified in your voicemail message. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you are looking to place a hold, please have your library card and PIN number available. If you are missing your card or PIN, please let us know in your voicemail message. 

Always Available Digital Collections

The CLAMS network has been working hard to expand our digital offerings while libraries are closed. 


We have added collections of magazines, audiobooks, and exercise videos that are always available through Libby/OverDrive! 

Click the images to explore all of the great options now available 
without holds or waitlists. 


Search tip- you can limit your results in Libby/OverDrive to "Available Now" which will show you only titles that are readily available without a wait, which is a great option when you are browsing around without a specific book in mind.

Please remember that the Dennis Public Library also offers access to Freading, which is a collection of popular eBooks that are always available for Dennis Public card holders.

If you are new to eBooks and have questions, visit our help page to get started: eBook Help

Personalized Book Recommendations

The worst part about finishing a book is having to find another that was just as good, or better, than the last. Finding your next great read can be a challenge! To help you, we have created an easy way for you to get personalized book suggestions from a librarian. 

Simply fill out the quick survey form and a librarian will get back to you in 2-3 business days with book suggestions just for you! 

We hope you take advantage of this new service, because we love sharing book suggestions and would love to help you find your next great read!

Job Searching Resources

The librarians at Dennis Public Library have pulled together several tools to help anyone who is currently looking for a job, or who wants to update their resume or improve their job search skills.

This resource list includes step-by-step video tutorials, job search sites, book lists, library databases, and articles on specific job search topics. 
We hope this helps in your search.

Click the image to get started:

Please contact the library if you need help finding additional resources. 

BYOB: Bring Your Own Book Discussion

Thursday, May 28th at 2:00


Join us online for another virtual book discussion! 

Library staff have set up an online discussion where you can share the books you have been reading, chat with friends and neighbors, and have a fun time, safely from the comfort of home. Grab a cup of tea and your most recent reads and get ready for a great time!

If you are interested in joining in the fun, please send an email to den_mail@clamsnet.org and we will send you the meeting link. Those who signed up for our first discussion do not need to sign up again.

If you prefer, you can also call in using any telephone to participate in the discussion. Let us know if you are interested and we will make sure you have the meeting phone number.

COVID-19 Digital Archive

Help us with our Digital Archive

While we all work through these unprecedented times together, we want to offer you a chance to reflect on the day-to-day experiences faced by you and your families. In the future, historians, archivists, and museums will want to know what life was like during this crisis. In addition to news reports, legislation and official documents, personal records of daily life will be important in understanding this crisis and how we made it through. 

Dennis Public Library is working to create a COVID-19 Digital Archive, including the experiences of our community members, in real-time. To participate, you can create a digital daily journal, or submit photos of your daily activities.


Record a digital daily journal:

We have created a Google Sheets template, adapted from the great folks at the Framingham Historical Center, for anyone who wants to record a line-a-day journal during the duration of the pandemic (and beyond). Although you are not obligated to submit your journal to the DPL’s COVID-19 Digital Archive, if you live or work in Dennis, we would greatly appreciate if you considered doing so.

Completed journals can be emailed to den_mail@clamsnet.org for inclusion in the Digital Archive.

Please Note: If you do not have a Google account, you can still save the template as an Excel spreadsheet.

Line-a-day journal template

Submit your photos:

If you would prefer, you can email photos of your daily experiences during the pandemic to den_mail@clamsnet.org, with the subject "Digital Archive" for inclusion.  

Please include your name, a title for the image, and a description. 

By submitting an image or journal, you agree to make it an unrestricted gift to the Dennis Public Library's COVID-19 Digital Archives which can be used for many purposes including, but not limited to, community access and enrichment, and scholarly research.

Annual Town Report 2019

The Town has released the 2019 Annual Town Report



The library will eventually have print copies to give away when they become available, but in the meantime, you can access the report online: 

BYOB: Bring Your Own Book Discussion

Thursday, May 7th at 2:00


Join us online for a virtual book discussion! 

Library staff have set up an online discussion where you can share the books you have been reading, chat with friends and neighbors, and have a fun time, safely from the comfort of home. Grab a cup of tea and your most recent reads and get ready for a great time!

If you are interested in joining in the fun, please send an email to den_mail@clamsnet.org and we will send you the meeting link.

If you prefer, you can also call in using any telephone to participate in the discussion. Let us know if you are interested and we will make sure you have the meeting phone number.

Create a Magical Creature

Director Cindy says Hello! Let me introduce you to one of my favorite friends. He's pink, which is my favorite color. He has a happy smile, which I love to see. And he has wings to fly. What's better than flying?

I would like to invite kids of all ages to create their own magical creature. Does he or she have shaggy fur and big teeth? Does he or she have a special ability like running backwards or spelling perfectly all the time?

You can draw your favorite magical creature and email us a photo or scan of your picture. You can also describe your new friend with words. We are going to have a gallery on our website where your work will be displayed. Thanks for joining the fun! Send your work to our email address at den_mail@clamsnet.org
Due to COVID-19 the Town of Dennis has ordered the closure of its municipal buildings, including Dennis Public Library. This closure will take effect on Tuesday, March 17th until further notice.

Please check out our website as we engage with our patrons online with other resource options.

We want all of our patrons to stay safe and healthy. At this time, all other Dennis libraries are closed as well.

Library staff will be available to answer questions via email. Please send questions to den_mail@clamsnet.org.

Please keep checked out items until the libraries reopen. All due dates have been extended. Any late charges will be waived.

Book Donations

We are not able to accept book donations at this time. 


We appreciate the generosity of everyone who has donated their books to the library for the Friends' of the Library ongoing book sale.

We have taken in so many donations that we are currently out of storage space. 

Please give us a call in a month or two to find out when we will be accepting donations again. 


POSTPONED~ Storyteller of Cape Cod: New England Hi-STORIES

This event has been postponed. 


Stories and folktales have many different origins, and none are so intriguing as those whose origins are rooted in the truth! Many of the tales of New England began with real people and places, and sometimes the lives of these people are more interesting than the stories they inspired! 

In this program, Jenny Lee uses examples of New England folktales based on real history, and her skills as a storyteller and a historian to show you how reality can turn into legend and how to find the truth behind the tale. 

Who are the real people behind the legendary characters? Which parts of the story really happened and which are created over time? Learn the role that oral traditions play in preserving local histories! Peek behind the storyteller’s curtain, and learn how some of New England’s richest histories turned into some of her most thrilling tales!

Jenny Lee is a history teacher, folklorist and storyteller from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It was here during her childhood that she first heard the old folktales of Cape Cod and New England, sparking a life-long passion for local history, folklore, and storytelling. A member of the Northeast Storytelling Alliance, she specializes in the folktales and histories of New England. 

Ireland: The Land of St. Patrick

Saturday, March 14th at 12:00


Join us for a presentation from Irish historian Sean Murphy. He will bring you into the world of Irish music, dance, comedy, and songs through the work of some of Ireland's greatest entertainers and its emerging pool of talent.

This event will be a multi-media presentation and will give a cultural and social history of Ireland. Fun for the entire family. There will also be a short historical narrative of the life and times of Saint Patrick.

Sean Murphy was born and reared in Dublin and came to live on Cape Cod in 2005. He has a passion for his homeland and loves to share his knowledge and interest through classes, workshops and conversation. He is a teacher of Irish history, music, and dance.
He currently teaches courses at the Irish Cultural Center of New England in Canton, Cape Cod Sons of Erin, and the Cape Cod Cultural Center.

Reopening Tuesday 2/4!

The Dennis Public Library will reopen on Tuesday, February 4th!


The repairs to the main part of the library are complete after a leaking sprinkler pipe caused damage to the library's circulation desk and back office on January 20th. 

Those who were waiting to pick up holds will have until Saturday, 2/8 at 2:00 to pick up your items. We will be open our regular hours all week.


The library's meeting room and children's room will remain closed for a few more weeks as work is finished in those areas. 

We appreciate your patience and continued patronage as we work threw our repair projects. Please stop by to see us soon.

Take Your Child to the Library Day at the other Dennis Libraries

Due our building closure, Dennis Public Library will not be able to participate in this year’s “Take Your Child to the Library Day” on Saturday, February 1st. However, the other Dennis libraries are looking forward to welcoming you:  

Dennis Memorial Library, located at 1020 Old Bass River Road in Dennis (02638), will be open from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and have a drop in open house from 2:00-4:00 p.m., which offers crafts, puzzles, games, and books.  

Jacob Sears Memorial Library, located at 23 Center Street in East Dennis (02641), will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Select a yummy treat from Harry Potter’s trunk.  

South Dennis Library, located at 389 Main Street in South Dennis (02660), will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and have a drop in craft and scavenger hunt.

West Dennis Library, located at 260 Main Street (02670) in West Dennis, will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Enjoy the lovely vintage doll house and giant Corduroy bear.