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Irish Movie Marathon

Hosted by
Mary Ann Eaton, Instructor of Irish Literature
***NO ADMISSION FEE***
FRIDAYS ~ 2 PM—4 PM
January 6th—February 24th 2023
Dennis Public Library Meeting Room
*MASKS OPTIONAL*
Movie Dates & Titles+
January 6th—The Hanging Gale (Part 1)
January 13th—The Hanging Gale (Part 2)
January 20th— Song of Granite
January 27th— Some Mother’s Son
February 3rd— The Seventh Stream
February 10th— The Secret Scripture
February 17th— Song of the Sea
February 24th— Shergar
+Titles may change due to availability

Happy Hoops Ornament Workshop

POSTPONED: NEW DATE TBD

Saturday, December 17th at 10:30 a.m.

Join Jessee Coen of Happy Hoops as she leads children (ages 8+) and adults in creating winter themed décor using embroidery hoops. Each participant will take home their own creation to enjoy or for gift giving. Please call the library to register at 508-760-6219; space is limited.  

Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Dennis Public Library

Thursday, December 8th at 1:00 p.m.

Come join the Annual and Regular Meeting of The Friends of Dennis Public Library in the Benjamin and Ruth Muse Meeting Room. Members of the Friends are encouraged to attend and participate in the election of officers for 2022-2023. Interested Dennis residents and non-members are also welcome. 

Learn how your support helps ensure that the library will continue to be a welcoming destination for children, adults, residents and visitors. Refreshments will be served. For information, call the library at 508-706-6219.  

Holiday Gratitude Puzzle Kickoff

Wednesday, December 7th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

We need you! To decorate a puzzle piece for our Holiday Gratitude Puzzle. 

Use paints or markers to decorate a puzzle piece with something for which you are grateful. The possibilities are endless! Refreshments will be served. Pieces will be available to decorate (in house) until December 21st. We will display the complete puzzle after the 21st.

December's BookPage is here!

December 2022

BookPage is a great resource for people who love to read. Click on the cover to go to our landing page, where the latest issue can be accessed - along with older issues. Once you see the magazine cover, you may advance by using the arrow or click on the "+" sign to make the print larger as needed.

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library pay for our hard copy subscription. Come in and take home a copy while supplies last. 

A great thanks...

To our patrons

The staff of Dennis Public Library would like to thank the many patrons who expressed their sympathy after the sudden and unexpected passing of Assistant Director and Adult Services Librarian Mary Fecteau on November 4th.

We are so appreciative of your thoughtful words, beautiful flowers, heartfelt poems, and other tributes that you have shared with us. You confirmed what we knew about Mary - that her kindness touched so many lives and made the patron experience here at Dennis Public Library so much better.

Keeping Mary in mind during this holiday season, we hope that you reach out to your loved ones and give them a little extra thanks and a little extra love. Our sincere best to you and yours.   

 


Yarmouth Art Guild artists displaying in our Meeting Room

December 2022


Yarmouth Art Guild artists happily display their art in "December at the Dennis Public Library." 

Guild members selected a wide array of artworks to help celebrate the holidays and the onset of changing seasons. 

Come view this exhibition and see scenes of local places you may recognize as well as some surprising subjects you may enjoy. Pieces are available to purchase.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

CLOSED Thursday, Nov. 24th & Friday, Nov. 25th

The library will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Dennis Public Library will resume its regular hours on Saturday, November 26th: 10:00-2:00. 

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

Enjoy the holiday!  

Entrance Detour

Tuesday, November 15th through Friday, November, 18th


During this time period, the main entry doors facing Edwards Avenue will be closed due to the resurfacing of our lobby and restroom floors. 

Please enter through the exterior Meeting Room door, which is to the RIGHT OF THE MAIN ENTRYWAY. The adult public restrooms will also not be available during this time period

Poetry Reading by Ronald Harrison Fenn

Saturday, November 19th at 12:00 p.m.

 “Through All Seasons into Autumn: Select Nature Poems of Ronald Harrison Fenn” 

You are invited to attend a special afternoon with local poet Ronald Harrison Fenn as he shares his Autumn poetry with us.

Mr. Fenn’s poems have been published in various periodicals, magazines, and other publications, including 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. He is working on a new project, a “Poetic Diary” geared toward spontaneous free verse and prose, and “Wind on Water” short poems inspired by the T’ang dynasty poets. 

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

Mr. Fenn devotes his time to writing, traveling, and uncovering the historical roots of uniquely diverse American character. 

Local Author Joseph Theroux

Saturday, November 12th at 12:00 p.m.

Join us to hear author Joseph Theroux discuss his latest novel The Plot to Kill Lenin, in which secret agents Somerset Maugham and Lloyd Osbourne have been tasked with locating the Great Orlov, the stolen imperial jewel whose value could fund the war effort against Germany. 

Joseph Theroux has published six novels, and his fiction and historical   articles have appeared in numerous journals and publications. He has lived in Samoa, Hawaii, and Cape Cod.

Sad news to share

The staff of Dennis Public Library is heartbroken to announce the passing of Assistant Director and Adult Services Librarian Mary Fecteau. 

Mary joined our staff in June of 2021, having worked previously at Brewster Ladies Library. She became a valued member of our team. Mary treated those she met with caring, compassion, and respect. She was dedicated to public service, and her commitment was evident in her day to day interactions. We will miss her beyond measure. 

The Library will have a delayed opening Thursday, November 10th at 2:00 so that staff may attend her memorial services. 

Closed on Veterans Day

The Library will be CLOSED on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.


Regular hours will resume Saturday: 10-2. Have a happy and safe holiday remembering those who served and those who continue to serve our country.

Harry Potter celebration

The Dennis Libraries' Harry Potter Challenge was a great success!

Thank you all who participated in the challenge and came to the finale party. 

Your costumes were a "treat" to see!


Artwork of Raymond W. Perry displaying in our Meeting Room

November 2022

Raymond Perry (1883-1948) was born in Natick, MA, and studied at the Mass Normal Art School and the R.I. College of Education. He was an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design and served as the R.I. State Supervisor of Industrial Education. He authored and illustrated Block Printing Craft (1938) and Blackboard Illustration (1945). 

Mr. Perry specialized in block printing and watercolor painting. His work was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1918-1926. His many professional memberships included the Cape Cod Art Club of Yarmouth Port. He lived in Providence R.I. and kept a summer home and studio in West Dennis.

His unexpected death in 1948 left his widow with a studio full of art. His daughter, and then his two granddaughters have cared for his art. Selected pieces are currently for sale during the show. 

November's BookPage has arrived!

November 2022

Our November online issue of BookPage is here. Enjoy the unique perspective this publication gives into authors and their works.

Click on the cover to go to our landing page, where the latest issue can be accessed along with older issues. Once you see the magazine cover, you may advance by using the arrow or click on the "+" sign to make the print larger as needed.

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library pay for our hard copy subscription. Come in and take home a copy while supplies last. 

Virtual: Pollination Ecology

Thursday, November 10th at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a virtual discussion on how we can help bees. Larry Dapsis of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will review honey bee biology and the factors responsible for their catastrophic losses. He will also review the state of wild pollinators like bumble bees and the things we can do to help them.

Please email the library at den_mail@clamsnet.org to register and receive the Zoom link for this program.

Annual Meeting of the Friends of Dennis Public Library

Thursday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m.

Come join the Annual and Regular Meeting of The Friends of Dennis Public Library in the Benjamin and Ruth Muse Meeting Room. Members of the Friends are encouraged to attend and participate in the election of officers for 2022-2023. Interested Dennis residents and non-members are also welcome. 

Learn how your support helps ensure that the library will continue to be a welcoming destination for children, adults, residents and visitors. Refreshments will be served. For information, call the library at 508-706-6219.  

Author Lisa Franco

Thursday, October 20th at 2:00 p.m.

Author Lisa Franco discusses her book, My Dearest Darling, which features endearing love letters between a WWII naval officer, Lt. Donald Story, and his wife, Margery. Come hear not only the story of their amazing love, but also the tale of the discovery of their letters in a Dennis Port antique shop. 

Lisa Franco has been telling people’s stories for more than four decades. As a writer/producer for the ABC television affiliate WTNH 8 in New Haven, Connecticut, she earned multiple Emmy nominations and journalism awards for her documentaries. She also served as public affairs director for the station before she became the state communications director for one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the country.

Harry Potter Movie & Pizza


Saturday, October 15th at 11am 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 
Movie and Pizza

Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny. Come and see where all the magic started! 

Rated PG  Runs 2hr 32min

October's BookPage is here!

October 2022

BookPage is a great resource for people who love to read. Click on the cover to go to our landing page, where the latest issue can be accessed - along with older issues. Once you see the magazine cover, you may advance by using the arrow or click on the "+" sign to make the print larger as needed.

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library pay for our hard copy subscription. Come in and take home a copy while supplies last. 

Photographer Mark Chester displaying in our Meeting Room

October 2022

In youth Mark Chester's penchant to discover places and people began, National Geographic, his guide. For forty years with wanderlust and curiosity, he covered the continents photographing cultural landscapes. He's come full circle - traveling the world not leaving the state. 

His book The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape features a collection of informal, environmental portraits of ethnic diversity in Massachusetts. 400+ photographs that represent over 190 countries are touring the state. A companion book that will become part of Dennis Public Library's collection will bring awareness to cultural diversity. His project supports the mission of The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the largest coalition in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.  

Dennis Police present Scams and Fraud

 Wednesday, October 5th at 11:00 a.m.





Harry Potter Challenge!

Starting Friday, September 23rd 



"Soc" Author Paul Kemprecos

Thursday, September 29th at 6:30 p.m.

Come celebrate 30 years of "Soc!" Diver, fisherman, and PI Aristotle "Soc" Socarides has been the main character in Paul Kemprecos' Cape Cod-based detective series for 30 years. Paul's well-loved mysteries have gained the attention of many, including best-selling author Clive Cussler, who once said, "There can be no better mystery writer in America today than Paul Kemprecos."

Discover how Paul came to write the Shamus award-winning series, how it evolved over three decades, and where it may be going from here.

Paul Kemprecos lives in Dennis Port with his wide Christi, who is a financial planner. He is on the Board of the Friends of the Dennis Public Library.

Books will be available for sale. Please call the library to register, as space is limited.

CCGS 50th Anniversary!

         Saturday, September 24th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 


September's BookPage has arrived!

September 2022

Our September online issue of BookPage is here. Enjoy the unique perspective this publication gives into authors and their works.

Click on the cover to go to our landing page, where the latest issue can be accessed - along with older issues. Once you see the magazine cover, you may advance by using the arrow or click on the "+" sign to make the print larger as needed.

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library pay for our hard copy subscription. Come in and take home a copy while supplies last. 

Touring Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m.

Whether you are planning a vacation or just want to expand your intellectual horizons, come and explore these two national parks with your guide, Joseph Cormier. He discusses his travels to these iconic locations: Yellowstone, the very first national park, and the Grand Teton National Park, with its 42-mile scenic loop. A Q&A session will follow.

We thank the Friends of the Dennis Public Library for sponsoring this program.

Artist Rachel Crosby displaying in our Meeting Room

September 2022

Despite pursuing a professional career as a data analyst and computer programmer, Rachel Crosby has created art of one kind or another for most of her adult life. In her youth she studied drawing and badgered friends to let her sketch them, She also started working with color, creating what could be called "jigsaw abstracts" (strongly outlined, interlocking shapes). She painted several surreal and impressionistic wall murals and decorated the outside of a VW bus with scenes and shapes inspired by her burgeoning interest in Buddhism and meditation.

She moved to Cape Cod in 1994 and began to work with acrylic paint on canvas and paper. She also explored other mediums, such as permanent marker, watercolor, and what she calls "3D Art." In the intervening years, she's produced many of the pieces featured in the current show. You can view more of Rachel's art on Instagram: @rachelcrosbyyippee 

Local authors feature new Cape history release

Saturday, September 10th at 11:00 a.m. 

Local author Sharon Anderson and co-author/editor Dorothy Skelly present their new release: The Hyannis Airport 1928-1948. Discover how a few visionaries turned a five-room house on a 57-acre farm into a thriving airport with busy air traffic. 

The Hyannis Air Corporation began at a time when aviation was quickly growing as a form of commercial and private transportation. With a board of directors and stockholders, including Amelia Earhart, a new industry took off, providing for the Cape Cod Community and beyond. The rest is history.

Artist Terry Goulart displaying in our Meeting Room

August 2022 

Terry Goulart thinks of herself as a full time Nurse and a part time whimsical artist. She loves to paint animals and pet portraits. She started painting as a relaxing distraction after a breast cancer diagnosis, and she never stopped. 

She paints with the intention to bring a smile to others through her art. Being a Nurse in these current times, she was inspired to add some more serious healthcare related art to her collection of pieces. 

Come and check out her show.

Happy Hoops Embroidery Workshop

Wednesday, August 31st at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for this free workshop to learn the basics of hoop embroidery with the founder of Happy Hoops, Jessica Coen. All materials will be provided and participants will take their creation home.

Please call the library at 508-760-6219 or stop into the library to register as space is limited.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Dennis Public Library for sponsoring this program.
 

Tiny Art Show II

Thanks to DPL's patrons for our second Tiny Art Show! 

Come in and see our patrons' tiny works of art, which feature beaches, summer, or the Summer Reading theme of "Read Beyond the Beaten Path." 

It's not too late to submit your entry. Artwork will be on display until the end of August. 

August's BookPage is here!

August 2022

BookPage is a great resource for people who love to read. Click on the cover to go to our landing page, where the latest issue can be accessed - along with older issues. Once you see the magazine cover, you may advance by using the arrow or click on the "+" sign to make the print larger as needed.

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library pay for our hard copy subscription. Come in and take home a copy while supplies last. 

Explore Your Artistic Side

Saturday, August 13th at 11:00 a.m.


Artist and teacher Stéphanie Williams will lead a class in exploring art for fun – no judgement! – in order to gain new ways to see the world around us. Participants will work with pencils, ink, oil pastels, and beeswax and become familiar with terms such as contour drawing, negative space, and viewfinders. No prior experience necessary. Come and play! Bring a family member, a partner, or a friend, and enjoy creating together and discover the pleasure of taking home an invaluable experience and a unique piece of art: Yours! Call the Library to register, as space is limited.


Stéphanie Williams is an artist who studies the effect of nature, people, creatures, environments, sounds, and energies. Her process is mainly experiential. She sketches copiously, immersing herself in her surroundings; she welcomes incidents that frustrate, twist, drain, and, most likely, rejuvenate during the making of each piece. The wax from her own bees, with its unique smell, feel, tones and translucent quality, made its way into her work in combination with graphite and oil. Although she never loses track of her classical training, she loves engaging the senses, her own during the artistic process or the viewer with whom she shares the adventure.

Born and raised in France, Stéphanie enjoys wandering in the world. Today, she is a teacher, an artist, a designer, a beekeeper, and a mother, happily calling the North Shore of Boston home. Whenever she leaves her art studio, she takes a sketchbook with her.

Summer StoryWalk® at Johnny Kelley Park

Starting Monday, July 25th

The Dennis Libraries present a StoryWalk® at Johnny Kelley Park. This summer’s story is called Dance Like a Flamingo: Learn to Move and Groove Like the Animals Do! 

Written by author Moira Butterfield and illustrated by Claudia Boldt, this friendly, motion-centered book will get youngsters – and maybe some grown-ups, too! – imitating the movements of different animals. For example, readers can stretch like flamingos, leap and bounce like lemurs, wave claws like crabs, and much more.   

The walk begins across from the picnic area and proceeds right along the Braille Trail. We hope readers of all ages join the fun. Afterwards, enjoy spending time in the park.

The StoryWalk® concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed with the help of Rachel Senechal of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. The Dennis Libraries thank these two innovative women, along with the Recreation Department and the Department of Public Works for the Town of Dennis, for making this event possible.

Arthritis Exercise Series

Fridays at 11:00, starting August 12th - September 23rd  (no class on Friday, September 2nd)


The Dennis Public Library, the Dennis Center for Active Living, and the Town of Dennis Health Department are pleased to join together to sponsor "Arthritis Exercise." This program, led by Nikki Courtney, Exercise Physiologist from the VNA of Cape Cod, is designed to improve joint mobility and strength. Perfect for arthritis sufferers whose joint pain and stiffness keep them from doing the things they love. Advanced registration is required through the Visiting Nurse Association. Please call the VNA at 508-957-7423 to register. 

Transportation for Dennis residents can be provided by the Dennis Center for Active Living. Please call DCAL at 508-385-5067 to make those arrangements.

The Town of Dennis Health Department generously funded this event to benefit the community.


Summer and Libraries just go together...

Have you attended or experienced an amazing library program this summer? 

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners wants to know. 

Click on this link to share your story:

https://success.summerlibraryprograms.com/

Tiny Art Display II - Be an Artist!

For Ages 5 to Adult

In August we will have a second display of tiny artwork, and anyone age 5 and above is welcome to contribute to the show. 

Starting Friday, July 15th, come pick up a kit, which includes a 4" x 4" canvas, 6 paint colors, and a paintbrush. Use these materials (plus any others you might have at home) to create your own tiny masterpiece. Your tiny artwork could include themes such as beaches, summer, or a subject related to the Summer Reading theme, “Read Beyond the Beaten Path.” Supplies are limited.

Please bring your completed tiny artwork to the library by Saturday, July 30, 2022. Label the back of your artwork with your full name, age (if under 18), and an email address. The Tiny Art Show will be on display in the library during August 2022. Artists can pick up their work in September 2022.

Exercise as We Age

Thursday, July 28th at 2:00 p.m.

Learn how exercise can help you age gracefully!

This hour long presentation will include information on the aging process, exercise intensity, exercise guidelines, and some basic exercises to do at home. Presented by Nikki Courtney, Exercise Physiologist from the VNA of Cape Cod.

Space is limited. Please call the library to reserve your spot at 508-760-6219. Transportation to the library for residents of the town of Dennis can also be provided. Please contact the Dennis Center for Active Living at 508-385-5067 to make transportation arrangements.

StoryWalk® at Dennis Public Library

July 2022

A new StoryWalk® is up: Cape Cod Critters: A Fun Look at Cape Cod Wildlife written and illustrated by Lorri Devlin. Each page features local “residents” that you might see during an evening walk or a day at the beach. There is nothing like getting to know your neighbors! Perfect for kids and gown-ups who want to learn more about the Cape environment.

The StoryWalk® concept was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed with the help of Rachel Senechal of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. 

The Prince of Pirates and the Witch of Wellfleet

Wednesday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m. 

Rona Leventhal brings us “The Prince of Pirates and the Witch of Wellfleet," a show that she developed and performs. Wander the bluffs of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and you might hear whispers of the ghost of Maria “Goody” Hallet, calling for (or cursing) her lover, “Black Sam Bellamy.” Come hear their tale…this is not your average ‘happily ever after’ ending!

Set in the early 1700’s, the story is part legend and part history…and about truths that are factual and real. Do you think Puritan life in New England and today's sociopolitical climate have anything in common? Watch and decide. 

Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited, so please call to register: 508-760-6219

Artist Jeannette Lyons Carney displaying in our Meeting Room

July 2022

Cape Cod artist and teacher Jeannette Lyons Carney is an award winning artist who has demonstrated her painting skills in many different media. Her expressive talent is most beautifully evident in her different collages.

Jeannette was formally trained at Bridgewater University where she earned her degree in Fine Arts. Currently, Jeannette is teaching art at Stafford Hill and Laurelwood at Pine Hills in Plymouth, MA where she specializes in bringing out the dormant artistic skills of all the participants. Along with teaching, Jeannette continues to explore and refine her own innate skills. "For me, collage is a technique that offers limitless opportunities to express the subject. Color, texture, and composition invite the imagination to go within and interpret." - From the Artist

July's BookPage has arrived!

July 2022 Issue

Our July online issue of BookPage is here. Enjoy the unique perspective this publication gives into authors and their works.

Click on the cover to go to our landing page, where the latest issue can be accessed - along with older issues. Once you see the magazine cover, you may advance by using the arrow or click on the "+" sign to make the print larger as needed.

The Friends of the Dennis Public Library pay for our hard copy subscription. Come in and take home a copy while supplies last. 

Adult Summer Reading

 

July 1 - August 26

Why should kids have all the fun this summer?? 

Join our Adult Summer Reading Challenge! 

Fill out an entry slip at the library telling us what you’ve read this summer and be entered into a prize drawing every two weeks for a chance at gift cards to local businesses! You can enter as many times as you read but you can only win once this summer. Entry slips must be completely filled out to be considered for the drawing.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Dennis Public Library for sponsoring this program!

StoryWalk® at Dennis Public Library

June 2022

Whether the library is open or closed, you can visit our outside StoryWalk® featuring A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by award-winning poet Marilyn Singer and New York Times best-selling illustrator LeUyuen Pham. 

This book celebrates universal types of play from organized games such as hide-and-seek and hopscotch to imaginative play such as making mud soup or turning a stick into a magic wand. Lyrical poems and bold illustrations capture the energy of a group of children in one neighborhood as they amuse themselves over the course of a summer day. Come and enjoy the read!