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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:


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!