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Genealogy Course

Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10 at 6:00

Are you interested in researching your family history and learning special techniques for finding your roots? Come and discover genealogy topics: Immigration and Migration, Uses of the Census, DNA in Genealogy, Land Deed and Probate Research, and Case Studies in Breaking through the Genealogical Brick Wall. 

Led by members of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society. Must register by Friday, March 31st, as space is limited. Please call the library at 508-760-6219.

Virtual: From Beals St. to the White House

Wednesday, March 29th at 12:00 via ZOOM

Enjoy a virtual lunchtime lecture from the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site. Receive a virtual tour of John F. Kennedy's birthplace home on 83 Beals Street and explore his boyhood neighborhood, including the second home in which the Kennedys lived, their family church, and the school where a young John F. Kennedy received some of his earliest education. Learn how his mother -- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy -- managed a large family, discover collection items such as John F. Kennedy's favorite childhood books, and explore the influences that shaped him as a child. Led by Lead Park Ranger Gabriella Hornbeck.

All registrants will also receive the recording via email, so register now and view the program live or later. Click on the link to register:


Virtual: Stories from the Whaling Port

Wednesday, March 22nd at 12:00 via ZOOM

Enjoy a virtual lunchtime lecture from the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, entitled "Stories from the Whaling Port." 

Discover the origins and historical significance of New Bedford's whaling port. When Quaker merchants moved their whaling businesses from Nantucket to New Bedford, they started a 100-year industry that forever shaped New Bedford's maritime culture. Learn about a daring artic rescue in 1897, when ice closed in around 275 whalemen and left them stranded with limited supplies. An earlier version of the U.S. Coast Guard traveled 1,500 miles overland to bring the men food. 

Time permitting, hear stories about New Bedford's roles in the Civil War (54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry) and the Underground Railroad. Led by National Park Guide Rufai Shardow.

All registrants will also receive the recording via email, so register now and view the program live or later. Click on the link to register:


ESOL Spring Break

ESOL Session I will end on Thursday, March 30th, and Session II will begin Thursday, May 4th.

A special shout out to our wonderful volunteer, Lauretta, who makes this educational experience possible.


Due to the inclement weather, tonight's Mystery Cook Club has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We will discuss Deep State, by Chris Hauty at the next meeting on Tuesday, April 11th. 

The Mystery Book Club meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 6:30 pm. New members are always welcome

Dyeing to Wear It®

Thursday, March 30th at 5:00

Create your own wearable art! This class will focus on the design and function of the classic silk wrap. Each design will be its own unique and beautiful piece of wearable art made entirely by you. Each color is handcrafted from raw materials and extracted without the use of harmful chemicals.

The workshop is infused with storytelling by the artist, filled with textile history from the region and around the world, and explores how this history intersects with our shared American culture. 

Space is limited. Please call the library to register: 508-760-6219. Refreshments will be provided.

This event is made possible by a partial grant from the Dennis Arts and Culture Council.

Artist Doug Wagner displaying in our Meeting Room

March 2023

Doug Wagner is a painter who specializes in abstract acrylic paintings. The artist, who was diagnosed with early-onset atypical Alzheimer's disease in 2019, paints on horizontal surfaces, enabling him to view and drip paint on the canvas from as many angles as possible. This extreme form of abstraction—combined with his changing skillsets with movement, language, memory, and spatial perception—bring a sense of emotion and immediacy to his work.

Science has come a long way, but there are still many aspects of the brain we do not understand. To say the least, day-to-day life can be overwhelming for anyone with or impacted by changing cognitive functioning. After his diagnosis, Doug chose to concentrate on what he can still do—to express himself and to give back.

Doug is a retired social worker. His 30-year career with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families was fueled by his lifelong desire to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the needs—both basic and complex—of all people with a particular focus on those who are systemically underserved.

This exhibit aims to generate positive discussion about the critical role art and community play in navigating aging, life changes, and dementia.

Happy Hoops by Jessica Coen featured in our Art Display Case

March 2023

Jessica Coen is a homeschooling mother of three, who created Happy Hoops as a way to handle the stress of daily life. Through this form of art, she has found a simple way of relaxing and creative therapy.

Her art can be found on Facebook under Happy Hoops. Please inquire on Facebook for purchases.

The Irish Harp: Three Thousand Years of History

Saturday, March 4th at 12:00

Well known local Harpist Mairead Doherty will present a concert/lecture about the history of the Irish Harp, primarily in Ireland. The event will be punctuated with music and song. This is a family friendly program. Mairead will be joined by vocalist Fr. John Dolan and flutist William Miner.  

This program is free to the public, but space is limited. Please call the library to register: 508-760-6219. 

March's BookPage has arrived!

March 2023 

The March 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.