Updates- COVID-19

By order of the Town of Dennis, Dennis Public Library is currently closed.
Visit the Town's website through the link below for more information:
https://www.town.dennis.ma.us/home/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Staff will be available to assist you remotely Monday-Friday. Please send questions to den_mail@clamsnet.org or leave a voicemail message on our main phone line: 508-760-6219 including your return call information.

Please keep checked out items until libraries reopen.

Resources to keep you engaged and entertained from the comfort of home!

Free eBooks and Online Book Groups:

Libby/OverDrive- ebooks available through the library using the Libby App or OverDrive app on your mobile device. Books are also available on your computer from clamsnet.overdrive.com.

Freading- always available ebooks available from Dennis Public Library. Use the free Freading app to get started. A Dennis Public Library card is needed to access these books. Visit freading.com to learn more.

AudiobookSYNC - SYNC is a free summer audiobook program geared toward teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29,  SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week, that you get to keep. 

Free eBooks from MBLC- Massachusetts libraries have access to additional free digital resources during library closures. Also find links to online storytimes and other great activities for kids!

Goodreads Groups- Goodreads is a great place to find book recommendations. You can also participate in groups to chat with readers with similar tastes. A great way to reach out and stay connected to other people while unable to gather in person. 

Virtual Book Clubs- A list of 10 virtual book clubs you join, and tips on how to start your own.


Free Language Learning Apps/Websites:

Mango Languages- A free app and website available to Dennis Libraries card holders. 

Duolingo- main courses help you learn vocabulary and also practice listening and speaking, and it gives you the ancillary options of conversing with native speakers through chat. Available online or as a free mobile app.

Babbel- There are free and paid versions of this app. Learn vocabulary that is relevant to your life by choosing courses specific to travel, business, or other scenarios.


Technology Help to Stay Connected Online:

Candoo Tech- Learn how to use Zoom or Facetime to video chat with family, friends, or coworkers. Candoo offers some free video tutorials, and also has personalized paid services to help you with your tech questions.

GCFLearnFree.org- Brush up your technology skills, exploring topics such as smartphones, social media, or Microsoft Word or Excel.

DigitalLearn.org- step-by-step video tutorials on how to do almost anything with a computer, including intro lessons on using skype and facebook.

Arts and Culture:

Cape Cod Museum of Art On Demand- On demand video of recorded talks, presentations and events, including all six classes with Deborah Forman on the CCMoA's permanent collections book she co-authored titled ART FROM CAPE COD.

Museum Tours- Visit museums without ever leaving your couch. Many museums are offering virtual tours of their collections. 

Virtual Tours- Visit the Great Wall of China, national parks, zoos, and aquariums, all you need is a computer. 

Botanical Garden Tours - Engaging virtual video tours of flowers, trees, and greenhouses, allow virtual visitors to enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of botanical gardens from the safety of their homes.

Digital Collections at the Library of Congress- Explore newspapers, maps, photographs and more at Loc.gov.

Virtual Concerts- Enjoy a musical performance, streamed live to your computer.

OpenCulture.com- View free movies, learn a new language, read free books, or take a free online class! A great collection of fun and educational resources around the web.

EdX.orgFree Online Courses from Harvard, MIT, & other institutions

Ted Talks - TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Family Resources at the Library of Congress - We invite you and your family to participate in these activities, inspired by the collections, programs, and expertise of the Library of Congress.


Puzzles and Brain Games:

Sudoku- one of the most popular puzzle games of all time. The goal of Sudoku is to fill a 9×9 grid with numbers so that each row, column and 3×3 section contain all of the digits between 1 and 9. As a logic puzzle, Sudoku is also an excellent brain game. 

Digital Jigsaw Puzzles - Online jigsaw puzzles from the Smithsonian Libraries.

Crossword Puzzles- figure out which words solve the clues to fill in the grid. 

Word Search- can you find all of the hidden words?

Puzzles and Coloring Sheets- New York Public Library is providing free downloadable coloring sheets and crossword puzzles!


Genealogy and Local History Research:

Ancestry.com Library Edition - Temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition until the end of May is available for Dennis Library card holders. 

Dennis Historical SocietyVisit the online searchable digital archive containing tens of thousands of images, letters, photos, ship logs and a myriad of other types of historical information about Dennis and its residents. 

Heritage QuestEssential collection of genealogical & historical sources, U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, unique primary sources, local & family histories, and more.

Local Digitized Newspapers- Explore the history of Cape Cod through historic issues of the Register and Barnstable Patriot. Quick start guide

Family Search- Discover your family's story through historical records.

Digital Commonwealth- Explore historical collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Massachusetts.

American Ancestors Guides- Developed by the experts at New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS), these materials provide helpful research tips and techniques, essential resources, and more.


Outside Fun: 

Cape Cod Rail TrailRide your bike, walk or run through 6 Cape Cod towns as you follow the Rail Trail. 

Sidewalk Chalk Games- Get creative and have some fun in your driveway! 

Explore Nature at Home- Mass Audubon has some great resources, including daily videos, activity sheets, scavenger hunts, and more!


More updates to this list to come! Stay engaged, stay connected, stay well!