February 2018




Art is All Around!




Winter is typically pretty gray outside. Stop by the Library and see the colorful artwork created by the children in the elementary schools to brighten your spirits!


Then, from February 17 through April 30, you’ll be able to see the talents of over 30 local artists when the Library’s Art Committee hosts its 9th Annual Call to Entry Art Show. At the Open House Reception on March 2, from 5:30 – 7:30, the Committee will be announcing five awards: Best in Show, Friends of the Library, Foundation, Trustees and the Chatham Chamber Award. For more information or to enter, please stop by the Library or visit our website.

2017 Tax Help Available at the Library




IRS-trained AARP volunteers will be available by appointment on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., February 3 - April 14.


Individuals are encouraged to make their appointment as soon as all of their tax documents are available. Please call 217-528-4035, Ext. 151 to schedule an appointment.


Free tax return preparation services are offered for individuals and families who qualify. AARP volunteers will also focus on identifying those taxpayers who are eligible for valuable tax credits, such as Affordable Care Act, Earned Income Tax, Child Tax, and Education Credits. For more information on these credits and others, please visit the IRS website at


Game Nights

Ages 10 and up


Your body is not the only thing in need of exercise over the winter months; your brain needs stimulation, too! Join us in the library the first Wednesday of every month for our board game nights. Learn how to strategize, outmaneuver, and sometimes even downright trick your way to victory with the library’s assortment of fun and challenging board games. Game night are for all patrons aged 10 and up. Upcoming game nights: February 7 and March 7 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.


Bookstore Specials

Romance paperbacks will be $.25 & non-fiction books on Abraham Lincoln are $.50 off their normal price.


Calligraphy Demo & Lesson

February 27, 6:00 p.m.


Steve Ingerson, instructor of calligraphy at Lincoln Land Community College, will give a demonstration of writing in calligraphy and give a short lesson. Join us for some basic instruction, learn what materials to use, and have fun.


Lego Day!


Cabin fever setting in? Is your brain crying out for some exercise? Then join us in the library on Saturday, February 24 from 10 a.m. - noon for another awesome Lego Day. We will have plenty of Legos to build whatever your imagination can dream up.


Craft Night

Craft Night is held the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.; each month we will do a make and take project. Join us for some fun! This program is for adults in high school or older.


February 20 – Coffee Painting with Divya Paranji Srirama. Divya will show us how to make a simple canvas painting using   coffee.

18th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

March 9th & 10th 2018


The Friends of the Chatham Area Public Library Presents

Volunteer Depreciation - The Awards Show Down

Dinner: Friday, March 9th & Saturday, March 10th-6 p.m.

Dessert only: Saturday, March 10th-2 p.m.


Please click here for a reservation form.


Book Clubs


Tuesday Evening Book Group

February 13, 6:00 p.m.


Gingerbread Man by Maggie Shayne


The discovery of the bodies of two missing children in an abandoned house sends Detective Vincent  O'Mally to upstate New York, where he meets Holly Newman, a young woman whose sister had been abducted and murdered years earlier, and becomes convinced that the earlier killing is linked to his own case.











Spice of Life

February 6, 6:00 p.m.


This book group is for adults 18 and older.


Rebel Ridge Series by Sharon Sala


Next of Kin, Don't Cry for Me, and 'Til Death

Outer Edge

Book Club

February 19, 12:00 p.m.

Legend by Marie Lu


What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.






Bite Into a Good Book

February 21, 12:00 p.m.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate


Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals–in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor  children to wealthy families all over the country.











Did you know?


The Non-Fiction Bookclub

meets at the Library every 3rd Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. This long time club always welcomes new members. If you love non-fiction, this is the club for you!




Facebook - Saturday, Feb. 24th


Our Saturday morning computer classes are free and open to everyone. Classes are held in our computer lab at 10:00 a.m. Registration is preferred.


This class will go over the basics of using Facebook. We will also look at the privacy settings such as who can see your information and how to unfollow and block people.


Make and Take Craft

On Saturdays February 3 and March 17 from 10 a.m. - noon, and on Monday, April 2 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., the library will be providing the space and materials for you to do simple crafts with your little ones. Drop in and blow away those winter blues with some hands on fun and creativity!


Benedictine University History Program

Wednesday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m.


We will be celebrating history by having a speaker from Benedictine University. Someone from the University will present on either a Black History or Women’s History topic. For more details, watch the library’s website, check out our Facebook page or call the library at 217-483-2713.


My Weekend is All Booked Adult Reading Program

Tuesday, Jan. 2 - Saturday, Feb. 17


Read for a chance to win prizes!


February Storytimes


Family Evening Storytime Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m.


Feb. 1 Grouchy Groundhogs

Feb. 8 Hearts Galore

Feb. 15 Abe and Me

Feb. 22 Kitten Tails


Preschool Storytime Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.


Feb. 2 Grouchy Groundhogs

Feb. 9 Hearts Galore

Feb. 16 Abe and Me

Feb. 23 Read 'Em Cowboy


Babytalk Lap-Sit - a program intended for children newborn - 3 yrs. with an adult, Tuesday morning at 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. This storytime includes stories, finger plays, and songs.



Library Board News

Library Board Future Meetings:

Monday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.


Board Members

Christine Westerlund - President

Michael Roubitchek - Vice-President

Leslie Ross - Secretary

Carrie Jeffries - Treasurer



Susie Fairfield, Chelsey Moore, Dan Holden



Library Hours

Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.




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