March 2018


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 appointments 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



Craft Night

Coffee filter flowers. We'll be using coffee filters to create decorative flowers.

Tuesday, March 20 - 6 p.m.

This program is for adults in high school or older.


Art is All Around!

From February 17 through April 30, you’ll be able to see the talents of over 30 local artists as the Library’s Art Committee hosts its 9th Annual Call to Entry Art Show. At the Open House Reception on Friday, 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 please stop by the Library or visit our website.


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Book Store Special - Mysteries and suspense paperbacks: $.25

Family Game Day


Join us in the library on Thursday, April 5 from 1 – 4 p.m. for another fun-filled Family Game Day. We will have games for all ages and skill levels. Try your hand at an old classic, or learn a new favorite.


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 nights are for all patrons aged 10 and up.  Upcoming game night: March 7 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Make and Take Craft


On Saturday 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!



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Book a Librarian

Need help with e-books, finding the next good book to read, or an in depth demonstration of the library’s databases? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a  librarian for help. Email or call the library to schedule an appointment on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.



Computer Class

Introduction to PowerPoint  - Saturday, March 24 - 10 a.m.

Registration is preferred.


Learn how to use PowerPoint, a slide-based  presentation program. This class does not require you to have any prior knowledge of PowerPoint, and is ideal for people who want to learn about the capabilities of PowerPoint for business or for school.




Writers' Group

Our Writers’ Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. We welcome writers of all levels of experience and genres to join us for critique of member’s pieces, writing exercises, and discussion. Our upcoming meeting will be on March 28. For more information please email



Tuesday Evening Book Group


Tuesday, March 13,

6 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.




Spice of Life Book Group is for adults 18 and older and meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.


March 6 - Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day


1.  Bared to You

2.  Reflected in You

3.  Entwined with You

4.  Captivated by You

5.  One with You



Monday, March 19,

6 p.m. - Apocalypse Cow AND World War Moo by Michael Logan


Apocalypse Cow: It began with a cow that just wouldn't die. It would become an epidemic that

transformed Britain's livestock into sneezing, slavering, flesh-craving four-legged zombies.


World War Moo: It began with a cow that just wouldn't die. Yep. That's right. They're still undead, and now the disease has spread to humans. The epidemic that transformed Britain's bovine population into a blood-thirsty, brain-grazing, zombie horde …  err … zombie herd... is threatening to take over the globe.


Bite Into A Good Book



Wednesday, March 21, 12 noon American Fire  by Monica Hesse


This is a nonfiction account of a five-month arson spree that left Accomack County, Virginia reeling. Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse covered the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to 67 counts of arson; but he had an accomplice--his girlfriend Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants, who had already been decimated by a punishing economy before they were terrified by a string of fires they could not explain.


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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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