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National Library Week

April 9-15, 2017



Friends of Genealogy


The next meeting of the Friends of
Genealogy (FOG) group is scheduled for Saturday, April 8th at 2 p.m. in the Library Conference Room. Guests are welcome to attend. A donation of any amount is requested as a membership fee. 




SignLanguageSign Language


Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 - 6:00 p.m.


Maurice Smith will teach  a series of beginner ASL (American Sign Language) classes each Tuesday evening in April. Join us for any or all of these sign language classes where you'll learn the alphabet, numbers and 100 words. No registration required, just show up and have a good time learning to sign! Email for more information



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 April 26th.Please email for more information.



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

Preschool Storytime Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

Babytalk Lap-Sit
Tuesdays@ 9:45 and 10:15 a.m.



Lego Day


Lego builders of all ages are invited to come design and build with us on Saturday, April 22nd from 10 noon. We can't wait to see and display your new creations! Children 2nd grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. As always, we will provide the blocks; all you need to bring is your imagination!


StoriesIncredible Stories from Space

Thursday, April 20th, 6:00 p.m.


Nancy Atkinson, author and editor for Universe Today, a popular space and astronomy news site, will share behind the scenes stories about nine space
missions. In her book, "Incredible Stories from Space", Atkinson uses interviews with over 35 NASA scientists and
engineers to tell the stories of the first-ever mission to Pluto and the unprecedented hunt for planets outside our solar system. Come enjoy an evening learning about missions such as the Curiosity Mars rover and the Cassini mission to Saturn. 





Craft Night is held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.; each month we will do a make and take project. Join us for some fun! Registration is required.


April 18th - This month we'll be using plastic Easter eggs to make bath bombs.

April, 2017 



Library Holiday Closings


Saturday, April 15th - Closing at 1:00 p.m.



Friday, April 21st - Closed


Chatham Grows


Chatham Grows seed library has sprouted once again! Chatham Grows is a local foods initiative committed to increasing our ability to feed ourselves wholesome food by offering seeds and education - for beginner to expert growers. Come in and check out a packet of seeds to see what you can grow! There is no due date, but by collecting your seeds at the end of the growing period and turning them back into the seed library you will keep Chatham Growing strong. If you are interested in supporting this effort by volunteering your time, expertise or financial support please call Amy at the library or email Happy planting!




Computer Classes


Our Saturday morning computer classes are free and open to everyone. Classes are held in our computer lab at 10:00 a.m. on the following days. Registration is not required. There will be no computer class in June.


Managing Digital Files & Folders - April 22nd, 10 a.m.

This class will focus on the basics of digital file
management such as creating, renaming, moving, copying, deleting, restoring, and searching for files and folders.


Facebook Privacy - May 20th, 10:00 a.m.

We will go over who can see your information, how to unfollow and block people, and walk through the privacy settings of Facebook.




BoardGameBoard Game Nights                                  


Did you know that playing board games has been shown to sharpen your mind, lower your blood pressure, and reduce stress? They're also a lot of fun! Our monthly board game nights are held the first Wednesday of every month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. and are open to anyone ages 10 and up. We have fun and challenging games of all kinds, and we promise you that the librarians don't always win. Upcoming Board Game night: April 5th 



Let's Talk Legacy Series "Funerals"

Thursday, April 6th, 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.


How do you want to be remembered and who will tell your story? Please join us for an informative and
interactive discussion on 'Creating a Permanent
Memorial of You and Your Life by Having the Talk of a Lifetime.' Hosted by Maureen Williams of Strategic Hourglass Solutions, and Paula Staab Polk of Staab Polk Memorial Home.


Refreshments provided. Seating is limited, so please call the library to reserve your spot.




Book Clubs

Spice of Life

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

We will be reading The Charlotte Stone Series by Karen Robards.


April 4th - The Last Victim

Investigating the brutal murders of two vacationing families in sunny Virginia Beach, FBI agents Ryan Sinclair and Buzz Crane suspect the work of a notorious serial killer and tap the skills of preeminent clinical expert Charlotte Stone, who is also the culprit's only known survivor. 


Tuesday Evening Book Club

April 11th:The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (2014)

The story of a young Jewish woman growing up in early-20th-century Boston. Addie Baum recounts her fascinating life to a beloved granddaughter. She tells of the lifelong friendships that began at club meetings, the fatal effects of the flu, and a disastrous first date. Ahead of her time, Addie also becomes a career woman, working as a newspaper typist who stands up for her beliefs at all costs.


Bite Into a Good Book

April 12th:  Lilac Girlsby Martha Hall Kelly

(Please note date change for the month of April - 2nd Wednesday instead of 3rd Wednesday) The lives of three young women are set on a collision course during World War II when one is sent to a Nazi concentration camp, one is caught up in the chaos as Hitler sets his sights on France, and another finds herself in the midst of Nazi secrets and power. 


Outer Edge

April 17th

:  A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

A gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function.




TrusteeTrustee Vacancies


Are you looking for a way to serve the Chatham
community? Do you love our library and want to
continue to see it thrive? The Chatham Area Public Library Board of Trustees currently has two positions open on their board. A Library Trustee, along with
fellow board members, establishes policies and
long-term goals for the library. He or she understands the library's mission, service roles and its strategic plan, and is able to articulate these to the community. 


Does this sound like you? Anyone interested in this board-appointed position must reside in the Chatham Area Public Library District, is 18 years or older and a registered voter.


More information about how to apply for these
appointments will be posted on the Library's website and in the Chatham Clarion when it becomes


The next meeting of the Library Foundation Board will be on April 20th at 7:00 p.m.





Art Committee News

The Library's Art Committee will close the 8th Annual Call to Entry Art Show on April 28th. The show featured 29 local artists showcasing 45 pieces of art. The following winners were announced at the Open House held on March 3rd:


Best in Show: Lori Leytem, "Maple Seeds"

Friends of the Library Award: Kate Worman-Becker,
   "Winter Stand"

Library Foundation Award: Michelle Smith,
   "Me and My Chucks"

Chatham Area Chamber Award:Tracey Maras,
   "Roadside Oasis"

Library Trustee Award: Kathleen Greenwood,
   "Modern City"   


Future Art Shows:

May - July    Retired Local Art Teacher's Show (RATS)

Aug. - Sept.  Illinois Prairie Pastel Society

Nov.- Dec.    The Watercolorist Society



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