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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Family Evening Storytime Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m.
Storytime Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.
9:45 and 10:15 a.m.
Lego builders of all ages are invited to come design
and build with us on Saturday,
April 22nd from 10 a.m.to 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!
Incredible 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.
Library Holiday Closings
Saturday, April 15th - Closing at 1:00 p.m.
Friday, April 21st - Closed
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 Director@chathamlib.org.
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
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
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.
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
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.
: 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.
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,
Library Foundation Award: Michelle Smith,
"Me and My Chucks"
Chatham Area Chamber Award:Tracey Maras,
Library Trustee Award: Kathleen Greenwood,
Future Art Shows:
May - July Retired Local Art
Teacher's Show (RATS)
Aug. - Sept. Illinois Prairie Pastel Society
Nov.- Dec. The Watercolorist Society