It is time for summer reading!


Memorial Day Monday May 29th - Closed

Summer Reading Program


They're right around the corner-those lazy, hazy, creative days of summer. Creative? You bet! We know you don't want to sit by and watch your child's brain slide into a summer stupor. We have designed a program to help prevent it. Our 2017 "Reading By Design" Summer Reading program invites all children from age 4 thru 6th grade to keep their minds active this summer and earn fun rewards at the same time. Children simply read (their choice of material), log the number of minutes and collect prizes-all while building brain power! And there is no cost for Summer Reading so everyone can join. Sign-up begins May 15th at the library. Prevent summer stupor by "Reading By Design."


Summer Reading Kickoff!  

Please join us as we launch our exciting "Reading By Design" 2017 Summer Reading program on Monday, June 5th at 10:00 a.m. with professional magician Jonathan May. One of the Midwest's busiest entertainers, Jonathan will present astonishing feats of magic designed to astound and entertain all ages. You don't want to miss this stunning show. Come and be amazed! Everyone is welcome!


Teen Summer Reading Program

All teens 7th grade through high school are encouraged to enter our

Teen Summer Reading Program - June 12th through August 5th. This is your chance to read what you want to read, and enter your name into a weekly prize drawing each time you finish a book. Prizes include gift cards to Knight's Action Park, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, AMC Theaters, and more. One lucky teen will even win a 3-month summer YMCA membership just for signing up by June 1st!

Sign-up begins May 15th.

Rubber Duckey Club

Littlest readers like to be included in the Summer Reading fun as well. So for little ones birth through age 3 we have designed the Rubber Ducky Club. Simply read 30 books to your little one and they too will get a prize. 

  Sign-up begins May 15th at the library.



Announcing:  Book Camp!


In addition to our Summer Reading program, the Library is now offering BOOK CAMP for children 4 years to 6th grade. Each day, children will participate in games, crafts, and reading activities centered on the "Reading By Design" theme. Children will try their hands at building, science experiments, and design of all kinds. Book Camp will cost $1 for district residents and $5 for non-residents. We offer one session for children in 5th and 6th grades. For children Preschool to 4th grade (must be 4 years old by May 31, 2017) we offer two sessions; you choose either the June or July session. Please see the available dates below. Registration is required and begins May 15th. Register early as the number of participants is limited.


**Please be aware that signing your child up for Book Camp does not sign your child up for Summer Reading but children are encouraged to participate in BOTH programs!


5th and 6th Grades

June 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th

Programs run 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.


3rd and 4th Grades

Pick ONE Session:

June 12th, 14th, 16th OR July 24th, 26th, 28th

Programs run 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.


1st and 2nd Grades

Pick ONE Session:

June 19th, 21st, 23rd OR July 17th, 19th, 21st

Programs run from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.


Pre-K and Kindergarten

Pick ONE Session:

June 26th, 28th, 30th OR July 10th, 12th, 14th

Programs run from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.



Teen Volunteer Meeting

The Library's summer reading programs are popular and well attended, but we could not offer such activities without teen volunteers. We love our teen help! Teens 14 years and older who are interested in volunteering must attend one of our training/informational sessions in order to qualify to help with Book Camp programs. If you are available to help with programs on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings from June 12th through July 28th, 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. we need you. You may sign up for the days you are available at the informational meeting.


Interested teens need to attend ONE of these mandatory, one-hour meetings:


Wednesday, May 24th @ 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 3rd @ 1:00 p.m.


Before June 1st, special arrangements may be possible if you are unable to make either of the meetings but would still like to help.


If you prefer not to work with children, other tasks are available by appointment. Call the Library with questions.

Book Clubs


Tuesday Evening Book Club

May 9th, 6 p.m.: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (1998)

Following his return to America after twenty years in Great Britain, the author decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which provided him with the opportunity to test his own powers of ineptitude while witnessing the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.


May 15th, 6 p.m.: The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough

In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the  

population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet's refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator--created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders--emits a plague-suppressing aura.


Spice of Life Book Group

May 2nd, 6 pm.:The Last Kiss Goodbye by Karen Robards

Assisting a hysterical woman who claims she was forced to commit murder, serial murder expert Dr. Charlotte Stone reluctantly draws on her ability to communicate with the newly dead to uncover the work of a sadistic serial killer.

Bite Into a Good Book
May 17th, 12 noon: First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower

Author Brower, a former White House correspondent, draws on a wide array of untapped, candid sources to give the reader an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies - from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama.



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 May 24th. Please email for more information.



Free Movies at the Library!


11 and Up

Movies for anyone 11 years old and up


Middle School the Worst Years of My Life

Tuesday, June 6th @ 2:00 p.m.


Family Movie

Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


Lego Movie

Wednesday, June 7th

*Double Feature* -- showings @ 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.




Book A Librarian

Need help researching a topic, researching genealogy or local history, or downloading ebooks to your digital device? Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian for help. Email or call the library to schedule an appointment on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.


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.


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.



Library Board News

Future Library Board meetings will be held at
7:00 p.m. on May 15th and June 19th.


Board Members

Christine Westerlund - President

James Burgdorf - Vice-President

Leslie Ross - Secretary

Deborah Schumer - Treasurer



Susie Fairfield, Michael Roubitchek, Chelsey Moore

Did you know?

We have three Public Notaries on staff. Please call the Library at 217-483-2713 prior to coming in for notary availability.

Please visit our link for additional details.







Chatham Area Public Library District, 600 East Spruce, Chatham, IL 62629



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