Discover the Possibilities at CAPLD             February 2017

8th Annual Call to Entry Art Show             


In March, the Library's Art Committee will present the 8th Annual Call to Entry Show. The local artwork will be displayed throughout the Library from February 27th to April 28th. The deadline for entries to be considered for admission is February 10th. Five awards will be presented including Best of Show. Winners will be announced at our reception on March 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to enter, please stop by the Library or visit our website. Deadline for entries is February 10, 2017.  Click here for website link. 


Download Call to Entry details and forms.


17th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Fundraiser

Please click here for the reservation form.


Let's Talk Legacy Series



Thursday, February 9, 10:00 a.m. 


Do I need a Trust as part of my Estate Plan? Join us for an informative and interactive discussion on 'Living, Revocable, Irrevocable, Charitable, and Special Needs Trusts.' Hosted by Maureen Williams of Strategic Hourglass Solutions and Sarah Delano Pavlik of Delano Law Offices, LLC.


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



Craft Night is held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Join us for a fun make and take project. A limited number of seats are available; call the library each month to reserve your spot.


February 21st - We will be making sun catchers with flat glass marbles.


E-reader Day

February 25th, ALL DAY


Have a questions about your e-reader? Bring your device for a one-on-one help. Half hour time slots will be available all day, registration is required.



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.



2017 Consolidated Election for the

Library Board of Trustees on April 4th


Incumbents Chelsey Moore and Michael Roubitchek will be running for four year terms. Deborah Schumer and James Burgdorf will not be running for another term. Deb Schumer has served on our board since 2010. James Burgdorf was elected for a two-year term in 2015. The Library Board of Trustees thanks both Deb and James for their years of service to the Library and community. 


Future Library Board Meetings:

February 20th and March 20th at 7:00 p.m.


Board Members

Christine Westerlund, President 
James Burgdorf, Vice-President

Leslie Ross, Secretary  
Deborah Schumer, Treasurer



Susie Fairfield, Michael Roubitchek, Chelsey Moore





Family-Thurs.@ 6:30 p.m.


Feb.  2 Super Truck

        9 Be My Valentine

      16 Moooovin' Along

      23 Let's Dance


Preschool-Fri. @

10:15 a.m.


Feb.  3 Let's Dance

       10 Be My Valentine

       17 Super Truck

       24 Moooovin' Along


2016 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 2:00 p.m. February 1st through April 12th.


 Free tax 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 the 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


Interested parties may call 217-528-4035, Ext. 151 to make an appointment. If no one answers at this number, callers have been instructed to leave a message with their name and phone number. Please specify that the location you want is Chatham. This phone number is also being used for Springfield and Rochester. A representative will call them back to make an appointment.

1st Lego Day of 2017!


Mark your calendars:  the first Lego Day of 2017 will be Saturday, February 25th from 10 a.m. - noon. As always we provide the Legos, you bring your imagination! We love seeing what you come up with and proudly display all Lego creations!


Elephant and Piggie
1st and 2nd Grade Program 

Celebrate the friends who taught us that sharing ice cream and waiting aren't easy, but making new friends, playing outside, and using your imagination is! Our Elephant and Piggie program on Tues., Feb. 28th

from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. is for all 1st and 2nd graders. We will be playing games, making a craft, and eating a snack inspired by everyone's favorite friends. Registration is required.


Game Night at the Library


Thanks to a generous donation from Gary Bahlow, the library has started a collection of board games. The librarians are itching to teach you how to play these amazing games. Therefore, we have decided to start

monthly games nights at the Library. On the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., we will have games out to play. Join us to learn how to play these games or come and teach the librarians a thing or two. Due to the age limits on these games, our Wednesday evening game nights will be ages 10 and up; however we will have all ages family game days during school breaks (check your newsletters). Some of the games we will be playing on these nights include: Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Splendor, Pandemic, Tiny Epic Galaxies, and more. Game nights: February 1st and March 1st.



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 meetings will be on February 22nd and March 22nd. Please email for more information.


  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 6:00 p.m.


February 7th -

Out of the Dark by Sharon Sala

Reunited with her father after spending fifteen years on the run from a brutal cult leader, from whom she had escaped, street artist Jade settles in to her new life and finds love with ex-cop Luke Kelly, but her dark past soon catches up to her, threatening to destroy the lives of everyone around her. Original.


Tuesday Evening Book Group

February 14th, 6 p.m.:

Imperial Woman by

Pearl S. Buck

Imperial Woman is the fictionalized biography of the last Empress in China, Ci-xi, who began as a concubine of the Xianfeng Emperor and on his death became the de facto head of the Qing Dynasty until her death in 1908. Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rulers during a time of intense turbulence.


Bite Into a Good Book


February 15th, 12 noon:

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who
Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
by Timothy Egan

Capturing the terrifying drama of the dust storms in the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression, the author follows a dozen families and their communities through the blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones.




February 20th, 6 p.m.:

Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha-physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega-born with a deformity or mutation, shunned and separated from its family.

Computer Scam Protection Seminar

Thursday, February 16th, 1:00 p.m.


Darrell Fortae, owner of Everlast Software, will be here to give a presentation on how to protect yourself online. There is a lot of money in scamming people, which is why it is so common on the Internet. Identity theft can be one of the worst results from a scam! Come join our Computer Scam Protection Seminar to learn how to protect yourself. We will cover computer, email, web site, and phone scams. Don't allow yourself to become a victim.


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