July 2017




Friends' Sweet Corn Book & Bake Sale

Saturday, July 22nd, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 


It's time again for the Friends of the Library Book &



Friends members, join us for a first look at all of the book and bake sale treasures before we open our doors to the public at 9:00! Not a member? You can join that morning!


There will be a large and varied assortment of items, including DVDs and books on military history, biographies, mysteries, suspense, romance, and children's books at bargain prices. Donated materials are always accepted at the library during regular open hours, but please no music cassettes, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias or magazines more than 6 months old.


Also, new this year, the Bargain Sale will be open to everyone at 2:00 p.m. For a donation (minimum of $2), we provide a bag that you can fill. What a deal! Please, no advance stockpiling of books allowed.



Chatham Community Blood Drive


Saturday, July 15, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


To schedule an appointment call the Community Blood Center at (217) 241-7550 or online at


All presenting donors will receive a $10.00 gift card of their choice and be entered into a drawing for a $2,500 vacation package.


Library Board Welcomes New Members


Two incumbent Trustees, Chelsey Moore and Michael Roubitchek were sworn in at the May 15th Library Board meeting, and newly appointed Trustees, Dan Holden and Carrie Jeffries were sworn in at the May 22nd Special meeting. Officers were also elected. Michael Roubitchek is the Vice-President and Christine Westerlund, Leslie Ross, and Susie Fairfield will remain in their previous positions.


Dan, his wife Amy and their children, Hannah, Abby and Noah, have lived in Chatham since 2000. Dan is employed with the State of Illinois at the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, in the Division of Medical Programs/Long Term Care. Dan is involved with the Jaycee's, the Chamber of Commerce and also a member of the board of directors of the Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries. 


Carrie Jeffries, her husband Anthony and their children, AJ and Alex moved to Chatham in 2010. She previously was employed as a special education and kindergarten teacher for 10 years and she also served as a UniServ Director with the Virginia Education Association for 5 years. Carrie is also active in the BCGPTO. 


The Library Board members and staff would like to
welcome both Dan and Carrie to their positions on the Library Board of Trustees. 


Future Meetings

Meetings are on Mondays at 7:00 p.m: July 17th, August 21st, and September 18th.


CRAFT NIGHT!            


Tuesday, July 18th, 6:00 p.m.:  We will be painting rocks to look like lady bugs. These cute little guys will be some bright decorations for your garden.


Movies at the Library!


Free admission, popcorn, and drinks! Both movies begin at 2 p.m.


11 and Up movie

Tuesday, July 11th

"The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes"


Family Movie

Wednesday, July 12th



Art Committee News


For the remainder of 2017 we will feature the



RATS (Retired Art Teachers)


July - Aug.     

Scherryll Eschenfeldt Sarver Show


Aug. - Sept.    Illinois Prairie Pastel Society



Volunteer Show 

(contact Amy at if you are one of our          volunteers and would like to show)


Nov. - Dec.

The Watercolorist Society


Please mark your calendars and plan to visit the  library and "check out" the art.



Altered Book Contest


Participants must create art or craft using books in some way. You may use your own books or ask the Bahlow Book Store Staff for discarded books.


Entries are due by Thurs., July 20th at 8:00 p.m. Voting will taking place by the public during the Book & Bake Sale on July 22nd.


The winners will receive gift certificates to the Bahlow Book Store and Bank and Trust Cafe.


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 July 26th, August 23rd, and September 27th. Please email for more information.



Book Clubs



July 11th, 6 p.m.- Born a Crimeby Trevor Noah (2016).

Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, tells his coming of age story with his larger-than-life mother during the last gasps of apartheid-era South Africa and the turbulent years that followed.



July 17th, 6 p.m.:  Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinett Kowal

Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to WWI efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiancé́ to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things.


July 19th, 12 noon: The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
This short book of Babylonian parables dealing with the principles of finance was first published in the 1920s but has been repeatedly reprinted because the principles still apply today.


SPICE of Life Book Group will meet next month, Aug. 1st at 6:00 p.m.

The Last Time I Saw Her by Karen Robards



Kids Read Down Fines Continues


There are still a few more opportunities to get rid of pesky overdue fines by reading! Come to the library Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. to read down your fines. Ends August 1st.




Family Games!


Join us in the library for our monthly for ages 10 and up Game Nights on the first Wednesday of every month. The library has a fantastic assortment of fun and challenging board games, and we love teaching you how to play. Some of the games we will play include: Tsuro, Splendor, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Settlers of Catan, and many more. Game days will be July 5th, August 2nd, and September 6th at 6 p.m.





 What is better than one Lego Day? How about two Lego Days! 

 Join us for Lego Day on Saturday, July 15th from 10 a.m. - noon 

 AND Saturday, September 9th. We will have all the Legos you need 

 to build your own awesome creation. All you need to bring is  your imagination!



Movies at the Library!


Free admission, popcorn & drinks!


Tuesday, July 11th - age 11 and up movie:

"The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes"


Wednesday, July 12th - Family Movie:




Please click here to view entire newsletter. with Ronald McDonald


If you love magic and fun, come to the library on Saturday, July 22nd from 10-11 a.m. to see Ronald McDonald. He has magic to astound us and jokes to make us giggle! No registration necessary.


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