June 2017

Summer Reading and Book Camp are here!


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 won't want to miss this stunning show. Come and be amazed! Everyone is welcome!


Please view here for specific ages and grades.



Kids Read Down Fines


Hey kids - looking for a fun and easy way to pay your overdue fines? Beginning Tuesday, June 6th readers from age 6 to 18 can read to earn up to $5 in "Chatham Library Bucks" to use towards fines. These bucks can also be banked to go towards future fines. Sessions are Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. See a Children's Librarian to check in and then read down your fines!



Book Camp 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 this mandatory, one-hour meeting:

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


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




Family Game Day!

Join us at the library on Thursday, June 1st from 1 - 4 p.m. for another fun-filled family game day! Our librarians are still talking about the epic Parcheesi game from our December Game Day (they lost). We will have our galleries open with games of all kinds for all ages and ability levels. We will have classics such as Connect 4, Checkers and Monopoly along with new favorites Tsuro and 20 Express. Come show us your skills!



Movies at the Library!


Free admission, popcorn, and drinks!                    



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


Lego Movie

Wednesday, June 7th

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




June Storytimes


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


June 1    Just Imagine

June 8    Numbers, Numbers Everywhere

June 15  Just Me and My Dad

June 22  Aloha, Summer!

June 26  Bugs, Bugs, Bugs


No Friday Morning Preschool Storytime during June and July






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!


cafe bookstore

There is always a sale going on here. Stop by and grab a cold drink and see what deals are available at the Bahlow Bookstore and Bank and Trust Cafe. Please say hello to James "Griff" Griffin, the new bookstore manager.


Craft Night!




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.


June 20th- We'll make a cute necklace from an old t-shirt. Bring a t-shirt with minimal writing on it.




Come see the RATS artwork color the Library walls from 

June 6 to July 28, 2017!


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

June 28th. Please email for more information.






Spice of Life               

June 6th, 6:00 p.m. - Her Last Whisper by Karen Robards

After a brush with death while chasing down a brutal murderer with the FBI, serial killer expert Dr. Charlotte Stone wants nothing more than to retire to her research on criminal psychology. But when a colleague, Special Agent Lena Kaminsky, suspects her missing sister has fallen prey to the vicious Cinderella Killer, Charlie rushes to her side. Along with Special Agents Tony Bartoli and Buzz Crane--and of course, Michael Garland, the ever-present, fatally sexy ghost who goes where she does--Charlie heads to Las Vegas to track down the predator before it's too late. The team doesn't realize that this killer targets single, beautiful women and courts them before brutally ending their lives. Now he's got his sights set on Charlie--and is closer than anyone suspects.


Spice of Life Book Group is for adults 18 and older. The group will not be meeting in July but the book, The Last Time I Saw Her, will be available at the June meeting. See you Tuesday, August 1st.


Tuesday Evening Book Group

June 13th, 6:00 p.m.:  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (2014)

Ove, a grumpy, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife's grave, decides to give up on life until an unlikely friendship develops with a boisterous young family that moves in next door.



June 19th, 6:00 p.m.:  Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners--the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.


Bite Into a Good Book

June 21st, 12 noon:  America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray

After the death of Thomas Jefferson's wife, his daughter Patsy Jefferson becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as the wife of William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat, and still be a devoted daughter.



The Adult Summer Reading Program begins June 1st and runs for six weeks. There will be weekly prizes and a grand prize drawing on Saturday, July 15th. Stop by and sign up and start reading!






Come enjoy free wi-fi and check out a good book or movie. :)

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



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