Books $.50 to $2.00, DVD's $2.00

With deals like these at our book store, it's easy to wrap up your holiday shopping early!


Library Holiday Closings


CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY                                         NEW YEAR'S DAY

Saturday, December 23 - Closed                           Monday, January 1 - Closed
Monday, December 25 - Closed

Microsoft Publisher

Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Learn the fundamentals of making flyers, cards, banners, and more using Microsoft Publisher. We will make a Christmas card and learn how to use and edit templates.


Make-It Take-It Holiday Craft


Looking for a fun, FREE holiday craft activity to enjoy with your kids or
grandkids? Bring them to the Chatham Area Public Library, where you'll have the chance to create a special holiday-themed craft project together. This "make and take" activity will be Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Our activity room will be stocked with craft samples and supplies for you and your child to create a cute, easy holiday craft.




Wednesday, December 27th, 1 - 2:30 p.m.


Yes! It's almost time for our annual American Girl event, this year featuring Kaya. Kaya is an adventurous Nez Perce girl living in 1764 who has a deep respect for the earth and a great love for animals, especially her Appaloosa Horse, High Steps. Young readers, kindergarten age and older, and their parents are invited to join us as we welcome special guest Lyn Youngbuck to this event. Ms. Youngbuck, a Native American woman, will show artifacts, tell stories and answer questions to help us learn more about Native American peoples and cultures such as Kaya's.


Registration is required for this event and is limited. You won't want to miss this special event. Call early to reserve your spot at 217-483-2713.



December Storytimes


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

Dec.     7    Catch That Cookie  (Cookie Decorating Story Time)

           14    Noisy VS Quiet

           21    Reindeer Games                   

           28    Marvelous Manners


Preschool Storytime Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.
Dec.     1    Noisy VS Quiet          

             8   Catch That Cookie (Cookie Decorating Story Time)

           15   Spotlight on Bob Shea

           22   Reindeer Games

           29   Marvelous Manners


Babytalk Lap-Sit - a program intended for children newborn - 3 yrs. with an adult, Tuesday morning at 9:45  and 10:45 a.m. This storytime includes stories, finger plays, and songs.



Family Game Day


Winter boredom kicking in? Join us in the library as we open up our galleries and fill them up with board games for our Family Game Day on Thursday, December 28 from 1 - 4 p.m. We will have games for all ages and ability levels. Librarians will be on hand to teach games and join in on the fun.

Movies at the Library!


Free admission, popcorn, and drinks!


11 and Up movie

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2:00 p.m.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul"


Family Movie

Wednesday, January 3rd 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

"Despicable Me 3"

Nuns, Nazis, & Notre Dame

Monday, December 4, 6:00 p.m


In Tim Pletkovich's new book Nuns, Nazis and Notre Dame: Tales of the Great Depression, World War II and the Fighting Irish, he examines the early life of Gerald A. O'Reilly. Gerry's story takes us from the alleys of trolley-car Brooklyn to the hallways of Notre Dame, to the innermost thoughts of an elite 10th Mountain Division soldier thrust into the horror of battle in Italy's harsh Apennine mountains. Join us to hear the author speak about an interesting and inspiring man.





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.


Tuesday, December 5, 6 p.m. - Me, Myself & Why?, Yours, Mine, & Ours, and You & I, Me & You from the FBI Outta the Bag Series by Mary Janice Davidson

Spicy Read:  Merry Christmas Baby


Tuesday Evening Book Club


Tuesday, December 12, 6 p.m. - The Trouble with Goats and Sheep 

by Joanna Cannon (2016)

England 1976. Mrs. Creasy is missing. The neighbors blame her disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren't convinced. Inspired by the local vicar, they take matters into their own hands and go looking for God--believing that if they find Him they might also find Mrs. Creasy. Grace and Tilly go door to door in search of clues. As they try to make sense of what they've seen and heard, a complicated history of deception begins to emerge.


Bite Into A Good Book


Wednesday, December 13, 12 p.m. - The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo
Jo McMahon and her friend Kay, who met in nursing school, now serve in World War II on different fronts. Jo tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit in war-torn France. Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manilla, where thousands of Allied men, women, and children are awaiting their fates, which rest in the hands of a
sadistic enemy.



Monday, December 18, 6 p.m. - Lost Gods by Brom

Continuing the Outer Edge's December tradition, we'll be reading another book by Brom! In this one a young man descends into Purgatory to save his wife and unborn child in this gorgeous, illustrated tale of wonder and terror from the mind of master storyteller and acclaimed artist.



Writers' Group


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 Wednesday, December 27, 6 p.m. Please email for more information.




Grab a blanket and a book. Winter Reading Program for adults begins January 2nd!

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



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