Using Book Club Kits

Finding a kit

  • Use the lists to the right to browse titles. Click on the title for more information and to see if the kit is currently available.
  • You can also search the catalog for “book club kit” in general.  
    • You can search for a specific title to see if it is available as a book club kit.
    • Please Ask Us if you have any questions.

    Using a kit

    • A kit is checked out to one patron who is responsible for all of the materials.
    • The fees for missing books will be charged to the patron who checked out the kit.
    • Kits are checked out for six weeks and may only be renewed once.

    Getting a kit

    • Kits can be found in the Library of Things area or can be requested through in our catalog for Chatham Area residents. 

    Returning a kit

    • Please ensure that all copies of the book are in the kit before returning it.
    • Kits must be returned to the Chatham Area Public Library service desk during open hours and cannot be returned in a book drop.

Kits are checked out for six (6) weeks and may only be renewed once.


Puzzles and GamesCaring for the Caregiver - Autism Spectrum - Puzzle and Games

COMING SOON!

INCLUDED IN THE KIT

Books

  • Self-Compassion / Kristin Neff

  • Caring for Autism / Michael Ellis

  • The Autism Language Launcher / Kate Wilde

Audio disc

  • Elvis : 30 #1 hits

DVDs

  • Beginners Meditation & Mindful Stretching

No Dogs on the Beach, Ravensburger Puzzle

Guess Who? The Classic Mystery Face Game

Dice Rolling Yoga Game

Fidget Dodecagon

FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM


Tactile DiscsCaring for the Caregiver - Autism Spectrum - Tactile Discs

COMING SOON!

INCLUDED IN THE KIT

Books

  • Thriving with Autism / Katie Cook

  • The Loving Push / Temple Grandin

  • AARP Meditations for Caregivers / Barry Jacobs

DVDs

  • Yoga for Kids: Dino-Mite Adventure

  • Yoga for Stress Relief

World Map, Ravensburger Puzzle

Gonge Tactile Discs

FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM


Visual and Tactile LearningCaring for the Caregiver - Autism Spectrum - Visual and Tactile Learning

COMING SOON!

INCLUDED IN THE KIT

Books

  • Apps for Autism / Lois Jean Brady

  • Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics / Dan Harris

  • Time to Parent / Julie Morgenstern

Audiodiscs

  • Progressive Relaxation and Breathing

DVDs

  • Yoga for Kids: Outer Space Blastoff with Jodi Komitor

Q-Bitz Jr.

Teachable Touchables Texture Squares

FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM

Kits are checked out for six (6) weeks and may only be renewed once.

The goal of these kits are to improve the health and emotional literacy of caregivers of those loved ones with dementia along with helping them with activities that they can do together. 


    Companion CatCaring for the Caregiver - Dementia- Companion cat

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    INCLUDED IN THE KIT

    Books

    • The 36-hour day / Nancy L. Mace, MA, Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH

    • Creating moments of joy along the Alzheirmer's journey / Jolene Brackey

    • Affirmations for family caregivers / Harriet Hodgson

    • Weeds in Nana's garden / written and illustrated by Kathryn Harrison

    • Everyday fashions of the Fifties as pictured in Sears catalogs / edited and with an introduction by Joanne Olian

    Audio disc

    • Elvis : 30 #1 hits

    DVDs

    • America's treasures

    • Sitting tai chi

    • The art of caregiving

    Joy For All Companion Cat

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM


    Companion DogCaring for the Caregiver - Dementia- Companion Dog

    COMING SOON!

    INCLUDED IN THE KIT

    Books

    • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers / Joan Lunden

    • The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook / Toby Amidor

    • AARP Memory Activity Book / Helen Lambert

    Audio disc 

    • Guided Meditations to Relieve Stress

    • The Beatles # 1

    DVDs

    • In-Home Dementia Care: Tips & Techniques. Positive Approach to Care

    • Chair Yoga

    Hand Therapy Ball Kit

    Joy For All Companion Dog

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM


    Fidget MuffCaring for the Caregiver - Dementia- Fidget Muff

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    INCLUDED IN THE KIT

    Books

    • A dignified life / Virginia Bell and David Troxel

    • Caregiving both ways : a guide to balancing it all while caring for a loved one with dementia / Molly Wisniewski

    • What's happening to Grandpa? / by Maria Shriver ; illustrated by Sandra Speidel

    • The Best Friends book of Alzheimer's activities / Virginia Bell, M.S.W. [and three others]

    • Seasons : touching memories from spring, summer, fall, and winter : an interactive book for memory-impaired adults / Matthew Schneider, Deborah Drapac, BSN, RN

    Audio disc

    • Ultimate Sinatra

     DVDs

    • Sunday drive : a calming visual experience

    • The journey of dementia

    • Rodney Yee's complete yoga for beginners

    Fidget Muff

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM


    Memory Activities

    COMING SOON!Caring for the Caregiver - Dementia- Memory Activities

    INCLUDED IN THE KIT

    Books

    • The Caregiver’s Guide to Dementia / Gail Weatherill

    • The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities / Virginia Bell

    • 1950s Memory Lane / Hugh Morrison

    • Get Crocked Slow Cooker 5 Ingredient Favorites / Jenn Bare

    Audio disc

    • Pure 60’s: The #1 Hits

     DVDs

    • Daily Meditation

    • Teepa Snow’s Seeing it From the Other Side

    Guess Who? The Classic Mystery Face Game

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM


    Reminiscing Activities

    COMING SOON!Caring for the Caregiver - Dementia- Reminiscing Activities

    INCLUDED IN THE KIT

    Books

    • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers / Joan Lunden

    • The Picture Book of Dogs.

    • The Easy 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cookbook / Karen Peterson

    • The Caregiver’s Encyclopedia / Muriel Gillick

    Audio disc

    • The Rest & Relaxation 4 CD Set

     DVDs

    • Sunday Drive 10: The Arboretum

    • Teepa Snow’s It’s All In Your Approach

    Q-Bitz Solo Wooden Block Game

    Conversation Cards for Adults

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM

    Kits are checked out for six (6) weeks and may only be renewed once.


    Foster Care and AdoptionCaring for the Caregiver Kit - Foster Care / Adoption

    COMING SOON!

    INCLUDED IN THE KIT

    Books

    • The Whole-Brain Child / Daniel J. Siegel

    • Confessions of an Adoptive Parent / Mike Berry

    • The Connected Child / Karyn B. Purvis

    • Wounded Children, Healing Homes / Jayne Schooler

    • Using Stories to Build Bridges with Traumtized Children / Kim Golding

    • Murphy's Three Homes: a story for children in foster care / Jan Levinson Gilman

    • Families Change: a Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights / Julie Nelson

    Audio disc

    • Meditation for Relaxation

    DVDs

    • Everyday Yoga for Stress Release

    Mad Dragon: An Anger Control Card Game

    Thoughts and Feelings: A Sentence Completion Card Game

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM

    Kits are checked out for six (6) weeks and may only be renewed once.


    KnittingCaring for the Caregiver - Knitting

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    INCLUDED IN THE KIT

    Books

    • Take Back Your Life / Lauren M. Gelberg-Goff

    • Writing as a Way of Healing / Louise DeSalvo

    • First Time Knitting / Carri Hammett

    Audio disc

    • An Open Sky: Soothing Guitar and Cello Music for Relaxation, Meditation, and Well-Being / Ryan Judd

    DVDs

    • Meditation for Beginners

    • I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting!

    Knitting Needles

    Yarn

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM


    WatercolorCaring for the Caregiver - Watercolor

    Request Kit

    INCLUDED IN THE KIT

    Books

    • Soul of Caregiving / Edward Smink

    • Self-Compassion for Parents / Susan Pollak

    • The Caregiver's Toolbox / Carolyn Hartley

    • Everyday Watercolor / Jenna Rainey

    DVDs

    • Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Energy & Stress Relief

    Watercolor Paint Kit

    Watercolor Paper

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM


    YogaCaring for the Caregiver - Yoga

    Request Kit

    INCLUDED IN THE KIT

    DVDs

    • Yoga Complete for Beginners 6 DVD Set

    Yoga Block Set

    Resistance Band Set

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM

    Kits are checked out for two (2) weeks and may only be renewed once.


    Hiking KitHiking Kit

    Request Kit

    KIT INCLUDES

    • Easy day hikes, Springfield, Illinois / Johnny Molloy
    • Binoculars 
    • Magnifying glass 
    • Map compass
    • Illinois nature set includes 3 laminated folding pocket guides to help identify Illinois trees, wildflowers, birds, and wildlife

    Stargazing KitStellarscope - Handheld Star Finder / Gazer Astronomy Scope - Walmart.com -  Walmart.comDavid Chandler's Night Sky Planisphere (Large Plastic) - 5 Latitude Ranges  Available

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     KIT INCLUDES

    • Stellarscope 
      • The stellarscope allows the location and identification of stars between 20° and 60° North or South latitude, every day of the year from every region of the world. Planets are not included on the starmap.
    • The night sky planisphere 
    • Red-filtered flashlight 

    Treasure Hunt KitTreasure Hunt Discovery kit

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     KIT INCLUDES

    • Metal detecting for beginners : 101 things I wish I'd known when I started / by M. A. Shafer
    • Metal detector
    • Information guide provides step-by-step instruction.
    • Sand scoop and trowel

     

    Kits are checked out for two (2) weeks and may only be renewed once.


    Essential Oil DiffuserDiffuser

    Request Thing

    KIT INCLUDES

    • Diffuser
    • The Plant Therapy Essentials Gift Set
      • six 10 mL (1/3 oz) bottles of essential oils (lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary, and cinnamon) intended for use with the diffuser.

    *Always consult your physician or healthcare provider before beginning use of any essential oils. *

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM


    Fit Fusion DiscFit Fusion Disc

    Request Thing

    KIT INCLUDES

    • a 7lb Fit Fusion Disc
    • Two workout guides
    • Workout DVD

    Light Therapy LamLight Therapy Lampp

    Request Thing

    Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and certain other conditions by exposure to artificial light. SAD is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually in the fall or winter. During light therapy, you sit or work near a device called a light therapy box. The box gives off bright light that mimics natural outdoor light. Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep, easing SAD symptoms. Using a light therapy box may also help with other types of depression, sleep disorders and other conditions."--From Mayoclinic.org.

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM


    White Noise Sound MachineWhite Noise Sound Machine

    Request Thing

    Let bedtime be the best time for baby and your family. This sleep sound machine has 24 soothing sounds to choose from, including 7 white noise, 7 fan sounds, and 10 nature sounds (Bird, Sea Wave, Brook, Lullaby, Music Box, Cricket, Campfire, Rain, Fetal Tone, and Train sound for soothing your baby).

    FUNDED BY GRANT FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF SPRINGFIELD - CHATHAM

    Kits are checked out for two (2) weeks and may only be renewed once.


    Fishing PolesFishing Poles

    Not Requestable

    BORROWING GUIDELINES

    • Borrowers must be 13 years or older and have a current library card in good standing or borrower (12 and under) must have a parent sign out the rod & reel.
    • Equipment may be checked out for two week with the possible option of one renewal.
    • Line and reel must be untangled prior to return otherwise subject to fine. 
    • Fishing equipment must be returned to the library’s circulation desk during regular business hours. Equipment cannot be returned in a book drop or left outside the library.
    • Lost or damaged equipment may be charged as follows:
      • Item Cost - Rod/reel $25

    FISHING LICENSE INFORMATIONIllinois Department of Natural Resources

    • Anglers ages 16 years and older must have a valid fishing license in order to fish in Illinois.
    • Anglers under 16 years do not need a fishing license.
    • Purchase a fishing license online at Buy Illinois License Online or in person at places such as Walmart, Kmart, Meijer, or Dick’s Sporting Goods.

    Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Chatham Area Public Library

    If you would like to check out, please see the circulation desk for more information. 

     


    Giant Yard DiceYard Dice

    Request Game

    GAME INCLUDES

    • Yardze/Yarkle Game Board with instructions
    • 6 wooden dice
    • Bag for dice
    • White bucket
    • Dry erase pen

    Ladder TossLadder Toss

    Request Game

    GAME INCLUDES

    • Supports
    • Scoring rungs
    • Rung screws
    • Bolos
    • Carrying bag

    Pickleball Paddles and BallPickleball paddles and balls

    Request Game

    GAME INCLUDES

    • Pickleball paddles
    • Balls

    The pickleball courts in Chatham are located near the tennis courts in Chatham Community Park just south of the library.


    WashersPerfect Pitch Washers

    Request Game

    GAME INCLUDES

    • Heavy Duty Targets
    • Red & Blue Washers
    • Carrying Bag
    • Instructions.

    For two or four players

     

    Kits are checked out for two (2) weeks and may only be renewed once.


    Digital Projector

    Not RequestableProjector

    Epson 3LCD VS250 SVGA projector

    Get ready for your next presentation with a video projector. Comes with power cord and VGA cable in a carrying case.

    HDMI cable is NOT INCLUDED.

    This item is NOT requestable nor is it renewable.

    If you would like to check out, please see the circulation desk for more information. 


    FlipPal Mobile ScannerFlip-Pal Mobile Scanner

    Request Thing

    This handy portable scanner allows you to scan whole album pages, still in the book, or photographs, still in the frame.  You “just lay it on your image” and scan.  Are you going to visit a relative who doesn’t want to loan out family pictures?


    Flip UltraVideo Camcorder

    Request ThingFlip Ultra Video Camcorder

    Easy-to-use, pocket-sized camcorder featuring one-touch recording and digital zoom. Captures 120 minutes of full VGA-quality video on 4 GB of built-in memory; no tapes or additional memory cards required. Convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your computer to launch FlipShare software. Built-in FlipShare software lets you easily email videos, edit individual clips, and upload video to sharing sites like YouTube and MySpace. Large 2-inch color LCD screen to play back and delete videos.


    Kill - a - Watt EZ Power Meterkill a watt ez Meter

    Request Thing

    Watt solutions: an easy to use meter that calculates electric usage and cost of household appliances to help you understand and reduce your energy bill.


    Slide and Negative ConverterSlide and Negative Converter

    Request Thing

    KIT INCLUDES

    • Wolverine F2D Film to Digital Converter
    • 35 mm slide adapter
    • 35 mm negative adapter
    • 110 slide adapter
    • 110 negative adapter
    • 8 mm/Super 8 adapter

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED

    • Source material: negatives or slides of your personal photos
    • SD/SDHC card* -- 32GB or smaller (anything larger may cause the device to freeze; no SDXC or MicroSD cards)
    • USB drive 

    An SD/SDHC card is required for the digital converter device to function. As images are converted they are saved to the SD/SDHC card. If your SD/SDHC is larger enough to store all of your images and you have an SD card port on your personal computer, then you will not need the USB.

    Borrowing a Wifi Hotspot

    Request ThingA photograph of the wifi hot spots and it's components (hot spot, cord, instruction manual, and box)

    Welcome to our Hotspot lending service. To adhere with the Library’s mission to make information accessible to everyone, the Chatham Area Public Library (CAPL) has mobile wi-fi hotspots available for loan. You may borrow the device to access the Internet for free at your home, in your car, or anywhere else!

    1. You must have an email address on file. If you do not have an email address listed on your library record, please call the library at 217-483-2713 and ask the librarian to add your email address to your account.
    2. Read through the CAPL Hotspot Agreement and the information below.
    3. To see if there is an available Hotspot from CAPL, go to the library catalog and use “Mobile Hotspot” as a keyword search to locate it in the catalog, limiting the results to “My Library.” Chatham Hotspots are available for pickup at the Chatham Area Public Library only, cannot be held, and cannot be sent out on loan to other libraries.

    When you come to the Library to check out the device, you will be asked to complete the CAPL Hotspot Agreement, acknowledging financial responsibility for lost or damaged equipment.

    FAQs

    Who can borrow a library hotspot?

    To borrow a hotspot, patrons must:

    • be any Chatham resident public library card holder 18 years and older
    • be in good standing (i.e. library account is not blocked due to unpaid fees or lost materials)
    • provide a current photo ID to validate against patron record

    The library reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who abuses equipment or is repeatedly late in returning hotspots

    How do I use the hotspot?
    Follow the instructions inside the cover of the box.

    Where do I return the hotspot when I am done?
    The hotspot cannot be placed in the bookdrops and must be returned to the checkout desk and handed to a staff member. A designated staff person will do a visual check to ensure that the device and accessories are returned in good condition.

    How long can I keep the hotspot?
    You can keep it for 14 days.

    Can I renew my hotspot?
    No. You are not allowed to renew at this time.