Using the Book Club Kit Bags

Finding a kit

  • Use the lists below 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. Use the "Available now" filter to determine which kits are currently available.
  • 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 fine for an overdue kit is 10 cents per day, and 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 behind the Reference Desk near the Library of Things and Biographies. 
  • Kits are not available to placed on hold. 

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.
Digital Projector

ProjectorEpson 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.


This item is not requestable nor is it renewable.

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

Borrowing Guidelines
  • Fishing PolesBorrowers 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.
  • Overdue fines are $.50 per day per item (up to $3.00).
  • 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

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

Fishing License Info
  • 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.

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

Fit Fusion DiscIncludes a 7lb Fit Fusion Disc, two workout guides, & a workout DVD

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

Flip-Pal Mobile ScannerThis 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? 

Check out our FlipPal and scan away!!

This item is not requestable nor is it renewable.

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

Flip UltraVideo Camcorder

Flip Ultra Video CamcorderEasy-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.

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

Hiking Kitincludes binoculars, compass, field guides, magnifier, scavenger hunt.

Kill A Watt EZ Power Meter

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

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

Ladder Tossincludes Supports, Scoring rungs, Rung screws. Bolos, and a Carrying bag

What is a Launchpad?

LaunchpadsLaunchpads are pre-loaded with content for kids designed with a simple, easy-to-use interface.  No need for wifi.

Can be checked out for 2 weeks (no renewals)

1 Launchpad per family can be checked out at any given time.

These are available on the shelf in Children's Audio/Visual section. 

Pickleball paddles and balls

Slide and Negative Converter

Slide and Negative Converter

Wolverine F2D mighty film to digital converter
Preserve your photos from film negatives or slide to digital images.

This item is not requestable nor is it renewable.

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

What is available: 
  • 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.

Slide Projector

Slide ProjectorDo you have old slides but do not have a way to show them?  We have a Kodak Ektagraphic slide projector that you can borrow to show off your slides. 

  • For 35mm film slides
  • Comes with carousel

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

 includes a Stellarscope, a Red Light Flashlight, and a Planisphere

Treasure Hunt Discovery kit 

includes a Metal Detector, Trowel, Sand Scoop, a Book, Instructions, and a Metal Detecting Learning Guide.

Perfect Pitch Washersincludes Heavy Duty Targets, Red & Blue Washers, a Carrying Bag, & Instructions.

A photograph of the wifi hot spots and it's components (hot spot, cord, instruction manual, and box) 
Borrowing a Wifi Hotspot

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.

Who can borrow a library hotspot?
• Any Chatham resident public library card holder 18 years and older
• Patron must be in good standing (i.e. library account is not blocked due to unpaid fees or lost materials)
• Patron must 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.

What are late return fines?
Fines are $1 per day.

Yard Diceincludes Yardze/Yarkle Game Board, wooden dice, bag for dice, white bucket, dry erase pen.