The Outer Edge – The Neverending Story

The Outer Edge is Chatham Area Public Library’s science fiction and fantasy book club. We read and discuss classic and modern titles alike.  The Outer Edge meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to join us for fun and lively discussions of great books, please write Meghan Harmon at mharmon@chathamlib.org and she will order next month’s book for you!  Also, you can find us on Facebook:  http://tinyurl.com/OuttheneserEdge

Next Monday, June 21, we will be discussing The Never Ending Story by Micheal Ende.

This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place – by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic – and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return.

We hope you can join us!

 

Writers’ Group Meeting

On July 23rd at 6:00 p.m., our group will be hosting an open discussion on writing.

What are you working on? What problems are you having? Do you have any techniques, tips, or tricks you’d like to share? Do you know of any writing contests or competitions you think other group members might like to contribute to?

We invite you to come and share the joys and tribulations of writing with other writers.

Increase the Effectiveness of Your Job Search

Saturday, July 19, 9:30 a.m. 

Are you considering changing jobs or returning to work? This session will offer current tips and techniques to help you be more competitive in your job search. Combined resume formats, interviewing techniques, and a brief overview of social networking will be discussed. Resources will be provided for participants to continue their search after the session.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their resume.

Please call the library or email events@chathamlib.org to sign up.

July Event Roudup

What’s Happening at the Library This Month?

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Friday, July 4: Closed for Independence Day

Wednesday, July 9, 2:00 p.m.: Much Ado About Nothing (Midday Movie)

Tuesday, July 15, 2:00 p.m.: Hoot (11 & Up Movie)

Wednesday, July 16, 12:00 p.m.: Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (Bite into a Good Book)

Wednesday, July 16, 2:00 p.m.: Tarzan (Family Movie)

Thursday, July 17, 7:00 p.m.: Friends of the Library Stargazing Event

Thursday, July 17, 8:00 p.m.: Deadline for entries to the altered books art competition Worn, Torn Books

Saturday, July 19, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Friends’ Sweet Corn Book and Bake Sale

Saturday, July 19, 9:30 a.m.: Increase the Effectiveness of Your Job Search

Saturday, July 19, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Central Illinois Community Blood Center Donations

Sunday, July 20, 2:00 p.m.: Friends of Genealogy (FOG) Meeting

Monday, July 21, 6:00 p.m.: The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (The Outer Edge Book Group)

Monday, July 21, 7:00 p.m.: Chatham Area Public Library Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.: Friends of the Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 23, 2:00 p.m.: Frozen Sing-Along

Wednesday, July 23, 6:00 p.m.: Writers’ Group Meeting

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Writers’ Group Meeting

Calling All Writers!

Whether you write poetry, short stories, novels, memoirs, or something else entirely, we invite you to join us for our monthly writers’ meeting. Each session typically centers on the discussion and critique of short pieces by two of our group members.

Please email info@chathamlib.org for more information or to be added to the group’s email list. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the library’s conference room.

Our next meeting will be on June 25th. 

The Outer Edge – The Last Unicorn

The Outer Edge is Chatham Area Public Library’s science fiction and fantasy book club. We read and discuss classic and modern titles alike.  The Outer Edge meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to join us for fun and lively discussions of great books, please write Meghan Harmon at mharmon@chathamlib.org and she will order next month’s book for you!  Also, you can find us on Facebook:  http://tinyurl.com/OuterEdge

Next Monday, June 16, we will be discussing The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle.Image

The Last Unicorn is one of the true classics of fantasy, ranking with Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Le Guin’s Earthsea Trilogy, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Beagle writes a shimmering prose-poetry, the voice of fairy tales and childhood:

The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.

The unicorn discovers that she is the last unicorn in the world, and sets off to find the others. She meets Schmendrick the Magician–whose magic seldom works, and never as he intended–when he rescues her from Mommy Fortuna’s Midnight Carnival, where only some of the mythical beasts displayed are illusions. They are joined by Molly Grue, who believes in legends despite her experiences with a Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men. Ahead wait King Haggard and his Red Bull, who banished unicorns from the land.

This is a book no fantasy reader should miss; Beagle argues brilliantly the need for magic in our lives and the folly of forgetting to dream. –Nona Vero

 

We hope you can join us!

Nonfiction Book Group: Engineers of Victory

The Nonfiction Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Library’s Conference Room.  We welcome you to attend our upcoming meeting on June 19, when we will be discussing Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War by Paul Kennedy (2013), in which Kennedy reveals how the grand strategy of World War II’s leadership was carried out by the ordinary soldiers, scientists, engineers, and businessmen responsible for realizing their commanders’ visions of success. [review] [catalog]