Discover Your Roots: Improving Your Family History Research Skills

The Chatham Area Public Library will present a series of “how to” programs on genealogy this spring.  Three programs are scheduled on a biweekly basis.  Sessions will be held at the Library Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:00 p.m. on April 16, April 30, and May 14.  The program is targeted to individuals who are just starting to explore the field but old hands are welcome as they will be able to add to the discussions.  Attendance is not necessary at one session to attend another.

Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 p.m.: The first of these, entitled Basic Genealogy, will cover traditional research (non-internet) procedures.  Topics will include using census reports, determining the quality of information found, and locating the best resources with limited time and financial resources.

Wednesday, April 30, 6:00 p.m.: The second program will cover using Electronic Resources.  Searching the many resources on the internet including such websites as Amazon.com, FamilySearch.com, and Findagrave.com will be explored.  Sample searches will be conducted using names suggested by the participants.

Wednesday, May 14, 6:00 p.m.: The final session will discuss Recording Your Data.  The presentation will discuss using traditional paper records as well as common data entry software and several of the many special purpose genealogy software programs.

These programs will be presented by Ron Hallberg, a local genealogist and co-chair of the Library’s Friends of Genealogy group.  Ron is a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants as well as several family name and county genealogical societies.

There is no charge for the program.  Pre-registration at 483-2713 or at the circulation desk is recommended as seating may be limited.  Non-residents are invited.

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Library Closing Early on April 19

The library will be closing at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. We will resume our normal hours when we re-open on Monday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m.

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The Outer Edge – The Rapture of the Nerds

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, April 21 , we will be discussing The Rapture of the Nerds: A tale of singularity, posthumanity, and awkward social situations  by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross .
 

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Welcome to the fractured future, at the dusk of the twenty-first century.

Earth has a population of roughly a billion hominids. For the most part, they are happy with their lot, living in a preserve at the bottom of a gravity well. Those who are unhappy have emigrated, joining one or another of the swarming densethinker clades that fog the inner solar system with a dust of molecular machinery so thick that it obscures the sun.

 

We hope you can join us!

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Writers’ Group Meeting

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 April 23rd. 

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Nonfiction Book Group: The Hare with Amber Eyes

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 April 17, when we will be discussing The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund Du Waal (2010). When he inherited a collection of netsuke (small Japanese carvings) and began to investigate their background, du Waal—an artist in his own right—uncovered not only the story of the netsuke, but also the intertwined history of five generations of his own family. [review] [catalog]

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Discover Your Roots: Improving Your Family History Research Skills

The Chatham Area Public Library will present a series of “how to” programs on genealogy this spring.  Three programs are scheduled on a biweekly basis.  Sessions will be held at the Library Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:00 p.m. on April 16, April 30, and May 14.  The program is targeted to individuals who are just starting to explore the field but old hands are welcome as they will be able to add to the discussions.  Attendance is not necessary at one session to attend another.

Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 p.m.: The first of these, entitled Basic Genealogy, will cover traditional research (non-internet) procedures.  Topics will include using census reports, determining the quality of information found, and locating the best resources with limited time and financial resources.

Wednesday, April 30, 6:00 p.m.: The second program will cover using Electronic Resources.  Searching the many resources on the internet including such websites as Amazon.com, FamilySearch.com, and Findagrave.com will be explored.  Sample searches will be conducted using names suggested by the participants.

Wednesday, May 14, 6:00 p.m.: The final session will discuss Recording Your Data.  The presentation will discuss using traditional paper records as well as common data entry software and several of the many special purpose genealogy software programs.

These programs will be presented by Ron Hallberg, a local genealogist and co-chair of the Library’s Friends of Genealogy group.  Ron is a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants as well as several family name and county genealogical societies.

There is no charge for the program.  Pre-registration at 483-2713 or at the circulation desk is recommended as seating may be limited.  Non-residents are invited.

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Computer Class: Introduction to PowerPoint

Tuesdays, April 15, 22, 29, and May 6, 6:00 p.m.

Learn how to use PowerPoint, a slide-based presentation program. This class does not require you to have any prior knowledge of PowerPoint, and is ideal for people who want to learn about the capabilities of PowerPoint for business or for school. It would also serve as a good refresher for the capabilities of the ribbon in Microsoft Office programs such as Word. Registration is required. Participants should plan to attend all four sessions.

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April Event Roundup

April 9, 4:00 p.m. – Midday Movie: Heidi
April 11 – Library Closed for Staff Institute
April 12, 1:00 p.m. – Chatham Railroad Museum Exhibit reception
April 13, 2:00 p.m. – Friends of Genealogy meeting (call the library to sign up)
April 15, 6:00 p.m. – Computer Class: Introduction to PowerPoint (call the library to sign up)
April 16, noon – Bite into a Good Book meeting: Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
April 16, 6:00 p.m. – Discover Your Roots: Basic Genealogy (call the library to sign up)
April 17, 4:00 p.m. – Nonfiction Book Club meeting: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund du Waal
April 21, 6:00 p.m. – The Outer Edge book group meeting: The Rapture of the Nerds by Cory Doctorow
April 23, 6:00 p.m. – Writers’ Group meeting
April 25, 5:30 p.m. – Illinois Prairie Pastel Society art show opening reception
April 30, 6:00 p.m. – Discover Your Roots: Electronic Resources (call the library to sign up)

For more information on any of these events or programs, or to sign up, call or visit the library or visit our website.

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Library Closed on April 11 for Staff Institute

The library will be closed on Friday, April 11 for the Staff Institute. We will resume our regular hours on Saturday, April 12 (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).

We thank you for this time that we spend increasing our knowledge and skills so that we may serve you better in the future.

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Midday Movie: Heidi

Please join us in the Conference Room for our screening of a classic (or not-so-classic) movie at 2:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Admission is free, refreshments will be provided, and everyone is welcome to attend.

This month, on April 9th, we will be screening Heidi (1937). A plucky orphan is abruptly left in her gruff grandfather’s care in a remote mountain village, but endears herself to everyone she meets. Starring Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt, and Mary Nash. Directed by Allan Dwan.

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