Your Service, Your Health, Our Focus

Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 p.m.

Stress, traumatic experiences and head injuries are common among our nation’s veterans. This can take a toll on the brain and increase the likelihood that they will develop a brain-related disease. Sadly, many vets are unaware. It is critical that we stand watch and look out for our fellow veterans. To do that, we need to know the enemy and be able to recognize the 10 warning signs. This program, by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, is designed specifically to help veterans and their families detect changes early.

*More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

*Early detection is the best way to increase the quality of life for those diagnosed and their families.

*Three our of five Americans will develop a brain disease in their lifetime.

*Alzheimer’s disease is a fast-growing threat. Now is the time to join in the fight.


Tuesday Evening Book Group – Beautiful Ruins

Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 p.m.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (2012).

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.
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What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow.

Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

*From Goodreads

Writers’ Group Meeting

Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 p.m.writing

The library’s Writers’ Group meets once a month, the 4th Wednesday of each month. We welcome writers of all levels of experience and genres to join us for critique of member’s pieces, writing exercises, and discussion.

For our April meeting, we will discuss how to improve dialogue. We may also have a writing exercise to practice writing dialogue.

Craft Night

Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 p.m.

Craft Night is held the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Each month we will do a make and take project. Call the library to sign up and join us for some fun.

This month, we will be decoupaging book pages and paper onto a candle votive and making a paper

Outer Edge: Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

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 and she will order next month’s book for you!  Also, you can find us on Facebook:


Next Monday, April 18th we will be discussing Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson.

A major new novel from one of science fiction’s most powerful voices, AURORA tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers. Our voyage from Earth began generations ago. Now, we approach our new home.

We hope you can join us!  We require no commitment – come for one meeting or come for them all.

Midday Movie – Arsenic and Old Lace

Wednesday, April 13, 2:00 p.m.arsenic-and-old-lace-priscilla-lane-cary-grant-1944

Join us for Frank Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). A spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. One charity is their ongoing effort to permit lonely bachelors to die with smiles on their faces–by serving them elderberry wine spiked with arsenic. Not rated.



Tuesday Evening Book Group – The Camel Knows the Way

Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.camel knows the way

The Camel Knows the Way by Lorna Kelly (2004).

The Camel Knows the Way is a candid account of an extraordinary and ultimately thrilling quest for God. Lorna Kelly’s odyssey from middle class British school girl to glamorous, New York Sotheby’s auctioneer to volunteer in the slums of Calcutta is a trek that is sobering, inspiriing and breathtakingly compelling. En route Kelly confronts alcoholism, divorce, a growing sense of spiritual disquiet and her own “dark night.” What emerges from that spiritual thirst is a buoyant and compelling affirmation of our common humanity.

*From Goodreads

Dash for the Stash

The DASH for the STASH is an investor education and protection program and poster contest. The 2016 DASH for the STASH program runs from March 15, 2016 through May 15, 2016, covering the entire length of April’s Financial Literacy Month. The program is a partnership between the Investor Protection Institute (IPI) and participating State Securities Offices.


DASH features a series of informational posters. Each poster focuses on one investor education and protection topic, and each poster topic features an associated quiz question to answer. The four poster topics are 1) Financial Advisers; 2) Investment Fees; 3) Investor Fraud and 4) Building a Nest Egg.

To play, come to the library, read the content on each poster, scan the uniq

ue QR code to access that topic’s

quiz question, and submit their answer via smartphone, tablet, or computer.

One winner from Illinois will be randomly drawn from participants who got the correct answers to all 4 posters. The winner will receive $1,000 to open or add to and Individual Retirement Account!

The primary goal for the DASH program is to arm investors with the unbiased and non-commercial information they need to make crucial investing decisions. This includes, but is not limited to, investors having the knowledge and resources to find suitable advisors; avoiding investment scams, fraud and schemes; realizing and evaluating the fees associated with particular investments; and understanding the benefits and rules of tax-sheltered 401(k) and IRA tools.