Writers’ Group Meeting

Wednesday, May 27, 6:00 p.m.

The library’s Writers’ Group welcomes writers of all levels of experience and working in any genre to attend our meetings. 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.

writing laptop

For our May meeting, we will be watching some videos through The Great Courses entitled “How to Write About Anything.” After the videos we will discuss them and do some writing exercises if time permits.

Computer Class – Introduction to PowerPoint

Saturdays, May 2, 16, and 23, 10:00 a.m. powerpoint logo

Learn how to use Microsoft Office 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. Participants should plan to attend all three sessions. Registration is required; call the library at 483-2713 to sign up.

Craft Thing

Are you busy, but enjoy crafting? We’ve set aside one evening a month to craft at the library! Join our social craftingcrafting penguin evening the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. All kinds of crafters are welcome, whether you knit, crochet, stamp, scrapbook, make jewelry, or any other craft. Bring a project you’re working on and share ideas and conversation while you work! Our next meetings will be Tuesday, May 19th and Tuesday, June 16th. For more information email info@chathamlib.org or call the library.

The Outer Edge – Amped by Daniel H. Wilson

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

Amped Daniel H Wilson

Amped Daniel H Wilson

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, May 18th,  we will be discussing Amped by Daniel H. Wilson.

It’s the near future, and scientists have developed implants that treat brain dysfunction and also make recipients capable of superhuman feats. Exploiting societal fears of the newly enhanced, politicians pass a set of laws to restrict the rights of “amplified” humans, instantly creating a new persecuted underclass known as “amps.” On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, twenty-nine-year-old schoolteacher Owen Gray is forced into hiding, only dimly aware of the latent powers he possesses.

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

Midday Movie – Forever Young

Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 p.m.

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. We hope you will join us when we will be featuring TIME TRAVEL movies.forever_young

Forever Young (1992) PG. A man undergoes a scientific experiment that causes him to wake up after 50 years without aging a day in this romantic science-fiction tale. Starring Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis.

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine

May 11 – June 20 the traveling exhibit Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine will be on display at the library! Come check out this display from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

There was a lot more to magic, as Harry quickly found out, than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.


Harry Potter’s World letterhead with owl

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.

This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.

Read more about the exhibition here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld/.

To fully enjoy this display, the library be showing all 8 Harry Potter movies the first week in June!Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Official Movie Poster)
Tuesday, June 2 – The Sorcerer’s Stone at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3 – The Chamber of Secretes at 2 p.m. and The Prisoner of Azkaban at 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 4 – The Goblet of Fire at 2 p.m. and The Order of the Phoenix at 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 6 – The Half-Blood Prince at 1 p.m.
Monday, June 8 – The Deathly Hallows Part 1 at 2 p.m. and Part 2 at 5 p.m.

Everyone is welcome! Bring your own snacks and drinks with lids. Email events@chathamlib.org with any questions.

Tuesday Evening Book Club – The Secret Rescue

The Tuesday Evening Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month where we discuss a mixture of fiction and nonfiction books.

Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 p.m.secret rescue

The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines by Cate Lineberry.

When twenty-six Army Air Force flight nurses and medics went on a mission to evacuate wounded and sick troops, they didn’t anticipate a crash landing in Nazi territory. They hid at night with the courageous Albanian villagers who shared what little food they had, risking death at Nazi hands by doing so.

Container Gardening

Tuesday, May 5, 6:00 p.m.container garden

Karen Grant, U of I Extension Master Gardener, will present on the popular topic of container gardening and how to make your own. Karen will discuss the best plants to use, container combinations that work, soil preparation, and how to maintain a container garden throughout the summer.

DASH for the STASH

DASH for the STASH is a poster contest that takes place as part of April’s Financial Literacy Month. It is sponsored by the State Securities Administrator and the Investor Protection Institute, a nonprofit organization with the goal of investor education. Here’s what you do:dash logo

  • Visit the library and find the 4 DASH for the STASH posters.
  • Read the posters (and learn a bit about investing).
  • Scan the QR code or visit the website listed on each poster.
  • Answer a few questions about what you just read on the poster.

Once you answer the questions, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 retirement investment!

This poster contest runs from April 15 – May 15, 2015. More information can be found on the DASH for the STASH rules site.