Writers’ Group Meeting

Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 p.m.calvin-writing

The library’s Writers’ Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. We welcome writers of all levels of experience and genres to join us for critique of member’s pieces, writing exercises, and discussion. Email info@chathamlib.org for more information.

For our May meeting, we’ll have 2 people bring a piece they’ve written for discussion and critique.

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. Attend this training to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s in America. This program is a presentation of the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Craft Night

Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 a.m.

Craft Night is held the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Each monthstring art 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 hammering nails into a piece of wood to make a piece of string art.

Outer Edge: Wicked by Gregory Maguire

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

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Next Monday, May 16th we will be discussing Wicked by Gregory Maguire.

Born with green skin and huge teeth, like a dragon, the free-spirited Elphaba grows up to be an anti-totalitarian agitator, an animal-rights activist, a nun, then a nurse who tends the dying and, ultimately, the headstrong Wicked Witch of the West in the land of Oz. Maguire’s strange and imaginative postmodernist fable uses L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a springboard to create a tense realm inhabited by humans, talking animals (a rhino librarian, a goat physician), Munchkinlanders, dwarves and various tribes. The Wizard of Oz, emperor of this dystopian dictatorship, promotes Industrial Modern architecture and restricts animals’ right to freedom of travel; his holy book is an ancient manuscript of magic that was clairvoyantly located by Madam Blavatsky 40 years earlier. Much of the narrative concerns Elphaba’s troubled youth (she is raised by a giddy alcoholic mother and a hermitlike minister father who transmits to her his habits of loathing and self-hatred) and with her student years. Dorothy appears only near novel’s end, as her house crash-lands on Elphaba’s sister, the Wicked Witch of the East, in an accident that sets Elphaba on the trail of the girl from Kansas as well as the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman and the Lion and her fabulous new shoes. Maguire combines puckish humor and bracing pessimism in this fantastical meditation on good and evil, God and free will, which should, despite being far removed in spirit from the Baum books, captivate devotees of fantasy.

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

Midday Movie – A Hold in the Head

Wednesday, May 11, 2:00 p.m.a_hole_in_the_head_poster

Join us for Frank Capra’s A Hole in the Head (1959). Tony (Frank Sinatra) is a widower in need of a financial bailout for himself and his son, so he asks for help from his brother Mario (Edward G. Robinson), a wealthy New Yorker. Tony owns a small hotel in Miami Beach but his impractical ways have made it a losing proposition. Not rated.


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.