Writers’ Group

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.

Wednesday, July 26, 6:00 p.m.

Two members will volunteer to bring pieces to be read and critiqued by the group.writing on laptop

The Literature of Prescription

The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper” Exhibit and Lecture

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In the late 19th century, women were excluded from political and intellectual life. Medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes.  Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional opportunities. The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper” is a traveling exhibit from the National Library of  Medicine. It will be on display from July 24th to September 2nd during normal library hours. Stop by and learn more about the author, the role of women during the late 1800s, and how she challenged those roles.

Dr. Tena Helton, English Department Chair at the University Helton-200x300of Illinois, Springfield will present on The Yellow Wall-Paper on Tuesday, August 1st at 6:00 p.m. Helton will discuss how Gilman crafted this story to indict prevailing thought about female “weakness” and “treatments.” She will not only talk about how the social politics of the day are on display but how literary craft like, figurative language and point of view, transforms politics into something more  impactful than a mere pamphlet or lecture.

 

Tuesday Evening Book Group

We will be discussing Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m.born a crime cover

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

Game Night

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Need to get out of the house this summer? Need to be in the cool air conditioning for a bit this summer?

If you’re 10 years old or older, join us for our Game Nights the first Wednesday of every month! The library has a fantastic assortment of fun and challenging board games, and we love teaching you how to play. Some of the games we will play include: Tsuro, Splendor, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Settlers of Catan, and many more. Game days will be July 5th, August 2nd, and September 6th at 6 p.m.

Writers’ Group

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.

Wednesday, June 28, 6:00 p.m.: Two members will volunteer to bring pieces to be read and critiqued by the group.writing-on-a-computer

Writers’ Group

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.pen-paper-1

Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 p.m.:  I will provide a few prompts to choose from and we will do some writing during the meeting. Then everyone will share what they wrote. It should be a fun way to get some creative juices flowing.