Our Towns – Chatham

Have you been keeping an eye on the State Journal-Register‘s new Our Towns – Chatham website?  If you have, you’ll notice that there has been frequent coverage of what’s going on at the library.  There’s a lot going on here–that hasn’t changed.  But now you can keep up with it on SJ-R’s website!

Here are some of the recent stories:

Scary Halloween Stories Night a Fright for All

Retired Local Physician Shares his Coming to America Story

Book-Keepers a Club for All Ages

Book Club Gives New Meaning to Phrase “Food for Thought”

Chatham Area Public Library Recognizes Fire Prevention Month

Library Director Wants People to Have Fun While They Learn

Dogs Enjoy Spotlight at Canine Carnival

Chatham Chat – Check It Out

Do you know about Chatham Chat?  Chatham Chat is a great website for gleaning all the local information you need to know.  You’ll find local news and events updated regularly, as well as information on local businesses, churches, organizations, and more.  Don’t forget to bookmark this website, as it’s sure to be a great resource for you as you seek to stay informed and find things to do in Chatham and the surrounding area.

Illinois Emerging Writers Competition

Attention all creative writers! Have you got a great poem or short story collecting dust in your desk drawer or file cabinet (or one hot off the press [of your printer])? Why not submit it to the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition? The contest is open to Illinois residents who are 18 years old or older and is designed to promote creativity, support local writers, and identify and recognize new talent. The deadline is June 30. More information about the competition and entry forms can be found here: http://illinoiscenterforthebook.org/projects/projectsb.html.

Legacy of Lincoln Display, Now in the North Reading Bay

The Chatham Area Public Library is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln with a special exhibit in an expanded part of the Library. The recently completed North End Reading Bay features the Legacy of Lincoln display. Dozens of books and other materials about Lincoln and the Civil War are arranged around the bay for your browsing pleasure. Also on display is a Lincoln themed slide show, original artwork from the Library’s own Louisa Matturro Boshardy, and an “Abraham Lincoln 200th Birthday” lap quilt by Karen High. The new North Reading Bay has a wide-open glass view and very comfortable chairs. It is a great place to enjoy something to read, access the wireless internet connection, or work on a puzzle located nearby. To check it out, turn right inside the main entrance and head to the far end of the building to see just one more new feature of the Chatham Area Public Library.

Join us for our annual holiday program!

This Saturday, December 6th at 1PM, the Chatham Area Public Library will host its annual holiday program.  This year, we are fortunate to have the Junior Crusaders from Christ the King sing traditional holiday songs, as well as a gingerbread house making demonstration and craft making for the kids.  Everyone is invited so tell your friends!

Call the library at 483-2713 to RSVP

Remember Illinois Veterans with oral histories from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Click this link to hear histories!

Public interest in the memories and experiences of our nation’s veterans is long-standing and enduring. The goal at ALPL is to conduct in-depth interviews that examine the narrator’s early years as well as thoroughly address their military experiences. This project is divided, naturally, into the nation’s wars, starting with World War II, through Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and our current War on Terror. We’ve also included the Cold War, for there are many veterans who never saw a battlefield yet still served honorably. Their stories, too, deserve to be heard and understood. The current focus is on the Korean War, as that war is too often ignored, and poorly understood. Our Korean War veterans deserve better, and fifty-plus years removed from the war, we are racing the clock. This is even more true for the World War II generation, although yeoman’s work has already been done on that generation. This is all to explain why you will not find many interviews with Vietnam veterans and beyond. Rest assured that we will soon turn our attention to these wars as well, but time and resources are very limited.