Tuesday Evening Book Group – The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Everyone is welcome to attend as we discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (2016) on Librarians book jacketTuesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. This book describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city’s great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Qaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.


New Subscriptions for Investors

Attention investors!  The library has two new subscriptions that will interest you.  We recently acquired subscriptions to Morningstar DividendInvestor and Morningstar StockInvestor.

According to Morningstar’s website, DividendInvestor emphasizes quality recommendations for current income and income growth from stocks.  DividendInvestor “invests in economically advantaged companies that consistently raise their dividends and grow fast enough to keep ahead of inflation. Stock prices will fluctuate over time, but our strategy tries to minimize permanent losses of income and capital by focusing on dividend sustainability and margins of safety when purchasing stocks.”

According to Morningstar’s website, the focus of StockInvestor is buying core holdings at a discount.  StockInvestor “invests in companies with established competitive advantages and generous free cash flows, trading at discounts to their intrinsic values. These are core holdings, with more conservative ideas appearing in the Tortoise Portfolio and more aggressive ideas in the Hare Portfolio. We expect both portfolios to beat broad U.S. stock index benchmarks, such as the S&P 500, over rolling three-year periods.”

We hope you will come in and take a look at these new acquisitions.  These newsletters can be found in the Reference Collection, shelved in the 322s next to Morningstar FundInvestor and Value Line.

New DVDs!!

Check out some of our latest DVDs. These are both titles we’ve purchased and ones that have been donated recently. If you have books or DVDs you no longer need, please think of the library when you’re choosing where to donate them. (We cannot accept textbooks, encyclopedias, or magazines more than six months old.)

Angels and Demons – DVD F Ang

Any Human Heart – DVD F Any

Australia – DVD F Aus

Black Swan – DVD F Bla

Brokeback Mountain – DVD F Bro

Conviction – DVD F Con

Cowboy Country, the Gold Rush – 979.404 DVD Cow

David Blaine: Fearless – 793.8092 DVD Fea

Dead Poets Society – DVD F Dea

Dogtooth – DVD F Dog

Downton Abbey – DVD F Dow

Easy A – DVD F Eas

Emma – DVD F Emm

Exit through the Gift Shop – 751.73 DVD Exi

The Fighter – DVD F Fig

Gasland: Can You Light Your Water on Fire? – 622.18285 DVD Gas

Get Low – DVD F Get

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 – DVD F Har

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco – DVD F Hom

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – DVD F Hon

Inside Job – 338.542 DVD Ins

The King’s Speech – DVD F Kin

The Last Play at Shea – 796.068747 DVD Las

Mad Men, Season Four – DVD F Mad

Les Misérables in Concert, the 25th Anniversary782.14 DVD Mis

Never Let Me Go – DVD F Nev

127 Hours – DVD F One

Power Rangers: Mission Training – DVD F Pow

The Pursuit of Happyness – DVD F Pur

Rabbit Hole – DVD F Rab

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – DVD F Sco

Secretariat – DVD F Sec

Snow Buddies – DVD F Sno

The Social Network – DVD F Soc

Tangled – DVD E Tan

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze – DVD F Tee

The Town – DVD F Tow

True Grit – DVD F Tru

Waiting for “Superman” – 370.973 DVD Wai

Walk the Line – DVD F Wal

New DVDs!

The library has recently acquired quite a few new DVDs.  Come in quick and be the first one to check them out!!

Here’s the list of our newly-acquired titles (click to go to the item’s catalog record).  You can see other DVDs we’ve purchased or had donated to us this summer in these two blog posts from June 3 and June 14.

Alice in Wonderland

American Sign Language for Kids

The Apple Dumpling Gang

Bend It Like Beckham

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Mammals

Bride and Prejudice

Bridge to Terabithia


Chicken Run


Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (The Brave-Heart Will Take the Bride)

Doctor Dolittle

Freaky Friday

Hannah Montana: The Movie

Harry and the Hendersons



Kandukondain Kandukondain (I Have Found It)

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Kal Ho Naa Ho

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

The Moon-Spinners


Om Shanti Om

The Princess and the Frog


The Rookie

The Shaggy Dog


Sign-A-Lot: The Big Surprise

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Spirited Away

Spy Kids

Stuff Happens with Bill Nye

Summer Magic

That Darn Cat!

The Three Musketeers

When you are considering getting rid of your old or unwanted DVDs, please consider donating them to the library.  We also accept gently used books (except for textbooks and encyclopedias) and magazines that are less than six months old.

Library on the Go

Download Audiobooks, eBooks, Music, and Video Anytime, Anywhere

Enjoy popular titles from the comfort of home

Chatham Area Public Library is proud to offer you best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video available 24/7 from Library on the Go, http://libraryonthego.org.  You can browse the collection, check out with your library card, and download to PC, Mac, and many mobile devices.

To get started, you will need to install free software. For audiobooks, music, and video, you will need OverDrive Media Console. To read eBooks, you’ll need Adobe Digital Editions. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod, Sony Reader, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!  Download the necessary free software and find out which devices are compatible at http://overdrive.com/ (look for the “Quick Links” section).

With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more.

This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your Chatham Area Public Library card. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, visit http://libraryonthego.org.

More New DVDs

The following DVDs were recently donated to the library. When you are considering getting rid of your old or unwanted DVDs, please consider donating them to the library. We also accept gently used books (no textbooks or encyclopedias, please) and magazines that are less than six months old. Click on the title to go to the item’s catalog record.

24: Season One

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Bringing Down the House

Cheaper by the Dozen

Christmas With the Kranks


Grey’s Anatomy: Season Two

Grey’s Anatomy: Season Three

Grey’s Anatomy: Season Four


High School Musical

High School Musical 2

Ice Age

Just Like Heaven

Lake Placid

Lost: Season 1

Made of Honor

Maid in Manhattan

Mission: Impossible II

Mission: Impossible III

Nancy Drew: Season One

Never Been Kissed

Patriot Games

Pearl Harbor

Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest


Power Rangers SPD, Vol. 3: Wired


Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Seinfeld: Seasons 1 & 2

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Six Days, Seven Nights

Sky High

Smallville: Season 2

Smallville: Season 4

Smallville: Season 5

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Star Wars IV: A New Hope

Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Haunted Mansion

The Incredible Hulk

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

The Sentinel




West Wing: Season 4

New DVDs!!!

The library has recently acquired quite a few DVDs.  Come in quick and be the first one to check them out!!

We purchased many of these DVDs, but some were donated to us as well.  When you are considering getting rid of your old or unwanted DVDs, please consider donating them to the library.  We also accept gently used books (except for textbooks and encyclopedias) and magazines that are less than six months old.

Here’s the list of our newly-acquired titles (click to go to the item’s catalog record):

Across the Universe

Agatha Christie’s Marple: Series 1

Agatha Christie’s Marple: Series 2

Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime: Tommy & Tuppence

All the President’s Men

At the Death House Door



Away We Go

Back to the Future: The Complete Trilogy

The Blind Side

The Blue Planet: Seas of Life

Bright Star


The Buddha

Coco before Chanel

The Corporation

Cranford (The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection, vol.1)

Cranford: Return to Cranford

Crazy Heart

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Death at a Funeral


Donald in Mathmagic Land

The Duchess

An Education

Elizabeth I


Every Little Step

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Five Minutes of Heaven

(500) Days of Summer

The Fog of War

Grizzly Man

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale


The Hurt Locker


In the Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger

Iron Man

It’s Complicated

Julie & Julia


Leap Year

The Lovely Bones

Mad Men: Season Three

Man on Wire

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

More than a Game

Moving Midway

Murder on a Sunday Morning

My Sister’s Keeper

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Nature’s Most Amazing Events

No End in Sight

No More Trouble Zones

North and South (The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection, vol.2)

Northanger Abbey

The Order of Myths

The Other Boleyn Girl



Pirate Radio

Planet Earth: The Complete Series

Pray the Devil Back to Hell


Pride & Prejudice

The Proposal

Quantum of Solace

The Reader

Revolutionary Road

The Royal Tenenbaums


The September Issue

A Serious Man

Sherlock Holmes

Sin Nombre


Star Trek

Stranded: The Andes Crash Survivors in their Own Words

Sunshine Cleaning

The T.A.M.I. Show

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

This Emotional Life

3:10 to Yuma

Trouble the Water


Up in the Air

Waltz with Bashir

We Live in Public

Where the Wild Things Are

Whip It

Why We Fight

Winged Migration

Wives and Daughters (The Elizabeth Gaskell Collection, vol.3)



Yoga Meltdown

The Young Victoria

Come Check Out Some of Our Newest Books!

The Chatham Area Public Library recently added many titles to our Fiction and Science Fiction/Fantasy collections! Come in and check out our new additions–both long time readers of the genre and those new to it can find something to enjoy!

Ready for more bloodcurdling (and tingling) tales of vampires and werewolves now that the Twilight series is done? Who isn’t! Check out some of these titles:

Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Series inspired the popular HBO series True Blood. The first book is Dead until Dark and the whole series is available now!

Laurell K. Hamilton recently released a new installment of her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series entitled Skin Trade. Check out the rest at Chatham Library!

Patricia Briggs‘s Urban Fantasy novels have delighted fans for years.  Check out Mercy Thompson in Moon Called if you like your heroines shape-shifting and able to hold their own with the boys!

Wizards with magical solutions to real world problems are in particular demand after the void left by the end of the Harry Potter series.  What better way to fix them than with “Wizard for Hire” Harry Dresden?  The complete Dresden Files series is available now at Chatham Library!

For fans of fantasy, the ability to build worlds as compelling and real as our modern one is highly prized.  Many of our new books reflect the best in modern epic fantasy.

Jacqueline Carey’s world may resemble the early days of European History, but the resemblance ends there. Her world is home to an amazing heroine who stands every fantasy trope on its head. The newest book, Naamah’s Kiss, is forthcoming so start with Kushiel’s Dart, available now!

George R.R. Martin has been praised as one of the best fantasy writers in decades.  If you have missed his Song of Ice and Fire series, now is the time to check it out!

The full list of new science fiction and fantasy titles is below:

Patricia Briggs: Raven’s Strike; Raven’s Shadow; Dragon Bones; Dragon Blood; Cry Wolf; Moon Called; Blood Bound; Iron Kissed; Bone Crossed

Max Brooks: The Zombie Survival Guide; World War Z: The Oral History of the Zombie War

Jim Butcher: Storm Front; Fool Moon; Grave Peril; Summer Knight; Death Masks; Blood Rites; Dead Beat; Proven Guilty; White Night; Small Favor; Furies of Calderon; Academ’s Fury; Cursor’s Fury; Captain’s Fury

Brian D’Amato: In the Courts of the Sun

Guillermo Del Torro: The Strain

Jacqueline Carey: Kushiel’s Dart; Kushiel’s Chosen; Kushiel’s Avatar; Kushiel’s Scion; Kushiel’s Justice; Kushiel’s Mercy; Naamah’s Kiss; Santa Olivia

Laurell K. Hamilton: Guilty Pleasures; Circus of the Damned; Lunatic Café; Bloody Bones; The Killing Dance; Burnt Offerings; Blue Moon; Obsidian Butterfly; Narcissus in Chains; Cerulean Sins; Incubus Dreams; Micah; Skin Trade

Charlaine Harris: Dead until Dark; Living Dead in Dallas; Club Dead; Dead to the World; Dead as a Doornail; All Together Dead; From Dead to Worse; Dead and Gone; Grave Sight

George R. R. Martin: A Game of Thrones; A Storm of Swords; A Clash of Kings

Karen Miller: The Innocent Mage; The Awakened Mage

Brent Weeks: The Way of Shadows; Shadow’s Edge; Beyond the Shadows

Check out our new books! Fiction, 12/2008

1. Six Geese A-Slaying:  A Meg Langslow Christmas, by Donna Andrews

2. Surprise, by Donna Andrews

3. Divine Justice, by  David Baldacci

4. Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong:  Reopening the, by Pierre BayardCase of the Hound of the Baskervilles, by Pierre Bayard

5. Ender in Exile, by Orson Card

6. All I Have to Give:  A Christmas Love Story, by Melody Carlson

7. Arctic Drift:  A Dirk Pitt Novel, by Clive Cussler, &  Dirk Cussler

8. Tom Turkey and Erik Eagle, or How the Eagle Became the American Symbol, by Sandra Calder Davidson

9. The Bodies Left Behind, by Jeffery Deaver

10. Dying for Revenge, by Eric J. Dickey

11. Snake Dreams:  A Charlie Moon Mystery, by James D. Doss

12. Leaving Whiskey Bend, by  Dorothy Garlock

13. Strength and Honor:  A Novel of the U.S.S. Merrimack, by R.M. MeluchA McKettrick Christmas, by Linda Lael Miller

14. A Mercy, by Toni Morrison

15. Sashenka, by Simon Montefiore

16. Salvation in Death, by J. D. Robb

17. The Memorist, by M. J. Rose

18. Crucified, by Michael Slade

19. An Irish Country Christmas, by Patrick Taylor

20. A Dog Named Christmas, by Greg Kincaid

21. The Archbishop in Andalusia:  A Blackie Ryan Novel, by Andrew GreeleySwallowing Darkness, by Laurell K. Hamilton

23. The Lost Temple, by Tom HarperGhost at Work:  A Mystery, by Carolyn HartUnder the Mistletoe, by Linda Howard& Stephanie Bond

24. Just After Sunset, by Stephen  King

25. The Longing, Book Three (The Courtship of Nellie Fisher), by Beverly Lewis

26. A Lion Among Men, Volume Three, by Gregory Maguire

27. Dragonheart (Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern), by Todd McCaffrey

28. By the Sword:  A Repairman Jack Novel, by F. Paul Wilson

Check out our new books! Non-Fiction, 12/2008

The new books are located directly in front of the circulation desk.  Feel free to ask any library staff member any questions.

  • East Meets West, by Agarwal, Jay
  • Kabbalah on the Sabbath, by Berg, Yehuda
  • Baby & Toddler Body Language Phrasebook , by Howard, Emma
  • The Campaign:  Using Purpose to Fuel Big Business Goals, by Mourkogiannis, Nikos
  • 200 Outstanding Apartment Designs, by Quartino, Daniela S.
  • Bigger Than Boxing:  Muhammad Ali, by Reed, Ishamel
  • An Adventure in Tuscany, by Seeley, Dawn-Angela
  • 200 Outstanding House Design, by Vranckx, Bridget