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.

Bitcoin Explained

Have you ever wanted to know what Bitcoin is and how it works? Darrell Fortae, of Everlast Software, will discuss the concepts of Bitcoin, and present a high level technical overview. Blockchain, encryption, mining, and public/private keys are just a few of the topics that will be discussed in the first half hour. Those that want to learn more of the technical aspects in details can stick around for the second half hour. You will also be able to get any of your questions answered in regards to Bitcoin.

Join us on Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 p.m.


Computer Class – Cloud Computing

Our Saturday morning computer classes are free and open to everyone. Classes are held in our computer lab. Registration is preferred.

Saturday, March 25, 10:00 a.m.

Have you heard of the Cloud, but you’re not quite sure what that means or where to go to access it? During this class we’ll look at some common cloud applications and learn how easy and convenient cloud computing can be. cloudcomputing

Computer Scam Protection Seminar

Thursday, February 16, 1:00 p.m.

Darrell Fortae, owner of Everlast Software, will be here to give a presentation on how to computerscamprotect yourself online. There are many hackers and scammers out there.  They are getting more clever every day. There is a lot of money in scamming people, which is why it is so common on the Internet. Identity theft can be one of the worst results from a scam!  Come join our Computer Scam Protection Seminar to learn how to protect yourself.  We will cover computer, email, web site, and phone scams.  Don’t allow yourself to become a victim.

Computer Class – Formatting a Resume

Our Saturday morning computer classes are free and open to everyone. Classes are held in our computer lab. Registration is preferred.

Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m.

This class will focus on using templates from Microsoft Word to create a professional looking resume. Bring your existing resume or start from scratch.


“Throw Out the Water” Book Talk

Author Kevin Corley will be here Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m.57f2768c89ac9-image

Throw out the Water is a sequel to Corley’s first novel Sixteen Tons which was published in 2014. While these books are fictional, they are rooted in history, taking place during the bloody Christian County Coal Mine War that took place in Illinois from 1933 to 1937. This book is also about family, love and community as the characters deal with Chautauqua’s and outhouses as well as their first telephones and automobile rides. Join the author as he presents on this fascinating look into Illinois history.


Game Night

Thanks to a generous donation from Gary Bahlow, the library has started a collection of board games. We are itching to teach you how to play these amazing games so we’ll be having monthly game nights at the library! Join us on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Due to age limits on these games, our Wednesday evening game nights will be ages 10 and up. Some of the games we will be playing include: Catan, Ticket to Ride, Splendor, Pandemic, Tiny Epic Galaxies, and more.