Adult Programs

The Library hosts one adult program per month (excluding June, July, and August).  Topics and time frames vary, but in the recent past we have covered healthy eating through the grocery aisles, organizing tips, and couponing.

Most programs are free and open to the public; please call (483-2713) or email ( the library for additional information or to register.  Space may be limited. Registration is optional in most cases, although it may be required, as noted.

Tea TastingWednesday, October 7 at 10:00 a.m.
Join us as Wendy Schluter hosts a tea tasting and shares information about different types of teas and her passion for them. Seating is limited, so please call the library to register.

LinkedIn Educational SessionTuesday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m.
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in your social media strategy, but is often overlooked even by those professionals that are on it. Learn how to use LinkedIn for business development and branding. Grow your network, engage with groups, and share content on this powerful platform for business professionals. This is a free program provided by the Chatham Area Chamber. For more information or how to join the Chamber, please call the Chamber office. Refreshments will be provided by the Chatham Area Chamber.
Please RSVP on or before Monday, October 23 to reserve your seat by calling 217-483-6450.

Let’s Talk Legacy Seminar Series by Strategic Hourglass Solutions
The Talk of a LifetimeThursday, October 26 at 10:00 a.m.
How do you want to be remembered and who will tell your story? Please join Paula Staab Polk of Staab Polk Memorial Home and Maureen Williams of Strategic Hourglass Solutions for an informative and interaction discussion on funeral arrangements and creating a permanent memorial of you and your life by having The Talk of a Lifetime.

Let’s Talk Legacy Seminar Series by Strategic Hourglass Solutions
Long Term CareThursday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m.
What is the cost of aging gracefully and how do you pay for it? Please join Julie Hale Miller of Country Financial and Maureen Williams of Strategic Hourglass Solutions for an informative and interactive discussion on the costs of growing old and optional ways to afford living longer.     

Beginning Genealogy Series
Basic GenealogyMonday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m.
In this first session, Ron Hallberg, co-chair of our Friends of Genealogy group, will be sharing information on basic genealogy searching. He will discuss the types of records you will encounter, the traditional sources for information, as well as storing and presenting your information.

Beginning Genealogy Series
Computers, the Internet, and GenealogyMonday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m.
Ron Hallberg will present on advantages and disadvantages to the internet for genealogy research, as well as helpful research websites and software to use in your research.

Beginning Genealogy Series
Using DNA in Genealogy ResearchMonday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Linda McCall, co-chair of our Friends of Genealogy group, will discuss the types of DNA testing that can be done, companies that do the testing, and how to use the results for research.

Bitcoin ExplainedTuesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Darrell Fortae, of Everlast Software, will discuss the concepts of Bitcoin and present a high level technical overview including topics like blockchain, encryption, mining, and public/private keys. Bring any questions you have about Bitcoin.

Nuns, Nazis, & Notre Dame book talkMonday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. (postponed from October date)
In Tim Pletkovich’s new book Nuns, Nazis and Notre Dame: Tales of the Great Depression, World War II and the Fighting Irish, he examines the early life of Gerald A. O’Reilly. Gerry’s story takes us from the
alleys of trolley-car Brooklyn to the hallways of Notre Dame, to the innermost thoughts of an elite 10th Mountain Division soldier thrust into the horror of battle in Italy’s harsh Apennine mountains. Join us to hear the author speak about an interesting and inspiring man.