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.

Discover Your Genealogical Roots Series
Get Started in Genealogy Monday, July 9, 6:00 p.m.
This class is perfect for beginning and intermediate genealogists. Polly Myers, DAR Regent for Captain William Penny Chapter, research forms, marriage records, census
records and much more. Registration is required.

Genealogy Work SessionsMondays, July 23 & 30, 6:00 p.m.
With basic genealogy research skills, it is time to put that knowledge into practice. DAR volunteers will be available to help you get started on the research of your family. The Library has Ancestry Library Edition as well as access to the “restricted” records on Registration is required.

Introductory Flower Arranging – Tuesday, July 31, 6:00 p.m.
Chatham resident Janel Kutzler will show how to make simple flower arrangements with flowers from your garden. Learn some tips and tricks and see how to use different types of containers to showcase even the simplest of flowers.

Backing Up Your Data – Wednesday, August 22, 6:00 p.m.
Darrell Fortae, owner of Everlast Software, will be here to talk about how to back up your electronic data from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. He’ll go over the different types of disasters that can take place and how to protect yourself from multiple cases.

It Was a Crime to be a German with Barbara Kay – Thursday, August 30, 6:00 p.m.
Book burnings…physical attacks upon immigrants…vandalism of immigrant-owned property…proliferation of irrational fear and hatred. We might tend to associate such occurrences with dictatorships, but 100 years ago incidents such as these took place right here in Illinois. Although German immigrants and first-generation German Americans had been present throughout Illinois for decades and formed a large proportion of the state’s population, mob hysteria and violence against them escalated in Illinois during the World War I years. Historical actor Barbara Kay will portray her great-grandmother, Margaret May, a resident of southern Illinois who saw and felt anti-German hysteria a century ago. Through her first-person, costumed portrayal, she will bring the struggles of World War I-era German Illinoisans to life and will engage audiences with questions and discussion.
This Road Scholar program is sponsored by a grant from Illinois Humanities.

“Our Land Between the Rivers” with Barry Cloyd – Tuesday, September 4, 6:00 p.m.
Barry Cloyd is a Midwestern based, full-time touring singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has created dozens of edu-tainment programs which focus on America’s history with music. Join us as we celebrate Illinois’ Bicentennial with Cloyd’s program, “Our Land between the Rivers” and learn about the history of our state in a fun, family-friendly way.