Tuesday Evening Book Group

On Tuesday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m. we will be discussing The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.Unlikely pilgrimage of harold fry

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts,

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Game Night

Need to get out of the house this summer? Need to be in the cool air conditioning for a bit this summer?

If you’re 10 years old or older, join us for our Game Nights the first Wednesday of every month! The library has a fantastic assortment of fun and challenging board games, and we love teaching you how to play. Some of the games we will play include: Tsuro, Splendor, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Settlers of Catan, and many more. Game days will be August 2nd and September 6th at 6 p.m.

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The Literature of Prescription

Dr. Tena Helton, English Department Chair at the University Helton-200x300of Illinois, Springfield will present on The Yellow Wall-Paper on Tuesday, August 1st at 6:00 p.m. Helton will discuss how Gilman crafted this story to indict prevailing thought about female “weakness” and “treatments.” She will not only talk about how the social politics of the day are on display but how literary craft like, figurative language and point of view, transforms politics into something more  impactful than a mere pamphlet or lecture.

This lecture coordinates with the traveling exhibit we have on display at the library. The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper” is a traveling exhibit from the National Library of  Medicine. It will be on display from July 24th to September 2nd during normal library hours. Stop by and learn more about the author, the role of women during the late 1800s, and how she challenged those roles.

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.

Wednesday, July 26, 6:00 p.m.

Two members will volunteer to bring pieces to be read and critiqued by the group.writing on laptop

The Literature of Prescription

The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper” Exhibit and Lecture

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In the late 19th century, women were excluded from political and intellectual life. Medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes.  Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional opportunities. The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper” is a traveling exhibit from the National Library of  Medicine. It will be on display from July 24th to September 2nd during normal library hours. Stop by and learn more about the author, the role of women during the late 1800s, and how she challenged those roles.

Dr. Tena Helton, English Department Chair at the University Helton-200x300of Illinois, Springfield will present on The Yellow Wall-Paper on Tuesday, August 1st at 6:00 p.m. Helton will discuss how Gilman crafted this story to indict prevailing thought about female “weakness” and “treatments.” She will not only talk about how the social politics of the day are on display but how literary craft like, figurative language and point of view, transforms politics into something more  impactful than a mere pamphlet or lecture.

 

Outer Edge: Ghost Talkers

The Outer Edge is Chatham Area Public Library’s science fiction and fantasy book club. We read and discuss classic and modern titles alike.

The Outer Edge meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to join us for fun and lively discussions of great books, please write Meghan Harmon at mharmon@chathamlib.org and she will order next month’s book for you!  Also, you can find us on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/OuterEdge

Next Monday, July 17th we will be discussing Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal.

We hope you can join us!  We require no commitment – come for one meeting or come for them all.

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Harford, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force … Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiancé to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she’s just imagining things.

We hope you can join us!  We require no commitment – come for one meeting or come for them all.

Altered Book Competition

The Friends of the Library will host the 6th annual altered books competition during the Friends Book and Bake Sale on July 22nd. The contest is free and open to all age groups. To enter, participants must create an art or craft using books in some way. They may use their own books or may ask at the Bahlow Bookstore Staff for free discarded books.wiz of oz altered book

Deadline for entries is Thursday, July 20th at 8:00 p.m. Rules and entry forms are available at the library’s circulation desk. Gift certificates to the Bahlow Bookstore and Café will be awarded to the winners. Voting will take place by the public during the Book and Bake Sale.

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Tuesday Evening Book Group

We will be discussing Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m.born a crime cover

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

Game Night

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Need to get out of the house this summer? Need to be in the cool air conditioning for a bit this summer?

If you’re 10 years old or older, join us for our Game Nights the first Wednesday of every month! The library has a fantastic assortment of fun and challenging board games, and we love teaching you how to play. Some of the games we will play include: Tsuro, Splendor, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Settlers of Catan, and many more. Game days will be July 5th, August 2nd, and September 6th at 6 p.m.