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, June 28, 6:00 p.m.: Two members will volunteer to bring pieces to be read and critiqued by the group.writing-on-a-computer


“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.


Tuesday Evening Book Group – Lab Girl

Tuesday, December 13, 6:00 p.m.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (2016).


Jahren has studied flowers, seeds, and soil since she was a girl. She tells of the sanctuary she found in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. She also tells of a relationship she forged with Bill, her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii.

Tuesday Evening Book Group – Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Tuesday, November 8, 6:00 p.m.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (2010).

7948230The last thing to disturb the town of Chabot, and its lone lawman, Silas Jones, was the disappearance of a teen girl nearly twenty years ago. However, when somebody tries to kill the town recluse, another young woman vanishes, and a drug dealer is found murdered all in a short amount of time, the quaint Mississippi town is shaken to the core.

Legacy Seminar Series “Wills & Trusts”

Thursday, November 3, 10:00 a.m.

What did Abraham Lincoln and Prince have in common? They both died without a will.

Please join us for an informative and interactive discussion on ‘Making a Difficult Time Less Difficult.’ Hosted by Maureen Williams of Strategic Hourglass Solutions, and Sarah Delano Pavlik of Delano Law Offices, LLC. Refreshments provided. Seating is limited, so please call the library to reserve your spot.wills-trusts-rotating-page-nov

Social Media for Small Business

Tuesday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. 14520557_10153786470211581_1412811722798481062_n

This program is cosponsored by the Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce. This program will include what types of businesses should use social media, social media platforms businesses should consider and implementing social media platforms. Call 217-416-1142 for more information.

“A Just Cause”

Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m.978-0-8093-3464-3-frontcover

Bernard Sieracki, previous lobbyist and current teacher of public administration, will be giving a book talk on his book, “A Just Cause.” The book is the firsthand account of the eight-week political crises beginning with governor Rod Blagojevich’s arrest, through his impeachment and trial, and ending in his conviction and removal from office. Join us to hear Sieracki discuss this compelling story.

Civil War Fathers & WWII Sons

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Tim Pletkovich, author of the book Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in World War II, will speak about a handful of men who fought in the Civil War and whose sons fought in WWII. A rare look at the social, cultural, and economic changes that took place over almost a hundred years through the eyes of only two generations.

He’ll also share the story of how his middle school class started contacting World War II veterans and the stories and relationships that came out of a class project.

Tuesday Evening Book Group – A Thousand Splendid Suns

We’ll be discussing the book A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007) on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in our lively a_thousand_splendid_sunsdiscussion and snacks. A Thousand Splendid Suns tells of two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war torn Kabul and the losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.