The library’s Writers’ Group welcomes writers of all levels of experience and working in any genre to attend our meetings. Please email email@example.com 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.
Author Kevin Corley will be here Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m.
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, 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, November 8, 6:00 p.m.
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (2010).
The 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.
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.
Tuesday, October 25, 6:00 p.m.
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.
Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m.
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.
Back by popular demand, we’re having another round of tea tasting on Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m. Wendy Schluter will be here to prepare and serve tea and finger foods. Come learn some tea history and how to prepare it while sampling white, green, oolong, herbal, and black teas. Seating is limited, so call the library to reserve your spot.
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.
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 discussion 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.