January 2017


Winter's Tale 

Adult Reading Program
January 3rd - February 11th
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 Friend's Winter Book & Bake Sale


Book bargains & tempting treats will be available for shoppers at the Friends of the Library Winter Book & Bake Sale to be held Saturday, January 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friends who have paid or renewed their annual membership dues as of January 2017 may attend the Friend's Preview Night on Friday, January 20th, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.Please note, this year, the preview night will begin one hour earlier. Contact Rhona Kelley (553-2007) for baked goods donations. Those interested in volunteering may contact Dan Miller, Bookstore coordinator at the Library (483-2713).


Blood Drive at the Library 

Saturday, January 21st from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



 Computer Class

 Our Saturday morning computer classes are free and open to  everyone. Registration is required.


 Formatting a Resume - January 28th, 10:00 a.m.

 This class will focus on using templates from Microsoft Word to create a  professional looking resume using basic formatting tools. Bring your  existing resume or start from scratch.




 Book Clubs


 Spice of Life

 Jan. 3rd, 6 p.m.: I've Got Your Number by Sophie  Kinsella


A girl called Poppy finds a phone belonging to a total stranger called Sam and from that moment becomes embroiled in his life. It's amazing what you can find out about somebody just from a few texts and messages. It's amazing how your whole life can be turned upside down by one little text. And it's amazing to find out how hard it is to hide the fact that you've lost your priceless engagement ring from your fiance!



 Tuesday Evening Book Club

 January 10th, 6 p.m.: All the Light We Cannot See

 by Anthony Doerr  


Marie-Laure and her father live in Paris. When at six she goes blind, her father builds a model of their neighborhood so she can memorize it to navigate the real streets. When the Germans occupy Paris, they flee to Saint-Malo. In Germany an orphan, Werner, grows enchanted by a crude radio and becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy. While there, he becomes a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance, which brings him to Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.   



 Bite Into a Good Book

 January 18th, 12 noon: Finding Winnie, Always Room for One More,  Last Stop on Market Street, and I, Juan de Pareja


 Caldecott Medal Winners of 2016 and 1966 & Newbery Medal Winners of  2016 and 1966.  



 The Outer Edge

 January 16th, 6 p.m.:  Hounded by Kevin Herne 


Atticus O'Sullivan, last of the druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one  years old, when in actuality, he's twenty-one centuries old.  


Writers' Group


Our Writers' Group typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. We welcome writers of all levels of experience and genres to join us for 

critiques of members' pieces, writing exercises, and discussion. Our upcoming meeting will be on January 25th. Please email for more information.


Friends of Genealogy                                                      



The next meeting of the Friends of Genealogy (FOG) group is scheduled for Saturday, January 14th at 2 p.m. in the Library Conference Room. Guests are welcome to attend. A donation of any amount is requested as a membership fee.



Let's Talk Legacy Series



Thursday, January 12, 10:00 a.m.

How do you want to be remembered and who will tell your story? Please join 

us for an informative and interactive discussion on 'Creating a Permanent Memorial of You and Your Life by Having the Talk of a Lifetime.' Hosted by Maureen Williams of Strategic Hourglass Solutions, and Paula Staab Polk of Staab Polk Memorial Home. Annual Call to Entry Art Show


In March, the Library's Art Committee will present the 8th Annual Call to Entry Show. The local artwork will be displayed throughout the Library from February 27th   to April 28th. The deadline forentries to be considered for admission is February 10th. Five awards will be presented including Best of Show. Winners will be announced at our reception on March 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to enter, please stop by the Library or visit our



Genius Files, 3rd & 4th Grade Program


What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs? What goes up and doesn't come back down? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Do you know the answers to these riddles? Are you good at solving puzzles and figuring things out? Join us at the library for our 3rd and 4th grade Genius Files program on Wednesday, January 25th from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. We will have activities to test your brain power along with a snack and a tricky craft. Registration is required."Throw Out the Water" Book Talk

Tuesday, January 31st, 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.




King's Daughters Organization Grant

Earlier this year, the library was awarded a $1500 grant from the King's Daughters Organization, whose mission is to aid the elderly through volunteering and financial support. With this gift, the library was able to purchase technology and legal and health source books on topics such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, arthritis, and pain. Also purchased was equipment to help seniors with computer needs including large screen monitors, a large print keyboard, and an ergonomic mouse for our computer lab. We are thankful to be able to better help provide more for local seniors.



Librarians are our friends. (Neil Gaiman)     



 2016 Tax Help Available at the Library


 IRS-trained AARP volunteers will be available by appointment on Wednesdays and  Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. February 1st through April 12th.


 Please refer to our website and the Chatham Clarion in mid-January for information  on booking your appointment! Free tax preparation services are offered for  individuals and families who qualify. AARP volunteers will also focus on identifying  those taxpayers who are eligible for valuable tax credits, such as the Affordable  Care Act, Earned Income Tax, Child Tax and Education Credits. For more  information on these credits and others, please visit the IRS website at




Did you know that the Friends' Cafe Bookstore now accepts credit cards? Craft Night


Craft Night is held the third Tuesday of each  month at 6:00 p.m. Join us for a fun make and take project. A limited number of seats are available; call the library each month to reserve your spot!


January 17th - We will be making a winter scene snow globe out of old jars. Bring a clean and empty jar with a lid.




Game Night                               

Wednesday, January 3rd, 6-7:30 p.m.


 Thanks to a generous donation from Gary Bahlow, the library has started a  collection of board games. The librarians are itching to teach you how to play these  amazing games; therefore, we have decided to start monthly games nights at the  library. The first Wednesday of each  month from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. we will  have games out to play. Join us to learn how to play these games or teach the  librarians a thing or two. Due to the age limits of these games, our Wednesday  evening game nights will be ages 10 and up; however, we will have all ages  family game days during school breaks.  



 Maryellen - An American Girl 

 Like crazy! Like wow! We are excited to introduce our keen  new American Girl doll, Maryellen Larkin, a nine-year-old  girl growing up in the 1950's. On Tuesday, January  3rd from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., children aged kindergarten and  older are invited to come to our annual American Girl  program to meet Maryellen and party with a blast from the  past at our 50's style sock hop. Bring your favorite doll or  animal, if desired, and join us for fun activities, a craft and  a tasty treat from our soda fountain. Space is limited and  registration is required. Call 483-2713 to register. Be there  or be square! Memoriam

We are saddened by the passing of former Friends of the Library Café & Bookstore Manager Paul Moore last October. Paul served as the Café & Bookstore manager
since 2009.

Volunteers and patrons will remember Paul's amazing ability to remember his customers' favorite authors. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.


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