November 2017 - Happy Thanksgiving!


Library Holiday Closings



Wednesday, Nov. 22 - Closing at 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 23 - Friday, Nov.24 - Closed 


Art Committee News


Nov. - Dec.      Sangamon Watercolor Society presents: "Winter Wonderland"

                             Reception: Friday, November 3, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Please mark your calendars and plan to visit the library and "check out" the art. CaddyStacks Fundraiser


Join us for two days of fun on November 4 and 5 for our putt-putt fundraiser, benefiting the Friends of the Chatham Area Public Library! From 5-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4 and from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, the Library will be transformed into 9 holes of family fun. Additional prizes will be given to those who "Beat the Pro" and for those who get a hole in one on the course. Those who plan to attend should arrive no later than an hour before we close, so they have enough time to complete their round. Cost is $5 per person and refreshments will be included with the price of admission.


Let's Talk Legacy Seminar Series

by Strategic Hourglass Solutions


Long Term Care - Thursday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.


What is the cost of aging gracefully and how do you pay for it? Please join Julie Hale Miller of Country Financial and Maureen Williams of Strategic Hourglass Solutions for an informative and interactive discussion on the costs of growing old and optional ways to
afford living longer.    



Computer Class


Microsoft Word - 

Saturdays, November 4 and 11, 9:30 - 11 a.m.


Anne Godman will teach the basics of using Microsoft Word. The tips and topics discussed in this class will also be helpful when composing emails.



Beginning Genealogy Series

Mondays at 6 p.m.

November 6 - Computers, the Internet, and Genealogy


Ron Hallberg will present on advantages and disadvantages to the Internet for genealogy research, as well as helpful research websites and software to use in your research.


November 13 - Using DNA in Genealogy search


Linda McCall, co-chair of our Friends of Genealogy group, will discuss the types of DNA testing that can be done, companies that do the testing, and how to use the results for research.



Bitcoin Explained


Tuesday, November 7, 6:00 p.m.


Darrell Fortae, of Everlast Software, will discuss the concepts of Bitcoin and present a high level technical overview including topics like blockchain, encryption, mining, and public/private keys. Bring any questions you have about Bitcoin.




Each month we will do a make-and-take project. Registration is required for this adult class. Our monthly craft night is possible because of donations, if you'd like this to continue, consider donating for future crafting fun!


Tuesday, November 21, 6 p.m. - Felt fox coffee sleeve. We will be gluing and sewing a cute felt coffee sleeve to look like a fox. Keep this for yourself or share with a friend.






Family Evening Storytime Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Nov.     2    Whooshing Winds

            9    Magical Creatures

          16    Time For Giving Thanks

          23    LIBRARY CLOSED

          30    Spotlight on Bob Shea


Preschool Storytime Fridays at 10:15 a.m.
Nov.    3    Magical Creatures

         10    Whooshing Winds

         17    Time For Giving Thanks

         24    LIBRARY CLOSED


Babytalk Lap-Sit - a program intended for children newborn - 3 yrs. with an adult, Tuesday morning at 9:45  and 10:45 a.m. This storytime includes stories, finger plays, and songs. Day Saturday, November 4


Have you noticed the amazing Lego creations we have on display in the Children's area? Have you wondered how your children can have their imaginations on display? These creative Lego pieces are the result of our Lego Days, and the next one is coming up! Join us on 

Saturday, November 4th from 10 a.m. - noon to be a part of the Lego fun! Night


Looking for a fun new game to learn in time for holiday gatherings? Well, you're in luck! Join us for Game Nights the first Wednesday of every month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The library has many fun games we would love to teach you because nothing

brings a family together more than some friendly competition.


Due to the complex nature of our games, Game Nights are for ages 10 and up only, but we will have an All Ages Game Day during winter break. Game Nights are November 1, December 6, and January 3.


Writers' Group


Our Writers' Group 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 critique of member's pieces, writing exercises, and discussion. Our upcoming meetings will be on November 15 and December 27. The November meeting has been moved up a week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Please email for more information.


Book Clubs


Bite Into a Good Book


Wednesday, November 15, 12:00 p.m. - Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly


Among the group of dedicated female mathematicians, using pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space, were a group of talented African American women. These overlooked math whizzes served a vital role during the early years of the U.S. space program.



Outer Edge Book Club


Monday, November 20, 6:00 p.m. - Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett


Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco nobilis ("noble dragon" for those who don't understand italics) has appeared in Discworld's greatest city. Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King (it is a noble dragon, after all...). Magic, mayhem, and a marauding dragon...who could ask for anything more?



Tuesday Evening Book Club


Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. - Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (2007)


Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.


Spice of Life Book Group

(This book club is for readers age 18 and older.)


Tuesday, November 7, 6 p.m. - His Kind of Trouble by Terri Austin


Monica Campbell may have a history as a wild child, but she's changed her ways. She's respectable, responsible-and, most importantly, she's sworn off bad boys. That is, until Callum Hughes roars back into her life with his sexy British accent and killer smile. Cal remembers every steamy moment he shared with Monica, but he barely recognizes the straight-laced woman she's become. Determined to lure Monica into letting go of her inhibitions, Cal will use every trick he knows to fire her blood and tempt her body ... reminding her just how good it can feel to be bad-and his.



Library Board News


Future Library Board meeting will be held at
7:00 p.m. on November 20.


Board Members

Christine Westerlund - President

Michael Roubitchek- Vice-President

Leslie Ross - Secretary

Carrie Jeffries - Treasurer



Susie Fairfield, Dan Holden, Chelsey Moore


Amy Byers, Director

Chatham Area Public Library District

600 East Spruce

Chatham, IL 62629

Phone 217-483-2713 

Fax      217-483-2361

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