Monday, May 28th - Library closed for Memorial Day


MAY 2018


Sign up for Summer Reading - May 14, 2018


Reading Takes You Everywhere

Summer Reading Program

Have you always wanted to visit the court of King Arthur or the wild savannahs of Africa or how about the shiny robot future? Well, this summer you can because Reading Takes You Everywhere! Our 2018 Reading Takes You Everywhere Summer Reading Program invites all children from age 4 years old through 6th grade to keep their minds active this summer and earn fun rewards at the same time. Children simply read (their choice of material), log the number of minutes and collect prizes; all while building brain power! And there is no cost for Summer Reading thanks to our community and business partners so everyone can join. Sign-up begins May 14th at the library. Take your brain on a trip this summer because Reading Takes You Everywhere!


Summer Reading Kickoff


Reading Takes You Everywhere, so let’s get going! Our 2018 Summer Reading kickoff gets us going with musician Jeanie B! on Friday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. Jeanie B! is a Billboard and Parent’s Choice award-winning, high-energy performer for all ages. You won't want to miss this toe tapping, foot stomping show. Come with your dancing shoes on! Everyone is welcome!


Rubber Ducky Club


We know your littlest ones like to be included in all the Summer Reading fun and prizes, so little ones birth through age 3 can join our Rubber Ducky Club. Simply read 30 books to your little one and they also will get a prize. Sign-up begins May 14 at the library. This program can be used in conjunction with our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, too!


Book Camp


For more reading fun, attend our newest summer activity, BOOK CAMP. Each day, children will participate in games, crafts, and reading activities centered on the Reading Takes You Everywhere theme. Children may go on an African safari, discover the wonders of Down Under, and much more - all without leaving the library. Book Camp will cost $1 for district residents and $5 for non-residents. For children 4 years old to 4th grade we offer two sessions; you choose either the June or July session. Children in 5th and 6th grades attend one extended session in June. Please see the available dates below. Registration is required and begins May 14. Register early as the number of participants is limited.


**Please be aware that signing your child up for Book Camp does not sign your child up for the Summer Reading Program, but children are encouraged to participate in BOTH programs!


Book Camp dates:


5th and 6th Grades

June 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Programs run 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.


3rd and 4th Grades

Pick ONE Session

June 11, 13, 15 

OR July 23, 25, 27

Programs run 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.


1st and 2nd Grades

Pick ONE Session

June 18, 20, 22 

OR July 16, 18, 20

Programs run from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.


Pre-K and Kindergarten

Pick ONE Session

June 25, 27, 29 

OR July 9, 11, 13

Programs run from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.


Kids Read Down Fines

Hey kids - looking for a fun and easy way to pay your overdue fines? Beginning Tuesday, June 5 readers from age 6 to 18 can read to earn up to $5 in “Chatham Library Bucks” to use towards fines. These bucks can also be banked to go towards future fines. Sessions are Tuesday afternoons from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday afternoons from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. See a Children’s Librarian to check in and then read down your fines!



7th Grade - High School

All teens 7th grade through high school are encouraged to enter our Teen Summer Reading program. This is your chance to read what you want to read, and enter your name into a weekly prize drawing each time you finish a book. Prize drawings happen every Saturday starting June 9 and ending July 28. Prizes include gift cards to Knight’s Action Park, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, AMC Theaters, and more. A Grand Prize will be drawn on July 28 for a $50 Best Buy gift card. Sign-up begins May 14.



Book Camp Teen Volunteer Meeting

The Chatham Library’s Book Camp is popular and well attended, but we could not offer such activities without teen volunteers. We love our teen help! Teens 14 years and older who are interested in volunteering must attend one of our training/informational sessions in order to qualify to help with Book Camp programs. If you are available to help with programs on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings from June 11 through July 27, 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., we need you. You may sign up for the days you are available at the informational meeting.


Interested teens need to attend ONE of these

mandatory, one-hour meetings:


Wednesday, May 30 @ 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 2 @ 1:00 p.m.


Before June 1, special arrangements may be possible if you are unable to make either of the meetings but would still like to help.


If you prefer not to work with children, other tasks are available by appointment. Call the Library at 217-483-2713 with questions.


Chatham Grows

Chatham Grows Seed Library continues to grow! Chatham Grows is a local foods

initiative committed to increasing our ability to grow and eat wholesome foods - for beginner to expert growers (and eaters). We are in our 4th year, and still growing strong. Come in and check out a few packets of seed to see what you can grow. There are seeds for planting an assortment of vegetables, herbs and even flowers, so that you can feed the birds and bees as well! A special thank you goes to Ace Hardware for their generous seed donation.




Missing something? Please stop by and check our lost & found. :)

Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body


Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m.


Michelle Ramlow, from the Alzheimer's Association, will share about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement to build a healthy brain and body. Learn how you can incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. This presentation is presented by the Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Free Hearing Screening


Wed., May 16,

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


An audiologist from Smith Hearing Technologies will be at the library to give free hearing screenings.

Registration is required, please call the library to sign up for a time slot.






Tuesday, May 15th, 6 p.m.


We will use card stock, scrapbook paper, and stamps to make a few simple and cute bookmarks. This program is for adults in high school or older.

 Author Talk and Signing

with Margaret Honnold

Wednesday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m.


Margaret Honnold will speak about her book, The Cloisonne Heart, in which she shares her experiences as a caregiver to her late husband, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. The role of a caretaker is extremely valuable and incredibly difficult. Her book tells her story as well as gives inspiration and encouragement to those in a caretaker role. Copies of her book will be available to purchase and have signed after her presentation.

Taste Buds Cookbook Club

Theme: Appetizers

Saturday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.


If you love to cook and want a fun, casual environment to try and share new recipes, the Taste Buds Cookbook Club is just for you! Each quarter you make a recipe from a selected cookbook or theme and then bring your dish to share with the group. We will have a discussion about your experience cooking and the cookbook itself. Don’t forget to bring a copy of the recipe and serving utensils. Library will provide

beverages, plates and utensils.


The Taste Buds Cookbook Club will meet quarterly at 11:30 am. Open to cooks ages 14 and more seasoned! Registration is required.




Our Saturday morning computer classes are free and open to everyone. Classes are held in our computer lab at 10:00 a.m. on the following days. Registration is preferred.


The Cloud - Saturday, May 19

Have you heard of the Cloud, but you're not quite sure what that means or where to go to access it? Take a look at some common cloud applications and learn how easy and convenient cloud computing can be.


Tuesday Evening Book Group

Tues., May 8, 6 p.m. – The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean (2014)


Early studies of human brain function used a simple method: wait for misfortune to strike strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, lobotomies, accidents and observe how the victim coped. With lucid explanations and incisive wit, Sam Kean explains the brain's secret passageways while recounting forgotten stories of common people whose struggles, resiliency, and deep humanity made modern neuroscience possible.



Bite Into a Good Book

Wed., May 16, 12 noon – Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg


Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and bawdy, she's the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. It's the Jazz Age, with romance and ooze aplenty -- even when Prohibition kicks in -- and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets.




Mon., May 21, 6 p.m. - Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her "our little genius.” Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.



Spice of Life


Tues., May 1st, 6 p.m. - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

On a three-day journey through the snowbound Balkan hills, Hercule Poirot must weed through an array of international suspects to find the passenger who murdered a gangster on the Orient Express.


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 next meeting will be on May 23. For more information please email


Library Hours:


Monday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Tuesday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Wednesday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m-4 p.m.


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