Labor Day, Monday, September 4th - Closed


Craft Night!


Craft Night is held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.; each month we will do a make and take project. Join us for some fun!

Registration is required for this adult program.

September 19th
Join us as we paint and decoupage a map on a birdhouse. 


Family Evening Storytime


(6:30 p.m.)


Sept. 7  Police Heroes

        14  Pajama Party

        21  Reading is My

               Super Power


        28  Tyrannosaurus 




Preschool Storytime


(10:15 a.m.)


Sept. 1  Give me a                        Hand (and a 


          8  Police Heroes

        15  Pajama Party


        22  Tyrannosaurus 



        29  Reading is My 

               Super Power


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 meeting will be on September 27th. Please email for more information.



Cafe/Bookstore Deal:

What a Steele! All Danielle Steele books are on sale. Also, all Fantasy novels are $0.50!

Game Night!

Join us in the library for our monthly Game Nights on the first Wednesday of every month. The library has a fantastic assortment of fun and challenging board games, and we love teaching you how to play. Some of the games we will play include: Tsuro, Splendor, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Settlers of Catan, and many more. Game Night is for anyone 10 years or older and is September 6th at 6 p.m.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover

 The animals had such a great time at our last sleepover, we have decided to do it again! On Friday, September 15th drop your stuffed animal off at the library for a sleepover. Your animal will go wild at the library playing with our games and toys with all of their animal friends! When you pick your animal up the next day, Saturday, September 16th, you'll hear all about their sleepover adventures. Make sure to check the library's website and Facebook page to see what the animals were up to all night. Only one animal per child please.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Fifth and sixth graders are invited to join undersized weakling Greg Heffley in a hilarious litany of problems. Ever wondered which Wimpy Kid character is the most like you? Are you a Greg or a Rowley? Maybe you're a Rodrick! Find out which wimpy character you are, team up for wimpy games, do a wimpy craft and finish up with a wimpy snack! You must register first for the September 21st program by calling the Library at 217-483-2713. The fun takes place from 1:00 - 2:30, so write it in your diary (sorry - your journal). Don't wimp out!


1000 Books Before Kindergarten


The nationwide program 1,000 Books Before is coming to Chatham Area Public Library. The concept is simple; the rewards are  priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your little one starts kindergarten. Beginning September 5, stop by the 

library for your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten kit to get started. The Library thanks Julie Hale Miller from Country Financial for sponsoring this program.


Learning to Connect - Relating to the Person with Alzheimer's
Thursday, September 14th, 12:00 p.m.

Feeling unsure or ill at ease spending time with a person with memory loss? By understanding the disease and how it affects the brain, you can easily make meaningful connections with a person with Alzheimer's disease. This program will provide insight into memory loss and dementia and the effect on communication and behavior. It will also introduce participants to techniques that can be used to make visits more comfortable and meaningful. A free lunch will be provided. Please call the Library at 217-483-2713 to register.



Photo Sharing - Saturday, September 9th, 10:00 a.m. This class will look at a few ways to save and share your pictures. We will go through transferring photos from your smart phone to a computer and how to save
photos to a cloud storage service and share them. We will also look at how to scan physical photos and slides onto a computer to make a digital backup and share them. 


Art Committee News

Aug. - Sept.    Illinois Prairie Pastel Society


Oct.                Volunteer Show (contact Amy at
              if you are one
                       of our volunteers and would like to show)


Friends' CaddyStacks Fundraiser - SAVE THE DATE

Back by popular demand! Join us on Saturday, November 4th from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.and Sunday, November 5th from 1 - 4 p.m. for a putt-putt fundraiser, benefiting the Friends of the Chatham Area Public Library! The Library will be transformed into 9 holes of family fun. The library is currently seeking hole sponsors. A hole sponsorship costs $100 and benefits the Friends of the Library. For more information or to sponsor a hole, please contact Amy Byers, Library Director at or 217-483-2713.

Thank you for your support!  


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Book Clubs

Spice of Life Book Group


(Must be 18 or older)


We will be reading Beauty and the Brit Series by Terri L Austin


Tuesday, Sept. 5th at 6:00 p.m. - His Every Need


Allie Campbell will do anything to hold onto her family home-including entering into an unusual arrangement with the brooding, wealthy Englishman that now holds the deed.

Tuesday Evening Book Group


Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 6:00 p.m. - Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly (2016).


An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.

Outer Edge Book Club


Monday, Sept. 18th at 6 p.m. - Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker


On an ordinary Saturday, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer, gravity is affected, the birds, the tides, human behavior and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray.



Bite Into a Good Book


Wednesday, Sept. 20th at 12:00 p.m. -Reluctant Midwife
by Patricia Harman


The Great Depression has hit West Virginia hard.  Men are out of work; women struggle to feed hungry children. Luckily Nurse Becky Myers has returned to care for them. While she can handle most situations, Becky is still uneasy helping women deliver their babies. For these mothers-to-be, Becky relies on an experienced midwife, her dear friend Patience Murphy. Filled with humor and compassion, this book is a moving tribute to the power of optimism and love to overcome the most trying circumstances and times.


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