Chatham Area Public Library District - April 2018

The Library will be closed on Friday, April 20, in order for the Library Staff to participate in our annual Staff Institute.


We need your help!


We will be working this summer on our next strategic plan to establish Library priorities for the next 3 to 5 years, and we cannot do this properly without you.


Please assist us in planning the Chatham Area Public Library’s future by taking some time to fill out our survey.


The survey is available at the Library, Scoop Du Jour and HSHS Medical Group. Please complete your survey by April 30th, 2018.


Thank you for your time.


Very sincerely yours,

The Chatham Area Public

Library staff and Board of Trustees


Visit our website to take the survey.




Tuesday, April 3rd, 2 p.m. 11 & Up Movie:

Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone Interactive Movie, free Butterbeer for all and free prop bags to first 25 participants!


Wednesday, April 4th, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Family Movie:

The Land Before Time


Wednesday, April 4th, 6 p.m. Game Night (Ages 10 and Up)


Thursday, April 5th 1-4 p.m. Family Game Day


Stay tuned. The Summer Reading Program and Book Camp sign up begins May 14th!




Tuesday Evening Book Club


Tues., April 10, 6 p.m. – The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion (2013)

A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.



Bite Into A Good Book


Wed., April 28, 12 noon - The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald: In this sleepy charmer, a Swedish bookseller finds friendship, love, and more books in the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa.




Mon., April 16, 6 p.m. - Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

Friends of Genealogy

The next meeting of the Friends of Genealogy (FOG) group is scheduled for Saturday, April 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.  



Spice of Life Book Club


Our group will be changing focus. We will still share the love, but see more thrillers, chillers and killers. This book group is for adults age 18 and older.


Tues., April 3, 6 p.m.

End of Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day



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 April 25, May 23, and June 27. For more information, please email


Cotton, Violins & Shots in the Night

Booktalk and Signing

Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m.


Enjoy fascinating stories from the popular book Cotton, Violins & Shots in the Night: A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois, as presented by authors Ray and Pam Bruzan. A recent Illinois Times book review recommended, “If you live in Springfield or another town nearby, you should pick up this book.” Meet the authors as they share stories and photographs of individuals who lived and created the history of Central Illinois. A book sale and signing will follow their presentation.



Lego Day

Lego builders of all ages are invited to come design and build with us on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. – noon. We can’t wait to see and display your new creations! Children 2nd grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. As always, we will provide the blocks, all you need to bring is your imagination!


Building Bridges with Patrick McBriarty

It’s a plane, it’s a bridge—it’s Patrick McBriarty! All families are invited to join the Library and the Central Illinois Reading Council on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 pm for a night of fun and discovery with Illinois author Patrick McBriarty. McBriarty is the author of several children’s books known for their explanations of how bridges, planes and railways work. Mr. McBriarty will talk about his books then we will have a hands-on fun activity for ages 4 and up. We hope your family will join us for this fun and informative evening.



Story Times :)

Family Evening Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m.


April 5 The Rain Came Down

12 We Love Books

19 Ha Ha Stories

26 Hello, Goodbye


Preschool Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

April 6 Hello, Goodbye

13 We Love Books


27 Ha Ha Stories


Babytalk Lap-Sit - a program for children newborn-3 yrs. with an adult, Tuesday morning at 9:45 and 10:45 a.m.


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.



Computer Classes – 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.


Intermediate Excel - Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. This class will look at and use commonly accessed formulas and functions as well as work with tables in Excel. Basic knowledge of Excel is required.

Did you guess who did it?

The 18th Murder Mystery was solved by those attending the recent performance of Volunteer Depreciation: The Awards Showdown, written by Ryan Byers. This year's play featured a barbarian named Sang-Mon (Dave Kimsey), who wanted to be a star and felt that animal performer Estelle Serengeti (Janie Bundy) was in his way. Other cast members were Greg Bishop, Megan Freeman, Meghan Harmon, Tom Klein, Laura Mitkos, and Natalie Young. Thanks to the Friends of the Library Board, volunteers, talented cast, business sponsors and audience detectives. Special thanks to to the Murder Mystery Committee members; Dixie William, Lisa Young and Amy Byers. Supporting help included Chatham Fire/EMS and Staab Polk Memorial Home.



Craft Night is held the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.; each month we will do a make and take project. Join us for some fun! This program is for adults in high school or older.


April 17 – We will use sardine tins to make a spring scene. Think mini diorama.

Art Committee News

The Library’s Art Committee will close the 9th Annual Call to Entry Art Show on April 30. The show featured 29 local artists showcasing 48 pieces of art. The winners are as follows:


Best in Show: 

      She Speaks by Roslinda Post-Lucas

Friends of the Library Award: 

      Silence by Robert Leffler

Library Foundation Award: 

Peace and Praise by Michelle Smith

Chatham Area Chamber Award: 

Recurrent Forces by Mary Ellen Strack

Library Trustee Award: 

Spring Mill Rapids by Norman Langhoff


Future Art Shows:

May - June Retired Local Art Teacher’s Show (RATS)

July - August Illinois Prairie Pastel Society


Library Board News


Future Library Board meetings will be held at

7:00 p.m. on April 16, May 21 and June 18.


Board Members

Christine Westerlund - President

Michael Roubitchek - Vice-President

Leslie Ross - Secretary

Carrie Jeffries - Treasurer



Susie Fairfield, Chelsey Moore, Dan Holden



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