January 2018


Monday, January 1 - Closed


Time to go shopping!


Book bargains and tempting treats will be available for shoppers at the Friends of the Library Winter Book & Bake Sale to be held Saturday, January 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friends who have paid or renewed their annual membership dues as of January 2018 may attend the Friends’ POWER HOUR right before the sale from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. What a deal!


Book Store Special:

January-All Adult Fiction Hardback books: $1.00.


Blood Drive at the Library: Saturday, January 20, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Be Safe Online:

Cyber Security Seminars

Tuesdays, January 23 and 30, 6:00 p.m.


Darrell Fortae, from Everlast Software, will present on staying secure in the digital age. On January 23, he’ll go over passwords, browsing the internet safely, encryption, biological authentication (like thumbprints), credit card skimmers, and identity theft. On January 30, malware, mobile apps, digital signatures, wi-fi security, antivirus software, corporate spying, and deleting files securely will be discussed. Come for one or both sessions.


2017 Tax Help

IRS-trained AARP volunteers will be available by appointment on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., February 3 - April 14.


Individuals are encouraged to make their appointments as soon as all of their tax documents are available. Please call 217-528-4035 Ext: 151 beginning Tuesday January 16 to schedule an appointment.


Free tax return 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 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



Diary of a Wimpy Kid

You told us and we listened – 3rd and 4th graders can be “Wimpy Kids”, too! So by popular

demand, we are having a Diary of a Wimpy Kid program for 3rd and 4th graders on Wednesday, January 31 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. We will have a wimpy craft, a wimpy snack, and lots of fun wimpy activities. Registration for this program is required, so don’t wimp out: call the Library today!



My Weekend is All Booked Adult Reading Program

Tuesday - January 2 through Saturday, February 17


Sign up beings January 2. Read for a chance to win prizes!


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.


Introduction to Excel - Saturday, January 27

Excel is a spreadsheet program that allows you to easily store, organize, and manipulate data. In this introductory class we will learn the basics of Excel such as inserting text, AutoSum and AutoFill features, sorting data, and some shortcuts to make working with your spreadsheets easier.

Family Evening Storytime

Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.


Jan. 4 Arctic Animals

11 Zin Zin Zin!: A Violin

18 My Monster

25 Button Button

Preschool Storytime

Fridays at 10:15 p.m.


Jan. 5 Zin Zin Zin!: A Violin

12 Arctic Animals

19 Button Button

26 My Monster


Book Clubs


Bite Into a Good Book

January 17, 12:00 p.m. A Gentleman in Moscow  by Amor Towles

In 1922, when Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, he is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, who has never worked a day in his life, must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavors to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.



Outer Edge Book Club

January 15. 6:00 p.m. - Preacher by Garth Ennis

Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of "the word," an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country.



Spice of Life Book Group (Adults 18+)

January 2, 6:00 p.m. - FBI Outta the Bag Series; Me Myself and Why?, Yours Mine and Ours and You & I, Me & You by Mary Janice Davidson plus Spicy Read Short Stories: Merry Christmas Baby


Tuesday Evening Book Group

January 9, 6:00 p.m. Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The account of the struggles of hundreds of women who were exposed to dangerous levels of radium while working factory jobs during World War I and how they were misled by their employers and became embroiled in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights.



Game Nights - Ages 10 and up


Your body is not the only thing in need of exercise over the winter months; your brain needs stimulation, too! Join us in the library the first Wednesday of every month for our board game nights. Learn how to strategize, outmaneuver, and sometimes even downright trick your way to victory with the library’s assortment of fun and challenging board games. Game nights are for all patrons aged 10 and up. Upcoming game nights: January 3, February 7, and March 7 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Make and Take Craft


On Saturdays January 13, February 3, and March 17 from 10 a.m. - noon, and on Monday, April 2 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., the Library will be providing the space and materials for you to do simple crafts with your little ones. Drop in and blow away those winter blues with some hands on fun and creativity!

Craft Night!


January 16, 6:00 p.m. – Scrapbook/card book. We will be taking an old book and using the front and back covers to create a small scrap book or place for you to keep special cards.  This program is for adults in high school or older.

Friends of Genealogy

Are you getting started with your family history search or stuck somewhere? Join the Friends of Genealogy as they discuss the trials and tribulations of family history  research. The next meeting of the Friends of Genealogy (FOG) group is scheduled for Saturday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room. Guests are welcome to attend.   A donation of any amount is requested as a membership fee.


Writer's 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 January 24, February 28, and March 28.


For more information please email

Art is All Around!

January is typically pretty gray outside. Stop by the Library and see the colorful artwork created by the children in the elementary schools to brighten your spirits!


Then, from February 17 through April 30, you’ll be able to see the talents of over 30 local artists when the Library’s Art Committee hosts its 9th Annual Call to Entry Art Show. If you would like to show your work, the deadline for entries to be considered for admission is January 26. At the Open House Reception on March 2, from 5:30 – 7:30, the Committee will be announcing five awards: Best in Show, Friends of the Library, Foundation, Trustees and the Chatham Chamber Award. For more information or to enter, please stop by the Library or visit our website.


Click here to visit our website.



18th Annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater March 9th & 10th 2018


Evening shows are $25 and includes a chicken dinner or vegetarian option, coffee/tea and dessert.


Saturday matinee is $15 and includes coffee/tea and dessert.


Stop by the Library Cafe and Bookstore to reserve your spot. Want to use your credit card? The Friends' Cafe & Bookstore can now process credit cards!



Please click here for Murder Mystery form.


Chatham Area Public Library District | 600 East Spruce, Chatham, IL 62629