Chatham Area Public Library District

We envision our library as being community centered, responding to the needs of a growing and diverse population.


Titan Fuel for Fines

The Chatham Area Public Library will be collecting non-perishable items for Titan Fuel.

Patron can bring in items for Titan Fuel and have $1 removed from their fines per item they bring in. This program is for fines only, not lost or damaged material costs. Donated material will be accepted at the Circulation Desk.


August 1st - August 19th

Suggested Donations:

·     Individual cereals

·     Granola bars

·     Ramen noodles

·     Individual apple sauce

·     Individual fruits (fruit cups, etc).


 All snacks need to be individually packed. NO PEANUTS PLEASE.
 We are happy to partner with Walgreen's for this program.


Cafe/Bookstore Deal of the Month:

All Nora Roberts hardcovers books are $0.75 and paperbacks are $0.50.


Movies at the Library


Tuesday, August 8th, 2 p.m.

(ages 11 and up)

Beauty and the Beast


Wednesday, August 9th, 2 p.m.

(Family Movie)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Ice Cream Social and

End of Summer Splash!

Is there any better way to celebrate the end of summer than with some fun and games and some ice cream? All families are invited to close out our summer activities with water games on the lawn. Water limbo, wacky water races and more. And don’t miss your chance to experience our infamous “Splashinator!” Make sure to stick around for a delicious ice cream treat Thursday, August 3rd 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


Coming in August to the History Room!

Soon you will be able to come to the library and make a digital copy of your treasured memories in a variety of formats. We are expanding our capabilities to include  8 mm film and VHS cassettes (including VHS-C). We plan to have flash drives and DVDs available so that copies can be made. We hope you enjoy this edition to our already popular digitization services including slide and negative conversion, book scanning, and large bed scanner.  Please call the library at 217-483-2713 to make an appointment.

Family Games!

Join us in the library for our monthly 10 and up 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 days will be July 5th, August 2nd, and September 6th at 6 p.m.
Please join us in the library for another fun-filled Family Game Day! On Thursday, August 10th from 1 - 4 p.m., we will have our galleries full of fun and challenging games. Family Game Day is open to all ages.

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.  Please note this is an adult program.
August 15th – This month we’ll be
making tin can lanterns out of old tin cans. Please bring a hammer and a pair of pliers if you have them available.


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 August 23rd, and September 27th. Please email for more information.



Book Clubs


August 16th 12:00 p.m. - Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo

The irresistible Donald “Sully” Sullivan is trying to ignore his cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left to live, and it is hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life. This novel is filled with humor, heart, and hard-luck characters you can’t help but love.

August 1st 6:00 P.M.  - The Last Time I Saw Her


(Must be 18 years or older)


Realizing the extent of her feelings for ghost Michael after an attack by a hostile specter, Charlotte Stone struggles to stay out of trouble while assisting her FBI friends in solving a gruesome murder case tied to a string of killings.

August 21st 6:00 p.mOff to be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: h can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little "tweaks" have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard. What could possibly go wrong?

Tuesday Evening Book Group

August 8th, 6 p.m. -

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce


Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love inorder to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.




Borrow this magnifier to view census pages in your Genealogy research or zoom in on a book or map to see concise details. Please stop by the computer lab to use this magnifier in the Library free of charge. 


This great new device was awarded to the Library by



August Storytimes


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


August    3  End of Summer Splash!

                 10  Spotlight on Eric Carle

                 17  School is Cool                                    

                 25  Give Me a Hand (and a Foot)

                 31  We're Crabby


Preschool Storytime Fridays @10:15 a.m.


August   4  Spotlight on Eric Carle                 

                11  Narwhal and Friends

                18  School is Cool

                25  We're Crabby


Summer Reading Sponsors
A HUGE thank you to Tina McRae for the beautiful paper artwork for the Children’s area, to Karen High for the lovely quilt, and to the following sponsors for generously supporting the efforts of our Summer Reading program:

·     Ameriprise Financial, Steve Koch, CFP

·     Bank & Trust Co.

·     CEFCU

·     Chatham Collision Repair Inc.

·     Chatham Jaycees

·     Chatham Township

·     Chuck & Barb Hunt

·     Coonrod Financial Group

·     Culver’s

·     Curt Neitzke Design

·     Formea Insurance Group, INC

·     Friends of the Chatham Library

·     Gelidos Premium Shaved Ice

·     Glo-Golf

·     Grace Your Face - Permanent Makeup

·     Gus & Flora Kerasotes YMCA

·     Jane Hay Sales & Staging

·     John’s Appliance Service Center

·     Lake Shore Learning Center

·     Little Italy’s Pizza

·     McDonald’s of Chatham

·     Modern Woodman of America, Meredith Ferguson

·     Monical’s Pizza

·     Scoop DuJour

·     Spartan Sports Park

·     Starcrest Cleaners

·     Steve Bedford State Farm Insurance

·     Targeted Marketing Resources

·     Weber’s Ice Deli

·     William’s Lane Carpet & Furniture Cleaning Service

·     Win, Lose or Draught



"When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book."    Author Margaret Walker