JUNE 2018

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!



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.


Craft Night!


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.


June 19 We will use Sharpie markers to decorate black mugs.

Adult Summer Reading Program

June 1- July 14


The first drawing for a prize will be June 9th and the final drawing is July 14th.


Movies at the Library


Free admission, popcorn, and drinks!


11 and Up movie

Movies for anyone 11 years old

and older

“National Treasure”

Tuesday June 5 @ 2:00 p.m.


Family Movie

Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.


“Cars 3”

Wednesday June 6

*Double Feature* -- showings @ 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.





June   7   Birthday Bash

          14   Tall Like Daddy

          21   Hair!      

          28   Saggy Baggy Elephants

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.



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 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.


**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 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 with questions.


Board Game Nights Ages 10 and Up

We have been having a blast at our Board Game Nights. The only thing that has been missing is you!

If you have been wanting to learn a new board game, brush up on the rules of one you’ve learned before, or just want to get out of the house, please join us the first Wednesday of every month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. for some great board games.

Upcoming Board Game Night: June 6. Due to the complex nature of our games, Board Game Nights are for ages 10 and up only.



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. Registration is preferred.


Finding Your Next Read - Saturday, June 2

Looking for a good book to read this summer? This class will look at one of our online databases, NoveList, to help you explore what to read next. We will also look at free online resources such as Goodreads and Fantastic Fiction to get ideas for new books and new authors you might enjoy.



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 June 27. For more information please email



Art Show:

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

July-August Illinois Prairie Pastel Society


Library Board News


The next Library Board meetings will be held at June 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members

Christine Westerlund - President

Michael Roubitchek - Vice-President

Leslie Ross - Secretary

Carrie Jeffries - Treasurer


Susie Fairfield, Chelsey Moore, Dan Holden



Time to go fishing!

Borrow a fishing pole for 2 whole weeks from the Library! 


License Requirements

Ages 16 -13 - No fishing license needed

Ages 17 and up - Need a license (Available at Meijer, Quik N Ez, Walmart, Farm & Home Supply)


Tuesday Evening Book Group

Tues., June 12th, 6 p.m.


The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (2017)

Set at the end of World War II, amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined.


Bite Into A Good Book

Wed., June 20th, 12 p.m.


So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell

This is an acclaimed short novel focused on youth, memory and personal loss. It reflects Maxwell’s youth in Lincoln, IL.


The True Picture of Emigration by Rebecca Burlend

This is a compelling account of settling in Illinois during the 1830s by a poor immigrant, as dictated to her son, Edward.



Mon., June 18th, 6 p.m.


June 18: Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes

Lenk can barely keep control of his mismatched adventurer band at the best of times. When they're not insulting each other's religions they're arguing about pay and conditions. So when the ship they are travelling on is attacked by pirates, things obviously don't go very well. And when a demon steals the Tome of the Undergates, things get a whole lot worse.



Spice of Life

Tues., June 5th, 6 p.m.

Sacrifice by Sharon Bolton

Tora Hamilton is an outsider at her new home on the rocky, wind-swept Shetland Islands, a hundred miles from the northeastern tip of Scotland. Though her husband grew up here, it's the first time he's been back in twenty years. Digging in the peat on their new property, Tora unearths a human body, at first glance a centuries-old bog body, interesting but not uncommon. But realizing that the body is in fact much newer, that the woman's heart has been cut out and that she was killed within a few days of bearing a child, Tora, herself an obstetrician, becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her--even when the police, her colleagues and eventually her husband warn her against getting involved.




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