Happy Spring         March 2017


Chatham Area Public Library District



2016 Tax Help Available at the Library


IRS-trained AARP volunteers will be available by appointment on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. February 1st through April 12th.


Free tax 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 the 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


Interested parties may call 217-528-4035, Ext. 151 to make an appointment. If no one answers at this number, callers have been instructed to leave a message with their name and phone number. Please specify that the location you want is Chatham. This phone number is also being used for Springfield and Rochester. A representative will call them back to make an appointment.



Movies at the Library!  


Movies begin @ 2:00 p.m. Free admission, popcorn, and lemonade  


11 and Up

BFG Tues., March 21st


Family Movie Kids 10 and under must be
accompanied by a parent or

Secret Life of Pets Wed., March 22nd  


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Play Date!


Does your family love to play board games as much as we do at the library? Well, you’re in luck. On Thursday, March 23rd from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., we will have our galleries full of fun family games to play. Drop in or stay the whole time. We will have games for all ages and ability levels. We will also be on hand to teach you how to play some of our newest games. Come on—let’s play!

Art Show

In March, the Library’s Art Committee will present the 8th Annual Call to Entry Show. The local artwork will be displayed throughout the Library from February 27th to April 28th. The deadline for entries to be considered for admission is February 10th. Five awards will be presented including Best of Show. Winners will be announced at our reception on March 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information or to enter, please stop by the Library or visit our website.


Let's Talk Legacy Series


“Long-Term Care” Thursday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. What is the cost of aging gracefully and how do you pay for it? Please join us for an informative and
interactive discussion on ‘The Costs of Growing Old and Optional Ways to Afford Living Longer.’ Hosted by Maureen Williams of Strategic Hourglass
Solutions and Julie Hale Miller of Country Financial.   Refreshments provided. Seating is limited, so please call the library to reserve your spot.  

Craft Night!  

Craft Night is held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Join us for a fun make and take project. A limited number of seats are available; call the library each month to reserve your spot.    

March 21st-We will be making a no-sew  t-shirt bag. Bring a large t-shirt that we'll cut and tie.


Computer Class  


Our Saturday morning computer classes are free and open to everyone. Classes are held in our computer lab. Registration is preferred.  


Cloud Computing - March 25th, 10:00 a.m. Have you heard of the Cloud, but you're not quite sure what that means or where to go to access it? Take a look at some common cloud applications and learn how easy and convenient cloud computing can be.  


Tuesday Evening Book Club

March 14th – The Forgotten Room
by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig
In 1945, when the critically wounded Captain Ravenel is brought to a private hospital in Manhattan, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery connecting three generations of women in her  family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.


Bite Into a Good Book


March 15th: The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley.

During World War II, teenager Evelyn Roe finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier on her family farm in North Carolina. It quickly becomes clear that he is not a man and not one of us. He recovers at an unnatural speed and just as quickly falls in love with Evelyn.



March 20th: Red Shirts by John Scalzi


Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking
officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's actual purpose.


March 7 – He’s GONE by Deb Caletti.
The Sunday morning starts like any other, aside from the slight hangover, Dani Keller wakes up on her Seattle houseboat … surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home.  He‘s gone. As the police work methodically through all the logical explanations–he‘s hurt, he‘s run off, he‘s been killed–Dani searches frantically for a clue as to whether Ian is in fact dead or alive. And, slowly, she unpacks their relationship, holding each moment up to the light: from its intense, adulterous beginning, to the grandeur of their new love, to the difficulties of forever. She examines the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth–about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

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 March 22nd. Please email for more information.


Actor John Goodman:

"When I was young, we couldn't afford much. But, my library card was my key to the world."