Show Your Library Card


Your library card is worth more than you think this October! The Library will be partnering with community businesses for an event called "Show Your Library Card" this October 1  - 31. Simply show your library card at these participating businesses and receive a discount!

1 Stop Auto Shop

1210 North Main St., Chatham 

10% off any service.   

doTerra Essential Oils

Anne Telzlaff 

Your choice of FREE 1 year wholesale account ($35 value) or FREE car diffuser with wholesale account/essential oils purchase.    

Fantastic Sams

1013 Jason Place, Chatham 

10 % off all haircuts. 

John's Appliance Service Center

416 E. Walnut St., Chatham 

10% off service charges. 


Lake Shore Learning Center

6100 S. 6th St. Frontage Rd., Spfd 

Free enrollment ($35 value) for new customers and $10 off one weekly tuition for existing families. 


Marine Bank

3120 Robbins Road, Spfd 

$50 when you open a new personal checking account and apply for a debit card. 


Modern Woodmen of America

7036 Kingsmill Ct., Spfd 

Free financial planning/life insurance/retirement consultation. 

Titan Games

2205 Wabash Ave. Suite 103, Spfd 

$5 off any purchase of $50 - $99 and $10 off any purchase of $100 or more. (Cannot be used with store credit.)   

Trendsetters Floral

309 N. Main St., Chatham 

10% off in-store fresh flower purchase. 

Usborne Books

Kathy Cooney

10% Off Regular Order.


A house without books is like 

a room without windows.

- Heinrich Mann -



Computer Class


Our Saturday morning computer classes are free and open to everyone. Classes are held in our computer lab on the following days. Registration is not required.


Staying Safe Online -
Sat., Oct. 7, 10 a.m.

We will look at ways to stay safe online including tips for strong passwords, being able to identify and avoid some common online scams like phishing emails, and evaluate websites for safety and reliability.

Tea Tasting

Sat., Oct. 7, 10:00 a.m.


Join us as Wendy Schluter hosts a tea tasting and shares information about different types of teas and her passion for them. Seating is limited, so please call the library at 217-483-2713 to register.



Craft Night!

Tues., Oct. 17, 6:00 p.m.


We will be decoupaging scrapbook paper onto wood to make cute fall wooden pumpkins.


Writers' Group

Wed., Oct. 25, 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. 



Boo-tiful Halloween Sale

Stop by the book store and pick up a horror novel or dvd. Prices are reduced by 50 cents each. Fans of Edward Lee, Peter Benchley, Stephen King and Jay Anson won't be disappointed. You always have time for a coffin break. 



magnifying-glass-girl.jpgDress-Up Clothes Needed


We are looking for donations of non-scary dress-up clothes to aid our little readers in growing their imaginations. If you have clean dress-up clothes or friendly costumes you would be willing to donate, please drop them off at the front desk.




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

Oct.   5  All For Fall

Oct. 12  Fantastic Firefighters

Oct. 19  Scary Halloween Stories Night (3rd grade and older)

Oct. 26  Friendly Halloween Stories Night


Preschool Storytime Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

Oct.   6  Fantastic Firefighters

Oct. 13  All For Fall

Oct. 20  Bird Brain

Oct. 27  Hallo-weiner


Babytalk Lap-Sit - a program intended for children newborn - 3 years with an adult, Tuesday mornings at 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. This storytime includes stories, finger plays and songs.


Nuns, Nazis, & Notre Dame


Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 p.m


In Tim Pletkovich's new book Nuns, Nazis and Notre Dame: Tales of the Great Depression, World War II and the Fighting Irish, he examines the early life of Gerald A. O'Reilly. Gerry's story takes us from the alleys of trolley-car Brooklyn to the hallways of Notre Dame, to the innermost thoughts of an elite 10th Mountain Division soldier thrust into the horror of
battle in Italy's harsh Apennine mountains. Join us to hear the author speak about an interesting and inspiring man.


Light Bright!


In October, the main area of our Library will be transformed. The Library Board approved the bid from B&B Electric to remove our expensive, energy guzzling halide lights and replace them with energy efficient LED lights. Our Library Trustees are excited to not only save on our electric bill, but they are also excited to showcase more environmentally friendly lighting in our building. Until the lighting project is completed, we may need to close off certain areas and it may be loud at times. This will be for a short time and we appreciate your patience throughout this project. 


Library Board News


Future Library Board meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16 and Monday, November 20.


Board Members

Christine Westerlund - President

Michael Roubitchek - Vice-President

Leslie Ross - Secretary

Carrie Jeffries - Treasurer



Susie Fairfield, Dan Holden, Chelsey Moore



Art Committee News

For the remainder of 2017 we will feature the following:


October           Volunteer Show


Nov. - Dec.      Sangamon Watercolor Society presents: "Winter Wonderland"

                            Reception: Friday, November 3,
                            5:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Please mark your calendars and plan to visit the library and "check out" the art.



Friends of Genealogy


The next meeting of the Friends of Genealogy (FOG) group is scheduled for Saturday, October 21 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. 




LinkedIn Business Educational Session


Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.

LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in your social media strategy, but is often overlooked even by those professionals that are on it. Learn how to use LinkedIn for business development and branding. Grow your network, engage with groups, and share content on this powerful platform for business professionals. This is a free program provided by the Chatham Area Chamber. For more information or how to join the Chamber, please call the Chamber office. Refreshments will be provided by the Chatham Area Chamber. Please RSVP on or before Monday, October 23 to reserve your seat by calling 217-483-6450.





All little ghosts, ghouls and goblins are invited to come as you aren't for a spooktacular treat! Put on your costumes and head over to the Library for a night of fang-tastic fun and frightfully good booooooks. Registration is not required for any of these fearfully fun programs.


Thursday, October 19 Very Scary Hour

6:30 p.m.This program, designed for monsters 3rd grade and older, features very scary stories in the Library Gallery--if you dare! Ghouls and spooky creatures will be haunting the Library this evening. Please do not bring younger children to this program.


Thursday, October 26   Friendly and Slightly Scary Halloween Stories

Choose your Halloween story time based on your preference-Friendly or Slightly Scary Stories. No matter which you choose, everyone is invited for a snack! Both sessions are meant for little goblins through 2nd grade.


6:30 p.m. Come join us in the Library Gallery for a fun time of Friendly Halloween stories, then stay and enjoy a snack in the Activity Room afterward.


7:00 p.m. Those wishing for Slightly Scary Halloween stories can gather in the Library
Gallery for stories with a slight thrill. (Remember to come to the Activity Room by 6:45 to gobble a treat before the stories begin!)


Friday, October 27 Preschool Halloween Stories

10:15 a.m. It's Hallo-scream! Preschoolers are encouraged to come dressed in their costumes for our regular Storytime to hear fun Halloween stories and complete a Halloween craft.


Tuesday, October 31 Halloween Babytalk Lap-Sit

9:45 All Mummies, Daddies and other caregivers are invited to dress your babies in costume and  & bring them to our Halloween Babytalk Lap-Sit. This program is intended for parents/caregivers and their little ones, newborn-36 months, and features stories, finger plays, and songs. Night


Looking for a fun new game to learn in time for holiday gatherings? Well, you're in luck! Join us for Game Nights the first Wednesday of every month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The library has many fun games we would love to teach you because nothing brings a family
together more than some friendly competition.


Due to the complex nature of our games, Game Nights are for ages 10 and up only, but we will have an All Ages Game Day during winter break. Game Nights are October 4, November 1, December 6, and January 3.




Teen Trivia


Get ready to show your wild side at our 15th annual Teen Trivia Night at the Chatham Area Public Library!  Prove your crazy knowledge and have a blast by celebrating Teen Read Week on Wednesday, October 11. This year's theme is "Unleash Your Story." There will be prizes, food and fun for students 7th grade and up. Teens are invited to assemble a team of friends, don team costumes and compete for fun and prizes. Teams consist of 6 - 8 players, with prizes going to the top three winning teams, plus a prize for the team with the best costumes. Costumes are optional, but the winning team members will each take home an AMC gift card. Door prizes, pizza, candy and soft drinks are included in this fun evening. Sign up begins at 5:15 p.m.; we'll be finished at 8 p.m. Space is limited so arrive early to sign-up your team.


Book Clubs

Bite Into A Good Book

Wednesday, October 18, 12:00 p.m. - Cutting for Stone 

by Abraham Verghese

After Marion, fresh out of medical school, flees Ethiopia and comes to America, he finds refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. But when the past catches up to him, Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.


Tuesday Evening Book Group

Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. - Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie

On a three-day journey through the snowbound Balkan hills, Hercule Poirot must weed through an array of international suspects to find the passenger who murdered a gangster on the Orient Express.



Outer Edge Book Club


Monday, October 16, 6:00 p.m. - I Am Not A Serial KIller

by Dan Wells

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He's spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential. He's obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn't want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules

he's written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.


Spice of Life Book Group


We will meet on Tuesday, December 5 at 6 p.m. Me, Myself & Why by Mary Janice Davidson



The Talk of a Lifetime


Thursday, October 26, 10:00 a.m.


How do you want to be remembered and who will tell your story? Please join Paula Staab Polk of Staab Polk Memorial Home and Maureen Williams of Strategic Hourglass Solutions for an informative and interactive discussion on funeral arrangements and creating a permanent memorial of you and your life by having "The Talk of a Lifetime."



Beginning Genealogy Series


Monday, October 30, 6:00 p.m. - Basic Genealogy


In this first session, Ron Hallberg, co-chair of our Friends of Genealogy group, will be sharing information on basic genealogy searching. He will discuss the types of records you will encounter, the traditional sources for information, as well as storing and presenting your information. Hours:


Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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