Upcoming Programs 

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in-Library programs have been suspended until further notice.   We are offering  many Virtual Program opportunities and online resources.    See below for our scheduled virtual programs.




Wednesday, May 19 @ 7:00 pm - Documentary Film Evanston's Living History: Discussion with Filmmaker Craig Dudnick

Watch the documentary Evanston's Living History on DVD, available through CLAMS, or online for free through Kanopy, then join us for a presentation and discussion with filmmaker Craig Dudnick.    Evanston's Living History is the story of a community's struggle for justice; with roots extending to the town of Abbeville, South Carolina and the horrific lynching of one of its prominent citizens,  Anthony Crawford.  Follow the lives of Crawford's descendnants and their allies as they fight for the passage of United States Senate Resolution 39, which apologized for the failure of the Senate to enact anti-lynching legislation.  Learn about Evanston's greatest generation and their courageous fight to free Evanston from the bondage of racial discrimination.  Craig will talk about the making of the documentary followed by a Q&A/discussion period.  Craig Dudnick, founder of Imagine Video Productions, was at the EPL in 2018 when he screened and discussed Alice's Ordinary People, also available through CLAMS. Registration is required for this virtual event.

Thursday, May 20 @ 5:00 pm -  The Life and Music of George Gershwin, an American Genius

The Life and Music of George Gershwin, an American Genius with John Whelan.   A look at the remarkable life of George Gershwin and the music he created.  From "Rhapsody in Blue" to "An American in Paris" to "Porgy and Bess" and his many popular songs, Gershwin wrote music for the ages. His songs makes up a significant part of what is known as The Great American Songbook.  Gershwin is an all-time favorite of classical and jazz musicians.  His premature death at 38 deprived the world of one of its great composers.  An EPL 125th anniversary event.  Registration is required for this virtual event.


Thursday, May 27 @ 7:00 pm - Nickerson Archeological Dig with Craig Chartier

Archaeologist Craig Chartier of the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project will offer updates and insights into the Nickerson Family Association excavation project which has revealed William and Anne Nickerson's c.1664 homestead and its outbuildings as well as many fascinating artifacts that have given a window into the Nickersons' lives as pioneers in what became Chatham.

Craig will talk about the final two-month dig of 2019 and also what he hopes to accomplish through the laboratory tests for which NFA have applied for a $31,000 CPA grant. The tests will reveal information on the local flora and tell us more about the entire environment that the Nickerson’s lived in. During the 2019 season the team learned more about William Nickerson's rare blacksmithing operation as well as finished delineating the house and palisade.  Registration is required. Program will be via Zoom. 


Thursday, June 3 @ 2:00 pm - Author Nancy Thayer

We are excited to welcome back New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer who will speak about her new book, Family Reunion.  In this latest book, a grandmother-granddaughter duo are eager to spend their summer together on peaceful Nantucket, but the season that unfolds brings about unforgettable surprises in this magical, multigenerational novel. Registration is required for this virtual event.

Nancy Thayer is the author of thirty-one novels, including Summer House, The Hot Flash Club, Beachcombers, Island Girls, The Guest Cottage, The Island House, and Secrets in Summer.  Her books concern the mysteries and romance of families and relationships: marriage and friendships, divorce and love, custody and step parenting, family secrets and private self-affirmation, the quest for independence and the normal human hunger for personal connections.  Nancy lives on Nantucket.


Thursday, June 10 @ 7:00 pm - Barrier Beaches Under Stress with Bill Sargent

Barrier Beaches Under Stress with Bill Sargent.  This talk will look at recent changes to Chatham's North Beach and the North Shore's Plum Island because of sea level rise. Bill Sargent is a NOVA consultant and author of 27 books about science and the environment. He is recipient of the Boston Globe’s Kinship award and wrote the acclaimed book, Crab Wars: A tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism and Human Health and Sea Level Rising: The Chatham Story.  This special event is part of our 125th anniversary and Historic Chatham's History Weekend.  Registration is required for this virtual program.

Monday, June 21 @ 7:00 pm - The Ultimate Presentation for Red Sox Nation

Take a fun and enlightening journey through Boston Red Sox history with the author of the Ultimate Boston Red Sox Time Machine Book, Martin Gitlin. This presentation features videos of the greatest and most fascinating players, teams, events and moments in franchise history. The program also includes trivia questions for patrons to ponder and covers Sox history from the Royal Rooters, who launched Red Sox Nation, all the way to the four World Series championships and beyond. It will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Registration is required for this zoom presentation.

Thursday, June 24 @ 5:00 pm - Rare Book Expert & Antiques Roadshow Appraiser Kenneth Gloss

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a virtual presentation via Zoom to discuss the value of old and rare books. Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825.  Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the "hunt," as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. His talk will be followed by a Q&A session and Ken will give free verbal appraisals of books participants have on hand or will do so at his shop in Boston at a later scheduled date. If you are interested in getting a book appraised, please contact amyandreasson@clamsnet.org BEFORE June 18.  Registration is required for this virtual program. 

The Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. Among the many organizations in which Kenneth Gloss is a member are the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the New England Antiquarian Booksellers of America, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Committee for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Boston Society.

Thursday, July 8 @ 7:00 pm - Becoming Cape Cod with Jim O'Connell

Jim O’Connell’s talk on “Becoming Cape Cod: The Creation of a Seaside Resort” is based on his book about the history of Cape Cod’s development as a vacation mecca. The presentation, which is illustrated with rare historic postcards, traces Cape Cod’s resort history from its discovery by Henry David Thoreau before the Civil War to the present day. The talk covers three eras: 1870-1920, on the early years of the resort; 1920-1950, on the impact of the automobile on creating a tourist region with common marketing, a plethora of attractions, and a strong heritage appeal; 1950-present, on measures taken to preserve the Cape in the face of overdevelopment. Registration is required for this virtual event.

Jim O’Connell has a B.A. from Bates College and a Ph.D. in Urban History from the University of Chicago. He teaches in the City Planning-Urban Affairs Program at Boston University. Jim has worked as Economic Development Officer at the Cape Cod Commission as well as in urban planning positions at the Boston Regional Office of the National Park Service and in Springfield, MA. His books include Becoming Cape Cod: Creating a Seaside Resort, Dining Out in Boston: A Culinary History, and The Hub’s Metropolis: Boston’s Suburban Development, From Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth. He is currently writing a book about how Boston has become a global city.

Sunday, July 11  - EPL 125th Anniversary Celebration

We invite you to join us on July 11 to celebrate the Eldredge Public Library’s 125th anniversary.  It was on this day that the Library opened to the public in 1896.  This event will take place on the Library’s front lawn.  More details to come.


Thursday, July 15 @ 7:00 pm - Awareness Inspires Conservation

This program provides an overview of the work of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.  The lecture covers a wide range of topics - from public perception of sharks to the role of sharks in our marine ecosystem.  The ongoing white shark research taking place off the coast of Cape Cod is explained in detail.  As well as how that research is connected to white shark conservation.  The program wraps up with a discussion on how the presence of white sharks close to shore has specifically affected the Cape community. This program will be held over Zoom.  Registration is required.

Presenter Kristen Kibblehouse works as the Community Engagement Manager for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and has been with the organization since 2016. Kristen attended Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, where she studied marine science and aided in her university's shark research program. Kristen moved to Massachusetts in 2016 for an internship with Dr. Greg Skomal. Since then, she has been involved in education, outreach, and research related to the white shark research being conducted off of Cape Cod.

Thursday, August 12 @ 7pm - Author Christopher Setterlund

We are excited to welcome back local author Christopher Setterlund  to talk about his latest book Iconic Hotels and Motels of Cape Cod.  Cape Cod has been welcoming travelers and tourists for more than a century. From quaint historic inns to seaside resorts and family-run motels, the Cape has provided a unique mix of lodging found nowhere else on the coast of New England.  In his illustrated talk, Chris will share the histories of some of the most popular lodging places on Cape Cod. This program will be held over Zoom.  Registration is required.

Christopher Setterlund is a twelfth-generation Cape Codder whose roots go back to the second Mayflower voyage. He is the author of Historic Restaurants of Cape Cod and Cape Cod Nights (both from The History Press). He is also the author of three books from the In My Footsteps travel series, which features Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. In addition to these books, Setterlund has contributed work to the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Cape Cod Life magazine, Cape Cod magazine, CapeCod.com and TravelChannel.com. He also produces and hosts the In My Footsteps Podcast which he began in November 2020. Away from writing, he has been a WITS-certified personal trainer since 2015. 


Wednesday, August 18 @ 7 pm - Author Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate, the  New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours, will join us virtually to talk about her new historical novel, The Book of Lost Friends.  This novel is the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.  Lisa brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold away. This program will be held over Zoom.  Registration is required.

Lisa Wingate is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the instant NYT bestseller The Book of Lost Friends and Before We Were Yours, which remained on the NYT list for over two years and has sold over three million copies. She is a Goodreads Choice award winner for historical fiction and a Southern Book Prize winner. She lives with her husband in Texas.  

Chatham Chat!

Classes are temporarily suspended!  Chatham Chat! An English Language Conversation Class runs every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-7:30 pm, year round. This class is designed to provide an opportunity for people to practice and improve their English. The Conversation Class if free and open to the public. Please call the library at 508-945-5170 to register.

Ebook Classes

Ready to download eBooks and Audiobooks?

Next virtual class:  May 13 @ 10:30 am

Getting Started with Libby - Learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks through the Libby app by Overdrive.   Join Amy Andreasson through a Zoom program as she will show you how to download items and answer your Libby questions.  Registration is required so we can get you connected through Zoom. *Libby app is currently compatible with smart phones and tablets.   EBooks can be download on another device (phone, ipad, etc) and transferred to Kindle devices.