Upcoming Programs

We are offering  virtual, in-person, hybrid, and outdoor program opportunities.   See below for our scheduled programs.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, December 10 from 3:00-5:00 pm -  Carolers

As you stroll down Main Street during Chatham's Christmas By the Sea Stroll Weekend, stop by the Library to hear festive holiday music performed by The Cape Cod Carolers.  

 

 

Saturday, December 10 @ 2:00 pm - Author Fredrik Backman

Join us for an online chat with bestselling author Fredrik Backman as we discuss his outstanding body of work, including his breathtaking new novel, The Winners, the third installment of the Beartown series. In the beautifully written Beartown—which inspired the HBO series of the same name—a small town obsessed with the local junior hockey team is rocked by a shocking act of violence. As accusations and rumors fly, the town must grapple with its identity as never before.  Registration is required . This program will be recorded. Upcoming and past author events can be viewed here.

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called OveMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s SorryBritt-Marie Was HereBeartownUs Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children

 

Monday, December 12 @ 2:00 pm - Documentary Film: Cycle of Memory

Join us at the Eldredge Public Library for a special intergenerational screening of Cycle of Memory: the new award-winning documentary about two siblings' bicycle adventure to find the memories their grandfather lost to Alzheimer's.  The film is 72 minutes long and will be followed by a Q+A with the filmmaker. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chatham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency: massculturalcouncil.org.  This program will take place at the Library and will be limited to 40 people.  Registration is recommended.

About the film: Mel Schwartz escaped the Great Depression on a bicycle adventure he’d remember for the rest of his life. But when Alzheimer’s takes Mel’s memories away, it’s left to his grandkids to recreate the life-changing bike trip and find those memories again. Guided by old photographs of the 1945 trip, they search for places aged by time. But while searching for Grandpa Mel’s past, the two are confronted with their own fraught history. If they’re going to complete the turbulent journey, they’ll have to face their own emotional potholes and tumultuous relationship. With the help of a grandmother learning to live alone for the first time, Mel’s lifelong friend and co-adventurer on the bike trip, and a family collection spanning 1950s film reels to 1990s video tapes, Cycle of Memory explores the importance of intergenerational connection, healing painful pasts, and leaving a meaningful time capsule for the future.

 

Wednesday, December 14 @ 12:00 pm - Author Nicole Eustace

You’re invited to explore early-American history during an online afternoon conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning historian Nicole Eustace as she discusses her 2022 award winning book Covered With Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America.  Registration is Required. This program will be recorded. Upcoming and past virtual author events can be viewed here.

On the eve of a major treaty conference between Iroquois leaders and European colonists in the distant summer of 1722, two white fur traders attacked an Indigenous hunter and left him for dead near Conestoga, Pennsylvania. Though virtually forgotten today, this act of brutality set into motion a remarkable series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America.

Nicole Eustace is a professor of history at New York University. A historian of the early modern Atlantic and the early United States, she specializes in the history of emotion. She is author of Pulitzer-Prize winning Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America, as well as Passion Is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution and of 1812: War and the Passions of Patriotism as well as coeditor of Warring for America: Cultural Contests in the Era of 1812.

Wednesday, December 21 @ 11:00 am - Winter Birding on Cape Cod

Join Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary Director Ian Ives for this educational and fascinating introduction to Winter Birds of Cape Cod.  A staggering diversity of waterfowl, Snowy Owls, finches and the occasional appearance of unusual vagrants make for plentiful birding opportunities on the Cape in the winter.  This program will be in person at the Library and limited to 40. Registration is recommended.

 

Tuesday, January 10 @ 7:00 pm - Parks for all: Frederick Law Olmsted

Central Park, Prospect Park and many others across the United States are popular today because of the way Frederick Law Olmstead designed them. He believed in the wonder of nature as a remedy to the stress of urban life. He believed in free access for all. Discover the trademarks of Olmsted’s design and see how these are enjoyed today. Registration is required for this virtual event.

Roxanne Zimmer, Ph.D., has been spreading the word about best garden practices for many years. In her Community Horticulture role at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County, Roxanne speaks to school and community groups about why we should be reducing lawns, planting natives and more vegetables. She also trains Master Gardeners. She has presented at national conferences of the American Horticultural Society and the American Community Garden Association. When not weeding, Roxanne can be found raising oysters with the Cornell Marine program.

Tuesday, January 17 @ 7:00 pm - Caravaggio: Criminality and Baroque Drama

Join art historian Jane Oneail as she introduces us to Caravaggio, the most famous painter in Italy in the 1600s. His dark, often violent images established a dominant style for decades and his own lawless lifestyle was reflected in the brutal scenes he painted. Find out more about the artist, his crimes and his incredible influence in the world of art. Registration is required for this virtual program.

Jane Oneail  is the founder of Culturally Curious, an arts education consulting firm specializing in art appreciation programs. She curates and delivers programs throughout New England and beyond. Oneail holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. Born and raised in NH, she has worked at some of the state's most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information visit iamculturallycurious.com

 

Chatham Chat!

Chatham Chat! An English Language Conversation Class that is designed to provide an opportunity for people to practice and improve their English. The Conversation Class is free and open to the public. Please call the library at 508-945-5170 or email Director Amy Andreasson if you are interested in being in instructor/facilitator.  **Check back for upcoming information in the beginning of 2023!

Ebook Classes

Ready to download eBooks and Audiobooks?

Next virtual class:  December 8 @ 11:00 am and December 15 @ 11:00 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.