Upcoming Programs

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





Thank you to the Friends of the EPL for their continued support of our adult programing.  Some of our talks from bestselling authors and thought leaders are brought to you in partnership with the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library and the Library Speakers Consortium.  You can view these upcoming and past author programs at https://libraryc.org/eldredgelibrary.

Art on Display - Bob Staake  

Enjoy the art of award winning author and illustrator Bob Staake in the Forgeron Meeting Room through the month of June. Bob will present An Afternoon with Bob Staake at the Friends Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at 4:00 pm.  From his best-selling children’s books to award-winning New Yorker covers, Bob Staake’s art may be internationally admired, but it’s all created in Chatham. Join the artist as he takes you on a playfully visual peek inside his studio — and his lively mind. 



Thursday, June 20 @ 2:00 pm - Author Tiffany Jewell

Join us as #1 New York Times bestselling author Tiffany Jewell highlights the inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college as she presents lessons and knowledge from her new book Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in SchoolRegistration is required for this virtual program.

Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, twin sister, first-generation American, cisgender mama, anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator, and consultant. She is the author of the #1 New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, a book for young folks and everyone to wake up, take action, and do the work of becoming antiracist as well as The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism the recently released Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School (2024).

Sunday, June 23 from 4:00-6:00 pm - Books in Bloom

The Friends of the Eldredge Public Library are hosting Books in Bloom at the Library.  Experience and explore the EPL in a unique way.  Talented and well-read volunteers will create floral arrangements interpreting a book of their choosing.  The placement of the arrangements gives all a chance to wander through the Library.  The professionally catered event is open to all, with a donated admission cost of $20.  Tickets are on sale at the Library and at the door on the day of the event.   Also this year, enter into a drawing to win one of two flower arrangements donated by local professional florists.


Monday, June 24 @ 7:00 pm - True Crime Authors Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman

If you are a fan of true crime and want to dive deep into the psychology of a serial killer and his apprentice, this program is for you! Join authors Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman as they discuss their most recent book, The Serial Killer's Apprentice, a psychological examination of the blurred line between victim and accomplice—and how a killer can be created. This program is offered in partnership with Ashland Public Library. Please register here for this event and you'll receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails - make sure to check your spam folder for them, they will be coming from ashlandprograms@minlib.net.  See our online calendar for a more detailed description of the program.  


Thursday, June 27 @ 5:00 pm - Author Eric Jay Dolin

Best selling author Eric Jay Dolin will be at the EPL to talk about his latest book, Left For Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World.  This is the story of a wild encounter between an American sealing vessel, a shipwrecked British brig, and a British warship in the Falkland Islands during the War of 1812—an encounter fraught with misunderstandings and mistrust that left three British sailors and two Americans, including the captain of the sealer, Charles H. Barnard, abandoned in the Falklands for eighteen months. A tale of intriguing complexity, Left for Dead shows individuals in wartime under great duress acting both nobly and atrociously, and offers a unique perspective on an important moment in American history.  Registration is recommended, seating limited to 60.

Eric Jay Dolin is the best-selling author of numerous works in maritime history, including Black Flags, Blue Waters and Leviathan. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Thursday, July 18 @ 5:00 pm - Close Encounters: The Most Intriguing UFO Cases in History

Explore pivotal UFO events from Roswell to O’Hare with Christopher Torres, a seasoned podcaster and paranormal expert. Delve into key sightings, eyewitness reports, and official media accounts. Join us for this straightforward and engaging journey through UFO history’s most compelling moments. Great for everyone from the curious to the informed. Registration is recommended.

Monday, July 22 @ 2:00 pm - Atlantic White Shark Conservancy: Awareness Inspires Conservation

This program will provide audiences with an understanding of the ongoing white shark research projects being conducted and funded by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, how that research impacts conservation and public safety efforts, and up-to-date information on what that research has taught us. Audience members will be able to view videos and photographs during the research season and develop their knowledge of what a shark is and what it takes to conduct white shark research. Registration is recommended.

Thursday, July 25 @ 4:00 pm -Local Author Iris Glazner Leigh

Join us for another Local Author Beyond the Book with Iris Glazner Leigh, as we dive into her latest book, "Liza's Secret, A Cape Cod Thriller". Liza’s Secrets is a fast-paced domestic suspense set in idyllic Chatham. Iris Leigh’s page-turner is told with juxtaposing tension and humor. It’s a fun read and should be in every beach bag and book club list. What would you do if you had to hide and had no place to go? Iris is a retired international presenter on bullying prevention and an occupational therapy educator. She and her husband, Bill, reside on Cape Cod, where Iris finds inspiration in the gardens, endless beaches, and sand dunes on one of the most stunning places on earth. Registration is recommended.

Monday, July 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30-pm - Painting Workshop - In The Forest

Join Jackie Burns from Kreative Paint Parties for a painting workshop with the theme "In The Forest". Artists of all abilities are welcome, no painting experience necessary!  Jackie will take you through the steps to create your own masterpiece!  Space is limited and registration is required.


Monday, August 5 @ 2:00 pm - Coastal Resilience on Cape: How to Prepare for a Changing Climate

Coastal Massachusetts faces many weather-related challenges, especially in the floodplain.  It's important to know what hazards you might face and how to best prepare for them.  In her presentation, Shelly McComb will introduce you to the Massachusetts Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Coast Hazards and provide an overview of what it means to live on Cape Cod in an ever-changing environment.  Registration is recommended, and seating is limited to 60.


Wednesday, August 7 @ 2:00 pm - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum curator Dr. Jennifer Levasseur

Revealing a new perspective into the world of space exploration and the daring astronauts who make it possible, Dr. Levasseur will guide you through the Smithsonian’s Behind the Scenes at the Space Station and take you on a once-in-a-lifetime virtual tour of the International Space Station. Brimming with astonishing visuals, step-by-step explanations of everyday space work in action, and job profiles of the adventurous people who make it happen, Dr. Levasseur’s tour Behind the Scenes at the Space Station is the perfect way to spend an hour and experience life in space. Registration is required for this virtual program.

Thursday, August 8 @ 5:00 pm - What is Bigfoot? with Ronny Leblanc

Join Ronny LeBlanc from Discovery Channel's Expedition Bigfoot and Travel Channel's Paranormal Caught on Camera as he discusses the reality of Bigfoot. For hundreds of years people have been encountering an unknown creature inhabiting the dark woods of New England...and all over the country. Thousands of sightings have been reported by credible witnesses. What is Bigfoot? Is it a long-lost hominid? An unknown primate...or something else? Registration is recommended, seating will be limited.

Ronny LeBlanc stars in two shows for Discovery+ & Travel Channel, EXPEDITION BIGFOOT and PARANORMAL CAUGHT ON CAMERA. Ronny is a globally recognized figure in the world of paranormal, Bigfoot and UFOs. Ronny is an independent researcher and author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling book Monsterland: Encounters With UFOs, Bigfoot and Orange Orbs, which details the history and connection between the various phenomena, highlighting his experience and a research area called Monsterland in central Massachusetts.

Thursday, August 15 @ 2:00 pm - College Admissions with Irena Smith

Another college application season is around the corner, and stress is already beginning to ratchet up for teens and their parents. You’re invited to join us for this must-watch talk by Irena Smith, PhD. You will hear about constructive and healthy ways to approach the college application process, preserve your relationship with your teen, and help them define success on their terms instead of chasing the elusive “golden ticket.” Reservations are required for this virtual program.

Irena Smith is an author, former Stanford admissions officer, independent college counselor, mother of three extraordinary children and her recently published memoir, The Golden Ticket: A Life in College Admissions Essays.


Thursday, August 15 @ 5:00 pm - Musician Matt York

Matt York returns to the EPL this summer! Longtime New England singer/songwriter Matt York will perform songs and tell stories about the great Willie Nelson. York will focus on Willie's long and illustrious music career that has spanned over seven decades. In both 2022 and 2023, York was nominated for the Boston Music Award for Best Country Artist and last year, his album, Gently Used, was named one of the top albums by the Patriot Ledger.  This will be Matt's third performance at the EPl and you may have enjoyed his music at Chatham's First Night.

Weather permitting, we hope to have this program on the front lawn.  Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.  If needed, we will move the program inside.  Registration is recommended.


Monday, August 19 @ 2:00 pm - Historic Storms with Don Wilding

Cape Cod has always been in the path of deadly hurricanes and ferocious storms. Unwelcome summer visitors include the “Long Island Express” Hurricane of 1938, the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, the twin Hurricanes Carol and Edna in 1954, and Hurricane Bob in 1991. These storms destroyed countless homes and left several coastal communities under several feet of water. Surging tides carried away houses with residents inside who didn't survive. Fall and winter brought the infamous “Portland Gale,” the benchmark “Blizzard of 1978,” the nor’easter of January 1987, and the infamous “Perfect Storm” of October 1991 which delivered some of the highest tides ever seen on the Outer Cape. Join local author and Harwich Conservation Trust walk leader Don Wilding as he revisits the Cape’s most severe weather events and their devastating impact. Registration is recommended.

Wednesday, August 21 @ 7:00 pm - Author Shelby Van Pelt

We invite you to join us as we chat with the amazing New York Times bestselling author Shelby Van Pelt about her beloved novel Remarkably Bright Creatures. You don’t want to miss this deep-dive exploration of friendship, reckoning, hope, and so much more!

Remarkably Bright Creatures is a luminous debut novel about a widow’s unlikely friendship with a giant Pacific octopus reluctantly residing at the local aquarium—and the truths she finally uncovers about her son’s disappearance 30 years ago.  Reservations is required for this virtual program. 

Ebook Classes

Ready to download eBooks and Audiobooks?

Next virtual class:   June 13 @ 11:00 am (@ the Library) and June 27 @  11:00 am (virtual).  Registration is required.  

Getting Started with Libby - Learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks from the CLAMS digital library through the Libby app by Overdrive.   Join Mike McCartney through a Zoom program or in-person and he will show you how to download items and answer your Libby questions.  Registration is required for both the zoom and the in-person program. *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.