Upcoming Programs

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

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, February 9 @ 7:00 pm - Author Lana Harper

Join us for a magical evening with New York Times bestselling author Lana Harper as she discusses the enchanting third installment of her immensely popular The Witches of Thistle Grove series, Back in a SpellBack in a Spell follows Nineve Blackmoore and even though she won’t deny her love for pretty (and pricey) things, Nineve Blackmoore (known by Nina by most) is almost painfully down-to-earth and sensible by Blackmoore standards. But after a year of nursing a broken heart inflicted by the fiancée who all but ditched her at the altar, the powerful witch is sick of feeling low and is ready to try something drastically different: a dating app.  Registration is required.    This program will be recorded.  Upcoming and past virtual author events can be viewed here

Lana Harper is the New York Times bestselling author of the Witches of Thistle Grove series, including Payback’s a WitchFrom Bad to Cursed, and Back in Spell. Writing as Lana Popović, she has also written four YA novels about modern-day witches and historical murderesses. Born in Serbia, Lana grew up in Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria before moving to the US, where she studied psychology and literature at Yale University, law at Boston University, and publishing at Emerson College. She lives in Chicago, where she spends most of her time plotting witchy stories and equally witchy tattoos.

Thursday, February 16 @ 1:00 pm - Author Grace M. Cho

You’re invited to an insightful chat with award-winning author Grace M. Cho as she discusses her memoir, Tastes Like War: Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details—language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was fifteen, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life.

Part food memoir, part sociological investigation, Tastes Like War is a hybrid text about a daughter’s search through intimate and global history for the roots of her mother’s schizophrenia. In her mother’s final years, Grace learned to cook dishes from her mother’s childhood in order to invite the past into the present, and to hold space for her mother’s multiple voices at the table. And through careful listening over these shared meals, Grace discovered not only the things that broke the brilliant, complicated woman who raised her—but also the things that kept her alive.  Registration is required.    This program will be recorded.  Upcoming and past virtual author events can be viewed here

 Grace M. Cho is Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm - Author Ted Reinstein

Ted Reinstein joins us via Zoom to talk about his new book Before Brooklyn The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier.  This book tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought segregation in baseball, from communist newspaper reporters to the Pullman car porters who saw to it that black newspapers espousing integration in professional sports reached the homes of blacks throughout the country. It also reminds us that the first black player in professional baseball was not Jackie Robinson but Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1884, and that for a time integrated teams were not that unusual. And then, as segregation throughout the country hardened, the exclusion of blacks in baseball quietly became the norm, and the battle for integration began anew. Registration is required.

Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for “Chronicle,” WCVB-TV/Boston’s award-winning—and America’s longest-running, locally-produced— nightly news magazine since 1997. In addition, he has been a contributor for the station’s political roundtable show and sits on WCVB’s editorial board. He lives just west of Boston with his wife and two daughters. He is also the author of New England Notebook (Globe, 2013) and Wicked Pissed (Globe, 2016).

Tuesday, February 21 @ 7:00 pm - Heavy Lies the Crown: The Brief & Brilliant Career of Basquiat

After a troubled but privileged childhood, Jean-Michel Basquiat burst onto the 1980s art scene with vision and vitality. He was quickly recognized and earned celebrity status and friendships with leading artists like Andy Warhol. Basquiat’s work often focused on subjects that were personally meaningful to him as a young black man, including race, class and police violence. Find out how his paintings, peppered with poetry and sometimes inscrutable symbols, still resonate today.  This virtual presentation will be presented by art historian Jane Oneail.  Registration is required.

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

Tuesday, February 28 @ 4pm - Author Sadeqa Johnson

We look forward to seeing you for an invigorating conversation with highly acclaimed author Sadeqa Johnson as she talks about her brand new novel, The House of Eve!  In The House of Eve, Fifteen-year-old Ruby Pearsall is on track to becoming the first in her family to attend college, in spite of having a mother more interested in keeping a man than raising her daughter. But a taboo love affair threatens to pull her back down into the poverty and desperation that has been passed onto her like a birthright.

Eleanor Quarles arrived in Washington DC with ambition and secrets. When she meets the handsome William Pride at Howard University, they fall madly in love.  Eleanor hopes that a baby will make her finally feel at home in William’s family and grant her the life she’s been searching for. 

The lives of these two women collide in the most unexpected way as they both face life altering decisions. The House of Eve is a fast-paced, harrowing story that hinges on what it means to be a woman and a mother, and how much one is willing to sacrifice to achieve her greatest goal.    Registration is required.    This program will be recorded.  Upcoming and past virtual author events can be viewed here

About the Author: Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of four novels, including Yellow Wife. Her accolades include the National Book Club Award, the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, and the USA Best Book Award for Best Fiction. She is a Kimbilio Fellow, former board member of the James River Writers, and a Tall Poppy Writer. Originally from Philadelphia, she currently lives near Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and three children. To learn more, visit SadeqaJohnson.net.

Thursday, March 16 @ 7:00 pm - The Art of the Scandal: Thefts, Vandals and Forgeries

Art historian Jane Oneail explores some of the most brazen criminal acts in the art world and features works by artists including da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rembrandt. Learn more about works that were targeted and how they were recovered and restored for our enjoyment today. 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. For more information visit iamculturallycurious.com

 

Wednesday, March 15 @ 2:00 pm - Explore the Irish Context of The Banshees of Inisherin

Explore the Irish context of the oscar nominated movie, The Banshees of Inisherin: its history, culture and meaning with Professor Daniel Burt, Irish literature Specialist. Since its debut, The Banshees of Inisherin movie has both captivated and mystified audiences. What explains the often baffling behavior of the two friends who become sworn enemies? Understanding the Irish connections can help. Explore them with Professor Burt, a frequent visitor to the West of Ireland. Spoiler alert: See the film before the talk. Registration is recommended.

 

 

Tuesday, March 21 @ 11:00 am - The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote

A National Constitution Center museum educator will lead viewers on a LIVE, virtual guided tour of the Center's newest exhibit that traces the triumphs and struggles leading to the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The tour will help viewers to better understand the long fight for women's suffrage, and will also highlight some of the many women who transformed constitutional history - including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells. Plus, viewers will get an up-close look at some of the one-of-a-kind artifacts on display, including a ballot box used to collect women's votes in the 1800s and Pennsylvania's ratification copy of the 19th Amendment. Registration is required for this virtual program.

 

Chatham Chat!

Chatham Chat will run the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 5-6 pm starting March 23, 2023.

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 joining the program

 

Ebook Classes

Ready to download eBooks and Audiobooks?

Next virtual class:  February 14 @ 11:00 am and February 22 @ 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.