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.


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

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.

Tuesday, March 21 @ 4:00 pm - Author and Chef Jernard Wells

 A talk that will leave you starving for more! Join us as we chat with celebrity chef Jernard Wells about his newest cookbook Southern Inspired: More Than 100 Delicious Dishes from My American Table to Yours.

Delicious and inventive recipes that remix the traditional flavors and classic dishes of Southern food and celebrate African-American culinary contributions to tables worldwide—from the host of CLEO TV’s New Soul Kitchen. After growing up in Mississippi, Jernard Wells brought the familiar dishes and bold flavors of the South along his culinary journey to become a chef, restaurateur, and TV host. With Southern Inspired, Jernard continues his journey—retracing the steps of generations of African American cooks whose creations have contributed to global kitchen tables since slavery. Southern food defines American food at large, and Chef Jernard takes it to a whole new level while still honoring its roots. Chef Jernard also brings in flavors from the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, always with his signature Southern flair. This cookbook shares 100 recipes that are approachable for both beginners and more experienced cooks.   Registration is required.    This program will be recorded.  Upcoming and past virtual author events can be viewed here

About the Author: Jernard Wells is an Award Winning TV Host/Celebrity Chef/Bestselling Cookbook Author. He is the host of "New Soul Kitchen" & "New Soul Kitchen Remix" on CLEO TV and is well-known for appearing on numerous cooking shows on Food Network & Cooking Channel over the last decade. Wells has worked with Tyler Perry, NBA Allstar Brandon Ingram, Lady Antebellum, Tom Joyner, New Edition & BBD.  He has been featured on "Today Show", “Good Morning America”, PEOPLE, "Steve Harvey Morning Show", “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show”, ESSENCE, “Daily Blast Live”, USA Today, Lifetime, Oprah Winfrey Network to name a few. The James Beard House Honored Chef is affectionately called "The Family Chef" because he loves using food to promote positive family images. He and his wife of 25 years have 9 children and live in the Atlanta area.  All 6 of his books, sauces & spices are available on www.hautecuisine.store. Follow him on all his verified social media pages at @ChefJernard

Tuesday, March 28 @ 7:00 pm - Author Pam Jenoff

Join us for an exciting trip through time as we chat with New York Times bestselling historical fiction author Pam Jenoff about her newest book Code Name Sapphire! In Code Name Sapphire, A woman must rescue her cousin's family from a train bound for Auschwitz in this riveting tale of bravery and resistance.   Registration is required.    This program will be recorded.  Upcoming and past virtual author events can be viewed here

Pam is the NYT bestselling author of The Woman With The Blue StarThe Lost Girls of ParisThe Orphan’s Tale, The Kommandant’s GirlThe Diplomat’s WifeThe Ambassador’s DaughterThe Last Summer at Chelsea BeachThe Winter GuestThe Things We CherishedAlmost Home, and A Hidden Affair. She also authored a short story in the anthology Grand Central: Original Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, three children, dog, cat, lizard and bird.

Tuesday, April 4 @ 7:00 pm - Author Kate Beaton

Join us for an enlightening hour online with highly-acclaimed Kate Beaton, the New York Times bestselling author of Hark! A Vagrant! And Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands.   Registration is required.    This program will be recorded.  Upcoming and past virtual author events can be viewed here.

Kate Beaton was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. After graduating from Mount Allison University with a double degree in History and Anthropology, she moved to Alberta in search of work that would allow her to pay down her student loans. During the years she spent out West, Beaton began creating webcomics under the name Hark! A Vagrant, quickly drawing a substantial following around the world. The collections of her landmark strip Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside, Pops each spent several months on the New York Times graphic novel bestseller list, as well as appearing on best of the year lists from TimeThe Washington PostVultureNPR Books, and winning the Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, and Doug Wright Awards. She has also published the picture books King Baby and The Princess and the Pony. Beaton lives in Cape Breton with her family.

Tuesday, April 11 @ 7:00 pm - Gardening Ergonomics

Gardening is the number one pastime in America. Four hours of gardening can pose more ergonomic stress than a full week of work. Ergonomics is about fitting the task to the person. A good fit improves your performance, comfort, productivity and safety. Learn how your postures, techniques and tools affect your risks and gardening experience. Learn habits to maintain and make correct use of the most valuable tool, your body, so this perfect machine can operate at peak performance and enhance your gardening experience. Registration is required for this virtual program.

Nancy Brais received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling and retired as an Ergonomics Manager from Raytheon. She developed her passion and knowledge for ergonomics providing disability management services for return to work, loss prevention and musculoskeletal wellness efforts. Nancy is an avid gardener and as such, has personal experience with the aches and pains from the ergonomic risks of gardening tasks. She is a 2018 graduate of the Master Gardener program and became a Landscape Design Consultant through the National Garden Club Federation in 2017. The human body is a wonderful and versatile machine, and no doubt is the most important “gardening tool” you available to you. DaVinci created his works of art with an appreciation for natural movement and attributes of the human body. This appreciation and understanding of the human body can help you to develop body awareness and ergonomic habits that can keep you digging in your garden in comfort and safety.

Wednesday, April 19 @ 2:00 pm - Right Whale Day Presentation

Join us for a presentation from the Center of Coastal Studies on the status of the North Atlantic Right Whale. This year, Massachusetts Legislature designated April 24th as Right Whale Day in an effort to raise awareness around the issues threatening the survival of one of the most endangered marine animals on earth. CCS Marine Education Director, Jesse Mechling, will share natural history information about the North Atlantic Right Whale as well as current CCS research including aerial surveillance, and habitat and food resource monitoring.   

Registration is strongly recommended.  Space is limited to 50 people, with priority going to those who have registered.


Tuesday, April 25 @ 7:00 pm - Identity Theft and Fraud Protection

Robin Putnam, Events & Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will present on identity theft & fraud prevention. The presentation will include information about the Office and what we do. It will also cover how to spot and avoid scams, recent scams that the Office has learned about, how to prevent identity theft & steps to take if you have fallen victim.  Registration is required for this virtual program.



Thursday, April 27 @ 8:00 pm - Author William Kent Krueger

You are in for a riveting hour online with New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger! Join us as he discusses his newest book in the Cork O’Connor series Fox Creek and his other works!  Registration is required.    This program will be recorded.  Upcoming and past virtual author events can be viewed here.

This mystery series is set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. 

Ordinary Grace, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. The companion novel, This Tender Land, was published in September 2019 and spent nearly six months on the New York Times bestseller list. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers. He’s been married for nearly fifty years to a marvelous woman who is a retired attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.

Wednesday, May 3 @ 2:00 pm - Online Safety

Robin Putnam, Events & Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, will present on online safety. The presentation will include information about the Office and what we do. It will also cover how to be safe online whether it be on your smart device, social media or online banking, phishing emails, and general protection from scams and identity theft. This program will take place at the Library and registration is recommended.


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:   March 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.