Upcoming Programs

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 24 @ 7:00 pm - Author Nicholas A. Basbanes

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was far and away the best-read American author of the nineteenth century, beloved by adults and children alike across all segments of society, his works translated into more than 30 foreign languages, with words and phrases that remain in common usage to this day. A brilliant linguist fluent in a dozen languages, Longfellow translated numerous foreign works into English, including the first complete translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy by an American, and maintained friendships with such luminaries as Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Julia Ward Howe, and Charles Sumner.

In Cross of Snow, Nicholas Basbanes probes, the life, the times, the work, and the soul of this quintessential Fireside Poet, paying particular attention to the intellectual partnership forged with his second wife, Frances “Fanny” Appleton Longfellow, whose accidental death in 1861 in a horrific household accident left him bereft yet determined to carry on. Called “exhilarating” by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Cross of Snow was Named a best book of the year for 2020 by the Times Literary Supplement and Christian Science Monitor, and shared top honors for the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction, given annually by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.  Registration is required for this Zoom program.

A National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar, Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of ten works of nonfiction, including A Gentle Madness, a finalist in 1996 for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Nonfiction, and On Paper, a finalist in 2014 for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Humanities, Smithsonian, Civilization and The Book Collector. He writes the “Gently Mad” column for Fine Books & Collections magazine, and lectures widely on book-related subjects. He and his wife Constance live in North Grafton.

Yellow Umbrella Books in Chatham has copies of Cross of Snow available for purchase.

Thursday, June 9 @ 7:00 pm - Owls of Cape Cod with Mass Audubon

Learn how to identify Cape Cod's owl species, gain insights into their life histories and discover the art of owling.   

Chris Walz is the property manager and naturalist as Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary.  He has been birding for over 20 years and has taught many birding classes for birders of all backgrounds and abilities.  This program will take place at the Eldredge Public Library. Program is limited to 40 people. Registration is recommended.

 

Thursday, June 16 @ 5:00 pm - Wind, Mills and the Revolutionary War in Chatham

William Cullinane will give a brief history of the development of windmills, the building of the Godfrey Mill in Chatham and the role Chatham resident Colonel Godfrey played both in and after the American Revolution. This program kicks off History Weekend in Chatham which is a collaborative weekend of events and programs hosted by Historic Chatham. Historic Chatham is cooperative effort among Chatham's many museums and organizations focused on history. It serves as a catalyst for sharing information and resources among organizations. By focusing on all of Chatham's historic elements, the group fosters synergies among the collective efforts of the individual organizations that keep Chatham history alive. Visit https://www.historic-chatham.org for a list of Historic Chatham organizations and all of the History Weekend activities. This program will take place at the Eldredge Public Library. Program is limited to 40 people. Registration is recommended.

William Cullinane has a BS in History and Government, with a Masters in Education.  He is a US Army veteran who served in the Needham Public Schools as a teacher and coach for 27 years.  Bill was an adjunct professor at Worcester State College for 12 years, and executive director of the National SADD for 10 years. Currently Bill is a board member of Historic Chatham, is a member of the Chatham Windmill Group and you can see Bill often in the role of Colonel Godfrey at the Chatham Windmill.

Thursday, June 23 @ 2:00 pm - Artists' Gardens of New England

Some of our most beloved painters, sculptors and authors were inspired by the gardens they created. Visit the private havens of Edith Wharton, Julian Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, Daniel Chester French, Emily Dickinson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Celia Thaxter and others.  Presented via zoom by Jana Milbocker.  Registration is required.

Jana Milbocker is a garden designer, speaker, and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both new and seasoned gardeners. Jana loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos and blog. She published The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018, and The Garden Tourist’s New England in 2020. She has lectured at flower shows in Mass., Conn., Maine, New York and New Jersey, as well as a multitude of horticultural societies, garden clubs, and libraries in the Northeast. She is owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in the Boston area. (EnchantedGardensDesign.com.) She is past president of the Holliston Garden Club, and active in the Garden Club Federation of Mass., Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and GardenComm International.

 

Thursday, July 7 @ 5:00 pm - Musician Matt York

Longtime New England singer/songwriter Matt York will perform the songs of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings and tell stories of their careers. The four songwriting legends joined forces in the 1980's to form the country supergroup The Highwaymen. However, prior to that, they'd each established themselves as stars and their careers intersected many times since the 1960's. York has twice been nominated as Best Male Artist by the New England Music Awards and his latest release was named one of the Boston Globe's best albums of 2019.This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chatham Local Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

This event will take place on the Library front lawn.  Please bring your own chairs or blanket.  In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside.

 

 

Thursday, July 21 @ 5:00 pm - Author Paul Clerici

Come meet bestselling author Paul Clerici in person as he discusses his latest book “A History of the Falmouth Road Race,” the first and only book entirely about the great Cape Cod race. In a new multimedia presentation, hear about how it all began in a bar; tales of the late great founder Tommy Leonard; how the race grew alongside the running boom; stories and anecdotes of Olympic stars on the roads of Falmouth; and how it continues to inspire. In his books about the Falmouth Road Race and Boston Marathon especially, the award-winning writer takes readers through the colorful journeys of these iconic races. With his unique vast array of experiences and knowledge having run Falmouth several times, Boston 23 times, and having covered the sport for over 35 years now, Clerici brings the great races to life through informative, humorous, and enlightening detail that includes stories about every monument, landmark, moment, and portion of the courses and the histories.

A freelance journalist, photographer, and former newspaper editor, he delivers talks and lectures at libraries, historical societies, bookstores, running clubs; appears at expos, book signings, group meetings; appears on television (NECN, cable stations, etc.), radio (NPR, local and city stations, etc.), and media outlets including “The Boston Globe” and the “Cape Cod Times.” Race director of the Camy 5K Run & David 5K Walk in Walpole, he has competed in nearly every distance from the mile to the marathon – including two triathlons, 43 marathons, the Falmouth Road Race several times - and has won numerous age-group and Clydesdale running awards.  Books will be available to purchase and be signed by the author following the program.  This program is supported by the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library.

 

Thursday, August 18 @ 5:00 pm - Author Michael Pregot

Author Michael Pregot will be at the Library in person to talk about his latest book, Sea Captains of Cape Cod: Each Town's Contribution to Maritime history.  In the book, Pregot explores the connection that each Cape Cod town has to the sea as demonstrated through its seafaring residents. It provides a glimpse into heroic maritime adventures, entrepreneurial brilliance, and an appreciation of the resolve needed by captains to thrive in a hostile seaside environment. Can one specific town assert unique mastery of the sea, or should several communities share in this heritage? In reviewing the data, we discover that every town assuredly has a substantive connection to the sea and deserves to be given at least some credit for its maritime history.  

Mike Pregot's first career was as an educator. He has served as a secondary level language teacher, a school principal , a district superintendent, and a university professor. His latest passion is to examine the many accomplishments of Cape Cod seafarers. His first study was "Meet the Captains of the Captains Golf Course in Brewster:" and has recently published" Sea Captains of Cape Cod."  Books will be available for purchase and be signed by the author following the program.

 

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 18 @ 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.