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.


Tuesday, May 21 @ 7:00 pm - Author Rebecca F. Kuang

We welcome you to register for a thrilling conversation with Rebecca F. Kuang (R.F. Kuang) as she chats with us about her New York Times bestselling novel, YellowfaceYellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media.  Registration is required for this virtual program. Rebecca F. Kuang is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Poppy War trilogy, Babel: An Arcane History, and Yellowface.

Thursday, May 23 @ 5:30 pm - Avoiding Election Misinformation

Avoiding Election Misinformation is a Cape-wide community discussion with Cape Cod Libraries and The News Literacy Project.  Join this virtual discussion, featuring special guest, WCAI's The Point host Mindy Todd to learn how to access trustworthy news and avoid election misinformation traps.  Finding high quality, trustworthy information can feel overwhelming in today's noisy media environment, particularly during election season.  Luckily, there are tried and true news literacy techniques that anyone can learn to find credible information about candidates, issues, and electoral processes.  In this virtual discussion, Cape and Island residents can learn how to stay informed with accurate, reliable information this election season.  Registration is required at https://bit.ly/CapeNewsLit.

Thursday, May 30 @ 4:00 pm - Local Documentary: Rescuing Our Oceans through Recycled Art

Join us for a screening of this local documentary, Rescuing Our Oceans through Recycled Art. Our fragile oceans are plagued with plastics and other man-made trash. This local documentary by ArtsLight explores how artists have come together to create art out of this detritus in an effort to bring awareness to what individuals can do to help. The film was produced by Lower Cape TV and directed by filmmaker Johnny Bergmann, to raise awareness of the crisis being brought on by throwaway plastics, which have increasingly littered beaches and waterways across the globe. Registration is recommended.

Monday, June 3 @ 2:00 pm - For the Love of Mars

You’re invited to come learn alongside Matt Shindell, National Air and Space Museum Curator, as he introduces viewers to historical figures who have made sense of Mars and its secrets, in an online discussion of the book For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet.  Registration is required for this virtual program.

Mars and its secrets have fascinated and mystified humans since ancient times. Due to its vivid color and visibility, geologic kinship with Earth, and potential as our best hope for settlement, Mars embodies everything that inspires us about space and exploration. For the Love of Mars surveys the red planet's place in the human imagination, beginning with ancient astrologers and skywatchers and ending in our present moment of exploration and virtual engagement. 

Friday, June 7 @ 11:30 am - Author Judy Lannon

Join us as we host local author, Judy Lannon, to discuss her book Nine Days.  Nine Days is a women’s fictional novel that reads like a memoir. It is a story about the Austin adult siblings returning to their ninety-four-year-old force to be reckoned with, mother’s home to deal with her illness, each with their own opinions and emotional baggage. It’s told through the eyes of Sara Austin, the reluctant healthcare proxy for her mother, Genevieve Austin. Sara has a world of insecurities, and poor self-esteem, always looking for validation wherever she can find it. She shares with the reader what is considered the universal journey of a parent’s last days, with humor, sarcasm, and plenty of alcohol, ultimately growing as a strong, confident woman. 

Judy Lannon is an author based on Cape Cod. Her debut novel Nine Days has won multiple awards since its publication in March 2022.  With her next novel, The Making of Genevieve set to release in 2024, she continues to captivate readers with her heartfelt stories.

Monday, June 10 @ 2:00 pm - Author Judith Partelow

Join us as we host local author, Judith Partelow, as she discusses her new poetry book, Passion & Provocation.  This new book is a comprehensive collection of 154 poems she has written over many years, with topics relevant to women, baby boomers, topics of marriage and divorce, parenting, social issues, etc. The poems are mostly about her life although sometimes fictionalized regarding memories, age, love and loss.

Inspired by her first poetry chapbook of the same name, in 2017 Judith Partelow created her first play, A Woman's Heart, directed it, and appeared in it with three other actors. It was produced six times on Cape Cod. Her play was taught as a course at Cape Cod Community College by professor Rod Owens as part of the Academy of Lifelong Learning. Judith’s second book of poems is Carry Me Back, A Woman's Life in Poetry. She has been a featured poet on numerous occasions, including on TV and radio. Her poems have won her several awards, and she is published in many compilations, besides her own two chapbooks. 


Tuesday, June 11 @ 4:00 pm - Friends Annual Meeting with guest speaker Bob Staake

Everyone is invited to the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library Annual Meeting.  Join the Friends Board for a recap of this past year, meet the incoming  FY25 officers and find out who will receive the annual esprit award!   Following this short business meeting, award winning author and illustrator Bob Staake will present An Afternoon with Bob Staake.  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.  Registration is recommended, seating is limited to 100.

Thursday, June 13 @ 5:00 pm - Learn About Chatham's Historic Cemeteries

Join archaeologist Dan Zoto for an overview of the Chatham's Historic Cemetery Inventory project and learn about Chatham history!  In 2023, the Chatham Historical Commission updated the Massachusetts Historical Commission Form E inventories for all 15 of the town’s cemeteries. The original inventories were completed in 1975 and updated in 1991. The present survey recorded the current conditions of the cemeteries and provided significant additional information on landscape features, headstone motifs, historic stonecutters, and the historical associations of these burial grounds within the community.   This event is part of History Weekend, sponsored by Historic Chatham.  Registration is recommended, seating will be limited to 60.

Dan Zoto is an archaeological consultant living in Hyannis. He holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and is a Registered Professional Archaeologist. Dan has published several articles on the archaeology of New England including Cape Cod.

Thursday, June 13 @ 8:00 pm - Author Freida McFadden

Get your popcorn and take a seat as we pick the brain of the queen of twists herself, Freida McFadden! McFadden will join us to chat about writing psychological thrillers, her mega-bestselling hit The Housemaid series, in particular her forthcoming (June 11, 2024) third installment, The Housemaid Is Watching.   Registration is required for this virtual program.

#1 New York TimesAmazon ChartsUSA TodayWall Street JournalSunday Times, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author Freida McFadden is a practicing physician specializing in brain injury who has penned multiple bestselling psychological thrillers and medical humor novels. Freida’s work has been selected as one of Amazon Editors’ best books of the year, she is the winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for best paperback, and she is a Goodreads Choice Award winner. 

Monday, June 17 @ 2:00 pm - Microadventures in Massachusetts

Are you looking for your next outdoor adventure? Join outdoor explorer and author Alison O’Leary to learn where and how to experience Microadventures in Massachusetts. She will explore waterfalls, river explorations, islands, abandoned towns, mountain biking, wildlife spotting and more! Massachusetts is full of history, spectacular scenery, wildlife, and wonderful opportunities for adventure. The best part is most of these places are hidden in plain sight: in our state parks and accessible nature preserves. Get inspiration for all of your summer day trips and adventures in one program! This program includes images and maps showing the sites described and suitable for all ages.  Registrations is recommended, seating limited to 60.

Alison O’Leary is a Massachusetts native, longtime journalist and author of several nonfiction history and outdoors books. Alison is an avid outdoor explorer. See www.alisonoleary.com

Tuesday, June 18 @ 2:00 pm - Meet and Greet with Cape Media Center and Cape Media News

Come meet the folks behind Cape Media Center, our local public access TV station for the towns of Barnstable through Chatham for an informal look at what goes into production. They'll also share more about what they do and how they can assist the public in creating their own show with extensive training and use of the equipment. Registration is recommended.


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 once again 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 sold at the Library starting June 3 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 75.

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


Ebook Classes

Ready to download eBooks and Audiobooks?

Next virtual class:   May 2 @ 11:00 am (virtual) and May 16 @ 11:00 am (@ the Library).  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.