Upcoming Programs


Chatham Reads Poetry

Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 pm

This popular Friends' event features local residents reading favorite poems, and is a continuation of a nationwide event sponsored by poet Robert Pinsky when he was the nations' poet laureate. The program begins at 3:00 pm, with refreshments at 2:30 pm. Each reader is limited to five minutes and selections must be recognized, published poets - not by the person reading. People who would like to read must sign up in advance at the Library.


Cape Cod Butterflies

Saturday, May 3 at 2:00 pmtorhansen

Tor Hansen, photojournalist, naturalist and artist has worked at the Cape Cod National Seashore and later as a caption editor with the Photo Library of the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC. His illustrations are published in the Cousteau Society's Almanac; in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's journal, Oceanus; in The Cape Naturalist of the CCMNH. Hansen is the co-author of Butterflies Across Cape Cod: A Guide To Finding Attracting And Observing Butterflies On The Cape which will be the focus of his talk at the Eldredge Public Library.


Protect Your Privacychoose privacy

Wednesday, May 7 at 3:30 pmBBB

Amy Schram, Community Outreach Specialist from the Better Business Bureau, will share with the audience the most common scams currently circulating the community, the major Red Flags to watch out for and the precautionary tactics we can use to protect ourselves and our identity. The Library is promoting this program in support of "Choose Privacy Week, May 1-7" which is an annual program of the American Library Association. Choose Privacy Week is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age.


Boston Harbor Islandsnov16ftwarren

Saturday, May 17 at 2:00 pm hospital that stood on Rainsford Island

Kevin Rogers, Friends of Boston Harbor Islands Community Outreach Coordinator, will present the history, both geological and political, of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. Rogers will describe how the park is managed, and will give an overview of the islands with photos. Special attention will be given to the two "Gateway Islands" - Georges and Spectacle Islands. The talk will explore the islands' history and focus on groups who have called the islands home starting with the Native Americans and fur traders, continuing on through soldiers, hospital patients, hotel guests, shipwreck survivors, summer residents and park visitors. The program will conclude with a question and answer period and suggestions for volunteers and recreational opportunities at the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. This program is free and open to the public.


Line Dancing with Brett Outchcunis

Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 pm

Yes, Brett is back for some awesome fun and painless exercise!  Get prepared for this season's parties and learn some new dance steps.  No costumes, talent or dancing skills required - just a sense of humor and some energy.  ( Slippery soled shoes are helpful, but not required)  Come as you are, open to all ages, free.  No registration is required.


Maxim D. Shrayer: Leaving Russia: A Jewish StoryShrayerLRCover

Saturday, May 31 at 2:00 pm

Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story is a memoir of coming of age and struggling to leave the USSR. Shrayer chronicles the triumphs and humiliations of a Soviet childhood and expresses the dreams and fears of a Jewish family that never gave up its hopes for a better life. Shrayer's remembrances are set against a rich backdrop of politics, travel and ethnic conflict on the bring of the Soviet empire's collapse. Born in Moscow in 1967 in a writer's family, Maxim D. Shrayer is a professor at Boston College, Boston and Chatham resident and winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award.


Bill Roiter: Beyond Workroiterbook

Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm

Retirements Four Important Questions and the Answers - Bill Roiter is an experienced corporate executive, entrepreneur, professional consultant, researcher, teacher and Psychologist and more than thirty years of experience in the field of executive coaching, human factor consultation and managment and business psychology. His most recent book, Beyond Work: How Accomplished People Retire Successfully explores how accomplished people prepare and live well as they retire.


Life at Chatham c1914: A Local Perspective637(2)

Tuesday, June 17 at 7:00 pm

Join Chatham native Todd Kelley for a perspective into life on Cape Cod in general and Chatham specifically during the year 1914.  We will explore the nature of community and the communal fabric that sustained a year round economy.  We will also consider the role that seasonal tourism started to play as well as how Chatham maintained its local identity up into the late 20th century in the face of weathering change.  This program is part of CHATHAM HISTORY WEEKEND, JUNE 20-22, 2014.  Sponsored by Historic Chatham, this weekend is all about celebrating the history of Chatham.  In addition to local speakers like Todd Kelley, the activities will include open house at major museums, a family friendly Scavenger Hunt, an opportunity to research your house history (Eldredge Public Library, June 21, 12-2pm) and much more.


Nancy Thayer: Nantucket Sistersthayerbook

Thursday, June 19 at 2:00 pm

Nancy Thayer is the author of twenty-three novels, including Summer House, The Hot Flash Club, Beachcombers, Heat Wave, Summer Breeze, and Island Girls. Her books concern the mysteries and romance of families and relationships: marriage and friendships, divorce and love, custody and step parenting, family secrets and private self-affirmation, the quest for independence and the normal human hunger for personal connections. We are lucky to have Nancy here at the Eldredge Library to talk about her latest book, Nantucket Sisters, which is due out on June 17, 2014.


Discover the History of Your Chatham Propertyhistoric house sign

Saturday, June 21 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

To assist people who are interested in learning the history of their Chatham home or commercial building build at least 100 years ago, Historical Commission designee Don Edge will be available to help at the Eldredge Public Library as part of Chatham History Weekend.  Complete descriptions of each building and its history are available in the Library for most early structures.  These structures are also eligible for an inexpensive Historic House Sign, as described on the Historic Chatham property Owners page.  Order forms will be available and assistance will be offered for the wording of your sign.


Ebook Classes

Kindle Ebook Demo

Wednesday: May 7 @ 10:30 am, June 4 @ 2:00 pm

Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading ebooks to your Kindle and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your Kindle, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help.


iPad Ebook Demo

Wednesday: May 14 @ 3:30 pm, June 4 @ 3:30 pmipad image

Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading ebooks to your iPad and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your iPad, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help.