Read your favorite poem or just come and listen. This popular Friends' program features Chatham residents reading favorite poems. Each reader is limited to five minutes and selections must be by recognized, published poets. Refreshments will be served at 1:30. Sign up at the Front Desk if you are interested in reading a poem.
Author Barbara Eppich Struna loves to tell a good story, especially about Cape Codâ€™s history. Since publication in October 2013, her novel, The Old Cape House, has achieved first place in historical fiction, Royal Dragonfly Awards and three times as #1 in Amazonâ€™s Best Selling List. Discover the back-story of why she wrote about the Legend of 18th century pirate, Sam Bellamy and his lover, Maria Hallett. In the book Struna takes all the facts that are known about the Bellamy legend and wherever there are missing pieces, she writes a new twist on the old tale. Using alternating chapters between present day and the 18th century, the author creates a modern day female protagonist who finds clues in her back yard that link her land to the pirate and then leads the reader on an exciting adventure.
Your heart is calling you to be your fullest expression - calling you to be Me, Finally. During this event, Dr. Mitch Tishler will discuss how his recently released book Me, Finally: Navigating Life with an Open Heart supports us to develop simple skills for living life with greater ease. Me, Finally is based upon Seeing with Heart - a paradigm-shifting journey for cultivating inner peace, awakening the love of self, and living beyond fear - which Mitch as been sharing since 2000. Mitch will also weave the deeply moving sounds of the harmonium - a hand pumped organ commonly found in traditional Indian music - into the experience.
Going online doesn't have to mean compromising privacy and security. Join Alison Macrina of Library Freedom Project to learn the basics of keeping your data a little safer. Alison will cover some of the threats to privacy that exist in the online sphere, as well as tools that can help -- password management, safer browsing, blocking web trackers, and using encryption.
Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms.
Join native son Todd Kelley for a discussion sharing the substance of Chatham's oral tradition. Learn about the lifesaving stations, lightships, lighthouses and more importantly the surfmen who personified an unparalleled conviction to community beyond self. They were the predecessors that set the bench mark for the heralded Pendleton rescue. Intertwined In this story will be a visual tour around town to witness the Chatham of old in comparison to modern day.
Photo: A U.S. Life-Saving Station crew pulls a Monomoy surf boat on it's beach trailer.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.
As part of History Weekend, Don Edge will be at lower level of the Library to help you research your historic home and fill out a Historic House Sign form - if your home is 100 years or older. At the close of 2015, Chatham counted throughout the town, 630 taxable properties 100 years or older. Each of these buildings is eligible for an inexpensive unique sign of three lines that summarize the building's history. It includes the first owner, the purpose and the date. (Those not eligible for the Historic House Sign can still find the history of their building/home and an architectural description. All house histories subject to availability of completed forms from the Chatham Historical Commission). This project is supported by the Chatham Historical Commission.
Wednesdays, May 4 @ 10:15, June 1 @ 10:15, July 6 @ 10:15 Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library 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. Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.
By appointment Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library ebooks to your Kindle Fire and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your Kindle Fire, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help. Registration is required. Call the library at 508-945-5170.
Wednesdays, May 4 @ 11:30, June 1 @ 11:30, July 20 @ 10:15
Â Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library 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. Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.