Upcoming Programs



Monday, July 24 @ 2:00 pm - Introduction of Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?  Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.  Calmer Choice Instructor Caroline McCutcheon will introduce us to the basics: the practices & the thought behind them, and the benefits that practicing mindfulness can bring to you.

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Friday, August 4 @ 3:00 pm - 2017 Film Documentary: A Plastic Ocean

Director Craig Leeson and an international team of adventurers, researchers, & Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface our seemingly pristine ocean. The result will astound viewers, just as it did our adventurers, who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic  pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.  1 hour and 40 minutes.


 Friday, August 11 @ 3:00 pm - 2017 Film Documentary: Tick DaysLarry Dapsis - ticks

Larry Dapsis, an entomologist at the Barnstable County Extension Service, is featured in this short documentary about the fight against the persistent health crisis of tick bites, and the diseases they transmit, on Cape Cod. The film, directed by Marnie Crawford Samuelson of Boston Picture Group, debuted at the Provincetown Film Festival in June, 2017.  Please join us for a screening, followed by a question and answer period with the director and Larry Dapsis at Eldredge Public Library.


 Tuesday, August 15 @ 7:00 pm - The Lost Soviet ICBM Sub of 1968: How the US found it and what we did with it Soviet_ballistic_missile_submarine_K-129

Using a combination of personal experience and de-classified information, Jack Rafuse will tell us how the United States found the missing Soviet submarine K-129 in 1968; including how we recovered it and why we kept this information "top-secret" for many years.  John L. Rafuse has a Stonehill AB and an MA and PhD from Notre Dame.  He worked on the Navy's Polaris Project and Automated Carrier Landing System Project, for the Pentagon Whiz Kids, other high level Navy Department Offices, the Center for Naval Analyses and for a Presidential Commission.  He moved to the White House, the Office of Management and Budget and was an Office Director at the Federal Energy Administration.  After 25 years with an international oil and gas company he does consulting on energy, trade, regulatory and international security issues.


Tuesday, August 22 @ 7:00 pm - Chatham At the Time of the Great War with John Whelan

Join us for a local history presentation by John Whelan, "Chatham at the Time of the Great War."  He will focus on what Chatham was like during WWI and on the mood of the USA upon entering the war. He will include the Chatham Naval Air Station in Chathamport and the U-boat attack in Orleans in 1918. John will feature some of the popular music of the day and in particular, music about the war effort.




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Wednesday, August 23 @ 10:30 am - The Challenge of Principled Engagement with Cuba  

There has been a long tumultuous relationship between the United States and Cuban governments. Two and one half years ago President Obama started significant changes to that relationship. In June 2017, in Little Havana, Miami, President Trump announced "reversals" to that policy. But what did he really announce and what are the ramifications? Cuba expert and former White House consultant Professor Ted Henken (Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies, Baruch College, City University of New York) will address these issues, discuss the unprecedented social and economic changes, and the challenges faced by the Cuban people.


 Sunday, August 27 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Books In BloomBooks in bloom 2017 half

Friends of the Eldredge Public Library will hold their annual Books In Bloom cocktail party and reception on Sunday, August 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Come and enjoy the floral displays of 12 local designers who were asked to use as a theme their favorite novel, biography or poem. There are no rules - big, little, tall or short, one color, multi color - the sky will be their limit. Doors to the library will open at 5:00 for viewing and refreshments (hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.) Passport to Savings giveaways will be announced at 7:00 pm. Your $10 ticket is available now at the Library’s main desk or at the door on the 27th. This event is part of the fund raising events planned by the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library to help bring you the different offerings that make our library so special.



Tuesday, August 29 @ 7:00 pm - Author Mark Schneidergerry studds

Mark Schneider will be here to talk about his latest book, Gerry Studds: America's First Openly Gay Congressman, which will be release in July.  Gerry Studds fought in Congress to allow gays to serve in the military, to fund AIDS research and care, and for marriage equality. He was a champion of coastal and ocean environmental measures, and worked effectively to protect the interests of American fishermen - including those in Chatham. He was among the most vocal opponents of President Reagan's wars in Central America. Perhaps most importantly, he left a vivid unpublished memoir of his life, both public and private, as a closeted gay man. Mark Schneider is a retired Professor of US History and the author of "Joe Moakley's Journey: from South Boston to El Salvador.



 Thursday, September 7 @ 4:00 pm - Author Anne D. LeClairehalo effect

 Join bestselling author Anne D. LeClaire as she shares with us her newly published book The Halo Effect.  In this tour de force, a father, shaken by tragedy, tries to avenge his daughter’s murder—and restore his family’s shattered life.  Anne has written eight novels, including Entering Normal, The Lavender Hour, and Leaving Eden, as well as her critically acclaimed memoir, Listening Below the Noise: The Transformative Power of Silence. Known for her exquisite and lyrical writing, the former op-ed columnist has been published in Redbook, the Boston Globe, Yoga Journal, and the New York Times.



Tuesday, September 12 @ 7:00 pm - Hidden Gems of New England with Alison O'Learyinns and adventures

Have you ever wandered through the woods and wondered who'd been there before?  New England's woods and wild places are full of stories: cannibalism in Vermont, Thoreau's cold and lonely night on Massachusetts' Mt. Greylock, an Eskimo in New Hampshire.  Based on the book Inns and Adventures by Alison O'Leary and Michael J. Tougias, Hidden Gems of New England takes audiences on virtual trips over mountains and through back roads of Vermont, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.  It's great inspiration for trip planning!  Find out about secluded swimming holes, old-growth forests, sites of hostage takings and cannibalism, adventure tourism, stunning vistas, our changing environment, and cozy inns.  The slide presentation is suitable for all ages.  Alison O'Leary is an award-winning travel writer and journalist and co-author with Michael Tougias on their latest collaboration So Close to Home: The True Story of an American Family's Fight for Survival During World War II. 



English Language and Conversation Classesl

Our English Language and Conversation Class will begin June 22 @ 5:00 pm and will meet each Thursday through the summer.  This class is designed to provide an opportunity for people to practice and improve their English.  The ESL Conversation Class if free and open to the public.  If you or someone you know is interested, please have them contact Amy Andreasson (508-945-5170) for registration and information.  The class will meet at the library.  

Ebook Classes

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Wednesdays  June 7 @ 10:15,  August 2 @ 10:15, Sept 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.

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Wednesdays  June 7 @ 11:15, August 2 @ 11:15, Sept 6 @ 11:15

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.