Upcoming Programs


Wednesday, September 18 @ 1:30 - An Insider's View of Family Caregiving

Dr. Melanie P. Merriman, a healthcare consultant and author of Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging, will share her personal story and lead a discussion about how to prepare for the challenges of aging and family caregiving. The presentation will address stages and pathways through aging, where to find help, and the power of cultivating “healthy interdependence.”

Free transportation is available through the Chatham Council on Aging, reservations required. Caregivers are welcome to bring their loved ones with dementia. The Alzheimer's Family Support Center of Cape Cod will be providing free respite care by running a dementia group during the program. To register for the respite program, transportation or both, please call the Chatham COA at 508-945-5190.

Melanie P. Merriman, PhD is the author of Holding the Net: Caring For My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging, American Book Fest’s 2017 Best Book Award Winner for Autobiography/Memoir, and a Caring.com choice for one of 2017’s Best Books on Caregiving. Melanie’s articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, ThirdAge.com and NextAvenue.org. She is also the co-author of Merriman’s Hawaii: The Chef, The Farmers, The Food, The Islands, a cookbook with stories about Chef Peter Merriman. Melanie and her husband, Klein, split their time between South Florida and Cape Cod, MA.


Tuesday, September 24 @ 7:00 pm - The Great Boston Molasses Flood: 100 Years Later with Author Stephen Puleo

Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, will visit the Eldredge Public Library to discuss his book and the remarkable flood story itself in this 100th anniversary year.  Steve will talk about the molasses flood tragedy itself -- in which 21 people were killed, 150 people injured, and enormous property damage occurred in Boston's North End -- and also talk about the big historical issues that affected both America and the flood in the early part of the twentieth century.  His presentation will be followed by a Q-and-A session and a book signing.  

Steve is the author of six nonfiction books, and has a seventh on the way scheduled for publication by St. Martin's Press in the spring of 2020.  All of his books have been Boston regional bestsellers and have received national recognition.  A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor of articles and book reviews to publications and organizations that include American History magazine, Politico, the Boston Globe and the Bill of Rights Institute.  Steve has taught history at Suffolk University and currently teaches at UMass Boston.

Thursday, October 10 @ 7:00 pm - Author Chris Setterlund: Cape Cod Nights

Cape Cod Nights: Christopher Setterlund is a 12th-generation Cape Codder and the author of 5 books.  His latest book, Cape Cod Nights, was recently featured on WCVB's award-winning show Chronicle and showcases some of the legends of the Cape's nightlife from the last century.  This event will be filled with memories of the Golden Age of Cape Cod nightlife and more with places like Mill Hill Club, Compass Lounge, Chatham Squire and many others.



Thursday, October 17 @ 7:00 pm - Author Peter Abrahams aka: Spencer Quinn:Heart of  Barkness

We are excited to welcome back author Peter Abrahams, who will talk about his latest book, Heart of Barkness. Under his pen name, Spencer Quinn, he writes the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie series as well as the Queenie and Arthur series for younger readers.  Peter Abrahams is the Edgar-award winning author of thirty-eight novels, including The Right Side, The Fan, A Perfect Crime, and the Echo Falls series for younger readers.   Mr. Abrahams was born in Boston, graduated from Williams College, and lives on Cape Cod. You can visit him at peterabrahams.com.

Chatham Chat!

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

Ebook Instruction

Next class: TBA

Learn to download free library eBooks and Audiobooks to your device and get tips for searching the Clams digital library site using the new Libby app.  Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.  *Libby app is currently compatible with smart phones and tables.   EBooks can be download on another device (phone, ipad, etc) and transferred to Kindle devices.