Upcoming Programs 

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic in-Library programs have been suspended until further notice.   We are offering  many Virtual Program opportunities and online resources.    See below for our scheduled virtual programs.



Wednesday, February 24 @ 4:00 pm - "Create Your Own Mystery" event with Author Jeannette de Beauvoir

"Create Your own Mystery"  with author Jeannette de Beauvoir.  Ever wonder how mystery authors come up with their plots, characters, red herrings? Wonder no more: this is your chance to participate in the making of a mystery! Audience members help supply the victim(s), the protagonist, the sidekick, the red herring, and the murderer… and will eventually put the entire story together. Throughout the event, Jeannette uses these categories to weave in information about the genre and the craft: the difference between a cozy mystery and a procedural, the importance of sense of place, the formation of character, and the plot—which most certainly will include a twist. In less than 80 minutes you’ll have created a (semi)-coherent story to rival Agatha Christie—but having a lot more fun than Agatha ever did! Will everyone weave together a spooky story aboard a midnight train, a hilarious mix-up in an old castle, or perhaps strange comings and goings in a haunted mansion? To find out, bring your imagination and sense of fun to the virtual mystery room!  Registration is required.  This virtual program is limited to 25 participants. This event is part of our 125th anniversary celebration.

Jeannette de Beauvoir is an author, editor and writing teacher whose characters uncover truths and occasional dark secrets via mystery, historical, and literary fiction. Her work has been translated into 12 languages and she has been a Booksense Book-of-the-Year finalist.  Visit her website at https://www.jeannettedebeauvoir.com.  

Thursday, March 4 @ 10:30 am - Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat

Learn about the benefits and joys of creating beautiful layered gardens designed to bring avian performers right into your own backyard.  Registration is  required for this virtual program via Zoom.  

Presenter Joan Butler has been an enthusiastic gardener and plant collector for over 35 years, and believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. The gardens on her half-acre suburban property have been included on several garden tours and feature exciting plant combinations, dramatic horticultural specimens, and extensive collections of native plants, hosta and epimedium. Joan has a deep and fundamental interest in the natural world. She holds a BA in Geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Landscape Management from UMass Extension Green School. She is a Master Gardener, a horticulturist at Weston Nurseries, and is a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is a member of the Garden Consultants council, the New England Hosta Society and is an accredited Flower Show Judge. Joan has presented programs at flower shows in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and at numerous garden clubs, horticultural societies and professional organizations.


Wednesday, March 10 @ 7:00 pm - Fierce Females in Art

Fierce Females in Art:  Women have long been the subject of art, often depicted as nothing more than objects of desire. How do images of women change when women become the creators? This program examines the history of women in art in brief and then explores the lives, careers and works of several major women artists from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, including Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Catlett. This program will be presented virtually via Zoom.  Registration is required. [Image: Artemisia Gentileschi. Self-Portrait]

About the presenter: Jane Oneail curates and delivers art appreciation programs to audiences throughout New England. Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. A New Hampshire native, she has worked at some of the state's most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information visit iamculturallycurious.com


Wednesday, March 17 @ 2:30 pm - The Life and Times of St. Patrick with Irish historian Sean Murphy

On St. Patrick's Day, Irish native and historian Sean Murphy joins us to examine the history of Saint Patrick’s mission in Ireland in the 5th century, and the work he carried out. Saint Patrick arrived in Ireland at a crucial time in world history-the Roman empire was collapsing, and Ireland was reorganizing after the assassination of its High King.  He returned to Ireland as a bishop in his mid-forties, and spent twenty-five years ministering to the existing Christian community in Ireland. His mission played a large part in expanding the Catholic influence in Ireland.  Registration is required for this virtual program via Zoom

Sean Murphy was born and raised in Dublin, and came to Cape Cod in 2005. He has a passion for his homeland, and loves to share his knowledge and interest through classes and workshops. He is a teacher of Irish history, music and dance.


Thursday, April 1 @ 4:00 pm - Albion Marble: Architect of the Eldredge Public Library

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Eldredge Public Library, an illustrated talk about the library building and architect will be presented by Chatham resident and architectural enthusiast, Betsy Bray. She will take you on a photographic tour of the library’s architectural features and share the story of its history. Albion Merton Marble, a little-known architect from Fall River, designed the Eldredge Public Library and four other buildings in southeastern Massachusetts. His style was heavily influenced by famous architect Henry Hobson (HH) Richardson, initiator of the Romanesque revival in the United States.  Registration is required for this virtual event.

Betsy works as a tour guide and project assistant for the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, a nonprofit that preserves mid-century modern houses located in the Cape Cod National Seashore. She received the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Award for her volunteer efforts.


Saturday, April 10 @ 10:30 am - Poetry Workshop: The Contemporary Villanelle with John Bonanni

Want to learn another poetic form? The villanelle is a poem derived from Italian song, crossing countries and continents, which can now serve as the perfect conduit for whatever you’ve been obsessing over. Come learn the about the history of this unique form, its initial purposes, and what it has evolved into for contemporary poets. We’ll look at some well-known villanelles from Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sylvia Plath, and then glean into what the future could hold for this Italian field workers’ verse. You will then work on generating your own. Registration is required for this online program.

 A Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets nominee, John Bonanni serves as founding editor for the Cape Cod Poetry Review. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, grants from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a residency from AS220 in Providence, RI. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, CutBank, North American Review, Verse Daily, Seattle Review, Hobart, Washington Square Review, Foglifter, and Prairie Schooner, and his literary criticism has appeared in DIAGRAM, Rain Taxi, Tupelo Quarterly, and Kenyon Review. His manuscripts have been finalists for contests from [Pank], Anhinga, New Issues, and Fordham University Presses. www.johnbonanni.com


Wednesday, April 14 @ 7 pm - Preparing for Sea Level Rise: Climate Vulnerability for Coastal Environments and Communities

Preparing for Sea Level Rise: Climate Vulnerability for Coastal Environments and Communities - Mass Audubon and Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) will present on the impacts of sea level rise on communities within Cape Cod, how to prepare as individuals, and how to build resilience as communities. We will dive into projected levels of sea level rise, connections with climate change, correlations with flooding, and inequitable impacts on communities. The presentation will also include sea level rise impacts on salt marshes and restoration actions to protect these coastal habitats. After this presentation, you’ll have the tools to determine how to prepare for a flood to protect yourself, neighbors and the broader community and will learn of the threats that the natural environment is facing in light of rising sea levels.  This program is co-sponsored by Eldredge Public Library, Wellfleet Public Library and Sturgis Library.  Registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/1s76p92g


Thursday, April 29 @ 10:30 am - Ticks: “One Bite Can Change Your Life…” with Entomologist Larry Dapsis from the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension.

Lyme Disease is the most prevalent tick-borne disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever and Powassan virus, all of which can be very serious. This program will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer, dog and lone star ticks. This will include an exercise in tick identification using temporary tattoos and go over all elements of personal protection.    Join us for this virtual program that includes a Q&A session with Larry Dapsis.  Registration is required. 


Thursday, May 6 @ 10:30 am - The Garden Tourist with Jana Milbocker

The Garden Tourist with Jana Milbocker.  Do you enjoy beautiful gardens? In this armchair tour of some the best public gardens and hidden gems of the Northeast you will learn about each garden’s history, horticultural highlights and special events that will inspire you to plan your own visit!  This program will be presented virtually via Zoom.  Registration is required.

Speaker Jana Milbocker is a garden designer, speaker, and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and5:00 pm delight both new and seasoned gardeners. Jana loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos and blog. She published The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018, and The Garden Tourist’s New England in 2020. She has lectured at flower shows in Mass., Conn., Maine, New York and New Jersey, as well as a multitude of horticultural societies, garden clubs, and libraries in the Northeast. She is owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in the Boston area. (EnchantedGardensDesign.com.) She is past president of the Holliston Garden Club, and active in the Garden Club Federation of Mass., Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and GardenComm International.


Wednesday, May 12 @ 7:00 pm - The Portland Gale on Cape Cod with Don Wilding

On Thanksgiving Weekend of 1898, the S.S. Portland, known as the "Titanic of New England," disappeared off the coast of Cape Cod during a raging blizzard, claiming 192 lives. Learn about this historic event, forever known as the "Portland Gale," which also caused dozens of shipwrecks in a 24-hour period, and bodies and debris washing ashore on Cape Cod's Outer Beach for weeks, making it the worst storm and life loss in the annals of Massachusetts and Cape Cod’s long maritime history. Registration is required for this virtual program.

Cape Cod storyteller Don Wilding is an award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for 35 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Lore” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of three books, Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore, A Brief History of Eastham: On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod, and the upcoming Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Triumph & Tragedy

Thursday, May 20 @ 5:00 pm -  The Life and Music of George Gershwin, an American Genius

The Life and Music of George Gershwin, an American Genius with John Whelan.   A look at the remarkable life of George Gershwin and the music he created.  From "Rhapsody in Blue" to "An American in Paris" to "Porgy and Bess" and his many popular songs, Gershwin wrote music for the ages. His songs makes up a significant part of what is known as The Great American Songbook.  Gershwin is an all-time favorite of classical and jazz musicians.  His premature death at 38 deprived the world of one of its great composers.  An EPL 125th anniversary event.  Registration is required for this virtual event.


Thursday, June 2 @ 2:00 pm - Author Nancy Thayer

We are excited to welcome back New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer who will speak about her new book, Family Reunion.  In this latest book, a grandmother-granddaughter duo are eager to spend their summer together on peaceful Nantucket, but the season that unfolds brings about unforgettable surprises in this magical, multigenerational novel. Registration is required for this virtual event.

Nancy Thayer is the author of thirty-one novels, including Summer HouseThe Hot Flash ClubBeachcombers, Island GirlsThe Guest Cottage, The Island House, and Secrets in Summer.  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.  Nancy lives on Nantucket.


Thursday, June 10 @ 7:00 pm - Barrier Beaches Under Stress with Bill Sargent

Barrier Beaches Under Stress with Bill Sargent.  This talk will look at recent changes to Chatham's North Beach and the North Shore's Plum Island because of sea level rise. Bill Sargent is a NOVA consultant and author of 27 books about science and the environment. He is recipient of the Boston Globe’s Kinship award and wrote the acclaimed book, Crab Wars: A tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism and Human Health and Sea Level Rising: The Chatham Story.  This special event is part of our 125th anniversary and Historic Chatham's History Weekend.  Registration is required for this virtual program.


Thursday, June 24 @ 5:00 pm - Rare Book Expert & Antiques Roadshow Appraiser Kenneth Gloss

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a virtual presentation via Zoom to discuss the value of old and rare books. Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825.  Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the "hunt," as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. His talk will be followed by a Q&A session and Ken will give free verbal appraisals of books participants have on hand or will do so at his shop in Boston at a later scheduled date. If you are interested in getting a book appraised, please contact amyandreasson@clamsnet.org BEFORE June 18.  Registration is required for this virtual program. 

The Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. Among the many organizations in which Kenneth Gloss is a member are the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the New England Antiquarian Booksellers of America, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Committee for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Boston Society.

Chatham Chat!

Classes are temporarily suspended!  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

Ready to download eBooks and Audiobooks?

Next virtual class:  March 11 @ 11:00 am

Getting Started with Libby - Learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks through the Libby app by Overdrive.   Join Amy Andreasson through a Zoom program as she will show you how to download items and answer your Libby questions.  Registration is required so we can get you connected through Zoom. *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.