Upcoming Programs

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the Library  doors are  closed to the public until further notice.   Although we've had to cancel some of our in-library programming, we are offering  many Virtual Program opportunities and online resources.    See below for some of our virtual programs and possible future in-house programming.




September 24-30, 2020 - Social Resilience is Climate Resilience: Climate Prep Week  *Virtual Programs*

The theme for Climate Prep Week 2020 is "Climate Resilience is Social Resilience". The Massachusetts Library System is partnering with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW) for Climate Prep Week to help libraries and their communities better prepare for extreme weather events. In lieu of Covid-19 and recent critical conversations around racial justice in society, CREW and MLS have organized several central events for libraries and their communities around the intersections of climate resilience, racial justice, and social resilience. Visit www.climatecrew.org for more information and to register for each of the 6 programs below.

9/24 at 1 pm - Resilient Agriculture: Climate Impacts on Our Foods Systems and How We Can Respond 

9/24 at 7 pm - Palaces for the People: A Community Discussion with Eric Klinenberg 

9/25 at 10 am - Neighborhood by Neighborhood: Mapping Our Resilience 

9/26 @ 7 pm - The Economics of Climate Change with Madhavi Venkatesan, PhD

9/29 at 6:30 pm - How Repair Events Can Transform Our Throwaway Culture

9/30 at 6:30 pm - The Linked Fight for Racial Justice and Climate Justice 


Tuesday, Oct 13 - Documentary Film: 6 Weeks to Mother's Day *Virtual Program*

6 Weeks to Mother’s Day paints an intimate portrait of Thai culture by exploring one of its most progressive schools, Moo Baan Dek (Children’s Village). Home to some of Thailand’s most underprivileged children, Children's Village has become a pillar in the Thai education system and a promising symbol of the country’s future.   Located in a remote jungle village in Kanchanaburi province, children sleep twelve to a room, have no hot water, limited electricity, and work together in the village garden to help provide themselves with food. It is a simple way of life where nature is used to encourage both healing and education.

The school follows A.S Neill’s democratic education system known as Summerhill.  In a Summerhill setting, students of all ages are given a strong voice, study what they choose, and participate equally with teachers in school votes.  6 Weeks to Mother’s Day follows the students as they prepare a special celebration to honor the school’s founder and person they refer to as mother, Rajani Dhongchai, on what will be her 35th Mother’s Day at the school. Along the way, prepare to witness Thailand’s oldest democratic school in action and rare slice of Thai culture as seen through the eyes of some of its most forward thinking children.

The film is Directed by Marvin Blunte and released in 2018.  Running time is 93 min.  The film is in Thai with English subtitles.

Registration is required to receive the link to view the film online.  Once the Library emails you the link, you will have approx 72 hours to view the film.  Registration is limited to 100.


Saturday, Oct 17 @ 10:30-12:00 - Contemporary Sonnet Workshop with John Bonanni  *Virtual Program*

What makes a sonnet a sonnet? A rhyme scheme? A number of lines? Love? Meter? Petrarch and Shakespeare might be dead, but their legacy lives on. In this virtual workshop, examine the sonnet from its historical lens into its present, contemporary one. Unpack a variety of sonnets across time periods, with a primary focus on the way the sonnet operates today. Finally, generate drafts of your own sonnet. Be prepared with your pen and notebook, your best reader’s eye, but most importantly, with an open mind.   This Zoom workshop is limited to 14 participants.  Registration is required.  


Thursday, Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm - 1620: The First Year with Historian Christopher Daley *Virtual Program*

Historian Chris Daley will present "1620: The First Year."  In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims arrival in the New World, Chris's presentation will examine their voyage across the Atlantic, the decision to land on Cape Cod, their explorations of the Cape, and their eventual choice to settle in Plymouth.  He will also talk in detail about Plymouth Colony and their early encounters with the Wampanoag People.  Registration is required.

Christopher Daley has lectured all over New England for over 25 years and is a favorite here at the EPL!  He is a history teacher in the Kingston, MA area and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Bridgewater State University in Political Science and History.


Monday, November 16 @ 7:00 pm - Virtual Birding Tour

Chris Walz, Expert Naturalist and property Manager at Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary take you on a virtual birding tour providing you with the identification tools you need to raise your birding skills, offer suggestions on seasonal hotspots, and peek your interest in what’s active in the world of Birds on Cape Cod in November. This program will be a webinar over Zoom.  Registration is required.


Future Date TBA - Author Edwin Hill

Boston author Edwin Hill’s critically-acclaimed crime novels include Little Comfort and The Missing Ones. They both feature Harvard librarian Hester Thursby who uses her research skills to help people find things, including people who don't want to be found.  Hill has been nominated for an Agatha Award, featured in Us Magazine, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal, and was recognized as one of “Six Crime Writers to Watch” in Mystery Scene magazine.


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:  September 10 @ 10:30 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.