Upcoming Programs


Saturday, July 20 @ 7:00 pm - Lunar Landing Celebration

Where were you on July 20th 1969? Let’s celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landing by stepping back in time to watch the original broadcast. NASA approved snacks and activities will enhance our celebration. Please bring a beach chair or a blanket, and kids are welcome to wear pajamas or a space themed costume. This program is for all ages.


Saturday, July 27 from 10:00-11:30 am - Farewell to Sarah Doyle

Please join us for a celebration of and bittersweet farewell to Sarah Doyle, the Youth Services Assistant who has been a beloved member of the EPL family since October 2006. Stop by any time between 10:00 and 11:30 to wish her well in her retirement, enjoy some refreshments, and help make this retirement celebration a memorable one.




Wednesday, August 7 @ 10:30 am - Adult Paint and Sip at the EPL!

Yes, we’re having a Paint and Sip party at the library! The sipping will be non-alcoholic, but the fun will rival those pub parties we see posted all over social media! Join us for this early morning event with Jackie from Kreativ Paint Parties as she guides registrants through basic painting techniques. All who attend will take home their own masterpiece on canvas. Registration is required.


Monday, August 12 @ 4:00 pm - Sheryl Faye Presents: Sally Ride - America's First Woman Astronaut

Sally Ride is glued to the classroom television as astronaut John Glenn blasts off into space. “I want to do that,” she quietly says to herself, only to be reminded that girls can’t be astronauts. They can’t be shortstop for the LA Dodgers either, another early aspiration, and she soon sets her sights on tennis, learning teamwork and good sportsmanship. Her insatiable curiosity leads to a passion for science. As she matures, she studies the wonders of the universe and finally, when girls can, she becomes America’s first woman astronaut and a passionate advocate for STEM.
Actress Sheryl Faye brings Sally Ride to life. Ms. Faye has been portraying historical women for over a decade in a variety of venues. She is a graduate of Emerson College. No registration is required. Youth and adults welcome.


Thursday, August 15 @ 4:00 pm - Author Lisa Duffy

Take a break from the beach and come spend the afternoon with author Lisa Duffy. From the author of book club favorite The Salt House comes an elegant and deeply affecting novel about a teenage girl finding her voice and the military wife who moves in downstairs, united in their search for the true meaning of home. Lisa's new book, This is Home, will be available to readers on June 11.  Lisa's books, provided by Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore,  will be available for purchase at the program.



Tuesday, August 20 @ 7:00 pm - Author Eric Jay Dolin

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and the Indian Ocean. In this talk and slide presentation, bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Black Flags, Blue Waters provides a wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of 13 books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Providence Journal, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History. His most recent book before Black Flags is Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse, which was chosen by gCaptain and Classic Boat as one of the best nautical books of 2016. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in environmental policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family.


Sunday, September 8 @ 3:00 pm - Edna Hardy Speaker Series Presents: Anthony Amore

We are delighted to announce that Anthony Amore, the Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will be the opening speaker for the Edna Hardy Speaker Series. Mr. Amore is in charge of the ongoing efforts to recover thirteen works of art stolen from the museum on March 18, 1990, and he has written several books on the subject of art heists and frauds.

Mr Amore will be speaking on the topic, “Stealing Rembrandts” and will address the three most important art heists in history, all of which occurred here in Massachusetts. His talk will take place in the Forgeron Room of the Library on Sunday, September 8 at 3:00, and the suggested donation is $10.00 at the door with all proceeds going to support the Library. Two of his books Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists and The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World, will be available for sale following his talk.

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

English Language Class

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

Wednesday, July 17 @ 10:30 am

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.