Upcoming Programs

Thursday, May 23 @ 7:00 pm - Out in Blue Fields: A Year at Hokum Rock Blueberry Farm by Janice Riley and Stephen Spear

Conservationist Stephen Spear and journalist Janice Riley chronicle a year of cultivating blueberries on Cape Cod's Hokum Rock Farm.  Spear's family has owned the farm since 1973 and began cultivating blueberries exclusively in 1986, selling thousands of pints each season. Fans of stories about the natural world, farming or simply Cape Cod, will appreciate this celebration of blueberries and a life lived close to the earth.

Janice Riley is a writer, photographer, webmaster and documentary filmmaker.  An avid gardener for thirty years, she as been a blueberry farmer for fifteen years.  She holds a BA from Wellesley College.  Stephen Spear is a conservation specialist with the USDA-NRCS on Cape Cod.  He has owned and operated Hokum Rock Farm for forty-four years.  He holds a BS from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Tuesday, June 11 at 4:00 pm - Friends Annual Meeting featuring author Eileen McNamara

Please join us for the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library annual meeting. Following a very brief business meeting, our guest speaker is Eileen McNamara. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Eileen McNamara is the author of Eunice, the Kennedy who Changed the World. She spent most of her career as a journalist at The Boston Globe, where she won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and contributed to the newspaper's award-winning coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, chronicled in the Oscar-winning movie Spotlight. As a reporter and columnist at the newspaper for nearly 30 years, she covered everything from the night police beat in Boston to the United States Congress, focusing attention on such pressing social issues as battered women, infant mortality and juvenile crime. A graduate of Barnard College, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Fellowship Program at Harvard, she is now director of the Journalism Program at Brandeis University where she has been the recipient of the Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Wednesday, June 12 @ 2:30 pm - Author Megan Dowd Lambert

Megan Dowd Lambert, award winning author, reviewer, blogger and Senior Lecturer at Simmons University will present her Whole Book Approach to reading picture books with children, a storytime model which she created in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.  The Whole Book Approach "brings children's ideas and questions to the center of shared reading while celebrating the picture book as a visual art form." 

Ms. Lambert will demonstrate the Whole Book Approach with a group of students from the Monomoy Community Services afterschool program during a special storytime and will then provide a workshop for parents, caregivers, educators and adults who are passionate about reading and picture books.  Thanks to the continued support from Where the Sidewalk Ends bookstore, Ms. Lambert's book, Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See, will be available for purchase following the workshop.  No registration is required.

This program is part of the EPL's ongoing Chatham Reads LSTA grant initiatives that promote the importance of reading to children.  Ms Lambert's presentation is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Eldredge Public Library. Books will be available for purchase and autographing thanks to Where the Sidewalk Ends.   

Monday, June 17 @ 3:00 pm - Author David Van Wye

We welcome back David Van Wye for his second book, Vietnam Blues.  In the final years of the Vietnam War, as the United States cuts troop strength, American military advisors and their allies face Viet Cong spies and guerilla fighters building up forces for the massive Easter Offensive. Even while engaged in combat in the difficult terrain of the Mekong Delta, the adversaries struggle with doubts, fears, loss and despair as grim events unfold to an unexpected conclusion. Author David Van Wye was a military advisor where the story takes place. He holds the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Honor Medal First Class.


Thursday, June 20 @ 3:00 pm - Author Anne D. LeClaire

We are thrilled to host best-selling author Anne LeClaire who will talk about her new book, The Orchid Sister – a heart-racing novel of love, suspense, and the unbreakable bond between sisters. The people you love are taken from you. That's what Maddie DiMarco learned when she survived the plane crash that killed her parents. Fifteen years later, the scars remain. When Maddie meets handsome pilot Jack Moroni, she finally begins to let down her guard. But just as quickly, her hope and trust are once again shattered when a plane crash forces her to revisit her traumatic past. Maddie turns to her sister for comfort and guidance, only to realize that Kat is missing. To find her, Maddie must confront her deepest fears--and if she's lucky, she may also find herself along the way.

A former actor, print journalist and radio broadcaster, Anne LeClaire is a memoirist and the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of nine novels published in twenty-four countries. She is a frequent speaker at a variety of events and teaches creative writing workshops in the United States and in a variety on international venues.


Thursday, June 27 @ 7:00 pm - Author Matt Fitzpatrick

Local author Matt Fitzpatrick will be here to talk about his first book of fiction, Crosshairs.  Crosshairs is the story of three desperate individuals grappling with a world that places money and hidden desires above all else. Their unique advantage, unlike the drones of the rest of the world, is that they are devoid of any pesky morals that could get in the way of achieving their desires. Inspired by the author's own experiences and observations as a child and throughout adulthood, Crosshairs tells the story of the implosion of the traditional Boston underworld that created a vacuum for the players left at the table.



Friday, July 5 @ 1:00 pm - Author William McKeever: Emperors of the Deep

Meet Author and Filmmaker William McKeever at the Eldredge Public Library for a 20-minute edited version of his documentary film, talk on sharks, and a Q&A, followed by a booksigning.

In Emperors of the Deep:  Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians (publishing July 2019), author and NGO Conservationist William McKeever is on a mission to change everyone’s views of the mysterious creatures of the deep.  The book takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey around the world and deep under the water’s surface—from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific—to dispel the narrative about sharks (from Jaws to "Shark Week,)” which claims they’re terrifying, cold-blooded, underwater predators. McKeever says, "Sharks are unequivocally essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. When these giant beasts of the seas are removed from the ocean, the effect on reefs and seagrasses is catastrophic for generations to come."

Author William McKeever is a writer, a documentary filmmaker and the founder of the non-profit Safeguard the Seas, dedicated to ocean conservation. McKeever is the author of Emperors of the Deep, the producer and director of the forthcoming feature-length global documentary Emperors of the Deep—which has not been previously released—to further raise awareness. The Eldredge Public Library is pleased to host this event which is sponsored by Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore.  Seating is limited.



Monday, July 8 @ 10:30 am - Learn to Protect Yourself from Tick-Borne Diseases with CC Cooperative Extension Entomologist Larry Dapsis

Lyme Disease is the most infectious 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 and are on the increase.  This program will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, incidence rates and distribution of tick borne illnesses in addition to a database under development on infection rates for ticks.  A three point protection plan will be presented: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect Your Pet.  Tick-Bourne Diseases are preventable.

Larry Dapsi, has been an Entomologist since age 5.  He has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology from Fitchburg State University and an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has thirty-five years of professional pest management experience including Vegetables Cranberries and Household insects.  Larry joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases.


Wednesday, July 10 @ 10:30 am - Liz Barbour's Creative Feast Presents Cooking and Gardening with Herbs

Herbs enhance a recipe far beyond what a sprinkling of salt and pepper can do. They add flavor, color, and give recipes their cultural identity. Chef and gardener Liz Barbour will take you on a slide presentation tour through her cottage sized edible gardens and explore all the way you can use herbs as part of an edible landscape. Following her presentation, Liz will create 2 healthy recipes using herb combinations that you can purchase and grow in your own garden.  Registration is required.



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.”

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

Friday, June 7 @ 10:30 am
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.