Upcoming Programs


Tuesday, February 26 @ 2:00 pm - Sailor's Valentine with Gregg Roberts

What's a Sailor's Valentine?  Come hear Cape Cod native and Sailor's Valentine award winning artist, Gregg Roberts, talk about the meaning, history and detailed work that goes into creating these amazing pieces of art.  Gregg has been creating Sailor's Valentines since 1984 and his work has been featured in museums, art shows, books, and magazines.


Tuesday, March 5 @ 3:00 pm - Author Paul Kemprecos

Paul Kemprecos, former editor of The Cape Codder newspaper, turned to writing fiction in 1991 and his “Soc” character made his first appearance in Cool Blue Tomb , which won the Shamus award from the Private Eye Writers of America for Best Paperback novel. Paul’s writing caught the eye of novelist Clive Cussler who asked Paul to co-write his Dirk Pitt spin-off series - the NUMA Files.  After much success and many books later, Paul has returned to his “Soc” series with Shark Bait.  What could be better than a fictional book set on Cape Cod, with sharks and pirate Sam Bellamy!



Saturday, March 9 @ 3:00 pm - Author John Carafoli

We welcome back Internationally known food writer and critic John Carafoli to talk about his latest book Great Food Finds Cape Cod. Join John in his food journey along the Cape while he explores the fresh, delicious food created by local chefs. You just may find your next favorite restaurant!



Wednesday, March 13 @ 10:30 am - Author Linda Steele

We are excited to host author Linda Steele as she presents her new book of poetry, Tending the Marsh.  This poetry collection emerged after the author took daily walks on the marsh then returned to her writing desk to catalog her experience. The collection offers a close observation of the year after a major life transition. Linda Steele is a Falmouth based writer and artist. Her first book is Meet Me in My Cape Cod Kitchen: Recipes for Seaside Living and she has taught English Composition and Analysis of Literature for many years to College Freshman. This is her first poetry collection.



Sunday, March 17 @ 2:00 pm - Jeopardy Game!

It's back!  We are once again hosting our Library Jeopardy game at the Eldredge Public Library.  We are looking for 8 teams of two people, 18 years and older.  Spots go fast so sign up today!  Registration forms available HERE or at the library.   Audience members of all ages are encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite team.  It is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, having fun while supporting the library.



Sunday, April 7 @ 2:00 pm - The Eldredge Public Library welcomes Isabella Stewart Gardner

Character reenactor Jessa Piaia will present a dramatic portrayal of Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) in “A Visit with Isabella Stewart Gardner: America’s First Patroness of the Arts.” The drama is set in 1910, seven years after the opening of Fenway Court, the house-museum which Mrs. Gardner designed and built for her extensive art collection, and willed to the City of Boston upon her demise. A recognized leader of Boston’s emerging salon scene, Mrs. Gardner, with characteristic verve and candor, relates episodes about her luminous circle of family and friends, relives journeys to exotic lands, and shares other potentially scandalous encounters. The portrayal runs approximately 50 minutes in length, with an informal Q&A to follow.

Piaia uses drama to reveal the accomplishments, struggles, and contributions of women to American history. Clad in period attire, she is acclaimed for “recreating history in the fullest sense,” and for using “solid research and compelling writing” in her artistry. She performs at educational institutions, museums, libraries, and social and cultural organizations throughout New England since 1985. Ms. Piaia studied performance at London’s Oval House Theatre and graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She works at the Harvard School for Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Thursday, April 25 @ 7:00 pm - William Nickerson Homesite: Lost and Found with Craig Chartier

Archeologist Craig Chartier is back again after another year of excavations at the William Nickerson Homesite. The project was initiated by the Nickerson Family Association in 2016, and the first dig resulted in the discovery of the original homesite of William and Anne Nickerson in 2017. So far Craig and his crew have found evidence of blacksmithing, pieces of pottery from Europe, tobacco pipes, and evidence that the Nickerson household was using Native American pots. Learn about the the search, the discovery, and the potential of this very significant piece of Chatham's history.


Saturday, May 11 @ 2:00 pm - The Diseased Ship by Meadow Hilley

Were Cape Cod sea captains involved in the slave trade? Meadow Hilley of Brewster has uncovered an intriguing story that she believes points to a Brewster sea captain dealing in slaves. In her talk entitled “The Diseased Ship, the Sea Serpent and the Destroying Angel: Cape Cod Sea Captains and the Slave Trade” she will explore the tale.

When Elijah Cobb sailed the Ten Brothers into Boston harbor in July 1819, he completed the last leg of a triangular journey that had taken him and his crew from New England to West Africa to the West Indies and home again over the course of ten trying months. Drawing on local archival sources and a growing body of scholarly research on the region’s participation in the Atlantic slave economy, Meadow will consider the Ten Brothers incident within the broader context of Cape Cod’s commerce with Africa and the West Indies over the centuries.

Wednesday, May 15 @ 10:30 am - The Metal Detective: Treasures Lost and Friendships Found by Alan Rothman

Alan Rothman followed in his father's footsteps, becoming an accountant and tax preparer, in a practice that specializes in working with professional athletes from all corners of the sporting world.  But a gift from his four children was the impetus for his new hobby. The metal detector was the gift that created a form of addiction for the search of treasures lost and friendships found. Now, in his spare time, he is following in his own footsteps-scouring beaches from Cape Cod to Hawaii as The Metal Detective. In this collection of warm and witty vignettes, Rothman muses on the best treasures he's found while metal detecting; namely the people, the conversations, and the instant kinship his trusty detector has helped him attract.


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, 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.


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, February 27 @ 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.