Upcoming Programs

Sunday, April 22 @ 3:00 pm - Chatham Reads Poetry

19th Annual Chatham Reads Poetry - Read your favorite poem or just come and listen.  This popular Friends' program features Chatham residents reading favorite poems.  Each reader is limited to five minutes and selections must be by recognized, published poets.  Sign up at the front desk by April 12 or contact John Poignand at 774-810-0610.

 

Sunday, April 29 @ 3:00 pm - A Nostalgic Return to the Golden Age of Radio

A Nostalgic Return to the Golden Age of Radio at the Eldredge Public Library. WEPL will present the Cape Cod Theatre of the Air in a unique staging of 3 radio plays from the Golden Age of Radio. Two are thrillers by Lucille Fletcher - originally presented as radio plays in the 1940s - the ghost story "The Hitchhiker." written especially for Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater, and "Sorry Wrong Number" which Welles called "the greatest single radio script ever written." The third, a reproduction of the broadcast that caused panic throughout the country in 1938 - the Mercury Theater production of H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds." This nostalgic return to the Golden Age of Radio is produced and directed by Elsa Bastone and will feature music by Ruth McKendree Treen, sound effects by Don Howell, and the performers include, in alphabetic order: Christopher Chesnut, Kathy Hamilton, Scott Hamilton, Don Howell, Judy L'Heureux (also Assistant to the Director), John Padgett, Jane Taylor and Glenn Starner Tate. Join us for a nostalgic stroll down memory lane

 

Saturday, May 12 @ 2:00 pm - WWI Flying Aces with Mark Wilkins

World War I Aces with author and historian Mark Wilkins. This 45 minute PowerPoint talk will chronicle and explain the rise of the “ace phenomenon” that occurred during the First World War. Flying was in its infancy and dangerous enough without the added element of combat—yet these young men climbed aboard their frail machines of canvas and wood and ascended skyward to do battle. Those that survived and indeed excelled at this new type of warfare were accorded a status similar to modern-day rock stars. With ever rising mortality rates from trench warfare—each country needed heroes—these men fit the bill. The talk will discuss such notable figures as Charles Nungesser, George Guynemer, Oswald Boelcke, Max Immelmann, Albert Ball, Eddie Rickenbacker, Rauol Lufbery, Verner Voss and of course Manfred Von Richthofen—or the “Red Baron.” Each of these men had their own recipe for success but most of them did not live to see the end of the war.

Mr. Wilkins is an historian, writer, and museum professional. He has been director & curator of both the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and The Atwood House Museum (Chatham Historical Society), and has worked for the Smithsonian & Mystic Seaport. Mr. Wilkins is a published author of books and articles relating to maritime and aviation history, and contributing author to the Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine & Aviation History Magazine.

Thursday, May 17 @ 7:00 pm - Author John Basile presents Cape Cod Jazz: from Colombo to The Columns 

We are excited to host author John Basile who will talk about his new book Cape Cod Jazz: from Colombo to The Columns. The first notes of jazz hit Cape Cod in the very early days of the genre. Bournehurst-on-the-Canal hosted top bands, and emerging swing era dancers packed the hall. Cape Cod's "First Lady of Jazz," Marie Marcus, was a child prodigy in Boston. At the very tip of the Cape, the Atlantic House in Provincetown showcased performances from some of the biggest names like Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holiday and Stan Getz. John will highlight the history of Jazz music on Cape Cod.

 

Thursday, May 31 @ 7:00 pm - Author Michael J. Tougias presents "The Untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis" 

THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS presented by Author Michael J. Tougias. In this multimedia presentation based on his recently published book, Above & Beyond: JFK and the U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis,  New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias first chronicles the thirteen harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and then outlines the steps President Kennedy made to reach a decision on a course of action. Special emphasis is given to the heroes of the crisis: the U-2 pilots who flew unarmed over Cuba to secure the photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on the island. These pilots helped President Kennedy achieve a difficult objective: have the nuclear missiles removed from Cuba without triggering Armageddon.

 

 

Wednesday, June 6 @ 3:30 pm - Edith Cavell: A Common Woman with an Uncommon Life

In honor of women's history month, Terri Arthur will present "Edith Cavell: A Common Woman with an Uncommon Life."   This pictorial presentation will be based on her popular award-winning historical novel Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse.  Based on fact, Arthur’s richly written historical novel tells the powerfully moving story of the legendary Edith Cavell, a British nurse who started the first nurses’ training school in Belgium. When World War I broke out she used her nursing as a cover to become a key link in the dangerous and clandestine world of the Belgian underground rescuing wounded Allied soldiers.  She changed the history of America and Europe with her role in this war.  Ms. Arthur lives in Falmouth, MA. and has worked as a nurse at the Martha’s Vineyard, Falmouth, Cape Cod, and Jordan Hospitals.  

 

Thursday, June 14 @ 7:00 pm - French Explorer Champlain and the Great Chatham Misadventure of 1606

French Explorer Champlain and the Great Chatham Misadventure of 1606.  While explorer Samuel de Champlain may be most widely known as the “Father of New France” (Canada), he left the earliest detailed descriptions and sketches of Cape Cod's land forms, native peoples and flora and fauna during his exploration from Acadia to the Cape. Join National Seashore Park Historian Bill Burke for an illustrated journey back four centuries to take a closer look at his maps and travel journal. Do they correspond with the archaeological record, and were they accurate and true? His remarkable maps of Nauset Marsh and Stage Harbor are stunning in their detail, but do they leave us with more questions than answers? Why did his journey end in open conflict with the Monomoyick people?  This event is part of History Weekend, sponsored by Historic Chatham.  Check out www.historic-chatham.org to discover all the events and activities scheduled throughout Chatham June 14-17.

 

Tuesday, June 19 @ 7:00 pm - Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire with author Wendy Hinman

Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire by author Wendy Hinman.  Wendy is an adventurer, speaker and the award-winning author of two books, Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials. Sea Trials, her second book, tells the exciting story of the harrowing journey of the Wilcox family. A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for them. To triumph, they must rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them the rest of the way around the world as they face daunting obstacles, including wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves, plus pesky bureaucrats and cockroaches as stubborn as the family. Without a working engine and no way to communicate with the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their broken rig comes crashing down and they run out of food in a trial that tests them to their limits.  Wendy Hinman's books and presentations are filled with humor and hard-won lessons that amuse and inspire. Don't miss the chance to hear her present while she is in town. For more information, visit her website www.wendyhinman.com.

 

 

Ebook Classes

Kindle Reader Ebook Demopaperwhite

Wednesdays  June 6 @ 10:15

Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library ebooks to your Kindle and tips for searching the Clams digital library site. Bring your questions regarding your Kindle, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help. Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.

iPad Ebook Demoipad image

Wednesdays  June 6 @ 11:15

Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson will present instructions for downloading free library ebooks to your iPad and tips for searching the Clams digital library site and Hoopla. Bring your questions regarding your iPad, or call Amy for an individual appointment (508-945-5170) if you need additional or extended help. Registration is required. Register online or call the library at 508-945-5170.