Upcoming Programs



Thursday, February 27 @ 2:00 pm - Learn More About Genealogy

Are you interested in Genealogy and finding out more about your family history?  Are you a Mayflower descendant? The Chatham Mayflower Descendants Group is sponsoring a program at the Eldredge Public Library. Attendees will learn about the Library’s large collection of genealogical resources from Eldredge Public Library Genealogist Paula Grundberg and Judy Needham, past Governor of the Mass. Mayflower Society will give pointers on tracing your roots back to the Mayflower and how to join the Mayflower Society. Mayflower descendants are encouraged to bring their informal Mayflower pedigrees and family-tree information to share and compare with other attendees


Sunday, March 1 @ 2:00 pm - Jeopardy at the Library

It's back!  This fun, interactive EPL event is back for its sixth year!  We are looking for 8 teams of 2 adults.  There is a $25 registration fee (since this is a Library Fun-raiser!) Registrations forms are available here and at the Front Desk.  If you don't want to participate on a team, we encourage all ages to come and watch the fun.  It's a great community event.  Sign up today!


Saturday, March 14 @ 11:00 am - The Backyard Garden: It’s a Jungle Out There…with Larry Dapsis

Larry Dapsis, Entomologist with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will give an overview of what you should include in your pest management tool box for your summer garden.  He will talk about popular vegetables and small fruits of Cape Cod gardeners and the how to manage the principal insect pests. This program will also include an introduction to the “good bugs,” both predators and parasites.


Wednesday, March 18 @ 11:00 am - A Beginners Guide to Growing Great Hydrangeas with Linda Coven

Hydrangeas: A Beginners Guide to Growing Great Hydrangeas - Learn the secrets of growing the perfect Hydrangeas with Linda Coven. Linda is Co-President of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society, volunteer at Heritage Museum and Gardens tending to the care of their Hydrangeas and owns her own business ’Strictly Hydrangeas."



Saturday, March 21 @ 10:30 am - The Contemporary Sonnet with John Bonanni

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 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. Come with your pen and notebook, your best reader’s eye, but most importantly, with an open mind.  This program is limited to 14 people.  Registration required.

A Pushcart and Best New Poets nominee, John Bonanni serves as founding editor for the Cape Cod Poetry Review. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, grants from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a residency from AS220 in Providence, RI. His poems have appeared in CutBank, North American Review, Verse Daily, Seattle Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Hobart, Washington Square Review, and Prairie Schooner, and his literary criticism has appeared in Rain Taxi, Tupelo Quarterly, and Kenyon Review.


Thursday, April 2 @ 7:00 pm - Beneath the Surface with Owen Nichols from the Center for Coastal Studies

Beneath the Surface: Studying the Ocean with Underwater Imaging Systems and Remotely Operated Vehicles.  Owen Nichols of the Center for Coastal Studies will talk about the kinds of things we can learn by using underwater cameras, sonars, and vehicles to gather images of life under the ocean's surface.

Owen Nichols is Director of Marine Fisheries Research at the Center for Coastal Studies, where he conducts research in collaboration with Cape Cod fishermen and shellfish farmers. His primary interests include distributional ecology, fisheries oceanography, marine mammal/fishery interactions, and ecosystem-based fishery management. Owen is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology, a guest investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the Shoals Marine Laboratory.


Thursday, April 16 @ 7:00 pm - William Nickerson's Homesite: Lost and Found

Archaeologist Craig Chartier is back once again for an update on the William Nickerson Homesite Project.  Excavations initiated by the Nickerson Family Association in 2016 resulted in the discovery of the original homesite of William and Anne Nickerson in 2017. So far they have found evidence of blacksmithing, pieces of pottery from Europe, tobacco pipes, and evidence that the Nickerson household was using Native American pot. Learn about the search, the discovery, and the potential of this very significant piece of Chatham's history



Sunday, April 26 @ 3:00 pm - Chatham Reads Poetry

Chatham Poets Read their Favorite Published Poems. The Friends of the EPL has sponsored Chatham Reads Poetry in the month of April (National Poetry Month) for the past 22 years. If you are interested in reading a poem, please contact program chair John Poignand at 774-810-0610 or email for details, more information and to sign up to read a poem.  Refreshments will be served at 2:30.


Tuesday, May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 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.


Thursday, May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 1620: The First Year with Historian Christopher Daley

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.

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.


Thursday, June 11 @ 7:00 pm - From the Mayflower to King Philips Indian War with Author Michael Tougias

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing. In commemoration of this historic event, NY Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will give a slide presentation on the war between the Colonists and Native Americans in 1675-76. The first part of the presentation will discuss the Indian way of life, Colonial settlements, and the events leading up to the war. The second part covers the battles and the strategy during this cataclysmic war, which on a per capita basis was the bloodiest conflict in our nation's history. Book signing and questions follow.

Tougias is the author and co-author of 29 non-fiction books including The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard’s Most Daring RescueRescue of the BountyUntil I Have No Country (A novel of King Philip's War) and co-author with Eric Schultz of King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict.

Thursday, June 18 @ 4:00 pm - Susan B. Anthony - Failure is Impossible

Susan B. Anthony - Failure is Impossible, performed by Sheryl Faye. Susan B. Anthony was a women’s rights activist, and she devoted her life to racial, gender, and educational equality. She is one of the most famous women in American history, she played a prominent role in the women’s suffrage movement; the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote and she also was in support of women’s labor organizations and for a woman’s right to own property. In 2020 we celebrate not only 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we’re also celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday!

Sheryl Faye is a full-time actress, a goal she has worked her whole live to achieve. Besides performing a variety of historical women for schools, libraries, historical societies, senior centers, and others, she also writes and performs with StageCoach Improv. She has been the voice of several characters for Sony Play Station games and for a variety of medical CD ROMS. She recently shot a national print ad for Vicks cold/flu and continues to keep busy working on films, television and theater throughout Boston and New York.

Thursday, June 25 @ 7:00 pm - Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party

Author Karen Dukess will be here to talk about her book Last Book Party, a propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.  This popular book is a page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books that shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.

With a background in newspaper and magazine journalism, Karen Dukess spent eight years as a speechwriter on gender equality at the United Nations Development Program. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and lives in Pelham, New York.


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

Ready to download eBooks and Audiobooks?

Next class: Wednesday, March 4 @ 11:00 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 tablets.   EBooks can be download on another device (phone, ipad, etc) and transferred to Kindle devices.