Upcoming Programs  

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the Library  doors are  closed to the public until further notice.   Although we've had to cancel some of our in-library programming, we are offering  many Virtual Program opportunities and online resources.    See below for some of our virtual programs and possible future in-house programming.




Thursday, August 6 @ 5:00 pm - Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party  & Christina Clancy, author of The Second Home *Virtual Program* 

Join us for an afternoon happy hour with authors Karen Dukess and Christina Clancy via Zoom.   Make yourself a Cape Codder (with or without alcohol) and join them as they discuss their debut Cape Cod novels. Everyone who registers will be entered into a giveaway to win a copy of each of their books. Karen and Christina will talk about their books, their writing and their plans for the future.  Registration is required and there will be Q & A following the discussion.  Signed books are available for purchase through Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore in Chatham.  

The Last Book Party is 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.

The Second Home is also set on Cape Cod.  After a disastrous summer spent at her family summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen-year-old Ann Gordon was left with a secret that changed her life forever, and created a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael. Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, leaving Ann and Poppy to decide the fate of the Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations.  Just when the sisters decide to sell, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer. Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings must decide if they can continue to be a family-and the house just might be the glue that holds them together.

Karen Dukess has been a tour guide in the former Soviet Union, a newspaper reporter in Florida, a magazine publisher in Russia and, for nearly a decade, a speechwriter on gender equality for the United Nations Development Programme. She has blogged on raising boys for The Huffington Post and written book reviews for USA Today. She has a degree in Russian Studies from Brown University and a Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. The Last Book Party is her debut novel. She lives with her family near New York City and spends as much time as possible in Truro on Cape Cod.
Christina Clancy's work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine and in various literary journals, including Glimmer Train, Pleiades and Hobart. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Second Home is her first novel.

Thursday, August 20 @ 10:30 am - Virtual Paint Party

Yes, we’re having a Virtual Paint Party! Break free of your daily routine and get your creative juices flowing!  Jackie from Kreativ Paint Parties will guide registrants through basic painting techniques to create a beautiful masterpiece! All who register will receive canvas, paints and brushes prior to the program, so you can paint safely from your home via this Zoom program.  Registration is limited and you must register by August 14 so we can distribute the painting supplies.    Registration is Required.

Thursday, September 24 @ 7:00 pm - Author Deborah Felder *Virtual Program*

The American Women’s Almanac: 500 Years of Vitality, Triumph and Excellence is a unique and valuable resource devoted to illustrating the moving and often lost history of women in America. It is a fascinating mix of biographies, little-known or misunderstood historical facts, enlightening essays on significant legislation and movements, and numerous photographs and illustrations. Honoring and celebrating achievements from the First Nations women and the French Huguenot Women of Fort Caroline to the unprecedented number of ethnically diverse women running for modern office, it provides insights on the long-ignored influence, inspiration, and impact of women on U.S. society and culture.  Join us online for this virtual program via Zoom.  Registration is required.

Author and South Chatham resident Deborah G. Felder, a graduate of Bard College, was an actor, a teacher, and an editor at Scholastic, Inc. before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She is the author of books chronicling influential women, literary works by women, and women’s history. Besides The American Women’s Almanac, these include A Century of Women: the Most Influential Events in Twentieth-Century Women’s History; A Bookshelf of Our Own: Must-Reads for Women; and The 100 Most Influential Women of All Time. 

Thursday, Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm - 1620: The First Year with Historian Christopher Daley *Virtual Program*

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.  Registration is required.

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.


Future Date TBA - 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.


Chatham Chat!

Classes are temporarily suspended!  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 virtual class:  August 13 @ 10:30 am

Getting Started with Libby - Learn how to download ebooks and audiobooks through the Libby app by Overdrive.   Join Amy Andreasson through a Zoom program as she will show you how to download items and answer your Libby questions.  Registration is required so we can get you connected through Zoom. *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.