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.   




** This Program has been Cancelled ** 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 19 @ 4:00 pm - Challenge Trivia with Ooch  - Virtual Program!!

Join us for Challenge Trivia with Brett “Ooch” Outchcunis and his brother Nik!  Ooch has adapted the popular high-tech trivia event that has taken place at the library so that we can all participate from home!  All you need is a computer and a cell phone!  Registration online through the Library’s online calendar is required.  As the date approaches, all registrants will be sent specific details for how to participate.  Challenge your cousins!  Challenge your friends and neighbors! 



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

** This Program has been Cancelled ** 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.

** As we get closer to late-April, we will reassess the Coronavirus situation and update you on our programming schedule for May**

Saturday, May 9 @ 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.


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 14 @ 7:00 pm - Author Deborah Felder

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.

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, 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 Rescue, Rescue of the Bounty, Until 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.


Wednesday, July 15 from 10:30-12:00 - Creating Recipes from Your Imagination-How to Write a Delicious Recipe

Join cooking instructor and cookbook author Liz Barbour for this delicious program. Liz will tell you where her recipe inspirations come from and how she transforms them into a written recipe. She will explore ingredient lists and explain how to simplify cooking instructions so you can create easy recipes to cook at home. Following the discussion, Liz will demonstrate two of her recipes and offer samples for everyone to enjoy. This program is limited to 35 participants.  Registration is required. (Registration will open as soon as the Library is open and programming events are up and running)


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: TBA

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.