Upcoming Programs 

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the Library  doors are  closed to the public until further notice.   We are offering  many Virtual Program opportunities and online resources.    See below for our scheduled virtual programs.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 28 @ 7:00 pm - Author Edwin Hill

Boston author Edwin Hill’s critically-acclaimed crime novels include Little Comfort, The Missing Ones, and his most recent, Watch Her. All three books feature Harvard librarian Hester Thursby who uses her research skills to help people find things, including people who don't want to be found.  At the January program, Hill will discuss his writing journey, process, and the inspiration for his amateur sleuth, Hester Thursby.  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.  Registration is required for this webinar.

 

Thursday, February 4 @ 5:00 pm - Terror by Error? The Covid Chronicles by author William Sargent

We are excited to welcome back Ipswich author William Sargent to talk about his new book, Terror by Error? The Covid Chronicles   In his talk, Sargent will delve into the murky, often intertwined worlds of medical research and biological warfare to determine if Covid-19 was caused by accidents similar to those that have occurred from 1617 to the present.  Sargent reveals that mistakes made in dual-use medical research and biological weapons facilities led to tick-borne diseases in the United States, and smallpox, anthrax and other outbreaks in England, Russia and several other countries.  He will discuss the factors that caused Covid-19, closing with the hope that these conditions will be altered or permanently banned in the future. Sargent is a NOVA consultant and author of 27 books about science and the environment. He is recipient of the Boston Globe’s Kinship award and wrote the acclaimed book, Crab Wars: A tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism and Human Health and Sea Level Rising: The Chatham Story.  Registration is required for this virtual program.

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 10 @ 7:00 pm - Bending Towards Justice: African Americans as Subject and Creators in American Art

Bending Towards Justice: African Americans as Subject and Creators in American Art:  Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” This program examines that arc as it relates to African American history enshrined in American Art. From colonial era portraits to 19th-century and Jim Crow-era prints to 1960s Civil Rights photography, this program will provide a visual overview of African American oppression, struggle and progress towards equality.  This program will be presented virtually via Zoom.  Registration is required. [Image: William Sidney Mount.  The Power of Music.]

About the presenter: Jane Oneail curates and delivers art appreciation programs to audiences throughout New England. Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. A New Hampshire native, she has worked at some of the state's most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information visit iamculturallycurious.com

 

Thursday, February 18 @ 7:00 pm - Author Sue Mellen : A History of  Theater on Cape Cod

Author and theater reviewer Sue Mellen lifts the curtain on the rich history of theater on Cape Cod, beginning—where it all began—in Provincetown. She paints a vivid picture of the early years of American drama on the culture-rich peninsula, bringing attendees into the world of Eugene O’Neill and the Provincetown Players, the Barnstormers and other early groups. Then, as she does in her book, A History of Theater on Cape Cod, she takes audiences on a tour of the Cape’s many-faceted theater history, giving theater-lovers an insider’s view of what has made Cape theater great.  Registration is required for this virtual program via Zoom.

Sue Mellen began her writing career as an arts, entertainment and features writer for the Cape Cod Times. She next went on to work in public relations, first for a regional healthcare system, then for a classic car museum. Then, after a short stint as a freelance business and technology writer, she began a content-creation firm YourWriters, which she still operates to this day. Through her company, she has co-written and ghostwritten dozens of books for a wide range of clients. She also taught writing at a Massachusetts community college for a number of years.

 

Thursday, March 4 @ 10:30 am - Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat

Learn about the benefits and joys of creating beautiful layered gardens designed to bring avian performers right into your own backyard.  Reservations are required for this virtual program via Zoom.  

Presenter Joan Butler has been an enthusiastic gardener and plant collector for over 35 years, and believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. The gardens on her half-acre suburban property have been included on several garden tours and feature exciting plant combinations, dramatic horticultural specimens, and extensive collections of native plants, hosta and epimedium. Joan has a deep and fundamental interest in the natural world. She holds a BA in Geology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Landscape Management from UMass Extension Green School. She is a Master Gardener, a horticulturist at Weston Nurseries, and is a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is a member of the Garden Consultants council, the New England Hosta Society and is an accredited Flower Show Judge. Joan has presented programs at flower shows in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and at numerous garden clubs, horticultural societies and professional organizations.

 

Wednesday, March 10 @ 7:00 pm - Fierce Females in Art

Fierce Females in Art:  Women have long been the subject of art, often depicted as nothing more than objects of desire. How do images of women change when women become the creators? This program examines the history of women in art in brief and then explores the lives, careers and works of several major women artists from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, including Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Catlett. This program will be presented virtually via Zoom.  Registration is required. [Image: Artemisia Gentileschi. Self-Portrait]

About the presenter: Jane Oneail curates and delivers art appreciation programs to audiences throughout New England. Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. A New Hampshire native, she has worked at some of the state's most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information visit iamculturallycurious.com

 

Wednesday, March 17 @ 2:30 pm - The Life and Times of St. Patrick with Irish historian Sean Murphy

On St. Patrick's Day, Irish native and historian Sean Murphy joins us to examine the history of Saint Patrick’s mission in Ireland in the 5th century, and the work he carried out. Saint Patrick arrived in Ireland at a crucial time in world history-the Roman empire was collapsing, and Ireland was reorganizing after the assassination of its High King.  He returned to Ireland as a bishop in his mid-forties, and spent twenty-five years ministering to the existing Christian community in Ireland. His mission played a large part in expanding the Catholic influence in Ireland.  Registration is required for this virtual program via Zoom

Sean Murphy was born and raised in Dublin, and came to Cape Cod in 2005. He has a passion for his homeland, and loves to share his knowledge and interest through classes and workshops. He is a teacher of Irish history, music and dance.

 

Thursday, April 1 @ 4:00 pm - Albion Marble: Architect of the Eldredge Library

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Eldredge Library, an illustrated talk about the library building and architect will be presented by Chatham resident and architectural enthusiast, Betsy Bray. She will take you on a photographic tour of the library’s architectural features and share the story of its history. Albion Merton Marble, a little-known architect from Fall River, designed the Eldredge Library and four other buildings in southeastern Massachusetts. His style was heavily influenced by famous architect Henry Hobson (HH) Richardson, initiator of the Romanesque revival in the United States.  Registration is required for this virtual event.

Betsy works as a tour guide and project assistant for the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, a nonprofit that preserves mid-century modern houses located in the Cape Cod National Seashore. She received the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Award for her volunteer efforts.

 

Thursday, May 6 @ 10:30 am - The Garden Tourist with Jana Milbocker

The Garden Tourist with Jana Milbocker.  Do you enjoy beautiful gardens? In this armchair tour of some the best public gardens and hidden gems of the Northeast you will learn about each garden’s history, horticultural highlights and special events that will inspire you to plan your own visit!  This program will be presented virtually via Zoom.  Registration is required.

Speaker Jana Milbocker is a garden designer, speaker, and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and5:00 pm delight both new and seasoned gardeners. Jana loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos and blog. She published The Garden Tourist: 120 Destination Gardens and Nurseries in the Northeast in 2018, and The Garden Tourist’s New England in 2020. She has lectured at flower shows in Mass., Conn., Maine, New York and New Jersey, as well as a multitude of horticultural societies, garden clubs, and libraries in the Northeast. She is owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in the Boston area. (EnchantedGardensDesign.com.) She is past president of the Holliston Garden Club, and active in the Garden Club Federation of Mass., Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and GardenComm International.

 

Thursday, May 20 @ 5:00 pm -  The Life and Music of George Gershwin, an American Genius

The Life and Music of George Gershwin, an American Genius with John Whelan.   A look at the remarkable life of George Gershwin and the music he created.  From "Rhapsody in Blue" to "An American in Paris" to "Porgy and Bess" and his many popular songs, Gershwin wrote music for the ages. His songs makes up a significant part of what is known as The Great American Songbook.  Gershwin is an all-time favorite of classical and jazz musicians.  His premature death at 38 deprived the world of one of its great composers.  An EPL 125th anniversary event.  Registration is required for this virtual event.

 

 

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:  January 14 @ 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.