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 future in-house programming.



** Virtual Programming currently scheduled for May and June **

Sunday, May 17 @ 4:00 pm - Challenge Trivia  - **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! Deadline to register is May 17 at 10:00 am.


Monday, May 18 @ 11:00 am - Ticks: “One Bite Can Change Your Life…”  **Virtual Program**

Lyme Disease is the most prevalent tick-borne disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Relapsing Fever and Powassan virus, all of which can be very serious.

WATCH THIS 18-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY- “Tick Days” and then join us via ZOOM to talk to Cape Cod Entomologist Larry Dapsis LIVE for a Q&A session about the video and Ticks on Cape Cod!  Registration is required so we can connect you to the Zoom program. Deadline to register is 5:00 pm on May 17.

 Tick Days is a short documentary film directed and produced by Marnie Crawford Samuelson and Shane Hofeldt.  Tick Days features Barnstable County entomologist, Larry Dapsis – part tick detective, part evangelist — as he tries to protect Cape Codders and visitors from being infected by tick-borne diseases.


Thursday June 4 @ 11:00 am - The Backyard Garden: It’s a Jungle Out There…with Larry Dapsis
** Virtual Program**

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.  Registration online is required so we can connection to the program.



Thursday, June 11 @ 4:00 pm - From the Mayflower to King Philips Indian War with Author Michael Tougias 
**Virtual Program**

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. 

Registration is required for the Zoom presentation.  You will be sent a link 1 day prior to the presentation.

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.  You can order personalized copies of King Philip's War and Until I Have No Country: A Novel of King Philip's War at http://www.michaeltougias.com 


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

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!

Due to meeting restrictions, this program will be pre-recorded and available to our patrons for a 2 hour period on June 18th.  Registration is required so we can send you the link 1 day prior to the program. 

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.


Wednesday, July 15 at 10:30 am - Feasting From Your Pantry *Virtual Program*

Registration required for this class:  Click Here   Following registration, you will receive a one-time login/password for the class. Registrants DO NOT need a Zoom account nor do they need to create an account.

  • Joining via computer: A registrant can simply click on the link provided in the confirmation email.
  • Joining via smartphone or tablet: A registrant may need to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings application. The application is free and does not require that they create an account.

​Whether you are a seasoned cook or complete novice, creating a meal from what you've got on hand is always a challenge. We’ve all stocked our pantries as best we could, and are now trying to figure out how to pull it all together to make an easy, healthy, and delicious meal. Join Liz for this fun and tasty class. Liz will share her pantry basics and inspire you to be creative with what you've got. Following her discussion, Liz will demonstrate 2 pantry recipes anyone can cook at home. 

About Liz: Chef Liz Barbour, owner of The Creative Feast has been cooking professionally in the Boston area throughout her career. Liz's cooking demonstrations and recipes have been featured on New Hampshire Chronicle, Channel 9’s “Cooks Corner” and in various publications including New Hampshire Magazine and New Hampshire Home. In 2017, Liz published her first cookbook “Beautifully Delicious: Cooking with Herbs & Edible Flowers”.
Learn more about Liz HERE. Follow Liz on FACEBOOK to see her Facebook Live cooking demonstrations.


Thursday, September 24 @ 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, Oct 22 @ 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.

Future Date TBA- 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.

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: May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29

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.