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 Chatham, MA
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The Friends support and enhance the Library's role in Chatham by allowing the library to offer services beyond it's operating budget and help ensure the EPL's continued excellence.

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Library Environment Update

As the first eTidings goes to distribution, the Eldredge Public Library is battling environmental issues. The combination of building leaks, a summer-long air conditioning failure, and the hot, muggy summer has created a mold problem.


We are currently taking steps to remediate the situation, but in the meantime we have temporarily cancelled the use of our large meeting rooms until the air has improved. Mold spores have spread throughout the building, and people are advised to avoid prolonged exposure, particularly those with asthma or other

 respiratory issues.


We are rescheduling Library programs to later dates, or moving them to other locations, so be sure to check our website at for the latest information, as well as updates on our progress in improving conditions!
Oct. 3 @ 3:00 pm - Ron Lasko   A Tale of Two Rivers
Oct. 15 @ 7:00 pm  - James McGuane   The Hunted Whale
Oct. 22 @ 7:00 pm - Cheryl Kain   Letters to My Mama: An Adopted Daughter's Creative Journey Through the First Year of Grief
Oct. 29 @ 7:00 pm - Paul Kemprecos   The Emerald Scepter
Nov. 12 @ 7:00 pm - Tom O'Connell   Upward & Downward Mobility:  A Work Memoir  
Dec. 12 @ 7:00 pm - Patrick Robinson     Honor and Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALS Who Captured the "Butcher of Fallujah"
Film Screening
Special Sneak Preview
September 5 @ 6:30 pm
@ Chatham Community Center  
The The Ruledocumentary film, 
by Bongiorno Productions, details how and why the highly unique Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey and St. Benedict's Prep are able to achieve amazing success with America's most vulnerable population: inner city African American and Latino teenage males. This film will be presented by Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno, the Emmy nominated filmmaker team of Bongiorno Productions.
Film Screening
September 19 @ 6:30 pm
@ Chatham Community Center  
Jesse Mechling Director of Marine Education at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies will present the 2010 documentary film Directed by Suzan Beraza, that exposes the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise, and its effects on land ecosystems, the marine environment and the human body. 
Book Clubs
November 7 @ 7:00 pm
Calling all book lovers, current book club members, and anyone wishing to join or start a book club. We invite you to a night at the library to celebrate books and book clubs.
Special author guests include:
Rose Connors
Sally Gunning
The authors will talk about the importance of books clubs as well as give advice and encouragement to keep reading and talking about books!  
Download Ebooks
 for Free!
We offer help on how to download library ebooks to Kindle, Nook and iPad devices. 
See Class Schedule or contact Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson for more info. 
 Music Through the Decades
November 2 @ 2:00 pm
 Musician David Polansky will show the audience how the last hundred-plus years of American history has influenced the great American Popular Song Book.  Using keyboard, trumpet and vocals, David brings alive the music of George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Fats Waller, George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, and a host of others from the gay 90's, World War I, the Roaring 20's, the Great Depression, World War II, Big Band and the Swing Eras.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chatham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a stage agency. 
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Fall 2013
And the Annual Esprit Award winner is... Joe Gagliano by Sharon Oudemool, Friends President

     Every June it is the pleasure of the president of the Friends to recognize an individual who has served the Library with dedication and a commitment to excellence.  It is my honor to present the Friends Annual Esprit Award to Joe Gagliano, a past board member who has been involved with the Eldredge Public Library for many years in various capacities.

Joe Gagliano


     Joe served on the Friends board as treasurer, a position that can involve a great deal of paper work and the need for financial organization when there is a major fundraiser.  He became president of the Friends and served from 2008 to 2010.  His energy and enthusiasm for the many programs that the Library offers was evident to those who served with him.  He continues to contribute to the Library as a member of the Board of Trustees where he oversees and coordinates the Annual Fund drive, a huge job requiring many hours of dedicated labor.

     Joe, former commodore of the Monomoy Yacht Club, enjoys fishing and golf, as well as volunteering at St. Christopher's Church.

     There are few individuals who better exemplify the mission of the Friends to support and enhance the role of the Library in our community than Joe Gagliano.  Today is our opportunity to thank him for all his voluntary efforts on behalf of the Eldredge Public Library with the bestowing of the Esprit Award.


Time For Change by Dick Evans, President, Board of Trustees 


     The military periodically carries out formal ceremonies called "changing of the guard." Analogously but less demonstratively the Eldredge Library Board of Trustees elects new officers to replace those who have reached their term limits (the maximum length of time an officer can hold the same office).

     Terms for officers are for one year; three years is the maximum. Unlimited terms are supposed to provide increasing competence, know-how, etc., and perhaps they do, sometimes. For the Trustees, however, longer term limits afford no real benefit and lose the advantage of new energies and ideas. This year, of the Board's five officers, three -- the President (Dick Evans), Vice President (Phyllis Freeman), and Clerk (Stephanie Bartlett) -- will be "termed out" on September 19.

     Nearing that turning point, it seems appropriate to sum up what has (and has not) been accomplished over the past three years.

             Click here to read full article 
News from the Library Director
Irene Gillies


What's New? Scan This!

Thanks to generous grant support from a private foundation and Eastern Bank, the Eldredge Public Library is now able to offer free scanning service to the public! What does this mean? With our new scannx Book Scan Center, located next to the copy machine, you can scan a document, pages from a book, a photo, or anything that you might want to copy on the photocopier. Then, instead of receiving a paper copy of the item, you can email it to yourself, your family, a business. No need to wait for the mail to deliver it! If it's something you want to work on further, or save for the future, the scanner will also send it to your USB storage device. (Did you know we sell inexpensive flash drives at the desk?)

             Click here to read full article
Fall Learning Series
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Mock Newbery Program
Beginning Tuesday, Sept 17 at 7:00 pm
For Students and Adults
For years we - students and adults - have been discussing those standout titles that are published Newbery Medaleach year for children and young adults. We are passionate about our favorites, and we await the Newbery Award announcements with as much enthusiasm as the movie lovers and their Oscars. We are also the first to question or champion each year's roster of winners. So, let's form our own "Newbery Committee" and begin the process of choosing the best of the best.

     The EPL Mock Newbery will meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm beginning September 17th and ending January 21st. This program is open to students and adults who enjoy reading and sharing what's new and being talked about in children's and young adult literature. Please call Tammy to register and receive your first list of titles up for discussion. The rinks have their "Rock Nights," and the EPL will have its "Mock Nights!"         

A Fond Farewell and Thank You to Retiring Tidings Editor Holly Whiting

   Holly Whiting is retiring after 12 years of editing Tidings. Her first issue was the Fall 2001 and she produced this publication through the Summer 2013 Holly Whiting edition.

   According to Holly, "working with people" was what she liked most about the position. It made her feel like she was doing something creative.  

   "I liked doing it and people enjoyed seeing it. It was a job the Library and the community wanted and needed, and I was able to do it. I enjoyed serving the community and being productive."

     "It was a fun process with interesting people and the end result was a product people loved seeing. I loved hearing people say, 'Oh, I got Tidings today and it's great!'"   

     Holly moved to Chatham in 2000 after living in Singapore from 1974-1998 and Swampscott, MA from 1999-2000. She enjoys reading and doing crossword puzzles. Paddling a boat and swimming in Lovers Lake are her favorite activities on a beautiful Cape Cod day. 

     The Library and the community thanks Holly for her dedication and wonderful job!         

By the Numbers

The Library's "year" runs from July 1st through June 30th, and the past year's statistics have now been gathered. Just how busy were we?

  • We circulated 152,611 items to our patrons.
  • 179,342 visits were recorded at the Library.
  • We presented 681 programs for all ages from infants to seniors, and 14,640 people attended them.
  • 139 volunteers performed 14,456 hours of service!  

And, in case you were wondering, nearly 75% of our circulation was comprised of books in one format or another! The biggest changes? The use of our downloadable e-books increased 885%. The number of our patrons using e-books has risen to 946, a 64% increase over the previous year. The digital age has certainly come to Chatham!

Support the Friends!                                                  

As in years past, we are currently mailing out invitations to continue your Friends membership or to join us as a Friend and help provide the financial support so essential to sustaining the excellence of our Eldredge Library.

Your participation helps maintain and expand our FEPL supported programs, reaching all ages and aimed at both seasonal and year-round patrons of the library. If you do not receive our invitation in the mail, you can always join through our online form.


Sherry Hesch & Dan McPhee
Friends' Membership Committee

Thanks for reading our first Tidings e-newsletter.  We hope you find this new e-version colorful, informative and full of the same great articles you enjoyed in our past Tidings newsletters.  This is a monumental step forward as we help the environment and also help the Library in our cost saving measures.  We would like to hear your comments about this issue and suggestions for future issues.  Please send them to
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