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 Chatham, MA
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To E or Not to E?
by Irene Gillies, Director
Are you a diehard reader of books--honest-to-gosh paper-and-printed-word books?  Me too!  Are you worried that they're becoming outdated artifacts that will soon disappear?  Not me!  Our circulation numbers are legion, and physical books are not going anywhere soon.  So relax.
Kindle Paperwhite Reader
But does that mean that you shouldn't even consider ebooks?  Not necessarily.  For one thing, today's ebook readers have come a long way.  They have achieved a much better fascimile to the printed page, a "paper" look to the screen that is much easier on the eyes.  The price of the readers has come down, and a much greater variety of features is available.  Take a look at some at an electronics store, and you'll see what I mean.  They make great holiday gifts, but make sure you match the features to the needs of the user!
If you already have a reader, bring it to one of our Library ebook demonstrations, and find out how to download ebooks for free.  Give it a try - you may like it more than you think!
Dec. 12 @ 7:00 pm - Patrick Robinson     Honor and Betrayal: The Untold Story of the Navy SEALS Who Captured the "Butcher of Fallujah"
Sunday Afternoons @ Eldredge
Jan. 12 @ 2:00 pm - Peter Saunders     "Silent No More" program unlocks the voices of older poets. 


Jan. 26 @ 2:00 pm - John King     Presents an entertaining and informative travel program.
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm - "Petticoats at Sea"     A one-woman dramatization of the story of Johanna Sears and her family which is based on the true life adventures of several New England Clipper ship families whose daughters and sons proved their courage and skill when faced with perils at sea!
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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. 
Book to Film Discussion
December 14 @ 2:00 pm
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Library Pumpkins Waddle Through Kate Gould Park
by Diane Karel, Hospitality and Decorating Chairperson 

Marilyn Sink, Stephanie Hamilton and Barbara Gibson pause after putting the finishing touches on the Eldredge Public Library's display for the "Pumpkins in the Park" exhibition/competition. The theme was "Ducklings Make Way to the Eldredge Public Library" and along with Diane Karel, Midge Nash and Rosanne Geylin, this group of ladies made the cutest little ducklings ever with guidance from the book, Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey. Each duckling had a nametag and waddled after their lead, Mrs. Mallard. Fun was had by all including Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, & Quack!!! 

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Winter 2013 / 2014

A Message from the President

by Sharon Oudemool, President, Friends of the Eldredge Public Library


It is wonderful to have the Library open and busy again after being closed for mold issues.  We are back to business as usual but with better air quality and new carpeting laid in the basement meeting rooms.  The bill for the carpeting was paid for by the Friends so you have all had a part in refurbishing the rooms.  


We thank the Town of Chatham for painting the Forgeron room after the basement was thoroughly cleaned.  We have also added needed shelving, as well as new chairs, to the small meeting room in the basement - which also serves as the Friends board room.  The shelving and chairs were acquired through funds set aside in the Pease Memorial Fund and we thank the Pease family for their support of the Friends many endeavors to provide the "extras" at Eldredge Public Library.


We are using another memorial fund for one of the 

Eileen Dunn

special programs that the Friends arrange for the winter months.  Joan Creedon, The Friends program director has contracted with the Petticoats organization to bring a "ship captain's wife" to the Eldredge the last Sunday in February for a historical dramatization of women at sea.  This presentation is being paid for from the Eileen Dunn Memorial Fund which is dedicated to bringing interesting speakers to the library who require payment for their services.  We have always relied on the willingness of our many talented local citizens to speak without compensation for previous programs, but with this new funding source we look forward to expanding and enhancing our lecture base.


Greetings from the Board of Trustees by Phyllis C. Freeman, President, Board of Trustees 


By the time you read this, we will have enjoyed a most beautiful fall season out of doors.  Indoors at the EPL, we witnessed a major cleaning of the lower level - including the Forgeron Room -  to rid the building of mold.  This was the result of last summer's "perfect storm" - a combination of heat, humidity and a broken A/C system. With a consensus of the Friends' Board, and a unanimous vote by the Trustees, the EPL was closed for several weeks to address the mold situation. Happily we were back in business October 7th, and as of this writing we're waiting for the carpeting to be replaced, and new carpet tiles to be installed.



Our many thanks to so many for easing the difficulties: Director Irene Gillies and her marvelous staff who were the glue holding us all together; the Town facilities department who oversaw the initial cleaning and monitored maintenance and repairs; the staff at the Chatham Community Center for providing rooms and areas for our Learning Series and many meetings; Brooks Library in Harwich for retrieval of CLAMS books; St. Christopher's Church for offering space for daily newspapers; and to you, our Patrons for your patience and understanding during these challenges.


As we approach another "giving season", we ask that you consider your library as a top priority. We are very grateful for your past support, and with your help, we look forward to offering you continued Excellence at the Eldredge for many years to come.


With our best wishes for a very happy holiday season and a healthy, prosperous year ahead.


News from the Library Director
by Irene Gillies



Once again, the Library Journal National Library Survey has awarded the Eldredge Public Library four stars!  Of the thousands of public libraries nationwide, only 263 earned star ratings; 11 Massachusetts libraries were awarded stars.  The good news: of those 11 libraries, nine are right here on the Cape & Islands!

The libraries are judged by service outputs.  The criteria taken into account:  circulation of library items, number of programs presented, attendance at those programs, number of public computers, and the number of visits to the library by our patrons.

My thanks go to our excellent Library Staff, who earned those stars all year long!

The Learning Series Springs into    Action! by Barbara Fouhy and Sheila Marx,  Learning Series Co-Chairs

The Learning Series at the Eldredge Public Library is looking forward to an exciting winter and spring season! Returning are our special regulars: our resident poet Peter Saunders; our War of 1812 expert John Kennedy; our Shakespearean scholar Kerry Brown; our Monomoy Play expert Shannon Griscom, and our "garden lady" Karen Moore.  Additionally, we will be welcoming back Jung-Ho Pak and George Scharr with news from the Cape Cod Symphony; John Whelan and Steve  Bornemeier celebrating Broadway Musicals; Harm de Blij with the latest in geography world news; our town officials discussing Chatham issues, and Carol Yindra with more of our favorite movies!!!


Our program and registration forms will be available in early December. They can be found at the Library and on the EPL website. 


Deck the Halls...Bookshelves, eReaders & Tablets
by Tammy DePasquale, Youth Services  Librarian

Books are my favorite gifts for the friends and family members on my holiday list. However, choosing a book for young readers requires some homework. If you don't match the right book to the right reader, the gift could be a flop in spite of its literary merit. So, my recommendation before selecting a book as a gift is to know your reader. What's the age of your reader? What does your reader do for fun? A good way to gain insight into reading preferences is to ask, "What was the last book you read and loved?" Then take that information to your Youth Services Librarian or knowledgeable bookseller.

We can always find a book that will encourage and nurture the love of reading - even for the nonreader!


This Readers Advisory (RA) is a fundamental service that librarians perform every day. It's also one of our favorites. On Thursday, November 21st Director Irene Gillies and Youth Services Librarian Tammy DePasquale presented "Season's Readings!" to holiday shoppers and book lovers of all ages. How to choose a gift book, what to avoid, and what's new and notable were just a few of the highlights, as well as book displays, creative ways to "package" a gift book, book apps, thematic lists and more.


If you were unable to attend this festive celebration of books and reading, stop by the library to speak with Tammy or Irene. A downloadable copy of the Youth Services' presentation is available on the EPL's website.  


One Plus One Equals Almost 50 
by Beth Holden, Volunteer Coordinator

Eunice Geist and Barbara Serverson have both been volunteering at the front desk of the library since 1991. Before Barbara retired, she was a nurse and Eunice was a travel agent. Between them they have a total of almost 50 years as library volunteers - quite an accomplishment, and it certainly speaks to their dedication to the EPL. Eunice is a Friday afternoon volunteer, while Barbara is at the front desk on Tuesday afternoons. When you are in the library on one of those afternoons, please say thank you to them for their service.

Eunice Geist and Barbara Serverson




Thanks for reading our Tidings e-newsletter.  We hope you find this 
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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