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 Chatham, MA
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June 19 @ 2:00 pmNancy Thayer   Nantucket Sisters
July 23 @ 7:00 pm  - Ron Berler   Raising the Curve: A Year Inside One of America's 45,000 Failing Public Schools
July 28 @ 7:00 pm - Diane Hester   Run to Me
August 14 @ 7:00 pm - Jacqueline Mendels Birn  A Dimanche Prochain: A Memoir of Survival in World War II France


August 19 @ 2:00 pm - Roger Denk    Scatteree


Retirement's Four Important Questions and the Answers  
  June 3 @ 7:00 pm
Bill Roiter
 is an experienced corporate executive, entrepreneur, professional consultant, researcher, teacher and Psychologist and has more than thirty years of experience in the field of executive coaching, human factor consultation and managment and business psychology. His most recent book, Beyond Work: How Accomplished People Retire Successfully explores how accomplished people prepare and live well as they retire.
Life at Chatham
c. 1914: A Local Perspective
  June 17 @ 7:00 pm
Join Chatham native Todd Kelley for a perspective into life on Cape Cod in general and Chatham specifically during the year 1914.  He will explore the nature of community and communal fabric that sustained a year round economoy.  He will also consider the role that seasonal tourism started to play as well as how Chatham maintained its local identity up into the late 20th century in the face of weathering change.  This program is part of Chatham History Weekend, June 20-22, which is sponsored by Historic Chatham.  There are more activities, including a History Hunt (with prizes) and you are invited to visit local museums for free throughout the weekend.   
Discover the History of Your Chatham Property
  June 21, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
 To assist people who are interested in learning the history of their Chatham home or commercial building built at least 100 years ago, Historical Commission designee Don Edge will be available to help at the Eldredge Public Library as part of Chatham History Weekend.  Complete descriptions of each building and its history are available in the Library for most early structures.  These structures are also eligible for an inexpensive Historic House Sign, as described on the Historic Chatham property Owners page. 
Voices of Poetry 
By the Sea
  June 26 @ 7:00 pm
The Eldredge Public Library is proud to host a summer evening of poetry and music.  Voices of Poetry / By the Sea will feature poetry read by a quartet of distinquished poets that include: John Bonanni, Kevin Carey, Chard DeNiord and Howard Fairstein.  To complement these excellent poets, music will be provided by the Cape's own jazz vocalist Cerise Bynoe
Secrecy in Government and the Keepers of those Secrets
  August 13 @ 7:00 pm

Dr. Roger Denk will be here to talk about the evolution of secrecy in the U.S., from the Continental Congress, through the World Wars and the Cold War.  He will detail some infamous spies since WWII, including Aldrich Ames, John Walker and Edward Snowden.   A timely and fascinating topic about why our government keeps secrets, and why some people are intent on exposing them. 


Dr. Denk worked for the U.S. Department of Defense for over 30 years.  His last government assignment was Director of the Defense Personnel Security Center in Monterey, CA, where he led a staff of 30 psychologists and psychiatrists in the underpinnings of why people commit espionage.
Find Out More About Roger!

The 2014 Spring Learning Series concluded an exceptional semester with over 325 registrants attending the classes. We would like to thank all our instructors: Peter Saunders, Karen Moore, Carol Yindra, John Kennedy, Kerry Brown, our town executives Mark Pawlina, Alix Heilala, and Jill Goldsmith , Jung Ho Pak and George Scharr, John Whelan and Steve Bornemeier, Otis Russell, and Shannon Griscom for sharing their time , talent and enthusiasm in leading their courses. We were,however, deeply saddened not having Harm de Blij to complete that roster.

With Thanks, 

Sheila Marx and Barbara Fouhy

Don't forget that the Library offers passes to museums on and off Cape.  When you are making your plans for summer fun, check with us to see if we can save you some money!
The Passes are sponsored by the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library!
Adult Summer Reading Program
The Library will again have an adult summer reading program (why should the kids get all the fun!). Look for instructions, prizes and program information starting in July.
See Youth Services article for sponsorship information.

Cape Cod Through
 Our Eyes
The Barnstable County AmeriCorps Cape Cod will display their traveling art exhibit at the Library through the month of June.
Ocean Blues Marconi
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We offer help on how to download library ebooks to Kindle, Kindle Fire and iPad devices. 
See Class Schedule or contact Reference Librarian Amy Andreasson for more info. 
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A Letter from our President 
by Sharon Oudemool, Friends President

Dear Friends,


It gives me great pleasure to share the news that the Friends long awaited renovation project for the staff work room, the area behind the front desk, is now a reality that will hopefully happen over Columbus weekend in October. The room will be painted, new carpet laid, and four new workstations installed, as well as various cabinets and file drawers. This will bring the room up to modern office standards. Computers were not ubiquitous when the room was built and furnished during the addition project that doubled the space of the original library. Now everyone needs to accomplish their various tasks on computers.

There are many people to recognize for making the decisions that will lead to this renovated space. First and foremost is Nancy Groves, a retired architect and part-time member of the staff. She designed plan after plan in order to use every available inch of space, bringing these designs back to the staff and planning committee for a minor change here and a minor move there. The staff was represented by Irene Gillies, Director, and Sharon Hammersten and Lorna Dzialo, library staff members. Phyllis Freeman and Stephanie Bartlett represented the Trustees, Dot Gross represented the Trustees Advisory Board, and Thomas Quill and I represented the Friends.
As always, the library seems to draw congenial people willing to serve wherever there is a need. This committee was no exception and I believe that I can speak for all of us in saying that it was very easy to work together making decisions that the staff will live with for many years into the future. My deep thanks are extended to everyone on the Renovations Committee.    
Friends Annual Meeting
Tuesday, June 10
Refreshments served @ 2:30 pm
Business Meeting @ 3:00 pm

Following the business meeting and annual elections will be a presentation by Kathleen Ready Dayan (author) and Kate Walls (illustrator) of Cape Cod Bear and Cape Cod Bear Goes to Boston.


The Cape Cod Bear, that later came to be known as "Barney" and sometimes "Romeo" (because it was widely believed he had traveled to Cape Cod in order to find a mate), was first spotted in Middleboro in May of 2012.  He was then seen in Plymouth before sightings were reported all the way down Cape Cod to the point at Provincetown.  

March Mourning
by Phyllis Freeman, President, Board of Trustees 



The Eldredge Public Library mourns the passing of three library and community stalwarts this past March: Charlotte Forgeron, Warren (Terry) Fletcher, and Harm de Blij. Charlotte was a former Trustee from 1991-1997, President of the Board, and spearheaded the addition to the library of 1992 from start to finish. In 1993 the American Library Association, at their annual meeting in New Orleans, named Charlotte as "Library Trustee of the Year", an extraordinary honor for someone from such a small town as Chatham. The Forgeron Room, one of the most widely used areas of the library, is named in her honor.

Terry Fletcher, Josephine Ives

 and Charlotte Forgeron


Terry Fletcher was Treasurer of the library and member of the Board of Trustees from 1982-1998. He computerized the record keeping for the first time, and with Charlotte, was instrumental in creating the Annual Fund Drive, our major fundraising necessity to help pay for operating expenses such as salaries, materials and utilities. He chose the first computers for the library and helped acclimate the staff to their use.


Harm de Blij, who served on EPL's Trustee Advisory Board, was Chatham's resident geographer and was Eileen Dunn's most popular speaker during her many years as chairman of the Learning Series. His natural speaking style endeared him to his audiences, and his knowledge of world affairs raised the level of our own global interests. He often gave his books to his audiences, free of charge, and enriched our appreciation of the importance of Geography.


We are grateful to Charlotte, Terry, and Harm for their years of service to the Library! 
To See or Not to See - What Make's the Differece?
by Irene Gillies, Library Director

 Watching the Academy Awards presentation this year, you may have thought as I did: "That sounds great! I'll have to watch it when the Library gets a copy!" But if you're watching the shelves for those celebrated films, you're probably wondering why the Library doesn't have any of them. The fact is, we do have them! The problem is, you're not the only one who wants to see them! Each has a list of more than 100 people waiting in line, and when they run out of requests and hit the shelf they will be snapped up instantly. They won't be there waiting for you for months.


Don't despair! To see these videos, put in a request-you can do it in the Library or at home via internet. And here's the best part: you won't be at the end of the full list, but at the end of the Chatham copies' list. For instance: American Hustle has 323 requests on it. Chatham has two copies, and (as I write) only five Chatham requests on it. Those five requests will be filled first, and then the copies will start circulating to fill requests at the other CLAMS libraries.


Some of the titles you may want to request now for future viewing: Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska, and Capt. Phillips



Join us on June 14 at 2:00 pm for our Book-to-Film Discussion Group.  This month we are reading/watching Mao's Last Dancer by Cunxin Li.  We meet the 2nd Saturday of every month (except summer) and will resume Oct 11 with Lee Daniel's The Butler.  Everyone is welcome!


Learning Series @ the EPL
by Kerry Brown and Bill Roiter, Learning Series Coordinators


With the spring season of the Learning Series winding down, we are already beginning to anticipate the fall season. At this early stage, we are looking forward next fall to the return of such favorite teachers as Peter Saunders, Carol Yindra, John Kennedy, and Frank Smith. In addition, plans are underway to reprise Cape Cod Healthcare's physician presentations, this year addressing issues related to memory, Alzheimer's, and retirement health. In a related vein, Bill Roiter, a Ph.D. and expert in the field, will conduct a course in retirement strategies. Complementing Karen Moore's popular practical gardening course, Joe Hughes, a world traveler, will offer two sessions on the art of creating a Japanese garden. Another new addition to the program will be a course in hiking the Cape conducted by Mark McGrath, who has lectured widely on the subject. Finally, plans are in the works to develop courses in bird-watching, in the ecology and history of Pleasant Bay, and in the law, Abscam, and "American Hustle."The program is still taking shape, and the next season promises to be an exciting one.


Youth Services Gears up for Summer by Tammy DePasquale, Youth Services Librarian


If we participate in the 2014 Collaborative Summer Library Program, provide exciting reading opportunities, and combine outstanding performers and presenters with boredom-busting activities, will we have the best summer ever at the Eldredge Public Library? Put on your lab coats and safety glasses and head to the Eldredge Public Library! Youth Services will once again participate in...ahem, experiment with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)!


Sponsored by the Eldredge Public Library, the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the CSLP is a nationwide, grassroots consortium working together to provide public libraries with high-quality summer reading program materials with a unified theme for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible. This summer's themes, Fizz, Boom, Read! for prereaders and children up to grade 5 and Spark a Reaction for students in grades 5 to 12, underscore the importance of both science AND the arts in our lives and provide a rich foundation for adventure, exploration and discovery at the public library.

Stop by Youth Services after June 16th to pick up your July/August Calendar of Events or visit our website at to download a copy. The summer kick-off event will take place on Tuesday, July 1st at 1:30 with Marvelous Marvin's The Magic of Science. Registration for the summer reading programs Fizz, Boom, Read! and Spark a Reaction will take place immediately following the performance.         


Volunteer Showcase: Barbara Fouhy and Sheila Marx
by Beth Holden, Volunteer Coordinator   



Barbara Fouhy and

Sheila Marx

Barbara Fouhy and Sheila Marx have co-chaired the popular Friends' Learning Series for the past two years. This commitment to the library is a major one since they recruit speakers for more than two dozen classes each year.  They both serve on the Friends Board of Directors as well.

Barbara and Sheila were teachers in an earlier life. Sheila is now a 17 year substitute teacher veteran in Chatham, following earlier teaching in Connecticut. After six years as a teacher, Barb went on to spend 25 years as a travel consultant in the Washington, DC area.

Thanks  Barb and Sheila for all your good work to bring the Learning Series programs to Chatham. 

Successful Kitchen Tour by Libby Mottur and Carol Geary, Friends Ways and Means co-chairs

The Friends of the Eldredge Public Library held a successful and enjoyable fun raising event on May 15th when five Chatham establishments opened their kitchens for a behind the scenes tour and tasting.

Touring the Chatham Candy Manor kitchen

Participants in this sold out event had the opportunity to taste lobster bisque at the Squire, crème brulee

At the Bistro on Main, Croissants at VERS, make your own spring rolls at the Wild Goose and chocolate at the Candy Manor. We all had a wonderful time ooing and aaing at the delicious food and spotless kitchens. The chefs were most generous with their time. We all look forward to returning to their establishments for a meal or a box of goodies.

Visit Our Great Book Sale!
by Penny Keith, Book Sale Chairman                                                       
Chris Lupuc, Barbara Schweizer & Paula Lofgren keep those bookshelves stocked!


The best deal in town! The Friends' Book Sale invites you to a special sale of large print books and children's books all priced at "a buck a bag"! Many hard cover and paper back fiction and non-fiction are "a buck a bag" as well! So come on down and fill up 2 or 3 or 10 bags! The Friends' Book Sale is ongoing, all year-round, located in the lower level of the library, and is open during the hours that the library is open.  

Your Support Makes the Difference
by Sherry Hesch and Dan McPhee, Friends Membership Committee 

Thanks to all who have renewed their membership or newly joined the Friends of the Eldredge Public Library. Your generous financial support provides the "extras" that set our library apart. The Friends' volunteers who give of their time to assist staff, decorate and provide hospitality are vital to the outstanding operation we all enjoy.

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. Please log on to select "Donate" and then "Friends Membership" and complete the on-line form. 


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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