Did you know we have an online calendar of events?

Calendar-of-EventsWondering what’s happening at your library?  Check out our online calendar of events!

Our calendar includes special programs like author events, summer reading performances, and computer classes, as well as recurring programs like story time and genealogy assistance.  It’s also the best place to check for holiday hours and closings.

Use the drop-down menu to filter by Adult, Young Adult, Children, or Family events.  You can also sign up to receive automatic email notifications when events are added to the calendar.  Just click the link above the calendar, enter your email address, and choose which library events you’d like to hear about.

To view our event calendar from the library home page, click on Calendar of Events in the left-hand menu.

We also summarize upcoming events every Monday morning on our Facebook page.

eBook Friday: Vintage Wedding Style

Vintage Wedding Style, by Elizabeth Demos:

For every bride who dreams of making her special day exactly that—hers—this gorgeous book shows how to mix personal touches with vintage style for a truly meaningful celebration. From flea market chic to Great Gatsby grandeur, each chapter from wedding stylist Elizabeth Demos features photographs from real weddings and easy-to-follow instructions for achieving the look. Simple DIY projects make it easy for brides to add their own personal stamp. With 200 photographs, 12 inspiring mood boards, creative styling ideas, and guidance on sourcing accents and materials, Vintage Wedding Style bursts with brilliant ways to create an unforgettable wedding with a hint of vintage charm.


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Resource of the Month: NCpedia

Have you ever wondered just which frog/dog/tree/bird/reptile, exactly, is one of the official North Carolina symbols or been cornered to explain the term “Tar Heel”?  Newcomers to the state and natives alike will find that NCpedia is a direct line to easy-to-access information for research, travel, or fun.

This is an award-winning searchable and browseable collection of all things North Carolina from trustworthy sources.  Articles are drawn from an array of resources so you don’t have to go poking about, and you’ll find images and audio, a trivia quiz, and an ever-changing “This Day in North Carolina History” box.

A search for “Chatham County” brings up a map, census info, a brief history, and economic facts.  That page also links to the official county site, the Chamber of Commerce, and events and places such as the Silk Hope Old Fashioned Farmer’s Day and the Devil’s Tramping Ground near Siler City.

NCpedia can help you learn something new about where you live and make you the tour guide of your visitors’ dreams!

eBook Friday: A Conspiracy of Paper

A Conspiracy of Paper, by David Liss:

Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in eighteenth-century London: a Jew among Christians; a ruffian among aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, hired by London’s gentry, travels through the criminal underworld in pursuit of debtors and thieves.

In A Conspiracy of Paper, Weaver investigates a crime of the most personal sort: the mysterious death of his estranged father, a notorious stockjobber. To find the answers, Weaver must contend with a desperate prostitute who knows too much about his past, relatives who remind him of his alienation from the Jewish faith, and a cabal of powerful men in the world of British finance who have hidden their business dealings behind an intricate web of deception and violence. Relying on brains and brawn, Weaver uncovers the beginnings of a strange new economic order based on stock speculation–a way of life that poses great risk for investors but real danger for Weaver and his family.

In the tradition of The Alienist and written with scholarly attention to period detail, A Conspiracy of Paper is one of the wittiest and most suspenseful historical novels in recent memory, as well as a perceptive and beguiling depiction of the origin of today’s financial markets. In Benjamin Weaver, author David Liss has created an irresistibly appealing protagonist, one who parlays his knowledge of the emerging stock market into a new kind of detective work.



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Sarsaparilla, In a Clean Glass Please

I looked in the May 3, 1900 issue of The Chatham Record for some mention of Cinco de Mayo. No luck there, but this ad pinged my Root Beer antenna.

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“During the last year I was suffering from nervous prostration. For weeks I grew worse, became thin, could not sleep, had no appetite, and was in a wretched condition. After taking several kinds of medicines without result, I took Ayer’s Sarsaparilla with more than pleasing results. My appetite returned, I slept soundly, my strength and weight increased, and now I am well and strong without the slightest trace of my old trouble. Indeed, I would hardly believe it possible the medicine to bring about such a change in a person.” – CLARA MEALEY, Winter Hill, Somerville, Mass., Dec. 21, 1899.

 A little online research taught me that Sarsaparilla is a trailing, woody vine with medicinal properties. I also learned that sarsaparilla vine is NOT used to flavor Root Beer (I was thinking of sassafras).

All the same I wonder what ailed Clara Mealey that Ayer’s Sarsaparilla cured so quickly and completely?

eBook Friday: Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother, by P. D. Eastman:

A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. When a mother bird’s egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little one to eat. But as soon as she’s gone, out pops the baby bird. He immediately sets off to find his mother, but not knowing what she looks like makes it a challenge. The little hatchling is determined to find his mother, even after meeting a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a Snort. The timeless message of the bond between mother and child make P. D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? a must for baby showers, beginning readers, and Mother’s Day.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.


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Books on Wheels – New Library Outreach Service

Book Delivery Truck


Chatham County Public Libraries is launching an outreach program called Books on Wheels to deliver books and other library materials to homebound individuals.

The Books on Wheels program seeks volunteers to deliver library materials to homebound patrons!

Volunteers will need to:
– be available for monthly visits
– have a valid driver’s license
– drive their own vehicle
– pass a background check

As a volunteer, you will come to the library to pick up library materials and deliver those materials to the patrons on your route.  We have a particular demand for volunteers in the Siler City area and the northeastern part of the county.

The Books on Wheels program also seeks outreach patrons who would like to have library materials delivered to their homes!

Outreach patrons will need to:
– live in Chatham County
– be homebound or mostly homebound
– sign up for or already have a Chatham County Public Library card
– tell us what you like to read so we can make appropriate book selections for you

As an outreach patron, you can expect volunteers to come to your house to deliver and pick up library materials on a monthly basis.

To participate as either a volunteer or as an outreach patron (or to refer someone you know who is homebound and might like to receive this service), please contact:

Brittany Wilson
Outreach Coordinator
Chatham County Public Libraries
(919) 545-8064

New Anime Club Starting Soon!

Anime_ClubWe’re excited to present the first meeting of the tween/teen Anime Club!  Come out and enjoy snacks, anime, and manga on Saturday, May 30th from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room.

Meetings will include activities such as drawing anime characters, tasting food from Asia, playing video games, and watching anime shows and movies.

A note for parents:  This club is intended for ages 13 and up, but younger kids are welcome to attend. Be advised that we will be showing and reading PG-13 material. For more information, contact Mary or Katie at 919-545-8084.

In the Reach of Everybody Living In 1902

If you ever get to go to Cuba, take a copy of this ad from the May 8, 1902 issue of The Chatham Record and see if they price match.

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I just want a sticker of that “Floradora” band for my luggage.

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eBook Friday: The Fifth Gospel

The Fifth Gospel, by Ian Caldwell:

A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope’s final wish converge to send two brothers—both Vatican priests—on an intellectual quest to untangle Christianity’s greatest historical mystery.
Ten years ago, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason’s The Rule of Four became a literary phenomenon that sold nearly two million copies in North America and was hailed by critics as “ingenious…profoundly erudite” (The New York Times), “compulsively readable” (People), and “an exceptional piece of scholarship” (San Francisco Chronicle). Now, after a decade of painstaking primary research, Ian Caldwell returns with a masterful new thriller that confirms his place among the most ambitious popular storytellers working today.

In 2004, as Pope John Paul II’s reign enters its twilight, a mysterious exhibit is under construction at the Vatican Museums. A week before it is scheduled to open, its curator is murdered at a clandestine meeting on the outskirts of Rome. That same night, a violent break-in rocks the home of the curator’s research partner, Father Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest who lives inside the Vatican with his five-year-old son. When the papal police fail to identify a suspect in either crime, Father Alex, desperate to keep his family safe, undertakes his own investigation. To find the killer he must reconstruct the dead curator’s secret: what the four Christian gospels—and a little-known, true-to-life fifth gospel known as the Diatessaron—reveal about the Church’s most controversial holy relic. But just as he begins to understand the truth about his friend’s death and its consequences for the future of the world’s two largest Christian Churches, Father Alex finds himself hunted down by someone with a vested stake in the exhibit—someone he must outwit to survive.

At once a riveting intellectual thriller, a feast of biblical history and scholarship, and a moving family drama, The Fifth Gospel is “a story of sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption. Peppered with references to real-life people, places, and events, the narrative rings true, taking the reader on an emotional journey nearly two thousand years in the making” (Library Journal, starred review).


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