Did you know we have a community puzzle?

IMG_4009Did you know that the library has a community puzzle for patrons to work on?

It’s a nice way to relax or just while away a few minutes as you wait for your loved ones in the library.  Look for the puzzle in the Young Adult section, on a table near the windows.  (Please note that the puzzle is intended for our adult and young adult patrons, not for children.)

We have a group of three dedicated puzzlers who work on the puzzle for 30 minutes to an hour at a time.  Others just stop for a few minutes as they’re passing by.  When a puzzle is completed, it stays on the table for three days so that everyone who worked on it can see the finished product.  If a puzzle is particularly impressive, we may keep it and use it again, but most of our completed puzzles are donated to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

The community puzzle was started in 2012 by a donation from a library staff member, and all of our puzzles have since been donated by patrons.  If you have a puzzle you’d like to donate, please contact Susan (545-8084), or simply bring the puzzle to the front desk.

We also have a chess board next to the fireplace closest to the reference desk.  Stop by for a game the next time you’re in the library!

eBook Friday: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, by Janet Evanovich:

When Megan Murphy discovered a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she meant to give his careless owner a piece of her mind — but Dr. Patrick Hunter was too attractive to stay mad at for long … and soon she found herself falling irresistibly, helplessly in love. Playing house together, making Thanksgiving dinner for their families, filled them both with a longing for the sweet times to last. But Megan had wept over one failed love, and it hurt so much to risk again.

** Above copy excerpted from the original printing of Thanksgiving, 1988 **


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eBook Friday: Origami Activities for Children

Origami Activities for Children,
by Chiyo Araki:

Make simple origami-for-kids projects with this easy origami book.

Ideal for home or school use, Origami Activities for Children is a classic origami paper craft book that includes fun projects organized by seasons and U.S. holidays and offers varying levels of difficulty so that every child—from the origami beginner to the experienced paper folder—will find something of interest. Teachers will also find this origami book to be a great help in their classroom. Colorful examples, suggested grade levels, time requirement, and necessary materials have been included as teaching aids.
There are a total of 20 fun-to-do projects including three types of boats for Columbus Day, Jack–O–Lanterns for Halloween, Old Saint Nick and much more! Each project has clear step-by-step instructions and fully colored, easy-to-follow diagrams making this affordable origami book a great way to learn origami!

This origami book contains:


  • 64 page, full-color book
  • 20 fun children’s origami projects
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Detailed diagrams and drawings

Origami brings out the creative and imaginative skills of young children, while requiring only the simplest materials. Kids will love showing their friends and family all their new origami creations.

Origami projects include:

  • Jack O’Lantern
  • Santa Claus
  • Box with Valentine
  • Clown
  • Carnation Flower
  • And many more…




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eBook Friday: Purity: A Novel

Purity: A Novel, by Jonathan Franzen

A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom

Young Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother—her only family—is hazardous. But she doesn’t have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life.

Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world—including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn’t understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.

Purity is a dark-hued comedy of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has created yet another cast of vividly original characters, Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers, and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Jonathan Franzen is a major author of our time, and Purity is his edgiest and most searching book yet.



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Your Weekly Vocabulary Brush-up

dollar humor careThis ad from the April 14, 1904  issue of The Chatham Record sent me to the dictionary where I learned that “scrofulous” means “having a diseased appearance,” or “morally contaminated.” Of course it also means “of, related to, or affected with scrofula” but that’s no fun at all.


From Pimples to Scrofula From Infancy to Age

To those who have suffered long and hopelessly from Humors of the Blood, Skin, and Scalp, and who have lost faith in doctors, medicines, and all things human, CUTICURA Soap, Ointment, and Pills appeal with a force hardly to be realized. Every hope, every expectation awakened by them has been more than fulfilled. More great cures of Simple, Scrofulous, and Hereditary Humors are daily made by them than by all other Blood and Skin Remedies combined, a single set, costing but one dollar, being often sufficient to cure the most distressing cases when all else fails.

Said throughout the world. Cuticura Resolvent 50₵ (in form of Chocolate Coated Pills, 25₵ per vial of 60. Ointment, 50₵, Soap, 25₵. [illegible] London, 27 Charterhouse Sq.; Paris, 3 Rue de la Paix; Boston, 137 Columbus Ave, Potter Drug & Chem Corp., Sole Prop.

→ Send for “All About the Skin and Scalp.”


Resource of the Month: AccessScience

Are you looking for an authoritative Reference resource for your children (or students)? AccessScience is here for you and your budding scientists!

AccessScience describe themselves this way:

AccessScience is an authoritative and dynamic online resource that contains incisively written, high-quality reference material that covers all major scientific disciplines. An award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, it offers links to primary research material, videos and exclusive animations, plus specially designed curriculum maps for teachers. With these and other online features, AccessScience is continually expanding the ways it can demonstrate and explain core, trustworthy scientific information in a way that inspires and guides users to deeper knowledge.

AccessScience’s home page presents the resources in easy-to-find categories. Tabs for Biography, Articles, and Media get you and your student to the category you need quickly. If you need everything AccessScience has to offer on a particular subject, use the search engine at the top of the page. If you get too many results using the simple search engine, the advanced search engine allows you to refine your search. If you are looking for a specific photo or video you can also limit your search by file type.

The easiest way to, ahem, access AccessScience is to go to the library’s website (www.chathamlibraries.org), click on Online Resources, then click the large NC LIVE link at the top of the Online Resources page. When you land on NC LIVE, you can either click on the link that says “Science & Technology” or you can type “AccessScience” in NC LIVE’s search field. If you are accessing this resource outside of the library, you will be prompted to log in with your library card number.

eBook Friday: Piedmont Phantoms: North Carolina’s Haunted Hundred, Volume 2

Piedmont Phantoms:
North Carolina’s Haunted Hundred, Volume 2, by Daniel W. Barefoor:

Daniel W. Barefoot’s colleagues in the North Carolina General Assembly call him their “resident historian.” Now, he’s their resident folklorist, too.

North Carolina’s Haunted Hundred, Barefoot’s three-volume series, is a sampler of the diverse supernatural history of the Tar Heel State. One story is drawn from each of the state’s hundred counties. You’ll find tales of ghosts, witches, demons, spook lights, unidentified flying objects, unexplained phenomena, and more. Many of the stories have never before been widely circulated in print.

Piedmont Phantoms offers 40 tales from the state’s populous midsection. “Capitol Haunts,” the Wake County story, tells of strange doings at the State Capitol—an unoccupied elevator moving from floor to floor, an unseen hand touching a security guard, the sounds of books falling off shelves and barrels rolling down stairs. “Ghostly Legacy of the Swamp Fox,” the Robeson County story, introduces the spirits of the traitor who betrayed Revolutionary War general Francis Marion and the Highland Scot girl who made him do it. “The Hunter at the Zoo,” the Randolph County story, describes the ghost of the Confederate recruiter who once hunted human prey at what is now North Carolina Zoological Park.




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eBook Friday: Black Man In a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, by Damon Tweedy, M.D.

One doctor’s passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans


When Damon Tweedy begins medical school,he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background will become largely irrelevant. Instead, he finds that he has joined a new world where race is front and center. The recipient of a scholarship designed to increase black student enrollment, Tweedy soon meets a professor who bluntly questions whether he belongs in medical school, a moment that crystallizes the challenges he will face throughout his career. Making matters worse, in lecture after lecture the common refrain for numerous diseases resounds, “More common in blacks than whites.”
Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his encounters with patients. Through their stories, he illustrates the complex social, cultural, and economic factors at the root of most health problems in the black community. These issues take on greater meaning when Tweedy is himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common among black people. In this powerful, moving, and deeply empathic book, Tweedy explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care.




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eBook Friday: Trauma

Trauma: A Novel,
by Daniel Palmer and Michael Palmer

Dr. Carrie Bryant’s four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity.

What should have been a routine, hours long operation, turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient’s life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery. There, she makes a careless and tragic mental error resulting in irreparable brain damage to her second patient. With her confidence shattered, Carrie quits her residency and moves back home where her younger brother, Adam, a combat vet suffering from debilitating PTSD, also lives.

When Carrie learns about an experimental program at the VA Medical Center exploring the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) that could forever cure the emotional and memory trauma of PTSD, it seems like a way back into medicine. Carrie is apprehensive, but a chance meeting with David Hoffman, a reporter for the Lowell Observer writing a story on PTSD, helps her overcome any hesitation.

Her first surgery appears to be a success until her patient mysteriously vanishes. When a second patient also goes missing, Carrie employees the investigative skills of David, and together they descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption. And the price Carrie might pay for asking the wrong questions could be her life.


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Healthful, meaning “Not Dangerous”

Tin June 27 1889

From the June 27, 1889 issue of The Chatham Record:

Tin Coffee Pots Healthful.

“Tin coffee pots are as healthful to use as silver, and they will last just a long,” said a workman in tin recently to a reporter for the New York Mail and Express.

“How are these tin pots made?” asked the reporter.

“They put the tin on Russia iron. The way it is done is to take a sheet of Russia iron and dip it into red-hot tin. Upon this molten tin is a lot of tallow, which cleans the tin and gives it lustre. If it were not for this tallow the tin would be all full of little bunches. Very often we find the tin sheets very greasy when we get them. This comes from the tallow. Russia iron is the same material as is used for the body of a stove. This is usually triple-coated, sometimes more. The best tin is imported. For some reason or other it cannot be made in this country. The Yankee tin made here is what we call cooked tin, and cheap articles are usually made with it, such as five-cent goods. Tin tea or coffee pots must be well dried after using, and kept very clean, and they will then be good for a number of years.