Category Archives: Library News

PlayMakers Repertory Presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth on Sept. 20

Chatham Community Library will host a free performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth on Thursday, September 20, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room.

PlayMakers Repertory Company will bring their mobile touring company for a sizzling 90-minute performance of the Bard’s psychological thriller. In this production, brilliant young general Macbeth has pulled off a glorious victory in battle, but before he can return to King Duncan’s court, he encounters a most enticing prophecy. Spurred on by his ambitious wife, Macbeth sets his sights on the throne, but as blood begets blood, he soon learns there is no rest for the wicked.

Through partnerships with area non-profits, community organizations, and local schools and libraries, in locations across the Triangle, PlayMakers presents professional-quality, bare bones productions of Shakespeare plays and more, cut to ninety minutes or less connecting with new audiences in their own spaces, truly meeting them where they live. By revealing theatre to be accessible, relevant, and vital, PlayMakers Mobile builds a new audience for these timeless plays and allows PlayMakers to foster new relationships throughout the region.

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Library to Host “Titanic: Ship of Dreams” Program on September 13

Chatham Community Library will host Titanic: Ship of Dreams on Thursday, September 13, at 6:30 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room. This program will be presented by Dr. Melinda Ratchford, an NC Humanities Council Road Scholar.

Take a glimpse into 1912 and the 2,228 amazing people who boarded the most luxurious and largest ship in the world and sailed off into immortality. Having traveled to all the sites that have connections to the R.M.S. Titanic (Belfast, Southampton, sinking site in North Atlantic, Halifax, NS et al.), Dr. Ratchford takes the audience on a voyage in time to learn about the Titanic, as well as to see her extensive collection of Titanic memorabilia. She will “introduce” listeners to the young Robert Spedden and his Stief bear, Polar; the world’s richest man and his beautiful new wife who had to leave New York society under a cloud of shame; and the elderly man and wife who tested the vow of “til death do we part”. This program will offer the chance to experience the world of courage, fear, love, and cowardice that is still alive over one hundred years after the Titanic’s sinking.

A native of Kannapolis, NC, Dr. Ratchford received her B.S. in Social Science and a Sixth Year degree in Curriculum from Appalachian State University.  She received her Masters in Library Education from UNC-Greensboro.  She also attended UNC-Chapel Hill where she received her Doctorate in Education. Her avocation has been a 60-year interest in the study of the R.M.S. Titanic and her history.  She has given presentations to over 225+ groups on the topic.

This program is brought to you in conjunction with the NC Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.

RBG Film Screening & Discussion Slated for September 8

Chatham Community Library will host its first screening of the new film RBG on Saturday, September 8 beginning at 1:00 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room.  The screening and discussion will be facilitated by District Court Judge (15B) Sherri Murrell.

RBG is a 2018 American documentary film directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, focusing on the life and career of United States Supreme Court of the United States Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After premiering at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the film was released in the United States on May 4, 2018.

Judge Murrell served as an assistant public defender in Chatham and Orange counties before being elected in 2016.

This event is free and open to the public. Funding for this program is made available by the Friends of the Chatham Community Library.

OverDrive magazines are back!

OverDrive magazines

OverDrive magazines are back! You now have access to 50 different magazine titles through OverDrive with your Chatham County library card. Check out The Atlantic, Popular Mechanics, HGTV Magazine, Yoga Journal, OK!, Newsweek, Clean Eating, and many more! These checkouts do not count against your usual loan limits for eBooks and audiobooks. Access the magazine collection through a web browser at https://e-inc.overdrive.com, or with the Libby or OverDrive apps. Need help getting started? Call the reference desk at 545-8086.

Chatham Community Library to Host ANTI-Bullying Workshop

Every day, more than 16,000 kids miss school because of bullying. 45% of kids experience bullying before age 18. And 38% of kids believe that their school doesn’t take bullying seriously. 

Children entering grades K-5 and their parents/caregivers are invited to attend a 90-minute anti-bullying workshop presented by Bullyproof Pittsboro.

In this 90-minute interactive parent/child Bullyproof America workshop, presenters Alex Changho and Cat Zohar will clearly define what bullying is, and what it is not.  They will help simplify the situation by providing clear boundaries for understanding how bullying takes place, what kids can do when bullying takes place, and how parents can help their kids be more empowered to deal with bullying.  Alex and Cat teach these lessons through foundational martial arts techniques and skills that have been proven to boost self-esteem and confidence in children.  

The workshop also includes anger management and self-control practices that help keep emotions in balance when frustration and sadness set in from bullying.  These skills are essential to controlling the imbalance of power that occurs as a result of bullying.  Participants of a Bullyproof America workshop will leave with usable skills and knowledge to help better prepare them for a positive school year and how to respond appropriately in a bullying situation.  

The ANTI-Bullying Workshop will be presented at the Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro on Saturday, August 25, at 1:00 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Katy at (919) 545-8085 or katy.henderson@chathamlibraries.org.

Friends of the Library to Celebrate 50th Anniversary!

 

 

 

 

The Friends of the Chatham Community Library will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala open house at the library on Saturday, May 19th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Activities will include children’s entertainment (face painting, balloon animals), live music, historical displays, free books for adults and children, a plaque dedication and more! Refreshments will be served.

The Friends got its start officially on October 3, 1968, when an organization committee meeting was held to revitalize an informal group of Friends which had been started as early as January 28, 1928. At that time, 12 Pittsboro citizens formed the McNeill Book Club. One of its members, Margaret (‘Maggie’) Horne, became Pittsboro’s first librarian 14 years later.

When the group met in 1968, the members felt that Pittsboro deserved better than the series of makeshift libraries which had served the citizens up until then, such as (1) small collections in homes, academies and schools in the 19th Century, (2) a bookmobile in the 1930s funded under the Works Progress Administration, (3) small collections in the basement of the Siler City Town Hall in the 1940s and (4) a bookcase in Maggie Horne’s living room from 1942.

Later, the library was housed in the Pittsboro Jaycees Community House and the basement of the County Agricultural Building. During all this time, there had been an informal group of supporters who met occasionally to discuss ways of improving the library’s structure and services.

During the meeting on October 3, 1968, the participants agreed that Pittsboro finally needed a library that was larger than “any extra, one room in any existing building anywhere in Pittsboro”. Marvin Reeves, perhaps influenced by his wife Myrtle, a McNeill Book Club member since 1947, saw this need, and he did something important to meet it.

In his 1969 will, Reeves left $20,000 for a new library building, and this bequest was the spark that inspired the overwhelming interest in and effort leading to the building of the Pittsboro Memorial Library. This facility on West Street served the community well until the new Chatham Community Library was built on the campus of Central Carolina Community College, which opened to the public in September 2010.

Book Club Kits Are Now Available!

Book clubs throughout our community are now able to check out kits created just for them! Each kit will include ten copies of a specially selected title, along with discussion questions, author information, and suggestions for further reading, all contained in a sturdy zippered bag.

Fiction kits available now are:

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen

Nonfiction kits available now are:

  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
  • Lab Girl  by Hope Jahren
  • The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer
  • Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Upcoming titles to be included are:

  • The Pearl that Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi
  • The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House by Jesse Holland
  • The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash
  • An Odyssey by Daniel Mendelsohn
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan
  • Grace by Paul Lynch

Fiction and nonfiction titles are selected by the Chatham Community Library Book Club. After the club has discussed a book, a kit for checkout will be created.

Each kit will check out for six weeks to one library card holder who will be responsible to return the entire kit. Since most book clubs meet monthly, this gives time to pick up the kit, distribute the books to members at a meeting, discuss the book at the next meeting and collect the books, and return the kit to the library where it will be readied for another group to checkout.

Book club kits have long been available from most other library systems in our area. With generous support from the Friends of the Chatham Community Library, Chatham County is now able to offer this service.

To reserve a kit for your group, please send a message to cclbookclub (at) chathamlibraries.org or call the library at 919-545-8084.

We will gladly accept a book club kit donation from outside clubs. When your group is finished with a title, please consider donating ten copies to the library for other groups to borrow.

Black History Month Film Series Begins Feb. 7

Chatham Community Library is celebrating Black History Month with a four-part film series beginning on Wednesday, February 7 at 12:00 pm in the Holmes Meeting Room.

 

 

 

Films in the series include:

Day Date Film
Wednesday February 7 4 Little Girls (1997). Directed by Spike Lee, this film documents the “notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church during the Civil Rights Movement.” It won an Oscar in 1998 for Best Documentary.
Wednesday February 14 I Am Not Your Negro (2016). In this film, “writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.”  Directed by Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro was an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary.
Wednesday February 21 What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015). Directed by Liz Garbus and Hal Tulchin. This film documents the life and legend of Nina Simone, “an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the “High Priestess of Soul.” The film was an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary in 2016.
Monday February 26 13th (2016). This film offers “an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.” Directed by Ava DuVernay, it was an Oscar nominee in 2017 for Best Documentary.

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and in the Netherlands where it is known as Black Achievement Month. It began as a way for remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

These events are free and open to the public. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Give the gift of books with our Book Wish Tree!

‘Tis the season to give back to our community! Chatham County Public Libraries invite residents to give back to the community by sponsoring books from our Book Wish Tree. Each library branch will host a tree. Patrons wishing to sponsor a book simply take a tag from the tree, follow the URL on the tag to the Book Wish Tree Amazon wish list and purchase a listed item. Books purchased from the Book Wish Tree list will be donated to the Chatham Child Development Center in Siler City. Purchased items will ship to the Chatham Community Library, and will be presented to the Chatham Child Development Center just before the holiday break.

The Chatham Child Development Center (CCDC) is an inclusive child care program. It provides year round center-based early childhood education to children ages birth to 5 years old. CCDC operates an “inclusion” model for children who are both typically developing and those with or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Services include educational and developmental activities, parent education, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, transportation, and before and after school care. The center has a Five Star Child Care License from the North Carolina Division of Child Development, and provides services to children who are eligible for NCPreK.

Spread holiday cheer and promote literacy with books for our community’s youngest learners!  The deadline for making purchases is Friday, December 15.

For more information about the Book Wish Tree, contact Katy Henderson at (919) 545-8085 or katy.henderson@chathamlibraries.org.

Did you know we have computers on site to help you search our collections?

Our librarians are always happy to help you find any materials in our library system, but did you know that we also have computers on site to help you search and browse our catalog?

Chatham Community Library has nine computers placed strategically throughout the stacks to help you find the materials you’re looking for, and to suggest titles you may not have considered.

Our catalog computers can tell you not only whether our libraries carry a title, they can tell you which branch carries the title, and whether it is currently available to check out.

To find out whether our library system has the title you want, simply type the title into the search field labeled “Quick library search” and hit “Enter” on the keyboard.

The catalog will display all the materials that match that description, be they physical materials or downloadable titles. If you see the item you’re looking for in the search results, click the “Where is it?” button to see which branch has it, whether the item is available, and the item’s call number.

As always, ask a friendly librarian if you need assistance!