Friends of the Eldredge Public Library
 Chatham, MA
Spring 2020
"Connecting Chatham to the World"
Mark Your Calendar
The Friends of Eldredge Public Library (FEPL) have a lot to celebrate! Spring is right around the corner and there are three noteworthy things to report. 

The Learning Series brochure is hot off the press with a variety of interesting and fun classes. Please pick up your copy at the Library or download the brochure . Please note some of the classes are only one session, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Many thanks to the hard-working Learning Series Committee and to all of you who will take classes and make it a successful Learning Series spring semester.

 We are excited to announce the Passport to Savings is back! This is the little navy-blue book that resembles a real passport. Our 2020 version will be full of coupons to redeem at local restaurants merchants, personal care and services. Each Passport will cost $20.00, with 100% of your donation benefiting the Eldredge Public Library. Thank you! 

The FEPL Annual meeting is Tuesday, June 9 th  at 3:00 pm in the Forgeron Room of the Library. We are pleased to announce that following a brief FEPL business meeting, our speaker will be Tatiana Schlossberg, who will discuss her book Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have , published in 2019. For further information about Tatiana and her book, please visit her website .  Mark your calendars – she is  sure  to fill the Forgeron Room and seating is limited. All are welcome to this free event! Books will be available for sale and signing!
 Rosanne Geylin
President, Friends of the Eldredge Public Library
News from the Library Director
We had a great time last Sunday at our 6 th annual Jeopardy game. There were 7 teams, including representatives from the Chatham Fire and Police departments. No one can do Alex Trebek better than Bill Litchfield and Trustee Carol Garey would have made Vanna White proud! Thank you to staff members Tammy DePasquale and Sam Rome for their invaluable help. I am proud to say that the winners of this year’s Jeopardy were the New Kids on the Block – our very own EPL new employees Meghan Kemp and Leah Dower! Way to go ladies! We had a great turn out from our community who cheered on the teams! 
Thank you to Trustee Carol Odell who left the Board in December 2019 after 10 years of dedicated service to the Library. We are excited to welcome new Trustee member Barbara Matteson who will join the Board this month. Staff member Samuel Rome will be leaving the Eldredge Public Library at the end of March to become the Young Adult Librarian at the Allerton Branch of the New York Public Library!! Although we are heartbroken to lose such a valuable team member, we are very proud of him and wish him well in his new position.
I look forward to seeing you at the Library!
Amy Andreasson, Library Director
Read On…Read Harder…Read More!
Summer isn’t the only time for reading campaigns, especially here at the EPL! We are presently celebrating two great reading challenges, and we hope that you will want to join in the fun.

The first is Book Riot’s annual Read Harder Challenge . Each year Book Riot provides readers with 24 reading prompts that force us to read outside our “bubbles.” We all have a favorite series, author, or genre that we turn to at every checkout, so having these reading prompts makes reading selections more intentional. 
Back for its sixth year, the 2020 Read Harder Challenge will continue through December and requires no extra reporting, unless you want to share your reading experiences with us! Curious? Stop by the Library often to see our book displays highlighting some of our favorite titles, and don’t forget to pick-up your 2020 Read Harder list of prompts.

The second reading challenge is Youth Services’ March Book Madness, a bracket-style competition between 16 picture books that feature the theme of “Brave and Bold.” Each week you will vote for your favorites until we have one tournament champion! At the end of March, we will celebrate the books and our reading efforts with an old fashioned ice cream social. To participate, you must register with a Youth Services team member. 

Readers of all ages are welcome and encouraged to join one or both of these reading challenges.       

 Tammy DePasquale, Assistant Director
and Head of Youth Services
Check out the Youth Services March Newsletter and Calendar .
  FEPL Membership

"The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s never too late to be a FRIEND of The Eldredge Public Library. Join online or download a membership form !

Joan Craig and Bette Hahner
Co-chairs, FEPL Membership Committee

Upcoming March Programs
March 14 @ 11:00 am
Larry Dapsis, Entomologist with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will give an overview of what you should include in your pest management tool box for your summer garden.
March 18 @ 11:00 am
A Beginners Guide to Growing Great Hydrangeas. Learn the secrets of growing the perfect Hydrangeas with Linda Coven, co-President of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society.
March 21 @ 10:30 am
What makes a great sonnet? In this workshop with John Bonanni, examine the sonnet from its historical lens into its present, contemporary one.
Movie Monday
March 16 @ 2:00 pm
This month's Monday Movie
will be an Irish comedy, 
starring Ian Bannen and Fionnula Flanagan.
The Friends’ Bargain Book Sale is continuously getting new inventory.
Come check it out!
Call for Volunteers
The Friends Hospitality Committee is looking for volunteers to help with refreshments.
Please fill out a Volunteer Form