2024 February Newsletter
Dear Patrons and Friends of Chase Library,
If ever we needed a reason to cherish books, I think Mother Nature is giving us a walloping hint: rainy days, cloudy days, wet snow-flurry days, more rainy days! There are some days I just feel like “why bother getting out of bed?” But Cape Cod’s winter months don’t have to be dreary. Think good books, good movies, seed catalogs, soup recipes, baking bread, participating in your favorite hobby or craft. Even a rainy- day walk or a cloudy sunset can lift our spirits and bring us the opportunity for big gulps of fresh air – always a mood enhancer! It takes a bit of effort sometimes, but efforts pay off!!
And here’s another hint: sign up for the newsletters for all the libraries in your area. Libraries are vibrant places where wonderful enrichment activities happen all the time and they are most often free! There are book clubs, music performances, craft classes, movies including documentaries, author talks, and more. Newsletters are free. Just sign yourself up! And don’t forget to sign up for the Harwich Community Center newsletter and the Harwich Council on Aging Newsletter. So much is happening!!
Participating in online author talks is another good option to make these dreary days pass more quickly! In last month’s newsletter you received some interesting data on the usage of Chase Library’s Library Speaker Consortium (LSC) author talks. The data surprised us too! Many people are using our website to connect with authors. BONUS: feel free to share the information and our website with family and friends. It’s a wonderful service that the Library pays for – so please use it. If you are unsure about accessing the talks, give us a call and we will happily walk you through the process. The February lineup includes the following. Go to our website: chase-library.com. Use the Speakers Consortium tab. Register for free.
The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine: An Author Talk with Dr. Robert Lustig
Physician and New York Times Bestselling Author of Fat Chance
Tuesday, January 30th at 2:00 PM EST
Spice, Spirit, and Swoon–A Guaranteed Happily Ever After with Rom-Com Author Tessa Bailey
#1 NYT Bestselling Author of It Happened One Summer and Hook, Line, and Sinker
Thursday, February 8th at 8:00 PM EST
Exploring Identity, Love, and Being Black in America in Fiction Writing: A Conversation with Award-Winning Author Jason Mott
NYT Bestselling Author and National Book Award Winner
Tuesday, February 20th at 4:00 PM EST
Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity: An Author Talk with Kim Scott
NYT Bestselling Author of Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity and Radical Respect: How to Work Together Better
Wednesday, February 28th at 2:00 PM EST
Let’s talk about what’s happening at Chase! We have a nice lineup of winter events which will be held at Chase Library on Tuesday afternoons, beginning at 2 pm – 2 programs per month in Feb, Mar, and April. The full schedule should be in the upcoming edition of the Chronicle. All events are free and open to the public. Two events will require registration. Instructions for registration will accompany the event announcement. Save the date of May 23rd for an Author Event.
The first event at Chase happens on Tuesday, February 6. Chase is delighted to have C. Bradford Chase. He is a 13th generation member of the Chase family in Harwich. Brad has been on oceans, ponds and rivers since childhood and spent 36 years working for the Division of Marine Fisheries. Brad’s book, “Codbones”, is an engaging volume of non-rhyming poetry expressing deep connections to the natural world and the people in it whom he loves. Some library staff have met Brad; he’s been in a few times. I have not yet met him. I so look forward to Feb 6!
On February 20, Chase presents another home-town boy, Albert Raneo. No longer a boy, Al will join us on the 20th along with other family members. We think we know the history of the Cape Verdeans in Harwich. But unless we hear directly from Al, through stories, facts, and photos, the people-to-town connections are really just based on the definition of connectivity. The community of Harwich grew as the cranberry harvest grew and as shipbuilding and merchandising grew. Learn why the Cape Verdeans and Harwichians are forever connected in ways that benefitted everyone.
And now a literary note: February is Black History Month. At Chase, we have an entire gamut of books that deal with black history from historical fiction to an excellent collection of non-fiction.
We hope you have a healthy February and a Valentine’s Day filled with all the things you love – family, friends, pets, chocolate, flowers, new recipes, favorite crafts, and especially great books!!
Just want to catch you up on a few things.
Yesterday 33 attendees heard local author Brad Chase read and talk about his poetry and his Chase connections in Harwich. Wow! Fantastic! If you have the opportunity to hear him read from his book, Codbones, you should definitely do so!
On February 20, we hare having another local family presenting a talk and slide show at Chase. We are proud to have Albert Raneo join us along with Angelina Raneo Chilaka and Jane Martin. In the late 1800s, a wave of Cape Verdeans arrived in Harwich ready to work hard, earn a good living and make Harwich their new home. Pease join us as Albert, Angelina, and Jane share the contributions of Cape Verdeans to Harwich culture, economy, and history.
On March 5 we are having a health event - learn to do hands-only CPR. This event requires that you call (508-432-2610) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the library. Space is limited. As all other events, this one is free. Here's their announcement:
HANDS ONLY CPR: Our hands can do so many things, the most important of which may be saving someone’s life. In this FREE class taught by the Medical Reserve Corps of Barnstable County, you will learn the life-saving technique of “Hands-Only CPR” — the most up-to-date method that is currently taught and practiced. Research shows Hands-Only CPR (without mouth-to-mouth breaths) performed by a bystander is just as effective in the first few minutes of sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. The power is in YOUR hands, so call today! Space is limited, so call to reserve your spot.
Watch for future emails Hope to see you at a few!! as we have 2 events in February, 3 in March, and 2 in April. All but one are on Tuesday afternoons at 2. (I will point that one out in March.)
All are free at Chase Library