This week at Chatham County Libraries – Week of June 26, 2017

Pittsboro, NC – Here is a rundown of the events taking place at this week at Chatham County Libraries.

Tuesday, June 27
10am                          Preschool Story Time
11am-12pm              CCL Summer Reading Program – Come join us for a Summer Reading activity or craft pertaining to this year’s theme of  Build A Better World!

Wednesday, June 28
1-2pm                         Wellness Wednesdays for Kids. Every Wednesday at 1:00 we will be hosting a mover and some shakers; local dance instructors, yogis and personal trainers will be sharing a movement based activity that will get the whole family moving. Classes will be at the Chatham Community Library in the Holmes Meeting Room. Today’s activity for the kids is with Heather D’Arnell from Siler City Dance & Gymnastics Academy. “Students will learn a short hip-hop dance, experiment with breakdancing, and end the class with some fun rhythm games.”

Thursday, June 29
9am-12pm                 Genealogy Assistance- Volunteer genealogists are available to assist with family history research, whether your ancestors lived in Chatham County, the 50 states, or overseas.  A genealogist is on site in the library most Thursdays from 9:00 am to noon, and other days and times by appointment. Call 919-545-8086 to make an appointment. Sessions take place in the Local History & Genealogy area of Chatham Community Library.  Please bring as much written documentation as you have about the topic you are researching, as well as a flash drive for saving documents and/or money for printing.
1pm                            Cool Off with a Movie! It’s Summer time and on these hot days you can get in from the heat and cool off with a movie! Every Thursday at 1:00 at Chatham Community Library we will be showing a family friendly movie. Today’s showing is: March of the Penguins.

Friday, June 30
9:30am                           Toddler Story Time
10:30am                         Preschool Story Time
3:30pm                           Summer Reading Performer: Capital Balloon Studios at CCL. Building Your Future, Inflate Your Mind! Free Children’s   Reading Empowerment Show Using Balloons, Magic, & Comedy. For more information contact Youth Services at 919-545-8085.

Wren Library, Siler City
Monday, June 26
4pm                              Afternoon Movies at Wren. Come enjoy a Free afternoon movie at Wren! Today’s showing is: Storks

Wednesday, June 28
10:30am                           Story Time
11:30am & 12:30pm      Wren Summer Reading Program. Come join us for a Summer Reading activity or craft pertaining to this year’s theme of Build A Better World!

Friday, June 30
12pm                                Summer Reading Performer: Capital Balloon Studios at CCL. Building Your Future, Inflate Your Mind! Free Children’s    Reading Empowerment Show Using Balloons, Magic, & Comedy. For more information contact Youth Services at 919-545-8085.

Goldston Library, Goldston
Thursday, June 29
10:30am                        Story Time for all ages
11:30am                        Goldston Summer Reading Program. Come join us for a Summer Reading activity or craft pertaining to this year’s   theme of Build A Better World!

Chatham County Women's Show

2017 Carolina Women’s Show coming to Chatham County November 10-11

Pittsboro, NC – The Carolina Women’s Show will be held on Nov 10-11, 2017 at the new Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center.

Chatham County Women's ShowThis show will be a fun, 2-day event to enjoy the very best this area has to offer in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics and more. There will be presentations on continuing education and financial planning, to wellness, health and beauty, and fitness. And of course, lots of prizes and giveaways! We will also feature giveaways and contests throughout the year on our Facebook Event, so whether you are interested in attending or being a part of the show, Like the Page and Event and you won’t miss a thing:

If you are interested in being an Exhibitor or Sponsor, please visit our website for full details:

If you are a franchisee, don’t delay – we can only allow one franchisee per company. Our current Exhibitors are enjoying year-long (and clever advertisement). I hope that you will join them to ensure a diverse, high quality event.

Title Sponsors:
Pretty in Pink Foundation
The Old Place Catering & Events
Chatham Magazine

Board of Directors

Chatham Trades seeks new members for its Board of Directors

Siler City, NC – Chatham County residents who want to make an important difference in the lives of developmentally disabled adults have an outstanding opportunity to do just that by serving on the board of directors of Chatham Trades.

chatham trades workerChatham Trades is a nonprofit that provides training in vocational, residential and life skills for intellectually and developmentally disabled county residents. The goal is to help persons with such disabilities to reach their highest degree of self-sufficiency and quality of life.

Chatham Trades seeks applicants for vacancies on its Board of Directors. The initial appointment is a two-year term. Meetings are held a minimum of four times a year on the third Tuesday of month at 5:30 pm. The meeting location rotates between Pittsboro and Siler City.

Applicants should have an interest in programs that serve individuals with disabilities, be able to attend meetings, and actively participate in the operations and planning for Chatham Trades.

Submit a county application form no later than Friday, July 14, 2017, 5 pm.  An online form can be found here.

If you need a printed or email copy, contact Lindsay Ray, 919-542-8200, or 

For more information about Chatham Trades, please contact Shawn Poe, 919-663-3481, email 

Teen’s body recovered from Sugar Lake

Pittsboro, NC – On June 4, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of Sugar Lake, Pittsboro, to investigate a report of a missing person. Deputies began a coordinated search for 19-year-old Sean O’Donnell around 6 pm after he was reported missing by a family member at approximately 5:30 pm. He was last seen with friends at Sugar Lake around 4:30 am on June 4.

Members of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Operations Center, EMS, and the North Chatham Fire Department were back on scene on June 5 as the search intensified. Representatives of the S T Wooten Corporation assisted responders by clearing a pathway to the water. The North Chatham FD Dive Team successfully recovered a body shortly before noon. Family members were able to positively identify O’Donnell.

Sean O’Donnell’s body was transported from the scene around 1 PM for an autopsy. The investigation remains ongoing to determine the cause of death.

As tick activity increases, Chatham County Public Health Department hosts tick forum

Pittsboro, NC – On Friday, April 28, the Chatham County Public Health Department, with leadership from the Board of Health, hosted the 2017 Tick Forum to discuss issues around ticks and tick-borne illness in North Carolina, with a focus on Chatham County.  The event featured presentations by local, state, and national experts on these issues and was well attended by local and regional residents and stakeholders interested in learning more about mitigating tick-related issues.  Presentation topics included tick-borne illness burden in North Carolina, history of ticks, deer population management, impacts of deer management on tick-borne illness, and land use impacts on the tick population.

2017 Tick forum panelists, left to right: Bruce Harrison, Steve Seagle, Marcia Herman-Giddens, Ken Knight, & Graham Hickling

In Chatham County, tick-borne illnesses are a major concern, with Rocky Mountain spotted fever topping the list each year.  Other tick-borne illnesses found in Chatham include Lyme disease, Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), and ehrlichiosis.  Summer is fast approaching and people are spending more time outdoors, so it is important for everyone to take precautions to protect against tick bites.

What can you do to protect yourself from these dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases? The North Carolina Division of Public Health encourages the following activities to help protect against illness caused by ticks:

*   Avoid tick habitats, which includes wooded, grassy, or brushy areas.
*   If you can’t avoid a tick habitat, use tick repellent and wear light-colored clothing, long sleeves, and long pants.  Tuck your pants legs into your socks.
*   Check yourself and your kids for ticks when returning from being outdoors. Be especially watchful around the waist, the groin, and the neck.
*   If you see an attached tick, carefully remove it by grasping the tick with fine-tipped tweezers as close as possible to your skin and apply a steady gentle pressure until it releases. The Chatham County Public Health Department has tick kits available that include tweezers and important information related to ticks.
*   After safely removing the tick, document the location of attachment, the day the tick was removed, photograph or save the tick by taping it to an index card so it may be identified if you fall ill, and watch for signs of illness such as rash or fever.  If you experience these symptoms, see your health care provider and let them know you were recently bitten by a tick

While it is not possible to prevent all cases of tick-borne illness, you can greatly reduce your risk by following these basic control measures.

To learn more about ticks or to watch videos of the Tick Forum presentations, visit