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Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011 11:24 am

READING CAUSES MURDER

With the advent of digital book downloads, it seems unlikely that a company specializing in electronic books would encourage people to visit traditional brick-and-mortar libraries. But the Chatham Area Public Library is proof of the power of reading, no matter what the medium. The Chatham library recently won a $1,000 grant from OverDrive, Inc., a Cleveland-based company that sells downloadable books, in the company’s 2011 outreach contest to encourage reading both inside and outside the library. Chatham’s winning entry was its “Death by Download” murder mystery theater performance in March of this year. The play depicted a fictional murder during the library’s announcement of its “Library on the Go” digital book download service. It was the 11th year the library has put on a murder mystery play, which often features people from the village board, library board and other public figures. “It’s a hit,” says Amy Ihnen, director of the Chatham library. “I think people enjoy the fun of seeing people from their community in a different light.” The $1,000 contest grant will go toward purchasing more digital books for library patrons to check out free of charge. For more information, visit www.chatham.lib.il.us or call 483-2713.

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