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Storytime is an 8-week, progressive program for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Registration required

24 months and younger – 9:45 am

4 to 6 years – 10:15 am

2 to 3 years – 11 am

Ⓐ Medicare Basics for Boomers – 7 pm

Neil Berger, advisor and educator, will discuss Medicare issues including the impact COBRA will have on Medicare, working past retirement age, how Medicare coordinates with group health insurance, and other concerns.  A question and answer session will follow the lecture. Registration is requested.  You can sign up at the library, by phone, or online here.



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Wednesdays, February 5 to April 15 – 10 am to 12 pm

Appointments for this free service may be made in person or by calling the library at 973‑635‑0603.  Please bring all your financial records from 2019, copies of your 2018 Federal and State tax returns, photo ID, all printed and blank forms from the Internal Revenue Service, and proof of Social Security Number for all dependents.

Ⓐ Mahjong Club

Wednesdays, February 5, 12 & 19 – 1 to 5 pm

Players of all abilities are welcome for an afternoon of Mahjong.  We have 4 Mahjong sets available at the library.  If needed, we may ask you to bring your own.  Registration is required for each date that you are coming to play.  Register at the library, by calling 973-635-0603, or online.  You can sign up for February 12 here.

Ⓒ Homework Helpers – 3:30 to 5 pm

Registration required – sign up here.

Two Chatham High School students will provide homework help for children in Grades K to 5.  All subjects welcome.

Ⓐ, Ⓣ Chinese Conversation Group – 7:15 pm

This program is for teens and young adults, but everyone who is interested in Chinese culture is welcome.  Meetings will include practice in daily conversation, learning new words, introduction to Chinese culture, as well as crafts and games.  The program is designed and implemented by the Chatham Chinese Association.  Registration is not required, but encouraged – sign up here.


Music with Carolyn Dempsey – two sessions at 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

Move, shake, dance and sing to Carolyn’s guitar music!

Ⓐ Watercolor Painting – 10:30 am to 12 pm

Thursdays & Fridays, January 24, 31; February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21

Back by popular demand, Peggy Dressel will teach a course in watercolor painting.  This series of 8 lessons will cover the basics of watercolor, such as picking a palette, how to mix colors, value and different water color techniques.  You do not have to know how to draw to take this course.  A demonstration will be given at each class.  This class is now full, no further registration is accepted.

Ⓐ English as a Second Language (ESL) – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Thursdays, January 9 through February 27

For those wanting to improve their English language skills, we have started our next cycle of ESL classes.  The 8‑week program is conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors.  Students are divided into small groups by skill level.  Books and other learning materials are provided.  The program is free – all you need is a commitment to learn!  Register online, in person, or call 973‑635-0603.

Chess for Kids

Thursdays, January 16 through February 20

This winter’s classes are led by Class A player Max Farberov.

Registration required.

Group 1 – 4 to 4:45 pm           Limit:  12 children

Players with little or no experience with chess.

Group 2 – 5 to 5:45 pm         Limit:  16 children

Players who can finish a game with checkmate.


Watercolor Painting – 10:30 am to 12 pm

Thursdays & Fridays, January 24, 31; February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21

Watercolor painting class continues.  See description on February 6 above.

Teen Anti-Valentine’s Day Party – 3 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12

Not in the mood to celebrate this Hallmark holiday?  Whatever reason you have for not loving Valentine’s Day, from heartbreak to just not liking the color pink, we have a party to help you forget all of that.  Bring your friends and join us at our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party for snacks, crafts, games, and fun!


Drop-In Storytime – 11 to 11:30 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.