CELEBRATING  THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON LANDING

Astronomy is ever popular in the Chathams, if the circulation of our two telescopes is any indication.  The telescopes are always either checked out or reserved for the next patron – there a lot of star gazers in our towns!  All are invited to attend a special event on Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon – see listings below.  There will be other space-themed events at the library throughout the summer – stay tuned.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

For information about all programs or to sign up, please call the library at 973‑635‑0603 or go to http://www.chathamlibrary.org

Adult           Children     Teen           Family

MONDAY, JULY 8

Drop-In Summer Storytime

For preschoolers and their caregivers – no registration required

Mondays, July 8 through August 12

10 – 10:30 am             Ages 3 & Younger

10:30 – 11:15 am        Ages 3 ½ & Up

Ⓒ ShopRite Nutrition: Summer Sweet Treats – 4 to 5 pm

Ages 5 to 8                  Limit:  15 children

Registration required – sign up here.

Join ShopRite dietitian Tory Stroker to make a healthier spin on your favorite sweet summer treats.  These recipes promise to be refreshing and delicious!

Chess for Kids

Mondays & Wednesdays, July 8 through July 24

This summer’s classes are led by Chess Expert Sean Finn.

Registration required.  Register only if you can attend all 6 classes.

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

Players with little or no experience with chess.  Sign up for Group 1 here.

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

Players who can finish a game with checkmate.  Sign up for Group 2 here.

Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore – 7 pm

Rick Geffken, author of Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore, will speak about how the Jersey shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States.  These bygone attractions have become fond and faded memories of boardwalks, saltwater taffy, and exhilarating rides.

TUESDAY, JULY 9

Drop-In Summer Storytime

For preschoolers and their caregivers – no registration required

Tuesdays, July 9 through August 13

10 – 10:30 am             Ages 2 & Younger

10:30 – 11 am             Ages 3 & Up

Ⓒ Summer Book Club: Reading – Isn’t It a Blast?

Tuesdays, July 2, 9 & 16 – 3 to 4 pm             Limit:  10 children

Registration required – sign up here.

Calling all rising 4th graders!  Aerin Zucchi leads the summer book clubs as her Girl Scout Gold Award project.  We will discuss a new book each week and do fun activities.  The first book will be Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream by Tom Watson.  The second week we will discuss The Yellow Yacht by Ron Roy.  The third book will be Dog Man by Dav Pilkey.  Copies of the books are available to check out at the library.

Art Kids Academy: The Aliens Are Coming! – 4 pm

Ages 7 to 12                Limit:  25 children

Registration required – sign up here.

Children will get a chance to be extra creative as they design alien creatures from another planet.

One Small Step: 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing – 7 to 9 pm

This event is for the whole family!  Celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission to the Moon with astronomy educator Bob Reichman.  He will chronicle the first human steps on the lunar surface and share photos from the vast library of Apollo and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images.  After role-playing Earth, Sun and Moon motions, you will have a better understanding of orbits, phases, tides, eclipses and more.  If weather conditions permit, we will finish the night with observation of the Moon through a telescope!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

College Essay Workshop with Alisha Davlin – 3 to 5 pm

Wednesdays, July 10, 17 & 24

For students entering Grade 12.  Grade 11 students will be accepted only if space permits.

Registration required – sign up here.  Limit:  12 students

Brainstorm, draft and complete the Common Application Personal Statement.  As a former admissions essay reader, Ms. Davlin knows what makes for a competitive college essay.  You want the reader to connect with your voice, to know you, and most importantly – to remember you.

Ⓒ Summer Book Club: Fantasy Fun! – 4 to 5 pm

Wednesdays, July 3, 10 & 17             Limit:  10 children

Registration required – sign up here.

Calling all rising 6th graders!  Are you interested in discussing the first book in The Land of Stories series, The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer?  We will discuss it each week
and do a fun activity based on what we read.  Please read chapters 1 through 13 before this meeting.  Copies of the book are available to check out at the library.

Chess for Kids

Mondays & Wednesdays, July 8 through July 24

This summer’s classes are led by Chess Expert Sean Finn.

Group 1 – 4 to 4:45 pm

Players with little or no experience with chess

Group 2 – 5 to 5:45 pm

Players who can finish a game with checkmate

THURSDAY, JULY 11

Music with Carolyn Dempsey – 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

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

Art Kids Academy: Life as an Astronaut – 4 pm

Ages 7 to 12                Limit:  25 children

Registration required – sign up here.

Imagine yourself in space!  Children will design a portrait of themselves as an astronaut.

Cinema214: The Public (PG-13, 119 min.) – 7 pm

In “The Public” an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place.  At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, some homeless patrons turn the building into a shelter for the night by staging an “Occupy” sit in.  What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand-off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what’s really happening.  This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation’s most challenging issues – homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library

FRIDAY, JULY 12

Galaxy Cake Pops – 3 to 4 pm

Grades 6 to 12                        Limit:  10 students

Registration required – sign up here.

Decorate cake pops to look like swirling galaxies or planets using candy melts, sprinkles, and other edible embellishments.

SUNDAY, JULY 14

Library closed on Sundays June 16 through September 1