Library Receives $150,000.00 Grant from Investors Foundation

Exciting news: Library of the Chathams has received a $150,000 grant from Investors Foundation to help fund the library’s Bridging Space to Place renovation project.

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Library Board President Andrew Hollander states, “The Library is deeply grateful for this generous gift by Investors Foundation.  It will have a major impact in maintaining the Library as the community center of the Chathams.  Our Community offers its sincere thanks.”

“Our Investors Bank Charitable Foundation is fulfilling its mission to assist local communities by helping to fund the planned enhancements to the Library of the Chathams’ facilities,” said Investors Bank President and Chief Operating Officer and Chatham resident Domenick Cama.  Learn more about the grant and the Foundation here.

Library Takeout Service Is Available!

We started our takeout service on June 17, and we are getting a lot of positive feedback from happy readers.  You can also return items that you currently have in the library book drops.  Takeout service is available every day except Sundays and holidays.  Click on the link above for all the details.

Summer Reading Program for All Ages Is On!

For Chatham Residents Only.  This year the Summer Reading Program is entirely online.  One thing remains unchanged – we still urge you to read more and offer prizes for kids and adults!  Click on link above for more information.

Teen Art Contest! Imagine Your Story

Last days to submit your artwork - submission period is ending on June 30!  Click on heading for complete rules.


Follow links for more information and to join online.

Online Chess for Kids

Monday, June 29.   Group 3 at 6 pm – for registered players only.

Group 3 - 6 pm.  Last class in the current series - for registered players.
More Chess for Kids classes coming up in July!  Registration is now open.  Go to Events for Kids on our website to sign up.


Every Monday at 7:30 pm

Weekly updates are moving from Saturdays to Mondays.  While the situation is constantly changing, Library Director Karen Brodsky holds weekly talks about the status of the library and its plans for reopening.  Friends of the Library officers and co-chairs of the Book Sale Debbie Fabian and Maureen Kelly will talk about the status of the annual Book Sale.

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, June 30

Ages 3 and under – 10 am

Ages 4 and up – 10:30 am

Join us from the comfort of your home for these fun-filled virtual storytimes with Miss Betty!

Mars 2020: Follow Perseverance to Mars
Tuesday, June 30 - 4 pm
The American Museum of Natural History Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart will lead us on an exploration of the Jezero Crater as we fly over it together using Open Space, NASA-supported software.  During the webcast, you will be able to ask scientists questions about NASA’s 2020 Mars Mission.  All ages welcome!

Horror, Sci-Fi, Suspense - Is There a Difference?
Tuesday, June 30 - 7 pm
Mike Mayo, author, radio host, and film reviewer, will discuss how recent hit films such as Get OutUsA Quiet Place, and The Invisible Man blur the lines between genres.  Is there a new brand of “horror”?  Is this important to fans?  What do horror fans want to see?

Quaran(Pre)Teen Book Club
Wednesday, July 1 - 4 pm
Calling all readers ages 8-12!  Need book lovers to talk to?  Join our online book club from home using Zoom!  This week we will wrap up the discussion of books that we were reading and switch to a new format where we will all read the same book.  The theme of this summer will be books dealing with racial inequality and helping kids understand the current issues.

Yoga Storytime with Miss C

Thursday, July 2 – 10 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers.  Join Miss C for fun yoga poses, a story, songs, and puppets!

Summer Reading Kickoff with Jester Jim!

Thursday, July 2 – 7 pm (rescheduled from previous date)

Our Summer Reading Program kicks off this week with Jester Jim!  This show with juggling, magic and comedy is fun for the entire family.

Socrates Café
Thursday, July 2 - 7 pm
Socrates Café is an international movement of people who seek to clarify their thinking in pursuit of the truth.  We will follow the Socratic concept of learning by asking questions.  No philosophy background or prior reading is required.  We will start this week with the topic, “What can be done to achieve equality in our society?”

The library is closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day.  As a reminder, the library is closed on Sundays in summer through Labor Day weekend.

DIGITAL LIBRARY.  Click here to access all the eBooks, audiobooks, movies, crafts, magazines, Great Courses, and graphic novels on all our digital platforms.

DIGITAL RESOURCES FOR KIDS.  Click here for books, audiobooks, movies, fun activities, and story times for children.

GET A LIBRARY CARD ONLINE.  Chatham residents:  click here to get a library card, so you can use the virtual library now, even while the building is closed.

1,000 MASK CHALLENGE.  The challenge has now passed the 5,000 mark and still going strong.  Please help protect our front-line workers by making masks from materials that we deliver right to your doorstep.  No need to leave home thanks to Friends of the Library Book Sale funding and volunteers.