FOCUS ON:  LITERARY DATABASES

The library offers rich resources for students of literature.   Bloom’s Literature contains plot summaries, character descriptions, biographies and analyses by renowned scholar Harold Bloom, as well as an eBook shelf of works of classic literature.  Literary Reference Center  includes synopses and reviews and is highly recommended for high school and college students.   Gale Literature is a collection of databases that allows users to find criticism and analysis from all eras around the world.  Click here for full comparison of these databases.

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National Geographic Videos on TumbleBooks.  Do you love National Geographic books?  How would you like to watch National Geographic videos?  TumbleBook Library gives you that opportunity.  The Nat Geo video selection is vast, including animal, science, space and history videos.  It is just one of the great fun resources to discover on TumbleBooks.

Fun Video Challenge!  Runs from 9 am on Monday through 9 pm on Sunday.  Support local businesses by playing a game!  Each week the library will share a video for you to watch.  After you’ve seen the video, take a fun quiz to test your powers of observation.  Each submission with all correct answers earns you an entry into a weekly raffle for a $25 gift certificate to a Chatham Borough or Chatham Township restaurant.  Limit: one entry per Chatham library card.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY

Follow links for more information and to join online.

Online Chess for Kids – for registered players only

Monday, May 11

Group 1 – 4 pm

Group 2 – 5 pm

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, May 19

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!

Book Group

Wednesday, May 20 – 1 pm

Join librarian Mary Kennedy for a virtual meeting of the library’s Book Group.  Our discussion this week will focus on our favorite memoirs and autobiographies.  You are welcome to bring your favorite titles to our virtual table.

Quaran(Pre)Teen Book Club

Wednesday, May 20 – 4 pm

Calling readers ages 8-12!  Need book lovers to talk to?  Join our online book club straight from your living room couch using Zoom!  Each week we talk about various books (bring your own book!), socialize, and do activities based on our reading choices.

Miss Carol Dance

Thursday, May 21 - 10 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers.

Join Miss Carol with your toddlers for a virtual dance and movement class.  You can enjoy the program any time after the original release.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library

Container Vegetable Gardening with Marta McDowell

Thursday, May 21 - 7:30 pm

We will discuss which containers and soil to use, which varieties of plants work best, and more.  Author and Master Gardener Marta McDowell lives in Chatham.  She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden and is one of the founders of the Chatham Community Garden.

Teen Video Game Club:  Mario Cart 8 Tournament

Friday, May 22 – 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Do you have a Nintendo Switch with Nintendo Online and a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?  Invite your friends to this virtual gathering and join us to race in a just-for-fun online tournament!

Library Update and Reopening with Director Karen Brodsky

Saturday, May 23 – 11 am

Library Director Karen Brodsky will talk about the current status of the library and its plan for reopening.  You are welcome to bring your questions to this live Zoom meeting.

We will also talk about the status of the annual Book Sale.  Friends of the Library officers and co-chairs of the Book Sale Debbie Fabian and Maureen Kelly will lead this discussion.

QUICK LINKS:

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 3,000 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.