There is still time to donate used books and DVDs to the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale!  Collection continues through February 18.  New program for preschoolers, Mommy & Me Language Classes – Mandarin this Friday.

Coming up:  registration is open for Star Wars and Superheroes Drawing Class for teens on Thursday, February 21.  You can sign up here.

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


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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


Chess for Kids

Mondays, January 14 through February 18

Registration required

Players must be able to attend all 6 classes

Group 1 – 4 to 4:45 pm

Players with little or no experience with chess

Suggested ages 6 to 8            Limit:  12 children

Group 2 – 5 to 5:45 pm

Players who can finish a game with checkmate

Suggested ages 8 to 10          Limit:  16 children

Robert Lieberman, a USCF Certified Coach, leads this series of classes.




Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am



Income Tax Assistance

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is held on Wednesdays, February 6 to April 10 from 10 am to 2 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 2018, copies of your 2017 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.


Stitch a Dumbo Doll with Miss Polly

Wednesdays, February 13, 20 & 27 - 4 to 5 pm

Ages 6 & Up               Limit:  8 children

Registration required – register here.

Sew a cute Dumbo stuffed toy based on the upcoming film.


Paper Mill Playhouse – 4 pm

Children’s Theater on Tour Performs

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr.

Ages 4 & Up               Audience limit:  100

Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr. retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, featuring the beloved classic songs, “When You Wish upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar winner and Grammy Award winner Stephen Schwartz.  Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toyshop to discover the meaning of family.  Registration required – register here.


Computer Class: Excel – 5 to 6 pm

Brush up on your Excel skills.  Learn some of the basic and essential functions in Excel and understand how it is used in a business context to analyze and present data. This is a perfect session before an interview for an office job.  Registration required – register here.



Bob Conrad Magic and Puppets – 10 or 10:45 am

A fun, funny puppet and magic show perfect for preschoolers!


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

Thursdays, January 3 through February 21

For those wanting to improve their English language skills, we are continuing our next cycle of ESL classes.  The program is conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  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!


Cinema 214: Bohemian Rhapsody (PG-13, 134 min.) – 7 pm

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.  Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.  The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.  Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.  Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library



Mommy & Me Language Class: Mandarin – 10 to 10:45 am

Ages 18 to 36 months, no registration required

These 100% immersion classes in Spanish and Mandarin are led by native-speaking, experienced preschool teachers from HudsonWay Immersion School.  Through stories, songs, movement and games they will introduce you and your child to the fun of learning a second language!  No prior knowledge of either language is required, and children may also be accompanied by a dad, grandparent or other caregiver.


Italian Conversation Group – 1 pm

Luciana Santoriello moderates this Italian discussion group with help from other fluent speakers.


Valentine Cupcake Decorating for Teens – 4 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12                        Limit:  12 students

Registration required – register here.

Use frosting, fondant, and other yummy decorations to create cupcakes perfect for Valentine's Day!



Drop-In Storytime – 11 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.