Our virtual doors are open.  In addition to an extensive digital collection of books and movies, our website is chock-full of fun things, some of which are highlighted below.

NEW!  Ancestry Library Edition is now accessible from home!  This database brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library.  It delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, photos, and other documents.  Delve into this unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.

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When researching your family history, don’t forget about our other database, HeritageQuest, which is also available from your home!

New titles for Children and Teens.  Check out our new Juvenile and Young Adult eBooks and audiobooks on Overdrive:  Stargirl, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs, Fudge series, Slime 101, The Penderwicks series, Tweet Cute, One of Us Is Next, 10 Blind Dates, My Hero Academia series, CHERUB series, and many more.

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.

Films to Make You Laugh.  Looking for some films that will make you laugh?  Take advantage of the free access to streaming services Kanopy and Hoopla available with your library card.  Here is a selection of funny films for every age group.  These are trying times, so bring some lighthearted fun into your life.

Classic Rock Deep Tracks.  This selection for music lovers is offered by musician and library volunteer Michael Schiavo.  The genre of music known as “Classic Rock” generated its share of hit singles, but the era is best known for the albums you can listen to from beginning to end, with little, if any, filler.  Listen to a sampling of great tracks that we hope will inspire you to explore the albums they came from.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY

Follow links for more information and to join online.

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, April 14

Ages 3 and under – 10 am.  Click here to join.

Ages 4 and up – 10:30 am.  Click here to join.

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

Keeping the Lights On

Tuesday, April 14 – 1 pm

A business resiliency plan could mean the difference between business continuity or closure.  Join this Grow with Google program for a no-cost webinar.  The purpose of this webinar is to help small business owners prepare to respond quickly and recover from disruptions.

Book Group

Wednesday, April 15 – 1 pm

Join librarian Mary Kennedy for a virtual meeting of the library’s Book Group.  She would love to hear what you’ve reading and discovering for the past couple of weeks.

Quaran(Pre)Teen Book Club

Wednesday, April 15 – 4 pm

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

Jumpin’ Jamie Music and Puppet Show

Thursday, April 16 – 10 am

Join “Kindie rocker” Jumpin’ Jamie and his puppet friends for high-energy acoustic guitar-based music.

Virtual Teen Yoga

Thursday, April 16 – 6 pm

Feeling stressed during this crazy time?  Join us on Thursdays for this five-week yoga class for teens.  We will stream the videos and you can follow along with each 30-minute lesson at home.

Lesson Two:  Energy Amplified.  Balancing and core strengthening postures give you what no energy drink ever can: sustainable body energy to power your life. Get strong, be healthy.

Coffee and Conversation

Friday, April 17 – 4 pm

Join us for an online discussion to trade ideas and experiences on a topic that the group will choose at each session.  Our purpose is not to debate or argue, but to follow the Socratic insight that we learn more when we ask questions with others.  No philosophy background or prior reading required.

QUICK LINKS:

DIGITAL LIBRARY.  Click here to access eBooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, comics, Great Courses, and graphic novels on all our digital platforms.  If you love crafts, check out our latest addition, Creativebug!

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 while the building is closed.

1,000 MASK CHALLENGE.  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.