The Great Courses, crafts, and so much more on the library’s website – all accessible instantly with your library card.  Click on links to access the bounty of resources.

Focus on:  The Great Courses on KanopyNow is a good time to learn new things.  Hundreds of Great Courses are available on Kanopy with your Chatham library card.  Health and wellness, investing and programming, art and music, history and politics, and many other subjects – 6,202 videos to expand your horizons and exercise your mind!

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NEW!  Creativebug.  Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by design experts and artists to help you nurture your creative side.  Enjoy unlimited access to classes in painting, knitting, crafting, sewing, and more.  Watch anytime, anywhere, and since classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace.

NEW!  Talk of the Town.  This is a new blog that documents the life and spirit of the Chathams during the coronavirus pandemic.  It was started by longtime Chatham resident and historian Liz Holler.  If you would like to share your thoughts with the community, we invite you to contribute to the blog.  We hope that this will be a place for Chatham residents to come together during this uncertain time.

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.

Miss Carol Dance.   

Monday, April 20 – 10 am

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

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, April 21

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!

Yoga with Angie Oberhelman

Tuesday, April 21 - 11 am

Flow and Nidra.  Get ready to move and stretch for the first half of the class and then lie down on your mat to relax in yoga nidra (relaxation technique).  Click here to join.

Friday, April 24 - 11 am

Friday Morning Flow.  We will be moving through postures; get ready to flow, balance, strengthen, and then relax.  Click here to join.

Book Group

Wednesday, April 22 – 1 pm

Join librarian Mary Kennedy for a virtual meeting of the library’s Book Group.  April is National Poetry Month.  We will explore a little T.S. Eliot by reading the readily available text of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.  Please note that if you are camera-shy, you can join by audio only, or call in to join the discussion.

Quaran(Pre)Teen Book Club

Wednesday, April 22 – 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.

Yoga Storytime with Miss C

Thursday, April 23 – 10 am

Thursday morning fun for preschoolers continues at home!  Join Miss C for fun yoga poses, a story, songs, and puppets.  You can enjoy the program at any time after the original release.

Virtual Teen Yoga

Thursday, April 23 – 6 pm

This five-week series of 30-minute lessons continues.

Lesson Three: Choosing Peace

Peace is a behavior you can choose at any moment, no matter what.  Get your mind on board with your breath for a peaceful journey through standing poses, back bends and forward bends designed to empower you to find your own peace inside.

Paradise Gardens for Pollinators and Wildlife

Thursday, April 23 – 7 pm

Rutgers Master Gardener Gail Di Domenico will teach you how to create a mini paradise in your backyard.  Learn what is required to attract butterflies, birds (including hummingbirds), bees, dragonflies and other interesting and fun-to-observe pollinators and wildlife.

Yoga with Angie Oberhelman

See description and link to join on Tuesday above.

Coffee and Conversation

Friday, April 24 – 4 pm

Join us for an online discussion to trade ideas and experiences on a topic that the group will choose at each session.  We will follow the Socratic insight that we learn more when we ask questions with others.  No philosophy background or prior reading is required.  For this week's topic, we propose to discuss: "How can we rebuild trust in our society?"

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.  We have exceeded the 1,000 masks goal, but more masks are needed.  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.