Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill will meet with the public via library Zoom on Wednesday, April 29.  Read on about this and more exciting events and resources, all accessible on the library’s website.

Virtual Meeting Space.  Chatham nonprofits and community groups:  Do you miss our meeting rooms?  We will host an online meeting for up to 100 people for your organization.  Email your request to

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Emotional Support Available

Healthcare professionals say many of us are suffering from isolation, loss of people, loss of social interaction.  Even if you are not experiencing extreme distress, you can find support.  Chatham Borough, Chatham Township and Madison are in the process of forming TriTownCares to help you find support easily.  For the time being, support is available at New Jersey Hopeline by chat or by telephone.  Follow the link to find out more.

Value Line Is Now Accessible from Home!

The most trusted name in investment research, Value Line has consistently provided some of the most comprehensive and reliable analysis.  It ranks among the most highly regarded and widely used independent investment research resources in global investment and trading markets.

Rosetta Stone

Now is a good time to learn a new language, or maybe just to improve your Italian while you are dreaming of finally being able to go on vacation.  Your library card gives you access to this award-winning software with interactive approach.  A choice of 30 languages is enough to keep you busy during the lockdown.

Mango Languages

And while on the subject of languages, check out Mango for Libraries, which allows you to learn at your own pace.  Mango offers over 70 world language courses at different levels, designed to adapt to a diverse range of learning needs, styles, and backgrounds.  Make the best of your stay at home!

Check out our Earth Day web page with a wealth of resources for adults and children, prepared by our librarians, as well as the Chatham Borough and Chatham Township Environmental Commissions.  You will find a curated selection of books, websites, children's activities, and local information, including community cleanup.

In honor of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary, Kanopy and Kino Lorber are providing free access to Anthropocene: The Human Epoch through April 29.  The filmmakers traveled to six continents and 20 countries to document the impact humans have made on the planet.  Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

Cooped-Up Cooking Blog

Welcome to our new recipe blog!  During this time when a lot of us are stuck in the house and perhaps have more time to try some new things, library staff wanted to share some of their favorite tried-and-true recipes with you.  Have you been experimenting in the kitchen, too?  You are welcome to contribute to the blog.

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.


Follow links for more information and to join online.

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, April 28

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 28 - 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, May 1 - 11 am

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

Coping During Quarantine

Tuesday, April 28 - 7 pm

Andrew Brown, General Manager for Liberty Drug and Surgical in Chatham, will cover a variety of subjects to help us all through this unprecedented experience.  He will discuss general safety precautions, elder care both in home and in facilities, and resources and products such as CBD oil and other stress managers.

Book Group

Wednesday, April 29 – 1 pm

Join librarian Mary Kennedy for a virtual meeting of the library's Book Group. For this week's meeting, please read any poem by Billy Collins.  We will focus on two of them, Questions About Angels and Introduction to Poetry.  They can be easily found on the Poetry Foundation website.  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 29 – 3:30 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.  Please note time change this week from the usual 4 to 3:30 pm.

Conversation with Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill

Wednesday, April 29 - 5 pm

This event, which we originally planned as part of our Notable Women of NJ program, was intended to focus on Congresswoman Sherrill's remarkable life and achievements.  Instead, she will focus on the current pandemic situation and her work to help her constituency, both now and for future recovery.  The conversation will be moderated by Chatham Borough Mayor Thad Kobylarz.  Click on link to submit your questions and to join.

Music with Carolyn Dempsey

Thursday, April 30 - 10 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers.

Move, shake, dance and sing to Carolyn's guitar music.

Virtual Teen Yoga

Thursday, April 30 – 6 pm

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

Lesson Four: Being Sound

Twist, bend and relax your way to deep peace.  To be sound is to be free and secure at the same time.  Be vibrant and radiate peace.

Yoga with Angie Oberhelman

Friday, May 1 – 11 am

See description and link to join on Tuesday above.

Coffee and Conversation

Friday, May 1 – 4 pm

Join us to trade ideas and experiences on a topic that the group will choose at each session.  We will follow the Socratic concept of learning by asking questions.  No philosophy background or prior reading is required.  For this week's topic, we propose to discuss:  "Who owns human life?  Does anyone have the right to take life?"


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 2,000 mark and still going stroing.  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.