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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

Ⓐ C.A.L.L.: Art and Architecture of Rome.  Part 4:  Baroque

Mondays, January 6, 13, 20 & 27 – 11 am to 12:30 pm

Rita Keane, Associate Professor of Art History at Drew University, and Margaret Kuntz, Professor of Art History at Drew University, will present this four-part course.  The course will consider the art and architecture of the city of Rome from its origins to the seventeenth century.  We will discover a history of Rome through the study of its monuments and how works of art and architecture reflected and created ideological currents (political, religious, and social) in the ancient, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque city.  A fee of $40 will be charged for the series or $10 per individual class.

The ABCs of DNA – 7 pm

Former science teacher Walter Choroszewski will discuss DNA testing and how to discover hidden information in one’s DNA.  Walter decodes the confusing science of DNA and translates it into common language.  He compares genetic testing companies and explains how to find your genetic relatives, biological origins, and more.



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am


Mahjong Lessons and Club

Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22 & 29 – 1 to 3 pm

New players:  Would you like to learn how to play Mahjong?  Here is your chance to learn from three experienced players.  Class size is limited to 12, and the class is now full.  We are planning to offer it again in the future, so check back with us soon!  Experienced players:  If you are already a Mahjong player and are looking for somewhere to play and partners to play with, come with your own set and card and enjoy the game!  Experienced players can sign up here.

Ⓐ Book Group:  The Overstory – 1 pm

The group will discuss The Overstory by Richard Powers.                                                            You may pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk.

Ⓒ Homework Helpers – 3:30 to 5 pm

Registration required – sign up here.

Two Chatham High School students will provide homework help for children in Grades K to 5.  All subjects welcome.

Ⓐ, Ⓣ Chinese Conversation Group – 7:15 pm

This program is for teens and young adults, but everyone who is interested in Chinese culture is welcome.  Meetings will include practice in daily conversation, learning new words, introduction to Chinese culture, as well as crafts and games.  The program is designed and implemented by the Chatham Chinese Association.  Registration is not required, but encouraged – sign up here.


Drop-In Crafts – 10 or 10:45 am

Drop by to make an original craft to take home.

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

Thursdays, January 9 through February 27

For those wanting to improve their English language skills, we have started our next cycle of ESL classes.  The 8‑week program is conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors.  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!  Register online, in person, or call 973‑635-0603.

Chess for Kids

Thursdays, January 16 through February 20

This winter’s classes are led by Class A player Max Farberov.

Registration required.

Group 1 – 4 to 4:45 pm           Limit:  12 children

Players with little or no experience with chess.

Group 2 – 5 to 5:45 pm         Limit:  16 children

Players who can finish a game with checkmate.


Watercolor Painting – 10:30 am to 12 pm

Thursdays & Fridays, January 24, 31; February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21

Back by popular demand, Peggy Dressel will teach a course in watercolor painting.  This series of 8 lessons will cover the basics of watercolor, such as picking a palette, how to mix colors, value and different water color techniques.  You do not have to know how to draw to take this course.  A demonstration will be given at each class.  This class is now full, no further registration is accepted.

Video Game Club – 3 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12

NEW: Nintendo Switch is here!  Stop by to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch on the big screen!  Feel free to bring your own Joy-Cons or Switch Pro controller and play with friends.


Free SAT Practice Test – 10 am to 2 pm

Registration required

Take this free, full-length practice test administered by Princeton Review.  See how you would do if you took the test, without it appearing on your official record.  You will get your score in 2 weeks.  Arrive at 9:45 am, bring a calculator and #2 pencils.  Snow date February 8.

Drop-In Storytime – 11 to 11:30 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.

Jacob Mathews Concert – 2:30 pm

Jacob launched his musical career in 2016 with the release of his EP Roads Unknown.  2019 was a big year for Mathews with the release of two seven-track original albums, A Fool's Paradise and Inspire.  Jacob has played Chatham’s Relay For Life, National Night Out, Colony Pool, and many other town events.  He is coming back to the library to perform for the fourth time with brand new originals and sing-along covers of classic rock songs for all to enjoy!  Snow date February 8.


Lunar New Year Celebration – 3 to 5 pm

The Cultural Committee of the Chathams, in partnership with Chatham Chinese Association and Library of the Chathams, will hold a celebration of the Lunar New Year.  A presentation will be followed by a dance performance, book reading to children, crafts and snacks.  Families are welcome!