ANNOUNCING Teen Artists for Social Justice Poster Contest!

In New Jersey and across the country, people are suffering from the consequences of social injustice: racism, violence, poverty, inequity, isolation, and economic segregation – yes, even in Chatham. 
We are inviting all Chatham youth in Grades 6 to 12 to design a poster that we can put up in the library and other local venues that choose to promote inclusion and acceptance.  Entries will be accepted from 9:30 am on Monday, July 20 through 12 pm on Friday, August 21.  Click on heading for full contest details.

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Our previous Teen Art Contest has ended.  See the winning entries here.

Library Takeout Service Is Going Strong

In the first month that this service has been open, residents of Chatham checked out thousands of books, movies and other items.  “Other items” include print jobs, telescopes, and even craft kits for the library’s virtual programs!  Request books and movies online or by phone, pick them up in the back foyer of the library.  Click on the link above for all the details.

Don’t Have a Printer at Home? We Can Help

Printing at the library is available even though we are still closed to the public.  We have made some temporary changes to make it easy and safe for our patrons.  Send us your print job online or through the PrinterOn mobile app and we will have it ready for you to pick up in the Library Takeout area.  Black and white printing is free up to 15 pages, while color printing is free up to 10 pages.  Visit our website for complete instructions.

Summer Reading Program for All Ages Continues

For Chatham Residents Only.  This year the Summer Reading Program is entirely online.  One thing remains unchanged – we still urge you to read more and offer prizes for kids and adults!  Click on the link above for more information.


Follow links for more information and to join online.

Super Science: Building a Bridge

Monday, July 20 – 1 pm

The twin team of CHS students Lea and Jack Casano-Boris returns for a summer series of Super Science for Kids classes!  Each class includes an experiment and an explanation of the science behind that experiment.  Classes are conducted online via Zoom.  This is the second class in the series, and it is full.  Registration for each class opens 2 weeks prior – go to Events for Kids on our website to sign up.

Python Programming for Kids

Monday, July 20 & Wednesday, July 22 – 4 pm

Learn how to think like a computer scientist with Python!  Get hands-on coding experience in this series of 8 lessons, conducted via Zoom on Mondays & Wednesdays through August 12.  Learn code patterns and practical day-to-day applications using this versatile programming language.  Registered students only.

Weekly Updates

Every Monday at 7:30 pm

While the situation is constantly changing, Library Director Karen Brodsky holds weekly talks about the status of the library and its plans for reopening.  Friends of the Library officers and co-chairs of the Book Sale Debbie Fabian and Maureen Kelly will talk about the status of the annual Book Sale.

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, July 21

Ages 3 and under – 10 am

Ages 4 and up – 10:30 am

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

Online Chess for Kids

Tuesday, July 21 & Thursday, July 23

The summer chess series is held on Tuesdays & Thursdays for 3 weeks, through July 23.  For registered players only

Group 1 – 3 pm

Group 2 – 4 pm

Group 3 – 5 pm

Diverse Voices Book Club
Wednesday, July 22 – 4 pm
Calling all readers ages 8-12!  Are you interested in reading books that celebrate the Black experience?  Do you want to learn more about racial inequality in America?  If yes, join our summer Book Club with Miss Noor using Zoom.  We are reading the book Blended by Sharon Draper.  For this meeting, please read through Chapter 32.  Click on the heading to learn more and to get a copy of the book.

Jumpin’ Jamie Music & Puppet Show

Thursday, July 23 - 10 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers.  Join “Kindie rocker” Jumpin’ Jamie and his puppet friends for high-energy acoustic guitar-based music.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library

Financial Blunders: Lessons We Never Learn
Thursday, July 23 - 7 pm
Brian Cody, a Certified Financial Planner from SOFA (Society for Financial Awareness) will present a free online webinar featuring financial blunders many people make handling their assets.  Several important factors will be discussed including how to avoid losing up to 40% of your retirement plan on the day you walk away; how to better understand the market’s great opportunities and great risks; how to preserve and protect your assets against a plunging market; and decide if the bank is the best place to save money.

Make Your Own Reusable Bag

Friday, July 24 – 3 pm

Make your own reusable bag from a T-shirt while learning fun facts about the importance of reusable bags and the plastic bag ban.  Chatham High School senior Kaitlin Osucha will lead this class as part of her Gold Award project.  Click on the heading for list of supplies and to register.

The library is closed on Sundays through Labor Day weekend.

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 online, as well as the Library Takeout service.

JOIN SUMMER READING CLUBS.  We have reading clubs for all ages – read books and get prizes!

1,000 MASK CHALLENGE.  The challenge has passed the 5,000 mark.  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.