Anti-Racism Resources

Are you looking to start, or continue, your anti-racism education?  Our staff has compiled lists of books for adults, teens, and children about anti-racism activism and the history of systemic racism in the United States.  We hope these resources can help support our community’s pursuit of social justice.  All of the titles on the lists are available to reserve in the library catalog.

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Library Takeout Service Is Available!

While we are preparing the library for possible reopening to the public, you are welcome to use our Library Takeout service.  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.

WiFi Available Outside the Library, and Laptops to Borrow

Our WiFi signal reaches outside the building and is free for anyone to use.  Search for LibraryWireless and connect, no password required.

We are now loaning laptops to use outside.  To borrow one, come up to the back entrance where we are doing Library Takeout and call us at 973-635-0603.  We will bring the laptop out to you on a cart.  You will need to leave your driver's license with us while using the laptop.

Summer Reading Program for All Ages Is On!

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 link above for more information.

Teen Art Contest! Imagine Your Story

It’s time to vote!  See the display of submitted artworks and vote by clicking on the link above.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY

Follow links for more information and to join online.

Weekly Updates

Every Monday at 7:30 pm

While the situation is constantly changing, we hold weekly talks about the status of the library and its plans for reopening.  This week’s update will be led by Assistant Director Galina Natenzon.  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 7

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 7 & Thursday, July 9

A new series of this popular program starts this week!  Summer chess will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays for 3 weeks, through July 23.  Click on group links for level descriptions and to sign up.
Group 1 – 3 pm

Group 2 – 4 pm

Group 3 – 5 pm

NEW! diverse Voices Book Club
Wednesday, July 8 – 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 will discuss the book Blended by Sharon Draper, reflect about what we learned and discuss questions.  For this meeting, please read the first 2 chapters.  Click on the heading to learn more and to get a copy of the book.

Magic Show with Brian Richards: Beyond Imagination!
Wednesday, July 8 – 4 pm
Comic magician Brian Richards will perform a show filled with magic, comedy, story-telling, and audience participation.  It will get kids excited about reading and the library while having fun!  Ages 3 and up.

Magic Workshop with Brian Richards
Wednesday, July 8 – 5 pm
Do you want to perform your own magic tricks?  Magician Brian Richards will present a Beginner Magic Workshop, teaching tricks with common household objects.  Ages 6 and up.  Click here for a list of items you will need to have ready before the workshop.

What's Eating My Vegetables and Plants?
Wednesday, July 8 – 7 pm
Rutgers Master Gardener Ilona Ontscherenki will present a virtual lecture to explore what pests are eating your vegetables and plants.  Learn to identify the most common garden problems, how to deal with them, and keep your vegetables and plants in good condition. Get the most out of your garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Music with Carolyn Dempsey

Thursday, July 9 – 10 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers.  Move, shake, dance and sign to Carolyn’s guitar music.

The library is closed on Sundays through Labor Day weekend.
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 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 now passed the 5,000 mark and still going strong.  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.