Library Reopening Plan

On Friday, June 12 at 1 pm Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey libraries could open as early as June 15 for curbside/takeout services only.  We are working hard to get our Takeout services in place with the safety of both staff and patrons in mind.  We are hopeful that could begin Monday, June 22 if all goes well, possibly sooner.  Stay updated by clicking on the link above (information continually updated) or attending live weekly updates with Library Director Karen Brodsky (see listings below).

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Summer Reading Program Starts on June 22!

For Chatham Residents Only.  Click on link above for more information.

Children & Teens - This year our Summer Reading Club will look a little different. Instead of our usual in-person programs, we will be using an online platform that allows you to enter the books you read directly into an app or on your computer. You will be able to earn points for not only reading books, but also by attending virtual programs and doing fun missions.

Adults - The Summer Reading Program will be very similar to previous years but will be all online.  You will submit book reviews that count as entries into prize drawings that will take place at the end of July and August.

Teen Art Contest! Imagine Your Story

We believe that creating art is a wonderful way to express how you are feeling at this time.  Whether you consider yourself a doodler or a true artist, we invite you to submit pictures of your creations for our Teen Art Contest.  Submissions will be displayed on the library's Facebook page and will be voted on by the public.  Winners in each of the four categories – Traditional Art, Digital Art, Photography, and Sidewalk Art – will receive a gift card to a local business of your choice.  Entries are accepted through June 30 - click on heading for complete rules.

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 business.  Limit: one entry per Chatham library card.

This is our tenth and last video challenge.  We hope you had as much fun doing them as we had creating them.  Be sure to join our Summer Reading Clubs this summer for a chance to win more fun prizes!


Follow links for more information and to join online.

Online Chess for Kids – for registered players only

Monday, June 15.   Group 3 at 6 pm.

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, June 16

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!

All About Dinosaurs!

Tuesday, June 16 – 4 pm

Join kindie musician and paleontology enthusiast Jumpin’ Jamie for this interactive livestream!  This fun and and educational program will feature songs, puppetry, and a look at dinosaur fossils.  It will be followed by a Q&A where you get to be part of the show!  Recommended for ages 5-10.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library

Book Group
Wednesday, June 17 - 1 pm
Join librarian Mary Kennedy for a virtual meeting of the library's Book Group.  For this week, we will divide our discussion between two topics.  This week we will discuss food, glorious food – famous food writers both in fiction and nonfiction, and continue our discussion of memoirs and autobiographies.

Quaran(Pre)Teen Book Club
Wednesday, June 17 - 4 pm
Calling all readers ages 8-12!  Need book lovers to talk to?  Join our online book club from home using Zoom!  Each week we will talk about various books (bring your own book!), socialize, and do activities based on our reading choices.

Miss Carol Dance

Thursday, June 18 - 10 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers.  Move, shake, dance and sing to Carolyn’s guitar music.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library

The Miracle Mets of 1969

Thursday, June 18 – 7 pm

Rick Feingold, lecturer and teacher of American History at Bergen Community College, will share the memories of the 1960s Mets from their 1962 humble beginnings as the worst team in baseball to their triumphant 1969 season as World Champions.  Featured are managers Casey Stengel and Gil Hodges, Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, World Series MVP Donn Clendenon, and Tug McGraw. This presentation will also include a Mets highlight video.

Guided Meditation with Jean Leigh

Saturday, June 20 – 11 am

Benefits of meditation include relief from stress, enhancement of focus, increased memory, and a sense of peace.  You may participate in this class seated on the floor or in a chair, whichever is most comfortable.


Every Saturday at 9:30 am

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.


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 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.