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 15 - click on heading for complete rules.

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Proquest Research Library is one of the major periodical databases used by libraries, colleges, and other institutions. It is a multidisciplinary source that includes scholarly journals, magazines, as well as trade publications and other resources.  This database provides access to over 6,400 titles, with about 4,800 in full text, organized along 150 subject areas.  Major publications covered include the Economist, New Statesman, Barron’s, and the New England Journal of Medicine, Billboard, and Science magazine.

World Book Encyclopedia  The classic print encyclopedia is available online as World Book Online, a suite of resources, many of them aimed at elementary students and younger persons.  Among the resources you will find a World Book for Kids, an Activities Corner for different age ranges, Timelines, Early Learning Videos and Stories, and the Advanced link (which is the equivalent of the World Book Encyclopedia for grades 8 and up).  This resource also features World Books in Spanish and French.

Bring Your Own Device

Our BYOD is now going online.  Do you need help with downloading eBooks or audio books?  Need directions on using databases?  To set up an appointment for one-on-one online help, email librarian@chathamlibrary.org.  Include the type of device and what you want to download.  You can now ZYOD - Zoom Your Own Device!

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.


Follow links for more information and to join online.

Online Chess for Kids – for registered players only

Monday, June 8.   Three groups at 4, 5 and 6 pm.

Guest Storytellers: Miss Jill and Miss Peggy

Tuesday, June 9

While Storytime with Miss Betty is on hiatus, we welcome guest storytellers.  Jill Mills is the school librarian at Milton Avenue School.  Peggy Melvin is a retired Kindergarten teacher from Milton Avenue School.  They are glad to read to our youngest patrons.  Learn more about them when you click on the links.

Ages 3 and under - 10 to 10:30 am.  Click here to join.

Ages 4 and up - 10:30 to 11 am.  Click here to join.

Book Group
Wednesday, June 10 - 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 10 - 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.

Book Talk with Jennifer Voigt Kaplan

Wednesday, June 10 – 7:30 pm

Local award-winning author Jennifer Voigt Kaplan will discuss her recent novel Crushing the Red Flowers.  This debut novel was endorsed by James Patterson and won a Christopher Award in the Books for Young People category.  After the presentation, a question and answer session will follow.

Music with Carolyn Dempsey

Thursday, June 11 - 10 am

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

Guided Meditation with Jean Leigh

Saturday, June 13 - 10 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 will hold 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 4,000 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.