Library and Local Businesses

Small businesses give a town its character, as does its library.  Library of the Chathams is partnering with local businesses to support them during this difficult time.  This partnership can take different forms.

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Several Chatham businesses have presented online programs for library patrons that provided information and entertained, while highlighting the business and what it can do even during the lockdown.  There are several more programs in the works, to be announced soon.

Own a Chatham Borough or Chatham Township business?  If you are interested in partnering with us, send an email to

One form of cooperation is a video that shows kids how to make a craft available from our neighbors at Jabberwocky.  Click here watch the video.  One of our librarians clearly had a lot of fun with it!


Consumer Reports is a nonprofit, independent organization that works for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace.  The Consumer Reports web site contains articles going back to 1985; the site provides reviews and recommendations for thousands of consumer and household products.

BrainHQ is an online site that provides a series of exercises, in the form of games, based on neurological research, that are designed to develop cognitive ability.  With BrainHQ you can create your own account and track your progress with the exercises.  Have fun while you develop your mental capacity!

NEW! Movie Reviews Blog.  Welcome to our new film reviews blog!  With so many streaming services around these days, and perhaps a bit more time to spare, are you wondering what to watch?  We hope these honest reviews written on a variety of different movies can help you decide!

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 restaurant.  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, May 11

Group 1 – 4 pm

Group 2 – 5 pm

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, May 12

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!

Black Gold for Your Garden: Composting Simplified

Tuesday, May 12 - 7:30 pm

Join Rutgers Master Gardener Cheri Wilczek to learn what compost is, its benefits, how to start and build a compost bin, materials to avoid adding to it, and tips for success in this process.

Book Group

Wednesday, May 13 – 1 pm

Join librarian Mary Kennedy for a virtual meeting of the library’s Book Group.  Our discussion this week will focus on our favorite memoirs and autobiographies.  You are welcome to bring your favorite titles to our virtual table.

Quaran(Pre)Teen Book Club

Wednesday, May 13 – 4 pm

Calling readers ages 8-12!  Need book lovers to talk to?  Join our online book club straight from your living room couch using Zoom!  Each week we talk about various books (bring your own book!), socialize, and do activities based on our reading choices.

Music with Carolyn Dempsey

Thursday, May 14 - 10 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers.

Move, shake, dance and sing to Carolyn’s guitar music.

Teen Video Game Club:  Mario Cart 8 Tournament

Friday, May 15 – 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Do you have a Nintendo Switch with Nintendo Online and a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe?  Invite your friends to this virtual gathering and join us to race in a just-for-fun online tournament!


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 2,000 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.