History Research Center is a suite of five databases:  African-American History, American History, American Indian History, Ancient and Medieval History, and Modern World History.  These databases can be searched simultaneously or separately.  Each database offers maps and charts, primary sources, timelines of historical events, and videos.  They also offer different citation formats.  This is a rich resource for students working on history papers, or those who just wish to read up on historical topics.

Gale General OneFile is one of the largest available databases of periodicals, offering access to over 14,000 titles.  Over 8,700 of these titles provide the full text of articles.  This database also includes videos, audios, and images.  It is designed with intuitive searching that mirrors the Internet searching familiar to most people.  General OneFile is notable for the number of major newspapers it includes: one can find articles from The Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe Guardian, and The Christian Science Monitor.

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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 25

Group 1 – 4 pm

Group 2 – 5 pm

Group 3 – 6 pm

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, May 26
Join us from the comfort of your home for storytimes with Miss Betty!
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, May 27 - 1 pm
Join librarian Mary Kennedy for a virtual meeting of the library's Book Group.  This week we will explore the mystery genre by talking about some of our favorite series and titles.

Quaran(Pre)Teen Book Club
Wednesday, May 27 - 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.

WordPress for Business with Priyanka Shitole
Wednesday, May 27 – Friday, May 29, 5 to 6 pm
Build your business website on WordPress in three sessions.  Learn how to create, host and maintain the website using simple tools and techniques.  Everyone interested in building websites with WordPress is welcome to join.  Registration is requested – click on link for more information and to sign up.

Preventing Back Pain While Working from Home

Wednesday, May 27 - 7 pm
This talk will be presented by Ricardo Costa, owner of Results Physical Therapy Institute in Chatham Township.  Dr. Costa, who earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Seton Hall University, is now an adjunct professor at Seton Hall.  Click on link for more information and to join the conversation.

Jumpin' Jamie Music & Puppet Show
Thursday, May 28 - 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

Healthy Snacks for Kids
Friday, May 29 - 10 am
Minati O’Connell, Chatham resident and certified health coach, will present a talk on making nutritious snacks for children.  Choosing wholesome snacks helps one stay healthy, satisfied longer, and boosts immunity.  Parents and children are invited to attend together.


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.