NEW!  Freegal Music

Freegal is a music streaming service that allows access to over 15 million songs, music videos, and audiobooks from over 40,000 labels, from all genres of music.  Patrons can download 3 hours of music streaming a day, and can keep 3 downloads a week.  Just enter your library card number and PIN to get started!

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DATABASES TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS

ReferenceUSA  is the premier source of business and residential information for reference and research.  It is useful for marketing, locating companies by industry or product in a particular geographic area or zip code, finding new households or persons who have recently moved into a town, or for just locating a particular company’s address, phone, or contact person.

Corfacts is New Jersey’s premier online business-to-business directory.  Searchers can locate the records of companies by name, geographic location, zip code, revenues, as well as by product.  Results can be gathered and printed out in an Excel spreadsheet and as mailing labels.  You can request help in crafting a search by calling 973-998-0935, or by emailing corfacts@gmail.com.

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.

The May Issue of BookPage is now available!

Many Chatham book lovers pick up this popular book review magazine at the library, courtesy Friends of the Library of the Chathams.  For now, browse through its digital edition by clicking on the link above.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS AT THE LIBRARY

Follow links for more information and to join online.

Online Chess for Kids

Chess Expert Sean Finn is returning to the library to teach chess – this time virtually via Zoom.  Students will learn game strategy, basic checkmates, and new tactical patterns.  Using a combination of the best online chess platforms available, classes will include puzzle solving, game analysis and of course a chance to play.  Classes will run for 6 weeks from May 4 through June 8.

As of this writing, both groups are full after we sent information about the classes to parents who subscribed to our Kids' Events emails.  You can still register your child for the waiting list.  This will allow us to gauge interest in kids' chess and possibly open more classes.  You can subscribe to receive Kids' Events notifications here.

Group 1 – suggested ages 6 to 8 – Mondays at 4 pm

Players with little or no experience

Group 2 – suggested ages 8 & Up – Mondays at 5 pm

Players who can finish a game with checkmate

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, May 5

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!

Managing Your Business in Time of Uncertainty

Wednesday, May 6 – 12 noon

As a Grow with Google Partner, Library of the Chathams invites you to tune in to a special livestream for small businesses.  Discover tools, tips and resources to help you manage your business remotely during the COVID-19 crisis.

Book Group

Wednesday, May 6 – 1 pm

Join librarian Mary Kennedy for a virtual meeting of the library’s Book Group.  This week we will talk about books made into movies.  You are welcome to bring your favorite titles to our virtual table.

Quaran(Pre)Teen Book Club

Wednesday, May 6 – 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.

Crossword Solving with Deb Amlen

Wednesday, May 6 – 7 pm

Would you like to be able to solve the New York Times Crossword like a champ?  Join Deb Amlen, the head writer and senior editor of “Wordplay,” The New York Times’s crossword humor column, as she spills the secrets to successful solving.  By the time you leave, you will understand why millions of people are addicted to writing letters into those squares.

Storytime with Miss C

Thursday, May 7 - 10 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers.

Join Miss C for fun yoga poses, a story, songs, and puppets!

Virtual Teen Yoga

Thursday, May 7 – 6 pm

This five-week series of 30-minute lessons continues.

Lesson Five: Voice Choice Possibility

Take a moment to remember what you really want and fuel up on positive energy to make your dreams come true. Breathe, visualize and move the way you want to feel.

Calm the Chaos

Thursday, May 7 – 7 pm

Feeling overwhelmed stuck at home? Buried in Clutter?  You are not alone!  Join Andrea Walker, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Smartly Organized, as she shares how busy families CAN get organized even during a global pandemic!  In this fun and informative session, she will teach you how to stop clutter in its tracks, share some behind-the-scenes before and after photos, and provide tips and strategies to manage your household and your children during COVID-19.

Teen Video Game Club:  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

Friday, May 8 – 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Do you have a Nintendo Switch with Nintendo Online and a copy of Smash Ultimate?  Invite your friends to this virtual gathering and join us to battle it out in a just-for-fun online tournament!  Arena ID and password will be available on the day of the game.

Coffee and Conversation

Friday, May 8 – 4 pm

Join us for an online discussion to trade ideas and experiences on a topic that the group will choose at each session.  We will follow the Socratic insight that we learn more when we ask questions with others.  No philosophy background or prior reading is required.  For this week’s topic, we propose to discuss: “How can we rebuild trust in our society?”

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 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.