PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

By Galina Natenzon

This week we are starting the next cycle of Coding for Kids.  The summer series of the program was a big success.  This time, in addition to the HTML class, we will have a class that introduces children to Scratch.  Registration is required and, due to high demand, is limited to Chatham residents.  Another highlight of the week is the next installment of Trip Around the World – this time to India, to celebrate Diwali.

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For information about all programs or to sign up, please call the library at 973‑635‑0603 or go to http://www.chathamlibrary.org

Adult           Children     Teen           Family

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16

Storytime

Storytime is an 8-week, progressive program for preschoolers and their caregivers.  Registration required

24 months and younger – 9:45 am

4 to 6 years – 10:15 am

2 to 3 years – 11 am

Ⓒ Chess for Kids

Chess Expert Sean Finn will lead our next series of Chess for Kids.  Players must be able to attend all 6 classes.  Registration required

Group 1:  Players with little or no experience with chess

4 – 4:45 pm     Suggested ages 6 to 8            Limit: 12 children

Group 2:  Players who can finish a game with checkmate

5 – 5:45 pm     Suggested ages 8 to 10          Limit: 16 children

Group 3:  Players who can finish a game with checkmate and have previously taken a chess class

6 – 6:45 pm     Suggested ages 10 to 13        Limit:  16 children

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17

Storytime

Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am

Ⓐ Bring Your Own Device – 11 am or 2 pm

Bring your smartphone or tablet to the library for individual training with a reference librarian.  Learn to download library eBooks to your own device.  Call for an appointment at 973‑635‑0603.

Ⓐ CALL: Johann Sebastian Bach

Tuesdays, October 10, 17, 24 and 31 – 1 to 2 pm

Dr. Vincent J. Rufino, Adjunct Professor of Music History at the College of St. Elizabeth and guest conductor at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, will present a four-part series on the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the most masterful composers of all time.  A $40 fee for this series is required payable to Friends of the Library by October 6.

Ⓒ Stitch Your Own Little Pony with Miss Polly

Tuesdays, October 3, 10 and 17 – 4 to 5 pm

Ages 6 and Up            Limit:  8 children

Registration required

Miss Polly will help you design and stitch your own little pony doll in this 3-week class.

Ⓒ TRIP AROUND THE WORLD – 5 to 6 pm

India: Diwali

Ages 8 & Up                Limit:  20 children

Registration required

Come learn about one of the most popular festivals in India called Diwali!  Diwali is a festival of lights.  In this program you will decorate small lamps used to light homes during Diwali, make a Rangoli, and taste a drink called mango lassi and an Indian dessert called kaju katli.  Time permitting, we may dress two children in Indian outfits worn during Diwali.  Please join Monika Pundalik and Minati O’Connell as they transport you to India for a festive afternoon.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18

Homework Helpers – 3:30 to 5 pm

Grades K to 5              Limit:  6 children per session

Registration opens two weeks prior to each session

Two Chatham High School students will provide homework help for children in grades K to 5.  All subjects welcome!

Ⓒ Read Aloud to Therapy Dogs – 4 to 5 pm

Grades K and Up

Sit down and read your favorite book to a gentle and loving therapy dog certified by St. Hubert’s.

Ⓒ CODING FOR KIDS

Registration required               Limit:  10 children in each class

Must be able to attend all classes

Basic HTML and CSS – Ages 9 to 11

Wednesdays, October 18 through November 15 – 4:30 to 5:30 pm

Explore your inner programmer as you create your own web page!  Come and learn the basics of HTML and CSS in this five-week coding series.  Explore your inner programmer as you create your own web page.  Learning materials will be provided – just bring your laptop and logical thinking.  (The library can provide some laptops for class use.)  Happy coding!

Basic Scratch Programming – Ages 10 to 12

Wednesdays, October 18 through November 8 – 5:45 to 6:45 pm

Learn basic scratch programming in a simple and fun way.  Gain an understanding of computational and mathematical concepts.  Get acquainted with various programming skills and process of design.  No prior experience required.  Just put on your logical thinking cap!

Gen Y Networking Group – 7 pm

All are welcome to attend this forum dedicated to Generation Y young adults interested in job search, networking, and career development.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

Miss Carol Dance – 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

Miss Carol introduces basic movement to music in a fun and loving atmosphere.

Ⓒ Stitch a Murray the Mummy Doll with Miss Polly – 4 to 5 pm

Thursdays, October 12, 19 and 26

Ages 6 & Up                Limit:  8 children

Stitch this cute mummy doll just in time for Halloween in this three-week class with Miss Polly.

Ⓣ Teen Advisory Group – 7 pm

Earn a volunteer hour while helping to plan new teen programs.  Discuss books, movies, music and more!  Snacks will be served.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

Video Game Club – 3 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12

Stop by to play Super Smash Bros. on the big screen!

Italian Conversation Group – 1 pm

Are you a bit rusty with your Italian language skills?  Native speaker Luciana Santoriello moderates an Italian discussion group every third Friday of the month.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21

Drop-In Storytime – 11 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

Legopalooza! – 2:30 to 4 pm

For children of all ages

Build your own LEGO creation from our enormous collection of LEGOs.  All creations will be put on display in the Children’s Room.