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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

Registration required

Group 1:  Players with little or no experience with chess

4 – 4:45 pm     Ages 5 to 8      Limit: 12 children

Group 2:  Players who can finish a game with checkmate

5 – 5:45 pm     Ages 8 to 10    Limit: 16 children



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am

Culinary Adventure Around the World: Spain

Ages 8 & Up                Limit: 20 children

Registration required – sign up here.

¡Bienvenidos a España!  Welcome to Spain!  We will taste a classic Spanish dish, la tortilla, made with eggs and potatoes.  We will also learn about the Spanish language and culture.  This Cultural Committee of the Chathams program is presented by Carolyn Dempsey.


Read Aloud to Therapy Dogs – 4 to 5 pm

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

Ⓐ Nonfiction Author Series: Robin Gaby Fisher – 7 pm

Robin Gaby Fisher is the New York Times bestselling author of After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival, a book about the Seton Hall fire in 2000.  She teaches journalism at Rutgers University-Newark, where she is Director of the Journalism Program.

Robin Gaby Fisher is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for feature writing and the New York Times bestselling author of seven non-fiction books.

For 15 years, she worked as a news features writer for The Star-Ledger.  Her newspaper series about the Seton Hall arson fire was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and her stories about the lives of three troubled youths from New Jersey’s inner cities was a Pulitzer finalist in the same category.  Ms. Fisher was also a member of the Star-Ledger team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the resignation of New Jersey Governor James McGreevey.  She is currently working on a book with Paul Holes, the forensic scientist who broke the Golden State Killer case.

Ⓐ, Ⓣ NEW!  Chinese Conversation Group – 7:15 pm

Every other Wednesday

This new program is for teens and young adults, but everyone who is interested in Chinese culture is welcome.  Meetings will include practice in daily conversation, learning new words, introduction to Chinese culture, as well as crafts and games.  The program is designed and implemented by the Chatham Chinese Association.  Registration is not required, but encouraged – sign up here.


Jumpin’ Jamie Music and Puppet Show – 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

Meet Jumpin’ Jamie and his puppet friends for songs and games!

English as a Second Language – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Thursdays, September 5 through October 24

For those wanting to improve their English language skills, we have started our next cycle of ESL classes.  The program is conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Students are divided into small groups by skill level.  Books and other learning materials are provided.  The program is free – all you need is a commitment to learn!  Register online, in person, or call 973-635-0603.

Cinema214: The Lion King 2019 (PG, 118 min.) – 7 pm

Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa.  But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival.  Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own.  The battle for Pride Rock is soon ravaged with betrayal, tragedy, and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile.  Now, with help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba must figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.  Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library

Ⓣ Stranger Things Escape Room – 7 to 8 pm

Grades 6 to 12                        Limit: 15 participants

Registration required – sign up here.

As a member of the Hawkins Middle School AV club, you are distraught to hear that your friend Will has gone missing.  You and the remaining members of the club find yourselves in the principal's office, where you discover a police file along with a strange locked box that you realize contains the mysterious portal between you and Will.  Upon closer examination of the evidence in the file, you realize that Will is trying to communicate with you from the Upside Down.  Can you decipher his messages and get him back before the portal closes for good?


Video Game Club – 3 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12

NEW: Nintendo Switch is here!  Stop by to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch on the big screen!  Feel free to bring your own Joy-Cons or Switch Pro controller and play with friends.


Drop-In Storytime – 11 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.

Vixens, Volcanoes and Vipers: How Mary Shelley Wrote Frankenstein – 2 pm

Dr. Corey Abate, Chair of the English Department at The Willow School in Gladstone, NJ, will speak about the circumstances under which Mary Shelley created her most famous novel with one of literature’s most haunting and complex characters.


Legopalooza! – 2:30 to 4 pm

For children of all ages

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