By Mary Kennedy, Head of Technical Services

Biographies can be anything but boring. They actually can be as exciting as your favorite novel or thriller. Just think of Lin Manuel Miranda, who became so inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton that he wrote the amazing Broadway musical Hamilton. From a human perspective, biographies teach us about our place in the world. When we read a biography, we learn how to become the very best versions of ourselves. We can emulate and evolve as a society by connecting the past with our current situations to improve our future. The biography collection of nearly 5,000 titles at the Library of The Chathams has recently been revitalized to include titles that were relegated to storage because of space constraints. Our entire collection is now housed together in the large stack area located behind Information Desk for patrons to easily browse and discover the wide variety of people who have impacted our society in so many ways. From Ansel Adams to Malala Yousafzai, artists, politicians, scientists, musicians, feminists, inventors, peacemakers, athletes and more – we have a biography for everyone. We have the prestigious 7volume set of Thomas Edison Papers presented to us by the Chatham Historical Society, as well as all of Martin Luther King’s papers. Next time you visit the library, check out a biography and discover something about someone special and become inspired.

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By Galina Natenzon, Assistant Director

We had a very busy summer this year! Our summer reading program showed that the people of Chatham seriously love to read, children as well as adults. Children’s programs were a big success, with hundreds of kids learning arts, crafts, chess, coding, and even architecture! In August we had blockbuster programs that truly brought the community together – the astronomy program “When the Sun Goes Dark”, the Eclipse Viewing Party, and the Summer Reading Picnic. After a short hiatus at the end of August, we are starting our fall cycle of programs. Take a look at this week’s offerings, from the very serious (suicide prevention) to the very lighthearted (live music concert of oldies).

Ⓐ Adult Ⓒ Children Ⓣ Teen

Ⓒ Spanish Storytime – 10 to 10:45 a.m. 

Introduce your child to basic Spanish vocabulary with fun stories, songs and music!

Ⓐ Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention – 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Roithmayr, New Jersey Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will give a community-based presentation on suicide covering the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to help fight it. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and steps toward prevention. This program is being held in conjunction with the second annual Chatham Township Out of the Darkness Community walk on Saturday, September 23 at 4:30 pm starting at Cougar Field located at 320 Shunpike Road in Chatham Township. Participants can register for the walk at

Ⓐ Gen Y Networking Group – 7 p.m.

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

Ⓒ Yoga Storytime for Preschoolers and their Caregivers

Choose either 10 or 10:45 am, no registration required
Ⓒ Sew a Pikachu with Miss Polly – 4 to 5 p.m.

Ages 6 & Up Limit: 8 children
Registration required
Stitch a cute felt Pikachu doll for your Pokémon collection in this 3-week class with Miss Polly.

Ⓣ Video Game Club – 3 to 4:45 p.m.

For teens in grades 6 to 12
Stop by to play Super Smash Bros. on the big screen!

Music of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s with John Arthur – 7 p.m
Join us for an evening of your favorite songs as John Arthur, musician and former Assistant Director of the Library of The Chathams, performs songs of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s on the side lawn of the library. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held in the Lundt Meeting Room.

Ⓐ Art Show Featuring Vital Hues – Opening Reception 2:15 to 4 pm
Vital Hues is a group of professional New Jersey artists featuring Ritika Gandhi, Joan Hain, and Jill Sluka. The group will show their silk paintings, acrylics, and mixed media art through the month of September.