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Need a break from the cold or from preparing for the holidays? 
The Library of the Chathams hosts many children’s events, story times, and classes all year round, and we have been expanding our offerings to teenagers as well. December is no exception, and this month we have story times, yoga, music, and dance classes for children as well as volunteer opportunities, open mic night, and a chance to compete in some popular (and some classic) video games for teens.
For a complete list of youth activities, please see below, and also be sure to stop in to take out books and movies to enjoy over the holidays!
December Children’s Events

Stories With The Librarian
Mondays, December 1 and 8, 10 a.m. to 10:30- All ages.
Enjoy a few good stories, a few good songs and maybe a simple craft.
Yoga Story Time
Thursday, December 4, 10 am to 10:30 OR 10:45 to 11:15. For preschool-aged children.
Practice yoga poses to go along with yoga stories!
Tae Kwon Do Tots
Fridays, December 5 and 19. 11 to 11:30 a.m. For preschool-aged children.
The World Champion Tae Kwon Do School will introduce children to the basic principles of this martial art.
Make a Winter Themed Headband With Miss Polly
Tuesday, December 9, 4 to 5 p.m. Ages five and up, limited to first eight children signed up.
Make a beautiful headband! Sign-ups begin on Monday, December 1. To sign-up, head to the library’s website or call 973-635-0603.
Music With Carolyn Dempsey
Thursday, December 11, 10 am to 10:30 OR 10:45 to 11:15. For preschool-aged children.
Miss Carolyn provides an early childhood music and movement program in which children learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in music.
ECLC Select Choir Performance
Monday, December 15, 10 to 10:30 am. All ages.
Join the choir from the ECLC school for a lovely holiday concert of traditional favorites.
Read Aloud to Therapy Dogs
Wednesday, December 17 4 to 5 p.m. All ages.
Sit down and read your favorite book to a gentle and loving dog from St. Hubert’s.
Miss Carol Dance
Thursday, December 18, 10 a.m. to 10:30 OR 10:45 to 11:15. For preschool-aged children.
Miss Carol introduces basic movement to music in a fun and loving atmosphere.
December Teen Events
Teen Advisory Group
Thursday, December 11, 4 to 5 p.m. Grades 6 to 12.
Earn a volunteer hour while discussing the library’s plans for a new teen room, teen programs, and your favorite books and movies! Snacks will be served. Sign-ups are available online.
Open Mic Night/Karaoke
Thursday, December 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Grades 6 to 12.
Share your talents by performing a song alone or with friends, singing along, reading something you’ve written, or anything else creative! We will provide the speakers and microphones; you bring your instruments and talent. Snacks will be served.
Video Games!
Friday, December 19, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Grades 6 to 12.
Stop by to play some Super Smash Bros or Mario Kart on Nintendo Wii or Nintendo 64!