August 15, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Throughout the month at the Library of the Chathams we will be exploring the history of the war with films as well as a presentation of oral histories from local World War II veterans. We will also be displaying our collection of World War II materials and will be inviting members of the community to share their stories, their history, and their knowledge of World War II. 

Please see below for more details about adult events at the library during August.

Paint Your Pet’s Portrait

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Professional artist Susan Dreifuss will be here Wednesday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. to teach you how to paint your pet’s portrait.  Please be sure to bring in a color photo of your pet. There will be a $12.50 charge to cover the cost of paints and canvas, and the class will be limited to 10 students. Please sign up on our website or call the library at 973-635-0603 to register.

Film* (R, 134 min)

During April 1945, the Allies make a final push in the European Theatre. A war-hardened army sergeant named Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and its five person crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, Wardaddy and his soldiers face overwhelming odds in their attempt to destroy the heart of Nazi Germany. Featured in this film are Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jim Parrack. Please join us Thursday, August 6 at 7 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

Gen Y Networking Group

Gen Y Networking Group is a forum dedicated to Generation Y young adults interested in job search, networking, and career development. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 19 at 7 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.   

Film* (NR, 117 min)

For twelve years the Nazis looted and destroyed art throughout Europe during the Third Reich and World War II. However, American soldiers, art professionals, and ordinary citizens fought back to rescue and return millions of lost, hidden, and stolen treasurers. Joan Allen narrates this documentary about the battle to preserve western culture. Please join us Thursday, August 20 at 7 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

Interviews with World War II Veterans

Chatham resident and professional narrator Tim Crow will speak about his interviews with World War II veterans from New Jersey for a project sponsored by the Library of Congress. Listen to these veterans speak about the experiences they encountered. Please join us, Saturday, August 22 at 2 p.m.