Show Your Kids What Video Games Were Like "Back in the Day"

A game your parents played: Donkey Kong Credits: Chatham Library
Want to show your kids what video games were like back in the day?
Bring them to our arcade, which will be open during the entire weekend of April 11 and 12 in the 
basement of the library. We will have many systems set up and ready for you to play, from the original Nintendo to Sega Genesis to newer systems like Nintendo Wii U and much more. 
We even have some original arcade games for Nintendo, like Donkey Kong, and some of the original Mario Brothers games, too!
Each system and game will be available on a first-come first-served basis and with a time limit of 15 minutes per user. Arcade hours will run from 9:30 am to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. All are invited!
We would like to extend a special thanks to the Butta family, who provided us with the video game 

consoles and equipment to offer this event.
For more April events at the Library of the Chathams, please see below or check out our online events calendar.
Income Tax Assistance
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will be held on Wednesdays, April 1 through April 15 
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Appointments for this free service may be made in person or by calling the 
library at 973-635-0603. Please bring all your financial records from 2014, copies of your 2014 
Federal and State tax returns, and all printed and blank forms from the Internal Revenue Service. You may sign up at the Circulation Desk or call 973-635-0603 for an appointment.
Drew Art Association Fabulous Fakes Show
The Drew Art Association will hold their annual Fabulous Fakes show from Saturday, April 4 through April 29. The show will feature works of local artists’ interpretations or copies of famous 
paintings. In the past, the show featured fine copies of art by Vermeer, Van Gogh, Manet, and others. An opening reception will be held for the artists on Sunday, April 19 from 2:15 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
Bring your smartphone or tablet to the library for individual training with a reference librarian. Learn how to download library eBooks to your own device. Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 
April 14 and April 28 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call for an appointment at 973-635-0603.
Library Underground: Adult Open Mic Night
Poets, authors, and musicians, ages 18 and up are encouraged to share their talents with the public and fellow artists on Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Performers will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis and have 15 minutes to demonstrate their craft. We will provide the microphones and speakers. Refreshments will be served.
Medicare for Baby Boomers
Neil Berger, a financial advisor and former educator, will discuss Medicare issues including the impact COBRA will have on Medicare, what to do if you work past retirement age, how Medicare coordinates with group health insurance, and other concerns. A question and answer session will follow the lecture. Learn how Medicare will affect you on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 pm. Pre-registration is requested for this program. You may sign up online or call 973-635-0603.
Travel Program: Great Cities and River Cruises of Europe
Experienced traveler Mike Dutko of Toms River will offer two presentations Wednesday, April 22 at 2p.m. and 7 p.m. The 2 p.m. session will feature a tour through London, Paris, the Loire Valley, French Riviera, Carcassonne, Barcelona-Catalan Region of Spain, Seville, Granada, Lisbon, Fatima, Antwerp and Brussels, Kiel Canal Germany, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Prague, Bergen and the Fjords of Norway.
The 7 p.m. session will feature river cruises on the Rhine River, Danube River, Rhone River, Seine River, a spring cruise through Holland and Belgium, and a cruise through the Netherlands. Please join us for one or both of these enticing vacation excursion programs.
American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Lecture
Carmella and Tom Ditmars, Red Cross Disaster Preparedness team leaders, will present a lecture Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. on how to prepare in and around your home and places of work when 
emergencies strike. The program will cover making a disaster plan and how to meet the needs of 
citizens, seniors, pets, and children. Pre-registration is requested for this program. You may sign up online or call at 973-635-0603.
Film-Big Eyes, PG-13, (109 min)
This biographical drama directed by Tim Burton features Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The 
film presents American artist, Margaret Keane (Adams), whose work was fraudulently claimed in the 1950’s and 1960’s by her husband, Walter Keane (Waltz) and their bitter divorce trial after Margaret accused Walter of stealing credit for her paintings. Please join us Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Reading by Local Poet Fox Beyer
Chatham poet, Fox Beyer will share poetry from his recent book, Letter Kindling: Igniting, Inspiring, and Evoking the Fire Within. Please join us Sunday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. for a thought provoking 
view of human experience.
Library Book Group
This month the library book group will be discussing The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline on Wednesday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. You may reserve a copy of the book at the reference desk.

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