Highlights:  Poster & Poetry Contest; Book Sale; Becky Gibby

Local author Becky Gibby will visit our young readers on Tuesday with her book and its main character.  Madison Chatham Coalition is launching a poster and poetry contest on Thursday.  This important initiative will highlight the dangers of underage vaping and marijuana use.  And Friends of the Library will hold their annual holiday book sale on Saturday.  See listings below for details.

To make sure you don’t miss out on registration for these events, here is an advance announcement of next week’s programs.  Coming up:  Grant Writing Made Easy; Winter Cupcakes for Teens; and Paper Mill Playhouse Children’s Theater on Tour.  As of this writing, each of these events still has a few spots available.

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For information about all programs or to sign up, please call the library at 973‑635‑0603 or go to http://www.chathamlibrary.org

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Stories with the Librarian – 10 to 10:30 am

Children and caregivers can enjoy a few stories, a few songs and maybe a simple craft.

ShopRite Nutrition:  Easy Snow Day Snacks – 4 to 5 pm

Ages 5 to 8                  Limit:  15 children

Registration required

Monica Hansen, Registered Dietitian at ShopRite of Greater Morristown, will show you some easy-to-assemble snacks that would be great for a snow day home from school!


Guest Storytellers: Becky Gibby – 10:30 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

No registration required

Author and Chatham resident Becky Gibby will read her book “I Walked My Dog Around the Pond”.  Children will learn about the changing seasons in their hometown.  They will also get to meet a special guest – the dog featured in the book!


Spanish Storytime – 10 to 10:45 am

Children of all ages

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

Dance Innovations Holiday Concert – 4 pm

All Ages

Join musical theater and dance students from Dance Innovations under the artistic direction of Susan M. Coutts for a song and dance celebration of the holiday season.

Gen Y Networking Group – 7 pm

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


Yoga Storytime with Miss Jenn – 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

Practice yoga poses to go along with yoga stories.

Ⓐ Blood Pressure Screening – 11 am to 12 pm

Stop by for a quick and free blood pressure check.

Ⓐ CALL:  Introduction to Drawing – 12 pm

Thursdays, November 8 & 29; December 6 & 13 (make-up for snowed-out 11/15)

Peggy Dressel, a graduate of Pratt Institute and an instructor at the Ridgewood Art Institute and the Art Center of Northern New Jersey, will offer a four-week beginner’s drawing class.  Students will be required to bring a fine art pencil set or a few different soft pencils such as HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B; a white drawing paper pad 11” x 14” or larger; and erasers – kneaded or Staedtler Mars (plastic).  The class is limited to 15 students.  Registration required.

Poster and Poetry Contest

Launch Reception Thursday, December 6 – 6 to 7:30 pm

The Madison Chatham Coalition, in partnership with the library, will hold this contest of poetry and art illustrating the impact of underage use of marijuana and vaping.  Entries will be accepted between December 13 and January 10.  Public judging will take place between January 11 and 18.  Winners in four age categories will receive prizes.  Please see https://chathamlibrary.org/poster-and-poetry-contest/ for complete rules.


Anime Club – 3 pm

Grades 6 to 12

Come read, watch, and discuss anything and everything about anime and manga with other fans.  All are welcome, even if you’re brand new to the world of anime!


HOLIDAY BOOK SALE – 11 am to 4 pm

Friends of the Library of The Chathams will hold their annual Holiday Book Sale for one day only.  Browse the wonderful selection of holiday books, children’s hardcover picture books, cookbooks and gift books.


George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – 2:30 pm

Experience the New York City Ballet’s stunning performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker on the big screen.  Filmed at Lincoln Center, the troupe brings to life Tchaikovsky’s musical setting of this Christmas fantasy.