Teen Artists for Social Justice Poster Contest Is in Progress

We are inviting all Chatham youth in Grades 6 to 12 to design a poster that we can put up in the library and other local venues that choose to promote inclusion and acceptance.  Entries will be accepted through 12 pm on Friday, August 21.  Click on heading for full contest details.

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Library Takeout Service Is Open

While the library is still closed to the public, you can request books and movies online or by phone and pick them up in the back foyer of the library.  This service, which opened on June 17, has become an instant favorite with Chatham residents, who have commented on it ease of use and quick access to books.  Click on the link above for all the details.

Summer Reading Program for All Ages Continues

For Chatham Residents Only.  This year the Summer Reading Program is entirely online.  One thing remains unchanged – we still urge you to read more and offer prizes for kids and adults!  Click on the link above for more information.


Follow links for more information and to join online.

Super Science: Oobleck

Monday, August 10 – 1 pm

On August 10, we will make oobleck from cornstarch and water.  When these two ingredients are mixed together, they form what is called a “non-Newtonian fluid” – a substance that acts as both a solid and a liquid.  Oobleck is a bit messy, but it is one of the coolest introductory-level experiments and much fun!

This is the fifth class in the series, and it is full.  The sixth and final class next week is also full.  This series, led by Lea and Jack Casano-Boris, has been a resounding success, with every single class filling up immediately.  We have received great feedback from the participating families whose kids enjoyed the hands-on classes, while learning about the science behind each experiment.

Python Programming for Kids

Monday, August 10 & Wednesday, August 12 – 4 pm

Learn how to think like a computer scientist with Python!  Get hands-on coding experience in this series of 8 lessons, conducted via Zoom on Mondays & Wednesdays through August 17 (extended due to power outages).  Learn code patterns and practical day-to-day applications using this versatile programming language.  Registered students only.

Weekly Updates

Every Monday at 7:30 pm

While the situation is constantly changing, Library Director Karen Brodsky holds weekly talks about the status of the library and its plans for reopening.  Friends of the Library officers and co-chairs of the Book Sale Debbie Fabian and Maureen Kelly will talk about the status of the annual Book Sale.

Storytime: Chatham Librarians Together!

Tuesday, August 11

Join us for a special treat from Chatham’s children’s librarians!  Jill Mills, Mary Szoke, Mike D’Aloia and Jennifer Cifrodella will read books and Susan Haemmerle will provide the music.  Click on the heading above to read more about them.

Ages 3 and under – 10 am

Ages 4 and up – 10:30 am

Spanish Flu of 1918 in the Chathams and Its Lessons for Us Today

Tuesday, August 11 – 10:30 am

Brought to you by the Chatham Historical Society and the Chatham Township Historical Society

This is not the first time our communities have suffered adversity.  The 1918 influenza epidemic was tragic and difficult.  Please join us for an online discussion, as leaders of our Borough and Township Historical Societies discuss the 1918 influenza.  We will touch on how it affected our towns, in what ways it was similar or different to what we are going through today, and what lessons we can learn from it.

Diverse Voices Book Club
Wednesday, August 12 – 4 pm

We are reading the book Blended by Sharon Draper.  We had a wonderful discussion last week, when the author joined our online meeting!  This week is the last for this summer’s book club – please finish reading the book.  Click on the heading to learn more and to get a copy of the book.

Young Adult Book Discussion: On the Come Up

Wednesday, August 12 – 7 pm

The Cultural Committee of the Chathams, the Library of the Chathams, and the School District of the Chathams present a discussion of the book On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.

Set in the same neighborhood as Thomas’s electrifying The Hate U Give, this visceral novel makes clear and convincing observations about the cycle of poverty and the inescapable effects of systemic racism.
Free copies of the book are available through our Library Takeout service.  For high school students ages 14 and up.  Click here to sign up, request a copy of the book, and receive the Zoom link before the meeting.

Music with Carolyn Dempsey

Thursday, August 13 - 10 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers.  Move, shake, dance and sing to Carolyn’s guitar music!  Link will be posted before the program.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library

The library is closed on Sundays through Labor Day weekend.

DIGITAL LIBRARY.  Click here to access all the eBooks, audiobooks, movies, crafts, magazines, Great Courses, and graphic novels on all our digital platforms.

DIGITAL RESOURCES FOR KIDS.  Click here for books, audiobooks, movies, fun activities, and story times for children.

GET A LIBRARY CARD ONLINE.  Chatham residents:  click here to get a library card, so you can use the virtual library online, as well as the Library Takeout service.

JOIN SUMMER READING CLUBS.  We have reading clubs for all ages – read books and get prizes!

1,000 MASK CHALLENGE.  The challenge is well over the 5,000 mark.  Please help protect our front-line workers by making masks from materials that we deliver right to your doorstep.  No need to leave home thanks to Friends of the Library Book Sale funding and volunteers.