Young Adult Book Discussion: On the Come Up

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.

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Coming up on August 12 - read the book now!  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.

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.

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.  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: Catapults

Monday, August 3 – 1 pm

This week, we will learn about catapults.  Last year we built catapults in class, but that would be difficult working online without the teacher’s assistance.  Students will get pre-made catapults and decorate them.  They will be also provided with “ammunition” to test their catapults and see which object goes the farthest.  This is the fourth class in the series, and it is full.  Registration for each class opens 2 weeks prior – go to Events for Kids on our website to sign up.

Python Programming for Kids

Monday, August 3 & Wednesday, August 5 – 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 12.  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 with Miss Betty

Tuesday, August 4

Ages 3 and under – 10 am

Ages 4 and up – 10:30 am

Join us from the comfort of your home for these fun-filled virtual storytimes with Miss Betty!

Diverse Voices Book Club
Wednesday, August 5 – 4 pm

This week’s meeting will be different from all others!  The book’s author, Sharon Draper, will join us and take questions from the readers!  We are reading the book Blended by Sharon Draper.  For this meeting, please read through Chapter 64.  Click on the heading to learn more and to get a copy of the book.

Yoga Storytime with Miss C

Thursday, August 6 - 10 am

Join Miss C for fun yoga poses, a story, songs, and puppets!  Link will be posted before the program.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library

Financial Checklist for College Freshmen

Thursday, August 6 – 7 pm

Getting ready for freshman year of college is more than choosing comforters and laptops.  Join Chatham Wealth Management’s Brian McGeough, CFP as he presents a checklist for college freshman with tips for the next step toward adulthood.  Brian will give advice on preparing students for insurance, health, and financial matters they may need to handle themselves, especially if they are leaving home and venturing out of state.  Parents and their college bound children are welcome to attend this virtual presentation.

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 has passed 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.