A Week at the Library of The Chathams

Monday, February 5 – Sunday, Sunday, February 11, 2018


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By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library book collection continues.  The tax season is here, and dedicated volunteers are here to help you with you tax returns!

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


Chess for Kids

Mondays, January 15 through February 19

Registration required

Group 1:  Players with little or no experience with chess

4 – 4:45 pm     Suggested ages 6 to 8            Limit: 12 children

Group 2:  Players who can finish a game with checkmate

5 – 5:45 pm     Suggested ages 8 & Up          Limit: 16 children

Chess Expert Sean Finn will lead this series of Chess for Kids.



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am

The Schuyler Sisters and Alexander Hamilton – 7 pm

Rick Feingold, a lecturer with a degree in History from Rutgers University, will discuss the love story of Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton.  Elizabeth, daughter of wealthy General Philip Schuyler, married Alexander, a penniless orphan and immigrant.  The love letters Hamilton sent to Eliza during their courtship will be read, and information will be offered concerning two women, Angelica Schuyler Church and Maria Reynolds, who also had designs on Alexander.


Spanish Storytime – 10 to 10:45 am

All Ages

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

Income Tax Assistance – 10 am to 2 pm

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is held on Wednesdays, February 7 to April 11 from 10 am to 2 pm.  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 2017, copies of your 2016 Federal and State tax returns, photo ID, and all printed and blank forms from the Internal Revenue Service.

Homework Helpers – 3:30 to 5 pm

Grades K – 5               Limit:  6 children per session

Registration opens two weeks prior to each session

Two Chatham High School students will provide homework help for children in grades K to 5.  All subjects welcome!

Gen Y Networking Group  - 7 pm

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


Music with Mr. John – 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

Move, shake, dance and sing to Mr. John’s guitar music.

Library Cinema for Kids – 2 pm

Cars 3 (Rated G, 102 min.)

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lightning McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves.  Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning.  With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage.

Bring a mat or a pillow to get comfortable.  We’ll provide the movie and popcorn.

Diabetes Prevention

Thursday, February 8 – 2 pm OR

Tuesday, February 20 – 7 pm

Ellen Kranefuss, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at the Madison YMCA, will host a question and answer session on the prevention of type 2 diabetes.  Currently one in three Americans is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  Participants will learn how to assess their risk and explore prevention options. This program will be presented twice for your convenience.

Ⓒ  Stitch an Elephant and Piggie Valentine with Miss Polly

Thursdays, January 25; February 1 & 8 - 4 to 5 pm

Ages 6 & Up                Limit:  8 children

Registration required

Make someone special a cute Elephant and Piggie valentine in this three-week class!

Cinema214 – 7 pm

Victoria & Abdul (PG-13, 112 min.)

In the later years of her remarkable rule, Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim, who has arrived to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library


Valentine’s Day Cupcales for Teens – 4 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12                        Limit:  12 students

Registration opens Friday, January 26

Use frosting, fondant, and other yummy decorations to create cupcakes perfect for Valentine's Day!


Drop-In Storytime – 11 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.

Ⓒ Chess Mates – 2 to 4 pm

Ages 6 & Up                Limit:  12 children per session

Registration opens on the Monday before each session.  Priority will be given to children who are not currently enrolled in Chess for Kids.

Join Ryan and Darren, members of the Chatham High School Chess Club, for an afternoon of chess!  They will help beginners learn how to play.  All skill levels welcome.