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A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, February 19 – Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Nut Job 2
Cinema214: Wonder
Teen Painting Night
Read Aloud to Therapy Dogs
Chess Mates


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library are continuing their book collection in preparation for Annual Book Sale.  Kids are off from school on Monday for Presidents’ Day – bring them to the library!  We have plenty for them to do.  For adults, Professor Licklider’s second lecture on North Korea will take place on Tuesday.  The first lecture on February 13 was a huge success; you can attend Part II regardless of whether you attended Part I.

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For information about all programs or to sign up, please call the library at 973‑635‑0603 or go to

Adult           Children     Teen           Family



Storytime is an 8-week, progressive program for preschoolers and their caregivers.  Registration required

24 months and younger – 9:45 am

4 to 6 years – 10:15 am

2 to 3 years – 11 am

Ⓒ Library Cinema for Kids (Presidents’ Day) – 2 pm

For children of all ages, we will show The Nut Job 2.  Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park.  Hoping to save the place they call home, Surly, Andie, Buddy and the rest of the gang join forces with Mr. Feng, a seemingly cute and innocent mouse who happens to be a fierce master of kung fu.

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

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 is leading this series of Chess for Kids.

Ⓣ Teen Painting Night – 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Ages 13 & Up              Limit: 10 students

Registration required

Following the guidance of art teacher Erica Pizza, learn to use acrylic paint on canvas to blend color and create a beautifully moonlit landscape.  Bring your creativity and willingness to learn.  All other materials will be provided for you to create your masterpiece!  Ms. Pizza is an art teacher who specializes in painting, ceramics, and portfolio preparation for students.



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am

Ⓐ CALL: The History and Politics of North Korea

Tuesdays, February 13 & 20 – 1 pm

Dr. Roy Licklider, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in International Relations from Yale, will present a two-part lecture series on the history and politics of North Korea.  We will examine its history from 8000 BC through its dynasties, wars, and relationships with the Soviet Union, China, and the U.S.  We will also look at present-day North Korea with its dependence on foreign aid for food, its tight political control by a young and untested leader, its move toward nuclear weapons, threats about conquering South Korea and waging war against the U.S.  This is a free CALL series.  Pre-registration is requested.  Register online or call 973‑635‑0603.

Ⓐ Diabetes Prevention – 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.


Income Tax Assistance

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!

Ⓒ Read Aloud to Therapy Dogs – 4 to 5 pm

Grades K and Up

Sit down and read your favorite book to a gentle and loving therapy dog certified by St. Hubert’s.

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.


Bob Conrad Music and Puppets – 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

A fun, funny puppet and magic show perfect for preschoolers!

Cinema214:  Wonder (PG, 113 min.) – 7 pm

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.  Refreshments will be served.

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Video Game Club – 3 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12

Stop by to play Super Smash Bros. on the big screen!


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.

Ⓐ Irish Music Concert with Ian Gallagher and John Nolan – 2:30 pm

Ian Gallagher, an Irish singer and guitarist, will perform Irish classics with accordion player John Nolan.  Ian has performed at events attended or hosted by Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Mary Higgins Clark, and Frank McCourt.  John became the first American to win the Senior All-Ireland Championship Accordion Player Award in 1982.


Legopalooza! – 2:30 to 4 pm

For children of all ages

Build your own LEGO creation from our enormous collection of LEGOs.  All creations will be put on display in the Children’s Room.

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