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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

Abominable (Rated PG, 98 min.)

No Registration Required

After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family.  But to do so, they must stay one step ahead of a wealthy financier and a determined zoologist who want to capture the beast for their own gain.  Bring a mat or a pillow to get comfortable.  We’ll provide the movie and popcorn.



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am

Ⓒ Culinary Adventure Around the World: Italy – 5 to 6 pm

Ages 8 & Up                Limit: 20 children

Registration required – sign up here.

Italy is known for its culture, art, architecture, fashion, and especially its cuisine. Come learn some fun facts about Italian culture and try two delicious dishes. You will learn how to make the savory meat and cheese filled stromboli and the popular dessert tiramisu. This Cultural Committee of the Chathams program is presented by Deidre Rajoppi.

Note: This Culinary Adventure replaces the previously scheduled Netherlands program


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Wednesdays, February 5 to April 15 – 10 am to 12 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 2019, copies of your 2018 Federal and State tax returns, photo ID, all printed and blank forms from the Internal Revenue Service, and proof of Social Security Number for all dependents.

Ⓐ Mahjong Club

Wednesdays, February 5, 12 & 19 – 1 to 5 pm

Players of all abilities are welcome for an afternoon of Mahjong.  We have 4 Mahjong sets available at the library.  If needed, we may ask you to bring your own.  Registration is required for each date that you are coming to play.  Register at the library, by calling 973-635-0603, or online.  You can sign up for February 19 here.

Ⓒ Read Aloud to Therapy Dogs – 4 to 5 pm

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

Gen Y Networking Group is a forum dedicated to job searching, networking, and career development.  The group is open to all job seekers.


Miss Carol Dance – two sessions at 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

Miss Carol introduces basic movement to music in a fun and loving atmosphere.

Ⓐ Watercolor Painting – 10:30 am to 12 pm

Thursdays & Fridays, January 24, 31; February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21

Back by popular demand, Peggy Dressel will teach a course in watercolor painting.  This series of 8 lessons will cover the basics of watercolor, such as picking a palette, how to mix colors, value and different water color techniques.  You do not have to know how to draw to take this course.  A demonstration will be given at each class.  This class is now full, no further registration is accepted.

Ⓐ English as a Second Language (ESL) – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Thursdays, January 9 through February 27

For those wanting to improve their English language skills, we have started our next cycle of ESL classes.  The 8‑week program is conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors.  Students are divided into small groups by skill level.  Books and other learning materials are provided.  The program is free – all you need is a commitment to learn!  Register online, in person, or call 973‑635-0603.

Chess for Kids

Thursdays, January 16 through February 20

This winter’s classes are led by Class A player Max Farberov.

Registration required.

Group 1 – 4 to 4:45 pm           Limit:  12 children

Players with little or no experience with chess.

Group 2 – 5 to 5:45 pm         Limit:  16 children

Players who can finish a game with checkmate.

Cinema214: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG, 109 min.) – 7 pm

Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist who receives an assignment to profile Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers.  He approaches the interview with skepticism, as he finds it hard to believe that anyone can have such a good nature.  But Roger’s empathy, kindness, and decency soon chips away at Vogel’s jaded outlook on life, forcing the reporter to reconcile with his own painful past.  Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library


Watercolor Painting – 10:30 am to 12 pm

Thursdays & Fridays, January 24, 31; February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21

Watercolor painting – last class in this course.  See description on February 20 above.

Ⓐ Italian Conversation Group – 1 pm

Luciana Santoriello and Frank Foca moderate Italian discussion groups with help from other fluent speakers.

Video Game Club – 3 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12

NEW: Nintendo Switch is here!  Stop by to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch on the big screen!  Feel free to bring your own Joy-Cons or Switch Pro controller and play with friends.


Drop-In Storytime – 11 to 11:30 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.


Legopalooza! – 2:30 to 4 pm

For children of all ages

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

Ⓐ Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life with Marta McDowell – 2:30 pm

Marta McDowell, Chatham resident, Master Gardener, author, and instructor of landscape history at the New York Botanical Garden, will speak about her recent book Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life.  She will describe the flowers Emily Dickinson grew at her family home in Amherst, Massachusetts and how they were an inspiration for her poetry.