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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

Ⓒ ShopRite Nutrition: Heart Health Month – 4 to 5 pm

Ages 5 to 8                  Limit:  15 children

Registration required – sign up here.

February is Heart Health Month!  Join Tory, ShopRite Registered Dietitian, to talk about red fruits and vegetables, how they are beneficial to your heart and to make a nutritious and tasty red treat!



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am

Ⓐ Italian Conversation Group – 7:15 pm

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


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 5 here.

Ⓐ Gen Y and Other Job Seekers – 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.


Yoga Storytime with Miss Rachael – two sessions at 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers – please choose one session

Practice yoga poses to go along with yoga stories.

Ⓐ 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.

Ⓐ Blood Pressure Screening – 11 am to 12 pm

Stop by for a quick and free blood pressure check.

Ⓐ 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.

Ⓒ Paper Mill Playhouse – 4 to 5 pm

Children’s Theater on Tour Performs

Seussical Jr.

Ages 4 & Up               Audience limit:  100

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos.  Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that has been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

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: Arctic Dogs (PG, 92 min.) – 7 pm

Swifty the arctic fox works in the mailroom at the Arctic Blast Delivery Service and hopes to be promoted to Top Dog one day.  When the delivery service’s current Top Dogs Duke, Dakota, and Dusty suddenly go missing, Swifty steps up to deliver the mail, including a mysterious package to a secret location where he stumbles upon the nefarious Otto Von Walrus and his puffin henchmen.  After discovering the evil genius’s villainous plan to become the world’s supreme ruler, Swifty enlists his friends to help stop the sinister scheme.

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 class continues.  See description on February 6 above.

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.

The Beatles: The Beginnings – 7 pm

Liverpool native John Groom will speak about the Beatles before they became famous.  Mr. Groom lived in the same village as John Lennon and George Harrison and went to the same high school as John Lennon and Paul McCartney.  His presentation will give a description of Liverpool during the 50s and 60s, the Beatles’ families, musical influences, as well as the Quarrymen, the group formed by Lennon which evolved into the Beatles.


Drop-In Storytime – 11 to 11:30 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.

Jacob Mathews Concert – 2:30 pm

This is the new date for the concert originally scheduled for February 1.  Jacob launched his musical career in 2016 with the release of his EP Roads Unknown.  2019 was a big year for Mathews with the release of two seven-track original albums, A Fool's Paradise and Inspire.  Jacob has played Chatham’s Relay for Life, National Night Out, Colony Pool, and many other town events.  He is coming back to the library to perform for the fourth time with brand new originals and sing-along covers of classic rock songs for all to enjoy!


Essex Water Color Club Art Show

Opening Reception – 2:15 to 4 pm

The Essex Water Color Club, the oldest watercolor club in New Jersey, will hold its annual show through February.  Reception sponsored by Friends of the Library