There is still time to help save the library murals painted by the author/illustrator Michael Rex.  The murals have sustained damage and will be further affected by our planned renovation project.  We will preserve the murals through digitization, and we need your help!  See for details.  Our Kickstarter campaign ends on January 21.

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The Friends of the Library will be accepting gently used books, CDs and DVDs for the Annual Book Sale.  Bring your donations to the rear entrance of the library and deposit them in the hallway.  Please donate books that are in good condition.  We do not accept textbooks or encyclopedias.  The Book Sale begins on March 14.


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

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Stories with the Librarian – 10 to 10:30 am

Children and caregivers can enjoy stories and songs.  No registration required.

Ⓐ C.A.L.L.: Art and Architecture of Rome.  Part 2:  Medieval

Mondays, January 6, 13, 20 & 27 – 11 am to 12:30 pm

Rita Keane, Associate Professor of Art History at Drew University, and Margaret Kuntz, Professor of Art History at Drew University, will present this four-part course.  The course will consider the art and architecture of the city of Rome from its origins to the seventeenth century.  We will discover a history of Rome through the study of its monuments and how works of art and architecture reflected and created ideological currents (political, religious, and social) in the ancient, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque city.  A fee of $40 will be charged for the series or $10 per individual class.


Winter Move & Groove with Miss Jolie – 10 to 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

No registration required

Join us for a Winter Move & Groove with Miss Jolie!  We will celebrate the winter season by singing, dancing, twirling, clapping, and more!  Miss Jolie will be performing interactive songs with her ukulele along with other musical instruments and props for the children.

Ⓒ Culinary Adventure Around the World: Poland and Ukraine – 5 to 6 pm

Ages 8 & Up                Limit: 20 children

Registration opens Thursday, January 2

Come and learn how to make two desserts from two Eastern European countries – Poland and Ukraine.  You will learn how to make babka (sweet bread) and Ukrainian sour cream poppy seed cake.  You will taste the desserts and bring the recipes home to try.  We will also listen to the countries' music and learn a bit of their culture.  This Cultural Committee of the Chathams program is presented by Deirdre Rajoppi.

Ⓐ Women’s Fight for Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment – 7 pm

Attorney Sharon M. Hallanan, an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Speakers Bureau, will present a lecture on voting rights and the struggle for women to obtain the right to vote in the 20th century.  New Jersey’s own Alice Paul, who was instrumental in advocating for the passage of the 19th Amendment, will be highlighted.


Mahjong Lessons and Club

Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22 & 29 – 1 to 3 pm

New players:  Would you like to learn how to play Mahjong?  Here is your chance to learn from three experienced players.  Class size is limited to 12, and the class is now full.  We are planning to offer it again in the future, so check back with us soon!  Experienced players:  If you are already a Mahjong player and are looking for somewhere to play and partners to play with, come with your own set and card and enjoy the game!  Experienced players can sign up here.

Ⓒ Homework Helpers – 3:30 to 5 pm

Registration required – sign up here.

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

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


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.

Ⓐ 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 are starting our next cycle of ESL classes.  The program will be conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Students will be divided into small groups by skill level.  Books and other learning materials will be 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.  Sign up only if you can attend all 6 classes

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

Players with little or no experience with chess.  Register for Group1 here.

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

Players who can finish a game with checkmate.  Register for Group 2 here.


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.