Young Adult Book Discussion: On the Come Up

The Cultural Committee of the Chathams, the Library of the Chathams, and the School District of the Chathams present a discussion of the book On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.

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Coming up on August 12 - read the book now!  Set in the same neighborhood as Thomas’s electrifying The Hate U Give, this visceral novel makes clear and convincing observations about the cycle of poverty and the inescapable effects of systemic racism.
Free copies of the book are available through our Library Takeout service.  Email or call 973-635-0603 to get a copy.  For high school students aged 14 and up.  Sign up here, and we will email you the Zoom link before the meeting.

Library Takeout Service Is Open

While the library is still closed to the public, you can request books and movies online or by phone and pick them up in the back foyer of the library.  Click on the link above for all the details.

Summer Reading Program for All Ages Continues

For Chatham Residents Only.  This year the Summer Reading Program is entirely online.  One thing remains unchanged – we still urge you to read more and offer prizes for kids and adults!  Click on the link above for more information.


Follow links for more information and to join online.

Super Science: Lemon Volcanoes

Monday, July 27 – 1 pm

Students will take a lemon and make a gushing, bubbling volcano right at their home!  The chemical reaction between the citric acid in the juice of the lemon and baking soda creates a colorful “lava” that will ooze out of the fruit!  This is the third class in the series, and it is full.  Registration for each class opens 2 weeks prior – go to Events for Kids on our website to sign up.

Python Programming for Kids

Monday, July 27 & Wednesday, July 29 – 4 pm

Learn how to think like a computer scientist with Python!  Get hands-on coding experience in this series of 8 lessons, conducted via Zoom on Mondays & Wednesdays through August 12.  Learn code patterns and practical day-to-day applications using this versatile programming language.  Registered students only.

Weekly Updates

Every Monday at 7:30 pm

While the situation is constantly changing, Library Director Karen Brodsky holds weekly talks about the status of the library and its plans for reopening.  Friends of the Library officers and co-chairs of the Book Sale Debbie Fabian and Maureen Kelly will talk about the status of the annual Book Sale.

Storytime with Miss Betty

Tuesday, July 28

Ages 3 and under – 10 am

Ages 4 and up – 10:30 am

Join us from the comfort of your home for these fun-filled virtual storytimes with Miss Betty!

Constellations: Science & Stories in the Sky

Tuesday, July 28 – 4 pm

Summer is the finest part of the year for stargazing because it offers warm nights and the beauty of the Milky Way running straight overhead.  The constellations we see have been passed down to us across generations with patterns that reflect different stories from around the world.  This live OpenSpace webcast is brought to you by the STAR Library Network’s NASA@ My Library program in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute , the American Library Association, and the American Museum of Natural History.

Sweet Digs: A Peek Inside the Homes of Modern Millennials

Tuesday, July 28 – 7 pm

Explore Refinery29’s Sweet Digs, a digital home tour series, and apply it to your own life.  Whether you are headed back to school, moving into your first apartment, or are looking for more ways to keep busy at home, there is inspiration to be found across the Sweet Digs series.  Brianna Donnelly of Refinery29  will give you a sneak peek behind how the series is made.  Check out episodes that feature DIY projects you can try yourself!

Diverse Voices Book Club
Wednesday, July 29 – 4 pm
Calling all readers ages 8-12!  Are you interested in reading books that celebrate the Black experience?  Do you want to learn more about racial inequality in America?  If yes, join our summer Book Club with Miss Noor using Zoom.  We are reading the book Blended by Sharon Draper.  For this meeting, please read through Chapter 48.  Click on the heading to learn more and to get a copy of the book.

Shipwrecks Off the New Jersey Shore

Wednesday, July 29 – 7 pm

Dan Lieb, president of the New Jersey Historical Divers Association in Wall, NJ, dedicated to preserving New Jersey shipwreck history, will present a virtual lecture on shipwrecks and artifacts found off the coast of New Jersey.  Dan will discuss the findings of lost and misnamed shipwrecks as well as other historically significant sites.

Virtual Move & Groove with Miss Jolie

Thursday, July 30 - 10 am

Join Miss Jolie for a virtual music and movement class!  Miss Jolie plays the guitar and ukulele as she infuses learning and movement with music, stories, and lots of silliness!  Jolie brings a twist to classic children’s music in addition to engaging children with original interactive songs.  Singing, dancing, clapping, snapping, and stomping are highly encouraged!  Best for ages 1-6, but all ages are welcome.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library

Make Your Own Reusable Bag

Friday, July 31 – 3 pm

Make your own reusable bag from a T-shirt while learning fun facts about the importance of reusable bags and the plastic bag ban.  Chatham High School senior Kaitlin Osucha will lead this class as part of her Gold Award project.  Click on the heading for list of supplies and to register.

The library is closed on Sundays through Labor Day weekend.

DIGITAL LIBRARY.  Click here to access all the eBooks, audiobooks, movies, crafts, magazines, Great Courses, and graphic novels on all our digital platforms.

DIGITAL RESOURCES FOR KIDS.  Click here for books, audiobooks, movies, fun activities, and story times for children.

GET A LIBRARY CARD ONLINE.  Chatham residents:  click here to get a library card, so you can use the virtual library online, as well as the Library Takeout service.

JOIN SUMMER READING CLUBS.  We have reading clubs for all ages – read books and get prizes!

1,000 MASK CHALLENGE.  The challenge has passed the 5,000 mark.  Please help protect our front-line workers by making masks from materials that we deliver right to your doorstep.  No need to leave home thanks to Friends of the Library Book Sale funding and volunteers.