SPOTLIGHT ON: IT’S YOUR LIBRARY, HELP US SHAPE ITS FUTURE
By Mary Kennedy
How do you predict the future? You create it. At a recent State Library-sponsored conference we librarians convened to learn about the future of libraries. We were all given a nice blue tee-shirt that said: How do you predict the future? Create it. As an integral part of your community, the library strives to create a place that is really great. Passive dreaming isn’t enough. We all need to be active participants today to ensure the future we all envision. We welcome your input. If you want something added to the library collection, please request it. If there is a service or program you think we should offer, suggest it. Together we really can predict the future by creating it! Complete a short online survey on our website to help us build a better library.
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
By Galina Natenzon
This week we are starting this year’s Homework Helpers program. Two Chatham High School students are back again helping elementary school students with homework, as they did in the last school year. The help sessions will take place on Wednesdays twice a month throughout the school year – a remarkable commitment from the young tutors! Please see Wednesday listings for details.
On Saturday we are taking you to the theater. The Hudson Shakespeare Company is coming with effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.
For information about all programs or to sign up, please call the library at 9736350603 or go to
Ⓐ Adult Ⓒ Children Ⓣ Teen Ⓕ Family
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
Storytime is an 8-week, progressive program for preschoolers and their caregivers. Registration
24 months and younger – 9:45 am
4 to 6 years – 10:15 am
2 to 3 years – 11 am
Ⓒ ShopRite Nutrition: Get Creative with Your Lunch – 4 pm
Ages 5 to 8 Limit: 15 children
Breakfast is important, but so is lunch on a busy school day. Join ShopRite dietitian Monica
Hansen to learn creative ways to keep your lunch exciting!
Ⓒ Chess for Kids
Chess Expert Sean Finn will lead our next series of Chess for Kids. Players must be able to
attend all 6 classes. 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 to 10 Limit: 16 children
Group 3: Players who can finish a game with checkmate and have previously taken a chess
6 – 6:45 pm Suggested ages 10 to 13 Limit: 16 children
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3
24 months and younger – 10 am
2 to 3 years – 10:30 am
Ⓐ Bring Your Own Device – 11 am or 2 pm
Bring your smartphone or tablet to the library for individual training with a reference librarian.
Learn to download library eBooks to your own device. Call for an appointment at 9736350603.
Ⓐ CALL: Origins, Strategies and Outcomes of the Second World War
Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26; October 3 – 11 am to 12:15 pm
Arnold M. Goldstein, Ph.D. from the City University of New York and former Adjunct Professor
at NJIT, is presenting a four-part series on the Second World War. The series will focus on the
events that led to the rise of totalitarian governments in Germany, Italy, Japan and the Soviet
Union in the aftermath of the First World War and the Great Depression of the 1930s. A $40 fee
for this series is required payable to Friends of the Library.
Ⓐ CALL: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Tuesdays, September 12, 19 and 26; October 3 – 1 to 2 pm
Anne Meany, retired director of the Bernards Township Library with a degree in Literature from
Brooklyn College, is presenting a series of lectures on James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as
a Young Man. This novel features a series of 19 vignettes, each written in a different style
reflecting the developing consciousness of the artist-hero. A $40 fee for this series is required
payable to Friends of the Library.
Ⓒ Stitch Your Own Little Pony with Miss Polly
Tuesdays, October 3, 10 and 17 – 4 to 5 pm
Ages 6 and Up Limit: 8 children
Miss Polly will help you design and stitch your own little pony doll in this 3-week class.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4
Ⓒ Spanish Storytime – 10 am
Children of all ages
Introduce your child to basic Spanish vocabulary with fun stories, songs and music!
Ⓒ Homework Helpers – 3:30 to 5 pm
Grades K to 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!
Ⓐ 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.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5
Ⓒ Yoga Storytime – 10 or 10:45 am
For preschoolers and their caregivers
Practice yoga poses to go with yoga stories – fun for children and adults.
Ⓐ Blood Pressure Screening – 10 am to 12 noon
Stop by for a quick and free blood pressure check.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
Ⓣ Video Game Club – 3 to 4:45 pm
Grades 6 to 12
Stop by to play Super Smash Bros. on the big screen!
This program is made possible by Chatham Borough through the Clean Communities Grant
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
Ⓒ Drop-In Storytime – 11 am
For children of all ages. No registration required
Ⓐ Performance of Macbeth by the Hudson Shakespeare Company – 2 PM
A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one
day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife,
Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked
with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from
enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil
war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.
Jon Ciccarelli, Artistic Director for the Hudson Shakespeare Company, will present a production
of Macbeth featuring six actors in multiple roles. The play will be presented in an All Hallows
Eve adaptation offering a supernatural and enthralling experience.
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