Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind book sale!  Friends of the Library offer a broad selection of scary books, graphic novels and DVDs.  Shop with a reusable bag and get a free book!  Proceeds from the sale benefit your library.  See below for time and contents.

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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: UglyDolls (PG, 88 min.) – 2 pm

The free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.  Bring a mat or a pillow to get comfortable.  We’ll provide the movie and popcorn.

Chess for Kids

Registration required

Group 1:  Players with little or no experience with chess

4 – 4:45 pm     Ages 5 to 8      Limit: 12 children

Group 2:  Players who can finish a game with checkmate

5 – 5:45 pm     Ages 8 to 10    Limit: 16 children

Cancelled event:  Author Visit with Amy Ellis Nutt

Please note that the visit from Amy Ellis Nutt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Becoming Nicole, has been canceled and will be rescheduled.



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am

Safety Series: Police and Fire Departments – 11 am

Brian Colatrella, Chatham Borough Police Community Service Officer, will discuss Operation Reassurance.  This is a vital service offered to senior citizens in the Chathams. Pete Glogolich, former Chatham Borough Fire Chief/Official, will give an informative presentation about fire safety.


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.

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 – 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 – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Thursdays, September 5 through October 24

For those wanting to improve their English language skills, we have started our next cycle of ESL classes.  The program is conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  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.


Italian Conversation Group – 1 pm

Luciana Santoriello and Frank Foca moderate this Italian discussion group 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.


SCARY BOOK SALE – 10 am to 2 pm

Children’s Halloween books!  Spooky Young Adult novels!  Halloween DVDs!  Friends of the Library offer a scary selection for one day only!  Most titles are $2 each.  All proceeds from the sale benefit the library.

Ⓒ Super Science for Kids: Rubber Band Cars – 2 pm

Grades K to 3              Limit: 10 students

Registration required – sign up hereThis program currently has a waiting list.

Explore scientific concepts in a fun way!  Chatham High School students Lea and Jack Casano-Boris will lead a new series of experiments followed by an explanation of the science behind each experiment.  Coming up: Make Your Own Ice Cream (November 2) and Lava Lamp/Density (November 16).  Registration opens 15 days prior to each class.

Drop-In Storytime – 11 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.

Halloween: A Haunted History with Kevin Woyce – 2 pm

Author and lecturer Kevin Woyce will discuss the strange history of Halloween from Old World harvest festivals to our modern holiday.  Learn about the origins of the jack-o’-lantern, Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, the first monster movies, haunted lighthouses and hotels, and much more.