Virtual Halloween Party

It’s party time!  We will miss seeing all the wonderful costumes at our children’s Halloween Parade this year, but we hope you will join us for a fun Virtual Community Halloween Party!  Enter our Virtual Costume Contest, vote for your favorite Halloween candy, check out some fun Halloween activities you can do at home, and more!  Be sure to check out our webpage to see what we have going on virtually in the days leading up to Halloween.

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New Service: Virtual Browsing

Many of you have told us how much you miss browsing the library shelves.  We are now offering the next best thing – virtual browsing via a video call.  To use this service, you will need a smartphone or another device with either Facetime or Google Duo app.
Appointments are currently offered between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm Monday through Thursday.  When requesting an appointment, tell us what area of the library you would like to browse, e.g. new books, TV series, children’s books, cookbooks, etc.  Click on the heading to learn more or to make an appointment.


Follow links for more information and to join online.

Online Chess for Kids with Sean Finn

Registration continues for the next session, which starts on November 2.  For descriptions of groups and to sign up, click on the heading.

Weekly Update

Monday, October 26 – 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 Ms. Stephanie
Tuesday, October 27
Storytime is back!  Join us from the comfort of your home for a fun-filled virtual storytime with Ms. Stephanie!
Ages 3 & Under - 10 to 10:30 am
Ages 4 & Up - 10:30 to 11 am
The Nazi Menace with Bestselling Author Benjamin Hett

Tuesday, October 27 – 7 pm

Dr. Benjamin Hett will give a virtual presentation on his recent book, The Nazi Menace: Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin and the Road to War explaining the events of democratic crisis, racial conflict, and a delayed recognition of evil that led to World War II.  Dr. Hett has a PhD in History from Harvard University and is a history professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Library Book Group: American Dirt

Wednesday, October 28 – 1 pm

Join librarian Mary Kennedy for a virtual meeting of the library’s book group.  This month’s featured title is American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins.  All are welcome to join if you have read the book.

The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy with Author Lara Freidenfelds, Ph.D.

Wednesday, October 28 – 7 pm

Lara Freidenfelds, Ph.D., and historian of health, reproduction, and parenting in America will speak about her recent book, The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy.  Twenty percent of confirmed pregnancies miscarry mostly in the first months of gestation, and for many people, an early pregnancy loss is heartbreaking and akin to losing a child.   She will discuss how we might set realistic and humane expectations for childbearing, and accept the inevitable imperfections of this most human of endeavors.


WHAT TO READ.  Click here for reading suggestions and lists of the latest acquisitions of books and movies for all ages.

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.

REMOTE PRINTING AVAILABLE.  Send from any device, pick up at the library.  Click here for all the details about this service.