Nonfiction Author Series for adults, Culinary Adventure Around the World for school-aged children and Jumpin’ Jamie Music and Puppet Shows are three new programs starting this week!  Check listings below for details.

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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

Chess for Kids

Registration required

Group 1:  Players with little or no experience with chess

4 – 4:45 pm     Suggested ages 5 to 8            Limit: 12 children

Register for Group 1 here.  This group currently has a waiting list.

Group 2:  Players who can finish a game with checkmate

5 – 5:45 pm     Suggested ages 8 to 10          Limit: 16 children

Register for Group 2 here.


Nancy Kislin, a psychotherapist and licensed social worker, will discuss her book LOCKDOWN: Talking to Your Kids About School Violence.  LOCKDOWN offers professional insight and therapeutic guidance to help parents, teachers, school administrators and social service professionals nurture and heal children in this era of school shootings.  The book features scores of interviews with children and their parents, including those present during the 2018 tragic event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  It offers important context and professional therapeutic strategies for dealing with the trauma that comes from lockdowns, active shooter drills, and the horrific events that occur all too frequently in our country today.



Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am

Ⓒ Culinary Adventure Around the World: Israel – 5 to 6 pm

Ages 8 & Up.  Limit 20 children.  Registration required – sign up here.

This is the first culinary trip in a school-year long series presented by the Cultural Committee of Chatham.  In September Jewish families around the world celebrate Rosh Hashanah.  Come, learn and bake some yummy sweet treats in honor of the Jewish New Year!  Presented by Stephanie Mathews.

Ⓐ What Is CBD and What Are the Benefits? – 7 pm

Alan Brown, owner and compounding pharmacist at Liberty Drug & Surgical in Chatham, will discuss the medical effects of Cannabidiol (CBD), a legal, non-addictive, non-psychoactive compound derived from the hemp plant.  CBD has been used to treat pain, anxiety, inflammation, stress, arthritis, insomnia, seizures, and headaches.  Learn how CBD works and how you can obtain a quality product.


Book Group:  There There – 1 pm

The group will discuss There There by Tommy Orange.  You may pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk.

Ⓒ 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

Ⓐ, Ⓣ NEW!  Chinese Conversation Group

September 11 & 25; October 9 & 23 – 7:15 pm

This new program is for teens and young adults, but everyone who is interested in Chinese culture is welcome.  Meetings will include practice in daily conversation, learning new words, introduction to Chinese culture, as well as crafts and games.  The program is designed and implemented by the Chatham Chinese Association.  Registration is not required, but encouraged – sign up here.


NEW! Jumpin’ Jamie Music and Puppet Show – 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

Meet Jumpin’ Jamie and his puppet friends for songs and games!

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.

J-Pop Club – 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Grades 6 to 12

Do you love Japanese pop culture?  Join our new J-Pop Club!  Feel free to talk about anime, manga, cosplay, J-Pop (and K-Pop) music, and make crafts, while trying some Japanese snacks!  Registration is not required, but please sign up here so that we know how many people are coming.

Cinema214: Yesterday (PG-13, 116 min.) – 7 pm

In Lowestoft, UK, Jack Malik is a frustrated musician whose musical career is going nowhere despite the faith that his friend/manager Ellie Appleton has in him.  On the night Jack decides to give up, the whole world is momentarily hit with a massive blackout during which Jack is hit by a bus.  Upon regaining consciousness, Jack learns he is the only person in the world who knows the music of the Beatles.  Realizing this improbable opportunity, Jack begins playing the music of the greatest of the rock bands, claiming it as his own.  It pays off quickly and Jack becomes a worldwide musical sensation, however, he must make a fundamental moral decision about his music to satisfy his conscience as he decides what he truly needs.  Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library


Video Game Club – 3 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12

Stop by to play Super Smash Bros. on the big screen!


Meditation Class with Jean Leigh – 10 to 11 am

Jean Leigh, a meditation teacher from Morristown, will present guided meditation classes in September and October.  Benefits of meditation include relief of stress, enhancement of focus, increased memory, and a sense of peace.  Sign up for this class in person, online, or call 973‑635‑0603.

Drop-In Storytime – 11 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.


Legopalooza! – 2:30 to 4 pm

For children of all ages

Build your own LEGO creation from our enormous collection of LEGOs.  Creations will be put on display in the Children’s Room.