The school year has started, and the library is getting serious about its educational mission for all ages.  You will see a whole array of learning programs in this week’s lineup, but one is brand new to the library and to Chatham.  The Chatham Chinese Association, in cooperation with the Library of the Chathams, is starting a Chinese Conversation Group.  It is geared to young adults, including high schoolers who take Chinese at school, but also to everyone who is interested in Chinese language and culture.  Its first meeting is on Wednesday, September 11 – see listings below.

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Stories with the Librarian – 10 to 10:30 am

For preschoolers of all ages

Children and caregivers can enjoy a few stories, a few songs, and maybe a simple craft.

ShopRite Nutrition: All about Apples! – 4 to 5 pm

Ages 5 to 8                  Limit:  15 children

Registration required – sign up here.

Let's celebrate the start of the fall season with honoring a fall favorite: apples!  We will make yummy apple treats and learn all about the nutrition apples have to offer us.

Social Security Workshop: 67 Is the New 65 – 7 pm

Retired Human Resources professional Neil Berger will present this Social Security workshop in layman’s terms.  Topics will include how much you can earn in a year and still collect Social Security benefits; whether you can collect benefits on your ex-spouse’s work record; and when you should apply.  Registration is not required, but requested so that we know how many handouts to prepare – sign up here.


Coding for Kids: Python

September 10 & 12 – 5 to 7 pm

Ages 10 to 14              Limit:  10 children

Register only if you can attend both classes – sign up here.

Learn how to think like a computer scientist with Python.  Get familiar with basic programming concepts and gain hands-on coding experience.  Basic computer understanding is required.

Italian Conversation Group – 7:15 pm

Also on Friday, September 20 – 1 pm

Luciana Santoriello and Frank Foca moderate this Italian discussion group with the help of other fluent speakers.


Ⓐ, Ⓣ 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.

The topic of the kick-off meeting on September 11 will be Fun Facts about China.  It will include explanations of Chinese symbols such as Yin/Yang, crafts, and open conversation while learning some new words.  Registration is not required, but encouraged – sign up here.


Music with Carolyn Dempsey – 10 or 10:45 am

For preschoolers and their caregivers

Move, shake, dance and sing to Carolyn’s guitar music!

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 will be conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Students will be divided into small groups by skill level.  Books and other learning materials will be provided.  The program is free – all you need is a commitment to learn!  Register online, in person, or call 973-635-0603.

Coding for Kids: Python

September 10 & 12 – 5 to 7 pm

See Tuesday above for information.

Cinema214: Aladdin (PG, 128 min.) – 7 pm

A kind-hearted street urchin Aladdin vies for the love of the beautiful princess Jasmine, the princess of Agrabah.  When he finds a magic lamp, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself a prince in order to marry her.  He is also on a mission to stop the powerful Jafar who plots to steal the magic lamp that could make his deepest wishes come true.  Join us for the live-action remake of this Disney classic!  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.


Waterworks Artists’ Exhibit Opening Reception – 2:15 to 4 pm

The Waterworks Artists will show the watercolor and acrylic paintings of Lyle Brehm, Sandra McTernan, Ann Piekarz, George Polazzi, Gail Silver, and Jill Vondervor-Frank.  The show will be available for viewing Saturday, September 6 through the end of the month.  Reception sponsored by Friends of the Library.