There are several new programs opening this week at the Library of The Chathams. As part of our adult education program, we are starting an exciting new course on Johann Sebastian Bach. Children who love crafts can try their hand at making a Murray the Mummy doll, just in time for Halloween. The next trip in our Travel Around the World program will take the children to France. For those children who did not get into our Chess for Kids classes (the demand was quite overwhelming), two Chatham High School students are starting a Saturday chess club, where they will teach young players the fundamentals of chess.

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Storytime is an eight-week, progressive program for preschoolers and their caregivers. Registration is required.

24 months and younger – 9:45 a.m.

4 to 6 years – 10:15 a.m.

2 to 3 years – 11 a.m.

Ⓒ Library Cinema – 2 p.m.

It is Columbus Day, and school is out! Bring a mat or a pillow to get comfortable. We’ll provide the movie and popcorn.

Ⓒ Chess for Kids

Chess Expert Sean Finn will lead our next series of Chess for Kids. Players must be able to attend all six classes. Registration is required.

Group 1:  Players with little or no experience with chess.

4-4:45 p.m.     Suggested ages 6 to 8            Limit: 12 children

Group 2:  Players who can finish a game with checkmate.

5-5:45 p.m.     Suggested ages 8 to 10          Limit: 16 children

Group 3:  Players who can finish a game with checkmate and have previously taken a chess class.

6-6:45 p.m.     Suggested ages 10 to 13        Limit: 16 children



Registration is required.

24 months and younger – 10 a.m.

2 to 3 years – 10:30 a.m.

Ⓐ CALL: Johann Sebastian Bach

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31 – 1-2 p.m.

Dr. Vincent J. Rufino, adjunct professor of music history at the College of St. Elizabeth and guest conductor at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, will present a four-part series on the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the most masterful composers of all time. A $40 fee for this series is required payable to Friends of the Library by Oct. 6.

Ⓒ Stitch Your Own Little Pony with Miss Polly

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10 and 17 – 4-5 p.m.

Ages 6 & up                Limit: 8 children

Registration is required.

Miss Polly will help you design and stitch your own little pony doll in this three-week class.

Ⓒ TRIP AROUND THE WORLD: France – 5 p.m.

Ages 8 & up                Limit: 20 children

Registration required

Bonjour Chatham! Come travel to the land of Belle and the Eiffel Tower without leaving your hometown! Put on your best French accent as you learn a little of the language, sample French cuisine, sing songs and do a craft inspired by Limoges porcelain. Join us as we explore this beautiful and culturally rich country. Voilà! Hosted by Carolyn Dempsey.


Spanish Conversation Group – 7 p.m.

Would you like to improve your Spanish language skills? Maria José Suarez and Andrea Plitt moderate this Spanish discussion group every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Join us and meet with these native speakers to get a conversation going.


Music with Mr. John – 10 and 10:45 a.m.

For preschoolers and their caregivers.

Move, shake, dance and sing to Mr. John’s guitar music.

Ⓒ Stitch a Murray the Mummy Doll with Miss Polly

Thursday, Oct. 12, 19 and 26 – 4-5 p.m.

Ages 6 & up                Limit: 8 children

Registration is required.

Stitch this cute mummy doll just in time for Halloween in this three-week class with Miss Polly.

Cinema214 – 7 p.m.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG-13, 129 min.)

A down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young man in the British Navy. Join us for the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series!


Video Game Club – 3-4:45 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.


Drop-In Storytime – 11 a.m.

For children of all ages. No registration is required.

New:  Chess Mates! – 2-4 p.m.

Second and fourth Saturday of the month, Oct. 14 and 28

Ages 6 & Up                Limit: 12 children per session

Registration opens on the Monday before each session. Priority will be given to children who are not currently enrolled in Chess for Kids.

Join Ryan and Darren, members of the Chatham High School Chess Club, for an afternoon of chess!  They will help beginners learn how to play. All skill levels welcome.