Agriculture Literacy Program: Wednesday, March 21st 4:30pm

We are proud to feature the book Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson, illustrated by Mary Azarian. This book displays the vast opportunities and diversity that New York agriculture encompasses this year. Youth will be taken on the journey from farm to table to understand different aspects of agriculture and the many possible careers involved. This is a captivating glimpse on what it takes to bring the food we eat to us in order to nourish our bodies and spirits. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties 4-H Agriculture and STEM Educator, Margaret Smith will be reading this magnificent book to youth at the library as well as doing a small activity centered on the book.

For families with children ages 4 to 8 years old

Annual Reading by the Memoir Writers’ Group: Saturday, March 24th at 1pm at CHS

The Library Memoir Writing group share from their work in their third annual reading. Coming from a wide range of life experience, they gather weekly to hone their work, and the results are funny, heartfelt, and splendid.  Refreshments will be served.

This event will be held at the Chatham High School Library.

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MAH JONGG at the Library every Monday and Wednesday from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

Join the Mah Jongg renaissance! MAH JONGG players meet downstairs every Monday and Wednesday, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm.  Beginners are welcome!

March 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28th


Memoir Writing Group on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

old-typewriter[1]A Memoir Writing Group is held on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm:

March 13, 20, and 27th

This peer led writing group meets to provide comment and review on the process of memoir writing. New writers are welcome. If interested, contact Phil Palladino at 518-392-5933, email at or just stop by.


Ukulele Jam on Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Come to our weekly Ukulele Jam – led by Carmen Borgia, singer, songwriter and ukulele player extraordinaire! Leave your inhibition at home. Please register by calling, emailing, or stopping in at the library, walk-ins are also welcome.

Ukes will be available if you don’t have one yet, including several you can borrow to take home!

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TECH TUTORS Thursday, April 19th, 3:30pm

Tech Tutors are High School students who provide one-on-one help to adults to learn basic computer skills or how to better use their eReader of smartphone. Basic instruction may include how to use a mouse, download an eBook, set up an email account, search the Internet, or navigate Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter. Bring your tablet, phone, reader, or other device with you.

Visit the library, or call us at 518-392-3666 to register for this program.

Next Tech Tutor Thursdays:  May 17.

Puppy Tales Wednesday, March 21st at 2:30

Come visit with Lennie, the therapy dog. Read him one of your favorite stories or draw a picture of him to add to our display.

All ages are welcome!






Acorn TV: Best in British TV and Film

Thanks to the Friends of the Library, now with your Chatham or Canaan Public Library card you have access to Acorn TV, hailed as “glorious streaming service…an essential must-have” by The Hollywood Reporter. With 80+ shows, hours of commercial-free programming, and new shows added weekly, there’s always something to watch!

See them first: Acorn streams the latest seasons of fan favorites like Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, George Gently, Vera, Murdoch Mysteries and many more.

Add shows to your personal watchlist for later viewing and share your favorite shows and episodes!

All you need is an internet connection and a desktop or device to watch online. Acorn TV is currently available on laptops, desktops, and tablets via browser

Sign up for a 7-day pass to watch as much as you want. When that pass expires, you can get another one.

kanopy: film streaming service with your Library Card

Watch over over 26,000 films on Kanopy! Just launched,  Chatham and Canaan Library users can now watch must-see classic film from The Criterion Collection, learn about every subject imaginable from The Great Courses and PBS or indulge in festival indie or world cinema sourced from award-winning filmmakers globally. Kanopy makes it easy to watch any time, to share and discuss films. Check out their Film Columbia collection!

Films can be streamed through smart TVs, Rokus, on tablets, computers, or smart phones. You can watch up to 10 films per month.