The Library will close at 1:00 pm on Christmas Eve, December 24 and remain closed, Christmas Day, December 25. We will reopen on Friday, December 26 at 10:00 am.MC900216894[1]Have a safe and happy holiday!

PRESCHOOL STORYHOUR on December 19 at 10:00 am

MC900116048[1]MC900048059[1]Join us for an hour of puzzles, stories, games , and a craft.


MC900088568[1]Memoir Writing Groups in December are held Tuesdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm AND Thursdays, December 4, 11, & 18, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Peer led writing groups are meeting to provide comment and review on the process of memoir writing. If you are interested in taking part, contact Al Stumph at 518-392-2618 or

New writers are welcome!

MAH JONGG at the Library

Mah JonggMAH JONGG players meet every Monday and Wednesday, 10 am – 12 pm, in the Teen Room. Beginners are welcome!

MOVIE MATINEE on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 3 pm

MC900286930[1]MC900349245[1]This movie might be based on a Charles Dickens Christmas novel and stars a green frog, a pink pig, and a fuzzy bear. Can you guess what movie we will be watching? Rated G  86 min.


MC900444925[1]The Chatham Library will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 31, for New Year’s Eve. We will remain closed all day on Thursday, January 1, 2015 for New Year’s Day. We will open as usual on Friday, January 2 at 10:00 am. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Museum Pass Program

Thanks to the Friends of the Chatham Library, our patrons can checkout  library passes offering free or reduced admission to a wide variety of nearby museums and historic sites. The Library now has a pass that admits six people to Olana, the historic home of painter Frederick Church. PLEASE NOTE:  They are currently on winter hours for house tours, Friday-Sunday, 11am-3pm. Admission to the main house at Olana is by guided tour only.  Tours of the main house at Olana are very popular, so reservations are highly recommended.  Reservations can be made by clicking on the Book a Tour button on their website or calling (518) 828-0135 during business hours. Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour starts. Unclaimed tickets will be made available to other visitors on site and waiting. All hours and fees are subject to change.

Passes are available on a first-come basis, cannot be reserved, circulate for three days, and are limited to one pass per family at a time.

The following passes are available for Chatham & Canaan patrons, and provide free or reduced admission to the following institutions (note: some institutions are closed for the winter, they are listed at the bottom of the page). All hours are subject to change. Please confirm with the institution through their websites or by phone.

Open through the winter:

Albany Institute of History & Art,

Ashley House

Bennington Museum 

The Berkshire Museum

Children’s Museum of Science & Technology

The Columbia County Historical Society

FASNY Museum of Firefighting

Historic Deerfield Village (open through 12/28/2014)

The Hyde Collection

Mass MoCa

The Norman Rockwell Museum

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute pass has expired; the museum is not charging admission during November and December of 2014.

The following are closed for the winter:

Arrowhead (Home of Herman Melville)

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Chesterwood ( home of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial statue)

Hancock Shaker Village

Mission House


The Thomas Cole National Historic Site


For any questions call us at 518-392-3666 or stop by to find out about this wonderful program.

This program is made possible by grants from The Berkshire Bank, The Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation and the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation.

Congratulations to The Chatham Public Library!

for Winning the Best of Columbia County 2014 BEST LIBRAlibraryMC900434810[1]RY!

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.

Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee Meetings

All CPLAC meetings will be held at the Chatham Public Library on the first Tuesday of every month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee meeting dates are:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015