The Chatham Public Library will be closed Friday, July 3rd & Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day

The library will reopen Monday, July 6th at 10:00 am.3714752901_b59ceaccda_z[1]

PATRIOTIC T-SHIRTS on Thursday, July 2nd, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

American_flag_background[1]Design a red, white & blue t-shirt to wear in honor of our country’s heroes. Please bring a shirt with you to class. (For Pre K & up)

Registration is required. Call the library at 518-392-3666 or email

“YOU CAN DO A GRAPHIC NOVEL” on Mondays & Wednesdays June 29, July 1, 6, 8, 13, & 15; 6:00 – 7:30 pm

selfportrait200Local cartoonist, Barbara Slate, who has written, drawn and created over 300 stories for Marvel, Archie and DC Comics, will teach you how to develop characters and plot stories, while offering tips on the creative process. For Teens and Tweens. Registration is required; call the library at 518 392-3666 or email

COME FLY WITH ME on Wednesday, July 8th, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

bird-silhouette-blackbird[1]bird-silhouettes[1]A faculty member of the Art School of Columbia County will inspire children to create their own collaged paper-stick puppet inspired by reading selections from ” Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird” by Wallace Stevens. In addition, TAKE HOME KITS with poems and puppet-making supplies will be given to all participants. (For grades 1-2) Registration is required. Call the library at 518-392-3666 or email

SHADOW PUPPETS on Tuesday, July 14, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

5451966040_e889b65b66_z[1]Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky,” students will create puppets and act out selections from this beloved poem. TAKE HOME KITS with poems and puppet making supplies will be given to all participants. This is another wonderful program brought to us by the Art School of Columbia County. (For grades 3-6) Registration is required; call the library at 518-392-3666 or email

MOVIE MATINEE & ACTIVITY on Friday, July 10th at 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm

Despicable-Me-2-Wallpaper-980x551[1]At 1:00 pm, make a minion & at 2:00 pm watch Despicable Me II. Registration is required. Please call the library at 518-392-3666 or email

THE VERMONT PUPPETREE Performance on Thursday, July 16th at 1:00 pm

swan[1]ugly-duckling[1]Both young and old will be thrilled by an imaginative retelling of the classic story THE UGLY DUCKLING, developed in cooperation with The Vermont Institute of Natural Resources. This show was named the Best Children’s Production of 2011 in VT & NH. Sunny day – Library lawn; Rainy day – Middle School gym. (For all ages) Please register by calling the library at 518-392-3666 or email

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP: Monday thru FRIDAY, July 20, 21, 22, 23, 24; READING July 24, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Creative-ESL-Writing-activities-for-young-learners-[1]thoughtful-writing-guy[1]Local author and Chatham High School graduate, Chloe Caldwell, will be leading this creative writing workshop. Participants will have an opportunity to explore fiction, non fiction and poetry. Students will leave with new writing skills, knowledge of new authors and a much greater confidence in their writing abilities. For Tweens & Teens. Registration is required. Call the library at 518-392-3666 or email

MARBLE PAINTING AND BOOK BINDING, Wednesday & Thursday, July 29 & July 30, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

papirok1[1]Local artist, Ulrike Grannis, is back this summer to share her bookbinding skills and teach us the ancient art of marbling paper. For grades 3 & up. Registration is required. Call the library at 518-392-3666 or email

Talking Book Reader

stdplayersmIf you have low vision or any other physical handicap that keeps you from reading books the traditional way, there’s a FREE audio-book player just waiting for an invitation to come to your home.  Through a federally mandated program run by the state, the Talking Book and Braille Library in Albany will send eligible participants a digital machine player.  You can then order books free of charge from the state library.  You can even set up the program so that they send you audio books without individual requests.  Just mark off your preferences on your application (e.g., Sue Grafton; biography; history; comedy) and your cartridges will arrive via USPS.  When you finish each book, return it the same way – and remember, there are no postage costs.  But what if you want to ask for a specific book?   No problem – you can do that too.  Nice, right?

Have a smart phone or a tablet?  You can download the BARD app and download books directly to your machine.   Or, you can download books from the BARD website onto a special blank cartridge and use it in your digital player.  There are so many options.  And we can help you get started.

Come to the library and ask for a demo and we’ll show you how the machine works – you’ll be impressed!  We’ll help you complete your application (there are separate applications for the machine and the app), set up your user profile and get it out the door.

If you have low vision or have some other obstacle that’s preventing you from enjoying reading and learning, this little machine can change your life.  You’re fine?  Good!  But think – do you know anyone who could benefit from this service?  Elderly neighbor, a niece or nephew?  Mom or Dad?  Someone in your life may need you to tell them about this.