If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to travel in today’s Cuba, you can find out at the Chatham Library! Rebecca Greer, a resident of Chatham, will show a series of colorful slides and talk about her recent trip to this fascinating island – the 79th country she’s visited “and one of the most interesting,” she says.
From the house where Hemingway wrote two of his best novels to the Bay of Pigs Museum, from a children’s dance performance in a cultural center to a rodeo at the King Ranch, from an artisan’s small pottery studio to a huge cigar factory with hundreds of workers, Greer will describe the wide variety of experiences she had during a busy 10-day trip.
Tech Tutors are high school students who will provide one-on-one help to adults to learn basic computer skills or how to better use their eReader or smartphone. Learn to use a mouse, set up an email account, search the internet, or navigate Facebook or Twitter. Bring your laptop, tablet, phone, reader, or other device with you. Visit the library, or call us at 392-3666, to register for this program.
Come to the library for CUDDLE ME Story Time. Our program is for Birth to 24 months, a story time designed especially for our youngest patrons with songs, rhymes and stories. Join the fun! Our October Cuddle Me dates are 7, 14, 21 & 28. See you then!
This peer led writing group meets 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 email@example.com
New writers are always welcome!
We recently refreshed the books on our Nook e-readers, adding recent popular titles:
Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee
God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson
Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
H is for Hawk, Helen MacDonald
There are over thirty other titles on the Nooks, ranging from Pride and Prejudice to The Hunger Games to Fifty Shades of Grey. Check one out today!
Thanks to the Friends of the Chatham Library, you can check out passes offering free or reduced admission to a wide variety of museums and historic sites in our area.
Passes are available on a first-come basis and can be checked out for two days. Please return Museum Passes inside the building, or in the media slot of the book drop, if the library is closed.
This summer we are offering passes to 25 museums, historic houses, and other institutions in our area, including a ship! Below is a description of each one, with a link to their website/homepage–we suggest you confirm hours, directions, etc., online or by phone.
Albany Institute of History & Art Albany NY Founded in 1791, it is one of the oldest museums in the United States. The Institute’s museum and library holdings document the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late seventeenth century to the present day. Although the Institute is famous for its significant Hudson River school paintings, the broad scope of its collections includes fine arts, furnishings, personal objects, documents, manuscripts, photographs, and personal papers used by people of all ages, social classes, economic conditions, and cultural groups.
Arrowhead Pittsfield, MA The historic home of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. The beauty of the region was a great inspiration to Melville, particularly the view of Mount Greylock, highest point in Massachusetts, and visible from the farm house window. A house tour takes about 45 minutes, and ends in Melville’s study, where he wrote Moby Dick. The property includes the farm and a nature trail. The grounds and nature trail are open year round, during daylight hours.
Ashley House/Bartholomew’s Cobble Sheffield, MA Built in 1735, this historic home is the oldest house still standing in Berkshire County. It tells the intertwined stories of the Ashley family, and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18th century. Inspired by Revolutionary-era rhetoric and her own desire for freedom, Mum Bett, who was enslaved in the Ashley House, helped end slavery in Massachusetts. In 1781, she sued Col. Ashley for her freedom – and won. Mum Bett was and remains an inspiration to all who learn her story. The Ashley House contains fine collections of redware, furniture, and tools, and is adjacent to Bartholomew’s Cobble Reservation, which offers five miles of scenic trails.
Bennington Museum Bennington, VT As the largest art and history repository in southern Vermont, the museum houses diverse collections reflecting the history of early Vermont and historically associated areas of New York and Massachusetts. Art and artifacts range in date from the early 18th century to the present. Items include the largest public collection of paintings by the great American folk artist Grandma Moses, which draws visitors from around the world. Nearby is Vermont’s tallest structure, the Bennington Battle Monument, and the Old First Church, home to the grave site of poet Robert Frost.
Berkshire Botanical Garden Stockbridge, MA The public display gardens are among the oldest in the US and have been expanded over the years in breadth and variety, encompassing 15 acres of cultivated land at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The collections emphasize plants that are indigenous to or thrive in the Berkshires.
The Berkshire Museum Pittsfield, MA The diverse collections boast artifacts of ancient history and natural science: fossils, a 143-pound meteorite, an Egyptian mummy, shards of Babylonian cuneiform tablets, samplings of early Mediterranean jewelry, and hands-on representations of Berkshire ecosystems including local mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, plants, and minerals. Its art holdings include a sizable group of paintings from the revered Hudson River School; significant works by Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church also figure prominently.
Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA The home, studio, and gardens of Daniel Chester French, America’s foremost public sculptor. His works include The Minute Man in Concord, MA, The Continents in lower Manhattan, and most famously, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Children’s Museum of Science & Technology Rensselaer, NY All exhibits at CMOST are designed with science discovery and play in mind. Why? Because discovery and play aren’t just about entertainment, they are essential learning tools. Children learn about themselves, their environment, people and the world around them all through play.
The Columbia County Historical Society Kinderhook, NY Explore a gallery of changing exhibitions, a research library and reading room, and museum store. The library and exhibit gallery are open to researchers and visitors March-December.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Amherst, MA The largest museum of its kind in the United States, it houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art from around the world; a hands-on art studio for creating masterpieces of one’s own; performances, films, and lectures; and a comfortable library for reading and storytelling. Eric Carle authored 70 picture books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
FASNY Museum of Firefighting Hudson, NY Whether you are a firefighter on a pilgrimage to the Museum for the first time, a family looking for a fascinating daytrip or a student of history whose interest has been piqued by the fire service, be engaged by the subject of firefighting as history, as culture, as a service to humanity, as a preventative practice and as ever-changing art and technology.
Hancock Shaker Village Pittsfield, NY An authentic Shaker site with 750 acres of rolling pasture and woodlands and our walkable Village with 20 historic buildings, including the world-famous Round Stone Barn, our farm with heritage-breed animals (including our famous Baby Animals!), and extensive gardens of herbs, flowers and produce. Expert interpreters in many buildings bring the Shaker story to life.
Historic Deerfield Village Deerfield, MA Spend a day in old New England. Visit Historic Deerfield, an authentic 18th-century New England village in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. Tour beautifully restored museum houses with period architecture and furnishings. See Yankee ingenuity at work in demonstrations of colonial-era trades, and explore our world-famous collection of early American crafts, ceramics, furniture, textiles and metalwork.
The Hyde Collection Glens Falls, NY Housed in an American Renaissance-style mansion and a modern Edward Larrabee Barnes addition, The Hyde Collection is a truly remarkable blend of the present with the past; a showcase for an extraordinary art collection ranging from the Old Masters to the most exciting contemporary artists.
Mass MoCa North Adams, MA Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world’s premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.
miSci Schenectady, NY The Museum of Innovation and Science (formerly the Schenectady Museum), has a mission to inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past present, and future. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium features a high-definition, full-dome, computerized projector which projects on the full 30-foot dome and provides an immersive experience, and a GOTO Star Projector, which offers a real-life view of the night sky not available anywhere else in the northeast.
Mission House Stockbridge, MA An outstanding collection of 18th-century American furniture and decorative arts showcased in a historic house, which was home to the first missionary to the Mohicans. A grape arbor in the Well Courtyard behind the Mission House leads to a small Native American museum that tells the story of the Mohicans through artifacts gathered by Mabel Choate in the early 1930s and stories and perspectives from Mohicans today.
Naumkeag Stockbridge, MA A quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age. This architectural masterpiece is, at its heart, a family home. Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney, hired the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, & White to design the 44-room “cottage,” Naumkeag, which would serve as a summer retreat for three generations of Choates. Don’t miss the self-guided audio tour of the Naumkeag gardens, including the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by four flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. Walk through the equally beautiful Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden to encounter the playful, inventive spirit of Miss Choate and Mr. Steele.
The Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge, MA The most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires. The Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s work, including 998 original paintings and drawings. (This pass offers reduced admission for two adults only.)
Olana Hudson, NY The 19th century home, studio and designed landscape of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), his wife Isabel and their four children. The 250 acre historic estate features an elaborately stenciled, Persian-inspired mansion filled with original sketches, studies and paintings by one of the mid-19th century’s most famous artists. Stroll the grounds, and enjoy stunning views of the Hudson River.
Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon New Lebanon, NY For 160 years, from 1787 to 1947, the Shakers at Mount Lebanon led the largest and most successful utopian communal society in America. The season of exhibitions, tours and programs begins on June 19, 2015. The historic buildings are by guided tour only. Pamphlets are available at the Visitor Center for self-guided tours of the grounds during open hours, and at the orientation display at all other times. Pass users can also browse the Lending Library, view virtual interactive exhibitions on iPads, and will receive a discount in the shop.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Williamstown, MA The Clark collection is best known for an extraordinary collection of French Impressionist paintings, which take their place within a wider ensemble of masterworks that date from the Renaissance to the late 19th century. The Clark continues to collect in the fields of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs as well as decorative arts including additions to its already extensive collection of British and American silver. (This pass offers free admission for one adult.)
Steepletop Austerlitz, NY Steepletop is the historic home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. See the gardens, walk the Poetry Trail created by the Friends of the Millay Society, visit the gallery in the new Visitors Center at Tamarack Cottage, and purchase Millay memorabilia and books at the gift shop. Visitors can enjoy a film about life at Steepletop when Millay and then her sister, Norma, lived here.
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Catskill, NY Home of the founder of the Hudson River School of landscape painters. The house and studio hold many of his paintings, which are landscapes of the Catskill mountains. Patrons can take a stroll through the flower garden or perhaps hear a lecture about the Hudson River School.
USS Slater Albany, NY Visit the only restored World War II Destroyer Escort afloat in the United States. It was one of 563 ships that battled Nazi U-Boats on the North Atlantic during World War II, protecting convoys of men and supplies. The Destroyer Escorts also served as first in line to defend naval task forces in the Pacific from Kamikaze attacks.This fully-guided tour of the ship takes at least one hour. It will require climbing ladders and walking through tight spaces. Large bags and strollers are not permitted on the ship.
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. Thanks again to the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, who have made this amazing offering possible.
If 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.