READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY on Monday, March 2nd, 1:00 – 4:30 pm

seuss1[1]We are celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday today with books and games. Come join in the fun!

TECH TUTORS every other Thursday, Next Session Thursday, March 5, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

J0195384Tech 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, phone, reader, or other device with you. Visit the library, or call us at 392-3666, to register for this program.

CONTEMPORARY ART READING & DISCUSSION GROUP with Melissa Sarris, Monday, March 9th, 6-7:45 pm upstairs at the library

handful_of_money[1]Come join Melissa for another lively discussion. The topic will be ART & MONEY: the effects of money (sometimes very large sums) on the art world, finding alternative methods of producing art to avoid this trap, and art made of money, to name a few of the threads we will be talking about.

Everybody is welcome!


Before seeing the new Cinderella movie released in theaters March 13…check out our fairytale section to see how different cultures have interpreted this story. Pick up a paper crown to decorate. All month!Cinderella[1]

ST. PATRICK’S DAY FUN at the library on Tuesday, March 17th, 3:00 pm

st-patricks-day[1]Bring home a little luck by planting shamrocks after listening to Irish folktales.

SIGN UP for 1000 BOOKS!

1000bookslogoThe goal of the program is to read 1000 books to your child before he or she enters school.

The program is self-paced and lets you decide how often and how long you read to your child.

Children from the age of zero to five may sign up to participate.

How it works:

  • Read books to your child. Books may be read more than once, any number of times. Books read at library story times, day care centers, preschools, or by others may be counted.
  • Track your progress on a reading log sheet—each sheet contains one hundred items.
  • Return your first reading sheet of 100 to receive a 1000 Books tote bag.
  • Each time you finish a sheet of 100, bring it to the library to place a sticker on the Reading Tree Mural
  • When you have finished 1,000 books, you will receive a certificate and a gift. But, most important, your child will have a jumpstart on success in school.

Reading 1,000 books may sound impossible; however, if you read only 3 books a day to your child, you will complete this program in less than a year. But, don’t feel rushed!Wild Thing

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

Art copyright © 1963 by Maurice Sendak, copyright renewed in 1991 by Maurice Sendak. All rights reserved.




oscar-wilde[1]113603370_0c1ddf9b7b[1]In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the Chatham Public library and PS 21 will present a reading of “The Importance of Being Earnest” by the Irish playwright, Oscar Wilde. The reading will be a slightly abridged version of the play to fit into the Library’s evening opening hours.

The cast includes Nellie Rustick, Sam Reilly, Matt Meier, Paul Murphy, Christinelee Mackerer, Lael Locke, Kate Gulliver, and Paul Leyden.

Admission is FREE and GREEN refreshments will be served.

Author & Artists Series presents: VICTOR NAVASKY on Saturday, March 21, 3-5 pm

9780307957207_p0_v2_s260x420Victor Navasky, an award-winning author of seven books, will talk about his latest book, The Art of Controversy: Political cartoons and their enduring power. Long before terrorists attacked the Paris office of “Charlie Hebdo,” the satirical newspaper, Navasky was well aware of how incendiary cartoons can be. Currently teaching at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, he is a former editor and publisher of The Nation and a former editor of The New York Times Magazine.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Library


images22222Did you know…In 1884, P.T. Barnum led a parade of 21 elephants across the Brooklyn Bridge to demonstrate the stability of the bridge. Check out our books on bridges and other engineering feats. Create an engineering masterpiece of your own with pasta and marshmallows.

FIRESIDE KNIT n STITCH GROUP, Every Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Meet by the fireplace to knit, crochet, and natter together. Bring a current project, or browse the library’s books for inspiration.