UPPER HUDSON VALLEY BEER with author, Craig Gravina, on Saturday, November 1 at 3:00 pm

From Dutch settlers to 21st Century crafters, people have been brewing beer in the Hudson Valley for more than 400 years. That fascinating history is described in Upper Hudson Valley Beer, a new book by Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod. Their book–and the years of research that went into it–are the subject of a free talk at the Chatham Public Library on Saturday, November 1 at 3 pm. 

        Gravina, who lives in Albany, will speak for his Canadian co-author. He calls himself “a world class beer drinker” who stumbled upon the brewing history of his hometown while writing a blog about beer. He was surprised to learn that Albany was once the beer capital of North America and that Albany Ale was exported around the world.

Although many historic breweries went out of business during the years of Prohibition, craft brewing experienced a renaissance in the Upper Hudson Valley in the 1980s. Chatham Brewing, which is covered in the book, is part of that popular movement.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, Gravina’s talk is part of the non-profit group’s monthly Authors and Artists series. It is free of charge and open to the public. A question and answer session and a book signing will follow the talk.

        Everyone who attends the library event will receive a ticket for admittance to a back room at Chatham Brewing for a free beer tasting and other refreshments immediately after the talk. A drawing for a free copy of Upper Hudson Valley Beer will take place at the brewery.

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!


MC900088568[1]Memoir Writing Groups are held Tuesdays, November 4, 18, & 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm AND Thursdays, November 6, 13, & 20, 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 astumpf@fairpoint.net

New writers are welcome!

PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR on Friday, October 31 at 10:00 am

Come join us for an hour of puzzles, stories, songs, and a craft.story hour 2

CONTEMPORARY ART READING & DISCUSSION GROUP with Melissa Sarris on Monday, November 3, 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

MC900361156[1]Everybody is welcome!

This program is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of NYS Council on the Arts, administrated in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grant Fund.

HAVE A GIFT THRIFTY HOLIDAY on Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

MC900436296[1]The Cornell Cooperative Extension will present this FREE program to help make your holidays less stressful and affordable. Items to be covered include drafting a holiday recipient gift list, establishing a holiday gift budget, gift shopping year round, shopping at non-traditional retail venues, creating unique gifts, and more.  Call 518-828-3346 x 100 to preregister by Monday, November 3 or register on-line at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/_210 (look for the program by date)

PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR on Friday, November 7 at 10:00 am

Enjoy an hour of stories, songs, and crafts.MC900390846[2]

NOVEMBER is game and puzzle month – spend your early dismissal days with us!

Join us in the children’s room on your early dismissal days from school, and play xbox, wii and board games from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Mondays, November 10, 17 & 24.

In November, 1922, King Tut’s tomb was discovered……..come and decorate an Egyptian mask and discover our books on Ancient Egypt.

Need a bookmark? Pick up a Bookmark Kit to make at the library or take home. The kits are located on the craft and game shelf.

MC900037405[1]game day

The Library will be CLOSED on Tuesday, November 11 in Observance of Veteran’s Day

We will reopen on Wednesday, November 12 at 10:00 am.memorial

PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR on Friday, November 14 at 10:00 am

Enjoy an hour of stories, songs, and crafts.toddler