The Chatham Public Library will be closed Monday, February 17th in observance of President’s Day. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, February 18th at 10:00 am.

Authors & Artists presents Amy Bass: Saturday, February 22nd at 1:00pm

Emmy-award-winning writer Amy Bass will appear at the Chatham Public Library on Saturday, February 22, at 1:00 pm. A history professor by day, Amy Bass has written about sport and race for Slate, Salon, CNN Opinion, and The Christian Century, and has been seen on NBC’s TODAY Show and heard on NPR on shows that include “Midday” “Under the Radar” “The Takeaway” and “Only A Game.” She has served as senior research supervisor for NBC Olympic Sports, winning at Emmy Award for her work at the London Olympics in 2012.

Her second book, Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois, provides the first detailed account of the battle over Du Bois and his legacy, as well as a history of Du Bois’s early life in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Bass locates the roots of the hostility to memorialize Du Bois in a cold war worldview that reduced complicated politics to a vehement hatred of both communism and, more broadly, anti-Americanism. The town’s reaction was intensified, she argues, by the racism encoded within cold war patriotism.

Her latest book is One Goal: a Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together, which tells the inspiring story of the soccer team in a town bristling with racial tension that united Somali refugees and multi-generation Mainers in their quest for state–and ultimately national–glory.

The Authors and Artists speakers series is sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, and features a wide variety of fascinating speakers. This free event is open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session and book sale. 

kanopy: film streaming service with your Library Card

Watch over over 26,000 films on Kanopy! The Columbia County Libraries, with the generous support of the Crandell Theatre, have expanded the Kanopy streaming service to all library users in Columbia County. Watch must-see classic film from The Criterion Collection, learn about every subject imaginable from The Great Courses and PBS or indulge in festival indie or world cinema sourced from award-winning filmmakers globally. Kanopy makes it easy to watch any time, to share and discuss films. Check out their Film Columbia collection!

Films can be streamed through smart TVs, Rokus, on tablets, computers, or smart phones. You can watch up to 10 films per month.


Ukulele Jam on Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Come to our weekly Ukulele Jam – led by Carmen Borgia, singer, songwriter and ukulele player extraordinaire! Leave your inhibition at home. Please register by calling, emailing, or stopping in at the library, walk-ins are also welcome.

Ukes will be available if you don’t have one yet, including several you can borrow to take home!

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Memoir Writing Group on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

A Memoir Writing Group is held on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm:

January: 21st & 28th

February: 4, 11, 18, & 25th

This peer led writing group meets to provide comment and review on the process of memoir writing. New writers are welcome. If interested, contact the library at 518-392-3666, or stop by.


Weekly Dream Circle: Tuesdays at 12:30pm

Embodied Dreamwork practitioner, Louisa Heyward, invites you to join her weekly Dreamers’ Circle. Nightly we receive messages from our soul which, when understood, can bring us into a greater sense of connection, creativity and possibility. In the approach of Embodied Dreamwork, dreams are entered into through associative exploration and felt experience with the understanding that each dream derives meaning specific to the history and perspective of its particular dreamer.

Enjoy the rare opportunity to share dreams in a facilitated group setting as well as learn techniques and tools to take home. Each week participants need to bring one or several dreams to work on, preferably written down, a notebook with paper to write or draw on, as well as a writing utensil. The group will explore dream moments through brief exercises involving writing or drawing followed by group thoughtfully facilitated group sharing. Group size is capped at 10 participants. Please contact Louisa Heyward at if interested in joining. 

Upcoming meetings: February: 4, 11, 18, & 25th

Census Job Workshop: Tuesday, February 18th at 3:00pm

Are you over 18 and a US citizen? Learn more about job opportunities related to the census, and apply at this workshop.

Responding to Opioid Overdose: Wednesday, February 19th at 3:00pm

Naloxone has been fundamental in the efforts to decrease rates of fatal overdoses. This training teaches first responders, likely opioid overdose witnesses and community members to understand, recognize, respond to and reverse suspected opioid overdoses using naloxone. Participants will learn ways to obtain free or low-cost naloxone for personal use. This training is modeled after theevidence-based SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit.


To register for this free training, call the library at 518-392-3666.

MAH JONGG at the Library from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

MAH JONGG players meet downstairs every Monday and Wednesday, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm. Beginners are welcome!

February: 3, 5, 10, 12, 19, 24, & 26th