SCIENCE TELLERS PERFORMANCE on Thursday, August 6th at 2:00 PM

1239367241_scienceclip[1]Science Tellers combines storytelling and exciting science experiments into a theatrical learning experience. The stories provide suspense & anticipation & the science experiments bring the sights & sound of the story to life. For all ages. Please register by calling the library at 518-392-3666 or email

FIREFIGHTERS on Monday, August 10th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

firengine_and_firefighters[1]Educator, Ashley Stever, from the FASNY Museum of Firefighting will present an informative and interactive story time about firefighters. For grades K-3. Registration is required. Please call the library at 518-392-3666 or email

Meet LENNIE the THERAPY DOG on Wednesday, August 12th at 1:30 pm

my_best_friend_is_a_therapy_dog_sweatshirt[1]Welcome LENNIE the Therapy Dog to the Chatham Library! We will be reading books about dogs & pets and getting to know Lennie and his handler, Lauren Slater. Children will have an opportunity to spend time reading, petting and hugging Lennie.

Here are the other dates Lennie will be visiting:

Monday, August 24 at 1:30 pm; Friday, September 11 at 2:30 pm; and Monday, September 21 at 2:30 pm.


MOVIE MATINEE & ACTIVITY on Friday, August 14th at 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm

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

THE STORYCRAFTERS on Wednesday, August 19th at 2:00 pm

Award-winning musical storytelling duo, Barry Marshal & Jeri Burns PhD, will be here to entertain us with STOUT HEARTED STORIES: Tales and songs for the hero in everyone. This lively & participatory family performance celebrates the end of our summer reading program. Refreshments will be served and participants can pick up their reading prizes. Please register by calling the library at 518-392-3666 or email chathampubliclibrary@chatham.k12.ny.uspress%20photo%202007

Summer Reading Program 2015: Every Hero Has a Story @the Chatham Public Library

Reading doesn’t need to fizzle during the summer months. Studies show that any reading that young people do, including being read to, has great and lasting impact on their literacy levels and lifelong love of reading. When children read over the summer, they return to school in the fall with active minds, ready to learn.

Every Hero Has a Story, the 2015 Summer Reading Program at Chatham Public Library, is open to young people, preschool through young adult. Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins on Monday, June 22, and runs through Wednesday, August 19. Everyone who registers for the Reading Program receives a reading log to keep track of books read or listened to. Bring the log to the library to update the staff on your progress and earn incentives that will be awarded at the end of the summer.
Check out the library’s website for a full slate of hero themed programs and events this summer. Learn more about heroes with local author Nancy Castaldo on June 30 with Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and their noses) Save the World. Local cartoonist Barbara Slate teaches tweens & teens You Can Do a Graphic Novel in a twice-weekly class beginning June 29. Make a Patriotic T-Shirt on July 2 to wear in honor of our country’s heroes. Children in grades 1-2 can create their own Collage Puppets on July 8; and children in grades 3-6 can create Shadow Puppets on July 14 with The Art School of Columbia County. Local author Chloe Caldwell will lead a five-day Creative Writing Workshop for tweens & teens the week of July 20. Artist Ulrike Grannis is back for the Book Binding & Marbled Paper Painting seminar on July 29 & 30. A special guest from the Museum of Firefighting will visit story time for grades K–3 on August 10. Registration is required for all programs, so stop by, pick up a schedule and sign up, by calling us at 392-3666, or emailing
And don’t miss these exciting performances for all ages: The Vermont Puppetree will present an imaginative retelling of The Ugly Duckling on July 16. Combining storytelling with science experiments, the Science Tellers bring their theatrical learning experience to the library on August 6. To celebrate the conclusion of the Summer Reading Program, The Storycrafters will present Stout Hearted Stories: Tales and Songs for the Hero in Everyone on August 19 – refreshments will be served and reading prizes distributed. (Don’t forget to register for these programs, too!)
 The Chatham Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is made possible with donations from the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, the Stewart’s Holiday Match Program and with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund.

Best-Sellers on the Nooks

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

Nook ereaderThere 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!

Museum Pass Program

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.

White Whale

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.

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.

SIGN UP for 1000 BOOKS!

1000bookslogoThe goal of the program is to read 1000 books to your child before he or she enters school. Reading to your child will increase his or her vocabulary, and improve reading-readiness. Plus, it’s fun!

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

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