BATTLE OF THE BOOKS first meeting, Tuesday, June 27th, 5:30 pm

Great News! The Chatham Public Library is fielding a team for the Battle of the Books, a Summer Reading Program/Literary Trivia Contest for students entering 6th–9th grade next year. Participants read eight selected titles and then participate in trivia battles based on the books. We will continue meeting throughout the summer to practice our battle skills. All books are available to borrow at the library, come on in and sign up now.


Here is this year’s book list:

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
The Roar by Emma Clayton
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance
The Future of Us by Jay Asher

The Regional Battle will be held Saturday, September 16th. Click here for the Battle of the Books website: Battle of the Books–Parent’s Info

Play Yu-Gi-Oh! on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

What is it? Only one of the most exciting card games ever! It’s a game of strategy. You battle with monsters, traps, and spells. Newbies & experienced players welcome. Ages 6 & up.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: June 27, 29. July 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27.

Summer Reading Program Kick Off: BIRDS OF PREY on Wednesday, June 28th at 6:30 pm

Richelle Ford of Ford’s Falconry will give a live bird of prey presentation. Participants will meet a Red Tail Hawk, Owls & more. Learn how these birds hunt and raise their young and the importance of their role in our environment.

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

First Monday Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 3rd at 7:00 pm

Join us to discuss White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

August’s title is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. ” A gripping vision of our society radically overturned by a theocratic revolution, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has become one of the most powerful and most widely read novels of our time.” Don’t miss it.

Pick up your copy at the downstairs desk and join in the conversation! Everybody is welcome!



The Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World,” begins on Monday, June 19th and ends Thursday, August 17th. Come in to the library and sign up to receive a reading log and register for programs. Registration is required for all Summer Reading Programs. Please call the library at 518-392-3666 or just stop by!

The Library will be CLOSED on Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day

We will reopen Wednesday, July 5th at 10:00 am.

BRINGING THE STONE SOUP COMMUNITY TO LIFE: Thursday & Friday, July 6 & 7, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Susannah White & Amelia McIssac will lead this two day workshop using the story, “Stone Soup”  to explore the nature of community. Participants will make their own felt, construct homes and together, build a village. There will be a short performance at the end of the workshop.

For ages 5 and up. Registration is required.

CUDDLE ME STORY TIME on Wednesdays, at 10:30 am!

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. 


June 28. July 5, 12, 19, 26.


LEGO CLUB on Monday, July 10th at 4:00 pm


Join our Lego Club! What will you build today? Perhaps something we can show in our display case.

For ages 5 and up.

Summer Lego Club: Mondays at 4:00 pm: July 17, August 7, 14 & 21  4pm to 5 pm. Mark your calendars!



Health Care Navigator on Thursday, July 13th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Navigators can assist individuals, families, small businesses and small business employees in Columbia and Greene Counties with shopping for, comparing, and enrolling in quality, affordable health insurance, including Medicaid and Child Health Plus, through the New York State of Health: the Official Health Plan Marketplace. Navigators can also assist with applying for financial assistance to help pay for coverage. Navigator services are free of charge.

For more information, or to make an appointment, please call 518-822-9600. The health navigator will be here on the 2nd Thursday of every month.