New Genesis Productions’ Shakespeare Story Theatre: Summer Reading Event: Monday, July 22nd 6:30pm

Join us for an interactive retelling of one of Shakespeare’s plays with a storyteller leading the action. Participants are drawn from the audience and cast in roles to play out the story as it is told with action, and small bits of text. Ideal as a first introduction to Shakespeare’s stories and language, there is plenty of playful engagement for everyone!
For all ages. Registration is required.





Light-Up Paper Inventions: Summer Reading Event: Thursday, July 25th 3-4pm

Learn about circuits, switches, and sensors with take home projects in this 90 minute workshop based on Kathy Ceceri’s book, Make: Paper Inventions. Fold jumping frogs or create other flashing paper designs.

For ages 10 to teens. Registration required. 

Aliens: Escape From Earth with ScienceTellers: Summer Reading Event: Tuesday, July 30th 2-3pm

During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky; but it’s not a shooting star. Two kids venture out to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Trapped by a crazy space scientist, they must risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their ship-before it’s too late! Throughout the intergalactic story, volunteers from the audience will get to discover the unbelievable world of science through experiments and demonstrations with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, inertia, energy, explosions and so much more! Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure. It’s totally out of this world!

Ages 5-12. Registration required. 

Children’s Hour: Summer Reading Event: Monday, August 12th 3:00-4:00pm

Come to the library for the final Children’s Hour during the Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program. We will be reading the story “Alien Invaders” by Lynn Huggins-Cooper and making our own aliens!

Ages 5-7. Registration required

This program is made possible by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library

2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories, June 17th-August 14th

Stop by the library to sign-up and start the summer reading program for 2019: A Universe of Stories! Participants will get space themed punch-cards to track reading throughout the summer, collecting prizes for individual reading goals. Participants will also be a part of a larger reading team, racing through space together to reach the moon! Starting on June 17th, registration for all programs, workshops, and performances begins for children and teens, running all summer long until August 14th. Sample the many programs designed to delight, inspire, teach, and give hands-on experiences. For a copy of the Summer Reading Program brochure with information about all events, click here

Our summer reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant, and Dairy Queen – Ghent. 

Art workshops are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council of the Arts.

Continue reading ‘2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories, June 17th-August 14th’

Kids and Coding: Summer Reading Event: Monday-Friday, August 5th-9th at 2:00pm

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension in this 5 day workshop. Just like real-world engineers, youths will work in teams to plan, build, test, and modify their own robotic creations. They will use Lego, Mouse Robots, and Tumble to experience three different coding methods that mirror programming language used by engineers and scientists. Youths will leave with a better knowledge of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Grades 3rd-5th. Registration required.

This program is made possible by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library.

Battle of the Books: High School Team–Upcoming Meetings

The Battle of the Book High School Team will meet every Monday throughout July, and Mondays and Thursdays throughout August to prepare for the ultimate battle, Friday, August 16th. Bring a bag dinner so we can eat together, then discuss and answer trivia questions about the books!

July 22nd and 29th  5:00 pm-6:30 pm

August 1, 5, 8, 12, & 15th 5:00 pm- 6:30 pm

Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library

MAH JONGG at the Library every Monday and Wednesday 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!

July: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, & 31st

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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