The Library will be closed on Saturday, August 30th, Monday, September 1st, & Wednesday, September 3rd

The Chatham Public Library will be closed on Saturday, August 30 because of the line-up & kick-off for The Fireman’s Parade at the Columbia County Fair in Chatham. In addition, we will be closed on Monday, September 1 to observe the Labor Day holiday. We will be OPEN as usual on Tuesday, September 2nd but we will be CLOSED on Wednesday, September 3 for school district-wide staff training.

labor We will reopen Thursday, September 4 at 11:00 am.

MEMOIR WRITING GROUP meets every Tuesday in the Teen Room, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

writingA peer led writing group is 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

New writers are welcome!

MAH JONGG: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Every Monday & Wednesday in the Teen Room

MAH JONGG meets every  Monday and Wednesday from 10 am – 12 pm in the Teen Room. Beginners are welcome!Mah Jongg

AUDIO WALKING TOUR of CHATHAM on Monday, September 15, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

untitledCome join Melissa Sarris, local artist, to create an Audio Walking Tour of Chatham. Funny, personal, sad, weird stories are wanted: The Audio Walking Tour of Chatham….add your voice and story!

You are invited to tell your story that occurred at a particular place in the Village of Chatham – though the story need not have anything to do with the location! Your story will be recorded, edited and become part of a “walking tour” of the village. So join in the fun! We know YOU have a great story!

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PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR Returns! on Friday, September 26th, 10 am – 11 am

Come join us for an hour of puzzles, stories, songs, fingerplays, and a craft.toddler

AUTHOR & ARTIST Series Presents NANCY CASTALDO on Saturday, September 27 at 3:00 pm

9780544088931_p0_v2_s114x166Nancy Castaldo, author of non-fiction and activity books for young readers, will discuss Sniffer Dogs: How dogs (and their noses) save the world. Appealing to dog lovers and science buffs alike, her new book describes how dogs use their “sniffers” to find (among other things) bombs, illegal drugs and people buried under earthquake rubble.

A question-and-answer period, book signing and refreshments will follow the talk. Admission is free. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Chatham Library.

Announcing our wonderful Museum Pass Program

The Friends of the Chatham Library has launched a new program that allows patrons of the library to take their families to a wide variety of nearby museums and historic sites. The following passes are available for Chatham & Canaan patrons:

The Albany Institute of History & Art, Arrowhead (Home of Herman Melville), Ashley House, Bennington Museum (Grandma Moses), Berkshire Botanical garden, The Berkshire Museum, Chesterwood (Daniel Chester French), Children’s Museum of Science & Technology, The Columbia County Historical Society, , FASNY Museum of Firefighting, Hancock Shaker Village, Historic Deerfield Village, The Hyde Collection, Mass MoCa, Naumkeag, The Norman Rockwell Museum, Mission House, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and The Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

In addition, the library has two North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) passes that admit patrons to many other venues such as The Mount (home of Edith Wharton), the Shaker Museum, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, Hildene (Lincoln family home), and many more – ask to see the list at the desk. NARM passes can also be used in place of some library passes that have been checked out by other patrons.

museumFor any questions call us at 518-392-3666 or stop by to find out about this wonderful new program.

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.

Congratulations to The Chatham Public Library!

for Winning the Best of Columbia County 2014 BEST LIBRAlibraryMC900434810[1]RY!

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.


131451908_08772f736f_tWe have a new self checkout machine, located directly opposite the downstairs circulation desk (complete with instructions on how to use it). If you are in a hurry and there’s a line or if you are just curious about checking out your own books, give it a try! Photo source: