POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY on Friday, April 30 All Day!

pocket_logo[1]Since April is Poetry Month….Poetry baskets will be set up in the children’s room to inspire you to write a poem…or check out our books on poetry to find the right poem to put in your pocket to share with us and the community.


9780385721790_p0_v3_s260x420A new monthly book group is forming at the Library. The group will meet on the first Sunday of the month, and is limited to ten people. The first meeting will be held Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 pm, at the Chatham Middle School Library, adjacent to the Chatham Public Library. The selection for this meeting is “Atonement” by Ian McEwan. Books are available for loan at the downstairs desk of the library.

“Atonement,” published in 2001, has won numerous awards. The “Observer” cities it as one of the 100 greatest novels ever written.

Ten copies of “Atonement” are now available at the Chatham Public Library.   Those interested in joining the discussion can sign out the books, and join the meeting on Sunday afternoon, May 3rd at 2:00 pm.


Come join Melissa for another lively discussion. This evening’s topic will be Socially Engaged Art – what is it, who does it, how does it work, and more. To check out more information about Melissa and Art go to http://chathamartagency.blogspot.com

Everyone is welcome!Melissa


george-inness-89667_640Peter Jung, an art and antiques dealer in Hudson, will present a slide show and discussion of 95 Hudson River School paintings that were created during 1825 to 1875. Included will be popular works by Frederic Church who built Olana, his mentor, Thomas Cole, and George Inness (his painting above), among others.

This program is part of The Friends of the Chatham Library’s Author & Artists Series and is free of charge. Everyone is welcome.

Chatham Courier Online–available now!

Patrons of the Chatham and Canaan Public Libraries can now peruse the Chatham Courier Online, for free, using your library card to log in. Please note that individual articles are uploaded to the site on an ongoing basis, so while the paper edition is published once a week, in this online version the articles are dated as they appear, throughout the week.

The Chatham Courier Online is text-only, no ads, no photos or illustrations. It is searchable, and covers from August 2009 to the present. (We have microfilm of the Courier going back to the 19th century at the Library.) You can sign up for an email alert, to receive a notice whenever a particular name or phrase appears in the Courier.

On this site, you can also read 28 other magazines, through the link on the left sidebar called “America’s News Magazines”. Some of the titles included are: The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Field and Stream, The National Review, Popular Science, Slate, and Smithsonian. They are also searchable, have no ads or illustrations, and can have email alerts set for them, so read on! This service is made possible by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library.


MC900048059[1]Check out our April newsletter.

CUDDLE ME STORY TIME every Wednesday at 10:00 am

mom_n_baby_giraffe_by_Darmila[1]Come to the library for CUDDLE ME Story Time.  Our new program is for Birth to 24 months, a story time designed especially for our youngest patrons with songs, rhymes and stories. Join the fun!

April 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29

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

Art copyright © 1963 by Maurice Sendak, copyright renewed in 1991 by Maurice Sendak. All rights reserved.




story hour 2storyJoin us for an hour of puzzles, stories, games , and a craft. Sign up for 1000 Books program, and learn how to kickstart your baby’s learning engine. Next storyhours: March 27 and April 10, 17, & 24. There will be no story hour on April 3 because the library is closed.

IndieFlix now available for Chatham and Canaan library patrons

IndieFlix Web BannerThe Chatham Public Library, in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), is pleased to announce the availability of IndieFlix for Libraries, a premier online streaming service provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world.

Through this link, patrons of The Chatham Public Library, and its branch in Canaan can create an IndieFlix account and have unlimited access to thousands of streaming film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more. IndieFlix is available on Apple®, Android™, and all Internet-enabled devices. Patrons can also watch films on TV with their Roku, xBox or Fire TV devices.

About IndieFlix
IndieFlix streams thousands of award-winning films from festivals around the world. IndieFlix is dedicated to providing a forum where filmmakers and their audiences can interact, and to building a community that translates artistic vision into commercial success. IndieFlix promises to build a fair and open market to empower filmmakers to be the engine of their achievement, and audiences to be a vital part of a movie’s success. We believe that every good movie has an audience.

This service has been generously funded by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library. Would you like to become a Friend? Click here.