Authors and Artists: Jana Laiz, Saturday, February 24th at 3:30

Jana Laiz, the Writer in Residence at Arrowhead, the Berkshire home where Herman Melville lived and wrote Moby Dick, will discuss her book A Free Woman on God’s Earth at the Chatham Public Library on February 24 at 3:30 pm. The book tells the touching story of Elizabeth Freeman, a hard-working and spirited slave. Also known as Mumbet; Freeman was the first African American slave to win her freedom in a Supreme Judicial court in Massachusetts in 1781.

In addition to being a prolific author of many books,  Laiz is a teacher who has taught students from kindergarten to universities. She also provides writing workshops for children and adults.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, Laiz’s talk is a continuation of the group’s Authors and Artists series. It is free of charge and open to the public.  A question and answer session and a reception will follow the talk.

Ukulele Jam on Saturdays, February 17th and 24th 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Come to our 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.

Carmen will be away for the beginning of February! While Carmen’s away, we still shall play! Join us for a friendly jam without our fearless leader on January 27th, February 3rd and 10th; Carmen returns for the 17th and 24th to re-establish order

Ukes will be available if you don’t have one yet, including several you can borrow to take home!

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First Monday Book Discussion Group on Monday, March 5th at 7:00 pm

March’s book is “The Nix,” by Nathan Hill, a debut novel that was placed on numerous “Best Books of the Year” lists. Join us for a thoughtful conversation.

Check out our Goodreads group, and join in the online discussion.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the title for April, “The Children’s Blizzard,” by David Laskin, about the infamous storm of 1888.


Pre School Story Hour on Fridays at 10:15 am

Join us for an hour of puzzles, stories, games, and a craft. Sign up for our early literacy program, 1000 Books and kickstart your child’s learning engine. For ages 2-5.


February 9, 16, and 23rd (there will be no story time on February 2nd)



Memoir Writing Group on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

old-typewriter[1]A Memoir Writing Group is held on Tuesdays, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm:

February 27th

March 6, 13, 20, and 27th

This peer led writing group meets to provide comment and review on the process of memoir writing. New writers are welcome. If interested, contact Phil Palladino at 518-392-5933, email at or just stop by.


MAH JONGG at the Library every Monday and Wednesday from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

Join the Mah Jongg renaissance! MAH JONGG players meet downstairs every Monday and Wednesday, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm.  Beginners are welcome!

February 26 and 28th

March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, and 28th


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. 

February 7, 14, 21, and 28th



LEGO CLUB on Monday, February 26th 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.


Next Lego Club: Monday, March 19th at 4:00pm

Health Care Navigator on Thursday, March 8th 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.


Puppy Tales on Thursday, March 8th, 2:30 – 3:15 pm

Come visit with Lennie, the therapy dog. Read him one of your favorite stories or draw a picture of him to add to our display.

All ages are welcome!