Chatham Libraries Teen Advisory Reading Buddy Program on Mondays, May 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm

The Teen Advisory Committee are middle and high school students who enjoy books. They will be at the public library to share their interest in reading with younger children.

Each child will have an opportunity to spend a half hour with a “Buddy” reading or listening to stories. Please stop by or call the library at 518-392-3666 to schedule a one-on one appointment for your child.

Ages 5-7 years

FIRST MONDAY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP on Monday, May 1st at 7:00 pm

Join us for a friendly conversation on May’s book selection, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. Named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, and NPR Great Read, The Daily Beast’s Novel of the Year, and a Mother Jones,, School Library Journal, and Book Page Best Book of the Year.

Sign Out The Book of Unknown Americans at the DOWNSTAIRS desk.

Peopled with deeply sympathetic characters, this poignant yet unsentimental tale of young love tells a riveting story of unflinching honesty and humanity that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be an American.

June’s book is The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, “the incredible true story of this unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC Newsreporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila’s story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation.”


Ukulele Jam on Saturday, May 6th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Sing, strum, play! It’s more fun to play in a group. All ages are welcome 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.

Ukes will be available if you don’t have one yet, including two you can borrow from the library for four weeks.

Uke Jams will be on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month. Next UKE Jam: Saturday, May 20.

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Get Fresh Produce and Support the Friends of the Chatham Public Library

The Friends of the Chatham Public Library are bringing in deliveries of locally grown fruits and vegetables every Thursday through Field Goods:

  • Field Goods is a year-round local produce delivery service; customers receive 5
    to 8 different fruit and vegetables (depending on bag size), plus optional add-ons.
  • Bags cost $16 to $32 per week, and can be put on hold at any time. It’s flexible!
  • Field Goods purchases everything directly from over 80 small farms in the region.
  • All of the produce is non-GMO, and most is organically grown.
  • Order deadline for a Thursday delivery is Monday at 11:59 pm

1. Go to
2. Click “Order Now”
3. Select “Public Locations” and pull down the menu for “Chatham”
4. Click the “Find Location”
5. Choose “Chatham Public Library” and follow the prompts.

Sign up through April 25 and receive a $10 credit in your account!

Author and Artists Series presents JON KATZ on Saturday, May 6th at 3:30 pm

New York Times best selling author Jon Katz left his Manhattan life behind two decades ago for life on a farm, surrounded by dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cows, goats, and chickens. In his new book, Talking to Animals: How You Can Understand Animals and They Can Understand You, he marshals his experience to offer us a deeper insight into animals and the tools needed for effectively communicating with them.

Thoughtful and intelligent, lively and heartwarming, this book will completely change the way you think about and interact with animals, while building mutual trust and enduring connections. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, a book signing and reception will follow the reading.

Battle of the Books

Great News! The Chatham Public Library is fielding a team for the Battle of the Books, a Summer Reading Program for students entering 6th–9th grade next year. Participants read eight selected titles and then participate in trivia battles based on the books. The Regional Battle will be held Saturday, September 16th.


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

Click here for the Battle of the Books website: Battle of the Books–Parent’s Info

Puppy Tales on Wednesday, May 10th at 2:30 pm


Lennie, the therapy dog, and his handlers, Lauren & Allison Slater, will be here to help you practice your reading skills. Read him one of your favorite stories or draw a picture of him to add to our display.

All ages are welcome!

Health Care Navigator on Thursday, May 11th 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.

SPECIAL STORY HOUR on Friday, May 12th at 10:15 am

The Columbia County Health Department will be at story hour reading books on how to keep your body healthy. Don’t miss this special event!

LEGO CLUB on Monday, May 15th at 4:00 pm


Join our Lego Club! What are you going to build today? Perhaps something we can show in our display case. Your only limit is your imagination.

For ages 5 and up.