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

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!

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.

Welcome Back CONTEMPORARY ART READING & DISCUSSION GROUP with Melissa Sarris on Monday, October 6, 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm

MelissaThe subject of Melissa’s first evening back will be on how the artist’s work develops and changes from the beginning to their later works and how contemporary life influences this. Check out for a sneak preview!


This program is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grant Fund.


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:

Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee Meetings

All CPLAC meetings will be held at the Chatham Public Library on the first Tuesday of every month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee meeting dates are:

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015