COVID-19 Services & Guidelines

The Library building is currently open for in-person browsing and public computer use during our regular library hours. Curbside checkout is available for those who prefer it, with items available for pickup from our downstairs lobby. The children’s room is currently open for one family or caregiver group at a time to accommodate social distancing. Please call us at 518-392-3666 or click the button below to book your visit.

Please note: Starting September 8th, the Children’s Room can be booked for half-hour time slots to accommodate more visitors throughout the day and during after-school hours.

Occupancy at the Canaan Branch Library is limited to one patron or family group at a time to accommodate social distancing.

Masks are still required for everyone in the library building, in keeping with School District regulations. For further info, please visit our COVID-19 Info page.

Library Programs Survey

Please click here to take the library’s programs survey and help us plan future programs and services that reflect our community’s interests and needs. Paper copies of the survey are also available for pickup from the library’s circulation desks. Thanks in advance for your feedback!


Mah Jongg: Mondays & Wednesdays

Join the Mah Jongg renaissance! Fully-vaccinated players are welcome to meet upstairs at the library every Monday from 10:30am-12:30pm and Wednesday from 2pm-4:30pm. Masks are required inside the library building.

Absolute Beginners, please email the library at for more information about scheduling a 90 minute lesson.

October: 4, 6, 13, 18, 20, 25, & 27th

Ukulele Jam on the Library Lawn! Saturdays at 10:30am

Sing, strum, play! It’s more fun to play in a group. All ages are welcome to our Ukulele Jams outside on the library’s lawn, led by Carmen Borgia, singer, songwriter and ukulele player extraordinaire! Leave your inhibition at home. Ukes will be available, including several you can borrow to take home.

October: 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30th

Memoir Writing Group: Tuesdays at 10:30am on Zoom

Now meeting on Zoom every other Tuesday!

Writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry are also welcome. Everyone has a story – share yours! New writers are welcome! Please call Ilona Garcen at 518 392-1178 if you are interested in joining or for further information!

November 2nd, 16th, & 30th

December 14th & 28th


Don’t Toss It, Repair It!

Repair Cafe #5

Save the Date! Authors & Artist Series is Back!

The Friends of the Chatham Public Library are back with their Author and Artist Series – Saturday, October 30th at 3:30pm – featuring biographer and historian Belinda Rathbone, author of The Guynd: A Scottish Journal, The Boston Raphael, Walker Evans: Message from the Interior, and, most recently, George Rickey: A Life in Balance. More details to follow.

Virtual First Monday Book Discussion: November 1st at 7:00pm

The First Monday Book Group is meeting virtually on Zoom! If you are interested in participating, please email the library at:

November’s book is The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. “With startling empathy, this heartfelt message from a Black woman to a multiracial America leaves us with a new vision for a future in which we finally realize that life can be more than a zero-sum game.”

Copies of each month’s title are available to checkout from the library’s circulation desk one month ahead of each meeting.


Lloyd the Geek Virtual & In-Person Computer Assistance: Tuesday, November 16th 3-5pm

Do you need help with your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other device? Sign up for a one-on-one online session with tech expert Heather Lloyd! Call the library to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment. 518-392-3666

The A, B, C, & D’s of Medicare: Thursday, November 19th at 11:30am

As space is limited, this program has been extended for a third session, November 9th at 11:30am. Advance registration is required at

USA Medicare Consultants (a division of EP Nevins Insurance Agency Inc.) is hosting an educational presentation on understanding the basics of Medicare which includes the difference between Original Medicare, Supplemental and Advantage plans. Whether you will be new to Medicare or are reassessing your current coverage for 2022 we will be available to answer your questions.

This program will be held indoors – upstairs at the library. Please note: masks are required at all times inside the library building, with the exception of children under the age of 2.