Authors & Artists Presents: David Black Saturday, January 20th at 3:30pm

David Black will screen and discuss an episode of Law & Order, entitled “Life Choice”, one of many screenplays he wrote for the long-running series. Dating from the first season, it follows an investigation of a lethal bombing, and stars Michael Moriarty and Chris Noth.

Black is an award-winning author of twelve books, and more than 150 articles. He will also discuss his life in Hollywood writing screenplays, before his return to his home in Columbia County.

Authors & Artists is sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Library. This event will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

Ukulele Jam on Saturday, January 20th 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 month of February! We may or may not meet for an even more informal jam, watch this space.

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

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful…..

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TECH TUTORS Thursday, Feb. 15th, 3:00-4:30 pm

Tech Tutors are High School students who provide one-on-one help to adults to learn basic computer skills or how to better use their eReader of smartphone. Basic instruction may include how to use a mouse, download an eBook, set up an email account, search the Internet, or navigate Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter. Bring your tablet, phone, reader, or other device with you.

Visit the library, or call us at 518-392-3666 to register for this program.

Next Tech Tutor Thursdays: March 15, April 19, May 17.

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!

January 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29, and 31st


kanopy: film streaming service with your Library Card

Watch over over 26,000 films on Kanopy! Just launched,  Chatham and Canaan Library users can now watch must-see classic film from The Criterion Collection, learn about every subject imaginable from The Great Courses and PBS or indulge in festival indie or world cinema sourced from award-winning filmmakers globally. Kanopy makes it easy to watch any time, to share and discuss films. Check out their Film Columbia collection!

Films can be streamed through smart TVs, Rokus, on tablets, computers, or smart phones. You can watch up to 10 films per month.


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.


December 29th

January 5, 12, 19, and 26th


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:

January 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30th

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.


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. 

January 3, 10, 17, 24



LEGO CLUB on Monday, January 22nd 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, February 26th