The library has no wifi connection, Tuesday, 12/1. Chromebooks are available for use in the library for 30 minutes as well as desktop computers. We apologize for any inconvenience.

No-contact pickup or come in to browse…

The Chatham Public Library is now open regular hours for browsing & computer use:
  • Visit for up to 30 minutes
  • Computer use by appointment
  • Masks/face coverings required
No-contact pickup is available upon request. Want to print something? Email it to us and we can print it out for you and have it ready for pickup.
Chatham Library Hours are:
Mon & Wed  10–8
Tues & Fri 10–5
Thurs 11–5
Sat 10–3
Closed Sun
No-contact pickup is available at the Canaan Library
Wed & Friday 1-4

We are not accepting donations of  book or other materials.

FDR and the Jewish Question: Did the President Do Enough?

In conjunction with the Chatham Synagogue, the Chatham Public Library will host an online presentation: “FDR and the Jewish Question: Did the President Do Enough?” on Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt is deemed by many to be the greatest President of the 20th Century for his leadership during the Great Depression and WWII. With regard to the Holocaust, FDR’s goal was to win the war as quickly as possible and to save as many people as was consistent with that priority. Most historians from the time of the President’s death until the mid-1980s agreed that Roosevelt did all he could to help save Jews in a time of strong anti-Semitism here at home. Some contemporary historians, however, have found FDR’s foreign policy leadership lacking when it comes to dealing with Hitler’s genocide of six million Jews. Did Roosevelt achieve as much for humanity as he might have in dealing with the “Jewish Question?”

To register for this presentation, click the sign up button.

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About the presenters: Linda Bouchey and Al Vinck have taught at Bard, Vassar, and Marist LLIs, the National Park Service, and other historical groups. They are National Park Service interpreters and wrote the Roosevelt Genealogy sold by the National Park Service. They are former Wilderstein Preservation and Roosevelt Vanderbilt board members and co-chaired the Roosevelt Educational Memorial for the Hyde Park Central School District. Linda Bouchey is a retired Hyde Park Central School District teacher, and an FDR Library Museum and Archives volunteer. Al Vinck is a retired chair of the Hyde Park Central School District History Department.

Virtual Readers Theater, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 7:00 pm.

Set in the style of old-time radio programs, Readers Theater is a community theater event held online. Each month brings to life a different theme–this month the theme is Fairy Tales. If you would like to attend this month’s live performance, register by clicking here.

If you are interested in participating in future readings, please sign up by calling the New Lebanon Public Library at 518-794-8844. There is no age limit, the only requirement is an enthusiasm for reading.

Field Goods is back at the Chatham Public Library!

Field Goods is collaborating with our library to bring the farmers’ market to you with the freshest selection from local farms and makers. Discover delicious foods from cheese, milk, bread, snacks, sauces, to sustainably raised meat and fish.

Order online and pick up at the Library or choose Home Delivery!

Use the code CHATHAMLIB at checkout for a $20 discount, AND Field Goods will donate $20 to the Library! The discount code is valid one time per customer.

The Great Give Back Continues!

The Chatham Public Library would like to thank our community for their generous support during our recent Food Drive. Staff made 5 separate deliveries to the Chatham & Ghent Food  Pantries, amounting to hundreds of pounds of food stuffs, pet food, sundries and personal items.

Due to the success of our community’s donations, the Chatham Food Pantry has arranged to continue the drive and will be making weekly stops to collect donations!

We are grateful to each and every person who donated and to those who continue to do so. Please accept our thanks and appreciation for being a part of the Great Giveback!

Monthly Monday Book Discussion: Monday, December 7th at 7:00pm

December’s book is Jell-O Girls: A Family History by Allie Rowbottom, “a gripping examination of the dark side of an iconic American product and a moving portrait of the women who lived in the shadow of its fractured fortune.” Join in a friendly discussion via Zoom, contact Library for the link.  Books are available for pick up at the Library. 


Ceramic Class Continuation with Sarah Haze! Beginning Monday, November 16th

For folks who participated in the adult ceramic class back in March. We have decided to continue our clay experience remotely!
The week of Monday, November 16, please visit the library to pick up your rattle (we know it’s been a while, and we hope you can help us remember who made what!) and a kit that will have the supplies to finish the rattle and create your second project.
You will receive an email with a link to a video where Sarah will explain glazing and the steps to make your second project. You will have two weeks to make the projects, and return them to Sarah for firing. She asked that you bring the projects directly to her house for a socially distant outdoor drop off December 7th-9th.  Your projects will be delicate during that time and we would like to minimize transporting them. If you are uncomfortable dropping off at Sarah’s house and prefer to drop off at the library, please contact Becky at the library to make arrangements at
Once the ceramic pieces are completed, they will be returned to the library for you to pick up.
If you have any questions or not able to participate, please feel free to contact Becky at
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Greene County Council on the Arts.

Health Care Navigator: Thursday, December 10th at 1pm

Navigators 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 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. These in-person appointments will be conducted inside the Library, with proper social distance, wearing of masks is required. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call (518) 822-9600.

Lloyd the Geek Virtual Computer Assistance: Tuesday, December 15th 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 appointment. 

Cooking the Books!

Cookbook Club
Thursday, December 17th 
1:00 pm

So many cookbooks, food blogs, and recipe websites, how can you try them all? Join the Cookbook Club! Each month, take on recipes from a different cookbook and meet online to discuss the results. This month is The food in jars kitchen : 140 ways to cook, bake, plate, and share your homemade pantry, by Marisa McClellan, who will join in the discussion.

Contact the library to sign up or sign up online.