Phone Lines are Down (Monday, September 27th)

Please use the phone number: 518-392-6263 or email if you need to reach the library. Thank you for your patience! Tech support has been notified so hopefully we will be back up and running shortly.

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.

September: 22, 27, & 29th 

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!

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!



Virtual First Monday Book Discussion: October 4th at 7:00pm

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

October’s book is “The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the story of my father” by Janny Scott. A parable for the new age of inequality: part family history, part detective story, part history of a vanishing class. The Beneficiary is a compelling exploration of the degree to which an inheritance—financial, cultural, genetic—conspired in one person’s self-destruction.

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

November’s book will be The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee, discussion will be meeting Monday, November 1st at 7pm on Zoom

Chatham Roots Online: Thursday, October 7th at 3:00pm

A free monthly genealogy club to assist in the search for your family. For beginners, experts and everyone in between. We will work on those elusive ancestors, break down your brick walls, share tips and tricks and just have fun. 

Space for this online program is limited. For information and the zoom link, please contact Michelle LeClair at

The group is led by Michelle LeClair. She teaches genealogy classes, lectures and has conducted workshops around the region for over 10 years. And has been researching obsessively for over 25 years. 


The A, B, C, & D’s of Medicare: Thursday, October 14th 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.

Healthcare Navigator: Thursday, October 14th 1:00-4:00pm

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 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.