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.
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.

Cooking the Books!

Cookbook Club
Thursday, November 19th 
1:00 pm

So many cookbooks, food blogs, and recipe websites, how can you try them all? Join the Cookbook Club! Each month we’ll pick a different cookbook/website, take on a variety of recipes, and meet online in Zoom to discuss the results. November’s book is Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore by James Beard Award Winning author Darra Goldstein.

“Beyond the North Wind explores the true heart of Russian food, a cuisine that celebrates whole grains, preserved and fermented foods, and straightforward but robust flavors. Recipes for a dazzling array of pickles and preserves, infused vodkas, homemade dairy products such as farmers cheese and cultured butter, puff pastry hand pies stuffed with mushrooms and fish, and seasonal vegetable soups showcase Russian foods that are organic and honest—many of them old dishes that feel new again in their elegant minimalism. This home-style cookbook with a strong sense of place and evocative storytelling brings to life a rarely seen portrait of Russia, its people, and its palate— with recipes, gorgeous photography, and essays on the little-known culinary history of this fascinating and wild part of the world.” Darra Goldstein will join us for a short book talk and Q & A around 1:15. Contact the library to sign up or sign up online.

Starting Oct. 15,
  • please use this address for Kanopy:
  • the credit cap is now 4 credits per month–a credit gets used once you watch two minutes of a video, so if you’re not sure about a film, watch a trailer on YouTube first.

Chinese Calligraphy Class: Re-Scheduled to Tues Nov. 17, @4:00pm

Join artist Jojo Liu in this beginner’s Chinese calligraphy class, from the comfort and safety of your own home. Jojo will teach traditional Chinese calligraphy basics, including how to hold a brush, write basic strokes, and write stokes while standing. Ages 12+

No prior knowledge is required to participate in this class, except a passion for calligraphy and/or history. This class is ideal for beginners and is a great indoor activity idea for individuals, couples, groups of friends, and kids. Contact the Chatham Public Library to sign up:

Participants will require several supplies for this class series: calligraphy brush, ink, and paper.

Supplies are available at the Chatham Bookstore, hobby supply stores or online:

Click the button to sign up:

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! Please call Ilona Garcen 518 392-1178 for further information. New writers are welcome!

October: 6, 13, 20, & 27th

The Great Give Back!

Link to the PDF–The Great Give Back

The Chatham Public Library is pleased to host a Food Drive as part of the Great Give Back Program, sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Library System. We are collecting donations of shelf-stable, unexpired items to benefit the Ghent Food Pantry and the Chatham Silent Pantry through October 31st. Donation bins are inside the first set of doors downstairs. Specifically requested items are listed in the PDF but all shelf stable, unexpired items are appreciated!

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Fall at the Chatham Library!

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CLICK THE LINK–Fall at the Chatham Library

Visit the Kid’s Page for more information

Monthly Monday Book Discussion: Monday, November 2nd at 7:00pm

November’s book is the novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, a literary murder mystery by Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Join in a friendly discussion via Zoom, contact Library for the link.  Books will be available for pick up at the Library. 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.”