Author & Artist Series presents: NANCY CASTALDO on Saturday, February 25th at 3:30 pm

Local author, Nancy Castaldo, will discuss her latest book, Beastly Brains: Exploring how animals think, talk and feel. If you’ve ever wondered whether your favorite pets really understand what you say, experience jealousy, or communicate with other animals, this is the time to learn the answers to these and other questions about animal intelligence, activities, and emotions.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Library.

New Time, New Day! KNIT HAPPENS, a Weekly Craft-Along

Knit Happens at the Library in February on Mondays, 12:30-2:00 pm. Bring your knitting needles, crochet hooks,  needlework, and your lunch!  Be inspired, check out our crafting books, or ask question–friendly help cheerfully shared, along with tea and sympathy.
February 27. March 6, 13, 20, 27.

LEGO CLUB on Monday, February 27th at 4:00 pm


Join our Lego Club! What are you going to build today? Perhaps something we can show in our display case. Your only limit is your imagination.

For ages 5 and up. Next Lego Club: Monday, March 27th at 4:00 pm


BATTLE OF THE BOOKS informational meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at 5:00 pm

Great News! The Chatham Public Library is fielding a team for the Battle of the Books, a national Summer Reading Program for students entering 6th–9th grade next year.
Participants read eight selected titles and then participate in
trivia battles based on the books. The Regional Battle will
be held Saturday, September 16th.
To learn more about this fun, friendly competition, come to an introductory meeting at the Chatham Public Library on Tuesday, February 28th, at 5:00 pm. Homeschoolers are welcome!

SPECIAL Preschool Story Hour on Friday, March 3rd at 10:15 am

Hawthorne Valley Educators – upcoming first grade teacher for September 2017, Marie Conroe and kindergarten teacher, Kathleen Hallinan Mueller, will be presenting, “Liputto and the Baby Birds,” a puppet play with song and guitar. A craft activity will follow.

For ages 2-5.

Ukulele Jam on Saturday, March 4th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Sing, strum, play! It’s more fun to play in a group. All ages are welcome 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.

Ukes will be available if you don’t have one yet, including two you can borrow from the library for four weeks.

Next UKE Jam: Saturday, March 18th.

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Monday Night Book Discussion Group on March 6th at 7:00 pm

Join us for a friendly discussion. March’s book is, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” by Cheryl Strayed. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail–alone.

Next month the Book Discussion Group will read the classic sci fri novel of a dystopian future, “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury.

Health Care Navigator on Thursday, March 9th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Navigators can 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.

Columbia Pathways to Recovery

Together with Columbia Pathways to Recovery we are starting a collection of books and dvds around the topics of addiction and recovery. Would you like to help us build this collection? Here is our wishlist. Thanks!

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