Graphic Novel Workshop with Barbara Slate February 20th-23rd 1:00-3:00pm

Join Barbara for a 4-day Graphic Novel Workshop! Sign up for this 4 session course with Barbara Slate, a cartoonist who has written and illustrated over 300 stories for Marvel, DC, and Archie Comics. Barbara will guide you through the process of creating your own graphic novel, from creating characters to plot lines.

Don’t worry if you think you can’t draw. “Bring your work!” she says, “and if you don’t have any, let’s get started”!

This program is for grades 6+ and registration is required through the library (518)-392-3666

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:

February 6, 13, 20, and 27th

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.


Ukulele Jam on Saturdays, February 17th and 24th 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 beginning of February! While Carmen’s away, we still shall play! Join us for a friendly jam without our fearless leader on January 27th, February 3rd and 10th; Carmen returns for the 17th and 24th to re-establish order

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

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Authors and Artists: Jana Laiz, Saturday, February 24th at 3:30

Jana Laiz, the Writer in Residence at Arrowhead, the Berkshire home where Herman Melville lived and wrote Moby Dick, will discuss her book A Free Woman on God’s Earth at the Chatham Public Library on February 24 at 3:30 pm. The book tells the touching story of Elizabeth Freeman, a hard-working and spirited slave. Also known as Mumbet; Freeman was the first African American slave to win her freedom in a Supreme Judicial court in Massachusetts in 1781.

In addition to being a prolific author of many books,  Laiz is a teacher who has taught students from kindergarten to universities. She also provides writing workshops for children and adults.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, Laiz’s talk is a continuation of the group’s Authors and Artists series. It is free of charge and open to the public.  A question and answer session and a reception will follow the talk.

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.


February 9, 16, and 23rd (there will be no story time on February 2nd)

February 16th Story Hour: Join us for this special story hour to celebrate Dental Health Month! A hygienist from Dr. Starkman’s dental office will be here to teach parents and children how to take care of our teeth. Everyone goes home with a toothbrush kit!

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!

February 5, 7, 12, 14, 21, 26, and 28th


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. 

February 7, 14, 21, and 28th



LEGO CLUB on Monday, February 26th 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, March 19th at 4:00pm

Acorn TV: Best in British TV and Film

Thanks to the Friends of the Library, now with your Chatham or Canaan Public Library card you have access to Acorn TV, hailed as “glorious streaming service…an essential must-have” by The Hollywood Reporter. With 80+ shows, hours of commercial-free programming, and new shows added weekly, there’s always something to watch!

See them first: Acorn streams the latest seasons of fan favorites like Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, George Gently, Vera, Murdoch Mysteries and many more.

Add shows to your personal watchlist for later viewing and share your favorite shows and episodes!

All you need is an internet connection and a desktop or device to watch online. Acorn TV is currently available on laptops, desktops, and tablets via browser

Sign up for a 7-day pass to watch as much as you want. When that pass expires, you can get another one.