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Looking for More Children’s Activities?

Check out our “Kids Page,” with events just for families, kids, and teens!

Ukulele Jam on Saturdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Come to our weekly 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 several you can borrow to take home!

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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!

May: 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, and 30th


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:

May: 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29th

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.


Authors and Artists: Sally Koslow, Saturday June 2nd at 3:30pm

In Hollywood of 1937, literary wonder boy F. Scott Fitzgerald’s career is slowly drowning in booze. But the once-famous author, desperate to make money penning scripts for the silver screen, is charismatic enough to attract the gorgeous gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, a woman who exposes the secrets of others while carefully guarding her own. Working from Graham’s memoirs, interviews, and letters, Koslow brings Graham, Fitzgerald and 1930s Hollywood gloriously to life. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, the reading will be followed by a question & answer session, book signing, and reception.

First Monday Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 4th at 7:00 pm

 June’s book is “But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking About the Future As If It Were the Past,” by Chuck Klosterman. Join the conversation and pick up a copy of July’s book, The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore.

Battle of the Books Meeting: Tuesday June 5th 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Calling all middle school aged students who are interested in participating in the Mid Hudson Library System Battle of the Books competition. The MH-BoB is a literary trivia contest focused on eight books. During the meetings we’ll talk about the titles that were chosen for this year’s battle, and plan our battle-practice sessions for the summer. Click on the logo to learn more about this exciting program.

Josiah, A Film Presentation: Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30pm

On Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30 pm, Chatham Public Library will host a free public screening of JOSIAH, a short documentary tracing Josiah Henson’s harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada. Josiah Henson (1789-1883) spent 41 years as a slave. He was a dynamic, driven man with unyielding principles who overcame incredible odds to escape his cruel masters, and improve the lives of hundreds of freed people.. Though immortalized and catapulted to international fame in 1852 by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her seminal, society-changing novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, his story has been largely lost to history. Josiah is 39 minutes long, and may not be suitable for young children.