Authors & Artists presents Peter Biskind: Saturday, March 23rd at 3:30pm

Renowned film critic Peter Biskind will talk about his latest book, “The Sky is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great For Extremism, at the Chatham Public Library on Saturday, March 23 at 3:30 pm. Biskind is well known in Columbia County for programming films shown at the Crandall Theater and serving as the Executive Director of the annual FilmColumbia Festival.
Biskind is a cultural critic, film historian and former editor-in-chief of American Film magazine and executive editor of Premiere. His articles have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Paris Match. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a staff writer for Esquire magazine. Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, Biskind’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, a reception, and a book signing will follow the talk. 

Chatham Uke Fest April 14th

Girls Who Code: Saturday, March 23rd at 1:00pm


Girls Who Code 3rd-5th Grade Clubs are a community of girls who actively design, code, read, and explore together!  This will be a six week program.

Featuring activities, characters, and vocabulary drawn from the best-selling Girls Who Code books, 3rd-5th Grade Clubs expose girls to bravery, resilience, and computational thinking at the exact moment when research indicates that their interest is high. Girls will learn about the basics of computer science and about some of the ground-breaking women who use technology to create.

Each meeting will include fun, interactive projects that are unique to Girls Who Code. A typical meeting starts with girls reading together from a part of the book Learn to Code and Change the World and then discussing questions that relate to both the book and important concepts; bravery and sisterhood. The Club will then take on a creative challenge that relates to the chapter they read – either unplugged or online – to unleash creativity and individuality.

Any girls in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade are encouraged to join if you’re creative, curious and want to learn more about how to make computers think. Whether you’re a beginner or a computer master, you’ll get to make new friends as you read and learn together!

Please call the library to sign up and begin your online enrollment! 


Lloyd the Geek: Tuesday, March 26th 3-5pm

Do you need help with your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other device? Then sign up for a one-on-one session with Tech Expert Heather Lloyd! Call the library and schedule a half hour appointment for one of our upcoming dates:
Tuesday, March 26th, 3:00-5:00pm
Tuesday, April 30th, 3:00-5:00pm
Tuesday, May 28th, 3:00-5:00pm
Call to register: 518-392-3666
Heather Lloyd has enjoyed a long career in Information Technology. Having worked for large corporations and start-ups in the Financial, Internet, and Telecommunication sectors for 35+ years, Heather has advanced expertise in multiple fields, such as emerging device technologies, consumer apps for Smart phone, Tablets, and the Internet, the Cloud, and more!

MAH JONGG at the Library every Monday and Wednesday from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

MAH JONGG players meet downstairs every Monday and Wednesday, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm. Beginners are welcome!

March: 18, 20, 25, & 27th

April: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 & 29th

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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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:

March:  19 & 26th

April: 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30th

This peer led writing group meets to provide comment and review on the process of memoir writing. New writers are welcome. If interested, contact the library at 518-392-3666, or stop by.


First Monday Book Discussion Group on Monday, April 1st at 7:00 pm

April’s book is Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock. Join us for a conversation and pick up a copy of May’s book, Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan.



Chatham Roots: Thursday, April 4th, 2:00-4:45pm

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. The group will be led by Michelle LeClair. She teaches genealogy classes, lectures and has conducted workshops around the region for over 10 years. And has obsessively been researching for over 25 years. For information contact Michelle at or call 518-610-0826 (leave message). RSVP isn’t needed but appreciated.