Annual Reading by the Memoir Writers’ Group: Saturday, March 24th at 1pm at CHS

The Library Memoir Writing group share from their work in their third annual reading. Coming from a wide range of life experience, they gather weekly to hone their work, and the results are funny, heartfelt, and splendid.  Refreshments will be served.

This event will be held at the Chatham High School Library.

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First Monday Book Discussion Group on Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm

April’s book is The Children’s Blizzard, by David Laskin, about the infamous storm of 1888. We vary between fiction and non-fiction each month. Come get May’s book, the debut novel by Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, described by the NY Times as “Part love letter to books, part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem… Eminently enjoyable, full of warmth and intelligence”.


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!

March: 26th and 28th

April: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25th


Butterfly Program Thursday, April 5th at 1:30pm

Jerry Schneider, inventor of the award winning Butterfly Game, has presented nature programs in schools and libraries for the past thirteen years throughout the Eastern US. His program is a wonderful slide show that takes a look at interesting features about butterflies, distinguishes moths from butterflies, and teaches audiences how to bring butterflies into their back yards and gardens.The program concludes with a fun butterfly tee shirt craft – children may purchase heavy cotton tee shirts for $4:00, or bring their own.

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: 27th

April: 3, 10, 17, and 24th

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.


Agriculture Literacy Program: Wednesday, April 11th 4:30pm

We are proud to feature the book Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson, illustrated by Mary Azarian. This book displays the vast opportunities and diversity that New York agriculture encompasses this year. Youth will be taken on the journey from farm to table to understand different aspects of agriculture and the many possible careers involved. This is a captivating glimpse on what it takes to bring the food we eat to us in order to nourish our bodies and spirits. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties 4-H Agriculture and STEM Educator, Margaret Smith will be reading this magnificent book to youth at the library as well as doing a small activity centered on the book.

For families with children ages 4 to 8 years old

Health Care Navigator on Thursday, April 12th 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.


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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Authors and Artists: Nancy Castaldo, Saturday, April 14th at 3:30

Award winning local author Nancy Castaldo will discuss and show photos from her latest book, Back from the Brink: 

Saving Animals from Extinction at the Chatham Public Library on April 14 at 3:30 pm. Castaldo has been writing books about animals and the environment for more than twenty years. Her extensive research has taken her all over the world from the Galapagos to Russia. Back from the Brink features many exotic animals that many of us have never seen. The discussion will be followed by a book sale & signing and reception.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, Castaldo’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 & answer session, book sale/signing, and a reception will follow the talk.