All holds will be suspended, all loans will be extended. 



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More information about Coronavirus is available at:

The Center for Disease Control

NY Dept. of Health

Village of Chatham

Coronavirus Resource Center at Harvard Health

Newspapers offering free coverage include:

The New York Times

Wall Street Journal

Washington Post

America’s News (for Chatham & Canaan library card-holders)*


Columbia-Greene Memorial Hospital Coronavirus Hotline: 518-828-8249

New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline: (888) 364-3065

Columbia Co. Sheriff’s Dept Welfare Check Hotline, for the elderly/vulnerable: 518-828-0601, ext. 1400

Headspace–free meditation to aid in relaxation

Free Mental Health Resources:

NY State COVID-related emotional support line: 844-863-9314

MCAT (Mobile Crisis Assessment Team) Columbia and Greene Counties: 518-828-9446

Columbia County Mental Health: 518-828-9446

Groceries/Take Out, Businesses Info:

Chatham & Ghent restaurants/food shops

Covid-19 Hudson Valley Resources

Reach Out to Your Neighbors–use this form to offer help to your neighbors

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May 26, 2020

CPLAC MEMBERSHIP – The Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee is seeking one volunteer to serve a 3-year term starting July 1, 2020. Submit letter and resume to Rachel Galvin, President, Chatham School Board, 50 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham, NY 12037.

Author Adelia Moore speaks on Saturday, May 16th @4:30


Join us for an online Author Talk via Zoom, with Adelia Moore, author of Being the Grownup: The Natural Authority of Parenthood. Moore is a clinical psychologist in New York City specializing in therapy with couples, parents of children of all ages, and families. She was an adjunct professor of psychology and her essays have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and HuffPost.

Children need adults to survive. This, despite the profound change our digital era has wrought on family life, remains the essence of parenthood. Being the Grownup begins not with what should be, but with what is: If you are a parent, it is your job to provide shelter and safety, to make decisions about education, childcare, health and nourishment, to create the habitat that is the context and crucible of family life. Being the Grownup helps parents translate their determination to care for and protect their children into the clarity they need to communicate authority with a firm confidence, whether for bedtime, screen-time or mealtime. Just as she would in a clinical conversation, the author shifts the focus away from disciplinary strategies and back to the core of parenthood, the relationship between parents and children as it evolves, moment-to-moment, from the dependence of infancy to the autonomy of young adulthood.

Register here to receive the link for the talk, followed by a Q & A.


Hygienic Ukulele Jam With Carmen and Friends

Hygienic Ukulele Jam With Carmen and Friends

Please join us every Saturday at 1:00 pm, feel free to jump in early to chat. Point your computer or other online device to the link above and you can join in.  All you need is your ukulele, a device to get on the internet, and a book. We’ll play together for an hour and a half.

Music is available at this link:
We play from all three main books as well as the Grateful Dead American Beauty book.

To join on Zoom, click here:

To learn more, and hear about the Virus Free Open Mic on Wednesdays, go to Carmen’s website at

Hooray for Hoopla!

Looking for something to read
while staying home?
Instantly borrow e-books, music, movies, graphic novels, television series, and more. Download the hoopla app, and sign up with your card today!

Online Book Groups

Monthly Monday Book Group
Monday, June 1st at 7:00pm

The study of sexual physiology—what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better—has been going on for centuries, behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, Alfred Kinsey’s attic, and, more recently, MRI centers, pig farms, and sex-toy R&D labs. I spent two years wheedling and conniving my way behind those doors to bring you the answers to the questions Dr. Ruth never asked. Get your copy from  Overdrive.


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Audre Lorde: Your Silence Will Not Protect You: A Reading/Discussion Series

Lorde’s powerful voice, documented in her poems, essays, speeches, bio-mythography and Cancer Journals, remains vital and instructive. Her beautiful writing is not only worth reading for its own sake, but continues to provide keen insight into the differences that strengthen American society. This series provides participants an opportunity to discuss Lorde’s work as she explores issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. This series is made possible by a Humanities New York Vision/Action Grant, and facilitated by Karen Schoemer.

Meetings  will be online, at 6:30 pm:
May 18 — intro
June 15
July 20
August 17
September 21

The books will be provided on loan–arrangements will be made for delivery after registration.

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New! Genealogy resources available from home

Ancestry–Library Edition is available from home. Start searching billions of records and discover your family’s story.

America’s Genealogy Bank

Explore genealogical records from 1690 to the present, including obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, casualty lists, military and government documents, and more. Features the Social Security Death Index, historical newspapers, books and documents. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Homebound Fun

TeachingBooks Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition. Open through September 15th, children and families can delve into the world of children’s and young adult books, read-along performances of favorite books that are translatable into 100+ languages, virtual storytime with 1,000+ complete book readings, interviews with thousands of authors and much more!

IS183 tutorials–the Art School of the Berkshires has video tutorials and printables for all kinds of projects with household items.

Google Arts & Culture–virtual tours, deep dives into a subject, ideas for experiments & crafts, etc.

Entertainment & Learning Resources–from Passion Planner, links to everything from creativity to mental health to art to…

NYS Arts Go Online–Family art projects to theater, independent film, opera, streaming house concerts and centuries of incredible painting and sculpture.

Print & Play Games for all Ages–Single & Multi-player, dice games, party games, board games, role playing games & more.

Norman Rockwell Museum Virtual Tour–Special exhibitions at the famous Norman Rockwell Museum are now available for you to peruse with ease.

Berkshire Museum @Home–Check the museum out for Daily Snakes and other fun stuff.

Virtual Field Trips –Exactly what it sounds like. Travel to zoos and other fun locales from home.

Visit Virtual Museums from Around the World–See amazing museums from around the world.

Junior Ranger Program–The outdoors aren’t closed yet and you can be a part of the Junior Rangers program. You can visit a National Park virtually and collect the badge through the mail. Collect them all through the comfort of your home.

Scholastic Resources–Login for 20 days of Educational Materials for Young Learners. You’ll need the Username: Learning20 and Password: Clifford

Board Game Arena–Play board games online with your friends.


But I want a book…

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