NEW film streaming service with your Library Card

Watch over over 26,000 films on Kanopy! Just launched,  Chatham and Canaan Library users can now watch must-see classic film from The Criterion Collection, learn about every subject imaginable from The Great Courses and PBS or indulge in festival indie or world cinema sourced from award-winning filmmakers globally. Kanopy makes it easy to watch any time, to share and discuss films. Check out their Film Columbia collection!

Films can be streamed through smart TVs, Rokus, on tablets, computers, or smart phones. You can watch up to 10 films per month.


Authors & Artists presents: Francis Greenburger on Saturday, November 4th at 3:30 pm

Best known in Columbia County as the founder of the Omi International Arts Center, Greenburger is famous around the world as an entrepreneur in several fields. “Risk Game: Self Portrait of an Entrepreneur,” co-written with Rebecca Paley, is both a candid memoir about his personal life as the father of four and a detailed report of the ups and downs of his many years as a real estate developer.

Authors & Artists is sponsored by The Friends of the Chatham Library and will be followed by a question and answer period, book sale & signing, and a reception with light refreshments.

Ukulele Jam on Saturday, October 21st, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Come to our Ukulele Jam –  on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 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 for four weeks!

Next Uke Jam: Saturday, November 4th

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First Monday Book Discussion Group on Monday, November 6th at 7:00 pm

Request November’s book “The North Waterby Ian McGuire, and join us for a thoughtful conversation.

Colm Toibin writes, “Ian McGuire’s riveting and darkly brilliant novel, “The North Water” dramatizes a disgraced personality.” One of the NY Times Book Review’s 10 best books of 2016, the book tells the story of a nineteenth-century whaling ship that sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp, and highly original tale that grips like a thriller.

Check out our Goodreads group, and join in the online discussion.


Health Care Navigator on Thursday, November 9th 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.

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.

October 27. November 3 & 17.



CUDDLE ME STORY TIME every Wednesday, 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. 

October 25. November 1, 8, 15, 29. There will be no Cuddle Me on Nov. 22nd.



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!

October 23, 25, 30. November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29.


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:

October 24, 31. November 7, 14, 21, 28.

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.


The Library will be closed on Friday, November 10th in observance of Veteran’s Day

We will reopen on Saturday, November 11th at 10:00 am.