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A Universe of Stories: 2019 Summer Reading Program: June 17th-August 14th

Young people will explore art, nature, storytelling, and science as the Chatham Public Library presents its Summer Reading Program. Sample the many programs designed to delight, inspire, teach, and give each child hands-on experiences. There are so many wonderful books and other media materials we want to share with you! For a pdf of the Summer Reading Program Brochure, click here! All events are listed on our calendar.

Stop by the library to pick up a log to keep track of days spent reading. While you are here, register for fun programs, workshops, and performances! Read at least 30 minutes each day to get your reading card punched. The library staff will award incentives for every 5 days of reading! Participation prizes will be awarded throughout the summer. Our summer reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library and Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant and Dairy Queen – Ghent. 

Individual registration is required for ALL summer reading events. 

Shakespeare Story Theatre – All the World’s a Stage
Monday, July 22, 6:30pm
Led by Shakespeare Lady, Lesley Sawhill, the audience is transported to Elizabethan England and the Globe Theatre. Members of the audience take on roles in the quick paced action of one of Shakespeare’s plays.
This event will take place outside – please bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, it will be in the library.
For families

Light-Up Paper Inventions
Thursday, July 25, 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Learn about circuits, switches, and sensors with take home projects in this 90 minute workshop based on Kathy Ceceri’s book, Make: Paper Inventions. Fold jumping frogs or create other flashing paper designs.
For ages 10 to teens

ScienceTellers – Aliens: Escape from Earth
Tuesday, July 30, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky; but it’s not a shooting star. Two kids venture out to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Trapped by a crazy space scientist, they risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their ship – before it’s too late! Throughout the intergalactic story, volunteers from the audience will discover the unbelievable world of science through experiments and demonstrations with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, energy, explosions, and more! For ages 5 -12

Kids and Coding
Monday-Friday, August 5th-August 9th 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Join Cornell Cooperative Extension in this 5 day workshop. Just like real-world engineers, youths will work in teams to plan, build, test, and modify their own robotic creations. They will use Lego, Mouse Robots, and Tumble to experience three different coding methods that mirror programming language used by engineers and scientists. Youths will leave with a better knowledge of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Storycrafters-Wishing on A Star
Wednesday, August 14th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
The Storycrafters will present a fun, musical program of traditional stories and songs. Explore the wonder and magic that we feel in the presence of the stars, the moon, the sun, and the vastness of the universe. The library is filled with the magic of stories – celebrate the joy and delight that can be found within the pages of books by sampling stories to be found there. Come out and wish upon a star with us! For families.

Summer Reading Party 
Wednesday, August 14, 7:30 pm
After the Storycrafter’s performance, join us for our End of the Summer Reading Party! Refreshments will be provided by Dairy Queen – Ghent.

Individual registration is required for ALL summer reading events. 


Cuddle Me Story Time on Wednesdays at 10:30am

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. July: 24, & 31st

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 kick-start your child’s learning engine. For ages 2-5. July: 12, 19, & 26th

Magic The Gathering on Wednesday, August 21st at 5:30 pm

Come to the library to learn an exciting card game that combines strategy with fantasy! Players will learn how to build decks, strategize, and face off against their opponents. For ages 8-12


Puppy Tales on Thursday, August 15th at 1:00 pm

Join Lennie the Dog, who loves to be read to by anyone who wants to practice their reading skills or snuggle with a pup.