PIONEER LIVING : Monday thru Thursday: July 24, 25, 26 & 27, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension in this 4-day workshop. Learn about the lives of the early pioneers and the hard work it took to survive on the frontier. Participants will make products they now buy at the store, play games & try crafts that kept the pioneer children entertained.

For ages 6- 10 years. Registration is required.





Make a paper GEODESIC DOME CLUBHOUSE on Monday, July 31st, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Kathy Ceceri, author of Paper Inventions, invites participants to learn how paper is used in engineering, including buildings and furniture. Working as a group, they will use recycled newspaper to construct a giant geodesic dome big enough for several youths to SIT in.

For ages 10 years & up. Registration is required.





NATURE’S ARCHITECTS on Thursday, August 3rd at 4:00 pm

Be amazed by the architectural feats of nest building, burrow making and web spinning. Participants will meet live Animal Ambassadors such as a Monk Parakeet, a Red Foot Tortoise, a Mandarin Duck,  a Chilean Rose-Tailed Tarantula, a Ferret, an Argentinian Horned Frog, an African Hedgehog or African Porcupine, and a Flower Mantis.

Together, we’ll draw parallels with our own lives while exploring how we can build a better world!

Fore ages 4 & up. Registration is required.





SUMMER LEGO CLUB on Monday, August 7, 14 & 21 at 4:00 pm


Join our Lego Club! What will you build today? Perhaps something we can show in our display case.

For ages 5 and up.

Mark your calendars!





Puppy Tales on Wednesday, August 9th at 1:00 pm


Come visit with Lennie, the therapy dog. Read him one of your favorite stories or draw a picture of him to add to our display.

All ages are welcome!



SOLAR ECLIPSE PROGRAM on Wednesday, August 9th, 6:30-7:30 pm

On August 21st, 2017 everyone in the United States will experience a Solar Eclipse. What exactly is a Solar Eclipse? What will you see? How can you view it safely? All your questions will be answered with an informative power point presented by staff from the Dudley Observatory at miSci!

Ages 10 and up. *Registration is Required* Please call the library at 518-392-3666 to register.

This program is made possible on part by The Friends of the Chatham Library





BEAVERS and POND LIFE on Thursday, August 10th , 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Michelle Vedderdrew from the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center will teach us about the life of ponds and the animals that inhabit them.

For ages 5 to 10 years. Registration is required.






10:30 am: As the Earth Spins: PreK-2nd grade, 30 minutes

11:15 am: Seasonal  Stargazers: PreK-5th Grade, 30 minutes

1:00 pm: Andromeda to Zeus: 3rd-8th Grade, 45 minutes

2:00 pm: It’s only a Phase: 3rd-8th Grade, 45 minutes

3:00 pm: Earth and Sky: 3rd-8th Grade, 45 minutes

These programs will be inside a portable planetarium, STARLAB, that can fit up to 28 participants! STARLAB is a partnership between the Dudley Observatory at MiSci and Capital Region Bosces.

Registration is Required. Please contact Becky at 518-392-3666.






THE STORYCRAFTERS on Thursday, August 17th at 2:00 pm

STORY by STORY…Building a Better, Gentler World…One Story at a Time: The Storycrafters will present a program of traditional stories and songs on building a better world through the way we interact with each other. The stories will focus on tolerance, acceptance and the celebration of diversity.

Join us after the performance for our end of the Summer Reading Program Party.Refreshments will be served and don’t forget to pick up your reading prizes.






The Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World,” begins on Monday, June 19th and ends Thursday, August 17th. Come in to the library and sign up to receive a reading log and register for programs. Registration is required for all Summer Reading Programs. Please call the library at 518-392-3666 or just stop by!




Battle of the Books:

Great News! The Chatham Public Library is fielding a team for the Battle of the Books, a Summer Reading Program for students entering 6th–9th grade next year. Participants read eight selected titles and then participate in trivia battles based on the books. The Regional Battle will be held Saturday, September 16th.

Here is this year’s book list:

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
The Roar by Emma Clayton
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The Heartbreak Messenger by Alexander Vance
The Future of Us by Jay Asher

Click here for the Battle of the Books website: Battle of the Books–Parent’s Info




CUDDLE ME STORY TIME on Wednesdays, 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.

July 26.

August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30.





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.

July 21 & 28. August 4, 11, 18 & 25.


1000 Books Program!

The goal of the program is to read 1000 books to your child before he or she enters school. Reading to your child will increase his or her vocabulary, and improve reading-readiness. Plus, it’s fun!The program is self-paced and lets you decide how often and how long you read to your child.Children from the age of zero to five may sign up to participate.How it works:

  • Read books to your child. Books may be read more than once, any number of times. Books read at library story times, day care centers, preschools, or by others may be counted.
  • Track your progress on a reading log sheet—each sheet contains one hundred items.
  • Return your first reading sheet of 100 to receive a 1000 Books tote bag.
  • Each time you finish a sheet of 100, bring it to the library to place a sticker on the Reading Tree Mural
  • When you have finished 1,000 books, you will receive a certificate and a gift.
    But, most important, your child will have a jumpstart on success in school.

Wild ThingReading 1,000 books may sound impossible; however, if you read only 3 books a day to your child, you will complete this program in less than a year. But, don’t feel rushed!









daybydaynyFor families with young children, a virtual calendar with content that changes every day – fun daily activities and a story to read together. eBooks and downloadable audiobooks just for kids, categorized by reading level kindergarten through grade 8.

Kids’ Port @ your library. Fun games and great resources for kids.

Electronic versions of kids’ favorite picture books with added animation, sound, music and narration.