Chatham Libraries Teen Advisory Reading Buddy Program on Mondays, May 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm

The Teen Advisory Committee consists of middle and high school students who enjoy books. Members will be at the public library to share their interest in reading with younger children.

Each child will have an opportunity to spend a half hour with a “Buddy” reading or listening to stories. Please stop by or call the library at 518-392-3666 to schedule a one-on one appointment for your child.

Ages 5-7 years






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






Puppy Tales on Wednesday, May 10th at 2:30 pm


Lennie, the therapy dog, and his handlers, Lauren & Allison Slater, will be here to help you practice your reading skills. Read him one of your favorite stories or draw a picture of him to add to our display.

All ages are welcome!





SPECIAL STORY HOUR on Friday, May 12th at 10:15 am

The Columbia County Health Department will be at story hour reading books on how to keep your body healthy. Don’t miss this special event!








Lego Club: Monday, May 15th at 4:00 pm

Join our Lego Club! What are you going to build today? Perhaps something we can show in our display case. Your only limit is your imagination.

For ages 5 and up.






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.

See you then!

April 21, 28. May 5, 12, 26. No Story Hour May 19th.





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.


April 26. May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.








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.