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With your Chatham or Canaan Public Library card you have access to Acorn TV, hailed as “glorious streaming service…an essential must-have” by The Hollywood Reporter. With 80+ shows, hours of commercial-free programming, and new shows added weekly, there’s always something to watch!
See them first: Acorn streams the latest seasons of fan favorites like Doc Martin, Midsomer Murders, George Gently, Vera, Murdoch Mysteries and many more.
Add shows to your personal watchlist for later viewing and share your favorite shows and episodes!
All you need is an internet connection and a desktop or device to watch online. Acorn TV is currently available on laptops, desktops, and tablets via browser
Sign up for a 7-day pass to watch as much as you want. When that pass expires, you can get another one.
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.
Our patrons now have digital access to 94 magazines, including People, The Economist, Cooks Illustrated, ESPN, Taste of Home, Yoga Journal, and more!
Here’s the link to our digital magazine collection:
TO SIGN UP
1. Go to Field-Goods.com
2. Click “Order Now”
3. Select “Public Locations” and pull down the menu for “Chatham”
4. Click the “Find Location”
5. Choose “Chatham Public Library” and follow the prompts.
Sign up through April 25 and receive a $10 credit in your account!
Library Elf is a free personal assistant who keeps track of your library holds and loans for you.
Elf can tell you:
Elf can send you:
You can add multiple cards to one Elf account. Perfect for families!
All you need to sign up for Library Elf is your email address, library card number and PIN.
Head to this link for more information about Library Elf and sign up!
If you have low vision or any other physical handicap that keeps you from reading books the traditional way, there’s a FREE audio-book player just waiting for an invitation to come to your home. Through a federally mandated program run by the state, the Talking Book and Braille Library in Albany will send eligible participants a digital machine player. You can then order books free of charge from the state library. You can even set up the program so that they send you audio books without individual requests. Just mark off your preferences on your application (e.g., Sue Grafton; biography; history; comedy) and your cartridges will arrive via USPS. When you finish each book, return it the same way – and remember, there are no postage costs. But what if you want to ask for a specific book? No problem – you can do that too. Nice, right?
Have a smart phone or a tablet? You can download the BARD app and download books directly to your machine. Or, you can download books from the BARD website onto a special blank cartridge and use it in your digital player. There are so many options. And we can help you get started.
Come to the library and ask for a demo and we’ll show you how the machine works – you’ll be impressed! We’ll help you complete your application (there are separate applications for the machine and the app), set up your user profile and get it out the door.
If you have low vision or have some other obstacle that’s preventing you from enjoying reading and learning, this little machine can change your life. You’re fine? Good! But think – do you know anyone who could benefit from this service? Elderly neighbor, a niece or nephew? Mom or Dad? Someone in your life may need you to tell them about this.
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:
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald
The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.
Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.