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Health Care Navigator on Thursday, December 14th 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.

TECH TUTORS Thursday, Dec. 21st, 3:00-4:30 pm

Tech Tutors are High School students who provide one-on-one help to adults to learn basic computer skills or how to better use their eReader of smartphone. Basic instruction may include how to use a mouse, download an eBook, set up an email account, search the Internet, or navigate Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter. Bring your tablet, phone, reader, or other device with you.

Visit the library, or call us at 518-392-3666 to register for this program. Next Tech Tutor Thursdays: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 19, May 17.

Get Fresh Produce and Support the Friends of the Chatham Public Library

Thanks to the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, locally grown fruits and vegetables are available every Thursday through Field Goods:

  • Field Goods is a year-round local produce delivery service; customers receive 5-8 different fruit and vegetables (depending on bag size), plus optional add-ons.
  • Bags cost $16 to $32 per week, and can be put on hold at any time. It’s flexible!
  • Field Goods purchases everything directly from over 80 small farms in the region.
  • All of the produce is non-GMO, and most is organically grown.
  • Order deadline for a Thursday delivery is Monday at 11:59 pm

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!

DIGITAL MAGAZINES ARE AVAILABLE NOW

Our patrons now have digital access to 94 magazines, including People, The Economist, Cooks Illustrated, ESPN, Taste of Home, Yoga Journal, and more!

  • Always available–unlimited simultaneous readers
  • Read on your tablet, computer or smart phone
  • Check them out once, and they are yours forever
  • The entire magazine is available, cover to cover
  • Includes a year’s worth of back issues for each title

Here’s the link to our digital magazine collection:
https://www.rbdigital.com/midhudsonlibsysny/service/zinio

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Sign up now for Library Elf

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Library Elf is a free personal assistant who keeps track of your library holds and loans for you.

 Elf can tell you: 

  • Upcoming due dates
  • Holds ready for pickup
  • Overdue materials

Elf can send you: 

  • Text messages
  • Email notices
  • Online calendar updates

You decide: 

  • When Elf contacts you
  • Which notifications you receive
  • What kind of message Elf sends

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!

 

Museum Pass Program

Thanks to the Friends of the Chatham Library, you can check out passes offering free or reduced admission to a wide variety of museums and historic sites in our area.

Passes are available on a first-come basis and can be checked out for two days. Please return Museum Passes inside the building, or in the media slot of the book drop, if the library is closed.

Below is a description of each institution, with a link to their website–we suggest you confirm hours, directions, etc., online or by phone.

The following museums are open year-round:

Albany Institute of History & Art  Albany NY Founded in 1791, it is one of the oldest museums in the United States. The Institute’s museum and library holdings document the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late seventeenth century to the present day. Although the Institute is famous for its significant Hudson River school paintings, the broad scope of its collections includes fine arts, furnishings, personal objects, documents, manuscripts, photographs, and personal papers used by people of all ages, social classes, economic conditions, and cultural groups.

Bennington Museum  Bennington, VT As the largest art and history repository in southern Vermont, the museum houses diverse collections reflecting the history of early Vermont and historically associated areas of New York and Massachusetts. Art and artifacts range in date from the early 18th century to the present.  Items include the largest public collection of paintings by the great American folk artist Grandma Moses, which draws visitors from around the world. Nearby is Vermont’s tallest structure, the Bennington Battle Monument, and the Old First Church, home to the grave site of poet Robert Frost.

Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, NY Our newest pass is for a Federal-period house/museum set on lovely landscaped grounds with breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Boscobel contains an important collection of decorative arts from the Federal period, with high-style furniture, English china, silver, and glass. The 60 acres of grounds surrounding the mansion include a beautiful rose garden, orangery, herb garden, pond, and a pristine woodland trail complete with rustic gazebos from which visitor’s can enjoy magnificent views of the Hudson River and its Highlands.

The Berkshire Museum Pittsfield, MA The diverse collections boast artifacts of ancient history and natural science: fossils, a 143-pound meteorite, an Egyptian mummy, shards of Babylonian cuneiform tablets, samplings of early Mediterranean jewelry, and hands-on representations of Berkshire ecosystems including local mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects, plants, and minerals. Its art holdings include a sizable group of paintings from the revered Hudson River School; significant works by Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church also figure prominently.

CMOST–Children’s Museum of Science & Technology Rensselaer, NY All exhibits at CMOST are designed with science discovery and play in mind. Why? Because discovery and play aren’t just about entertainment, they are essential learning tools. Children learn about themselves, their environment, people and the world around them all through play.

The Columbia County Historical Society Kinderhook, NY Explore a gallery of changing exhibitions, a research library and reading room, and museum store.  The library and exhibit gallery are open to researchers and visitors March-December.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Amherst, MA The largest museum of its kind in the United States, it houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art from around the world; a hands-on art studio for creating masterpieces of one’s own;  performances, films, and lectures; and a comfortable library for reading and storytelling.  Eric Carle authored 70 picture books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

FASNY Museum of Firefighting Hudson, NY  Whether you are a firefighter on a pilgrimage to the Museum for the first time, a family looking for a fascinating daytrip or a student of history whose interest has been piqued by the fire service,  be engaged by the subject of firefighting as history, as culture, as a service to humanity, as a preventative practice and as ever-changing art and technology.

FDR Presidential Museum & Library, Hyde Park, NY  The very first presidential library ever established is in our own backyard. Presidential Libraries are not libraries in the usual sense. They are archives and museums, bringing together in one place the documents and artifacts of a President and his administration and presenting them to the public for study and discussion without regard for political considerations or affiliations. Presidential Libraries and Museums, like their holdings, belong to the American people.The Museum collects and preserves materials related to the lives and careers of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their friends, family, and associates. The Museum also acquires items that reflect political, social, military, diplomatic, and cultural life in America during the 1930s and 1940s.

Mass MoCa North Adams, MA Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world’s premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.

miSci Schenectady, NY The Museum of Innovation and Science (formerly the Schenectady Museum), has a mission to inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past present, and future. The Suits-Bueche Planetarium features a high-definition, full-dome, computerized projector which projects on the full 30-foot dome and provides an immersive experience, and a GOTO Star Projector, which offers a real-life view of the night sky not available anywhere else in the northeast.

The Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge, MA The most popular year-round cultural attraction in the Berkshires. The Museum houses the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell’s work, including 998 original paintings and drawings. (This pass offers reduced admission for two adults only.)

Olana Hudson, NY  The 19th century home, studio and designed landscape of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), his wife Isabel and their four children. The 250 acre historic estate features an elaborately stenciled, Persian-inspired mansion filled with original sketches, studies and paintings by one of the mid-19th century’s most famous artists. Stroll the grounds, and enjoy stunning views of the Hudson River.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Williamstown, MA The Clark collection is best known for an extraordinary collection of French Impressionist paintings, which take their place within a wider ensemble of masterworks that date from the Renaissance to the late 19th century. The Clark continues to collect in the fields of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs as well as decorative arts including additions to its already extensive collection of British and American silver. (This pass offers free admission for one adult.)

The following are open seasonally:

Arrowhead  Pittsfield, MA The historic home of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. The beauty of the region was a great inspiration to Melville, particularly the view of Mount Greylock, highest point in Massachusetts, and visible from the farm house window. A house tour takes about 45 minutes, and ends in Melville’s study, where he wrote Moby Dick. The property includes the farm and a nature trail. The grounds and nature trail are open year round, during daylight hours.

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Berkshire Botanical Garden Stockbridge, MA  The public display gardens are among the oldest in the US and have been expanded over the years in breadth and variety, encompassing 15 acres of cultivated land at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  The collections emphasize plants that are indigenous to or thrive in the Berkshires.

Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA The home, studio, and gardens of Daniel Chester French, America’s foremost public sculptor. His works include The Minute Man in Concord, MA, The Continents in lower Manhattan, and most famously, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Hancock Shaker Village Pittsfield, NY An authentic Shaker site with 750 acres of rolling pasture and woodlands and our walkable Village with 20 historic buildings, including the world-famous Round Stone Barn, our farm with heritage-breed animals (including our famous Baby Animals!), and extensive gardens of herbs, flowers and produce. Expert interpreters in many buildings bring the Shaker story to life.

Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon New Lebanon, NY For 160 years, from 1787 to 1947, the Shakers at Mount Lebanon led the largest and most successful utopian communal society in America. The season of exhibitions, tours and programs begins on June 19, 2015. The historic buildings are by guided tour only. Pamphlets are available at the Visitor Center for self-guided  tours of the grounds during open hours, and at the orientation display at all other times. Pass users can also browse the Lending Library, view virtual interactive exhibitions on iPads, and will receive a discount in the shop.

Steepletop  Austerlitz, NY   Steepletop is the historic home of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. See the gardens, walk the Poetry Trail created by the Friends of the Millay Society, visit the gallery in the new Visitors Center at Tamarack Cottage, and purchase Millay memorabilia and books at the gift shop. Visitors can enjoy a film about life at Steepletop when Millay and then her sister, Norma, lived here.

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site Catskill, NY Home of the founder of the Hudson River School of landscape painters. The house and studio hold many of his paintings, which are landscapes of the Catskill mountains. Patrons can take a stroll through the flower garden or perhaps hear a lecture about the Hudson River School.

USS Slater  Albany, NY  Visit the only restored World War II Destroyer Escort afloat in the United States. It was one of 563 ships that battled Nazi U-Boats on the North Atlantic during World War II, protecting convoys of men and supplies. The Destroyer Escorts also served as first in line to defend naval task forces in the Pacific from Kamikaze attacks.This fully-guided tour of the ship takes at least one hour. It will require climbing ladders and walking through tight spaces. Large bags and strollers are not permitted on the ship.

Consumer Reports available to library patrons

Thanks to the Mid-Hudson Library System, all Chatham and Canaan patrons have free access to the full Consumer Reports website. Click on the link, enter your library barcode number, and you’re in!

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Columbia Pathways to Recovery

Together with Columbia Pathways to Recovery we are starting a collection of books and dvds around the topics of addiction and recovery. Would you like to help us build this collection? Here is our wishlist. Thanks!

Talking Book Reader

stdplayersmIf 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.

InstantFlix is FREE streaming video for Chatham and Canaan library patrons

InstantFlix for Libraries is a premier online streaming service provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world.

Through this link, patrons of The Chatham Public Library, and its branch in Canaan can create an InstantFlix account and have unlimited access to thousInstant flix buttonands of streaming film-festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and more. InstantFlix is available on Apple®, Android™, and all Internet-enabled devices. Patrons can also watch films on TV with their Roku, xBox or Fire TV devices.

About InstantFlix
InstantFlix streams thousands of award-winning films from festivals around the world. InstantFlix is dedicated to providing a forum where filmmakers and their audiences can interact, and to building a community that translates artistic vision into commercial success. InstantFlix promises to build a fair and open market to empower filmmakers to be the engine of their achievement, and audiences to be a vital part of a movie’s success. We believe that every good movie has an audience.

This service has been generously funded by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library. Would you like to become a Friend? Click here.