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First Monday Book Discussion Group on Monday, February 5th at 7:00 pm

February’s book is “The Soul of an Octopus,” by Sy Montgomery. A finalist for the National Book Award, this book “explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus–a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature–and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.” Join us for a thoughtful conversation.

Check out our Goodreads group, and join in the online discussion.

 

 

Open Craft: February 5th-14th

Stop in downstairs at the Library for our all day craft! Make a Valentine for someone you love; family, friends, or that special someone! Craft supplies will be available downstairs all day from February 5th until the 14th. 

Puppy Tales on Wednesday, February 14th, 2:30 – 3:15 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!

 

 

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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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!

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!

 

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.