Library Reopens to the Public

The Library building is now open for in-person browsing and public computer use during our regular library hours. Curbside checkout is available for those who prefer it, with items available for pickup from our downstairs lobby.

The children’s room is currently open for one family or caregiver group at a time to accommodate social distancing. Please call us at 518-392-3666 or click the button below to book your visit.

We are working on a full schedule of outdoor programs for the Summer months. Subscribe to our Newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates.

Occupancy at the Canaan Library is limited to one patron or family group at a time to accommodate social distancing.

Taking Care of One Another

Masks and social distancing are still required. We are following NYS Health Department guidance, which “strongly recommends masks and six feet of social distancing in indoor settings where vaccination status of individuals is unknown.” We serve everyone, including children and others who are unvaccinated, so in order to make all feel welcome and safe we are continuing to require masks for now.

If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask or to follow social distancing guidelines, please contact the Library Director ahead of your visit to seek alternative accommodations.

Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the library and gloves are also available for patrons using computers and browsing the collection.

On the day of your visit, if you are feeling sick, have received a positive COVID-19 test, or have been in close proximity with anyone who’s had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the 14 days leading up to your appointment, PLEASE STAY HOME and FEEL BETTER.

Returning Your Library Loans
To help with the flow of traffic around the circulation desk, please return your items to the outdoor book and media drop when possible. If you’ve borrowed a museum pass, ukulele, or other fragile item, please return in person to the circulation desk staff.

Outdoor Mah Jongg: Mondays & Wednesdays

Join the Mah Jongg renaissance! Players meet out front at the library’s picnic tables every Monday from 10:30am-12:30pm and Wednesday from 2:30-4:30pm. Beginners are welcome!

June: 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30th

July: 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28th

Please note the Library will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

2021 Summer Reading Program: “Tails & Tales”

The Chatham Public Library’s 2021 Summer Reading Program kicks off July 1st! Sign up online or visit the library! Visit our Kid’s Page for a full list of events.



Memoir Writing Group: Tuesdays at 10:30am on Zoom

Now meeting on Zoom every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month! Writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry are also welcome. Everyone has a story – share yours! Please call Ilona Garcen 518 392-1178 for further information. New writers are welcome!

July: 6th & 20th

August: 3rd & 17th

Healthcare Navigator: Thursday, July 8th 1:00-4:00pm

Navigators 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 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

“Aging… There’s No Place Like Home!” Saturday, July 10th at 11:00am

The Chatham Public Library is hosting an informational meeting about the Neighbors of Northern Columbia County: a grassroots not-for-profit organization designed to help network locals as they address issues of aging and/or living alone. The NNCC model is a variant of the Village Movement concept, which has grown throughout the United States in response to previously unmet needs and wishes of those wanting to remain in their own homes as they age.

This meeting will be held outside on the library lawn. Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs. More info at


Virtual First Monday Book Discussion: July 12th at 7:00pm


The First Monday Book Group is meeting virtually on Zoom! If you are interested in participating, please email the library at:

July’s book is “Blacktop Wasteland,” a novel by S. A. Cosby. A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner, and a New York Times Notable Book, this thriller has been praised for best mystery and suspense of 2020.

Copies are available for pickup at the library!


Ukulele Jam on the Library Lawn! Saturdays at 10:30am, starting July 17th

Sing, strum, play! It’s more fun to play in a group. All ages are welcome to our Ukulele Jams outside on the library’s lawn, led by Carmen Borgia, singer, songwriter and ukulele player extraordinaire! Leave your inhibition at home. Ukes will be available, including several you can borrow to take home.


July: 17, 24, & 31st

August: 7, 14, 21, & 28th

Interested in local history, beautiful photographs, or 100 year old postcards with 1 cent stamps? Head on over to NY Heritage and browse the Chatham Public Library’s historical postcard collection!

The Food Drive Continues!

The Chatham Public Library would like to thank our community for their generous support during our recent Food Drive. Staff made 5 separate deliveries to the Chatham & Ghent Food  Pantries, amounting to hundreds of pounds of food stuffs, pet food, sundries and personal items.

Due to the success of our community’s donations, the Chatham Food Pantry has arranged to continue the drive and will be making weekly stops to collect donations!

We are grateful to each and every person who donated and to those who continue to do so. Please accept our thanks and appreciation for being a part of the Great Giveback!