Chatham Public Library offers programs for everyone in May | Local Announcements

CHATHAM – The Chatham Public Library offers the following programs in May. For more information, visit

“Oceans of Possibilities” Bookmark Contest

Children (preK-6th), tweens and teens (7th-12th), and adults are invited to enter the Library’s Bookmark Contest for a chance to have your artwork featured in this year’s Summer Reading program! Participants are invited to create artwork around this year’s Summer Reading theme of Oceans of Possibilities! Contest entry forms are available for pickup from the children’s room. All entries are due on May 13 and winners will be announced on May 31.

Digital Navigator Computer and Internet Help

Do you need a computer or new or better Internet access at home? The Library’s Digital Navigators can help you find low-cost options for broadband internet and devices. Digital Navigators can also help you find resources to learn computer skills and internet basics. To book your free one-on-one appointment, please call the Library at 518-392-3666 or sign up online at

This program is administered by the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council and supported with federal American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services ( For a full list of locations with navigators, visit

Special Programs for Kids

BYO Book Club for Kids (Ages 8-12) 3:30 pm May 3. Made for kids who love talking about books with other book lovers! Try out this month’s pick White Bird, a graphic novel by RJPalacio (copies available at the Library). Or come ready to talk about your latest favorite read. For ages 8 to 12. Please contact Becky to register in advance at or call the Library at 518-392-3666.

“May the Fourth Be With You” Star Wars Day Celebration (Ages 5-10) 4-5 pm May 4. Calling future jedis, droids, mischievous, loyal, and wise aliens, renegade pilots, resistance and space force commanders! Celebrate Star Wars Day at the Library by dressing up as your favorite character and enjoying crafts & games. For ages 5 to 10. Please contact Becky at or call the Library at 518-392-3666 to RSVP.

Kids Science: Marble Run! (Ages 5 and up) 3:30 pm May 11.

Can you build a shoot for a marble to go from top to bottom? Find out by building a marble run with others. For ages 5 & up. Please contact Becky to register in advance at or call the Library at 518-392-3666.

Kids Science: Preschool Storytime and Dinosaur Dig (pre-K) 10:30 am May 20. Dress up like a dinosaur and join Talk! Read! Sing! Columbia’s Traveling Early Learning Program for a read aloud of Here We Go Digging For Dinosaur Bones by Susan Lendroth and a dinosaur dig. No registration required.

Kids Science: World Turtle Day Movie & Craft (Ages 8 and up) 3: 30-5 pm May 24. In celebration of World Turtle Day, come by to watch a movie and weave a turtle. For ages 8 & up. Please contact Becky to register in advance at or call the Library at 518-392-3666.

Kids Science: Marble Maze Mayhem! (Ages 5 and up) 3:30 pm May 25. Build a marble maze out of recycled materials and take it home. Can you make your marble go fast or slow? For ages 5 & up. Please contact Becky to register in advance at or call the Library at 518-392-3666.

Ongoing Programs for Kids

Virtual Storytime on Zoom 10:30 am May 4, 11, 18 & 25. Join Becky for stories and songs from the comfort of home every Wednesday morning on Zoom. Email for the weekly Zoom link.

Preschool Storytime 10:30 am May 6, 13, 20 & 27. Friday Storytime moves outdoors (weather permitting) this spring! Join Miss Becky for stories, songs and a take-home craft. No registration required for this weekly program. In the event of inclement weather, this program will meet indoors in the children’s room.

LEGO Club 4 pm May 2 & 16. Join the LEGO Club! For ages 5 and up. What will you build today? Perhaps something the Library can show in its display case. This program is held in-person in the Library’s children’s room. No registration required for this weekly program.

Special Programs for Adults

Monday Night Book Club on Zoom 7 pm May 2- Galileo’s Daughter: a Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel; 7 pm June 6 – Hamnet: a Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’Farrell. Email the Library at if you’re interested in joining this monthly Zoom meet up. Copies of each month’s title are available to checkout from the Library’s circulation desk one month ahead of each meeting.

Friends of Chatham Public Library Author & Artist Series: Outsiders, Unseen Observers, and the Virtues of Preserving the Private Self: A Talk With Authors Andrea Barnet and Akiko Busch 2 pm May 7 at the Chatham Middle School Library. Join Andrea Barnet, author of Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall and Alice Waters Changed Our World, and Akiko Busch, author of How to Disappear, as they read from their books and discuss common themes found in their writings. This program will be held in the Chatham Middle School Library, directly next door to the Library. Advance registration is requested but not required at

Food for Thought Reading and Discussion Group: Food Politics 6:30 pm May 9. Advance Registration is required at

Scholar Karen Schoemer leads a monthly reading / discussion series on the Serious Side of Food. Explore an aspect of our culture that is often taken for granted. Food provides both nourishment and pleasure yet each meal has its own broader implications for our personal health and well-being and global environmental and political landscapes. Working with histories, novels, and journalism, this series exposes some of the issues that lie on our plates. The discussion group meets at the Library on the second Monday of each month from 6: 30-8 pm In the event that pandemic conditions worsen, this group may move online to Zoom. Advance registration is required at as space is limited.

May 9: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle; June 13: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair;

Chair Yoga on Zoom 4 pm Tuesdays, May 10-June 14. Chair yoga is open to anyone who would like to support a healthy body and mind… the only requirement is a chair! To sign up and receive the Zoom link, please register at

Ukulele Jam Returns to the Chatham Public Library 10:30 am May 14, 21, & 28. All ages are welcome to the Ukulele Jams, led by Carmen Borgia. Ukes will be available, including several you can borrow to take home.

Columbia-Greene Workforce NY Outreach Appointments 10 am-2pm May 17. Calling local job seekers and students! Columbia-Greene Workforce NY consultant Ellen Sullivan will be visiting the Library to share information about Workforce NY’s employment training and career counseling resources. Sign up for a one-on-one consultation with Columbia-Greene Workforce NY at 518-697-6510.

Spring Seedling Swap 6-8 pm May 18. Maybe spring fever got the best of you this year and your seedling cups runneth o’er? Or maybe your tomato seedlings are going bananas but your chives have yet to see the light of day? Bring your extra seedlings to the Library to meet up with fellow gardeners and share and swap plants just in time for the spring season! Please bring well-labeled seedlings to share or trade. Any unadopted seedlings will be donated to local gardeners throughout the week following this event.

Adult Craft Night: String Art 6-7: 30 pm May 23. Meet new people and explore your creative side. This month, create string art masterpieces! Boards, nails, string, and some tools will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own hammer. This program will be held in-person at the Library and space is limited. Please register in advance at

Pop-Up Library at the Chatham Farmer and Maker’s Market 4: 30-6 pm May 27. Stop by the pop-up library at the Chatham Farmer and Maker’s Market at Crellin Park to sign up for a library card and learn about the Chatham Public Library’s latest programs and services! This month will feature the Library’s Digital Navigator services and its upcoming Community Conversations to learn about how the Library can help support your aspirations for the future of Chatham and surrounding areas.

Intro to Google Tools: Create and Edit Spreadsheets with Google Sheets 1 pm May 31. This monthly program series is designed to help participants gain basic computer skills and access free online tools designed by Google. The interactive workshops will be held indoors at the Library. Space is limited and masks are required for all program participants. Advance registration is required at

Please note a gmail account is required to participate in the May-July workshops. Please contact the Library at or 518-392-3666 for assistance setting up a gmail account ahead of this workshop if you don’t have one already.

Create and Edit Spreadsheets with Google Sheets – Tuesday, May 31; Create and Edit Visual Presentations with Google Slides – Tuesday, June 28; Create and Edit Questionnaires and Surveys with Google Forms – Tuesday, July 26.

Ongoing Programs for Adults

Mah Jongg Club Mondays at 10:30 am and Wednesdays at 2 pm Fully-vaccinated players are welcome to meet upstairs at the Library every Monday and Wednesday. Absolute beginners, please email the Library at for more information about scheduling a 90-minute lesson.

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