Chatham Public Library announces June programming | Local Announcements

CHATHAM – The Chatham Public Library, 11 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham, offers the following programs in June. For information, visit

Digital Navigator Computer and Internet Help

Do you need a computer or free or low-cost 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, call the Library at 518-392-3666 or sign up online at

“Library of Things” Survey

The Friends of the Chatham Public Library lending “Library of Things” launches in June, 2022 with tools, games and equipment for Chatham and Canaan patrons to borrow for free with a library card. They are asking community members to fill out a brief survey at to share what kinds of things you’d like to borrow from the Library.

Special Programs for Kids

BYO Book Club for Kids 3:30 pm June 7. Made for kids who love talking about books with other book lovers. Try out this month’s pick Tangled in Time: The Portal by Kathryn Lasky (copies available at the Library). Or come ready to talk about your latest favorite read. For ages 8 to 12. Contact Becky to register in advance at or call the Library at 518-392-3666.

“Oceans Of Possibilities” Water Carnival and Summer Reading Kick Off 1-3 pm June 18. Kick off this year’s Summer Reading Program “Oceans of Possibilities” at the Chatham Public Library’s Water Carnival. Stop by the Library to participate in a water balloon toss, water gun target game and more. While you are here, pick up a reading log for your child to keep track of their summer reading and register for fun programs, workshops and performances. For children & teens.

The Truth about Jellyfish: Movie & Craft 2-3 pm June 22. Join Ms. Becky to learn the truth about jellyfish through a short video and experiment. Create your own hanging jellyfish with various recycled and craft materials (ages 6-9.) Register for all the library’s summer reading programs at

Summer Craft: Sand Art 2-3 pm June 23. Explore sand art by making your own colorful sand with chalk and salt. Then use the sand to create layered bottles or dry painting pictures (ages 5-11). Register for all the Library’s summer reading programs at

Summer Craft: T-Shirt Printing with Sea Creature Stencils 2-3 pm June 28. Bring a t-shirt from home and decorate it by stenciling your favorite sea creature (ages 4-12). Register for all the Library’s summer reading programs at

Renewable Energy STEAM Workshop-Water Wheel 2-3: 30 pm June 30. Join author Kathy Ceceri in exploring different types of environment-friendly power systems and learn about their history and how they are used today. In this workshop participants will make a low-tech water wheel using household and craft materials, and test it out under running water (ages 7-11). Register for all the Library’s summer reading programs at

Ongoing Programs for Kids

Shake & Shout Toddler Storytime 10:30 am Wednesdays June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Join others in a lively story time outside as you sing, dance and read a book together. For ages 2-4. No registration is necessary for this weekly program.

Preschool Storytime 10:30 am Fridays June 3, 10, 17 and 24. 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 June 6 and June 27. Join the LEGO Club. For ages 5 and older. 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

Friends Author & Artist Talk with Author & Historian Hugh Howard at 2 pm June 4. Join the Friends of the Chatham Public Library for a talk with writer and historian Hugh Howard about his new book, Architects of an American Landscape. A dual portrait of Henry Hobson Richardson, the nation’s first world-renowned architect, and Frederick Law Olmsted, our finest landscape designer, the book, according to the Wall Street Journal, is “the literary equivalent of an Olmstedian greensward.” This program is presented as part of the Friends of the Chatham Public Library’s ongoing Author and Artist Series. Books will be for sale at the event in partnership with the Chatham Bookstore. For information about this lecture series and other library programs, visit This program will be held in person at the Chatham Middle School Library, directly next door to the Public Library. Registration is requested but not required at

Monday Night Book Club on Zoom at 7 pm June 6, Hamnet: a Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’Farrell; 7 pm July 11, Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our World by Philip Hoare. 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.

Chair Yoga on Zoom 4 pm June 7 and 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, register at Participants are encouraged to use an armless chair on a non-skid surface, light weights (such as water bottles or soup cans), and to wear comfortable loose clothing and sneakers, non-skid footwear, or barefeet.

Pop-Up Library at the Chatham Farmer and Maker’s Market 4: 30-6 pm June 10. 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 its upcoming Summer Reading Programs for all ages, kicking off on June 18.

Food for Thought Reading and Discussion Group: Food Politics at 6: 30-8 pm June 13. 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. In the event that pandemic conditions worsen, this group may move online to Zoom. Advance registration is required at as space is limited.

A, B, C, & D’s of Medicare 11:30 am Wednesdays, June 15, Aug. 17 and Oct. 12. USA Medicare Consultants (a division of EP Nevins Insurance Agency Inc.) is hosting an educational presentation on understanding the basics of Medicare which includes the difference between Original Medicare, Supplemental and Advantage plans. Whether you will be new to Medicare or are reassessing your current coverage we will be available to answer your questions. This program is being offered three separate times as space is limited. Advance registration is required at

Columbia-Greene Workforce NY Outreach Appointments 11 am-3 pm June 23. 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.

Adult Craft Night: Embroidery 101 6-7: 30 pm June 27. Meet new people and explore your creative side. This month, learn two basic embroidery stitches to make a simple embroidered piece around this year’s summer reading theme “Oceans of Possibilities”. Embroidery hoop, cloth, needle, and thread provided. This program will be held in-person at the Library and space is limited. Please register in advance at

Intro to Google Tools: Create and Edit Visual Presentations with Google Slides 1 pm June 28. 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

Note a gmail account is required to participate in the May through July workshops. 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 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 10:30 am Mondays and 2 pm Wednesdays. Join the Mah Jongg renaissance. Fully-vaccinated players are welcome to meet upstairs at the Library every Monday and Wednesday. Absolute beginners, email the Library at for more information about scheduling a 90-minute lesson.

Memoir Group on Zoom 10:30 am June 14 and June 28. The Memoir Writers come from a wide range of life experience, and gather online to share and hone their work. Fiction and poetry writers are welcome, too. Contact the Library for more information.

Ukulele Jam 10:30 am June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 25. All ages are welcome to the Ukulele Jams, led by Carmen Borgia. Ukes will be available, including several you can borrow to take home.

Chatham Roots Genealogy on Zoom 3 pm June 2. Space for this online program is limited. For information and the Zoom link, please contact Michelle LeClair at

Health Care Navigator 1-4 pm June 9. 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 information or to make an appointment, call 518-822-9600.

Tech Help with Lloyd the Geek (Online or In-Person) 2: 45-5 pm June 21. Do you need help with your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other device? Sign up for a one-on-one online session with tech expert Heather Lloyd. Call the Library to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment at 518-392-3666.

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