CHATHAM — Chatham Public Library announces the following events and programs during July. Register to pick up Summer Reading Kits and for all the Library’s Summer Reading Programs at or by calling the Library at 518-392-3666.


Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Join Miss Becky under a tree in front of the Library to listen to stories. An activity will be available to take home after story time. For ages 3-5.

Shake and Shout Storytime 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Come get loud at the library. Join our lively story time outside as we sing, dance & read a book together. For ages 2-4.

Art & Nature Club with the Columbia Land Conservancy 2:30 p.m. Thursdays July 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5. Meet up at the Library and out at local conservation areas to explore the summer season through journaling, science experiments, and art activities. Brought to you in collaboration with the Columbia Land Conservancy. For ages 5-10.

July 15: Make Your Own Nature Journal & Field Explorers’ First Aid Kit (Meet on the Library lawn); July 22: Creek Critters & Stream Safari with the CLC (Meet at Siegel-Kline Kill Conservation Area parking lot - 1452 County Route 21, Ghent); July 29: My Hike in the Forest & Insect Investigation with the CLC (Meet at Borden’s Pond Conservation Area parking lot - 1628 Route 203, Ghent); Aug. 5: Nature Arts & Crafts (Meet on the Library lawn).

Tale of the Rainbow Lizard with the Magic Lantern Traveling Theatre Company July 18 through July 24. Watch a virtual performance of a portrait artist trying to capture the secrets of an ever-changing gecko. Sign up on the Library’s website ( to receive a link to watch anytime during the week of July 18- 25. For families.

Tuesday’s Tales & Craft at 2 p.m. July 20 & 27, Aug. 3 & 10. Relax under the summer sun and listen to a fairy tale. Each week will have a related craft after the story. For ages 6-9. July 20: “The Butterfly Boy” - Butterfly Puppet; July 27: “Punia and the King of Sharks: A Hawaiian Folklore” - Shark Puppet; Aug. 3: “Town Mouse Country Mouse” - Ceramic Mouse; Aug. 10: Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Mermaid” - Mermaid Garden.

Afternoon Tea with Author Eileen Moskowitz-Palma at 1 p.m. July 31. Enjoy a cool refreshment while discussing The Popularity Pact: School Squad with author Eileen Moskowitz-Palma. Find out what it’s like to be an author and why she wrote the book. For ages 8-12. The Library will have copies of the book available for registrants to read BEFORE the meeting date.


Mah Jongg on the Lawn at 10:30 p.m. Mondays and 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Join the Mah Jongg renaissance! Players meet out front on the Library lawn every Monday from 10:30 am-12:30 pm and Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 pm. Beginners are welcome.

Ukulele Jam Returns on the Library Lawn at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays starting July 17. Sing, strum, play! It’s more fun to play in a group. All ages are welcome to our Ukulele Jams, 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.

Virtual Tech Help with Lloyd the Geek 3-5 p.m. July 20. 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 appointment at 518-392-3666.

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