CHATHAM — The Chatham Public Library offers the following programs in January. All programs will be held online, with the exception of the Health Care Navigator. The Library is open for browsing and computer use. Visits may last up to 30 minutes, masks/facial coverings are mandatory. No-contact pick up is available upon request. For information, contact the Library at 518-392-3666 or visit chatham.lib.ny.us. The Library will be closed Jan. 1 and Jan. 18.
Programs for Adults
1st Monday Book Discussion 7 p.m. Jan. 4. January’s book is the novel Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood. February’s book is Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty. Books will be available for pick up at the Library.
Health Care Navigator 1-4 p.m. Jan. 14. 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. These in-person appointments will be conducted inside the Library with proper social distance, wearing of masks is required. For more information, or to make an appointment, call 518-822-9600.
Lloyd the Geek Computer Tutoring 3-5 p.m. Jan. 19. 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.
Cookbook Club 1 p.m. Jan. 21. So many cookbooks, food blogs, and recipe websites, how can you try them all? Join the Cookbook Club. Each month, take on recipes from a different cookbook and meet online to discuss the results. This month is The Kripalu Kitchen: Nourishing Food for Body and Soul, by Jeremy Rock Smith, who will join in the discussion. Visit chatham.lib.ny.us to sign up and pick your recipe.
Saturday Dream Circle, with Louisa Heyward 2-3 p.m. Jan. 23, 30 and March 6, 13. Our night-time dreams are reflections of our consciousness. They offer us healing from trauma as well as deeper connection to our soul, our creativity and our gifts. This online weekly workshop is for anyone interested in opening to the wisdom of their dreams through the approaches of Embodied Dreamwork. This is a tradition which invites understanding not by looking to a dictionary of symbols but by feeling into our experience of a particular dream and exploring what associations and emotions it calls up within us. Meaning is individual and specific to its dreamer’s life history. Participants are invited to bring one or several dreams to each session (recent or old). Each class will open with a talk about how the inner world of dreams relates to our outer world. This will be followed by a contemplative exercise in which participants can explore dream moments via writing or drawing. After this, there will be opportunity for thoughtfully facilitated sharing. To sign up, go to chatham.lib.ny.us. or contact the library.
Memoir Writing 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 5, 12, 19, 25. Now meeting on Zoom. Writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry are also welcome. Everyone has a story, share yours. Call Ilona Garcen at 518-392-1178 for further information. New writers are welcome.
The Great Giveback Continues: The Chatham Public Library would like to thank the community for their generous support during our ongoing Food Drive. Staff made five separate deliveries to the Chatham and Ghent Food Pantries, amounting for hundreds of pounds of food stuffs, pet food, sundries and personal items. Due to the success of the community’s donations, the Chatham Food Pantry has arranged to continue the drive and will be making weekly stops to collect donations.
Readers Theater. The 11 libraries of Columbia County are taking advantage of the virtual landscape by bringing Readers Theater to you. If you are interested in participating in readings, sign up by calling the New Lebanon Public Library at 518-794-8844.
Programs for Children
Lego Club 4 p.m. Jan. 4 and 25. See what you can build together over Zoom using your Legos at home. Contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a Zoom link.
Cuddle Me Song & Book Time 10:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27. Reconnect with Cuddle Me friends and sing your favorite songs. The Library has missed everyone and hopes you can join the fun. For ages 10-24 months. Contact Becky at email@example.com to receive the Zoom link for this event.
Preschool Story Time 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29. Contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and get a Zoom link to the event.
Art & Nature Club 3:30-4:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 19, 26. Through nature journaling and craft projects, let’s get together virtually to explore and observe the winter season in your own backyard. Contact Becky at email@example.com to receive the zoom link.
Craft Kits Jan. 11 and 25. In lieu of in-house programming, the Library will continue to offer craft kits bi-weekly with reading suggestions, obtainable curbside. Each new craft kit will be available on the second and fourth Monday of the month. Contact Becky to reserve this month’s craft kit at firstname.lastname@example.org.