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Welcome to the North Chatham Free Library, located in the charming, historic hamlet of North Chatham. Since we opened in 1914, the library has been a gathering place for members of the community. We sponsor diverse programs throughout the year for all ages. The library maintains collections of books, books on CD and DVDs, computers, a printer and a fax for public use. With your library card, you are a member of the Mid-Hudson library system, so besides having access to the collections of 70 other libraries, you can also use downloadable audios, eBooks, and online databases. Come and visit us. Your library card is a path from this lovely hamlet to the global community and back again.

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Check out our full range of upcoming programs!

Enriching Life & Increasing Knowledge – Computer Security

In these days of hacking, how can we keep our internet activity secure. Come and find out with Maria Consenza and Chris Stephenson our computer experts. Monday, March 2nd from 10am till Noon. Please sign up.

This program is funded in part with a grant from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Emily Arnold McCully

Emily Arnold McCully, a part-time resident of Chatham, is an award-winning author and illustrator of books for children and young adults. Her books often feature courageous and persevering women and girls. McCully won the Caldecott award for her book, “Mirette on the High Wire”. Her most recent book is “

    Ida M.Tarbell, the Woman Who Challenged Big Business and Won

“. In a presentation at the North Chatham Library at 3 P.M. on March 8th, McCully will describe how she creates histories for children and young adults using words and pictures. She will touch on how she compresses a life into a book and how she uses narrative as a means of creating empathy. People of all ages are welcome at this event.

This event is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund

Enriching Life & Increasing Knowledge – Refreshing your Home for Spring

Easy and Affordable Room Makeovers with Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson.
Hear new ideas and affordable solutions for your interior design/home makeover challenges. Learn about common pitfalls and misconceptions about interior design, and help demystify good design and the process it takes to achieve it from design professionals. Part of the session will be devoted to answering questions. If you upload a picture of the area you wish to refresh and email it to the library at the time of registration, it may (depending on the amount of photos received) be used in the discussion.
Wednesday March 18th, 10:00am till Noon.
(Snow date: 3/25)
Everyone is Welcome whether a member of the NCFL or not.

This program is funded in part with a grant from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Pysanky-Ukranian Egg Dying

Join M.C. Giroux, one of the library’s ‘artists-in-residence’ and practice the traditional art of egg dying with wax and dyes.
Wear old clothes.
Saturday March 28, 11:00 am. Register early as this program fills up quickly!

Annual Wine Tasting – Library Benefit

Explore a new aspect of wine with the very knowledgeable Ms. Karen Kaczmar of Chatham Wine & Liquor. Held at the Trolly Station; $30.00 per person.
Sat, April 11th at 5:30.


To everyone who came to the “Chase the Chill” party. Thank-you very much!
We greatly appreciate you coming out on a blustery night to support the library and make the evening a success. We look forward to translating that evening into future programs and services at the library. It wouldn’t be possible without your help.

Thank-you, also, to Chatham Brewing and Hannaford Supermarket for partnering with us for the event.
Stay warm. Stay dry. And we look forward to seeing all of you next year!

Knitting with Sandy

Join Sandra Wooding and the rest of us as we knit, crochet, etc. to the tune of fun. Beginning knitting continued (by poplar demand). Every Thursday, 10 till Noon. March 12 – In depth instruction on knitting a felted Hat. Please call or email to confirm.Angora

eBooks for Kids!

The library has expanded services with a new digital collection website experience just for kids. The main MHLS Digital Download Collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids.

Libraries recognize the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children’s section of the physical library has its own place, the same experience is now available in the digital collection for kids eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check out the Kid’s eReading Room.