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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 programming for the Fall of 2014!

‘In a Roundabout Way’ by Kim Sykes

Kim SykesAn original play by Kim Sykes, a North Chatham resident. The relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her black seamstress, Elizabeth Keckley, evolves after Abraham Lincoln dies.
Sun. Oct. 5 at 3pm.

‘I am a Reader’, with Elizabeth Zunon

LocomotiveThumb Children and adults will love meeting with this talented illustrator, learning about her work, and then creating their own collage.
Sun. Oct. 19 at 3pm.

Controlling Crafty Critters

dan hursheyAuthor Dan Hershey, ‘the critter man’ will share his tales of controlling bats, squirrels, and other nuisance wildlife.
Sun. Oct. 26 at 3pm

Big Blooms and Fowl Portraits with Paul Lange

Coco-2010See large format, formal photography, while hearing about Mr. Lange’s long term engagement with nature.
Sun. Nov 9 at 3pm.

Holidays with Hungrytown

hungrytownFolk music duo Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson perform music that feeds the soul, including some holiday songs.
Sun. Dec. 14 at 3pm

All our Sunday afternoon programs are made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Columbia County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund.

New Online Catalog

The North Chatham Library is proud to present a brand new online catalog with improved search features to connect you with what you want faster than ever! At search.midhudsonlibraries.org you now have a access to “one-stop shopping” – a single search box that will search across the millions of book, movie, ebook, and audiobook titles available to you through the Mid-Hudson Library System PLUS downloadable articles from over 7,000 magazine and journals!

What you’ve been waiting for! You can now check out your ebooks and audiobooks right in the library catalog! You will see all items you have checked out – both physical items like books and your downloads like ebooks – in your account. Try the new catalog today at search.midhudsonlibraries.org.

Enriching Life and Increasing Knowledge

September is upon us! Once again we can offer new, exciting, and free programs for those who are home during the day. This year, we are partnering with the Malden Bridge Community Center. All classes are from 10am till Noon, unless otherwise specified. You are most welcome to attend. Space is limited, so please call, email, or stop by to sign up.

Sunday: Sept. 14 from 1 – 1:30. Aikido Demonstration. Come and find out about this martial art.
Friday: Sept. 19 from 10 till Noon: Picaboo with Susan Eisenhower. Learn how to make a photo album online with the computer program ‘Picaboo’. Use your own photos and make a book. Click to make borders the color you want. Arrange each page with any number of photos. The access to the site is free. But people need to register first on their lap top or tablet at home so they can access it with a user name and password. You have to do this before the class

*Monday: Sept. 29 Peter Bowden will speak about “Putting Your Garden to Bed” including “Wrapping up the Garden” and “Fall Bulb Planting”. Questions are welcome.

*Monday: Oct. 20 Solaqua Tour. Tour the Chatham Company on Route 295 that makes Solar panels and learn about local cider production.

*Thursday: Oct. 30 Older and Wiser. Learn to organize your records and information and keep safe, but accessible to your family. In this tri-part program, learn how to organize your on-line and paper financial and personal records, know what to toss and what to keep. Avoid identity theft. Speakers from the Office of the Aging, the Columbia County Clerks’ Sheriff’s offices.

*Monday: Nov. 3 Zumba Gold and Tai Chi. Learn about, watch and try (if you want) two exercise programs. Tai Chi is taught by Lorraine Noval and Zumba Gold by Ann Marie Mink.
Ideal for older adults.
At the Malden Bridge Community Center.

*Tuesday: Nov. 10 Italian Cooking with Maria. Lower Fat and Vegetarian Italian Cooking. You probably don’t know what real Italian cooking tastes like. Maria does and she’ll show us how to make it. AT the Malden Bridge Community Center.

*Friday: Dec. 12 (snow day 12/15) Make a Swag. Making door swags for the holidays. Thank-you to Anne Schomaker and Sandra Wooding of the Garden Club of Kinderhook for leading this class.
Please bring: Pine branches, holly, ribbon and decorations,
clippers and scissors.

*Monday: Jan 26 (snow day 01/27) Exploring the Internet. Taught by Maria Consenza and Chris Stephenson. Browsing the Web and using email can improve memory and reduce depression. Learn fun ways to surf the net including Google Earth and social media. This session is for people who already know how to access the Internet. Bring a lap top or tablet.

*These projects have been supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Knitting with Sandy

Join Sandra Wooding and the rest of us as we knit, crochet, etc. to the tune of fun. Usually, the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 10 till Noon. 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.