Special Programs

In addition to our regularly scheduled storytimes, the library also periodically hosts a variety of programs for children of all ages and their families. Please see the Calendar or Upcoming Events pages for additional information.

Tween/Teen Drop-in CraftA picture of four cigar boxes, one that has been painted in multiple shades of green and blue
Pour over Paint Cigar Boxes

Friday, December 30

Ages 12-18

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Looking to get your tween or teen out of the house after Christmas?  Do they like to let their creativity shine with an easy craft?  They can come try the pour over paint craze with some cool shapes and sizes of cigar boxes.  this event is free; all materials are provided, but supplies are limited.  

The Science of Snow Two evergreen trees and a pile of snow with snowflakes falling in the background

Friday, January 27

All ages

Noon-3:30 p.m,

Come and find out more about the chilling science behind snow and snowflakes.

Valentine Make It, Take It  A pink background with multicolored hearts

Saturday, February 4

10:00 a.m. - Noon

Choose from a variety of Valentine's crafts to make with love to show your love!

Lego Days

One Saturday every quarter the library hosts Lego Days. These days are open to children of all ages and their caregivers. We provide the Lego blocks. All you need to bring is your imagination.

Our next Lego Day is scheduled for Saturday, January 28 from 10 a.m. until noon.  

Please see the Calendar or Upcoming Events pages for additional information.

a baby reaches for duplo blocks            A dad and his son and little girl play with legos togethertwo school age boys play with legos

American Girl

Now until the end of January, 2023:  Come by and see our American Girl dolls on display in the Library, including our new doll Claudie!  And... be on the lookout for a week of American Girl-based activities over Spring Break, March 2023!

Three American Girl dolls on a shelf in their original period outfitsThe black American Girl doll Claudie dressed in a blue dress.Six American girl dolls in their original outfits on two shelves, three above, three below

Movies at the Library

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Game Nights and Game Days

a close up of children's and adult hands opening a board game boxFamily Game Day

All Ages

Wednesday, December 28

2:00-4:00 p.m.  

Back after a too long hiatus, it's family game day!  We will have a variety of games for all ages and skill levels for you to play.  You can also bring your own game and teach the rest of us a thing or two!

Monthly Board Game Nights

For our patrons aged 10 and up, the library hosts Monthly Game Nights. Reservations not required. A close up of a game piece, with a board and dice in the background.

Looking to learn a new board game or show off your gaming skills?  Join us in the library for one of our wednesday game nights.  We have a variety of games to try and fun folks with whom you can try out your strategies.

Join us December 7th,January 4th and February 1st from 6:00-7:30 p.m.!

Please see the Calendar or Upcoming Events pages for additional information.

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

1000 Books Before Kindergarten1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program designed to help parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: kindergarten. Research has shown that children get ready to read years before they begin their formal education. An excellent way to get your child ready to learn is to read to them.

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think (so get started).

The key is perseverance. Make it exciting. This program will reward your child for each step in the process!

Are you ready to get started?  Great!  We have an online tracking system, called Beanstack, where you can log in all of your reading, as well as earn rewards! Sign up for an account, and start reading today!


Why Read 1,000 Books?

Parents/caregivers can help children master the six early literacy skills that children need to know before they can learn to read:
1. Print motivation
2. Vocabulary
3. Print Awareness
4. Letter Knowledge
5. Narrative Skills
6. Sound Awareness

Who can participate in this program?

 Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten can participate.

How long will the program take?

The program is self-paced and will depend on how often you read together.

How many of my children can participate?

All of them (provided they have not yet started kindergarten). Make it even more fun and read as a family!

Do we have to read books from the library?

No, you can read books from anywhere. Just remember to log them on your log them in beanstack!

Can I count a book more than once?

You can! Record the book as many times as you read it! 

Do you need some great reading suggestions?  These are some great resources to get you started:

 Books Your Child Should Read Before Kindergarten

Babies Need Words Every Day Book List

PDF iconAges_0-24mo_Book_Lists.pdf

PDF iconAges_2-3_Book_Lists.pdf

PDF iconAges_4-5_Book_Lists.pdf


Halloween Storytime

Very Scary HalloweenA movie poster with a smiling gray dog that has scars all over his face and body like Frankenstein. He's standing in front of a full moon.

Thursday, October 20
Ages 11 and Up
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

For the 11 years-old and older crowd, the library will be celebrating the spooky season with a showing of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie! In addition to our popcorn and lemonade, we will be serving some frightening Halloween themed treats. Eat them if you dare!  

Halloween Baby and Toddler TimeA woman dressed in a black dress and black witch's hat reads to a group of parents and babies in costume.

Tuesday, October 25
Birth – 3 years
9:45 & 10:45 a.m.

 All Mummies, Daddies and other caregivers are invited to dress their babies in costume and bring them to our Halloween Baby and Toddler Time.  This program is intended for parents/caregivers and their little ones, newborn to 3 years, and features stories,  fingerplays, and songs.

Friendly and Slightly Scary Halloween Stories A group of children in costumes and adults mingles.

Thursday, October 27
Birth – 2nd grade

Choose your Halloween story time based on your preference — Friendly or Slightly Scary Stories.  No matter which you choose, everyone is invited for a snack! 
Both sessions are meant for little boos and ghouls through 2nd grade.

6:30 p.m. Come join us in the Library Gallery for a fun time of Friendly Halloween stories, then stay and enjoy a snack in the Activity Room

7:00 p.m. Those wishing for Slightly Scary Halloween stories can gather in the Library Gallery for stories with a slight thrill. (Remember to come to the Activity Room by 6:45 if you want to gobble a treat before the stories begin!)

Preschool Halloween Stories A woman dressed up in red, white and blue with stars reads to small children in costume.

Friday, October 28   

10:15 a.m.  

Have a cackling good time and complete a spooktacular craft! Preschoolers are encouraged to come dressed in their costumes for our regular Storytime to hear fun Halloween stories and complete a Halloween craft.




Teen Trivia

Percy Jackson Olympics

7th-12th grades
Wednesday, November 9, FREE

Fun begins at 6:00 p.m.and ends at 7:30 p.m.; sign up starts at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for an evening of trivia, games, and crafts based on everyone's favorite demigod:  Percy Jackson!  Bring a team of up to 6, or we can place you with a team,  Prizes will be awarded for the top teams! 

Pizza and snacks will also be provided.  Even if you've never read the books or seen the movies, you will be able to have fun!

Costumes are encouraged, so throw on your toga and join the fun!


Book Camp

2022 Book Camp Read Beyond the Beaten Path

FINALLY, Book Camp is back at the Library, and we can’t wait to welcome all our campers in person!

At Book Camp, campers aged 4 through 6th grade will participate in games, crafts, and reading activities focused around a camping theme. For children 4 years old to 4th grade, we offer two sessions; you choose either the June or July session. Each session is for three days and lasts one hour.  Children in 5th and 6th grades attend one extended session in June. 5th and 6th grade book camp lasts 1 ½ hour.  These grade levels are for the grade your child will be going into for the 2022-2023 school year.

  • The cost for all campers is $5. Registration is required and is not refundable.
  • In order to accommodate as many children as possible, campers are not able to repeat sessions.

The Book Camp schedule is as follows:

Aged 4 – Kindergarten:  June 27, 29 and July 1  or  July 11, 13, 15 (10:15 am—11:15 am)

1st – 2nd graders: June 21, 22, 24  or  July 18, 20 and 22 (10:15 am—11:15 am)

3rd – 4th graders: June 13, 15, 17  or  July 25, 27, 29 (10:15 am—11:15 am)

5th – 6th graders: June 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 (1:00 pm—2:30 pm)

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Summer Reading

June 1 kicks off Summer Reading 2022:  Read Beyond the Beaten Path!Circle art with a illustrated boy and girl in a canoe

Join Summer Reading and discover what adventures (and prizes) await you.  Choose your books, choose your adventure, and earn prizes as you dare to Read Beyond the Beaten Path.

Sign up now using the Beanstack website - http://chathamlib.beanstack.org - or the Beanstack Tracker app (apple | android).*  There are challenges for every age group:

  • Rubber Ducky Club for Birth through age 3:  Read 30 books together and receive a rubber duck.
  • Summer Reading for ages 4-8**:  Receive prizes after each 100 minutes read.
  • Summer Reading for ages 8-12**:  Receive prizes after each 150 minutes read.
  • Tween/Teen Summer Reading for ages 12-18**:  Receive a virtual ticket to enter a raffle for a gift card of your choice after every book read and be automatically entered into a grand prize drawing.  Participants will be able to take part in multiple craft days throughout June and July like macrame bracelets and making a tie-dye shirt.  Watch our social media for more details!

Participants will be able to read and redeem prizes between June 1 and July 31.  Summer Reading ends Saturday, July 31.

** For children aged 8 or 12, choose the ONE challenge that best suits your child.

*Not sure about how to get started Beanstack or the Beanstack Tracker app? No problem! Check out the Beanstack Tutorial