Chatham Public Library Summer Reading Program

Stop by the Chatham Public Library to sign-up and start the summer reading program for 2019: A Universe of Stories! Readers will get space themed punch-cards to track reading throughout the summer, collecting prizes for individual reading goals. Readers will also be a part of a larger reading team, racing through space together to reach the moon! Starting on June 17th, registration for all programs, workshops, and performances begins for children and teens, running all summer long until August 14th. Sample the many programs designed to delight, inspire, teach, and give hands-on experiences. Registration is required for ALL programs.

The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant and Dairy Queen, Ghent. The art programs are made possible with funds from the

Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Summer Reading Program Events at the Library:

Birds of Prey, with Ford’s Falconry

Wednesday, June 26

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Richele Ford of Ford’s Falconry will give a live bird of prey presentation. Participants will meet a red tailed hawk, owls, and more! Learn how these birds hunt and raise their young and why their role in our environment is so important. For ages 4 and up


Children’s Hour – story and craft

Monday, July 1, July 29, August 12


Listen to a story and complete a themed project. For ages 5 – 7


Solar Science, with CMOST

Tuesday, July 9


The Sun is the center of the solar system. Sunlight helps plants to grow, warms the earth and can be used to create power. Join the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology’s Outreach Educator as they share hands-on activities and experiments about the power of the Sun.  For K – 2nd grade


Out of the World, with CMOST

Tuesday, July 9


Join the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology’s Outreach Educator as we try to defy gravity and learn about some of the constellations in the sky. This program will bring you closer to space and the solar system. For 3rd to 5th grade


Graphic Novel Workshop, with Barbara Slate

Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31


Graphic artist Barbara Slate will guide you through the process of creating your own comic using her new book, You Can Do a Graphic Novel.  For teens and adults


Animals in Space, with REPCO Wildlife

Monday, July 15


Have you ever wondered what animals have been in space? Join REPCO Wildlife for a live presentation of animals that have been in space or have been involved in space studies. For ages 4 & up


Marbleized Paper and Bookbinding, with Ulrike Grannis

Wednesday and Thursday, July 17 and 18


Artist Ulrike Grannis will teach the ancient art of marbleized paper and bookbinding in this two day workshop. For ages 8 to teens


All the World’s a Stage, with Shakespeare Story Theatre

Monday, July 22


Led by Shakespeare Lady, Lesley Sawhill, the audience is transported to Elizabethan England and the Globe Theatre. Members of the audience take on roles in the quick paced action of one of Shakespeare’s plays. This event will take place outside – please bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, it will be in the library. For all ages


Light-Up Paper Inventions

Thursday, July 25


Learn about circuits, switches, and sensors with take home projects in this 90 minute workshop based on Kathy Ceceri’s book, Make: Paper Inventions. Fold jumping frogs or create other flashing paper designs. For ages 10 to teens


Aliens: Escape from Earth, with the ScienceTellers

Tuesday, July 30


During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky; but it’s not a shooting star. Two kids venture out to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Trapped by a crazy space scientist, they risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their ship – before it’s too late! Throughout the intergalactic story, volunteers from the audience will discover the unbelievable world of science through experiments and demonstrations with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, energy, explosions, and more! For ages 5 to 12


Kids and Coding, with Cornell Cooperative Extension

Monday through Friday, August 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


Join Cornell Cooperative Extension in this 5-day workshop. Just like real-world engineers, youths will work in teams to plan, build, test, and modify their own robotic creations. They will use Lego, Mouse Robots and Tumble to experience three different coding methods that mirror programming language used by engineers and scientists. Youths will leave with a better knowledge of robotics, computer programming and teamwork. For 3rd – 5th grade


Wishing on a Star, with the Storycrafters

Wednesday, August 14


The Storycrafters will present a fun, musical program of traditional stories and songs. Explore the wonder and magic that we feel in the presence of the stars, the moon, the sun, and the vastness of the universe. The library is filled with the magic of stories – celebrate the joy and delight that can be found within the pages of books by sampling stories to be found there.

Come out and wish upon a star with us! For all ages


End of the Summer Reading Party

Wednesday, August 14


After the Storycrafter’s performance, join us for our End of the Summer Reading Party! Refreshments will be provided by Dairy Queen – Ghent.  Don’t forget to pick up your prizes! For all ages


Cuddle Me Story Time

Wednesdays at 10:30 am

June 5, 12, 19, & 26

July 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31

August 7, 14, & 21

Lap-sit story time for the librarys youngest patrons, families welcome. Ages 0 to 2


Pre-School Story Hour

Fridays at 10:15 am

June 7, 14, 21, & 28

July 5, 12, 19, & 26

August 2, 9, 16, & 23

Join the library for an hour of puzzles, books, games, and crafts. Ages 2 to 5.


Puppy Tales

Tuesday, June 11 at 2:30 pm

Monday, July 8 at 1:00 pm

Thursday, August 8 at 1:00 pm

Join Lennie the Dog, who loves to be read to by anyone who wants to practice their reading skills or snuggle with a pup. For all ages




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