Tag: Chatham Public Library

Columbia Land Conservancy Nature Night: Snakes Alive! Nov 18


Nature Night returns on November 18th! Join the Columbia Land Conservancy and Professor Tom Tyning to learn more about why snakes matter and their hiss-tory in the area. 

They slither, they slide… and they may strike fear into your heart. But did you know that snakes are important parts of our ecosystems? Join CLC and biologist Tom Tyning to learn more about our local snakes and why they matter – no scales required. Together, we’ll learn about snake hiss-tory in the area, the challenges of studying snakes, and their role in habitats.

Tom Tyning has been a professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College since 1999. Prior to that he was a Field Biologist and Master Naturalist for Massachusetts the Audubon Society, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Antioch New England, Springfield College, and MCLA.  An authority on New England natural history, his main interests are amphibians and reptiles. He is the author of A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles. Through the year he conducts various short and long-term field research projects on vernal pools, rare salamanders, Berkshire County butterfly populations, and endangered snake species in Western Massachusetts.

DATE/TIME: November 18, 2021 / 5:30 – 7pm

LOCATION: Online via Zoom

COST/REGISTRATION: Pre-register to receive login information. Click here to register.




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Open Mic Night at Chatham Public Library, Sep 22

The Chatham Public Library is hosting an Open Mic Night on Wednesday, September 22 at 6pm. Do you write poetry or enjoy sharing your favorite authors? Do you write memoir, fiction, or essays? Do you play an instrument, dance, or sing? Join the Chatham Public Library for an evening of the arts on the library lawn, where you can share your form of personal expression and COME AND BE HEARD!

This program is open to all ages, please keep content family friendly. 

DATES/TIME: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 / 6pm

LOCATION: Chatham Public Library (on the library lawn)
11 Woodbridge Ave
Chatham, NY

REGISTRATION: To register for Open Mic Night click HERE!

Phone: 518-392-3666


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Columbia Land Conservancy Seed Collection Workshops

Join the Columbia Land Conservancy and the Chatham Public Library for a three-part workshop on seed collection! Register for one workshop or all three.

These workshops will be held outside at the Chatham Public Library, so be sure to dress accordingly. Also, bring a notepad, garden gloves, smartphone (if you have one). Snacks and refreshments will be served. 


Part 1 : Native Plant ID & Sustainable Seed Collection
August 16th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Chatham Public Library (Rain date 8/18)
During this session we will go over plant identification basics and how to start out with ecologically safe and effective seed collection techniques.

Part 2 : Target Species ID & Volunteer Seed Collection Protocols
August 30th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. @ Chatham Public Library (Rain date 9/1)
This session will cover how to collect seeds from the Public Conservation Areas for the CLC Volunteer Seed Collection. Learn to ID our target list of restoration species and collect.

Part 3: Volunteer Seed Collection Field Workshop
September 13th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ Greenport Conservation Area (Rain date 9/15)
For our final workshop we will get a hands-on walk through of how to participate in the Volunteer Seed Collection Program. We will be taking a quick loop hike and collecting a few different species, so bring appropriate outdoor gear for walking off-trail.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy (all three)

Please register as soon as possible by emailing JJ Kathe at jj.kathe@clctrust.org – a limited number of participants will be allowed per event in keeping with COVID-19 safety precautions. Please include which volunteer event you would like to volunteer for in your email.




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Homebound Fun

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Homebound Fun–compiled by the Chatham and New Lebanon libraries. If you’re stuck at home, here are some resources to help you learn about the world and connect to others. Check it out.
TeachingBooks Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition. Open through September 15th, children and families can delve into the world of children’s and young adult books, read-along performances of favorite books that are translatable into 100+ languages, virtual storytime with 1,000+ complete book readings, interviews with thousands of authors and much more!
Kripalu Activity Book–soothing coloring sheets for all ages.
IS183 tutorials-the Art School of the Berkshires has video tutorials and printables for all kinds of projects with household items.
Google Arts & Culture–virtual tours, deep dives into a subject, ideas for experiments & crafts, etc.
Entertainment & Learning Resources–from Passion Planner, links to everything from creativity to mental health to art to…
NYS Arts Go Online–Family art projects to theater, independent film, opera, streaming house concerts and centuries of incredible painting and sculpture.
Print & Play Games for all Ages–Single & Multi-player, dice games, party games, board games, role playing games & more.
Norman Rockwell Museum Virtual Tour–Special exhibitions at the famous Norman Rockwell Museum are now available for you to peruse with ease.
Berkshire Museum @Home–Check the museum out for Daily Snakes and other fun stuff.
Virtual Field Trips –Exactly what it sounds like. Travel to zoos and other fun locales from home.
Visit Virtual Museums from Around the World–See amazing museums from around the world.
Junior Ranger Program–The outdoors aren’t closed yet and you can be a part of the Junior Rangers program. You can visit a National Park virtually and collect the badge through the mail. Collect them all through the comfort of your home.
Scholastic Resources–Login for 20 days of Educational Materials for Young Learners. You’ll need the Username: Learning20 and Password: Clifford
Board Game Arena–Play board games online with your friends.


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Author Event w/ Amy Bass at Chatham Library, Feb 22


The Chatham Public Library’s Authors and Artists series presents Amy Bass, author of One Goal, and Those About Him Remained Silent on Saturday, February 22.

Emmy-award-winning writer Amy Bass will appear at the Chatham Public Library to give a talk on two of her books, including Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois, which provides the first detailed account of the battle over Du Bois and his legacy, as well as a history of Du Bois’s early life in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Bass locates the roots of the hostility to memorialize Du Bois in a cold war worldview that reduced complicated politics to a vehement hatred of both communism and, more broadly, anti-Americanism. The town’s reaction was intensified, she argues, by the racism encoded within cold war patriotism. Her latest book is One Goal: a Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together, which tells the inspiring story of the soccer team in a town bristling with racial tension that united Somali refugees and multi-generation Mainers in their quest for state – and ultimately national – glory.

A history professor by day, Bass has written about sport and race for SlateSalonCNN Opinion, and The Christian Century, and has been seen on NBC’s TODAY Show and heard on NPR on shows that include Midday, Under the RadarThe Takeaway, and Only A Game. She has served as senior research supervisor for NBC Olympic Sports, winning an Emmy Award for her work at the London Olympics in 2012.

The Authors and Artists speakers series is sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library and features a wide variety of fascinating speakers. 

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 22, 2020 / 12pm

LOCATION: Chatham Public Library
11 Woodbridge Ave
Chatham, NY 12037

ADMISSION: Free and Open to the public

Email: chathampubliclibrary@chatham.k12.ny.us
Phone: 518-392-3666


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