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.

Come celebrate summer with us before it's over with two of our favorite summer pasttimes:  water fun and ice cream!

Meet us on the south lawn of the Library for the Mega Foam Blaster, which creates a mountain of quick drying, non-staining, hypo-allergenic bubbles that are safe for kids and the environment!  We'll also have games, the Spashinator and more!  You don't want to miss all this fun, topped off with a dish of Scoop Du Jour ice cream!

Tween/Teen Craft Drop-ins

Anyone registered for our Tween/Teen Summer Reading program is eligible to join us to do fun camp-themed crafts.  Not signed up yet?  Come on in and we'll be glad to help you!

Ages 12-18, 2-3:30 p.m. 

June 10:  Macrame bracelets

June 24:  Tie Dye

July 8:  Owl Rock painting

July 22:  God's Eyes

August 5: TBD

E-mail [email protected] for more 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

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American Girl

Join us the during the week of Ball Chatham School District's Spring Break, March 21-25 for fun daily activities!  Our fun is based on the American Girl doll Josefina, but all kids are welcome to come enjoy.  You don't need to have read the books to participate!

No registration is required, and all activities are free.  If you have questions, please email us at [email protected]!



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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Game Nights and Game Days

For our patrons aged 10 and up, the library hosts Monthly Game Nights. On the first Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30 the library provides a variety of board games to play and instruction on how to play them. During extended school holidays the library hosts Game Days. These special days are for all ages and ability levels.

For the summer Game Nights, we'll be plaing BOARD GAME BINGO! Complete your bingo card by making new friends and playing fun board games for a chance to win the ultimate board game geek prize: your face on a meeple! Ok so maybe we will just print out a picture of your face and put it on a meeple, but still fame and glory could be yours!

Join us June 1st, July 6th, and August 3rd!

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

Grade Level Programs

During the school year the library has three different grade level programs. We have a 5th/6th grade program, a 3rd/4th grade program, and a 1st/2nd grade program. Each program includes a snack, games, and a craft. These programs often are centered on an age-appropriate book or series. Previous programs include series such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Geronimo Stilton, and Elephant and Piggie. Registration is required and space is limited.

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

Halloween Storytime 2021

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We have lots of spooky fun planned for Halloween 2021!  Here's an updated schedule of events:

On October 21st at 6p, our Very Scary Storytime is now an outdoor scary movie! 

Join us on the Library's lawn for a spooky screening of Goosebumps 2:  Haunted Halloween

  • This presentation is for children 3rd grade and up only please!
  • Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Free popcorn and drinks will be provided.
  • Masks are required.
  • Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs.

Rain cancels the movie.

On October 28th at 6p, our Friendly and Slightly Scary Storytimes are now a Halloween Costume parade! 

  • Come dressed up and ready to show off your costume!
  • We will have the parade rain or shine!
  • Children under the age of (10) must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.
  • Please keep costumes "friendly" or "not so scary."
  • Masks required.
  • Popcorn will be available to take home.  

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



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, June 18 from 10 a.m. until noon.

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

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Movies at the Library

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For all ages!  Same unlimited popcorn from our new popcorn maker and lemonade and friendly faces -- plus all new movies to enjoy together!

Tuesday June 7, 2 p.m. : 

Tuesday, July 5, 2 p.m.:  

Tuesday, August 2, 2 p.m: 
           Voter's Choice!  Stop by during the last week of July to help pick our last summer movie.
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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
Teen Trivia

Class Schedule Changes! - Dore Fay StrockDue to predicted inclement weather, Teen Trivia will now be held on October 13th! Hope to see you there!





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