Please be advised that as a preventative measure to minimize the possible spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) through social distancing, all programs and events at Chatham-Kent Public Library are cancelled until May 1, 2020.


Early Literacy Programs - Programs SUSPENDED until May 1

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday mornings, March 31 to June 2
10:00 am
Songs, rhymes, and stories for children 0 to 4 years.
Drop in.
Mother Goose
Wednesday mornings, April 1 to June 3
10:00 am
Songs, rhymes, and stories for children 0 to 24 months and their caregivers. Drop in. Please bring a blanket to sit on.
Preschool Storytime
Thursday mornings, April 2 to June 4
10:00 am
Songs, rhymes, and stories for children 0 to 4 years.
Drop in.


Therapy Dog Saturdays

Saturdays, May 9, June 6
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Chatham-Kent Public Library, in partnership with St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs, is pleased to offer Therapy Dog Saturdays. Come for canine comfort and cuddles! No registration required.


Sensory Programs for Special Populations

Dates: May 4, June 1
Time: 9:30 am
Registration not required.
Adults with special needs are invited to monthly Sensory Programs at the Chatham Branch of Chatham-Kent Public Library. Enjoy an opportunity to interact with peers, share stories, music and crafts. St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs will visit each month. All abilities welcome.


Jesse Thistle Author Talk - POSTPONED

Tuesday, April 14
6:30 pm
Kiwanis Theatre (75 William St. North, Chatham)

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) and Chatham-Kent Public Library (CKPL) are pleased to welcome Jesse Thistle, Indigenous Scholar and Author of "From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless and Finding My Way" to Chatham-Kent. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the author’s talk will begin at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. "From the Ashes" will be available for purchase at the evening event. Light refreshments and cash bar will be on offer at this event. 


Read Local: CK Author Festival - POSTPONED

Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm 

Calling all Chatham-Kent authors! Chatham-Kent Public Library invites you to join us for the "Read Local: CK Author Festival" this May. The Author Festival is an opportunity for authors to meet readers and aspiring writers, connect with other local authors and to promote and sell their books. Anyone from Chatham-Kent who has written and published a book, in print form or as an ebook, is welcome to apply. Due to space limitations, all authors are asked to submit an application to be considered for this event. Authors who have participated in past "Read Local: CK Author Festival" events are welcome to apply; however, preference will be given to authors who have not participated before. Please email katemcc@chatham-kent.ca for an application. Applications are due by Monday, March 23. Authors can also contact the library for more information at 519.354.2940.


Crafternoon Class: How to Fold a Paper Box

Thursday, May 28
3:00 pm
Registration is not required 

Create custom-sized boxes using decorative paper. These pretty paper boxes have their roots in origami, coming together with a series of simple folds. You'll learn how to make box tops with matching bottoms, which make cute gift containers for any occasion.


Countryside Knitting Club- Meetings SUSPENDED until May 20

Date: Third Wednesday of each month (September to June)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
The Countryside Knitting Club meets monthly at the Chatham Branch of CKPL and new members are welcome! Participants are encouraged to bring their own knitting needles and yarn. During meetings new techniques are demonstrated, members bring in items for ‘show and tell’, items are collected for charity, and members work to solve each other’s knitting issues.

CKPL Chess Club - Club SUSPENDED until May 5

Date: every Tuesday evening
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Chatham Branch Community Living Cafe. 

CKPL Chess Club is a drop-in program open to all ages and all skill levels. Bring your own board or borrow one from the Library. Registration not required. 


Die Cut Days

Available by appointment, email cklibrary@chatham-kent.ca. 
Die cut machines punch themed shapes for classrooms, paper crafts, journals, and more! Bring your own paper/cardstock. Laminating service available.