Early Literacy Programs

Family Storytime
Tuesdays, September 10 to December 3
10:00 am
Join us for songs, rhymes, and stories that are fun for the whole family! Drop in. Best suited for children 0 to 5 years old.
Mother Goose
Wednesday, September 4 to December 18
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.
Family Storytime
Thursdays, September 12 to December 5
10:00 am
Join us for songs, rhymes, and stories that are fun for the whole family! Drop in. Best suited for children 0 to 5 years old.

Transform Your Life with Positive Thinking

Date: First Wednesday of each month (September to December)
Time: 6:30 pm 
Jackie Lefebvre, of Enchanted Harmony, will help transform your life with positive thinking! This program series will be offered on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm from August through December at the Chatham Branch. September's program will offer discussion on perfectionism. Learn how perfectionist tendencies can impact you and how you can work around those tendencies. October's program will offer discussion on comparison and its effect on mental and emotional states. Learn four easy tips you can use to stop comparing yourself and your life to someone else’s. Registration is not required.

Countryside Knitting Club 

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

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.

Therapy Dog Saturdays 

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! Therapy Dogs will visit Chatham Branch on Saturday once a month from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. No registration required.
Come and visit on Saturdays: 
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 7

Sensory Programs for Special Populations 

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. Registration is not required. 
Programs are held on Mondays at 9:30 am: 
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2

Family History Fair

Saturday, September 21
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
No registration required.

Chatham-Kent Public Library and Ontario Ancestors, Kent Branch are organizing their third annual Family History Fair on Saturday, September 21. Visit with local historical groups, learn about online resources and get genealogy tips from experienced researchers. We've got kids activities too, so bring the whole family!

From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, meet with genealogy and local history organizations at the Family History Fair Expo.  Visit all Expo booths for a chance to win an Ancestry DNA kit, Family Tree Maker program, or other great door prizes generously provided by Ontario Ancestors, Kent Branch! The Family History Fair is open to all interested and is free to attend.

Adulting 101: Sustainable Living

Chatham Branch, Meeting Room
Thursday, October 3
6:30 pm
Registration encouraged. 

Join Reanne Rekker as she demonstrates how she has reduced her carbon footprint in the kitchen, bathroom and in her closet.

Intro to 3D Printing

Wednesday, October 16
6:30 pm

Explore the thrilling world of 3D design and get certified to use the library's 3D printing service.

Autumn Children's Programming

Play-Doh Storytime
Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a special family storytime in honour of National Play-Doh Day. We'll read books with clay illustrations and Play-Doh inspired activities will follow. Drop in.
LEGO Day at the Library!
Friday, September 27, all day, drop-in
Build something cool at the library!
Orange Shirt Day
Monday, September 30, all day, drop-in
Orange Shirt Day is a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada and learn more about the history of those schools.
Cornhusk Creatures
Saturday, October 12 at 10:00 am
Drop-in to make a cornhusk creature!
We Love Our Pets!
Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a special storytime all about pets! Stay and Play activities and craft to follow.
Spooky Stories
Friday, October 25 at 10:30 am
Happy Hallowe'en! Special spooky storytime at 10:30 am and haunted activities all day. Drop-in.
1000 Paper Cranes
Saturday, November 9, all day, drop-in
According to Japanese tradition, anyone with the patience and commitment to fold 1,000 paper cranes will be granted their most desired wish! We will see how many paper cranes can be made in one day as we wish for peace.
Get "Wimpy" at the Library
Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 pm
Join us for activities and trivia based on the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books! Drop-in.
National Play Monopoly Day
Tuesday, November 19, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Today is National Play Monopoly Day! Bring the whole family to the library for a giant game of Monopoly! Drop-in. 
Dots & Dogs
Friday, November 22 at 2:00 pm
Ryan and Larissa from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind are visiting the library! Meet Piper, Larissa's guide dog, and learn the do's and don'ts of guide dogs in public. Learn the story of Braille and Braille your own name! Drop-in.