Early Literacy Programs

Preschool Storytime
Tuesday mornings, January 14 to March 3
10:00 am
Songs, rhymes, and stories for children 0 to 4 years.
Drop in.
Mother Goose
Wednesday mornings, January 15 to March 4
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, January 16 to March 5
10:00 am
Songs, rhymes, and stories for children 0 to 4 years.
Drop in.


Therapy Dog Saturdays

Saturdays, February 15, March 14, April 11, 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.


Paddling Puppeteers

Monday, January 27
10:00 am and 11:00 am
Celebrate Family Literacy Day with the Paddling Puppeteers! A variety of colourful puppets will bring environmental stories to life! The show will present ideas of how we can take simple steps to preserve and restore Canada's natural heritage. Tickets will be handed out 20 minutes before each performance. Drop in. In partnership with EarlyON.

Stuffy Sleepover

Thursday, January 30
6:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Join us for a bedtime story, then tuck your stuffy in for a library sleepover. Drop in. Bring your favourite stuffy! Pajama wearing is encouraged.


Fort Day!

Friday, January 31
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Hide out in the library under a cozy fort. Help us build forts using a variety of materials. Drop in.


Adulting 101: ID Theft and Fraud Prevention

Tuesday, February 4
6:30 pm until 7:30 pm

Don’t be the victim, be proactive and protect your identity and yourself from fraud. Mainstreet Credit Union will be at the Chatham Branch of Chatham-Kent Public Library to teach you how to protect yourself. 
This is a free program, no registration required. 

STEAM Newspaper Challenges

Monday, February 17
10:30 am to 11:30 am
Bring the whole family in for STEAM newspaper challenges. Drop in.


I Read Canadian Day

Wednesday, February 19
Celebrate Canadian literature by reading a Canadian book for 15 minutes today! Reading can be done alone, in groups, or aloud! Ebooks, audiobooks, accessible format, picture books, board books, comics, novels, in English, French, Indigenous languages, any language: Everything is fair game!


Crafternoon Class: DIY Yarn Banners

Thursday, February 27
3:00 pm

Add color and texture to any space with these simple, decorative yarn banners. This class is a perfect way for anyone to get crafty with yarn, both knitters and non-knitters alike. All materials provided.

Leap Year Backwards Day

Saturday, February 29
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Come and listen to a story from back to front and then do a fun-flipped activity! Drop in.


Dr. Seuss Day

Monday, March 2
10:00 am
St. Andrew's Residence, 99 Park Street, Chatham
Registration required.
CKPL is celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday with staff and residents at St. Andrew's. Join us for storytime followed by Seuss-themed activities. Best suited to children 1 to 5 years of age. 


Sensory Programs for Special Populations

Dates: February 3, March 2, April 6, 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.

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.