Early Literacy Programs

Mother Goose
Wednesdays, March 27 to August 28
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.
Music & Movement Storytime
Tuesdays, July 9 to August 13
10:00 am
Join us for an active storytime that focuses on rhythm and movement! Drop in. Best suited for children 0 to 6 years of age.

Transform Your Life with Positive Thinking

Date: First Wednesday of each month (August 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. August’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. September's program will offer discussion on perfectionism. Learn how perfectionist tendencies can impact you and how you can work around those tendencies. Registration is not required.

TD Summer Reading Club - Chatham Branch Programs

Friday mornings, July 12 to August 16
10:00 am
Explore different aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math each week! For children 6 years and older. No registration required.
The Professional Engineers of Ontario
Friday, July 26
10:00 am
The Professional Engineers of Ontario, Chatham-Kent Chapter, is going to help us explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with an awesome activity! All ages are welcome. Drop in. 
Read with a Wrestler - Cody Deaner!
Thursday, August 29
11:00 am
Cody Deaner has been a professional wrestler since 2000. He has wrestled across North America for the largest companies in the USA and Canada, including WWE and IMPACT Wrestling. Deaner has been a motivational speaker since 2013. He delivers engaging and dynamic presentations, using the power of storytelling to teach important life principles. 

Read with a Wrestler is a free event that is best suited to children 8 to 12 years of age. No registration required. Deaner will share his love of reading and his personal wrestling experiences with the audience.
Drop in each week for new
Stay & Play activities!
July 2 to August 31
Open Hours
Week of July 2: I Spy a Great Summer
Week of July 8: Swamp Thing
Week of July 15: It's a Jungle in Here
Week of July 22: Winged Things
Week of July 29: The Motion of the Ocean
Week of August 6: Plants & Gardening
Week of August 12: Teeny Tiny World
Week of August 19: Dusty, Dry, Desert
Week of August 26: Caverns & Caves

Join TD Summer Reading Club at Chatham Branch beginning Saturday, June 22.
Visit often for your chance to win prizes donated by LaSertoma Club of Chatham! 

Teen STEM: Hands-on programs for teens 10 to 13 years old
That's Strawsome!
Tuesday, August 6
Drop-in between 1:00 and 3:00 pm

What can you do with a straw? Race balloon-powered rockets, build a bridge, craft a ninja... discover the awesomeness of straws!

Teen STEM: Hands on programs for teens 10 to 13 years old 
What the Tech!
Tuesday, August 13
Drop-in between 1:00 and 3:00 pm

Constructing modular robots with Cubelets, program Spheros using creative coding or build and invent using LittleBits. Discover some cool tech with hands-on activities.

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: 
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • 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: 
  • July 8
  • August 19
  • September 9
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2

Escape from Azkaban: Harry Potter Breakout Room 

July 29 to August 10
Teams of 2 to 5

Grab some friends and uncover the clues to find your hidden portkey before time runs out in the all new “Escape from Azkaban: Harry Potter Breakout Room”! Teams will have 30 minutes to search for clues and solve puzzles that will lead to a hidden portkey that will transport them out of Azkaban, the notorious wizard prison. Only one person from each group needs to register for a timeslot. Registration will open July 19.

Adulting 101- DIY Party Decor

Chatham Branch, Meeting Room
Thursday, August 8
6:30 pm

Give your celebrations a personal touch with Pinterest-inspired décor techniques for your next gathering.  Learn how to make: book pennant flag bunting, tassel garlands and confetti balloons. All supplies will be provided.  

Adulting 101: Budgeting Basics with Mainstreet Credit Union

Chatham Branch, Meeting Room
Thursday, September 5
6:30 pm
Registration required. 

Struggle with managing your budget? Mainstreet Credit Union will be here to teach the importance of having a budget, provide tips to help you reach your financial goals and provide ideas to help you adjust your spending.