The Friends of the Chatham Public Library is a volunteer organization whose goal is to support the Chatham Library in a manner that is consistent with the Library’s own goals. The Friends have been granted not for profit 501C(3) status, making all donations tax-deductible.
Funds received by the Friends are used to sponsor a wide variety of programs and events, including the Authors and Artists Series of talks, the Museum Pass Program, Library of Things, and the Summer Reading Program for children.
The Friends of the Chatham Public Library launched an expanded Library of Things in June of 2022 with tools, games, and more available to borrow for free with your library card. Please fill out our brief survey share what “things” you would like to see in our collection!
- Shaker Museum with Executive Director Lacy Schutz (January 2022)
- Chatham Brewing with Founder Tom Crowell (February 2022)
- New Women in the Old West with Winifred Gallagher (April 2022)
- Visionary Women & How to Disappear with Authors Andrea Barnet and Akiko Busch (May 2022) – Due to a technical error, this program was not recorded. Apologies for the inconvenience.
- Architects of an American Landscape with Author Hugh Howard and David Cudaback (June 2022)
More than half the money raised by the Friends comes from individual donations, and is supplemented by grants. Persons can contribute any amount. The Friends have these categories: Student/Senior $15, Individual $25, Family $35, Patron $50, Best Friend $100, Fellow $250, Benefactor $500.
Join the Friends!
or complete the membership form and forward it to us with a check made payable to the Friends of the Chatham Public Library. Feel free to contact us with your ideas, and/or volunteer your time to make a hands-on positive contribution to your library.
Bring to the library, or mail to:
Friends of the Chatham Public Library
11 Woodbridge Avenue
Chatham, New York 12037
Friends Board Members
Damaris Botwick, Friends President
Eileen Rice, Friends Treasurer
Peter Borrell, David Cudaback, Sarah Hazelke, Sara McWilliams, Sharifa Perry, Maryann Wong