Programs & Events

November Programs

History & Culture of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans: Past & Present
Monday, November 6 at 6pm – ZOOM
Shawn Stevens, also known as Red Eagle, is a tribal member of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans, whose ancestral homelands cover the Berkshires and Hudson River Valley. Stevens is a culture and language helper, storyteller, artist, craftsman, Indigenous medicine practitioner, ceremonial space holder, and musician, specializing in traditional Native American drums, singing, dance, and flute. He is an ordained minister of the Universal Church of Light and a certified facilitator of White Bison’s Mending Broken Hearts.
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Chatham Roots: Genealogy Club
Your Ancestors Are More Than Just Names
Chatham Roots Genealogy Club is back to meeting In-Person at the Library! Meetings are the first Thursday of the month at 2pm. The group is open to all who are interested in their family history. Each month we start with a topic and never know where we’ll end up! We discuss types of records, what they mean, where to find them and how to get the most out of them—all to make you a better researcher. Members range from beginners to advanced and are happy to help others along the way. Michelle LeClair leads the group. She’s been researching her family since an 8th grade school project here in Chatham—we won’t say how long that’s been…but she has many years of experience. She’s volunteered at the library for four years and at the National Archives in Pittsfield for five years before its closure.
There’s always a story to tell you just need to uncover it. Join us on November 2nd to discover your family’s tale.

Letter Writing Social
Monday, November 13 at 6pm
In an era of texting, emails and social media, some people are looking to revive good penmanship and the handwritten word. We will meet at the library for “Letter Writing Socials” on the first Monday of each month to practice the art of handwriting letters and cards for our loved ones.
The library will supply stationery and cards. You may bring your favorite pens and some of your own stationery to share with the group.
All ages welcome!
Refreshments will be provided by the library.

Medicare 101
Thursday, November 16 at 11am
USA Medicare Consultants (a division of EP Nevins Insurance Agency Inc.) is hosting an educational presentation on understanding the basics of Medicare which includes the difference between Original Medicare, Supplemental and Advantage plans. Whether you will be new to Medicare or are reassessing your current coverage we will be available to answer your questions.

Chair Yoga on Zoom with Kathy Schneider-Doyle
Tuesdays at 4pm, November 14, 21 & 28
Chair yoga is open to anyone who would like to support a healthy body and mind. The only requirement is a chair! Email to register!
The practice of yoga can improve flexibility, range of motion, and balance; support healthy joints; enhance breathing; and promote mental calmness. Chair yoga creates a safe space for movement and balance, sitting and standing (using the chair for balance as needed). An armless chair on a non-skid surface (a yoga mat works!) is used. To add variety, the class may use the following: light weights (1 lb water bottles or soup cans), a yoga strap (bathrobe belt or men’s tie), and a yoga block (small soft pillow). Kathy, MS, RN, AEA, RYT 200, has been a community health nurse for 43 years and an instructor in aquatics and yoga for over ten years.

Qigong with Curt Anthon
Thursdays at 12pm, November 2, 9, 16 & 30
In Curt’s class you will learn various Qigong sets and then work on a traditional TaiChi Form – a set series of movements and postures. This is a gentle practice that enhances coordination, balance and circulation.
Curt is a member of the Yang Family Tai Chi Association ( and certified through the association’s Teacher Training Academy. He continues to pursue his personal education in TaiChi (Taijiquan) and Qigong, and is currently participating in a Nei Gong Program.