Programs and Events at the Library of The Chathams February 2018

Some events require registration.  You may register online at or call 973‑635‑0603.

Essex Water Color Club Art Show
Opening reception Sunday, February 4, 2018; 2:15 to 4 p.m.
The Essex Water Color Club, the oldest watercolor club in New Jersey, will hold its annual show through February. Reception sponsored by Friends of the Library

The Schuyler Sisters and Alexander Hamilton
Tuesday, February 6, 2018; 7 p.m.
Rick Feingold, a lecturer with a degree in History from Rutgers University, will discuss the love story of Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton. Elizabeth, daughter of wealthy General Philip Schuyler, married Alexander, a penniless orphan, and immigrant. The love letters Hamilton sent to Eliza during their courtship will be read, and information will be offered concerning two women, Angelica Schuyler Church and Maria Reynolds, who also had designs on Alexander.

Income Tax Assistance
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
will be held on
Wednesdays, February 7 to April 11, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Appointments for this free service may be made in person or by calling the library at 973-635-0603. Please bring all your financial records from 2017, copies of your 2016 Federal and State tax returns, photo ID, and all printed and blank forms from the Internal Revenue Service.

Gen Y Networking Group
Wednesdays, February 7 and 21, 2018; 7 p.m.
All are welcome to attend this forum dedicated to Generation Y young adults interested in job search, networking, and career development.

Diabetes Prevention
Thursday, February 8, 2018; 2 p.m. or
Tuesday, February 20, 2018; 7 p.m.
Ellen Kranefuss, Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator at the Madison YMCA, will host a question and answer session on the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Currently one in three Americans is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Participants will learn how to assess their risk and explore prevention options. This program will be presented twice for your convenience.

CALL: The History and Politics of North Korea
Tuesdays, February 13 and 20, 2018; 1 p.m.
Dr. Roy Licklider, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in International Relations from Yale, will present a two-part lecture series on the history and politics of North Korea. We will examine its history from 8000 BC through its dynasties, wars, and relationships with the Soviet Union, China, and the U.S. We will also look at North Korea today with its dependence on foreign aid for food, its tight political control by a young and untested leader, its move toward nuclear weapons, threats about conquering South Korea and waging war against the U.S. This is a free CALL series. Pre-registration is requested.

Italian Conversation Group
Friday, February 16, 2018; 1 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018; 7:15 p.m.
Are you a bit rusty with your Italian language skills? Luciana Santoriello and Carmen Del Guercio-Evans moderate this Italian discussion group.

Teen Painting Night
Monday, February 19, 2018; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Ages 13 and up; limited to 10 students.
Registration opens Monday, February 5, 2018
Following the guidance of art teacher Erica Pizza, learn to use acrylic paint on canvas to blend color and create a beautifully moonlit landscape. Bring your creativity and willingness to learn. All materials will be provided for you to create your masterpiece! Ms. Pizza is an art teacher who specializes in painting, ceramics, and portfolio preparation for students.

Irish Music Concert with Ian Gallagher and John Nolan
Saturday, February 24, 2018; 2:30 p.m.
Ian Gallagher, an Irish singer and guitarist will perform Irish classics with accordion player John Nolan. Ian has performed at events attended or hosted by Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Mary Higgins Clark, and Frank McCourt. John became the first American to win the Senior All-Ireland Championship Accordion Player Award in 1982.

Microsoft Word 2010 Workshop
Monday, February 26, 2018; 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Barbara Smith, owner and instructor at Programs Plus, will hold a workshop teaching the basics of Microsoft Word 2010. If you have ever changed a font only to find Word didn’t accept your change, then this is the class for you. With a few simple tips and tricks, you will learn how to correct and avoid problems. Registration is required. The library will provide laptops for 10 attendees; however, if you have Microsoft Word 2010 on your own laptop, you may bring it to participate in the class.