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April 1, 2022 | The Library Announces Centennial Themed Programs Throughout April-June

Centennial Ceremony: Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future
June 4, 2022 | 11:00 AM 
Join us for a community ceremony to honor the Library’s 100 years of service and stories. Stay tuned as we announce special guests and activities.
 
UPCOMING CENTENNIAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 
 
Embroidery Class for Teens
April 4, 18, 25. May 2, 9, 16, 23 | 3:30-5:00 PM
In this 7-week series, teens will learn the ancient and rich art of embroidery; embellish your clothing with designs. Grades 5 & up. Please register.
 
The Next 100 Years: A Planned Approach to Planting Trees
April 14, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Online
Dennis Corelli, the Environmental Coordinator for the Town of New Castle, will talk about the Town’s initiative to plant more trees in the community. Come learn about the approach and planting of trees for a sustainable future. 
 
Teen Garden Club: Planting Heirloom Seeds
May 2, 2022 kickoff through summer | Thursday at 3:30 PM
The Teen Garden Club highlights heritage seeds this season as we honor the beautiful and unique varieties of vegetables and flowers from the past century. The Teen Garden Club meets every Thursday at 3:30 pm. 
Sponsored by the Friends; with a gift from the Linda Zhang Foundation.
 
Library for a Day: Revisiting Senter Street
May 7, 2022 | 2:00-5:00
The Chappaqua Library revisits our first home on Senter Street as we turn the New Castle Community Center back into a library for the day! Drop by the Community Center for some family fun. Learn about the library circa 1922, try your hand date-stamping a book, and play with some traditional wooden toys. Then, travel through the town center and a century of history with a family scavenger hunt starting at Senter Street! 
 
Storyteller Carol Birch Presents: “Our Storied Lives”
May 10, 2022 | 7:00 PM 
From the Roaring Twenties until today, family lives weave hiccuping hilarity and drenching sorrows in and out of numberless "ordinary days." Those ordinary days shimmer in memory's flickering light. Join Carol Birch for one family's journey through our storied Centennial year. Carol's conversational style is fiercely honest as she reminds us how wonderfully strange, and strangely wonderful, families are! 
 
Author Talk: “Almost Happy”
May 12, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Online
At the center of the library is the community. Community connects us and so does laughter. The authors of Almost Happy invite you to “find your buttons, laugh at your inner joke, and be warmly provoked to change for the better.” 
 
Planting 100 for 100 Years
May 13, 2022 | 4:00-5:00 PM
May 14, 2022 | 11:00-12:00 PM
Kids and families are invited to leave a lasting mark for future library visitors in this plant-one, take-one home program with the help of the Chappaqua Garden Club. Families will be able to bring a little part of the library home with them! Come learn about native landscape plugs, hear a story, and enjoy activities. BYOW (Bring your own wellies!) Sponsored by the Friends; in partnership with the Chappaqua Garden Club. 
 
Jr. Garden Club: Milkweed for Monarchs
June 8, 2022 | 4:00-5:00 PM
Kids and families are invited to help with a permanent landscape planting of young milkweed plants to support migrating monarch butterflies at the library. Come learn about butterflies, hear a story, and enjoy activities. BYOW (Bring your own wellies!) Grades K-6 Please register
Sponsored by the Friends; in partnership with the Garden Club. 
 
Bubbles Bus & Birthday Party
June 22, 2022 | 5:00-7:00 PM 
Kick off summer reading with a library birthday blowout and treats! The Bubble Bus brings the party to us with music, dancing, and tons of bubbles!

January 13, 2022 | 100 Years and Counting: The Chappaqua Library to Celebrate Centennial 

The Chappaqua Library is recognizing a major milestone in 2022 as it reaches its 100th year of service. The Chappaqua Library centennial is to be commemorated with the tagline Chappaqua Library: Celebrating the Past. Inspiring the Future. The celebration will include activities throughout the year with a Community Centennial celebration on Saturday, June 4, 2022. 

The Chappaqua Library is the heart of a vibrant community where people of all ages,

backgrounds and cultures engage in lifelong learning and discovery while actively participating in the life of the community.

The mission of the Chappaqua Library is to provide exceptional resources, programs, and services that promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery and to offer a welcoming place for people to gather and share experiences.

“Over the past 100 years, the Chappaqua Library has enriched the community in meaningful ways, and thrived thanks to the overwhelming enthusiasm and financial support of the community. The Board looks forward to our dedicated staff continuing to provide innovative programs and outstanding service into the next 100 years,” says Ronni Diamondstein, Chappaqua Library Board President.

Andrew Farber, Library Director says, “The Library has changed dramatically over the last one hundred years.  We have strived to respond to our patrons' needs.  Our warm and welcoming staff work is looking ahead to the future and will continue to engage the community with diversity, inclusivity and innovative programs.”

The center of the community in Chappaqua, the library welcomes everyone through its doors. In the last 100 years, the library has grown from a space in Lou Kopp's Coal and Feed Store, located across the tracks on King Street and near the current northbound entrance to the Saw Mill River Parkway to its current beautiful facility.  Starting with only 2,683 volumes in its collection, the library now offers over 134,000 materials and has added digital content, streaming services, programs for patrons of all ages, and provides space for the community to study, read, and enjoy. 

The Chappaqua Library will offer programming that will honor the library’s history and look ahead with book discussions, oral histories, and exhibits. Partnering with many community groups, children’s and family programs will also reflect on the library’s history and commitment to service. Other planned activities will include garden plantings and a time capsule that will preserve community submissions. The Chappaqua Library is excited to share its own story as well as the community’s.

2022 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Friends of the Chappaqua Library. In addition to the very popular Annual Book Sale, which will return in April, they will work with the library to commemorate their anniversary.

As Katherine Whymark, the President of the Friends of the Chappaqua Library, likes to say “According to my Star Wars friend Yoda, always in motion the future is, and we must move towards and with the future. Thanks to all that have supported the Friends in the past, and thanks in advance to those looking to support us in the future. Never give up, never surrender!” 

To learn more about upcoming events residents can sign up for the library newsletter and are invited to join the celebration on social media by following and tagging the hashtag #CHAPLIB100. For more information about Chappaqua Library, visit chappaqualibrary.org/centennial.

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