The holds thousands of books, audiobooks, movies and CDs for patrons to borrow. They also have hundreds of books that you can't see on the shelves—electronic books for iPads, Kindles or laptop computers.
Jay Chatterjee, the head of reference at the library, arranged for several demonstrations to teach patrons how to download e-books onto electronic readers. Mike Skarra, an instructor at the Adult School of the Chathams, Madison and Florham Park, will teach two classes on how to download books from the library website.
The first class for using the Kindle with the library's e-books will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. A second class on using iPads will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
Jay Marine, the director of product management for the Amazon Kindle, said, "Libraries are a critical part of our communities and we're excited to be making Kindle books available at more than 11,000 local libraries around the country."
Chatham residents and other library patrons can sign up for the class by calling the library at (973) 635-0603, or by stopping by the Circulation Desk.
Among the e-books available through the website are recent nonfictions such as "Catherine the Great" by Robert K. Massie and best-sellers from The New York Times, such as "The Tiger's Wife" by Téa Obreht and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson.