the Chatham Bookstore
Independent Bookseller Since 1977
The Chatham Bookstore was established in 1977 and occupies an historic storefront in beautiful downtown Chatham, New York.
The mission of the Chatham Bookstore is to provide a comfortable destination for browsing, learning, exploring and connecting. We are committed to enriching lives by sharing our love and appreciation for books and learning. We believe in personally selecting books and other merchandise that readers of all ages will enjoy and find worthwhile. We hope to continue growing in community, learning more about what our customers want every day, and adjusting our selection accordingly. We acknowledge that we are stewards of the bookstore, and are committed to extending its legacy by honoring the books that we sell and the community we serve.
Sharon Weinberg, owner
Owning the Chatham Bookstore is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream! I want to know what you’re reading – and I want to help you find your next great read!
Barbara Doyle, bookseller
Barbara was a literature major at Ithaca College and loves to read. She has a variety of interests and has worked as a bank teller and manager of a llama farm before joining the Bookstore staff.
Patti Scheppman, bookseller
Trained as a reading specialist, Patti taught for three years before raising her children. She has been a bookseller for more than twenty years at the Chatham Bookstore. Her favorite books include classic novels, nonfiction adventure stories and biographies.
Gloria Autrey, bookseller
After teaching English at the Chatham Middle School for 33 years, Gloria joined the staff at the bookstore. She is often found in the children’s room, staying current with the juvenile and young adult literature; her grandkids keep her knowledgeable about books for the younger ones. When reading adult literature, her first choice is a mystery, especially ones by Harlan Coben, David Rosenfelt, or Michael Connelly.
Joanne Trapanese, bookseller
Joanne enjoyed teaching for 25 years at Ichabod Crane Central School District before fulfilling her dream of working at the Chatham Bookstore. She and her husband, Paul, have two sons who grew up reading picture books from our children’s section. She enjoys writing poetry and reading books that have rich language and beautiful imagery.
Schuyler Forhrhaltz-Burbank, bookseller
Schuyler Forhrhaltz-Burbank is a grad student at Simmons studying archival management. She is an avid lover of Queer Fiction and non-fiction. She hopes to work in queer and trans archives, promoting minority group histories. Always ready to help and talk about her experiences as a queer and trans woman.
Eliza Ulmer, Bookseller
Eliza Ulmer is a Hudson Valley native and graduate student at Maine college of Art where she is completing her M.F.A. She is a painter and ceramic artist with a deep passion for reading. Her favorite genres are Fantasy and Contemporary Fiction. She lives in Spencertown with her Partner and her cat Pearl.