peg scofield photo croppedWelcome to Chester Public Library!  We know it’s not always convenient, or even possible for you to get to the library, so this page provides information about and access to library resources whenever you want them.   Here you’ll find links to library resources, the card catalog, program news, and to your personal library account.  You’ll need a current Chester Library card to access many of the resources. We hope this is helpful to you.


 To search the library catalog, click here. To renew materials, click here.  You’ll need your library card barcode number and password to log in.  First time user?  Your Username is the 14-digit barcode number from your library card and your temporary password is “userpass” (without the quotes). To download ebooks and audio books, click this link to Overdrive , or this one, to iCONN.

Upcoming Programs and Events 


Fly Tying and Fly fishingOriginally planned for June 25, this program has been postponed until fall.  Keep an eye out for the new date.

Friends June Book Sale:  All remaining books are FREE through Tuesday, June 28!! We have bags and boxes to assist you in carting off a new supply of beach reads.  PLEASE come help yourself!


Here’s what’s up  this summer:  

FOR KIDS: On Your Mark, Get Set, READ. 

Monday Stories and Crafts, 10:30 a.m., for  Pre-K to 2nd Grade

June 27  When the Doorbell Rings:  Make a doorknob message center

July 11    Honda’s Surprise- Fruit in the story, fruit for tasting, fruit on your hat

July 18   Fish, Frogs and Turtles

August 1  Bugs, Bugs , and More Bugs- with a guest appearance from Mosey, the tarantula

August 8  Fancy Nancy Party– read at least one Fancy Nancy book to attend!

ham radio

What is Ham Radio? June 29 at 4:30

Wednesday Afternoon Explorations, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

June 29  What is Ham Radio?  Grades 3-8.  What would you do if you didn’t have technology to communicate?  Learn about ham radio operations, Samuel Morse, Morse code and more with Carl Nord.  ..-.   ..-   -.  !

July 6  Create your own water bottle holder.   All ages.  Bring your own water bottle and create an earth- friendly holder for it!

July 13  Garbage Archaeologists!  Grades 3-6.

July 20  Build Your Own Castle  out of recycled materials.  Grades 3-6.  Bring along a favorite action figure to live in your architectural masterpiece!

August 3  Fractured Fairy Tales, Grades 3-6.  Create your own board game based on the popular Land of Stories books by Chris Colfer.  If you haven’t read these books yet, come check one out at the library!

August 10, Charades, Grades 3-6.  Read a biography and act out clues to help your friends guess who you read about.  Mrs. Applesauce can help you with your clues ahead of time.  Refreshments will be provided.

Registration is needed for all of these summer programsRegister online here, or call the library, 860-526-0018

FOR TEENS:  Summer Book Discussions

all the light we cannot see cover the dark game coverJuly 14, The Dark Game by Paul Jeneczko, 5:00 p.m.  Intrigue and danger hit the Chester Library!  From Eisenhower’s cows to prisoner-moles to today’s eyes-in-the-sky, we’ll decode several profiles of notable spies and their games.  This book fulfills the JWMS non-fiction summer reading requirement.  Gather a few friends and tackle this summer reading requirement together!  Books are available at the library while the supply lasts.  Pre-registration is mandatory and you can register here.  

August 11, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 5:30 p.m.   Snails and shells (many kinds), towers and magical radio transmissions guide us through the darkness of World War II as experienced by a blind French girl and a young German soldier.  This book is on the VRHS summer reading list and successful participation in the discussion earns attendeed a certificate of completion for their summer reading requirement.  Books are available at the library while the supply lasts.  Space is very limited and registration is mandatory.  Register online here, or call the library.  Oh.. did we mention there will be refreshments?

August 18, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, 5:30 p.m.  A second session of the discussion.  Register here.

FOR ADULTS:  Exercise Your Mind:  READexercise your mind

Adult summer reading program:  Stay tuned for details about our fourth summer reading program for adults.  The fun (and registration) begins July 1!

Zentangle Drop-in , August 1, 6-8 p.m.  Everyone, from first timers to experienced tanglers, is welcome.  All supplies will be provided.  

In Stitches, a group of novice to expert adult knitters, meets Mondays from 6-8 p.m.   Drop in for an evening, or the summer; new members always welcome!

findIT CT graphicThe Connecticut State Library’s Division of Library Development releases the first version of findIT CT, (The Statewide Library Catalog) 

The Connecticut State Library’s Division of Library Development is pleased to announce that the first version of findIT CT, the statewide library catalog, is now live! Over 10.3 million item holdings from more than 150 public, school, and academic libraries from four of Connecticut’s consortia are available for searching. You can findIT at findIT CT is being developed in phases and this is only the beginning. The next phase will see the holdings of all other participating libraries (including Chester) loaded into the catalog, representing approximately an additional 10.4 million item records. The third phase will see the requestIT CT Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system developed and implemented

Library Building Project Update

To see the architects’ April 20 meeting documents, click here  .  This is a large PDF and may take some time to load. As the Library Building Committee works with LLB to refine the details of the proposal, it invites interested members of the community to attend its meetings, scheduled for 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month in the Community Room at Town Hall. Agendas and minutes can be found here (scroll to the bottom).


human library- webCURIOUS ABOUT SOMETHING?  Get to know the HUMAN LIBRARY!  A Human Library is just that—a library where the “books” are living people who volunteer to share their stories, unique interests and life experience with “readers”—members of the community.   Want to chat with a fantasy football player, learn about living gluten-free, or start learning to play the ukelele?  Borrow one of our living books for a 30-minute conversation at the library.  



 Now Available at Chester Cinema, er… Library!

Chester Library’s collection of movies contains over 1100 titles with new ones being added every month.  Click here for a list of the latest. (Look for New Movies, below Just Arrived).  Looking for a movie that Chester doesn’t own? Ask about obtaining it through the library’s Netflix account. Help Your Library While You Shop! AmazonSmileDo you buy online?  Amazon offers to donate  .05% of your purchase total to the Friends of Chester Public Library, IF you make your purchases through AmazonSmile.  All you need to do is sign up and remember to make your purchases through AmazonSmile (we’ve found it works best to just bookmark AmazonSmile and use it as the way we regularly get to Amazon).  Your account remains just as it has been (no new account number or password to remember), purchasing is the same as always, but a bit of philanthropy is added to the mix.   So, c’mon, SMILE on your library!  To learn more, or get started with AmazonSmile, just click here- it won’t hurt a bit! Thank you!


Digital talking book player and cassette

If you, or someone you know has difficulty reading regular print materials, you may want to know about the Connecticut Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.  This special library lends  recorded books and magazines along with the necessary playback equipment, free of charge, to any Connecticut adult or child unable to read regular print due to a visual or physical disability. Materials in Braille are also available.  The disability can be either short-term or permanent.  All materials are mailed to and from library patrons by postage-free mail.  Chester library has a sample digital talking book player and cassette to try out if you are interested- they are very easy to operate and are quite lightweight.  An application for service must be completed and signed by an appropriate certifying authority (such as one of your librarians). Chester Library has applications, or you can call 860-721-2020 or 1-800-842-4516 to request an application or program information. An application can also be downloaded from the CT Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped website.

Recycle Your Empty Printer Cartridges

Calling all empty printer ink cartridges! The library is collecting expended printer ink cartridges of all sorts. Recycling these empty cartridges supplements the library’s budget and helps the environment. Thank you!