Friends of the Library

Friends of the Chester Public Library

Where would we be without Friends?

Did you know that if it weren’t for the Chester Library Friends, you wouldn’t be able to borrow a DVD to take home to watch with your family? And your children wouldn’t have a summertime reading program? And that pass that provided free admission for your family to the Wadsworth Atheneum wouldn’t exist?

Just as none of us wants a life without friends, your Chester Public Library can’t thrive without its Friends.

The Friends fund programs and services for the Chester Library that are not paid for in the town budget. Book discussion groups for adults, materials for children’s story hours and programs, all museum and attraction passes, all DVDs and CDs – they’re all paid for by the Friends of the Chester Library.

The Friends need you! We need your membership and your support to help us keep funding our library’s programs and services.  With your involvement, we could expand our offerings. We could host more author readings and more children’s programs. We could provide some comfy reading chairs and inviting lighting. We could offer more volunteer assistance to our librarians. We could back up our Library Trustees as they continue to study library trends.

Andrew Carnegie said, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people.” What would you like our Chester Library to do to benefit the people of Chester? Get involved – become a Library Friend. Your monetary support in any amount is welcome; your volunteer support is invaluable. Your suggestions are encouraged. More information is available at the library desk.  Click here for a Membership Form.

Cary Hull
Friends President


Thank you to everyone who took part in our online fundraiser during these difficult times.  Monies raised will help the Friend’s continue their tireless efforts in proving museum passes, DVD’s and other valuable resources for which the library provides to its residents.  We thank everyone for their continued support!

Book Sales

We are not accepting donations at this time.

ALL proceeds from the sale help the Friends fund children’s programs and adult discussion groups, and purchase movies and museum passes and magazine subscriptions for the library. If you want to help with the book sale, tell the librarians or call Roseann Ventimiglia @ 860-581-3540.

Donations of gently used books are encouraged and will be accepted approximately one month before the date of each sale. Please, no textbooks, encyclopedias or books that are musty, mildewed or otherwise not appealing.

Volunteers willing to help with sorting or selling are encouraged to call Roseann Ventimiglia at 860-581-3540.

People often ask what happens to books that are left over after the sale. The Friends make every effort to see that they go to places and organizations that can make good use of them. In the past books have been donated to the York Correctional Institute in Niantic, Reading Well for Kids, The American Friends of Kenya, the YMCA, and others. If you know of a group that would benefit from receiving these remaindered books, please let us know. Having the name of a contact person at the organization would be helpful.

Friends of the Chester Public Library Board Members and Committee Chairs

Cary Hull, President          

Susan Murphy, Treasurer

Roseann Ventimiglia, Book Sales             860-581-3540

Anna Sweeney


Cary Hull, Anne Winslow, Lisa Tollefson, Tracy Quale, Tammy Negralle