Library Programs

Adult Programs

Dec. 6 – “Hidden History of Middlesex County.”  Local author Bob Hubbard and his wife Kathleen will reveal their unforgettable stories presented in their new book.  Copies will be available for purchase.

This program is free and is open to the public and will take place at the Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.  Click here to register.

Dec. 12
– “Stress Management Through the Holidays.”  Certified Holistic Health Coach, Tracy Livingston, will give a talk about making healthier choices and manage stress to guide us through the holiday season.  Tracy’s goal is to “educate, support, and empower” people and to help them achieve a healthy and balanced life.
6:30 p.m at the library. Click here to register.

Dec. 15
– “Winterize Your Family: Natural Tips to Stay Healthy All Year.”  Dr. Elizabeth Bird is a mom, Yale-trained MD and practicing pediatrician in Chester. She will talk about natural, safe and effective methods to boost immunity for the whole family.
This program will take place at the library 11:00 a.m. and is free to the public.


Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m., In Stitches…knitting and more

In Stitches is the Chester Library group of knitters/crocheters/sewers (or what-have-you) who meet every Monday evening. Needlecrafters of all skill levels are encouraged to attend, whether to learn or to solve a problem or just socialize with like-minded crafters, novices and experts alike.  Usually they have WAY too much fun (hence the moniker “In Stitches”!) but they always welcome new members and drop-ins.

Coloring for Adults – Take a break, turn off your brain and relax a bit by popping into the library and color. We will have fun coloring books (find a page you like and a staff member will copy it for you) and pencils. Sorry kids – adults only.

Games! – There’s a variety of games to play at the library, we even have a puzzle you can take to a table to work on, just inquire at the circulation desk.

Children’s Programs

All Children’s Programs will begin at 10:30 a.m.


Nov. 28 – “Creative Movement with Eastern CT Ballet.”  Calling all tiny dancers! Eastern CT Ballet will be hosting an interactive rendition of The Nutcracker with a costumed dancer from the company. Children will be guided through movement based on the story. Real props from the theater will also be used to enrich the program. A special souvenir will be handed out to all participants. Registration required.

Call 860-526-0018 to reserve your child’s spot. Ages 3 to 7.  This program will be held at the Chester Meeting House, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Dec. 12 – “Christmas Cookie Decorating.”  Come spend an afternoon decorating festive sugar cookies. We will provide the sugar, the spice and everything nice! Christmas tunes will be playing and there will be plenty of holiday books for families to check out.
4 p.m.

Dec. 19 – “Cozy Cocoa Story Time.”  Join Miss Trish for a special holiday story-time before bed. Wear your pj’s and drink hot cocoa while you listen to both new and well-loved Christmas books. 6 p.m.



Story Time will take place at 10:30 a.m each Monday.  Join us for stories, songs, games and finger play. There is no need to register, just drop in. All Children Welcome!

Story Time themes:

Nov. 19 – Thanksgiving
Nov. 26 – Bears


Bring your child to the library and let them explore our Early Learning Literacy Station (AWE). Thank you to a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and the Friend’s of the Library, children from ages 2-8 can enjoy over 4000 fun, engaging and interactive programs such as math, geography, reading, art & music and so much more. Bring your child in and let them explore all there is to offer and have fun while learning.



Check out our new “Spot” just for Teens and see what’s new.

New YA titles:

I Have Lost My Way – Gayle Forman
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
Time Bomb – Joelle Charbonneau
The Fates Divide – Veronica Roth
Need – Joelle Charbonneau
The Female of the Species – Mindy McGinnis
Thunder Head – Neal Shusterman
The Astonishing Color After – Emily X.R. Pan

And so much more……………….

New Juvenile Titles:

Aru Shah and the End of Time
River of Fire – Erin Hunter
Real Friends – Shannon Hale
Women in Sports – Rachel Ignotofsky
Confidence Code for Girls – Katty Kay
Outrun the Moon – Stacey Lee
Hello, Universe – Erin Entrada Kelly

And so much more………Stop in and check out one (or more) of the latest books!


 College and Scholarship information


Kaplan Test Preparation               – Vocabulary building, tutorials, practice questions, create                                                                                                                flashcards in preparation for the ACT or GRE



CollegeBoard                                         ACT – All about the ACT test          SAT – Free practice test, no registration needed


Scholarships and Financial Aid


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