Library Programs

Adult Programs

Oct. 9 – “Drive by Susan Strecker.”  DRIVE is set in 1989 and follows the life of Piper Pierson, the daughter of the winningest NASCAR Winston Cup team owner in history. Piper was on her way to becoming the first prolific female driver when a terrible accident took her confidence and her desire. Piper trades her dreams of becoming a driver for a degree in journalism and gets a job writing for a NASCAR newspaper. She meets a young driver named Colt Porter and tries to adopt his mantra that life is beautiful and must be lived and loved as if every day is the last. But she’s emotionally scarred from her accident and is afraid to live the life she once loved. DRIVE is a story of love and loss and embracing what matters most.

Local author Susan Strecker will discuss her third novel and have copies for sale and also sign.  This will make a perfect holiday gift.  Please join us at the Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.  click here to register.

For more information about the author, visit her website

Oct. 23 – “The River, Peter Heller”  From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip–a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence. (Amazon)

Marsha Bansavage will lead our book discussion, 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Nov. 12 – “Shoreline Ringers.”  We are excited to have The Shoreline Ringers present a program about handbells with demonstrations and hands on audience participation.  They will go over the history of bells, various techniques, play a few songs, and more. For more about this group please visit their website

Join us at the Chester Meeting House, 6:30 p.m.  Click here to register.


Nov. 17 – “Pallet Painting.”  Part 2 of our holiday Sunday painting fun with Shoreline Pallet Design which will take place at the Town Hall, 11 a.m.   Click here to register thru Abbey and pay.

Dec. 8 – “Pallet Painting.”  This is your last chance to create a one-of-a-kind gift for the holiday, or keep it for yourself.  Town Hall, 11 a.m.    Click here to register thru Abbey and pay.

Children’s Programs

Oct. 10, 17 & 24 – “Arduino Coding.”  Using our new Chromebooks and Arduino coding kits, student will have the foundation to make fun projects.  This pilot STEM/STEAM program is made possible by a grant received from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.  Class is limited to 12 ages 12+, 4 p.m. registration required 860-526-0018 or here

Oct. 16 – “Read the Nutmegs Book Club.”  Read along with this year’s Nutmeg nominees and bring a friend, or two or three!  This book club will meet monthly with the first preliminary meeting on October 16, and is for kids in grades 4-6 starting at 4:30.  Click here to register or call 860-526-0018

Oct. 19 – “Nail Polish Pumpkins.”  Join us at the library as we create marbleized pumpkins using different colored nail polish.  4 p.m.


Oct. 30 – “Harry Potter Party.” Calling wizards of all ages.  Dress as your favorite Harry Potter character and join us for a themed party at the library.  We will have potion and spell stations, wand making and more!  4-6 p.m.

Nov. 2 – “Kid Yoga.”  Join Miss Stephanie at the Meeting House, 10:30 am for Kid yoga (parents are welcome to join in as well).  All levels, for ages 6+. Please bring a yoga mat or towel.  Call the library to register 860-526-0018 or click here.

Nov. 6 – The Seamen’s Church Institute’s Christmas on the River Card Making Project 2019.”  The Seamen’s Church Institute provides pastoral care to our United States Merchant Mariners working on boats and ships on our Rivers and Gulf.  They deliver gift boxes to their boats to help them cope with being away from home on Christmas Day.  Packed by church and civic organizations, the boxes contain knitted hats and scarves, Christmas cards made by children of all ages, and a few other items.

Dec. 3 – “The Nutcracker.”  Eastern CT Ballet is back with their interactive rendition of the Nutcracker Ballet which will take place at the Chester Meeting House, 4:30 p.m.  Call the library to register 860-526-0018 or click here.



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!

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.  Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m.

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 puzzles you can take to a table to work on, just inquire at the circulation desk.

Meet Molly – The library has an American Girl doll that can be checked out for 1 week.  Molly comes in a travel case with a pair of pajamas and slippers as well as a hairbrush.  Now your special little someone can have the opportunity to play with an American Girl doll without incurring the cost of buying one.  Molly is located in our new American Girl section in the children’s room.


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.




Our “Teen Spot” is always filled with books on trend.

The library is always receiving new books so stop in and “check” them out!


 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


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