Library Programs

Adult Programs

Oct. 11, 18, 25 – “Writer’s Workshop in 3 parts.”  Local author Susan Strecker will present a 3 part writer’s workshop.  Part I will be The Seven Elements of Successful Novels, pt. II Sharing Work, Tightening and Cutting, The Art of Dialogue, pt. III The Art of the Perfect Query Letter and Publishing Options.  This program is free and open to the public and will take place at the library.  Registration encouraged, click here.

Oct. 24 – “Woman in the Window.”  Facilitator and discussion leader Marsha Bansavage is back for our fall book discussion.  This program will take place at the library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Call 860-526-0018 for more information and to register.  Books will be available at the library on a first-come, first–served basis.

Nov. 1
– “Healthy Holidays.”  Certified Holistic Health Coach, Tracy Livingston, will give a talk about making healthier choices 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.
This talk will take place at the Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. Click here to register/

Nov. 7
– “The Magic of Communication.”  Former illusionist Greg Dwyer will share secrets on how to create real magic in your life. How one communicates with self and others and how the role communication plays in life is the key to a fulfilled life.  Greg will entertain and educate you on the magic of communication and will challenge you to use your natural abilities to reach your full potential.
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.


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.

Candy Corn Count for the month of October – guess the correct amount and take home you own bag!

Sept. 29 – “Hogan’s Hope, Kids Edition!”  Meet Judea!  Judea is a deaf doggy who will be visiting the Chester Library.  Come learn American Sign Language commands and try them out.  Connie Bombaci, Judea’s owner is the author of Hogan’s Hope, a book about a deaf canine hero who overcame all odds.  Her work has been featured on Dateline NBC, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Hannah’s Animal Adventures, National Geographic and Good Morning America.

Just found out that Lauren’s Crazy Pet Show will be here for this event.  Register your child and they may just get their 15 minutes of fame.  Click here or call the library at 860-526-0018.

Oct. 7 – “National Fire Safety Week.”  The Chester Public Library and The Chester Hose Company team up for National Fire Safety Week. Meet a brave firefighter, learn the basics of fire safety/prevention, explore cool gear and of course tour the truck!


Oct. 13
– “Painting Class w/Leif Nilsson.”  Leif Nilsson is a Contemporary Connecticut Impressionist painter.  His Spring Street Studio and Gallery here in Chester is a staple of the community.  We are thrilled to offer our young patrons this unique artistic opportunity of instruction by Leif.  The painting class will be “en plein air” at his studio from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Registration is required and limited to 12 participants.  There is a $10 materials fee payable in advance to secure your spot.

Call to register 860-526-0018 or click here.

Oct. 31 – “Haunted Library.”  Following Margie’s Trick or Treat for UNICEF show at the United Church of Christ next door, take a ghoulish tour of our library with tricks and treats galore.  Visit the library anytime for a treat but the haunted library starts at 5:30 p.m.


For a calendar of events click September2018 Calendar.


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:

Sept. 24 – Leaves
Oct. 1 – Pumpkins
Oct. 8 – Fire Safety
Oct. – 15 – Spooky Critters
Oct. 22 – The Moon
Oct. 29 – Halloween


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


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