Library Programs

Adult Programs

Chester Library’s online summer reading program for adults begins June 16 – August 8. An online registration link will be provided below to keep track of the books you have read. Read what ever you like in what ever format you wish, at summers end each book you logged throughout the program will act as one virtual ticket in our final drawing. Have fun, and happy reading!  Register here.

July 24,  Wildlife and Connecticut’s Changing Landscape.  Paul Colburn will present a brief natural history of Connecticut and will address the current state of wildlife in the state. This will include a discussion of major species, factors affecting their habitats, challenges we face in managing them, and provide suggestions for what people can do to make a difference. This program will take place at the Town Hall, 7 p.m.  Click here to register.

Paul Colburn is a graduate of Master Wildlife Conservationist Program (MWCP) and is a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist (MWC).  The MWCP is a Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) adult education program that trains participants in the fields of wildlife management, natural history and interpretation. The purpose of the program is to develop a volunteer corps capable of providing education, outreach, and service for state agencies, environmental organizations, libraries, schools, and the general public.  In addition to his work as a MWC Paul volunteers for the Red Cross, and Wesleyan University Admissions.  Paul has served on the Board of Directors of Special Wishes Inc., an organization devoted to assisting families facing life threatening childhood diseases. He is past President of Residents Advocating Conservation, has been active in local politics, youth athletics and served on many local boards and commissions.  His interests include the outdoors, nature, hiking, biking, politics, and travel.  Paul graduated from Wesleyan University and served honorably in the United States Army.

Continuous……

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.

 

Children’s Programs

May & June – The library will be collecting new and old crayons for Crayons for Cancer. Show your support by donating your crayons.

Chester Library’s online summer reading program for children going into grades 4 – 8 kicks off June 16. Participants have two options to register, online or in person and will receive a sign up incentive that you can pick up at the library plus your instructions. Once you have signed up, start reading! It’s not how many books you’ve read but how many minutes which can be logged online. For every 120 minutes, 1 stamp will be earned on your card that we can file here at the library for safe keeping. After 10 stamps (1200 minutes), your card will be automatically entered in our drawing for the final grand prize (a $25.00 Itunes gift card) August 8. Up to 3 cards can be entered, so read! record! and have fun! Register online here.

June 29, 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Craft Night, “Dream Catchers”.  Increase your chances of making your dreams come true! Make a dream catcher!

July 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. – Monday morning Clay Fun!. Please let us know if you’ll be joining us.

Continuous…….

Story and Craft time for pre-schoolers ages three and up take place at 10:30 a.m each Monday that school is in session.  There is no need to register, just drop in!

Family events: first Saturday stories, third Saturday crafts from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Kids knitting group” Saturday’s at 12:30-2:00. Beginner knitters as well as any ability welcome. Mrs. Winslow will help all that seek help. We have supplies to get you started or can help if you are half way through a project.

The Chester Public Library has a new edition to the children’s area, an 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.

 

TEEN Programs

Chester Library’s online summer reading program for Teens going into grades 9 – 12 kicks off June 16. Participants have two options to register, online or in person and will receive a sign up incentive that you can pick up at the library plus your instructions. Once you have signed up, start reading! It’s not how many books you’ve read but how many minutes which can be logged online. For every 120 minutes, 1 stamp will be earned on your card that we can file here at the library for safe keeping. After 10 stamps (1200 minutes), your card will be automatically entered in our drawing for the final grand prize (a $75.00 Amazon gift card) August 8. Up to 3 cards can be entered, so read! record! and have fun! Register here.

Valley regional High School students: Chester Library just made your summer reading easier!  We have the list of recommended books and have pulled them for you in our YA section.  Have a group of friends that want to discuss a book – we can help you, however you’re in charge.

Thursday, August 10, 6:30-8:00 Pizza and book discussion – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  (This meets one of the two book requirements!)

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) – For grades 6-12, we want to stay current with teen trends and hot topics and need your help.  Discussions will include but not limited to book and media selections, library programs and activities at the library.  Teens will meet the second Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, snacks will be provided. Please call the library (860-526-0018) to sign up or register online here.

 

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