Library Programs

Adult Programs

CANCELLED  Nov. 23 – ” The Library Book, by Susan Orlean.”  On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who?

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a “delightful…reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America” (New York magazine) that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

In the “exquisitely written, consistently entertaining” (The New York TimesThe Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries; brings each department of the library to vivid life; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago. (Barnes and Noble)

Facilitator and discussion leader Marsha Bansavage will lead our book discussion.  This program will take place via ZOOM from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., registration required so you receive the link to join. Books will be available at the library on a first-come, first–served basis.

Children’s Programs

Oct. 31 – Stop by Chester Public Library on Halloween (Saturday October 31st) between 10-1 and pick up a goodie bag– contents will include non-food items, small candies, and a mini-project to do at home. Suitable for ages 3+. First come, first served!

Continuous…….

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

On Hold – 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.

Not available at this time – 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.

Not available at this time – 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.

Chromebooks – The library has chromebooks thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and the Friend’s of the Library.  These can be used in house along with our Arduino kits for coding fun!

Not Available at this time – 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 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.

 

 

TEENS

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

                            

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

 

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