Library Programs

Adult Programs

Jun 5 – “Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut.”  The Chester Library is pleased to welcome back Paul Colburn.  Paul’s lecture will focus on the history of coyotes in Connecticut, an overview of coyote habitat, diet, behavior, and reproduction.  It also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our coyote population.  On display will be coyote artifacts which will be shared with the audience.

This lecture will take place at the Town Hall, 7 p.m, registration preferred by calling the library 860-526-0018 or online here.

Jun 23Summer Reading for Adults begins.


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

May 26.  Doll and Bear Picnic.  Bring your beloved American Girl Doll or favorite stuffed animal to a picnic on the Library’s lawn.  Games will be offered and refreshments will be served.  Please call the library to notify Miss Trish of any allergies your child has for this event.

All Children’s Programs will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Jun 9 – Water Play!  Come to the Library and celebrate World Ocean Day.  Net Fishing, Car Wash for Matchbox cars, Under the Sea sensory bins, Pouring Station and Squirt Gun Painting, are just some of the activities that will be offered.  Please bring a bathing suit or change of clothes for your child.

Jun 23 – Summer Reading Kick-Off with Sunny Train.  Sunny Train is an acoustic duo that provides fun, interactive music shows for the whole family.  Shake eggs, band on drums twirl hula hoops or play with the world’s biggest bubbles.  We are super excited to have them play here at the Chester Library for our summer reading kick-off!

For additional information on our Summer Reading events, click on one of the flyers below:


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For a calendar of events click here for May.

****Chester Public Library has two new inhabitants! Come to the library over the next 2-4 weeks to see Tiger Swallowtail butterflies in their various stages before they emerge from their chrysalis’. Feel free to post pics of your visit!


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:

June 4 – Oceans
June 11 – Fire Trucks
June 18 – Daddies
June 25 – Ice Cream


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


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


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