Library Programs

Adult Programs

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.


Movie Discussions

March 27, The Graduate –Movie Night and Talk with moderator Marsha Bansavage at the Town Hall. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Impressive when AFI 100 Years 100 Movies places this film at number 17.  The film is number 22 on the list of highest grossing films in the U.S. and Canada.  In 1996 The Graduate was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being a “Culturally, historically and aesthetically significant film”.   Before viewing the film we will discuss why the 1967 American comedy-drama directed by Mike Nichols was and is unique and groundbreaking.  How its unique style, film techniques, screenplay, dialogue, characterization, and musical score has become part of our culturally consciousness (ex.” one word-plastics”).  What and shy specific scenes reference points to the l960’s yet universally relatable and significant to the NOW.  Interesting information and tidbits will be given on Mike Nichols and the making of the film.  Enjoy the evening,  Mrs. Robinson is inviting us, however she will be needing a ride home!

April 24, Some Like It Hot – Movie Night and Talk with moderator Marsha Bansavage at the Town Hall. 6 to 8:30 p.m. It must be nice to be voted #1 by AFL as top comedy film since 1959.  Let’s laugh and appreciate Billy Wilder’s 1959 romantic comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.  To appreciate the film on a deeper level information will be given exploring many topics for discussion after viewing the film.  Why that title?  Why black and white when color was available?  How and why is cross dressing used?  How did this film close down the Hayes code?  What lines and scenes are iconic and why?  No matter what country, language spoken, age of viewer we all laugh-let’s explore where and why.  What is universal, timeless, and memorable?  Come and join us for an evening of shared laughter, escapism, and pure joy.

May 12, Marty Podskoch Author Talk – Historian Marty Podskoch will give a Power Point presentation on his new book Connecticut Civilian Conservation Camps: History, Memory and Legacy.  

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. Twenty-one camps were set up in many Connecticut towns, state parks & forests.  Workers built trails, roads, campsites, & dams, stocked fish, built & maintained fire tower observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, & planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II.

Join us 6:30 pm at the town hall for this informative program and learn a little more of our Connecticut’s history.


Children’s Programs

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.


March 20, 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. For Parents. Introduction to the new children’s computer and a talk on Using Apps & Computers for Early LiteracyCanceled, to be rescheduled.

March 23, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Teddy Bear Pajama Party at the Library. Come dressed in your comfy pj’s, bring your favorite stuffed bear and listen to stories and enjoy some “berry” treats. Canceled, to be rescheduled.

April – The library will be collecting new and old crayons for Crayons for Cancer.

April 15, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Egg-cellent Eggs.  Create eggs of all kinds and sizes, felted eggs (bring pantyhose), stickered eggs, paper eggs, painted eggs.  Create a nest to put your eggs in for a decorative touch on the kitchen table. This is a family event.

April 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Earth Day at the Chester Library!  This is a family event, come make a small container garden. Pots, soil, and plants will be provided by the generosity of the Friends of the library. Registration required by April 15th so we know how many pots and plants to buy.  Click here to register or call the library, 860-526-0018.


May 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – International Bird Migration Day.  Visit the library to create your very own Hummingbird feeder (ages 7 and older).  At 11:00 a.m., Monique Hanson will teach us about Eastern Bluebirds and how to bring them into our yards, there will be a film and talk.

June 16, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Summer Reading Kick-Off.  Miss Margie will kick off the beginning of the Summer Reading Program by singing songs related to the theme BUILD A BETTER WORLD. This is a family event. Bring your chairs and we will sit on the lawn. Local Girl Scouts will sell refreshments for their nonprofit fundraiser. We will be collecting crayons during April, May, and June. Friday, while listening we can peel and sort the collected Crayons For Cancer organization.

June 23, The Children’s Museum will present a hands-on program for students in third through eighth grade on building simple machines.

June 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Join us for a “build a monster morning” for kids aged 4-7.

TEEN Programs

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.

April 13 – Poetry writing. Let your creativity soar as you write a short story, poem, Haiku (don’t know what that is, look it up).

June 8 – Summer reading planning.


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