Library Programs

Adult Programs

Rescheduled – Mar 27, Whistling Past the Graveyard.  In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother’s Mississippi home. Starla’s destination is Nashville, where her mother went to become a famous singer, abandoning Starla when she was three. Walking a lonely country road, Starla accepts a ride from Eula, a black woman traveling alone with a white baby. Now, on the road trip that will change her life forever, Starla sees for the first time life as it really is—as she reaches for a dream of how it could one day be. (Amazon)

Marsha Bansavage will once again facilitate our book chat.  7 p.m at the library.  Copies of this book are available for checkout.

Apr. 2-30, Passport to Connecticut Libraries.  The Chester library is a participant in this years Passport to CT.  Libraries all over CT are participating in this exciting program to make people of all ages aware of the power of their library card.  Take your library card and passport to at least 5 libraries on the list (passports and list available at the Chester Library) to be eligible to win a $150 gift card for adults or a $100 gift card for children.

Apr. 10, Hogan’s Hope: The Tale of a Legendary Canine Hero.  The true story of a dog rescued from abuse. Not permitted indoors, he suffered horrific beatings whilst being caged outdoors with no shelter or warmth. Number 10 was renamed after being adopted by a kind and loving family now known as Hogan. His new family acknowledged his deafness and helped him work through his residual fears, as they learned and taught basic commands in American Sign Language, and turned this scrawny, bruised and beaten canine into a happy healthy survivor. (Amazon)

This presentation by local author Connie Bombaci will take place at the Town Hall, 7 p.m. Click here to register or call the library 860-526-0018.

May 16, Sweethearts at Sea.  During the nineteenth century, men from more than thirty New England communities sailed the seven seas in the pursuit of whales, leaving their families behind spending most of their married lives apart. That is until the 1840s, when a small group of married couples defied social and industrial tradition by going to sea together aboard whaleships.

This lecture by Amanda Goodheart Parks will focus on one of these remarkable couples— Captain John and Elizabeth Marble of Fall River, Massachusetts— using the letters and journals they left behind to tell a story of love, life, and loss at sea.

This lecture will take place at the Town hall, 7 p.m.  Click here to register or call the library 860-526-0018.



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

Apr 7.  DIY Birdhouses.   Create a Birdhouse using recylcled materials. Why buy a birdhouse when you can make one yourself?

Apr 14.  Treehouse Players.  Join Amy Forbes from Treehouse Players in a Children’s Storytelling Adventure where children can sing, dance and act!  This event requires registration.  Call the library (860-526-0018) to enroll your child or click here.  Ages 4+

May 12.  Ranger Russ.  Ranger Russ is bringing his traveling exhibit of frogs and turtles from Meigs Point nature Center at Hammonasset State Park. This event requires registration and is limited.  Please call the library (860-526-0018) or click here to ensure your child’s spot!

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 a.m.


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:


Mar. 19 – Ice Cream Cone Seed Planting
Mar. 26 – “An Egg is Quiet”
Apr. 2 – Rainy Days
Apr. 9 – Space
Apr. 16 – Farm Animals
Apr. 23 – Trees (Earth Day)
Apr. 30 – Butterflies and Caterpillars

For a full list of Library events click March Calendar 2018.


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.


TEEN Programs


        Cozy up and READ this winter!



New YA titles:

Those of you who loved Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin has written a new Adult Fiction book entitled Young Jane Young

New Juvenile Titles:

Bad Guys – graphic novel series


 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


Scholarships and Financial Aid


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