Library Programs

Adult Programs

Sept. 21 – “Woodstock: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.”  Join Craig Harris in his participatory 90 minute program which incorporates rare recordings, archival video, insightful storytelling, group singing, and  guided music-making. The August 1969 Woodstock Exposition of Music and Art continues to reverberate cultural ripples and this program will not only stir memories but provide new perspective.  This program will take place at the Town Hall, 11 a.m.

Craig Harris has taught, written about, photographed, and played music for more than four decades. A master percussionist, educator, author, photographer, and the host of a popular weekly Friday night show (10 PM – 1 AM) on 88.5 FM in Washington, DC.

Click here to register.

Sept. 25 – “Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.”  Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours. (USA Today)

Marsha Bansavage will lead our fall book discussion, 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Oct. 6Pallet Painting.  Abbey from Shoreline Pallet Design is back again for a fun-filled Sunday of painting.  Join us at 11 a.m. at the Town Hall and create something special for the holidays.   Click here to register.

Oct. 9 – “Drive by Susan Strecker.”  DRIVE is set in 1989 and follows the life of Piper Pierson, the daughter of the winningest NASCAR Winston Cup team owner in history. Piper was on her way to becoming the first prolific female driver when a terrible accident took her confidence and her desire. Piper trades her dreams of becoming a driver for a degree in journalism and gets a job writing for a NASCAR newspaper. She meets a young driver named Colt Porter and tries to adopt his mantra that life is beautiful and must be lived and loved as if every day is the last. But she’s emotionally scarred from her accident and is afraid to live the life she once loved. DRIVE is a story of love and loss and embracing what matters most.

Local author Susan Strecker will discuss her third novel and have copies for sale and also sign.  This will make a perfect holiday gift.  Please join us at the Town Hall, 6:30 p.m.  click here to register.

For more information about the author, visit her website

Oct. 23 – “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep.”  “Compelling . . . at once a true-crime thriller, courtroom drama, and miniature biography of Harper Lee. If To Kill a Mockingbird was one of your favorite books growing up, you should add Furious Hours to your reading list today.” —Southern Living

Marsha Bansavage will lead our book discussion, 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Nov. 1 – “Comanche and His Captain by Janet Barrett.”  Please join us at the Town Hall to welcome local author Janet Barrett as she talks about her new book.  Copies will be available for purchase as well as signing.  Light refreshments will be served, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 12 – “Shoreline Ringers.”  We are excited to have The Shoreline Ringers present a program about handbells with demonstrations and hands on audience participation.  They will go over the history of bells, various techniques, play a few songs, and more. For more about this group please visit their website

Join us at the Chester Meeting House, 6:30 p.m.  Click here to register.

Nov. 17 – “Pallet Painting.”  Part 2 of our holiday Sunday painting fun with Shoreline Pallet Design which will take place at the Town Hall, 11 a.m.   Click here to register.

Dec. 8 – “Pallet Painting.”  This is your last chance to create a one-of-a-kind gift for the holiday, or keep it for yourself.  Town Hall, 11 a.m.    Click here to register.

Children’s Programs

Sept. 24 – “Touch-A-Tank.”  The Maritime Education Academy will be at the library with several tanks full of sea life for this interactive program.  This will take place outside weather permitting at 4 p.m. Suggested for ages 6+

Oct. 10, 17 & 24 – “Arduino Coding.”  Using our new Chromebooks and Arduino coding kits, student will have the foundation to make fun projects.  This pilot STEM/STEAM program is made possible by a grant received from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.  Class is limited to 12 ages 12+, 4 p.m. registration required.

Oct. 19 – “Nail Polish Pumpkins.”  Join us at the library as we create marbleized pumpkins using different colored nail polish.  4 p.m.

Dec. 3 – “The Nutcracker.”  Eastern CT Ballet is back with their interactive rendition of the Nutcracker Ballet which will take place at the Chester Meeting House, 4:30 p.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!

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.

Writer’s Group – The Writer’s Group of Chester was formed after a three part writer’s workshop at the library with local author Susan Strecker.  Participants were excited to continue sharing ideas and stories and decided to form their own group.  The Writer’s Group will meet every second Thursday of the month from 5-7 p.m., all are welcome.

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 puzzles you can take to a table to work on, just inquire at the circulation desk.

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 new 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.




Our “Teen Spot” is always filled with books on trend.

The library is always receiving new books so stop in and “check” them out!


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