Library Programs

Adult Programs

June 25 – Aug. 14 – “A Universe of Stories” summer reading challenge.  Adults ages 19 + are encouraged to register for our summer reading challenge.  Sign up via our logging system ReadSquare and read as many books as your brain can handle.  Don’t forget to record your books and even write a review should you choose.  At the end of the challenge, one participant will be randomly selected to with a themed prize.

Click here June 25th to sign up.


Children’s Programs

All Children’s Programs will begin at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

June 25 – A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Kick-Off  presents “Animal Embassy: Over the Moon Animal Adventure.” This event will take place at the Chester Meeting House at 1 p.m.

Join us and Animal Embassy on this nocturnal journey through the fascinating night life of the animal kingdom! With this captivating program, we will help children to understand the differences between “nocturnal,” “crepuscular” and “diurnal” animals by providing exciting, live examples of each.

Everyone who participates in the summer reading program will receive a sign-up incentive.  As in previous years, read as many books as your brain can take, log your books online or in a reading log to be eligible for a grand prize at the end of summer.

Thank you to a generous donation from Toys Ahoy in Essex, 25 participants who have read the most books with receive a $10 gift certification to their store.  These are non-redeemable for cash and need to be spent by the end of the year!

Click here to register for any summer program, please specify which program your child will be attending.

Click here June 25th to register online via our logging system ReadSquare for the summer reading challenge.

July 17 – “Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center: Alien Insects!”  Want to contribute to a growing global scientific initiative? Your little bug-collectors can help catalog what’s around them by sending in insect samples for DNA barcoding. Collect insects using LifeScanner kits that include vials, collection instruments and DNA preservation fluid. Send off your vial to the closest lab and track your specimen. Perhaps the etymologist in your life will have found a new species! Join Kim Hargrave in the instruction and practice using these kits. Ages 6+.  3 p.m.

July 24 – “The Mind and Movement Project: Space Yoga.”  5-4-3-2-1… Families are invited to join us on a Space Yoga Adventure.  We will blast off into space and soar into the universe, stretching

our imaginations as well as our bodies.  Breath work, poses, and relaxation will be incorporated into the class as well as plenty of fun and laughter! Ages Pre-K and up.  4 p.m.

July 31 – “Jedi Training with Darth Vader.”  Is there a Star Wars fan in your life? Here’s a chance for your young Jedi warrior to defeat the evil Sith Lord. Each participant will receive a lightsaber and the opportunity to use his or her best moves against Darth Vader. This professional costumed actor will interact with your little hero and provide a memory to last a lifetime! Ages 5+.
3 p.m. Chester Town Hall.

Aug. 7 – “Kidscapades: Little Astronauts.” Let your toddler explore outer space through sensory bins and science. The benefits of sensory play for young children are endless, including the enhancement of fine and gross motor skills and overall brain development. Leave the mess to us as Elena Bigio of Kidscapades coordinates a galactic, tactile adventure for your busy toddler. Ages 18 months – Pre-K.  4 p.m.

Aug. 14 – “Out of this World Magic Show by Mr. Magic.” Conclude our Space Mission with a family magic show. The stars will align as this veteran magician will combine music, tricks, and audience participation to create a dazzling cosmic event!

6 p.m. Chester Town Hall.



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!


 College and Scholarship information


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